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  • Adorable Poodle Names

    Poodles might be one of the most fun dogs to name. Why? Well, poodle names can be French names, such as Coco and Antoine. Names that mean curly-haired can also make good poodle names. And poodles might also get their names from their colors and their size, which can vary a lot.

    Along with Coco, other poodle names among the Top 100 names for dogs include Gigi, Beau, Belle, Pearl, Remi, and Sandy. Unique French names for poodles include Lilou, Lafayette, Suede, and Mignon.

    Dogs are fun to name because there’s more creative freedom than with naming children. So feel free to think beyond Fifi and Bijou! Here, some inspirational names for your brand-new poodle.

    Names for Poodles

  • Alice in Wonderland Names

    If you love the book Alice in Wonderland, you might find it the perfect inspiration for baby names. Alice is one choice from the literary classic that is finding new popularity, but there are many more wonderful Alice in Wonderland names than that, including the names of characters from the book and writers and illustrators connected with the work. A list of names connected to Alice in Wonderland includes the following.

  • All-American Baby Names

    by Pamela Redmond .

    American baby names come from a range of sources as diverse as the U.S. itself, including American place names, hero names, and invented names.

    The top American baby names are Savannah for girls and Jayden for boys. Along with Savannah and Jayden, other American names ranking in the US Top 100 include Brooklyn, Kennedy, Jace, Maverick, Sawyer, Serenity, and Lincoln.

    Some popular All-American names carry a strong American image, such as Liberty or Lincoln. Native American names such as Tallulah and Dakota certainly are in the mix. Names that relate to American places, such as Sierra and Brooklyn, qualify as all-American names, as do names created here and rarely used anywhere else, from Beyonce to Blue.

    Names with an all-American image may also be names inspired by American heroes like Lebron and Kennedy or names that evidence American ideals, from Indie to Apple. Here are some of the names with the most distinctly all-American image.

  • Alternatives to Adam

    Adam is one of the oldest boy names in the book – literally! It's a true classic, with a warm, friendly appeal. If you're looking for a boy name that shares these great qualities, but feels a little fresher, this is the list for you.

    We've rounded up some of the best alternatives to Adam, from fellow Biblical boy names like Abel and Asher, to names that share Adam's cool, laid-back charm, like Eben and Ellis.

    Browse our full list of ideas for awesome alternatives to Adam here.

  • Alternatives to Alexander

    Love the boys' name Alexander but fear it's overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Alexandra

    Alexandra is one of the original elaborate feminizations, classy and classic. It's a gorgeous name, but there are an awful lot of little girls named Alexandra, Alexa, Alexis, Alex and so on around these days. If you want something more unusual, consider one of these Alexandra equivalents.

  • Alternatives to Amanda

    Amanda was so well used in the last two decades of the 20th century that this lovely name feels a bit tired now. For some alternatives to Amanda, consult this list.

  • Alternatives to Ava

    Ava is one of the hottest names of the past decade, rising from obscure Hollywood Glamour Girl appellation to sleek modern star. But after years in the Top Ten, Ava might feel too popular to you. Here, some Ava alternatives.

  • Alternatives to Bailey

    Bailey has been well-used over the past two decades, mainly for girls but for boys too. Here, some Bailey alternatives that might feel fresher.

  • Alternatives to Braden

    Love the boys' name Braden but fear it's overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Cody

    Love the boys' name Cody but fear it's overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Daisy

    Daisy is a charming name but has been rising quickly up the ranks in recent years. If you love Daisy but want something a bit less popular, consider one of these substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Dylan

    Dylan is a literary-yet-relaxed name with the style of Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas. But if you want to explore baby boy names that are similar-yet-different, consider these.

  • Alternatives to Ethan

    Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Eva

    Eva is a lovely international classic that is overused mostly by association with its stylish cousin Ava. Some Eva alternatives you may want to consider:

  • Alternatives to Hannah

    Baby girl name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Hayden

    Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Isabella

    Isabella is one of the classic baby names that are hugely popular right now — perhaps too popular for you. You may love Isabella for its femininity, multiple syllables, or Italian roots — maybe all three! — but be looking for a name that will make your daughter stand out from the crowd.

    Along with other -ella names such as Gabriella and Annabella, other alternatives to Isabella in the US Top 500 include Alessandra, Arabella, Aurora, Camilla, Eliana, Francesca, Luciana, and Valentina. Popular names in Italy that mimic Isabella’s qualities include Ginevra, Chiara, Vittoria, and Alessia.

