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  • Sagittarius Baby Names

    Names for Sagittarius babies, born from late November through late December, may be inspired by a wide range of amazing symbols and signs. In astrology, Sagittarius is the sign of the archer, making names like Apollo and Arrow ideal for a Sagittarian baby.

    Sagittarius is one of three fire signs of the zodiac, so names that mean fire could be another appropriate choice. Purple and blue hues are associated with the Sagittarius zodiac sign, as are gems such as Turquoise, Topaz, and Citrine.

    Babies born under Sagittarius could potentially share a name with a well-known Sagittarian like Taylor Swift or Jimi Hendrix. Add some of these Sagittarius-themed names to your list if you are expecting a baby Sagittarius.

  • Saints' Names

    Here's proof that you can find saints' names that go way beyond the traditional Anne or Francis. Following is a selection of some of the coolest saints' names for babies.

  • Saints' Names For Boys

    It is tradition, though no longer a requirement, in the Roman Catholic Church for a child receiving baptism to be given a saint's name. However, even parents who don't find themselves particularly religious have begun to take interest in the rare, uplifting, and sometimes unheard-of names of saints for their sons and daughters. Names of notable saints such as St. Sebastian and St. Jude are listed here, as well as those of lesser-known saints.

    Along with Sebastian and Jude, other saints’ names for boys in the US Top 300 include Adrian, Elias, Fabian, Henry, Israel, Jonah, Killian, and Owen. More obscure names such as Amias, Benno, Cassian, and Leander are also saints’ names worth considering.

    If you are interested in ancient names, saints’ names are a great source of inspiration. This list includes a wide range of appealing saints' names for boys.

  • Saints' Names for Girls

    Saints' names may no longer be required for a Roman Catholic baptism, but many parents choose to honor saints with their children's names anyway. Names of notable saints such as St. Catherine of Siena and St. Teresa of Avila are listed here, as well as those of lesser-known saints.

    Along with Catherine and Teresa, other Saint names for girls in the US Top 1000 include Adelaide, Beatrice, Cecilia, Florence, Genevieve, Isabel, Lydia, and Matilda. Among the more unique saints’ names with style are Delphina, Inez, Theodora, and Zenobia.

    Beyond religious strictures, you might be interested in saints as inspirational namesakes or as a source of unusual ancient names. This list includes a range of saints' names for girls, from the classic to the cool to the rarely-heard.

  • Sci-Fi Baby Names

    Sci-fi baby names come from the most popular Science Fiction movies, books and television shows. Science fiction writers love to choose obscure, rare names for their characters, sometimes going so far as to invent names themselves. If you are searching for a distinctive and cool name for your child, you should consider taking inspiration from sci-fi character names. From Star Wars to Blade Runner, here's a list of unique science fiction baby names.

  • Scorpio Baby Names

    Names for Scorpio babies can be drawn from a variety of sources, including the properties of this zodiac sign. In astrology, Scorpios are associated with steel, the color red, and Fall flowers such as the Chrysanthemum. Names for babies born under Scorpio might include names that mean water, as Scorpio is a water sign. You could also look to famous Scorpios in search of names for a Scorpio baby. For a baby born under the Scorpio zodiac sign, these names are worth consideration.

  • Scottish Baby Names

    Scottish names reflect the rich cultural heritage of The Scots, originally a Celtic tribe that migrated from northern Ireland. This list includes both uniquely Scottish Gaelic baby names, and other names that have been used predominantly in Scotland for so long and often that they are thought of internationally as typically Scottish names, such as Isla and Maisie.

    Along with Isla and Maisie, other Scottish baby names in the US Top 1000 include Esme, Elsie, Evan, Fiona, Graham, Logan, Lennon, and Maxwell. Blair, Cameron, Finlay, and Rory are well-liked Scottish names that work for either gender.

    While we include both Scottish names for girls and Scottish boys' names on this list, you can also find individual lists for each gender elsewhere on the site. But the choices here are what we consider the most stylish baby names that are also distinctly Scottish. You also might want to consult our individual lists of Scottish Names for Girls and Scottish Names for Boys.

