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100 Cool Edgy Names

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Show off your spunky child to the world with these awesome edgy baby names for boys and girls.

We live in a world that’s embraced edgy baby names more than ever. When choosing from a bevy of offbeat edgy names for boys and girls, you may pause with doubt. How can you be sure you’ll choose a fun name that works for them all their life?

Our complete guide to edgy names can help you find everything you need to get it right! How unique the name is, its origins, and who’s using it are included here, so you can make the very best choice for your little bundle.


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100 Cool Edgy Names for Boys and Girls

Forge ahead with these edgy baby names so your little one blazes their unique path in life.

Ace

Ace may be known as the top pick in a deck of cards, but it’s associated with intelligence. When you name your little boy Ace, you’re saying he’s tops in anything he decides to do.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: One, unity
  • Pronunciation: EYZ
  • Variations: Acea, Ayce
  • Namesakes: Ace Atkins, an American journalist at The Tampa Tribune who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Ace Rusevski, a Macedonian boxer and bronze medalist at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Ace is very rare worldwide but ranked in the top 200 names in the U.S. in 2020.
Cool, Fun

Adonis

Adonis is associated with strength and good looks. It’s based on the Greek myth of Adonis, who fell in love with Aphrodite. Adonis comes from the Greek “adon,” meaning “lord,” for your feisty little guy.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Handsome
  • Pronunciation: Ah-DAA-nahs
  • Variations: Adohnes, Adones
  • Namesakes: Adonis (born Michael Smith), an American acid house musician known for the song “No Way Back.” Adonis Del Rosario, a Dominican baseball player for the New York Mets.
  • Popularity: Adonis is very rare worldwide, is primarily used in the Philippines, yet ranked 221st for boys in the U.S. in 2021.
Strong, Masculine

Aja

In addition to meaning “goat” in Hindi, Aja is an African-American girl’s name and one of the Czech nicknames for Alena. In Greek mythology, Aja means “forest goddess,” making this one of the more eclectic, edgy baby names.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: Goat
  • Pronunciation: EY-Jhaa
  • Variations: Aija, Ajah
  • Namesakes: Aja Brown, the former mayor of Compton, California. Aja Huang, a Taiwanese computer scientist who works for DeepMind.
  • Popularity: Aja is very rare worldwide, mainly used in India, and ranked 183rd in the Gambia in 2014.
Cute, Rare

Archer

Archer has heroic origins as a once Latin surname given to archers. It’s been used since the 1800s but has badass swag for boys who like to have fun.

  • Origin: English, Latin
  • Meaning: Bowman
  • Pronunciation: AARCH-ehr
  • Variations: Archar, Archere, Archor
  • Namesakes: Archer Maclean, a British video game programmer and author of Dropzone. Archer Martin, a British chemist, and co-winner of the 1952 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
  • Popularity: Archer is extremely rare worldwide but ranked 160th in the U.S. in 2020.
Strong, Vintage

Ardan

Ardan comes from the Gaelic “ardanach,” meaning “high aspiration.” In Celtic mythology, Ardan was the son of Usna. Ardan is also based on the Ardan family of Warwick and is wonderfully unique for boys.

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Green forest
  • Pronunciation: AAR-Dahn
  • Variations: Arden, Ardun
  • Popularity: Arden is extremely rare worldwide and is primarily used in Indonesia.
Vintage, Unique

Aria

Aria is traditionally a musical term for a vocal solo occurring in an opera. It means “lioness” in Greek and “noble” in Persian, making Aria a beautiful song for your baby girl to sing.

  • Origin: Latin, Italian
  • Meaning: Melody
  • Pronunciation: AAR-iy-Ah
  • Variations: Ariah, Arya
  • Namesakes: Aria de Vries-Noordam, a Dutch Paralympic athlete who competed at the 1972 Summer Paralympics. Aria Dean, an American artist with written work for Artforum and Art in America.
  • Popularity: Aria is rare worldwide, yet it was ranked 22nd for girls in the U.S. in 2021.
Pretty, Feminine

Aries

Aries is the name of the astrological sign represented by a ram. It’s also the Roman god of war, so your little man is a tough force to be reckoned with.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Ram
  • Pronunciation: AER-iyz
  • Variations: Arese, Aryes
  • Namesakes: Aries Spears, an American comedian on the Fox sketch comedy series MADtv.
  • Popularity: Aries is rare worldwide and mainly used in the Philippines, while it ranked 915th for boys in the U.S. in 2021.
Strong, Masculine

Asa

In the Bible, Asa is the name of a king. It also means “doctor” in Hebrew. Asa refers to the Norse goddess Aesir, and has been around for a while in the world of edgy girl names.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Healer
  • Pronunciation: EY-Sah
  • Variations: Ase, Asah
  • Namesakes: Asa Candler, the American founder of The Coca-Cola Company in 1892. Asa Andrew, an American author, known for the book Empowering Your Health in 2007.
  • Popularity: Asa is uncommon worldwide but popular in the U.S., where it ranked 496th for boys in 2021.
Cute, Uncommon

Astrid

Astrid comes from the Old Norse “Ástríðr,” composed of “áss,” meaning “god” and “fríðr,” meaning “beautiful.” It also means “godly strength” and “impulsive,” which is ideal for baby girls who are all things at once.

  • Origin: Norse
  • Meaning: Divinely beautiful
  • Pronunciation: AAS-Trihd
  • Variations: Astrad, Astread, Astred, Astryd
  • Namesakes: Astrid Lindgren, a Swedish writer best known for her books featuring Pippi Longstocking. Princess Astrid, the second daughter of King Olav V of Norway.
  • Popularity: Astrid is uncommon worldwide but ranked 452nd for girls in the U.S. in 2020.
Vintage, Cool

Athena

Athena is the goddess of wisdom and warfare in Greek mythology. It’s based on Athens, Greece, but Athena can also travel a long way to serve your little goddess girl.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Goddess of wisdom
  • Pronunciation: Ah-THIY-naa
  • Variations: Atheena, Athina
  • Namesakes: Athena Manoukian, a Greek-Armenian singer who competed in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Athena Loizides, a Greek-Cypriot TV presenter and cookbook author known for the book Recipes from all Over in 2007.
  • Popularity: Athena is rare worldwide, is mostly used in Iran and the U.S., and is currently ranked 98th in the U.S.
Vintage, Strong
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Atlas

Atlas comes from the Greek mythological figure Titan, who carried the world’s weight on his shoulders. It also means “bearer of the heavens,” which makes it the most celestial of edgy boy names.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: To carry
  • Pronunciation: AET-Lahs
  • Variations: Atlass, Attlas, Attlass
  • Namesakes: Rick Ordonez (known as Atlas), an American graffiti artist known for drawings of stylized cats. Richard Young (ring name Atlas Ortiz), an American wrestler with WWE.
  • Popularity: Atlas is rare worldwide, mostly used in Pakistan, and broke into the top 200 names in the U.S. in 2020.
Strong, Unique

