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  • Baby Girl Names to Love Right Now

    Baby girl names tend to be more adventurous and stylish than boys' names which makes it more confusing to choose the best. Here are our picks for some of the best baby girl names from a range of styles that you might fall in love with right now.

  • Baby Name Favorites Right Now

    Baby names that are favorites of today's parents, both those at the top of the popularity lists and those that have been rising through the ranks, may appeal if you're in search of names perfectly in step with the current styles.

  • Baby Names Ending in Ley

    Ashley started it, and today there is a whole raft of stylish baby names that end with ley -- if not literally those letters, then at least the sound. Most ley baby names are for girls but some work for boys too. The downside: The ley ending is so trendy that baby names that carry it can feel more popular than they are. There are also lots of names that end in lee, lie, lea, ly, and so one that produce the same trendy sound. The prime baby names that end in ley include the following.

  • Baby Names Everyone Thinks Are Cool

    Cool baby names are a matter of opinion....sometimes. But there are baby names that most people consider cool. Here is a collection of universally-cool baby names.

  • Baby Names from Books

    If you love to read, your favorite characters might inspire the perfect name for your baby. Here, baby names from books that might work in a modern nursery.

  • Baby Names from Children's Books

    Names from books are stylish right now, and none more so than baby names from children's books, typified by such high-rising choices as Eloise, Sawyer, and Madeline. Beloved books from childhood can be a wonderful source of names with deep personal meaning and worthy literary namesakes. Here are 100+ of the most iconic baby names inspired by children's books.

  • Baby Names from the 1920s

    Baby names from the 1920s are due to come back into style, following the Hundred Year Rule. Top names of the 1920s include those on this list that were in the Top 50 in that decade but are not as widely-used today. 1920s names we are starting to hear include Florence and Frances, Hazel and Louise for girls; Arthur and Harry, Walter and royal baby name Louis for boys. Many of the 1920s names sound serious to contemporary ears, with their (often) two-syllable rhythm and consonant endings. These 1920s baby names may be the names of your great-grandparents and so have family meaning for you, or simply have not been stylish in so long that they're ready for a comeback. Browse the prime baby names from the 1920s here.

  • Baby Names from the 1930s

    Baby names in the 1930s took a serious turn, with many names popular in that decade feeling decidedly out of style today. But given the Hundred Year Rule, we see names from the 1930s starting to feel more appealing over the coming decade, so we may be in for a new generation of girls named Barbara and Joan and boys called Ronald and Howard. These names from the 1930s may be familiar to you via grandparents or great-grandparents or other older relatives born in the first half of the 20th century. If you are interested in exploring names from the 1930s for your baby, browse the selection here drawn from the Top 50 for that decade but relatively rare today.

  • Baby Names Headed for Harvard

    Some baby names sound so intelligent, so serious, so destined for success that we can just see them on the Harvard acceptance letter. Here, examples of conservative cool baby names.

  • Baby Names Hot Today

    The hottest baby names today -- those that have made the most dramatic rise up the popularity list -- tend to be unconventional choices often with unconventional spellings. These hottest names may sound fresh and stylish but also may have a limited shelf life. The baby names that have risen the highest the fastest include the following.

  • Baby Names So Far In They're Out

    One of the cornerstones of our work reinventing the way people look at baby names is our list of So Far In They're Out Names. These are trendy names, those that are very in today (or this decade) but are likely to be very out tomorrow. Being popular is not enough to land a name on this list: Names such as Emma and Noah, Charlotte and James may move in and out of fashion but they're hardly trendy. Names here are those that are very very in....until they're very very out.

    The up side of trendy names: Kids usually like having names that help them fit in with the crowd, they're easy to understand, they're perfectly in style. The downside: They tend to move out as precipitously as they came in and to linked forever more to this era. Examples of past names that were so far in they were out include Jennifer and Jason, Jessica and Joshua, Ava and Aiden, Katelyn and Kevin. Names that are So Far In They're Out today might include:

  • Baby Names So Far In They're Out

    One of the cornerstones of our work reinventing the way people look at baby names is our list of So Far In They're Out Names. These are trendy names, those that are very in today (or this decade) but are likely to be very out tomorrow. Being popular is not enough to land a name on this list: Names such as Emma and Noah, Charlotte and James may move in and out of fashion but they're hardly trendy. Names here are those that are very very in....until they're very very out.

    The up side of trendy names: Kids usually like having names that help them fit in with the crowd, they're easy to understand, they're perfectly in style. The downside: They tend to move out as precipitously as they came in and to linked forever more to this era. Examples of past names that were so far in they were out include Jennifer and Jason, Jessica and Joshua, Ava and Aiden, Katelyn and Kevin. Names that are So Far In They're Out today might include:

  • Baby Names So Far In They're Out

    One of the cornerstones of our work reinventing the way people look at baby names is our list of So Far In They're Out Names. These are trendy names, those that are very in today (or this decade) but are likely to be very out tomorrow. Being popular is not enough to land a name on this list: Names such as Emma and Noah, Charlotte and James may move in and out of fashion but they're hardly trendy. The names here are more likely to be inspired by a celebrity, by TV or movies, or by a cultural event, to rise quickly and then fade away.

  • Baby Names Sure to Shock Grandma

    The unusual and unique baby names on your list are likely to shock Grandma, especially since she probably thinks you should name the baby Helen, after her. But even if she's more open-minded than that, the following rare baby names will probably render her speechless -- which may be the effect you're after.

  • Baby Names That Mean Friend or Friendly

    All these baby names have meanings that relate to friends or friendship --something we're sure you wish for your child. Names that mean friend represent a range of cultures and styles. Friendliness is a positive quality to invest in your baby's name. Browse these names that mean friend or friendly.

  • Baby Names That Mean Happy

    Happiness is a wonderful meaning for a baby's name, suggesting an upbeat personality and a positive future. Names that mean happy, happiness, joy, bliss or some other upbeat feeling include ancient mythological names along with modern word names. Names with happiness-related meanings come from a range of cultures and origins. Here are some baby names that mean happy.

  • Baby Names That Mean Hope

    Hope is a meaning that appeals to many parents when searching for a name for their baby. Baby names that mean hope reflect the hope we're filled with for our children's futures. The names here either mean hope in various cultures or symbolize hope.

  • Baby Names That Mean Love

    Baby names that mean love hail from a range of different cultures with the unifying theme of a love -- and lovely and loving -- meaning. Names that mean love might be especially popular for babies born around Valentine's Day or conceived on a honeymoon. And for any baby, what could be a more wonderful meaning for a name than love?

  • Baby Names That Mean Luck

    Baby names meaning luck may not be enough on their own to bless your child with good fortune, but as they say, it couldn't hurt. Names meaning luck or lucky or fortunate include a wide range of different styles and include names with luck-related meanings as well as word-names that literally mean luck.

  • Baby Names That Mean Luck

    Want to bless your child with good fortune? Then consider one of these names that mean luck, lucky, or fortunate.

  • Baby Names That Mean New Beginnings

    Baby names that mean new, newness, or new beginnings appeal to parents looking for a name that signifies the hope and fresh start a baby can bring to your life. Names that mean new are often used for New Year's babies, but new is a wonderful meaning for a name for a baby born at any time of year. These are baby names that mean newness, freshness and dawn, in various cultures.

  • Baby Names That Mean Peace

    Peace is a beautiful meaning for your baby's name, both for what it suggests about your child's temperament and what it conveys about your values and hopes for the world. Peaceful meanings of names can include words such as calm, silence, and tranquility, or even relate to a peace-related symbol such as dove or olive branch. Here are some of the most usable of the baby names for girls and boys that mean peace.

  • Baby Names That Mean Strong

    Baby names that mean strong may help arm your boy or girl for whatever lies ahead. Strength-related name meanings have become more popular to parents in recent years, as they prepare their children for challenging times. The following are baby names that include strength or power in their meaning.

  • Baby Names with Animal Meanings

    Names with animal meanings range from the obvious, such as Robin or Lionel, and those with subtler animal meanings, such Rachel (which means ewe) or Tabitha (gazelle). . This list of baby names with animal meanings contains both those that announce themselves clearly, such as Fox and Wolf, and those whose animal meaning is more hidden. Also note: We're light on bird names as we include the complete variety in their own list. The range of baby names with animal meanings includes the following.

  • Baby Names with No Nicknames

    Do you hate nicknames, or just hate the idea that someone other than you is going to decide what your child is actually called by shortening, say, Alexandra to Lexie? Then you might do well to choose among the baby names that don't have nicknames, or are too short to be abbreviated further, like the names on this list.

  • Baby Names With Repeating Sounds

    We're in a nickname-friendly era, and these adorable double baby names like Coco and Lulu are in keeping with that trend.

  • Baby Names with Uplifting Meanings

    Positive meanings are a plus for all baby names, creating something for your child to live up to. The girl names here include modern virtue names such as Peace and True that are literally inspirational words as well as more conventional names with positive meanings such as brave, strong, and beautiful. These baby names for girls all have positive meanings that could set your child on the right course for life.