  • September Baby Names

    The September equinox is the official start of Fall, so names inspired by the falling leaves or season of harvest are apt for a September baby. September’s birthstone is the sapphire, which works as a name on its own, or can be linked to names in shades of blue. Names related to the September birth flowers, morning glory and aster, are also possibilities for a September baby. Names for babies born in September may also be related to notable people or events associated with the month, or saints with feast days in September. You may want to consider these names if you are expecting a September baby.

  • Serious Names

    Serious names used to be favored for boys but recently it's been serious names for girls that have gotten more attention, as parents try to do everything they can to help their daughters succeed in a serious world. Serious names are easiest to define by what they're not: They're not invented, not nicknames, not celebrity influenced (unless that celebrity is the Notorious RBG), not creative or fanciful in any way. They probably do not start with or even contain an X, a Z, or a Q. Serious names are somber, straightforward, buttoned-up, ready for a future as a lawyer, an accountant, or maybe President. Serious names for boys and girls include the following.

  • Shakespeare Baby Names

    Shakespeare names were drawn by the Bard from a range of ancient and modern cultures. Many have survived through the ages and are ripe for modern play. Among the Shakespearean baby names we recommend are the following, many of them perfectly in style right now.

  • Shimmering New Year's Baby Names

    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.

  • Short & Strong Girl Names

    Looking for girl names that are unfussy and straightforward? Here are some choice baby girl names that are both short and strong. If you're having a boy, check out our post on strong boy names

  • Short Baby Names

    Sometimes -- when your last name is long and elaborate, when you simply believe in simplicity -- what you want most from baby names is that they be short. Sweet, maybe; mono-syllabic, possibly. But the most important quality: short. Here are some baby names that fit the bill.

  • Soap Opera Baby Names

    Baby names from soap operas, inspired by melodramatic characters, often appear on the popularity charts. If you're expecting a dramatic little one, a "soap" name may be right up your alley. Soap opera writers tend to choose names some may consider a bit over the top, ranging from long and romantic choices like Deveraux and Maximiliana to quirky and offbeat names such as Buzz and Cricket. For more names inspired by television, check out our list of TV character names.

  • Son Baby Names

    Baby names that end in son originated just the way you think: they designated that the person—Jackson, say, or Jefferson—was the son of Jack or Jeffery. Son makes a stylish first name ending today, mostly for boys but since the era of Allison, also for girls. Son baby names can make for an original way to honor an ancestor or relative while slightly varying the name. Some prime examples:

  • Southern Baby Names

    There's something about the South that says charm, hospitality and courtesy.

    In the American South, parents often pass down family names to their children. The need to distinguish children from their relatives led to many of what we consider Southern naming traditions, including double-barreled names and children going by their middle names.

    Southern names in the US Top 300 include Cash, Daisy, Delilah, Georgia, Tucker, and Wyatt. In the South, popular names for girls include Ava, Paisley, Scarlett, and Skylar. Carter, Elijah, John, and Mason are among the top names in the Southern states.

    This list of Dixie baby names may inspire a choice for your southern belle or gentleman.

  • Space Baby Names

    There are cool star names like Uma and Bono, and then there are the even more extreme astronomical star and constellation names, which might appeal to parents looking for baby boy or girl names that are unique and celestial—in other words, a heavenly name.

    Along with Atlas and Nova, other Space names in the US Top 1000 include Aurora, Leo, Luna, Miranda, Orion, Phoebe, Samson, and Titan. Other stylish Space baby names include Elio, Juno, Kepler, and Vesper

    Space names for babies include all things planetary and nebular, from names of stars to satellites. If you are looking for baby names related to space, here are some stellar ideas:

  • Spanish Baby Girl Names

    Spanish baby names for girls include several choices familiar to non-Spanish speakers: Maria, Sofia, and Lucia, for instance. And then there are other girls' names, popular in Latin and South America as well as in Spain, largely unused outside Spanish-speaking cultures.. Spanish girls' names popular in the US, Latin America, South America, and Spain include Lucia, Sofia (the Spanish spelling of the popular Sophia) and the classic Maria. The list of most popular names in Spain includes such girls' names as Vega, Laia, Candela, Aitana, and Jimena, all still very exotic in the English-speaking community. What follows is a select list of Spanish names for girls.