August

August is a short form of the Latin Augustus, meaning “exalted” and “venerable.” It originated as Augustus, from the Roman emperor Augustus Octavian and continues a storied tradition as August.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Great, magnificent
  • Pronunciation: AW-Guhst
  • Variations: Augustus, Augustine
  • Namesakes: August Wilson (born Frederick Kittel), an American playwright known for The Pittsburgh Cycle plays. August Lass, an Estonian footballer for the Estonian national team.
  • Popularity: August is rare worldwide, mainly used in Germany, and ranked 121st for boys and 842nd for girls in the U.S. in 2021.
Strong, Unique

Aura

In Greek mythology, Aura was a Titan of the breeze, associated with the morning air. Also meaning “soft breeze,” Aura is a romantic male and female name for the modern era.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Wind
  • Pronunciation: AO-Raa
  • Variations: Aurah
  • Namesakes: Maria Joensen (known as Aura Dione), a Danish singer known for the #1 German single I Will Love You Monday (365). Aura Twarowska, a Romanian soloist at the Vienna State Opera from 2007 to 2016.
  • Popularity: Aura is uncommon worldwide, primarily used in Colombia, and ranked 34th in Guatemala in 2014.
Fun, Cute

Ayla

Ayla also means “halo of light around the moon” in Turkish and “oak tree” In Hebrew. It’s more popular in Turkey, but Ayla can be the eclectic way to keep meaning in your baby girl’s name.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Turkish
  • Meaning: Deer, gazelle
  • Pronunciation: EY-Laa
  • Variations: Aylah
  • Namesakes: Ayla Kazım, the first female member of the House of Representatives of Cyprus. Ayla Brown, the official anthem singer of the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team.
  • Popularity: Ayla is rare worldwide, mainly used in Turkey, and ranked 61st in the U.S. in 2022.
Cute, Pretty

Blade

Blade originated as the English surname Blades, who lived in Yorkshire. It comes from the Old English “blæd,” meaning “sword” and “tool,” and it’s the sharpest of edgy names.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Knife
  • Pronunciation: BLEYD
  • Variations: Blaede, Blayde
  • Namesakes: Alfred Dobalo (known as Blade), an American wrestler and one-half of the Master Blasters with Steel in the WCW.
  • Popularity: Blade is very rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S.
Edgy, Strong

Blaze

Blaze comes from the Latin “blaesus,” meaning “stutter” or “lisp.” It’s also a form of the French name Blaise. Blaze is the “torch” name that’s more of a punk statement for your little guy.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Fire, flame
  • Variations: Blaez, Blaiz
  • Namesakes: Blaze Jordan, an American baseball player for the Boston Red Sox. Blaze Bayley (born Bayley Cooke), the English lead singer of the band Wolfsbane from 1984 to 1994.
  • Popularity: Blaze is very rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 775th for boys in 2021.
Cool, Unusual

Brooklyn

Brooklyn comes from the Dutch “breukelen,” meaning “broken land.” It was an English surname for “one who lives near a brook.” Brooklyn is more popular as the name of NYC’s hippest borough, but your Brooklyn can call anywhere home.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: New York City borough
  • Pronunciation: BRUW-Klihn
  • Variations: Brookelyn, Brooklen, Brooklynne
  • Namesakes: Brooklyn Nelson, an American actress appearing in the stage version of Disney’s Frozen in 2018. Brooklyn Decker, the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl.
  • Popularity: Brooklyn is rare worldwide but primarily used in the U.S., where it’s ranked in the top 1,000 names for girls since 1992.
Cool, Unique

Cage

Cage is based on the French “cagier,” meaning “enclosure.” It’s also from the Latin “cavea,” meaning “container.” It was once associated with prisoners, but this darkly poetic name could be mischievous enough for your little one.

  • Origin: Latin, French
  • Meaning: Enclosure
  • Namesakes: Christian Palko (known as Cage), an American rapper and one of the founders of the hip hop group The Weathermen.
  • Popularity: Cage is very rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S.
Modern, Uncommon

Callie

Callie is one of the nicknames for the Greek Callista, meaning “lovely.” In Greek mythology, Callisto was a nymph and a maiden to Artemis. Callie can also be a diminutive of Caroline, so the long form of the name is up to you.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Beautiful
  • Pronunciation: KAEL-iy
  • Variations: Caleigh, Cali, Calli, Calie, Calley
  • Namesakes: Callie Granade, the first female judge in the U.S. District Court for Alabama. Callie Crossley, an American radio presenter at WGBH Boston.
  • Popularity: Callie is rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 165th in 2020.
Feminine, Cute

Chance

Chance is a diminutive for the English Chauncey. It was also an English surname meaning “luck” for your swaggy youngster to stand out among the crowd.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Good fortune
  • Pronunciation: CHAHNS
  • Variations: Chanse
  • Namesakes: Chance Thomas, an American music composer for video games like The Lord of the Rings Online. Chance Bateman, an Australian rules footballer for the Hawthorn Football Club.
  • Popularity: Chance is rare worldwide, primarily used in DR Congo, and ranked 55th in the Congo in 2014.
Modern, Cool
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Clover

Clover is based on the Old English “clāfre,” referring to the clover plant. It also means “key,” but may represent the rare four-leaf clover for your eccentric baby girl.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Meadow flower
  • Pronunciation: KLOW-Vaher
  • Variations: Claefer
  • Namesakes: Clover Moore, the longest serving Lord Mayor of Sydney, Australia since 2004. Marian “Clover” Adams, an American socialite and the inspiration for Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady.
  • Popularity: Clover is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked 1,248th in 2018.
Pretty, Unusual

Coal

Coal refers to the rocky material used as fuel throughout history. It also means “swarthy” and “coal-black.” Coal is a nickname for Nicholas, so it’s rough and unique enough to be memorable, even among middle names.

  • Origin: British
  • Meaning: Rocky
  • Pronunciation: KOWL
  • Variations: Coale, Cole
  • Popularity: Coal is extremely rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S.
Modern, Rare

Crow

Crow originated as the Anglo-Saxon surname Crowe, given to anyone who resembled a crow. As birds, crows are known for their memory of faces, so your baby boy uses this cool name well.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Bird
  • Pronunciation: KROW
  • Variations: Crowe
  • Namesakes: Little Crow III, a Dakota chief in a five-week war against the U.S. in 1862. David Loiseau (known as The Crow), a Canadian mixed martial artist and the TKO World Middleweight Champion.
  • Popularity: Crow is very rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S.
Edgy, Strong

Cyrus

In the Bible, Cyrus means “heir” or “throne,” associated with the founder of the Persian empire. Other Persian kings have been named Cyrus, while those regal titles are there for your little boy to enjoy.

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: Sun
  • Pronunciation: SAY-Rahs
  • Variations: Cirus, Cyress, Cyris
  • Namesakes: Cyrus Smith, the CEO of American Airlines from 1934 to 1968. Cyrus Mistry, an Indian author who won the 2014 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer.
  • Popularity: Cyrus is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S.
Vintage, Masculine

Dagger

Dagger comes from the Old French “dague,” meaning “knife.” it came to England during the Norman invasion. It was given to men who crafted knives, but your young Dagger could be the cutest bad boy.