  • Bad Girls

    It may be difficult for people on the brink of parenthood to admit this, but it's cool to be bad. It was cool when you were younger . . . and it's still going to be cool when your baby-to-be is a lot, lot older. If these Bad Girl names are too much for you, check out the list of names for Good Girls. Among the baddest, coolest baby girl names:

  • Badass Baby Names

    Badass baby names carry a cool, macho image that works for either gender. These badass names suggest the person who rides a motorcycle and sings in a rock band, who can carry a hikers' pack but would never carry a briefcase. Badass names are cool names with extra attitude, and they kick butt in every sense of the term. The badass baby names for girls and boys include:

  • Badass Names for Cats

    Badass names, meaning names with attitude, swagger and sass, are popular for babies, and names that are cool for children are hot for pets too. Attitude names for kittens and cats underscore your feline's natural speed and aggression. If you've got a badass cat who deserves a badass name, here are several attitude cat names that fit the bill.

  • Badass Names for Dogs

    Names with attitude are becoming more popular as baby names, but badass names for dogs can be an excellent idea too. If you've got a badass puppy with lots of swagger and sass, one of these doggie attitude names might be the perfect choice. There are badass dog names here to fit female dogs and male dogs, large dogs and small, any color or breed -- as long as it's got lots of attitude!

  • Badass Princess Names

    Badass princess is an image that not only appeals to contemporary little girls but to their parents when choosing a name. These unusual girls' names are appealing not so much because of their sound or their style but because of the complicated image they convey. These are rare baby girl names that are both decidedly feminine and rooted in tradition, but are not at all conventional or conservative. They’re creative and edgy, but not invented or unorthodox like Blue or Bellamy.

  • Belles of the Ball

    With Isabella in the Top Ten Girls' names, many other names that end with bel, belle, and bella (including Belle and Bella themselves) are under consideration by modern parents. Here, a roundup of the Belles among girls' names.

  • Best Cool Unusual Boys' Names

    Thes 100 cool and unusual baby names for boys are the ones we believe have the most potential---they have genuine roots, are attractive, and work in the modern world. Best of all, the cool names here are still widely underused! If you're looking for boy names that are uncommon yet appealing, browse the choices here. For more rare names for boys, you can also skip directly to our full menu of boys' names or unusual baby names.

  • Best Cool Unusual Girls' Names

    The best, cool unusual girls' names are those that have deep roots, are attractive, and can fit into contemporary life, yet are not on the brink of widespread discovery. Cool names are a matter of opinion, but by unusual girls’ names, we mean those used for 25 or fewer baby girls last year. To see more, here is our full menu of girls' names and unusual names.

  • Best One-of-a-Kind Names for Boys

    Unusual names that nobody (yes, really!) is using for their baby boys in America include the following, which all ranked below the five-baby cutoff to make the Social Security tally in 2016. Included here are many unusual yet classic boys' names as well as fresh, creative choices. If you are looking for truly unique names for your baby boy, any of these would be excellent choices.

  • Best One-of-a-Kind Names for Girls

    Unusual names that nobody (yes, really!) is using for baby girls in the US include the following, all ranking below the five-baby cutoff necessary to make the Social Security extended list in 2016. Among these truly unique girl names are many classic choices as well as new and unusual name ideas. If you want a truly unique name for your baby girl, any of these are excellent suggestions.

  • Bible Names for Boys

    Bible names have been popular for boys for more than a generation now, with classic Biblical boys' names Aaron and Adam giving way to new favorites such as Asher and Ezra. No matter how many historic masculine names parents revive from Biblical sources, there always seem to be new choices on the table. If you like classic names for boys, the Bible is one of the best historic sources. Here's our collection of Biblical baby names for boys, both familiar and unusual.

  • Bible Names for Girls

    Bible names for girls have been popular for girls for more than a generation now, with classic names such as Mary and Anna giving way to newly popular names such as Ada and Abigail. Many of the best-known Hebrew names for girls come from the bible, both the Old Testament (Sarah, Rachel) and the New Testament (Susannah, Tabitha). And the Bible is also the unlikely source for some of the trendiest girls' names, including Delilah, the top D-starting name for girls, along with Chloe, Phoebe, and all variations of Eve. Here's our complete collection of biblical baby names for girls. Click here for our list of Bible Names for Boys.

  • Biblical Place Names

    Biblical place names relate not to the people in the Bible but the physical places. Can these ancient place names work as contemporary baby names? We say yes.

  • Bird Baby Names

    One of the hottest of the hot nature categories is the Bird Baby Names, all the way from Birdie to Wren.

  • Black Cat Names

    Black cats are famously unlucky...and also sleek and beautiful. If you cast superstition aside and welcome a black cat into your life, you'll want to give him or her a mystical name. The cat names here mean have black-related or magical associations. Here, some perfect names for your black cat.

  • Blond Baby Names

    For your little towhead, here's a selection of baby names that mean fair or blond.

