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  • Baby Boy Names 2019

    What are the hottest baby boy names for 2019?

    To find out, we measured which names were getting the most attention on Nameberry at the beginning of 2019 compared with the year before. The results: These 100 names for boys which we deem the top boys' names of 2019.

    If you're expecting a 2019 baby boy, this list is a good place to start looking for a name.

  • Baby Girl Names 2019

    What are the hottest girl names 2019? If you're expecting a baby girl in 2019, consider this your starter list in looking for the perfect name. These top girl names of 2019 were determined by calculating which names jumped the most in reader interest at the start of 2019 compared with the year before.

  • Baby Girl Names Ending in Y

    Baby girl names ending in Y have gone from ordinary to quaint, with the ee sound today as likely represented by an I, an Ey, or an Eigh as with a Y. But Y is a classic and serviceable way to end names or nicknames for girls. Here are a collection of baby girl names, from traditional to contemporary, buttoned-up to informal, that can end in the letter Y.

  • 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. Baby names from books can come from canonical literary classics or contemporary works of fiction. No matter the genre, there are names of book characters that can suit anyone’s style. There are more baby names inspired by books than one could ever dream of, but here we’ve gathered 100+ of the most recognizable that might work in a modern nursery.

  • Baby Names from Children's Books

    Baby 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. Using baby names from children’s books is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Here are 150+ of the most iconic baby names inspired by children's books.

  • 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 Luck

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

  • 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.

  • Bad Girl Names

    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. Some Bad Girl names, such as Delilah and Lolita, are clearly tied to a particular Bad Girl from myth, history, or literature. Others, including Desiree and Scarlett, just give off a romantic devil-may-care vibe.

    Along with Delilah and Scarlett, other Bad Girl names in the US Top 1000 include Lana, Lilith, Lola, Mabel, Raven, Ruby, and Sadie. Many Bad Girl names for babies are short, repetitive names such as Coco, Fifi, Gigi, and Lulu.

    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, such as Ace and Axel, 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.

    Along with Ace and Axel, other badass baby names in the US Top 1000 include Blaze, Dash, Fox, Harley, Jagger, Justice, Ryker, and Wilder. Many badass names are also impressive occupations, among them Hunter, Pilot, Ranger, and Sargent.

    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 Cat Names

    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 Cats

  • Badass Dog Names

    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 Names for Dogs

  • Badass Princess Names

    Badass princess is an image that appeals not only to contemporary little girls but to their parents when choosing a name. These unusual girls' names are attractive 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 Aurelia and Magnolia.

    Along with Aurelia and Magnolia, other badass princess names in the US Top 1000 include Anastasia, Antonella, Aurora, Clarissa, Emmeline, Estelle, Evangeline, and Tatiana. Among the quirkier, more unique badass princess names are Alouette, Fuchsia, Theodosia, and Xanthippe.

    Here, some badass princess names we recommend you consider. If you prefer more classical names, take a look at our list of Princess Names.

  • Beach Baby Names

    By Pamela Redmond

    Beach baby names call on the sand, the sea, and the sun for inspiration. Figures from mythology along with beach-related flora and fauna might also be considered beachy baby names. Beach names would be perfect for a child born during the summer months, the child of a sailor or a surfer, or a family that lives near the water. Beach baby names to consider for your list include the following.

  • Beautiful Bohemian Names for Girls

    By Pamela Redmond

    Bohemian names for girls might be inspired by free-spirited heroines of the arts or politics, by the natural world, or by international cultures. While Bohemian names are by their very nature unique, some Bohemian girl names are finding new popularity.

    Along with Luna and Iris, Bohemian girl names ranking among the US Top 1000 include Hazel, Clementine, and Ophelia. Unique Bohemian girl names that strike the right style note now include Una, Vita, Persephone, and True.

    Bohemian names carry an artsy, indie image you may be seeking for your baby girl. You can find Bohemian names for girls both vintage and contemporary, classic andinvented, though all are at least a little bit off the beaten track. Bohemian baby names usually defy expectations in some way, by bending traditional gender images or standards of beauty or even the traditional definition of a name.

    If you'd like to see more bohemian names, browse our list of Bohemian Names for Boys or browse our overall list of Bohemian Baby Names for both genders.

  • Beautiful Poetic Baby Names

    By Pamela Redmond

    Poetic baby names can come direct from the names of poetic forms, like Poem and Sonnet, or you can look to the great poets for unique baby name inspiration for both girl and boy babies: think Angelou, Auden, Whitman, Dante... So many beautiful and unusual literary baby names to choose from! Here is a selection of perfect poetry inspired baby names you might like to consider.

