Badass Baby Names
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.
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.
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.
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.
Description:One celebrity baby Pilot put this occupational choice into the pool -- together with the middle name Inspektor, something we wouldn't advise following.
Description:New, fast, cool, and chosen by director Robert Rodriguez, whose other sons are Rebel, Rocket, and Rogue, all somewhat risky options.
Origin:Spelling variation of Sergeant, Latin
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.
Description:Lithe and leonine name chosen for her daughter by singer Erykah Badu -- whose other child has the number name Seven.
Description:Talk about pressure! Too much name for any little girl to bear.
Description:While patriot Thomas Paine is a worthy honoree, the mere association with the word 'pain' knocks this name out of bounds.