  • Spanish Baby Names

    Spanish baby names are widely-used in the US, and many of the same Spanish names are on the popularity lists throughout North and South America as well as in Spain. The names on this list include the best-known Spanish baby names and the most usable Spanish names for girls and boys that bridge cultures.

  • Spanish Baby Names

    Spanish baby names are widely-used in the US, and many of the same Spanish names are on the popularity lists throughout North and South America as well as in Spain. The names on this list include the best-known Spanish baby names and the most usable Spanish names for girls and boys that bridge cultures.

  • Spanish Baby Names

    Spanish baby names are widely-used in the US, and many of the same Spanish names are on the popularity lists throughout North and South America as well as in Spain. The names on this list include the best-known Spanish baby names and the most usable Spanish names for girls and boys that bridge cultures.

  • Spanish Baby Names

    Spanish baby names are widely-used in the US, and many of the same Spanish names are on the popularity lists throughout North and South America as well as in Spain. The names on this list include the best-known Spanish baby names and the most usable Spanish names for girls and boys that bridge cultures.

  • Spanish Baby Names for Boys

    Spanish baby names for boys include lots of choices widely known through the Western World: Juan and Jose, Pablo and Pedro. The parent who wants to find Spanish boys' names that move beyond the obvious choices still has a lot of attractive options. Some of these Spanish names for boys are popular in Spain: Hugo and Iker, for instance, while others, such as Angel, are popular in the US.

  • Spanish Word Names

    The parent in search of truly distinctiveSpanish baby names has to move farther than ever away from the established roster. One new direction -- or is it two? -- for the intrepid baby namer is toward foreign-word names, which combine two of today's coolest trends. We combed our own diccionarios for French, Italian, and Spanish words that could make perfectly appropriate, attractive baby names, and here are some Spanish ideas. But no reason to stop here--consider words from the language of your own ethnic background, be it Czech or Chinese, and add them to the list of your personal possibilities.

  • Sparkling Summer Baby Names

    by Sophie Kihm

    Summer is one of the nicest times of year to have a baby, the warm weather and slow pace making it that much easier to relax into new motherhood. Here is a list of baby names that summon the summer season, from summer flower names to names that mean ocean to the gemstone names signifying summer birthdays.

    We have baby names related to the summer months of June, July, and August, as well as the summer zodiac signs and Independence Day baby names. Beach baby names are also right for summer babies, as are names relating to warm weather.

    Along with Summer, Juliet, and August, popular summer baby names that rank in the US Top 1000 include Daisy, Dylan, Leo, Isabel, and Jennifer. Unique summer baby names worth considering range from Leonora to Sunniva to Apollo and Elio.

    Here, names for summer baby boys and girls.

  • Spice (& Other Food) Baby Names

    Apple launched the trend toward food-oriented baby names, with lots of tasty names joining the menu.

  • Spiritual Baby Names

    Spiritual baby names suggest qualities we'd all like our children to aspire to and fit our new definition of cool. While they seem as if they can work for both genders, most spiritual baby names have been veering toward the feminine side. A few, such as Trinity, Destiny, Sky, and Genesis, are already staples on the girls' popularity lists.

    Along with Genesis and Trinity, other spiritual baby names in the US Top 1000 include Bodhi, Eden, Haven, Justice, Mercy, Messiah, Miracle, and Saint. For less common but still stylish spiritual baby names, you might consider Galilee, Honor, Loyal, or Sunday.

    Spiritual names deriving from a range of religions and beliefs are, for many parents, a modern substitute for biblical or saints' names. Here, some spiritual names that might be right for your baby.

  • Spooky Halloween Baby Names

    Halloween baby names reference the holiday and all things spooky. Would you really want to choose one of these baby names for a child born on or near Halloween? Debatable. But those who are into celebrating the holiday may want to adopt their own Halloween name from this collection of names of ghostly or witchy people, characters, and things.

  • State Capital Baby Names

    Baby names that reference state capitals might make your little girl or boy feel extra important and one-of-a-kind. The state capital baby names include:

  • Steampunk Baby Names

    The steampunk movement has been inspired by literature and cinema, blending futuristic themes with 19th century Victorian style. Think alternate history meets science fiction entwined with elements of steam power and clockwork. Here is a list of baby names incorporating this unique style.