  • 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 American Baby Names

    by Pamela Redmond

    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.

    Along with Savannah and Lincoln, American baby names ranking in the US Top 100 include Madison, Maverick, and Kennedy. Unique American names gaining visibility range from Denali, the name of Alaska's highest peak, to Jaxton, an American invention. Here, a selection of the best American baby names.

  • Best Baby Names with No Nicknames

    By Emma Waterhouse

    Baby names with no nicknames are perfect for parents who want full control over what their child is called. If you don't like the idea of your Alexander being known as Alex, or your Eleanor being called Ellie, then it might be time to reconsider your baby name choice — starting with the many no-nickname baby names in the list below.

    Along with short names like Ivy, Eli, Cleo, and Luke, there are also a number of longer names which don't easily lend themselves to nicknames, like Lewis, Carmen, Harvey and Simone. Word names and surname names are particularly nickname proof categories, including cool unisex baby names like Sawyer, Murphy, Fox and Wren. And another bonus? Most of these cool baby names without nicknames are outside of the Top 100!

  • Best Boy Names Starting with Vowels

    Boy names that start with vowels are among the most popular and coolest names today. Boy names starting with A are second only to J in popularity, with all the versions of Aiden and Alexander leading the pack. Next up are Boy names that start with E, led by Ethan and Elijah. The best boys' names beginning with I include Isaac, Isaiah, and Ian. Popular names for boys that being with O are being used more often every year, with Oliver and Owen at the head of the line. While boy names starting with U are the most unusual in the alphabet, that group includes some unique choices. Of course, you can browse our complete lists of boys' names that start with A, E, I, O, and U, but here is our pick of the best vowel names for baby boys.

  • Best British Girl Names

    by Emma Waterhouse

    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 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.

    Along with Sophia and Charlotte, other British girl names in the US Top 1000 include Alice, Annabel, Clementine, Esme, Gracie, Matilda, Ruby, and Zara. British parents are 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.

  • Best Girl Names Starting with Vowels

    Girl names starting with vowels are the most popular and often the coolest names today. A is still the most frequently-used first initial for girls' names, with a third of all girl names starting with the letter A. Names for girls starting with E are the next most popular, but girl names that begin with I are holding their own, moving beyond the megapopular Isabella to cool girls Iris, Ivy, and Ida. O names for girls, led by Olivia, have an open, optimistic feel, while there are fewer girl names starting with U than with any other letter in the entire alphabet, though that includes a few choice picks. If you're looking for a vowel name for your baby girl, here are our top picks for girls names starting with A, E, I, O, and even U.

  • Best International Variations of Alexandra

    By Linda Rosenkrantz

    Alexandra has been in the Top 100 for 20 years and with so many little girls named Alexa, Alexis, and Alex around, you might want to explore some of Alexandra's international variants. Some are even in the Top 100 in other countries, like Lexi in Scotland and Alessia in Italy and Switzerland.

    Along with Alexa, Alessia, Lexi, and of course the lovely original, here are some of the best uncommon and unique forms of Alexandra from around the world.

  • Best International Variations of Ann

    By Pamela Redmond

    The name of the sainted mother of the Virgin Mary was among the top girls' baby names for centuries, in both the original English Ann spelling and the French Anne. And chic international classic Anna remains in the Top 20 in many countries, including Russia, Switzerland, Sweden and Austria.

    Famous bearers of the traditional girl name Anne or Ann include a British queen, several queen consorts (including two ill-fated wives of Henry VIII), novelist Anne Brontë, diarist Anne Frank, and Anne Shirley of L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series.

    Modern parents who want to honor an Ann or Anne, but who would prefer to look beyond the classic original, have their choice of dozens of cool international versions, such as the many lovely international forms of Ann below.

  • Best International Variations of Christina

    By Linda Rosenkrantz

    Christina, the most common feminine form of Christian or Christopher in the US, was most popular during the 1970s and 80s. Famous bearers of the traditional girls' name Christina include actresses Christina Applegate, Christina Hendricks and Christina Ricci, and musician Christina Aguilera, all of whom were born during the peak of the name's popularity.

    Parents looking for a fresh twist on Christina, perhaps to honor a friend or family member, have many intriguing international variations to choose from. Along with the more expected ones, like Christa, Tina, and Kristin, there are a great many unique forms of Christina from around the world, like Kirsty and Cairistiona from Scotland, or Kjerstin and Kirsi from Scandinavia.

    Discover more beautiful international variants of Christina in the list below.