    There are a lot of things to love about Isabella, although its popularity among Americans may not be one of them. If you adore Isabella but want something more distinctive, consider one of these alternate baby names.

  • Alternatives to Jack

    Love the boys' name but fear it's overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Jordan

    Love the boys' name Jordan but fear it's overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Kyle

    Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Lily

    Lily is one of those baby names that you hear in many forms these days. Although it now seems like an evergreen everygirl name, Lily was once touted for its old-fashioned charm, much like similar names Lillian and Rose are today. Classic and floral Lily is still the most common variation of the name, but vintage Lillian and romantic Liliana are not far behind.

    Along with variants Lillian and Liliana, other alternatives to Lily in the US Top 400 include Camilla, Dahlia, Iris, Leilani, Lila, Malia, Poppy, and Willa. Rare floral names to substitute for Lily include Clover, Lilac, Linnea, and Posey.

    Lily may be falling in popularity, but this classic name will be a common choice for many years to come. If you love Lily but need an alternative for your daughter, consider one of our recommended substitutes for Lily, below.

  • Alternatives to Lucy

    Baby girl name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Megan

    Baby girl name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Olivia

    Olivia is one of the vintage baby names for girls that have risen to the top of the charts over recent years. If you like Olivia but want a more distinctive girls' name, consider the girl baby names here.

  • Alternatives to Parker

    Parker was one of the first fashionable surname-occupational name-first names, rising for boys through the 80s and now in the Top 100. The baby names here give you a Parker feel in different ways and are more distinctive.

  • Alternatives to Ryan

    Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Sadie

    Sadie is the saucy offshoot of Sarah, once a bad girl name, now coming back into favor as a baby name. But if you're interested in moving beyond Sadie, here are some alternate baby names with the same feel.

  • Alternatives to Trevor

    Baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Zachary

    Do you like Zachary but fear it's overused? Here are some possible substitutes for Zachary.

  • American Boy Names

    by Pamela Redmond

    American boy names range from place names to hero names to Native American names to boy names with a Western ring.

    The top American boy name is Jayden, an invented variation of the Biblical Jadon.

    Along with Jayden, American boy names that rank in the US Top 400 include Hudson, Nolan, Easton, Colton, Maverick, Bryson, Jase, Jace, Kayden, and Sawyer.

    A little further down the list are Hendrix, Maverick, Dakota, Drake, Holden, Dallas, Austin, Cash, Justice, Lincoln, and Shane. Of course, not all these names are American in origin, but they are used as first names almost exclusively in the US.

    Unique American boy names on our recommended list include Booker, Poe, Huck, Jericho, Tennessee, Langston, West, and Hiawatha.

    Quintessentially American baby names for boys include the following.

  • American Girl Names

    American girl names include US place-names, newly-minted names, American hero names, and of course Native American names.

    The top American baby name for girls is place name Savannah. Along with Savannah, American girl names in the US Top 100 include Brooklyn, Kennedy, Paisley, Everly, Genesis, Serenity, Nevaeh, Kaylee, and Brielle.

    A little further down the list, we find American names Sage, Lyric, Presley, Monroe, Harlow, Justice, Jolie, Georgia, Carolina, and Scout. Of course, not all those names are technically American in origin, but they are used as names nearly exclusively in the US.

    Unique American girl names on our recommended list include Kailani, Denali, Memphis, Indiana, Snow, North, Talullah, and Sojourner.

    If you want to give your baby girl a distinctly American name, consider one of the following.

  • Ancient Greek Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    Ancient Greek names are suddenly being used for modern babies. The revival of Greek mythology as a fresh naming influence has led to thousands of babies being born with once-unusual names like Penelope, Atlas, and Calliope.

    Along with Penelope, Ancient Greek girl names ranking in the US Top 1000 include Athena, Alexandra, Chloe, Paris, Sophia, and Zoe.

    For boys, the Ancient Greek name influence is even stronger. Along with Atlas, Ancient Greek boy names ranking in the Top 1000 include Alexander, Theodore, Orion, Leon, and Sebastian.

    Now we are moving beyond names from solely mythology and considering names that were used in Ancient Greek culture. There is some crossover between these categories, although Greek children were usually given variations of the names of gods and goddesses, rather than the actual divine name.

    Along with Alexandra and Zoe, Greek girl names in the US Top 700 include Anastasia, Chloe, and Irene. Boy baby names ranking highly include Alexander, Damon, Leonidas, Orion, and Theodore. In Greece, popular names include Athanasios, Eirene, Nicholas, and Sophia. Along with familiar choices like Jason, Gregory, and Melissa, you’ll find many intriguing names from Ancient Greece that are waiting to be discovered.

