What does it mean to have a "cool" name? Since tastes differ, various people will consider different names cool, pretty, or charming, so it might be hard to answer this question. But there is something about cool names that can't be argued by anyone. They are the names that have a unique and creative sound and make us stand out in the crowd.
After answering a question about what a "cool" name is, we might find out that there are so many beautiful names that it's even hard to choose just one. So when it comes to making a choice, many of us rely on popular culture. We look for the names we like in different books, from the Bible to American classics. And many of us also like to use the names celebrities gave to their own children (mainly because they're always uniquely trendy).
For the young or expecting parents who are striving to find an edgy name for their newborn child, this list should be of great help. It's for those who want to choose a name that's not too popular, but also not too weird for a child. It's for those, who want their kids to be thankful for their cool names. And it's also for those, who want to have a quick laugh because this list ends with two overly unique (or ironically common?) names given by celebrities to their kids!
Want to give a sweet and feminine feel to your little daughter's name? Then call her Delaney (pronounced de-LAY-nee)! This name is of Irish origin and, according to the Baby Name Wizard, it derived from the Gaelic surname O'Dubhshláine. I hope that you won't be scared off by the meaning of this name, though, because it can be translated from Gaelic as "child of dark defiance" or "dark challenger."
But should we actually be afraid of this name? I don't think so! After all, it might mean that a girl named Delaney is destined to defend the humanity from dark forces, which should make her parents proud!
The name Axel is quite spread in Scandinavia and Germany, but in the United States and Canada it's yet to gain popularity, so don't hesitate to use it to name your son before it becomes too popular!
And if you're a heavy rock fan, you can spell this name Axl and tell people that you named your son after Axl Rose from Guns N' Roses!
But let's talk about the meaning of the name Axel. According to Name Berry, this name is of Scandinavian origin and it means "father of peace." It derived from the biblical name Absalom, which has a similar translation from Hebrew.
The girl's name Cecily has a very interesting origin. According to Baby Name Wizard, it's a feminine form of the name Cecil that came from an old Roman family name Caecilius. In its turn, the name Caecilius has Latin roots, as caecus means "dim-sighted" or "blind" from the Latin language.
In the third century a Christian woman named Cecily lived in Rome and founded a church in Trastevere. In the sixth century, she was venerated as a martyr and in the Middle Ages her name gained huge popularity in Europe among those, who wanted to honor the saint.
It's also interesting that Saint Cecily was considered the patron saint of musicians. So if you want your daughter to become a good musician, consider naming her Cecily!
The name Bruno might sound rather simple and have a very bland meaning (it's translated as "brown" in German), but it doesn't make this name any less charming!
The first person who was given this name was St. Bruno of Cologne, who lived in the 11th century in Germany. He was the one who founded the Carthusian Order (a Catholic order of enclosed monastics). Since then, this name spread all over Europe, and these days it's rather popular in Spain, Germany, as well as South America. In the United States and Canada, it's not as popular, but it's high time for young parents to give it to their newborns!
The female name Everly (pronounced EH-ver-lee) is of the English origin and it means "from the Boar Meadow" or "grazing meadow." Even though this name is so beautiful and has this unique yet romantic meaning (that should sound especially nice to a nature lover), it has been forgotten for some reason and hasn't been popular until recently.
When Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum named their little daughter Everly back in 2013, this name came out of the shadows. Since then, it's quickly gaining popularity; not only became little Everly Tatum's parents are famous, but also because her name is incredibly sweet!
The name Donovan (pronounced DAHN-ə-vin) is an Anglicized form of a Gaelic name O'Donnabháin or Donndubhán. It was a compound name composed from donn (which means "brown") and a diminutive form of dubh (can be translated as "black" or "dark"). Therefore, the meaning of this name, as well as the meaning of the name Donovan is "dark brown" or "dark-haired."
Oh Baby Names also suggests that Donovan originated as a nickname meaning "little dark one" or "little dark prince." Isn't it a cute name for a little rascal?
Even though this name is slowly gaining popularity today, there are still not many Donovans around, so take your chance!
Nova is a beautiful name for a girl, and when you think about its meaning, it'll become even more beautiful to you. From the Latin language, Nova means "new." Along with being a name, a very beautiful astronomic phenomenon is also called by this name. When a star suddenly becomes "thousands of times brighter and then gradually fades to its original intensity," it's called a Nova or Supernova.