  • Best Irish Boy Names

    By Pamela Redmond

    Irish baby names for boys have been growing in popularity in the U.S. in recent years, with Liam reaching Number 1 and all the different spellings of Aiden climbing to the top of the list. Along with Liam and Aiden, other Irish boy names on the US Top 1000 include Finn, Declan, Connor, and Brody. In Ireland, top Irish boy names include Conor, Fionn, Oisin, and Cillian. Unique Irish names for boys attracting attention include Cashel, Cormac, and Rafferty.

    While Irish names have become more popular for both genders, we see the style factor on the rise particularly in Irish boys' names unheard of here a generation ago, such as Declan and Finn. This list gathers some of our favorite Irish baby names for boys you might want to consider. Or you can browse our more comprehensive list of all Nameberry's Irish boy names.

  • Best One-of-a-Kind Names for Boys

    Unique names that nobody -- and by nobody, we mean zero people in the US the last year counted -- is using for their baby boys in America include the following fascinating boy names.. On this list 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

    Unique 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 2018. 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.

  • Best Scottish Boy Names

    By Sophie Kihm

    Scottish names for boys are a handsome group, including choices that have traveled far beyond Scotland's shores, such as Douglas and Malcolm and the nouveau Knox, along with many names that are still most at home in the Highlands, from Hamish to Kelso to Baird.

    Along with Malcolm and Knox, other Scottish boy names in the US Top 1000 include Callum, Douglas, Duncan, and Lachlan. Baby boy names popular in Scotland include Oliver—also a popular name in the US—Jack, James, and Logan.

    Other Scottish names for boys rising in popularity include Campbell, Graeme, Teague, and Wiley. While boys' names from Scotland have not travelled as widely as Irish names for boys, they certainly have the same potential. The Scottish boys' names in the Nameberry database include the choices here.

  • Best Scottish Names for Girls

    By Sophie Kihm

    Scottish baby names for girls are a lovely bunch, including choices that a very familiar to American ears, such as Isla and Fiona, as well as names that have yet to cross over, like Elspeth and Aberdeen.

    Along with Fiona and Isla, other Scottish girl names in the US Top 1000 include Annabel and Maisie. Baby girl names popular in Scotland include Isla—one of the only names of Scottish origins on their popularity charts—Olivia, Sophie, and Emily.

    Shown here are names of Scottish derivation as well as the girls' names popular in Scotland, though there is some overlap. Whether you want to honor your Scottish heritage or simply love the culture, consider these lovely Scottish names for girls.

  • Best Vintage Names for Girls

    by Pamela Redmond

    Vintage girl names are back in a big way, as chic as vintage clothes and furniture. Of course, not every vintage girl name is stylish – we may never see the comeback of Ethel or Bertha – but many retro names such as Cora and Iris are being dusted off and restored to their former glory by modern parents.

    Along with Cora and Iris, other vintage names for girls in the US Top 200 include Alice, Arabella, Clara, Daisy, Esther, Josephine, Lydia, and Sadie. Unique vintage names for baby girls on the rise include Cordelia, Imogen, Posey, and Susannah.

    Vintage baby names combine tradition and uniqueness and may also be used to honor a family member or hero from the past. The vintage baby names for girls that are most fashionable today include the following.

  • Bible Names for Boys

    Bible names for boys have dominated the US popularity list for its entire history, with Biblical names Jacob and Noah taking the top spot for nearly twenty years until recently, when Liam took over.

    Along with Noah and Jacob, other Bible baby names in the Top 25 for boys include James, Benjamin, Elijah, Lucas, Ethan, Samuel, and David. Unique biblical boy names gaining visibility – in the UK and Australia as well as the US – include Asher, Cyrus, Ezra, and Thaddeus.

    As parents are searching for uncommon but meaningful names for their sons, the Bible can be a great source of inspiration.

    Browse the full list of Biblical baby names for boys, both familiar and unusual.

  • Bible Names for Girls

    Bible names for girls have been popular in the US since the beginning of name history, with the ultimate Bible girl name Mary dominating the number one spot until the early Sixties, and Sarah ranking among the top five throughout the Eighties.

    Along with Mary and Sarah, other biblical girl names in the Top 10 for decades include Elizabeth, Hannah, Deborah, and Ruth. The Bible is also the unlikely source for some of the trendiest girls' names, including Delilah – the top girl name starting with D – as well as Ada, Phoebe, Lydia, Naomi, and the many 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 Baby Names

    Biblical baby names have been in style since the 1960s, when parents started to revive such boy names from the bible as Samuel and Joshua, Aaron and Adam.

    Over the decades, biblical names for both boys and girls have become popular. Witness Noah and Jacob, both Number 1 boy names, along with Ethan, Rebecca, Rachel, and Abigail.

