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150 of the Most Cool and Rare Baby Names

Guest Post: Jenny Altman10 months ago5 min read

We know you’re looking for cool baby names for your newbie. After all, cool first names can help determine your kids’ cool factor for years to come.

Cool baby names

And since some of us (raises hand) had the most unexciting, most popular baby names, this is our chance to think of something more unusual, interesting and dare we say it - rare - for our littles.

You can be like a celeb and go with hipster names - Apollo, Kingston and Zuma all belonging to Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale - or think up interesting names that weren’t even names till now - Lyra Antartica is the baby girl of Ed Sheeran and wife Cherry.

We’ve rounded up some awesome baby names that make for cool first names for boys or girls. They can even find a perfect home as middle names, if you’re still undecided on that, too.

What are cool names for a boy?

If you’re wondering what cool baby boy names will suit your little peanut, you can’t go wrong with a classic. Some of the coolest kids’ names come from classic literature, which is why Byron, Atticus and Beckett sound familiar yet unique at the same time.

If you want a more recognizable name with a twist, go for anything with an X, like Jaxon, Maddox and Maxwell. If you think your kid (or their parents) are seriously cool, go with a rockstar name like Bowie or Jagger.

50 cool boy names:

  • Alden
  • Atticus
  • August
  • Beckett
  • Bowie
  • Brooks
  • Byron
  • Calvin
  • Chance
  • Cormac
  • Dashiell
  • Dexter
  • Easton
  • Edison
  • Elvis
  • Fitzgerald
  • Fox
  • Gus
  • Huck
  • Ike
  • Jack
  • Jagger
  • Jaxon
  • Jett
  • Kai
  • Leopold
  • Lionel
  • Lincoln
  • Magnus
  • Matteo
  • Maverick
  • Milo
  • Monty
  • Orion
  • Orson
  • Oscar
  • Otis
  • Roman
  • Roscoe
  • Rufus
  • Ryder
  • Sanford
  • Sebastian
  • Sullivan
  • Tate
  • Van
  • Waldo
  • Watson
  • Zane
  • Zephyr

What are the coolest girl names?

Sometimes the coolest baby names are unisex - like Rowan, Parker or Grey. But if you’re looking for cool baby girl names, you can’t go wrong with any of these.

Just like boys’ names, many of these harp back to classic literature, Calypso, Luna and Ophelia representing some of the strongest female literary characters.

50 cool girl names:

  • Alma
  • Anais
  • Bea
  • Beatrix
  • Birdie
  • Briar
  • Brooklyn
  • Calliope
  • Calypso
  • Cora
  • Dixie
  • Eloise
  • Esme
  • Everly
  • Harlow
  • Harper
  • Hazel
  • Ione
  • Isla
  • Jolie
  • Juniper
  • Lace
  • Leonora
  • Luna
  • Lux
  • Mabel
  • Maisie
  • Mila
  • Millie
  • Minerva
  • Nellie
  • Opal
  • Ophelia
  • Pearl
  • Piper
  • Poppy
  • Prudence
  • Rain
  • Rebel
  • Ruby
  • Sage
  • Sawyer
  • Stella
  • Tallulah
  • Violet
  • Willow
  • Wren
  • Xena
  • Zelda
  • Zola

What is the most rare name?

If you’re looking to have a kid who is unique and always recognized by their name on the attendance list, you’ll want something that nobody else has (or may ever have). This can be totally made-up (combining the heritage of your babies’ family) or can be a choice of common words that aren’t usually thought of as names.

Aleph, Audio Science and Bear Blaze top our list of rare baby names. They may sound odd now, but maybe in time we’ll see them as totally unimaginative. (Hey, we once thought Gwyneth was a little strange in choosing the name Apple.)

Other rare names, with nods to celebs and their creative imaginations, include:

  • Axl
  • Banjo
  • Banks
  • Bear Blu
  • Billion
  • Bingham
  • Bluebell
  • Blue Ivy
  • Chicago
  • Cosimo
  • Cricket
  • Denim
  • Diezel
  • Dream
  • Egypt
  • Everest
  • Fuchsia
  • Genesis
  • Heiress
  • India
  • Jermajesty
  • Kulture
  • Lockett
  • Lazer
  • Mars
  • Moroccan
  • North
  • Pax
  • Puma
  • Racer
  • Rainbow
  • Rebel
  • Reign
  • Rocket
  • Rogue
  • Rumi
  • Saint
  • Seven
  • Shiloh
  • Sir
  • Sparrow
  • Speck
  • Stormi
  • Sunday
  • Suri
  • Tennessee
  • True
  • Tu
  • Tuesday
  • Zahara

What is the most rare name for a boy?

We’d say X Æ A-Xii takes the cake. And that’s after the state of California forced Elon Musk and Grimes to change it from X Æ A-X12. (So much more pronounceable now, right?!)

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