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  • A+ Baby Names

    A is the hottest first initial around these days, with many baby names that start with A rising most quickly up the ranks. Why? It's partly an overall fashion for vowel baby names and partly that we associate the letter A with excellence. And studies prove that children whose names start with A actually do better in school than those whose names begin with D or F.

    The hottest A baby names today:

  • Adorable Poodle Names

    Poodles might be one of the most fun dogs to name. Why? Well, poodle names can be French names. 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. Here, some inspirational names for your brand new poodle.

  • 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 Names

    American names come from a range of sources as diverse as the U.S. itself. There are names that carry a strong American image, such as Liberty or Landry. 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 Lincoln 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. While Adam is a classic, you might want to consider some fresher baby boy names.

  • 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 Charlotte

    Charlotte is not quite overused, but you may want to search for alternatives for another reason. Here are some possible choices.

  • 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 Georgia

    Georgia is one of the most fashionable baby girl names today, but if you want to look beyond it for similar alternatives, here are some other baby names 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. If you 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. If you'd like to explore other similar girl baby names, consult this list.

  • 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 Baby Names

    American baby names come from a range of sources, just like Americans themselves. There are Native American baby names, American place names for babies, names important in American history and namesakes for American heroes and artists, and baby names invented by Americans and used primarily in the US. Here, a selection of what might be thought of as American baby names.

  • American Names for Boys

    What are distinctly American names for boys? American place-names such as Memphis and Dakota certainly qualify, as do boys' names that became popular thanks to American heroes, such as Landry or Lincoln or Langston. And names that typify American-style ideals, like the cowboyish Ryder or Maverick or tough guys Stone and Wilder make the grade. Quintessentially American names for boys include the following.

  • American Names for Girls

    Girl names that are originally American tend to be US place-names, newly-minted names not used in more conservative England, and of course Native American names. Popular American names for girls include US place-names like Savannah and Brooklyn, American hero names like Kennedy and Monroe, and word names used only in the States like Lyric and Rebel. More unusual American names for girls the Hawaiian Malia and the invented Miley. If you want to give your baby girl a distinctly American name, consider one of the following.

  • Ancient Roman Names

    Ancient Roman Names are suddenly hot and fresh again as baby names, 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 even more fascinating names yet to be revived. 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. Among the Roman choices for boys are the following, all at home in the modern world.

  • 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. 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.

  • 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. 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

    Names for Aquarius babies have a range of evocative references, including nature, wisdom, and Presidential heroes. Aquarius is the water bearer of the zodiac, so a seaworthy name would be fitting for an Aquarian baby. Names related to the air, wind, or sky or names that mean air are also great for a baby Aquarius, as it is an air sign. Names for an Aquarius baby could also include those related to the months of January and February. 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

    In astrology, Aries is symbolized by the ram, an icon that suggests baby names such as Merona and Jubal. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, making names related to primacy apt for an Aries baby. Names for Aries babies might also include names that mean fire, the element of Aries. 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 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. 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. 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.