    For more Greek names, take a look at our lists of Greek Goddess Names and Greek Baby Names for Modern Kids.

  • Ancient Roman Names

    Ancient Roman Names are suddenly hot and fresh again as fashionable baby names, especially for boys — with names such as Felix, Atticus, Cassius, and Cyrus powering up the US popularity charts.

    The resurgence of Roman baby names is partly thanks to The Hunger Games, the futuristic book that featured Roman names for most of the male characters, partly because of the HBO series Rome, and also thanks to the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and its hero Atticus Finch. Baby names from Ancient Rome on today's roster include several familiar choices along with some fascinating unique baby names yet to be revived.

    Roman names in the US Top 600 for girls include Octavia, Valentina, Cecilia, Camilla, and Priscilla. For boys, Roman names in the US Top 600 for boys include Julius, Titus, Marcus, Atticus, and Felix. In Rome, popular names include Antonia, Claudia, Valentina, and Cecilia.

    The craze for mythological baby names is another influence on the newfound popularity of Roman names. For even more ancient Roman names, check out our lists of Roman Goddess Names and Roman God Names.

  • Ancient Roman Names for Boys

    Names from Ancient Rome are enjoying a major style revival. The fashion for Roman boy names was influenced by Hunger Games and by the HBO series Rome. Many of these names, such as Cyrus and Julius, had been buried for centuries, only to seem fresh and new in the modern US.

    Along with Cyrus and Julius, other Roman boy names in the US Top 1000 include Atticus, Felix, Justus, Titus, Cassius, Linus, Magnus, and Marcus. Unique Roman boy names gaining visibility include Sirius, Thaddeus, Cato, and Aurelius. Even the boys' names Roman, Romeo. and Romulus are fashionable.

    Among the Roman choices for boys are the following, all at home in the modern world.

  • Ancient Roman Names for Girls

    Ancient Roman names are white hot right now. Stars such as Octavia Spencer and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have brought attention to this attractive group of names. Roman names for girls have history but feel fresh. They are feminine but connote strength, such as Aurelia and Livia.

    Along with Aurelia and Livia, other Roman girl names in the US Top 1000 include Cecilia, Octavia, Valentina, Camilla, Priscilla, and Tatiana. Unique Roman girl names garnering attention include Flavia, Sabina, Vita, and Cassia.

    These names were used centuries ago in Ancient Rome but feel appropriate for babies born in America today. Here, names from Ancient Rome that work for modern baby girls. If you’re naming a son, be sure to check out our list of Ancient Roman Names for Boys.

  • Angel Names for Babies

    Heavenly angel names for your little cherub have come down to earth, from the names of biblical messengers to guardian angels to names that mean angel, such as Angelina and Angel itself.

    Along with Angel and Angelina, other angel names ranking in the US Top 1000 include Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Evangeline, Laila, Nathaniel, Michaela, and Gabrielle. Unique angel names attracting attention from parents include Seraphina, Laila, and Cassiel.

    Angel baby names are a popular idea, but there are not nearly enough angel names in the bible or other official sources to satisfy most parents searching for angel names. Still, between names that mean angel and those from a range of cultures that signify angel, we've got a growing list of angel names to consider for your baby girl or boy.

  • Antique Baby Names Back in Style

    Vintage baby names have been on the rise for several years now, with some antique names climbing popularity lists and reaching the heights of style. If you like vintage or classic baby names that have been in hiding for a few generations, one of these may appeal to you -- but don't be surprised if you meet a lot of other babies with these historic names.

  • April Baby Names

    April baby names may be related to two of the month’s biggest holidays, Passover and Easter. Even minor holidays, like Earth Day or Arbor Day, could provide naming inspiration for an April baby.

    Names for an April baby could also include those connected to April’s birthstone, the diamond, or daisies, April’s birth flower. And given that April showers famously bring May flowers, April's often-rainy weather might also provide baby name inspiration.

    Memorable events and renowned people associated with April can relate to names for babies born in April, as can saints with feast days during the month. Consider these possibilities if you are expecting an April baby.

  • Aquarius Baby Names

    Aquarius baby names relate to both water -- Aquarius is the water bearer of the zodiac -- and air, since Aquarius is technically an air sign. A seaworthy name would be fitting for an Aquarian baby, as would names related to the wind or sky along with names that mean air.

    Names for an Aquarius baby could also include those related to the months of January and February. That includes holidays in the Aquarius period ranging from late January to late February, which encompasses Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day. A stylish presidential name such as McKinley or Ike might work, as would a name that means love such as Valentina or Hart.