    More recently, Biblical prophet names like Abraham and Moses, long thought too antiquated for babies, have been resurrected, as parents look deeper and deeper into the Bible in search of more unique bible names. Here is the full complement of biblical baby names, both popular and unique, in use today.

  • Biblical Place Names

    Biblical place names relate not to the people in the Bible but the physical places. As place names become more mainstream, parents are searching for ones with meaning and history, such as those in the Bible. The Bible has many name-worthy settings, from Ariel to Zion.

    Along with Ariel and Zion, other Biblical Place Names in the US Top 1000 include Bethany, Canaan, Eden, Jericho, Jordan, Judah, and Shiloh. More unique place names from the Bible that may be worth considering include Abilene, Lydda, Bethel, and Zebulun.

    Can these ancient place names work as contemporary baby names? We say yes. For more baby names from the bible, browse our master list of Biblical Baby Names and our list of Unusual Biblical Baby Names.

  • Bird Baby Names

    Bird names for babies are one of the hottest of the hot nature categories, all the way from Birdie to Wren. Bird names can work as unique first names or meaningful middle names and are appropriate for both girls and boys. While many bird names come straight out and announce themselves, as Robin or Hawk, others are more subtle, carrying bird meanings: Paloma, for instance, means dove.

    Along with Paloma and Wren, other bird baby names in the US Top 1000 include Arden, Ava, Callum, Gavin, Jay, Jonas, Mavis, and Robin. Up-and-coming bird names to listen for include Adler, Astor, Dove, and Lark.

    If you love nature names and animal names, you may want to search more deeply into the new genre of bird names for babies.

  • 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.

    Names for Black Cats

  • 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 are inspired by nature or spiritual qualities such as Peace or Justice. This list includes the best bohemian names today for both girls and boys: For even more choices, see our lists of Bohemian Names for Girls and Bohemian Names for Boys.

  • Bold Bohemian Names for Boys

    Bohemian names for boys may reference artistic or political heroes, inspiration spiritual qualities, or the natural world. Bohemian boy names might be antique or modern, traditional or invented. But to qualify as bohemian, these names, such as Felix and Fox, definitely have an indie feel.

    Along with Felix and Fox, other bohemian boy names in the US Top 1000 include Arlo, August, Bodhi, Kai, Otis, Raphael, Soren, and Wilder. Lesser-used boho boy names that might appeal include Cormac, Huck, Oak, and Ziggy.

    If you're looking for a bohemian or hippie style name for your baby boy, consider the following. If you're naming a daughter, check out our list of Bohemian Names for Girls. Or browse our list of Bohemian Baby Names for both genders.

  • 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 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 group 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 Can Start with a C or a K

    Many names for boys (and girls too) can start with either a C or a K. The C and K spellings have become basically interchangeable. Here, a selection of boy names that work with either C or K as a first letter.

  • 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.

  • Boy Names Uncommon in the US

    There are many thousand boy names uncommon in the US that are nevertheless widely used in their native lands. Does that mean they're ripe for import? Perhaps. Many unusual names for boys and girls here are anything but rare in their cultures of origin. The international boy names uncommon in the US but popular in their own countries include the following.

  • Brilliant Names That Mean Light

    by Sophie Kihm

    Names that mean light or bright shine beautifully and boldly on a baby. The meaning light can commemorate a sunny day or burst of knowledge, can confer brightness on your baby's future or illuminate a mid-winter birth. Babies born at Hanukkah or New Year's sometimes are given names that mean light, such as Aaron and Clara.

    Along with Aaron and Clara, other names that mean light in the US Top 1000 include Bodhi, Elena, Kiara, Lucian, Noemi, Nora, Robert, and Xavier. Chiara, Kiran, Lior, and Ori are among the enlightened names from other cultures with potential for success in the US.

    Here is our collection of names that mean light or bright or clear for girls and boys.

  • British Boy Names

    by Emma Waterhouse

    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, and Leo.

    Along with Felix and Leo, other British boy names in the US Top 1000 are Duncan, Ellis, Harvey, Jasper, Lewis, Luca, Rex, and Trevor. Other, more uniquely British names that may sound a bit too posh to American ears at the present moment include Barnaby, Crispin, Giles, and Tarquin.

    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.

  • 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 butterfly-related words or species names, such as Vanessa and Julia.

    Along with Vanessa and Julia, other butterfly names in the US Top 1000 include Annabella, Duke, Edith, Hector, Laurel, Memphis, Pearl, and Valeria. Among the more exotic butterfly baby names are Cressida, Indra, Mariposa, and Yara.

    But butterfly names are not just for girls—we have plenty of options for boys on this list as well. For more, take a look at our list of Names with Animal Meanings.