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: Knife
  • Pronunciation: DAEG-er
  • Popularity: Dagger is extremely rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., China, and Russia.
Edgy, Strong

Dante

Dante is a short form of the Italian Durante, based on the Latin “duras,” meaning “steadfast.” Dante is best known as the writer of The Divine Comedy, causing it to be one of the most literary, edgy boy names.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Enduring
  • Pronunciation: DAAN-Tey
  • Variations: Dantae, Donte, Daunte
  • Namesakes: Dante Spinotti, an Italian cinematographer and a BAFTA Award recipient. Dante Caputo, the Argentine foreign minister from 1983 to 1989.
  • Popularity: Dante is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in the Philippines, where it ranked 157th in 2014.
Vintage, Unique

Dax

Dax also began as a German surname based on “dachs,” meaning “badger.” It’s the name of a southwestern French town, yet is spunky enough for modern boys to take on.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Leader
  • Pronunciation: DAHKS
  • Variations: Dacks, Daxx
  • Namesakes: Daniel Nwosu Jr. (known as Da), a Nigerian-Canadian rapper whose single Dear Alcohol was rated in the top ten Billboard charts. Dax Dellenbach, an American football player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Popularity: Dax is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked 463rd in 2021.
Cool, Fun

Declan

Declan also means “man of prayer” in Gaelic. It’s the Anglo version of the Irish Déaglán. St. Declan founded a monastery in Ireland, but it remains a fun old-world name for baby boys.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Full of goodness
  • Pronunciation: DEH-Klaen
  • Variations: Declyn, Deklan
  • Namesakes: Declan Curry, a Northern Irish journalist for BBC Breakfast. Declan Glass, a Scottish footballer for Derry City.
  • Popularity: Declan is rare worldwide, primarily used in Ireland, and ranked 105th for boys in the U.S. in 2021.
Vintage, Masculine

Delaney

Delaney also means “from the alder grove” in Irish. It started as the Gaelic surname Ó Dubhshláine, composed of “dubh,” meaning “black,” and “sláine,” named for an Irish river.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Dark challenger
  • Pronunciation: Deh-LEY-niy
  • Variations: Delanie, Delany
  • Namesakes: Delaney Jane, a Canadian singer. Delaney Miller, an American rock climber, and the 2014 Sports Climbing Series National Champion.
  • Popularity: Delaney is uncommon worldwide and mainly used in the U.S.
Cute, Uncommon

Dinah

Dinah means “God will judge,” based on a biblical figure who was the daughter of Jacob. It’s also the name of Alice’s cat in Alice in Wonderland, so this seemingly old-school name is super sassy.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Judged, vindicated
  • Pronunciation: DYE-Nah
  • Variations: Dina
  • Namesakes: Dinah Shore (born Frances Shore), the top-charting American female vocalist of the 1940s. Dinah Craik, an English writer, known for the novel John Halifax, Gentleman.
  • Popularity: Dinah is uncommon worldwide and mostly used in Uganda, where it ranked 219th in 2014.
Feminine, Uncommon
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Drago

Drago is one of the short forms given to Slavic names with the root “drag-,” meaning “dear one,” like Dragan. It’s originally based on the Latin “draconis” and is majestic for your baby dragon boy.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Dragon
  • Pronunciation: DRAA-Gow
  • Variations: Draco
  • Namesakes: Drago Jurak, a Croatian painter with works in the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art in Zagreb. Drago Grubelnik, a Slovenian alpine skier who competed at the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics.
  • Popularity: Drago is rare worldwide and primarily used in Bosnia and Herzegovina, ranked 19th in 2014.
Strong, Edgy

Ember

Ember also means “burning low.” It’s based on the Old English “æmerge,” taken from the Germanic “aima,” meaning “ashes.” Ember means “man” or person” in Hungarian, making it quite memorable for girls.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Spark
  • Pronunciation: EHM-Ber
  • Variations: Embir, Embyr
  • Namesakes: Ember Junge, a former Minnesota state senator who created the first charter school law in the U.S. Ember Oakley, a member of the Wyoming House of Representatives since 2020.
  • Popularity: Ember is rare worldwide but mainly used in the U.S., where it’s been in the top 1,000 names for girls in the U.S. since 2009.
Unique, Cool

Emrys

Emrys is the Welsh version of the Greek Ambrose. It’s based on “ambrosia,” considered the food of the Greek gods, but is a spicy perspective on a somewhat traditional name.

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Immortal
  • Pronunciation: EHM-Rihs
  • Variations: Emris
  • Namesakes: Emrys Hughes, a Welsh Labor MP for South Ayrshire in Scotland from 1946 to 1969. Emrys Jones, a Welsh Professor at the London School of Economics specializing in urban planning.
  • Popularity: Emrys is rare worldwide and mostly used in Wales, where it ranked 527th in 2014.
Unusual, Vintage

Everly

Everly means “woodland clearing” in Old English. It began as a surname made up of “eofor,” meaning “boar,” and “leah,” meaning “clearing.” It also means “grazing meadow” for a more peaceful result.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Boar
  • Pronunciation: EH-ver-Liy
  • Variations: Everley, Everli, Everlie
  • Popularity: Everly is rare worldwide, mostly used in the Philippines, and ranked 43rd in the U.S. in 2019 and 2020.
Unique, Vintage

Falcon

Falcon was first the English surname “faucon.” It’s the name of a 12th-century saint, associated with the most regal birds that boys can emulate.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Hawk
  • Pronunciation: FAHL-Kaan
  • Namesakes: Falcon Stuart, a British photographer for the 1980s group Adam and the Ants.
  • Popularity: Falcon is rare worldwide and primarily used in Saudi Arabia.
Rare, Cool

Gunnar

Gunnar means “battle” in Old Norse. The most famous Gunnar was a 10th-century chieftain in Iceland. Gunnar is composed of the Old Norse “gunnr,” meaning “war” and “arr,” meaning “army”- a perfect fit for your little soldier.

