50 Cool Baby Names

50 Cool Baby Names

Priming your baby to be the coolest kid on the block? Want them to be top of the popularity stakes in school? Giving them a cool name is a must.

Of course, cool is subjective and changes with the seasons and trends. Nevertheless, we’ve picked out a few names that achieve the perfect balance — they’re quirky without being weird and they stand out without trying too hard.

Luca is an Italian name that’s just similar enough to conventional names like Lucas and Luke to be recognizable and pronounceable, yet just different enough to be cool.

Axel is a Scandinavian (or possibly German) name that means “father of peace” and dates back to the medieval era. It’s growing in popularity in the US, but still hasn’t become quite popular enough to stop it being cool.

Kai means “sea” in Hawaiian, and it also has various meanings in Japanese, including “shell” and “ocean.” Yet, it has origins and meanings in an even wider number of countries and cultures. Pretty cool, right? It’s fast becoming a somewhat popular name for both genders.

As for the girls, Anais is such a cool name that nobody is quite sure where it comes from — although the most likely answer is France or Catalonia. It was probably popularized by the American-Cuban-French writer Anais Nin, and Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher named his daughter Anais.

Finally, Zia is a girl’s name that means “light” in Arabic and also has Latin origin. It’s simple and pretty, yet a little different.

Ada

Meaning: Noble
Origin: German
Gender: Girl

Addison

Meaning: Son of Adam
Origin: English
Gender: Boy

Adrianna

Meaning: From Hadria
Origin: Latin
Gender: Girl

Aiden

Meaning: Fire
Origin: Gaelic
Gender: Boy

Aislin

Meaning: Dream, vision
Origin: Irish
Gender: Girl

Alden

Meaning: Old friend
Origin: English
Gender: Boy

Alma

Meaning: Nourishing, kind; soul; young woman; learned
Origin: Latin
Gender: Girl

Anais

Meaning: Variant of Ana. Also form of Agnes
Origin: France
Gender: Girl

Annika

Meaning: Sweet-faced
Origin: Hebrew
Gender: Girl

Archer

Meaning: Bowman
Origin: Latin
Gender: Boy

Arlo

Meaning: Barberry tree
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Boy

Audrey

Meaning: Noble strength
Origin: English
Gender: Girl

Axel

Meaning: Father of peace
Origin: Scandinavian
Gender: Boy

Bailey

Meaning: Berry clearing; bailiff; city fortification
Origin: English
Gender: Girl

Baker

Meaning: Occupational name used as surname
Origin: British
Gender: Boy

Beckett

Meaning: Beehive or bee cottage
Origin: British
Gender: Boy

Braxton

Meaning: Brock’s town
Origin: Old English
Gender: Boy

Brendan

Meaning: Prince
Origin: Irish
Gender: Boy

Bryn

Meaning: Hill, mount
Origin: Welsh
Gender: Unisex

Caiden

Meaning: Companion
Origin: Arabic
Gender: Boy

Caitlin

Meaning: Pure
Origin: Greek
Gender: Girl

Caleb

Meaning: Faith, devotion, whole hearted
Origin: Hebrew
Gender: Boy

Cameron

Meaning: Crooked nose
Origin: Scottish
Gender: Unisex

Candice

Meaning: Clarity, whiteness
Origin: Latin
Gender: Girl

Casey

Meaning: Alert, watchful
Origin: Irish
Gender: Unisex

Colbert

Meaning: Composed of the elements col, possibly meaning ‘cool’, and beraht: ‘bright’
Origin: Old German
Gender: Boy

Dallas

Meaning: From the dales, the valley meadows
Origin: Scottish
Gender: Boy

Dexter

Meaning: Right-handed, fortunate; one who dyes
Origin: Latin
Gender: Boy

Duncan

Meaning: Dark warrior; brown fighter
Origin: Scottish
Gender: Boy

Eddison

Meaning: Son of Edward
Origin: English
Gender: Boy

Elyse

Meaning: God’s promise
Origin: Latin
Gender: Girl

Evie

Meaning: Life
Origin: Latin
Gender: Girl

Felix

Meaning: Happy, fortunate
Origin: Latin
Gender: Boy

Flynn

Meaning: Ruddy-complected
Origin: Irish
Gender: Boy

Greyson

Meaning: Son of the gray-haired man
Origin: English
Gender: Boy

Harley

Meaning: Hare meadow; the long field
Origin: English
Gender: Unisex

Harper

Meaning: Harpist, minstrel
Origin: English
Gender: Unisex

Hazel

Meaning: The hazel tree
Origin: English
Gender: Unisex

Holden

Meaning: Deep valley
Origin: English
Gender: Boy

Hugo

Meaning: Soul, mind, intellect
Origin: Latin
Gender: Boy

Isla

Meaning: Of the river Islay
Origin: Scottish
Gender: Girl

Jacob

Meaning: He who supplants
Origin: Hebrew
Gender: Boy

Jade

Meaning: Precious stone
Origin: English
Gender: Unisex

Jolie

Meaning: Pretty
Origin: French
Gender: Girl

Kai

Meaning: Sea in Hawaiian, and it also has various meanings in Japanese, including “shell” and “ocean.”
Origin: Scandinavian, Japanese
Gender: Boy

Lola

Meaning: Sorrows
Origin: Spanish
Gender: Girl

Luca

Meaning: Ferived from the Latin name Lucas, which itself is derived from the Latin word “lux” (light)
Origin: Italian
Gender: Boy

Nella

Meaning: Horn
Origin: Latin
Gender: Girl

Reizo

Meaning: Cool; calm; well-groomed
Origin: Japanese
Gender: Boy

Zia

Meaning: Light
Origin: Arabic, Latin
Gender: Girl