  • Streamlined Baby Names

    Another approach to creative baby naming, this one as old as ElizaBETH and EuGENE, is to drop the first syllable or syllables, or even an initial letter of a name. These days, for instance, Drew and Ward are cooler baby names than Andy or Ed. Here are some other possibilities but, as with most recipes, feel free to improvise.

  • Strong Boy Names That Mean Power

    Powerful boy names might be those that literally mean power or strength, such as Andrew and Ethan, or those that simply sound macho: Rock is an exaggerated example.

    Along with Ethan and Andrew, other powerful boy names in the US Top 1000 include Brian, Everett, Garrett, Griffin, Harvey, Kenzo, Merrick, and Zane. Other strong and powerful names for boys that may appeal include Evander, Fort, Oswald, and Quinlan.

    If you're looking for a decidedly powerful name for your baby boy, consider these boys' names that have strong or powerful in the meaning or give the impression of conventional masculinity. For more on this topic, see our blog on names that mean strength.

  • Strong Girl Names

    Strong baby names for girls are a more rarefied group than strong names for boys, with fewer girls' names meaning strong, powerful, or brave. We've gathered all the girl names with meanings that denote strength or power here. Names for strong girls can be long and feminine, like Gabriella or Valentina, or short and unisex, like Drew or Casey. For more strong names for baby girls, consult our lists of Names of Great Heroines and Short & Strong Girls' Names. And you might also want to consult our list of strong boy names.

  • Stylish Girls' Names That End in Consonants

    If you are searching for a stylish and undeniably feminine name but want to avoid that flowery vowel ending, here are 101 stylish girl names that end in consonants...or consonant sounds. This list mixes English traditional names (Margaret) and those with French chic (Delphine) with more unusual choices from across the world (Ceridwen, Pilar and Zerlin). If your last name starts with a vowel, these consonant-ending names for girls may be particularly appealing.

  • Stylish L Baby Names

    L is the letter that lends style to almost any name that contains it these days, whether at the beginning, in the middle, or -- most fashionably of all -- in a couple of different places. Also stylish are baby names that not only contain the letter L but its sound, as in Ella and Elliot. Here, fashionable baby names made all the lovelier by the letter L.

  • Stylish Variations of Mary

    What can we say? There's still something about Mary -- even after a 400 year run -- that's made it a solid option for countless folks who adore its symbolic value. But don't be afraid to jazz things up a little. Here are some timely, fresh-faced variations of this traditional name.

  • Superhero Names

    Superhero baby names take their inspiration from the superheroes of the large and small screen and the pages of comic books. You are probably not going to name your baby Black Panther or Spiderwoman, but you may want to use some of the names of superheroes used in their "real" lives. If you are inspired by the mythic worlds of crime-fighting and city-saving, a superhero name could be right for your child. Potential names for your little superhero include the following:

  • Supermodel Baby Names

    It's not enough that supermodels are skinny, gorgeous, world-revered millionaires. They've got babies, too, and not just ordinary babies, but babies with incredibly cool names. The baby names of supermodels are a fashionable bunch with a variety of origins. Alastair and Clementine, Lyra and Ugo, Cosima and more join the list of names vetted by the style experts themselves. Here is the recent crop of supermodel baby names:

  • Supermodel Names

    Supermodels provide a real international smorgasbord (excuse the expression, girls) of beautiful baby girl names. Names inspired by supermodels are as culturally diverse as the models themselves, spanning from Israel to India and Nigeria to Norway. The names of supermodels can have strong associations with the model herself, like Doutzen, Behati, and Solange, or subtler ties, like Naomi, Claudia, and Elle. If you envision your daughter walking down the runway, a supermodel name might be right up your alley.

  • Surname Baby Names

    Surname baby names have been growing in popularity for boys and girls too over the past few decades, making them one of the prime classes of gender neutral names. Now, anything goes, so look for a long-lost surname in your family or even search the phone book for something you love. Or look through this list for more unusual surname baby names.

  • Surname Favorites

    Surname names have been on the rise as baby names for a couple of decades now. Here are some of the most popular, for girls as well as boys.