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Bold warrior
  • Pronunciation: GUHN-aar
  • Variations: Gunar, Gunner
  • Namesakes: Gunnar Berge, the Norwegian Minister of Finance from 1986 to 1989. Gunnar Uusi, an Estonian chess player who won the Chess Championship six times.
  • Popularity: Gunnar is rare worldwide, mainly used in Norway, and ranked 6th in Iceland in 2014.
Masculine, Strong

Harley

Harley derives from the Old English “hara,” meaning “hare,” and “leah,” meaning “meadow.” The obvious connection to modern-day Harley Davidson motorcycles makes Harley a bit grunge for your favorite biker baby.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Hare’s meadow
  • Pronunciation: HHAAR-Liy
  • Variations: Harlie, Harleigh, Harly
  • Namesakes: Harley Riley (known as Harley Bird), an English actress and the voice of Peppa Pig from 2007 to 2020. Harley Flanagan, an American musician and founder of New York hardcore band Cro-Mags.
  • Popularity: Harley is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., ranking 306th for girls and 921st for boys in 2021.
Cute, Fun

Harper

Harper derives from the Middle English “harpere,” meaning “someone who plays the harp.” It became popular after American writer Harper Lee wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird,” but it works for all newborn babies.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Harp player
  • Pronunciation: HHAAR-Per
  • Variations: Harpur, Harpyr
  • Namesakes: Harper Goff, an American artist who worked with The Walt Disney Company as a planner for Disney theme parks. Harper Williams, an American basketball player with Spain’s Liga ACB.
  • Popularity: Harper is rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., ranking 10th for girls in 2020.
Unique, Vintage

Hendrix

Hendrix began as a surname based on the Old Germanic Heimrich, meaning “ruler of the home.” It’s more well-known for guitarist Jimi Hendrix, so your little boy might prefer the more futuristic rock n’ roll meaning.

  • Origin: English, German
  • Meaning: Estate ruler
  • Pronunciation: HEHN-Dricks
  • Namesakes: Hendrix Fowler, an American politician and a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.
  • Popularity: Hendrix is rare worldwide, mainly used in Zambia, and ranked 260th in the U.S. in 2022.
Cool, Modern

Hera

In Greek mythology, Hera was the queen of the Olympian gods. She protected women during childbirth and can reward your baby girl with an ancient but powerful name.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Protectress, hero
  • Pronunciation: HHEHR-ah
  • Variations: Herah
  • Namesakes: Hera (born Hera Hjartardóttir), an Icelandic singer-songwriter named Best Female Singer at the 2002 Icelandic Music Awards. Hera Þórhallsdóttir, an Icelandic singer who competed at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Popularity: Hera is rare worldwide, primarily used in Bangladesh, and ranked 900th in Nepal in 2014.
Feminine, Strong
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Hiram

Hiram was the name of an Old Testament king in the Bible. It comes from the Hebrew Ḥīrām, meaning “high-born” and “exalted.” Hiram also means “benevolent brother” in Phoenician, bringing a historical feel to your baby boy’s name.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Elated brother
  • Pronunciation: HHAY-Rahm
  • Variations: Hyrum
  • Namesakes: Hiram Walker, the American founder of the Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. distillery, which makes Canadian Club. Hiram McCallum, the mayor of Toronto, Ontario from 1948 to 1951.
  • Popularity: Hiram is rare worldwide, mainly used in the U.S., and ranked 247th in Puerto Rico in 2014.
Vintage, Unique

Hudson

Hudson means “son of Hudd” in Old English. It also derives from the Germanic “hug,” meaning “heart, mind, spirit,” for your spirited little son.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Hugh
  • Pronunciation: HHAHD-Sehn
  • Variations: Hudsen, Hudsun
  • Namesakes: Hudson Lowe, an Anglo-Irish soldier and the Governor of St Helena. Hudson Stuck, a British mountain climber in the first expedition to climb Mount McKinley in 1913.
  • Popularity: Hudson is rare worldwide, primarily used in Brazil, and ranked 50th in the U.S. in 2019.
Masculine, Unique

Huxley

Huxley was a place name in Cheshire, England, used as a surname. It also means “outdoorsman,” for the child who loves to play outside.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Hugh’s meadow
  • Pronunciation: HUKS-Lee
  • Variations: Huxlee
  • Popularity: Huxley is very rare worldwide, mainly used in Sri Lanka, and ranked 585th for boys in the U.S. in 2021.
Vintage, Cool

Indigo

Indigo is associated with a purple-blueish color at the end of a rainbow. It comes from the Greek “Indikon,” meaning “from India.” Indigo is also the name of a gorgeous flower that makes this beautiful color dye.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Indian dye
  • Pronunciation: EHN-dih-Gow
  • Variations: Indego, Indygo
  • Namesakes: Indigo Phillips, the daughter of American actor Lou Diamond Phillips. Indigo (born Alyssa Nichols), an American actress known for the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Popularity: Indigo is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked 906th for girls in 2021.
Modern, Fun

Jago

Jago is a Welsh and Cornish version of the Hebrew name Jacob. It also means “holder of the heel,” taken from the Hebrew “’akév,” meaning “heel.” Jago may also be another version of James and a unique one for your daring boy.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Supplanter
  • Pronunciation: YAAH-Gow
  • Namesakes: Jago (born Jago Silver), a British children’s book illustrator known for The Jesus Storybook Bible. Jago Cooper, a British archaeologist and Curator of the Americas at the British Museum.
  • Popularity: Jago is rare worldwide and is primarily used in India.
Cute, Uncommon

Jericho

Jericho is at the heart of a famous biblical battle, where the walls famously came down. Today, it’s the hill of the Sultan, but as an ancient, powerful name, it makes a powerful statement for boys.

  • Origin: Greek, Arabic
  • Meaning: Moon city
  • Pronunciation: JHEHR-ih-Kow
  • Variations: Jerricho, Jerycho, Jerico
  • Namesakes: Jericho Shinde, a Zambian footballer known as the “Russian Tank.” Jericho Brown, an American poet, published by The New Yorker.
  • Popularity: Jericho is rare worldwide, mainly used in the Philippines, and ranked 894th for boys in the U.S. in 2021.
Vintage, Strong

Jet

Jet comes from the French “jeter,” meaning “to throw,” and from the Latin “iectare,” meaning “to toss about.” In addition to a modern jet plane, Jet could belong to your little one who wants to soar.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Black stone
  • Pronunciation: JHEHT
  • Variations: Jett, Jette
  • Namesakes: Brian Duffy (known as Jet Black), an English drummer and founding member of The Stranglers band.
  • Popularity: Jet is rare worldwide, mostly used in China, and ranked 140th in Hong Kong in 2014.
Cool, Edgy

Juniper

Juniper comes from the Juniper tree, derived from the Latin “juniperus.” Its meanings combine “youth” and “evergreen,” an offbeat way to celebrate your baby’s new life.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Young
  • Pronunciation: JHUW-nay-Per
  • Variations: Junipyre, Junyper
  • Namesakes: Juniper Shuey (pen name of Margaret Wise Brown), an American children’s book writer best known for Goodnight Moon.
  • Popularity: Juniper is rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., ranking 172nd in 2020.
Cute, Unusual

Juno

In Roman mythology, Juno is the goddess of women and marriage, which is why June is a popular month to get married. It comes from the Latin “iuvenis,” meaning “youth” for the young boy or girl you love.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Heavenly
  • Pronunciation: JHUW-Now
  • Variations: Juneau, Juneaux, Junot
  • Namesakes: Juno Mak, a Hong Kong singer and winner of Best Record at the Ultimate Song Chart Awards. Juno Temple, a British actress, appearing in Atonement (2007).
  • Popularity: Juno is rare worldwide, mainly used in Pakistan, and ranked 1,665th for girls in the U.S. in 2021.
Cute, Unique

Kai

Kai means “sea” in Hawaiian. It also means “warrior,” “victory,” and “willow tree” for the eclectic boy who wants to be all things all the time.

  • Origin: Welsh, Scandinavian
  • Meaning: Keeper of the keys and earth
  • Pronunciation: KAIY
  • Variations: Kaie, Kaii, Kye
  • Namesakes: Kai Cipot, a Slovenian footballer for NŠ Mura in the Slovenian PrvaLiga. Kai Gehring, a Member of the German Parliament since 2005.
  • Popularity: Kai ranked 173rd worldwide, is primarily used in China, and ranked 15th in Hong Kong in 2014.
Fun
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King

King originally appeared as “cyaning,” meaning “ruler.” It may be associated with the German surname Koenig. King was very popular in China for many years as a name for boys who want to rule.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Monarch
  • Variations: Kyng
  • Namesakes: King Floyd, a New Orleans singer/songwriter known for his top 10 1970 hit “Groove Me.” John King Fisher, an American gunslinger from Texas in the Old West.
  • Popularity: King is uncommon worldwide, mainly used in China, and ranked 150th for boys in the U.S. in 2018.
Strong, Masculine

Lark

Lark may seem bohemian, but it belongs to a bird known for its beautiful song. It was also the nickname for Cosette in the play Les Miserables, so Lark is both cultured and pretty for girls.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Songbird
  • Variations: Larche, Larke
  • Namesakes: Lark Pien, an American cartoonist for Long Tail Kitty, winner of the Friends of Lulu Kimberly Yale Award in 2004. Lark Voorhies (born Lark Holloway), an American actress known for the NBC series Saved by the Bell (1989 to 1993).
  • Popularity: Lark is rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S.
Cute, Pretty

Laurent

Laurent originally referred to the Latin “from Laurentium,” an ancient Italian city. Laurel is associated with regal victory and delivers it to your baby boy, French style!

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: Crowned with laurel
  • Pronunciation: Laa-RAON
  • Variations: Lauren
  • Namesakes: Laurent Fignon, a French road bicycle racer who won the Tour de France in 1983 and 1984. Prince Laurent of Belgium, the second son of King Albert II and Queen Paola.
  • Popularity: Laurent ranked 1,009th worldwide and is mainly used in France, where it ranked 23rd in 2014.
Unique, Masculine

Leon

Leo means “lion” as the French “Lyon,” the Irish “Leon,” and the Spanish “León.” The royal symbol of a lion represents strength, power, and pride for the most impressive little boy you love.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Lion
  • Pronunciation: Liy-AHN
  • Variations: Leo
  • Namesakes: Léon Gambetta, a French lawyer who proclaimed the French Third Republic in 1870. Leon Radošević, a Croatian basketball player for Derthona Basket of the Italian LBA.
  • Popularity: Leon ranked 1,448th worldwide and is most popular in the U.S., where it ranked 196th for boys in 2020.
Vintage, Strong

Lilah

Lilah means “delicate night” and “night beauty” in Arabic. It began as Delilah, meaning “delicate.” Lilah may be another version of Leila, which also honors the beauty of the night.

  • Origin: Arabic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Night
  • Pronunciation: LIE-Laa
  • Variations: Lila
  • Namesakes: Lilah Fear, an American-English-Canadian ice dancer and a two-time Grand Prix bronze medalist. Lilah Parsons, an English TV presenter for MTV’s Capital Breakfast show.
  • Popularity: Lilah is rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., where it ranked 245th for girls in 2021.
Cute, Pretty

Lincoln

Lincoln means “lake/pool colony.” It’s famously the surname of American president Abraham Lincoln, but this stately old name finds its cool factor for boys.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Town by the pool
  • Pronunciation: LIHNGK-ahn
  • Variations: Linken, Lyncoln
  • Namesakes: Lincoln Chafee, the mayor of Warwick, Rhode Island, from 1993 to 1999. Lincoln dos Santos, a Brazilian footballer for Cruzeiro.
  • Popularity: Lincoln is rare worldwide, mainly used in Brazil, and ranked in the top 50 boys’ names in the U.S. in 2016.
Strong, Vintage

Livi

Livi is a nickname for Olivia, originally associated with the olive tree, a symbol of peace. It may also mean “elf army” in English and is the most lovable of edgy girl names that aren’t typical.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Olive tree
  • Pronunciation: LIH-Viy
  • Variations: Livy
  • Popularity: Livi is rare worldwide and mainly used in India.
Cute, Feminine

Lucky

Although Lucky is unisex, it may also be a nickname for Luke or Lucus. The original Latin Lucius meant “born at daybreak,” but whenever your little Lucky arrives is a fortunate time for all.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Fortunate
  • Pronunciation: LUH-kiy
  • Namesakes: Lucky Igbinedion, the governor of Edo State in Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. Lucky McKee, an American filmmaker, known for the 2002 cult film May.
  • Popularity: Lucky is uncommon worldwide, primarily used in Nigeria, and ranked 66th in South Africa in 2014.
Fun, Cute

Luna

In Roman mythology, Luna was the personification of the Moon. Since it literally means “moon” in Italian, Luna lives on by the light of the moon for baby girls.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: The moon
  • Pronunciation: LUW-Naa
  • Variations: Lunah
  • Namesakes: Gertrude “Luna” Vachon, an American-Canadian wrestler inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Park Sun-Young (known as Luna), a South Korean singer and originally a member of the girl group f(x).
  • Popularity: Luna is rare worldwide, mostly used in Brazil, and ranked 77th for girls in the U.S. in 2016.
Cute, Unique

Luther

Luther comes from the Germanic Luther, made up of “liut,” meaning “people,” and “heri,” meaning “army.” It also appeared as an English surname meaning “lute player” if you prefer your soldier boy to play an instrument.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Soldier of the people
  • Pronunciation: LUW-Ther
  • Variations: Luthor
  • Namesakes: Luther Vandross, an American singer/songwriter who has sold over 40 million records worldwide. Luther Robinson, an American football player for the Green Bay Packers.
  • Popularity: Luther is rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 989th in 2014.
Masculine, Strong
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Lyric

Lyric comes from the Greek “lyrikos,” meaning “song-like.” It refers to the words of the song your baby girl decides to sing.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Lyre
  • Pronunciation: LEE-Rayk
  • Variations: Lyrick, Lyrik
  • Namesakes: Lyric Benson, an American actress appearing in the film Modern Love.
  • Popularity: Lyric is very rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S.
Cool, Unique

Maddox

Maddox originated as Madoc, taken from a 7th-century Welsh poem about a famous warrior. It was a Welsh surname meaning “fortunate” and is popular in the U.S. thanks to Angelina Jolie’s son Maddox.

