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There are certain cool baby names all but guaranteed to charm and impress your friends. Just don't let it influence you unduly.
For those expecting a fall baby, there are a flurry of colorful autumn-inspired choices. Here are some of the most inspired picks for autumn baby names:
City names are a special breed among place names used for babies: hip, sophisticated, street smart. Of course, city-bred kids can be named anything at all, but we collected these downtown-related names -- some of them the names of actual cities -- to provide inspiration for urban parents in search of names with a city theme. Of course, many city names -- Orlando, Charlotte, Adelaide -- started out as person names, so it all gets a bit meta. But the connection is what makes the names of towns and neighborhoods work so well for babies.
December babies are often thought of as holiday babies, named for Christmas or possibly Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. But there are also other baby names that seem particularly appropriate for babies born in December. These might be names relating to winter, the season that begins on December 21. December 21 is also the date of the Winter Solstice, another source of December baby names, which may have something to do with light….or dark. And then there may be baby names related to snow, to the number 12, to the end of the year, to important namesakes connected to the month of December, or to the astrological signs Sagittarius or Capricorn. If you’re expecting a December baby or perhaps naming a child conceived in December or one with another important December connection. Consider these names related to the month of December.
The names from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling are among the most inventive and inspired in literature since Charles Dickens created Pip and Oliver Twist. From Draco Malfoy to Severus Snape, from Hermione to Harry himself, Harry Potter names often hail from history and might inspire names for your modern baby.
The Turn of the Century -- the 20th century, that is -- featured some baby names newly back in style and others still moored in that long-ago era. Sourced from the Top 50 of the decade from 1900 to 1910, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today.
Classic names from a century ago are featured on this list, sourced from the era of The Great War, from the 1910 to 1920. These classic names were in the Top 50 then but many are relatively rare today.
Baby names popular in the 1920s include the following, many not often heard today. The names here are all from the Top 50 of that decade. If the Hundred Year Rule holds true, we'll be hearing more of these 1920s baby names in the near future.
Baby names popular in The Threadbare Thirties that are relatively rare today include these, sourced from the Top 50 of the decade from 1930 to 1940.
Names from the 1940s' Top 50 may be those of your mom and dad, one generation shy of sounding cool today. Many of these names are classics that were revived for the first generation of post-World War II babies, the oldest Baby Boomers. Expect to start hearing them on babies again in 20 years.
Baby names from the 1950s epitomize the Baby Boom. These are the names of today's grandmas and grandpas, not quite baby ready for a another generation. Sourced from the 1950s' Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names from that decade which are relatively rare today.
Names from the 1960s Top 50 which are relatively rare today include the following.
Names popular in the 1970s are the names of many of today's parents, not their children. Sourced from the 1970s 'Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names then which are relatively rare today.
Names from the Decade of Decadence are the names of the new moms and dads of today. Sourced from the 1980s'US Top 50, here is a list of popular American names from the 1980s that which are relatively rare today.
What little girl wouldn't want to be named Princess? Or, next best thing, Belle or Jasmine. You can count on your young child to thank you for giving her one of these names, though a teenage or grownup daughter may wish for something a bit less fanciful.
The Beatles, widely considered the most iconic band in music history, recorded over 300 songs, many of which mentioned names. If you're a Beatles fan or looking for musical information for your baby's name, here is a list of baby names inspired by the Beatles' music and band members.
You have to be pretty damn cool to name your kid Elmer, cool in that I-like-it-and-I-don't-care-what-the-world-thinks kind of way. Except you're not the one who's going to have to deal with having the name Elmer when you play Little League. You're not the one who's going to have to introduce yourself as Elmer to girls at parties. In fact, if you think it's so cool, maybe you should change your own name to Elmer rather than laying it on a poor little kid. The point: While we can appreciate the contrarian cool inherent in these clunky names, we fear that few children at this point in time are cool enough actually to live with them.
You have to be pretty darn cool to name your kid Hortense, cool in that I-like-it-and-I-don't-care-what-the-world-thinks kind of way. Except you're not the one who's going to have to deal with having the name Hortense when you play soccer. You're not the one who's going to have to introduce yourself as Hortense to boys at parties. In fact, if you think it's so cool, maybe you should change your own name to Hortense rather than laying it on a poor little kid. The point: While we can appreciate the contrarian cool inherent in these clunky names, we fear that few children at this point in time are cool enough actually to live with them.
Names meaning victory or glory have a naturally winning aura, imparting an upbeat feeling to a child. Name meanings related to victory include victorious and glorious. You'll notice groups of related names here which share victory-related meanings: There are the Nicholas names, those related to Sigrid, and names in the Victor constellation. If you want your child's name to mean victory or some other kind of win, consider the choices on this list.
By names with royal meanings, we don't mean actual royal baby names, such as George and Charlotte, but names that mean king, prince, queen, even royal. Choosing a baby name with a royal meaning is one of the many positive ways you can give your child a name to live up to. Some choices if you want to give your child a royal baby name, but subtle-y.
Nature baby names come from several categories: flower names, tree names, water, weather, and animal names. The popularity of nature names has risen along with the green movement, which has made us more appreciative of all things connected with nature. We have also seen a rise in nature baby names as parents look for names beyond the usual first name boundaries. Here are some of the coolest nature baby names for girls and boys today.
Nature names have been a defining trend of the 21st century. Dozens of high profile parents have borrowed names from the natural world for their children. Beyond Hollywood, they've become go-to picks for all parents, with names like River and Willow making mainstream popularity lists in recent years.
These new baby names have only recently been born, but are rising through baby names popularity lists and we predict will be used more frequently in the future. The new baby names to pay attention to include the following.
The start of a new year brings with it a sense of fresh beginnings, a new dawn dawning, and hopes for the future. Here are some baby names from various cultures whose meanings reflect those feelings, especially appropriate for a baby born near the start of a new year.
Brooklyn is, of course, the most widely used of these choices, but Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz recently added baby name Bronx to the mix and there are lots of other intriguing New York-themed baby names here.
Parents are more often putting nicknames directly on the birth certificate these days. Sometimes they like the nickname better than the formal name, sometimes they want more control over what their child is actually called, and sometimes they simply see the short form as cuter, more modern, and more stylish than its proper equivalent. Some nickname names you might want to consider for your own baby include the following. For even more choices, see our lists of Nicknames for Girls and Nicknames for Boys.
Suddenly, nicknames for boys are cool again. Not the cutesy Jerrys and Larrys, Randys and Andys of the '60s and '70s, but rather older, funkier diminutives with a Victorian pedigree. Among the nickname names that you can consider putting directly on the birth certificate are the following. Also check out our list of crazy nicknames for boys.
Elizabeth is one of those classic, widely-used baby names that has an entire raft of nicknames, going in and out of style over time. There's a pet form of Elizabeth that's right for any child.
Suddenly, nicknames are cool again. Not the cutesy Cindys and Mindys, Candys and Randis of the '60s and '70s, but rather older, funkier diminutives with a Victorian pedigree.
Looking for crazy nicknames for girls? Go here.
Baby names that have achieved the top standing in the U.S. are an elite group. Since the beginning of American baby-naming time, 1880, there have been only 16 baby names that have reached Number One, with Emma and David only touching the top for one year each and Ashley for just two. The all-time Number One baby names in the U.S. are: