26 Creative Baby Names That Didn't Exist Until Millennial Moms Came Along

Judy Dutton | Jul 27, 2015 Pregnancy
26 Creative Baby Names That Didn't Exist Until Millennial Moms Came Along

baby surprisedWant a gem-in-the-rough baby name that's got "cool" written all over it, but is still undiscovered enough that it hasn't been done to death? Then consider these 26 names for starters. Why? Because these baby names barely existed before 2000, but are quickly climbing the charts.

To find these names, the family heritage site MooseRoots combed data from the Social Security Administration to find names that were given to fewer than 100 newborns before 2000 but are rising fast. If you want your child's name to be on the cutting edge of cool, consider these options.

For more great baby name ideas, visit BabyNameWizard


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  • Vivienne


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    Angelina Jolie's and Brad Pitt's 6-year-old daughter, Vivienne, is no doubt fueling this trend, as well as Rosie O'Donnell's same-named 12-year-old. It's the cognate of the French vivien, which means "alive," so it makes for a spirited yet feminine name for a girl.

  • Arya


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    Thanks to the popular sci-fi book and HBO series Games of Thrones, Arya -- the name of a scrappy, sword-wielding former princess played by Maisie Williams -- has risen meteorically in the past 10 years. It's also the name of the leading lady in the book/movie Eragon and Sanskrit for "noble," so all in all it has a lot going for it!


  • Karter


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    Take a cool name like Carter and make it cooler by using a K instead: Karter! Plus this moniker isn't as new as it might seem, originating in the Middle Ages as an occupational surname for someone who transported goods in, well, a cart!

  • Brynlee


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    Brynlee may sound completely new to you, but it's actually been big in the naming enclave of Utah for years, along with the variation Brinley. Although it means "burnt meadow," you can't deny the beauty of this name; it's like a softer, sweeter form of Britney.

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  • Beckett


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    Beckett, derived from the English surname meaning "dweller near the brook," is a popular boy name among celebs, including Conan O'Brien, Melissa Etheridge, Stella McCartney, and Malcolm McDowell. In 2005, the authors of Freakonomics predicted Beckett would become one of the most popular names of 2015, and it turns out they were right!

  • Jaylah


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    Jaylah is like a jazzier form of Laylah, and its exotic spelling plays off that big millenial trend of using new, rarely used consonants to spell names in new ways.

  • Cash


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    Kurt, Jimi, Janis -- parents havebeen bequeathing their kids the first names of musicians for decades. So why not last names instead? Thus the rise of Cash (Johnny) after his death in 2003.

  • Arabella


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    The lyrical name Arabella spans centuries, from the title of an opera by Richard Strauss to a jammin' song by the Arctic Monkeys. It's also the name given to the daughters of Ivanka Trump and Dr. Oz.

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  • Jax


    First there was Max; now there is Jax! This shorter, snappier version of Jack or Jackson is shared by Jax Briggs, a character from the video game Mortal Kombat, and Jax Teller from the TV series Sons of Anarchy. All in all an edgy name.

  • Norah


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    Once a nickname for longer monikers like Eleanora, this name has soared in popularity alongside sultry singer Norah Jones.

  • Adalyn


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    Adalyn can be seen as a diminutive of Adele or a shorter form of Madeline; either way the post-millennial trend of ending names in -lyn is big.

  • Isla


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    Isla is a derivative of Islay, the name of a Scottish island. And although it's skyrocketed to #4 in England and Wales in 2012, it's become popular in the U.S. too with some celeb cred thanks to actress Isla Fisher, wife of Sacha Baron Cohen.

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  • Londyn


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    Londyn, a snazzy spelling of the already popular "place name" London, conjures up images of this British city that's bound to add an air of sophistication to any girl (or boy, for that matter).

  • Lyla


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    Lyla, a variation of Lila, is Arabic for "night" and also the title of a song by Oasis. It also plays into the huge post-millenium trend of substituting i's with y's.

  • King


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    Well, naming your son King is certainly one way to express how you feel about him! But aside from its royal overtones, it also honors huge history-making men like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Elvis.

  • Zayden


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    Zayden is a totally modern, made-up name made with letters popular in the post millennium: z and y.

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  • Kingston


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    Kingston, a trendy "place name," also includes the word "king" -- so it has a lot of majestic mojo that may explain why Gwen Stefani picked this name for her son.

  • Gael


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    Short for the biblical name Abigail, Gael has become a name in its own right. It's also Welsh for "wild" and conjures up images of blustery winds on high seas.

  • Maddox


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    Once Angelina Jolie gave her son this once-obscure Welsh family name in 2003, Maddox climbed the charts. And for good reason: It's a strong, sexy name!

  • Ryker


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    The surge in popularity of superhero movies brought Ryker along with it: As an enemy of the Hulk, it's a powerful name that's hard to beat. Trekkie fans may also be reminded of Commander William T. Riker of the starship Enterprise.

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  • Brantley


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    Brantley is an English surname meaning "fire" that makes for a hot first name! It's also the name of a Michael J. Fox character in film The Secret to My Success and country music singer Brantley Gilbert.

  • Paisley


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    Apparently, Paisley is no longer just a fancy teardrop pattern on a duvet or shirt. It's also a big name, particularly in the south; country singer Brad Paisley probably doesn't hurt on the popularity front either.


  • Khloe


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    Khloe -- an offbeat variation of Chloe -- rose to fame thanks to the same-named Kardashian sister, of course.

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  • Mila


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    Mila is a Russian name meaning "gracious" or "dear" -- and it comes with some stunning celeb appeal thanks to actors Mila Kunis and Mila Jovovich.

  • Nevaeh


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    Nevaeh rose to popularity out of nowhere in 2001. Wanna guess why? It's "heaven" backwards -- like a secret message for your kid.

  • Bentley


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    Yup, Bentley is a lux British car ... that's now also a popular name for boys. And Teen Mom fans will know that Maci Bookout gave this name to her son, too.

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