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Son of Madoc
  • Pronunciation: MAA-Daacks
  • Variations: Maddex, Maddux, Madox
  • Namesakes: George Ouzounian (known as Maddox), an American author best known for The Alphabet of Manliness (2006), a New York Times bestseller.
  • Popularity: Maddox is very rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked 174th for boys in 2021.
Cool, Strong

Mason

Mason comes from the French “masson,” originally a surname. It’s one of the titles for anyone who works with stone, so Mason becomes one of the more tough, edgy baby names.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Stone worker
  • Pronunciation: MEY-Sahn
  • Variations: Maison, Masun
  • Namesakes: Mason Gross, the President of Rutgers University from 1959 to 1971. Mason Mount, an English footballer for Chelsea and the England national team.
  • Popularity: Mason is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it’s been in the top 20 since 2010.
Modern, Common

Maverick

Maverick refers to anyone who goes his way in life. It’s a character’s name in Top Gun and became an American name for boys in the 20th and 21st-centuries.

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: Nonconformist
  • Pronunciation: MEYV-eh-Riyk
  • Variations: Mavarick, Maverik, Maveryk
  • Namesakes: Maverick McNealy, an American golfer and the number one ranked golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Maverick Morgan, an American basketball player for the St. John’s Edge in Canada.
  • Popularity: Maverick is rare worldwide, mainly used in the Philippines, and ranked 8th for boys in the U.S. in 2020.
Fun, Edgy

Mila

Mila means “miracles” in Spanish and “favored” in Slavic. It’s also used as a nickname for Slavic girl names like Ludmila or Milena. Mila is super popular in the U.S. for your precious little girl.

  • Origin: Slavic
  • Meaning: Gracious, dear
  • Pronunciation: MIY-Laa
  • Variations: Milah, Milla
  • Namesakes: Mila Horvat, a Croatian TV host appearing on Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT). Mila Kunis, an American actress, best known for the Fox TV series That ’70s Show.
  • Popularity: Mila is uncommon worldwide, mostly used in the Philippines, and ranked 20th for girls in the U.S. in 2020.
Pretty, Cute

Monroe

Monroe also means “mouth of the River Roe” in Gaelic. It refers to a river in Northern Ireland and was originally a surname. Monroe likely started as Munro, but this unique choice works well for little ones with different first names.

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: By the red moss
  • Pronunciation: Mahn-ROW
  • Variations: Monrow, Munro, Munroe
  • Namesakes: Monroe Karmin, an American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner in 1967. Monroe Baker, the mayor of St. Martinville, Louisiana, and one of the first African-American mayors in the U.S.
  • Popularity: Monroe is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S.,
Vintage, Uncommon

Nero

Nero means “black” in Italian. It’s most famously the name of a notorious Roman emperor. Nero also means “powerful” and “strong” as one of the more edgy names out there.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Stern
  • Pronunciation: NIH-Row
  • Variations: Neroh, Niro, Nyro
  • Namesakes: Nero Hawley, a former African-American slave who earned his freedom in the Continental Army.
  • Popularity: Nero is rare worldwide and mainly used in Egypt, ranking 1,958th in 2014.
Edgy, Strong

Nila

Nila means “sapphire” in Sanskrit. It also means “God is my judge” when used as a nickname for Danila. Nila is associated with India’s “enchanting moon” as it makes its way into your baby girl’s life.

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: Blue
  • Pronunciation: NIY-Laa
  • Variations: Nilah, Nilla
  • Namesakes: Nila Moeloek, the Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia from 2014 to 2019. Nila Håkedal, a Norwegian beach volleyball player who competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Nila is uncommon worldwide, primarily used in India, and ranked 412th in Nepal in 2014.
Feminine, Uncommon

Nova

Nova is based on the Latin “novus,” meaning “new.” It also means “chaser of butterflies” in the Native American Hopi culture. Nova refers to bright stars that bring powerful energy with them, just like your baby girl can do.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: New
  • Pronunciation: NOW-Vaa
  • Variations: Novah
  • Namesakes: Nova Meierhenrich, a German TV presenter who covered the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and Grammys. Nova Suma, an American #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Walls Around Us.
  • Popularity: Nova is rare worldwide and mainly used in Indonesia, where it ranked 331st in 2014.
Cute, Fun

Odin

Odin means “poetic fury” in Norse. It also means “god of the sky.” Odin was the Norse god of art, culture, wisdom, and law, providing plenty for your little guy to get into.

  • Origin: Norse
  • Meaning: God of frenzy
  • Pronunciation: OW-Dihn
  • Variations: Oddin, Oden, Odyn
  • Namesakes: Odin Langen, an American politician in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1959 to 1971. Odín Patiño, a Mexican footballer for UNAM Pumas and the Mexico national team.
  • Popularity: Odin is rare worldwide and mostly used in Indonesia.
Strong, Vintage
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Onyx

Onyx originally meant “nail” and “claw” in Greek. It’s a form of agate gemstone that shows off red tones. Onyx is more popular for boys, but your Onyx can shine bright with one of the more ancient edgy baby names.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Black gemstone
  • Pronunciation: AAN-Ihks
  • Variations: Onix, Onyxx
  • Namesakes: Kyle McNeely (known as Onyx), an American wrestler who appeared in NWA Total Nonstop Action from 2003 to 2004.
  • Popularity: Onyx is very rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S., ranking 867th for boys in 2018.
Strong, Cool

Philippa

Philippa means “horse’s friend” in Greek and is based on the male Philip. It was originally famous through King Philip, Alexander the Great’s father, which makes Philippa a cool name for girls.

  • Origin: Greek, English
  • Meaning: Lover of horses
  • Pronunciation: FIH-ihp-Ah
  • Variations: Philipa, Phillipa, Phillippa
  • Namesakes: Philippa Gregory, an English novelist known for The Other Boleyn Girl (2001). Philippa Whitford, a Scottish politician in the House of Commons.
  • Popularity: Philippa is rare worldwide and mainly used in England, where it ranked 390th in 2014.
Feminine, Unique

Phoenix

Phoenix is associated with the famous bird in Greek mythology who rises from the ashes. It’s based on the Greek “phoenix,” meaning “crimson,” and is a great way to symbolize all the things your little one can emulate.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Dark red
  • Pronunciation: FIY-Nihks
  • Variations: Phoenix, Phoenyx
  • Namesakes: David Farrell (known as Phoenix), an American musician and the bassist for Linkin Park. Nahshon Even-Chaim (known as Phoenix), an Australian computer hacker in a group called The Realm.
  • Popularity: Phoenix is rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it has ranked in the top 300 names for boys since 2017.
Unusual, Cool

Presley

Presley is known as an English and Irish surname, possibly Priestley. It comes from the Old English “preost,” meaning “priest” and “leah,” meaning “forest clearing.” Presley is best known as Elvis’s last name but can also name your little rocker boy.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Priest’s meadow
  • Pronunciation: PREHZ-Liy
  • Variations: Presleigh, Preslie, Presly
  • Namesakes: Presley Chweneyagae, a South African actor known for the film Tsotsi, which won the Oscar for Foreign Language Film. Presley Wood, a Honduran football player for F.C. Motagua.
  • Popularity: Presley is rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S.
Vintage, Fun