So if you want adjectives like energetic, bright, and luminary to be attributed to the personality of your daughter, think about giving her the name Nova!
Maddox is a nice name that was pretty much unheard of until 2002, when Angelina Jolie adopted a one-year-old boy from Cambodia and gave this name to him. Since then, a large number of parents decided to follow suit and also started naming their kids Maddox. In fact, it's a good thing, because Maddox is a beautiful name with a wonderful meaning.
According to Oh Baby Names, this name has Celtic roots and it means "generous," "forgiving," as well as "fortunate." In Welsh culture, there's a legend about Maddoc, a prince, who is believed to have sailed to The New World three centuries before Christopher Columbus and befriended the native tribes on the American continent.
The name Maddox can also be given to a girl, so if you're looking for a non-gender conforming name — Maddox could be it.
The name Piper derived from a surname that, in its time, originated as an occupational name. This name spread after the Normal Conquest in 1066. In the Middle English language, a "pipere" was a person who played the pipes. Back then, a piper's music was linked with leadership because people usually were enchanted by this kind of music. The piper's talent had a significant musical artistic value in England, Scotland, and Ireland in those days.
Americans began giving the name Piper to their kids more often only in the end of the 1990s, especially after the actress Piper Perabo became popular. Today, it's getting closer to gaining the popularity it deserves, yet it's still underused.
The name Rhett, just like the name Scarlett, gained popularity due to the world-renowned novel Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Fans of the book, as well as of the movie based on it (starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable) loved using these names, especially Rhett, for their newborn babies.
But these days, the name Rhett lost its popularity. Some of the younger parents who haven't read or watched Gone With the Wind, might even fail to know that this name even exists!
Well, shame on all of us, because the name Rhett (that's translated as "counsel" or "advice" from Dutch) should certainly be in use!
A girl's name Tallulah (pronounced tah-LOO-lə) is a name of Native American origin that comes from the peoples of Choctaw. In fact, Tallulah is an Anglicized variation, while the original name has an even more unusual sound: it's Tuilelaith.
This beautiful name has two meanings. It's "lady of abundance" and "leaping water."
Maybe due to its meanings, or perhaps due to the uniqueness of this name, a lot of celebrities named their daughters Tallulah. We're talking about Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, Sara Rue, Daniel Dash, Patrick Dempsey, as well as late Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The male name Dashiell (it can be pronounced either DASH-əl or DASH-ee-əl) is an "Anglicized version of the old French surname de Chiel." Unfortunately, I'm unaware of the meaning or the origin of this surname, but we know that the first de Chiel family moved from France to Scotland and then their surname spread to England. Later on, de Chiels began living in the states of Virginia and Maryland.
Gradually, this surname transformed into a first name and got its contemporary form Dashiell. It gained popularity in the 20th century due to American writer Samuel Dashiell Hammett, who published his works under the name Dashiell Hammett.
Lola is a Spanish name that's considered a diminutive of Dolores. This name can be translated from the Spanish language as "lady of sorrows." Of course, it doesn't mean that if you give this name to your daughter, she's going to be a sorrowful woman. In fact, numerology specialists say that females called Lola are likely to be trustworthy and straight-forward. They also claim that Lola will probably become the backbone of her family, career, and community.
In the beginning of the 21st century, when several celebrities named their daughters Lola, this name began regaining popularity in the USA. It's still not too spread, but we can be sure that it's going to be extremely popular very soon!
Zander is a boy's name of Greek origin that means "defending men" or "defending warriors." It originated from Alexander, which is the Latin form of a Greek name Alexandros. An alternative spelling of Zander is Xander, so choose whichever one you like better if you're into giving this name to your baby boy!
According to Oh Baby Names, Zander is likely to be an adventurous, intellectual, progressive, and freedom-loving individual. One of the brightest examples of the bearer of this name from history is, indeed, Alexander the Great. You should remember from your history course that he was a legendary Macedonian ruler that managed to conquer countless lands by the time he turned 30 years old.
Simone is a feminine form of the name Simon that originated from a Hebrew name Simeon which means "hearkening" or "the one who hears." For the first time, this elegant name popped on the American female name charts in the 1930s, but then its popularity slowly faded to return in full swing in the 1960s due to the fame of post-modern feminist Simone de Beauvoir. However, it soon fell out of use again.
These days, the name Simone is still not very spread in the United States. But, due to its gorgeous pronunciation (it's French-like si-MOHN) and beautiful meaning, it should certainly come back again and conquer the hearts of young parents.
According to Name Berry, the name Walden has a German origin and can be translated as "valley of the Welsh" or "wooded valley" from Old English. Isn't it a great name for nature lovers?
In popular culture, we could encounter the name Walden at least twice. In the Harry Potter series, there was a character named Walden Macnair, who was Lord Voldemort's Death Eater and worked as an Executioner in the Ministry of Magic after the first defeat of the Dark Wizard. And, of course, we remember Walden Schmidt, an Internet billionaire from Two and a Half Man, played by Ashton Kutcher.
Who doesn't remember the iconic scene from The Fifth Element where Korben Dallas and Leeloo (the characters of Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich) were prepared to board their flight and Leeloo kept on repeating, "Leeloo Dallas, Multipass!" multiple times. I don't know about you, but it's one of my favorite scenes in the movie and it always comes to mind when I hear the name Leeloo or its more popular spelling Lilou.
Anyway, Lilou is a girl's name of French origin that can be translated as "lily." It's also known to be a diminutive for the French names Liliane or Louise, but it functions well as a standalone name, as well, due to its irresistible charm.
The name Ryder, that can also be spelled Rider, is a transferred use of a surname that originated from the Old English occupational name Rīdere. In translation, it means "rider," "knight," or "mounted warrior." Another way to translate it is "cavalryman" or "messenger."
Even though Ryder is quite an old name that appeared back in 11th century England, it didn't begin to be used as a first name in the United States until recently. In the 1990s and 2000s, it started gaining popularity, and now it shows real promise for those who like cool names.
According to Oh Baby Name, it finally became popular after actress Kate Hudson gave this name to her son in 2004.
The Spanish name Paloma is translated as "dove" or "pigeon." Since the dove has always been considered the symbol of peace and innocence, it's a very meaningful name. It has a very feminine, yet strong and powerful sound. It's a name adored by many people and now it's slowly gaining popularity outside of Spanish-speaking countries.
According to Oh Baby Names, a girl named Paloma is likely to become a good leader. She's going to be a talented and courageous human being and an innovative thinker. And, what's more important, she will have a potential to exert a lasting impact on this world.
So if you want your daughter to make a difference in the world, try naming her Paloma!
According to Baby Name Wizard, the name Phineas derives from the Hebrew name Pinchas, which means "the mouth of a snake" or "mouth of brass." Another meaning it might have is "oracle." This name was also encountered in the Greek mythology, where Phineas, the King of Thrace, was a character in the legend of Jason and the Argonauts.
Julia Roberts was a celebrity who returned popularity to this charming ancient name with deep biblical and mythological meaning. The actress named her son Phinnaeus in 2004 and, for short, calls him Finn. Phineas is also frequently encountered in popular culture. For example, in the animated TV series Phineas and Ferb, the protagonist's name is Phineas Flynn.
2 Would Want To Change It: North
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West seem to like geographical names, because not only their newborn baby girl's name is Chicago, but, most notably, their eldest daughter's name is North; making her full name North West.
In one of her interviews, Kardashian recalled that they decided to give this unique name to their daughter after Vogue's Anna Wintour said that it was a genius name. "Kanye and I looked at one another and just laughed. I guess at that point it sort of stuck," she said.
Thank God Kim didn't name her son Easton West, like the Internet rumored she would!
1 Would Want To Change It: Kyd
It seems that David Duchovny and Tea Leoni decided to make things easier for themselves and just named their kid, well, Kyd. On the one hand, it's pretty unique because go and try finding another boy named Kyd! But on the other hand, it's not unique at all. In fact, it's ironically common, because the boy will end up being called "kid" his entire life, which doesn't seem to be a good idea.
I don't know if Kyd Duchovny will ever want to officially change his name, but I know that he doesn't like being called Kyd and prefers going by his middle name Miller.
References: Baby Name Wizard, Name Berry, Oh Baby Names, She Knows, How Stuff Works