  • Bohemian Baby Names

    Bohemian baby names carry a lot of attractive qualities. They're both creative and earthy, relaxed yet distinctive. Bohemian or hippie names may reference heroes from the arts or politics, real or imagined: think Dylan and Ophelia. Some bohemian names are antique or vintage, while others reference nature or desirable qualities such as Peace or Justice. This list includes the best bohemian names today for both girls and boys:

  • Boy Baby Names Moving Up Fast

    Boys' baby names moving quickly up the popularity ladder, according to our deep dive into US statistics, include:

  • Boy Baby Names That End in S

    Boy baby names that end in S are a fashionable group. The S ending is commonly found in Roman names, stylish now for boys, as well as other fresh, cool choices. Stylish boy baby names that end in S include:

  • Boy Baby Names That Mean Wise

    Wisdom is a more valuable quality than ever, so baby names that mean wise or intelligent or smart have a contemporary feel. Of course, there are girl names that mean wise too, but these boy names meaning wise represent a range of cultures and styles. Here are some baby names that confer wisdom by their meaning.

  • Boy Names ALWAYS in the Top 1000

    There are just over 200 baby boy names that have been on the Top 1000 since 1880, when the U.S. Social Security office began tracking baby names. The classic boy names here are included among that elite that has been perennially popular. For the full group plus analysis, see our blog on perennially popular boy baby names.

  • Boy Names Dads Like More Than Moms

    All parents bring their experiences with their own names to bear on the naming of a child, which is why dads may sometimes have stronger feelings about boy names while moms may be more sensitive around names for girls. Traditionally, dads have a preference for strong classic or he-man names for their sons, names that confer a clear measure of masculinity on a baby boy. Dads may also be more likely to favor names that reference athletes or sports, cool guys or rock gods, like the choices here.

  • Boy Names for Girls

    Some of the coolest baby girl names are not girls' names at all but boys' names -- many of which have officially become unisex names. We're seeing more and more fomerly 100% boy names being used for girls, from nicknames like Sam and Charlie (now 50-50 by gender!), to occupational or surnames such as Sawyer or McKinley to formerly masculine names such as Quincy and Jude that have become truly unisex. Here, some boy names that can work for girls.

  • Boy Names from Africa

    African baby names for boys from a range of cultures and tribes include the choices here. For our full list of African baby names, click here.

  • Boy Names Kids Consider Cool

    What are the cool boy names from the point of view of other kids? Choosing a name that other kids consider cool may be more important than one you think is cool yourself.

  • Boy Names that Mean Life

    Boy names that mean life are an elite group, but one that includes several excellent choices. None of the boy names that mean life are particularly popular or even well-known, but you may consider the meaning more important than style or popularity. Also included here are many names that refer to the place or the setting where the person lives. Life is a wonderful meaning for a name, one that may inspire and uplift a child of any gender.

  • Boy Names That Mean Powerful

    To give your son an extra measure of strength, choose one of these baby boy names that mean powerful.

  • Boy Names Trendier Than You Think

    The trendiest baby boy names may be a very different group than you'd guess, especially for the first-time parent new to recent baby-naming fads and trends. Here, some surprisingly trendy baby names for boys.

  • British Boy Names

    British baby names have a style all their own, and fashionable English names are often a step or two ahead of American baby names. Some of the hottest baby boy names in England, Scotland, and Wales are still cool and underused choices in the U.S., as seen below. Other boys' names make this list because they're classic British choices that have emigrated to the US along with other parts of the world: Among these are Felix, Hugh, Jasper, and Leo. If you're looking for a distinctly British-sounding name for your baby boy, consider the following distinctive selection. You might also want to check out our masterlist of English names for boys.

  • British Girl Names

    Do British baby girl names have a distinct style? You bet, and often the style of English names is a step or two ahead of the style of American names. Some of the hottest baby girl names in England, Scotland, and Wales are still cool -- and underused -- choices in the U.S.. Some girls' names that rank particularly highly in Britain are Amelia, Poppy, Freya, and Florence, while Olivia, Sophia, and Charlotte are popular in both the UK and the US. British parents are also more likely to use nicknames as proper names for their daughters, with names like Evie, Elsie, Millie, and Rosie widely used on their own for girls in England and Wales. Here, some of the most intriguing British baby names for girls. You might also want to consult our masterlist of English names for girls.

  • Butterfly Names

    Butterfly-related baby names came to wider attention when it was rumored that Kylie Jenner would choose a butterfly name for her new baby girl, to symbolize her love of the fluttery species. Baby names that relate to butterflies can be literal word names, like Butterfly itself as in the name of Gone With the Wind actress Butterfly McQueen, or the names of stages of the butterfly or mother development such as Chrysalis, the rumored name of Jenner's baby. Other butterfly names include exotic butterfly-related words or species names. Plus butterfly names are not just for girls.