Priscilla

Priscilla began as another version of Prisca, from the Roman family name Priscus, meaning “venerable.” It also simply means “old” and “archaic” for your elegant baby girl.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Ancient
  • Pronunciation: Prih-SIHL-ah
  • Variations: Pricilla, Priscila
  • Namesakes: Priscilla Presley, an American actress and the former wife of American singer Elvis Presley. Priscilla Chan, an American philanthropist, married to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Popularity: Priscilla is uncommon worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked 625th in 2021.
Feminine, Strong

Raven

Raven comes from the Old English “hræfn.” The Old Norse “hrafn” refers to the famous blackbird in Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. It’s used for those with very dark hair, but Ravens can be brunettes or blondes for boys and girls.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Blackbird
  • Pronunciation: REY-Vahn
  • Variations: Raeven, Raiven, Ravenne, Ravyn
  • Namesakes: Raven-Symoné, an American actress on VH1’s list of “100 Greatest Child Stars of All Time.” Scott Levy (known as Raven), an American wrestler and former ECW World Heavyweight Champion.
  • Popularity: Raven is rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it’s ranked in the top 1,000 names for girls since 1977.
Edgy, Unusual

Raze

Raze comes from the French “rasen,” meaning “to scrape or erase.” The English word razor came from Raze, offering a sharp edge for your quirky baby boy or girl.

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: Scraped, shaved
  • Pronunciation: REYZ
  • Variations: Raise
  • Popularity: Raze is rare worldwide, mostly used in Iran, and ranked 962nd in Kosovo in 2014.
Edgy, Modern

River

River comes from the Latin “ripa,” meaning “riverbank.” It became more popular due to actor River Phoenix, but it’s also used for little girls who flow like water.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Flowing body of water
  • Pronunciation: RIYV-er
  • Variations: Rivor, Ryver
  • Namesakes: River Viiperi, a Spanish-Finnish model, ranked in the top 50 male models in the world. River Alexander, an American actor, known for The Way Way Back (2013).
  • Popularity: River is rare worldwide, mainly used in Egypt and ranked 110th in the U.S. in 2021.
Fun, Modern

Saber

Saber was also a nickname for a wise man. It was based on the Occitan “saber,” meaning “to know.” Saber is another form of Sabine, but, though unisex, it has a more masculine feel.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Sword
  • Pronunciation: SEY-Ber
  • Variations: Sabre
  • Namesakes: Saber Abar, an Iranian actor known for the 2009 film About Elly. Saber Khalifa, a Tunisian footballer for Club Africain.
  • Popularity: Saber is uncommon worldwide, primarily used in Iran, and ranked 180th in Saudi Arabia in 2014.
Strong, Edgy

Sable

Sable was once a topographical name for a person who lived in a “sandy place.” It’s derived from the French “sable,” meaning “sand.” Sable is also a type of animal fur, but your Sable might like to play in the sand instead.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Black
  • Pronunciation: SEY-Bahl
  • Variations: Sabel, Sabele, Sabelle
  • Namesakes: Rena Lesnar (known as Sable), an American wrestler and the second WWF Women’s Champion.
  • Popularity: Sable is very rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S.
Unusual, Rare
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Salem

Salem means “safe” and “complete,” referring to Jerusalem in the Bible. Salem is best known as the New England town where the most famous witch trial occurred.

  • Origin: Arabic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Peace
  • Pronunciation: SEY-Lehm
  • Variations: Seleme
  • Namesakes: Salem Chalabi, an Iraq-British lawyer and the first General Director of the Iraqi Special Tribunal in 2003. Salem Poor, a formerly enslaved African-American who became a hero during the American Revolutionary War.
  • Popularity: Salem ranked 1,737th worldwide and is primarily used in the United Arab Emirates, where it ranked 3rd in 2014.
Common, Unique

Scarlett

Scarlett was an occupational name given to fabric dyers. The color represents love, anger, and passion, which edgy girl names like Scarlett best symbolize.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Crimson color
  • Pronunciation: SKAAR-Leht
  • Variations: Scarlet, Scarlette
  • Namesakes: Scarlett Johansson, an American actress and the world’s highest-paid actress in 2018 and 2019. Scarlett Moffatt, an English TV personality appearing in the Channel 4 program Gogglebox.
  • Popularity: Scarlett is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked 18th in 2017.
Feminine, Vintage

Shadow

Shadow refers to the dark space where light cannot exist. It’s used more for pets, but Shad and Shada as nicknames may be worth it when naming your baby Shadow.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Shade from sun
  • Pronunciation: SHAA-Dow
  • Variations: Shaddo, Shadoe
  • Namesakes: Yoav Eliasi (known as The Shadow), an Israeli rapper featured in the documentary Channels of Rage. Alejandro Ortiz (known as Black Shadow), a Mexican wrestler and part of a tag team called “Los Hermanos Shadow.”
  • Popularity: Shadow is rare worldwide and mainly used in Saudi Arabia.
Edgy, Fun

Sia

Sia comes from the Old Norse “sigr,” meaning “victory.” It also means “six” in Gaelic. In Egyptian mythology, Sia was the god of wisdom and knowledge, so it has fantastic meaning behind it.

  • Origin: Norse
  • Meaning: Victory
  • Pronunciation: SIY-Ah
  • Variations: Siah, Syah
  • Namesakes: Sia Koroma, the First Lady of Sierra Leone from 2007 to 2018. Sia Berkeley, an English actress, known for the TV series Skins.
  • Popularity: Sia is rare worldwide and mostly used in Guinea, where it ranked 51st in 2014.
Unusual, Rare

Smoke

Smoke was originally a German surname given to smithies who worked with steel. It literally refers to the smoke from a fire and is mysterious enough among edgy names for babies who defy definition.

  • Origin: English, German
  • Meaning: To emit smoke
  • Pronunciation: SMOWK
  • Variations: Smoky
  • Popularity: Smoke is very rare worldwide and mainly used in Malawi.
Modern, Unusual

Snow

Snow means “frozen rain” and “light-haired” in Old English. Based on “snou,” meaning “pale complexion,” Snow represents the cool tones that winter brings to all.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Snow (Winter)
  • Variations: Sno
  • Namesakes: Snow Freeman, a Canadian politician in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1843 to 1855. Albert “Snow” Bowman, a New Zealand rugby union player for the All Blacks.
  • Popularity: Snow is rare worldwide and primarily used in Myanmar.
Cool, Modern

Sol

Sol is a Hebrew nickname for Solomon, meaning “peace.” It’s also associated with the Latin Soledad and French Solange.