    Aquarians are known for being wise intellectuals, so any name meaning “wise,” such as Sophia and Cato, would make an excellent choice. Of course, there are many notable Aquarius namesakes that could inspire an Aquarian baby name, from Abraham Lincoln and Clark Gable to Jackson Pollack and Bob Marley. If you are expecting an Aquarius baby, these names are worth a look.

  • Aries Baby Names

    by Pamela Redmond

    Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, making names related to primacy such as Primo and Una apt for an Aries baby. Names for Aries babies might also include names that mean fire, the element of Aries, as well as names that mean red.

    Along with red-meaning names Ruby and Scarlett, Aries baby names in the US Top 1000 include Jasper, April, Cole, and Phoenix. Unique Aries baby names that might catch your eye include Andromeda, Endellion, and Fox. Aries in and of itself makes a wonderful name for an Aries boy.

    There are plenty of famous Aries who would make great namesakes for a baby Aries, from Tennessee Williams to Chance the Rapper. Take a look at these names if you are expecting an Aries baby, and join the discussion on our forums about names for Aries children.

  • Artistic Baby Names

    Artistic and creative baby names can be found by looking at the names of artists (and architects and designers). These baby names capture the artists' creative spirit, give your child an international role model, and are cool all at the same time. The following list encompasses both first (JASPER Johns) and last (Alexander CALDER) names, which have been drawn from all over the aesthetic map.

  • Athletic Baby Names

    If you're a sports fan, you may find baby name inspiration while watching a football game or a tennis match. While the legendary stars of sports history usually had regular guy names like Joe and Jimmy and Michael and Mickey (not to mention Billie Jean), some of the newer luminaries, as well as the surnames of classic athletes, offer options for baby names that go beyond the perimeters of that limited playing field.

  • Attitude Names for Boys

    Attitude names for boys take the idea of cool baby names one step further: they're a little bit badass, a little bit distinctive, and a lot cool.

    Cool attitude boy names include animal names like Bear and Fox, in-your-face word names like Danger and Rebel, and "I dare you to make fun of my name" names like Waldo and Thelonious.

    The cool, creative baby names for boys here are some that we think have swagger, sass, and attitude.

  • Attitude Names for Girls

    Attitude names are cool baby names that project sass, spunk, and confidence. These cool-kid qualities may appeal for both girl and boy babies and are increasingly desirable for parents. Attitude names for girls may be inspired by amazing heroines, an unusual letter or sound, or simply a badass image, such as Luna and Scarlett.

    Along with Luna and Scarlett, other attitude names for girls in the US Top 1000 include Eloise, Freya, Monroe, Ophelia, Presley Scout, Winter, and Xiomara. Many word names for girls come with attitude; among them, Blue, Hero, Love, and Story.

    If you want your daughter to possess moxie and sparkle, an attitude name is a good place to start. The cool names here are some of the best girls' names with attitude.

  • Attitude Nicknames for Boys

    Attitude nicknames? We never thought about it until we noticed someone searching for them, and decided, Well, yes, there are attitude nicknames for boys. (And for girls too, but one at a time). Here, some boys' nicknames with attitude.

  • Attitude Nicknames for Girls

    Attitude names are a new style that a lot of parents are searching for, and nicknames fit right into the confident, bright, badass image. Here are some attitude nicknames for girls to get you started.

  • August Baby Names

    Babies born in August might have names related to August’s birthstones, peridot and onyx, or names linked August’s birth flowers, the poppy and gladiola. The name August itself is quite fashionable right now, but less popular variants such as Augusta and Augustine would also be lovely on an August baby.

    Names for babies born in August can also include those which reference the zodiac signs of the month, Leo and Virgo. August is the last full month of summer, so names connected to warmth and sunshine are appropriate for an August baby.

    If you are expecting an August baby, add some of these names to your list.

  • Australian Baby Names: Aussie Favorites

    In a multicultural nation like Australia, how do you define Australian names? Here we've listed Aussie names that stem from Indigenous Australian languages, place names or names that have become indelibly linked with the land Down Under through literature or popular culture, such as Matilda and Kylie.

    Along with Matilda and Kylie, other Australian names in the US Top 1000 include Adelaide, Darwin, Lachlan, Kiara, Miles, Sydney, Talia, and Victoria. Aussie baby names that are less common in the US but have the potential to become American hits include Acacia, Lowan, Lucinda, and Walken.

    While many popular Australian boy and girl names are similar to those names widely-used in other English-speaking lands, the choices here might be thought of as distinctly Australian baby names.