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Badass Baby Names

  1. MemphisHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek and Coptic place-name
    • Meaning:

      "Enduring and beautiful"
    • Description:

      Cool and bluesy southern city name chosen by musician-activist Bono for his daughter.
  2. TornadoHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish word name
    • Description:

      Tornado first meant thunderstorm and only later came to mean whirlwind, the common modern meaning. More recently, Tornado is the first name of a tennis-playing teen whose sister is called the equally attention-getting Hurricane. Both names work for either gender, if you think you can withstand the storm jokes.
  3. DenimHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      Brings to mind the qualities of the fabric: hardworking, cool and versatile. Singer Toni Braxton chose this name for her son in 2001, and parents have been using it for boys and girls ever since.
  4. DiabloHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "devil"
    • Description:

      Diablo Cody, self-named (she's really Brook Busey) screenwriter of Juno, singlehandedly helped popularize not just her heroine's name and her own but all o-ending names for girls. You don't need us to tell you that it takes a brave parent, in every way, to name a baby Diablo. Diablo is one of the Spanish baby names that diverges furthest from the well-paved camino.
  5. PilotHeart
    • Origin:

      Occupational name
    • Description:

      One celebrity baby Pilot put this occupational choice into the pool -- together with the middle name Inspektor, something we wouldn't advise following.
  6. RacerHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      New, fast, cool, and chosen by director Robert Rodriguez, whose other sons are Rebel, Rocket, and Rogue, all somewhat risky options.
  7. SargentHeart
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Sergeant, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "to serve"
    • Description:

      One of the few military ranks used as a name, as in Kennedy in-law and Peace Corps creator Sargent (born Robert Sargent) Shriver. There's also a more creative, artistic association with painter John Singer Sargent.
  8. PumaHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "big cat"
    • Description:

      Lithe and leonine name chosen for her daughter by singer Erykah Badu -- whose other child has the number name Seven.
  9. GoddessHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      Talk about pressure! Too much name for any little girl to bear.
  10. PaineHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "villager, country-dweller"
    • Description:

      While patriot Thomas Paine is a worthy honoree, the mere association with the word 'pain' knocks this name out of bounds.