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Sun
  • Pronunciation: SAOL
  • Namesakes: Sol Gabetta, an Argentine cellist, awarded the Herbert von Karajan Prize in 2018. Sol Bloom, an American politician who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1923 until 1949.
  • Popularity: Sol is rare worldwide and mostly used in Colombia, where it ranked 336th in 2014.
Unique, Uncommon

Sparrow

Sparrow is most known as a finch bird. It was originally a surname in Norfolk, England, and remains a cutesy, offbeat name for babies.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Sparrow (bird)
  • Pronunciation: SPEH-Row
  • Variations: Sparow, Sparowe
  • Popularity: Sparrow is rare worldwide and mainly used in Egypt.
Cute, Uncommon

Storm

Storm is the literal English word for strong wind and rain. It also comes from the Old Norse “stormr,” meaning “gale wind.” Storm may have been associated with fiery-tempered types, but your baby Storm can sail anywhere with this eccentric name.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Tempest
  • Variations: Storme, Stormm
  • Namesakes: Storm Weinholdt, a Norwegian resistance member during World War II. Storm Sanders, an Australian tennis player with a mixed doubles title at the 2022 US Open.
  • Popularity: Storm is rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., ranking 1,416th in 2022.
Cool, Unusual

Tempest

Tempest means “turbulent.” It comes from the French “tempest(e),” meaning “a violent storm.” Tempest is best known as the title of a Shakespeare play, so it can deliver the literary goods for your baby’s arrival.

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: Stormy
  • Pronunciation: TEHM-Pest
  • Variations: Tempeste, Tempestt
  • Namesakes: Tempest Storm (born Annie Banks), an American burlesque star called “The Queen Of Exotic Dancers.” Tempest Anderson, an English surgeon and photographer known for his book Volcanic Studies in Many Lands.
  • Popularity: Tempest is very rare worldwide and mostly used in the U.S.
Unique, Fun
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Thorn

Thorn is based on the Old English “thorne,” originally a surname meaning “spiky thorn branches” of a tree. It was given to someone living near a thorny hedge, but you can name your baby Thorn no matter where they reside.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Prickle
  • Variations: Thorne
  • Popularity: Thorn is rare worldwide and mainly used in Cambodia, where it ranked 86th in 2014.
Masculine, Edgy

Trix

Trix also means “bringer of joy” in Latin. It originally meant “voyager through life.” Trix is used as a nickname for Beatrice and Trixie, so you can start with your favorite and work your way out.

  • Origin: Latin, English
  • Meaning: Happy
  • Pronunciation: TRIKS
  • Variations: Trixy
  • Namesakes: Trix Worrell, St Lucian writer who created the Channel 4 TV series Desmond’s. Trix Heberlein-Ruff, the former president of the National Council of Switzerland.
  • Popularity: Trix is rare worldwide and primarily used in the Netherlands, ranking 1,387th in 2014.
Fun, Cute

Valor

Valor is an English word synonymous with “courage.” It originated as the Latin “valor,” meaning “value.” Valor is a word often reserved for war heroes, but bravery can start early for your baby boy or girl.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Worthiness, bravery
  • Pronunciation: VAEL-er
  • Variations: Valer
  • Popularity: Valor is very rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., where it ranked 1,576th for boys in 2021.
Strong, Vintage

Vane

Vane was an English surname based on “fein,” meaning “glad.” It was a nickname given to a happy-go-lucky person, causing Vane to emerge as unisex among edgy boy names.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Banner
  • Pronunciation: VEYN
  • Variations: Vain
  • Namesakes: Vane Featherston, an English actress in Broadway plays from 1905 to 1922. Vane Pennell, an English tennis player who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Vane is rare worldwide, mostly used in Kenya, and ranked 362nd in North Macedonia in 2014.
Cool, Unusual

Wolfe

Wolfe is based on the German surname, which was originally Wolfgang. Wolfe may be associated with the Scandinavian “ulfr,” so this one-meaning name has been around for a long time.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Wolf
  • Pronunciation: WAHLF
  • Variations: Wolf, Wolffe, Wolff
  • Namesakes: Wolfe Bowart, an Australian comedic actor with the physical theater production LaLaLuna. Wolfe Tone, an Irish revolutionary figure and a founding member of the United Irishmen.
  • Popularity: Wolfe is very rare worldwide and primarily used in the U.S., where it ranked 1,967th in 2022.
Masculine, Strong

Wyatt

Wyatt comes from the Old English Wyot, another version of Wigheard. It’s composed of “wig,” meaning “war” and “heard,” meaning “brave.” Wyatt Earp is the most famous American Wyatt, but your rebel boy can grow up to be famous too.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Brave at war
  • Pronunciation: WEY-aet
  • Variations: Wyat, Wyatte, Wyett
  • Namesakes: Wyatt Johnston, a Canadian ice hockey player with the Dallas Stars. Wyatt Roy, a member of the Australian House of Representatives from 2010 to 2016.
  • Popularity: Wyatt is rare worldwide and mainly used in the U.S., ranking 29th for boys in 2020.
Vintage, Masculine

Zephyr

In Greek mythology, Zephyr is associated with the breeze controlled by the god Zephyrus. Zephyr is the god of the west wind, which may be why it’s still popular in Israel today.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: West wind
  • Pronunciation: ZEHF-ihr
  • Variations: Zefir
  • Namesakes: Zephyr Teachout, an American professor of law who ran for the Democratic Party nomination for New York governor in 2014.
  • Popularity: Zephyr is very rare worldwide, mainly used in Israel, and ranked 1,098th in the U.S. in 2021.
Fun, Cool

Zinnia

Zinnia is named after the flower referred to as “Zinn’s flower,” named after Johann Zinn. The brightly colored flower makes a fine start for any young girl.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Flower
  • Pronunciation: ZIHN-iy-Ah
  • Variations: Ziniah, Zinnya
  • Namesakes: Zinnia Barnes, an English actress known for Nanny McPhee (2005).
  • Popularity: Zinnia is rare worldwide and primarily used in Bangladesh.
Pretty, Uncommon

Zion

Zion refers to the city of Jerusalem in the Bible. It’s derived from the Hebrew “ṣiyôn,” meaning “mountain in Israel.” Zion symbolizes “paradise on Earth,” which makes the perfect choice to welcome your baby boy.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Highest point
  • Pronunciation: ZIY-aan
  • Variations: Zione, Zyon
  • Namesakes: Zion Tzemah, an Israeli footballer for Hapoel Rishon LeZion. Zion Levy, the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Panama for 57 years.
  • Popularity: Zion is rare worldwide, mainly used in Nigeria, and ranked 524th in Israel in 2014.
Vintage, Strong

Zora

Zora means “pure” in Greek. It’s also the Slavic word for “sunrise” and the “aurora,” so Zora’s ready to light up your baby girl’s life.

  • Origin: Greek, Slavic
  • Meaning: Light, Dawn
  • Pronunciation: ZAOR-aa
  • Variations: Zorra, Zorrah
  • Namesakes: Zora Plešnar, the most prominent Slovenian photographer of the 1970s and 1980s. Zora Brziaková, a Slovak basketball player who competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
  • Popularity: Zora is rare worldwide, primarily used in Serbia, and ranked 61st in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014.
Feminine, Unique
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Maryana Vestic

Maryana Vestic is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and food photographer with a background in entertainment Business Affairs. She studied film at NYU, Irish Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin, and has an MFA in Creative Writing Nonfiction from The New School. She loves cooking, baking, hiking, and horror films, as well as running a local baking business in Brooklyn with her boyfriend.
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