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Get Creative With These Inventive (Yet Totally Cool) Baby Names

There’s a fine line between picking a trendy baby name that might be a passing fad and picking a name that is unique and crazy cool. Names that are a tad rock ‘n’ roll are always a safe bet, because it sure doesn’t seem like the allure of a little bit of edge is going anywhere anytime soon.

Names like Hendrix, Nelson and Joplin are a new twist on things, but at the same time they still feel classic — like there’s no way they’ll be going out of style in the near future.

You can also borrow unconventional name ideas from celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow — who caused quite a stir when she named her daughter Apple, as did Beyoncé when she named her daughter Blue Ivy. Kate Winslet found a fierce name in Bear, and we just love Kourtney Kardashian’s baby boy name, Reign.

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Check out more ideas below for finding a unique baby name for your girl or boy.

Baby names outside of the box

There is no doubt that names like Elizabeth and Henry are great traditional names. However, don’t limit your choices to only classic names! Think outside the box with our list of cool objects that make great baby names. Many of these names are unisex and can work equally well for both baby boys and baby girls.

  • Slate
  • Lava
  • Dice
  • Castle
  • Pearl
  • Ember
  • Jaguar
  • Happy
  • Bloom
  • Honey
  • Snow
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Diamond
  • Thorn
  • Clove
  • Parsley
  • Hawk
  • Green
  • Sage
  • Lemon

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Switched up baby names

One fun way to come up with a crazy, yet totally cool, baby name is by switching up the ending or the spelling of a more traditional name. Often, just by adding in an “x” or “z,” you can come up with a name that is unique. Here are some ideas:

  • Mykal (pronounced like Michael)
  • Ashleigh
  • Jaxson
  • Chriz (Chris)
  • Ayden (Aidan)
  • Keleigh (Kelly)
  • Emmaleigh (Emily)
  • Jazzmyn (Jasmine)
  • Chrystin (Kristin)
  • Rian (Ryan)

A twist on celeb names

Name your child after your favorite rock idol or screen siren with these fun and creative ideas. Many of these names use the last name as a first name for an edgy twist. For example, instead of naming your child Marilyn after Marilyn Monroe, giving her the name Monroe sounds modern and cool. Here are more examples:

  • Morrison (Jim Morrison)
  • Jagger (Mick Jagger)
  • Presley (Elvis Presley)
  • Nelson (Willie Nelson)
  • Cash (Johnnie Cash)
  • Lennon (John Lennon)
  • Joplin (Janis Joplin)
  • Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix)

Mythical baby names that rock

Mythological names are totally crazy, yet cool. Watch the Clash of the Titans and you might find yourself leaning towards having your own little Zeus running around! Here are some great mythological baby names:

  • Perseus
  • Calibos
  • Acrisius
  • Andromeda
  • Draco
  • Apollo
  • Athena
  • Achilles
  • Adonia
  • Cadmus
  • Calypso
  • Cressida
  • Leto
Originally published November 2015. Updated April 2017.

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