Baby Name Ideas

ELVIS

This name is 100 percent American, baby! Elvis is an American creation, made popular by -- as most would guess it -- the king himself. Surprisingly, the name has stayed popular throughout the decades. It was the 600th most popular baby name in the US in 2007 but it fell off the charts in 2012. Much like the musician of the same name, this is one title that will never go out of style.

 

BEATRIX

This little one is made to be happy! Beatrix, from the Latin beatus, means "happy" or "she who brings happiness." The name has never ranked in the top 1,000 US baby names, making it truly hipster. Some famous Beatrixes were Beatrix Potter, who wrote the Peter Rabbit books, and Uma Thurman's character in Kill Bill, Beatrix Kiddo.

 

ARLO

A name for the folk lovers out there! Arlo had a small blip of popularity from the 1900s–1930s, though it never topped any US baby name lists. The most popular Arlo is Arlo Guthrie, son of folk legend Woody Guthrie, who was known for making protest music. Far out, man!

 

MAGNOLIA

What's old is new again! Originally popular in the late 1800s, Magnolia is due for a comeback. Like the flower from which it gets its name, Magnolia is a floral and pretty name that nature lovers are sure to covet.

 

EDISON

Possibly one of the most recognizable names in science. Edison, meaning "Edie's son" in Old English, was the last name of Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, the telegraph, and the phonograph (among many other inventions). As a name, Edison was wildly popular in the 1800s, fell off the charts in the early 1900s, and roared back to life in the 2010s. In 2018, it was the 536th most popular name in the US. Electric!

 

TALLULAH

A quirky name with a Native American heritage, Tallulah is a Choctaw name meaning "jumping water." It's also the name of Demi Moore's and Bruce Willis' youngest daughter, as well as the name of actress Tallulah Bankhead. The name has never ranked in the top 1,000 US baby names, but with all these celeb sightings, it seems that's about to change.

 

CALLIE

(pronounced "KAH-lee," not "KAY-lee") has had a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Parents might associate the name with Callie Shaw from the Hardy Boys novels, the character Callie on Grey's Anatomy, or Calliope (the Greek goddess of epic poetry). Callie was also the name of the protagonist in the Jeffrey Eugenides' novel Middlesex. So many cool associations.

 

CALVIN

This is a name perfect for baby boys! Calvin is a derivative of the name calvinus meaning "little bald one." The name has always been on the radar in the US, but it's not nearly as popular now as it used to be in the early 1900s, when it peaked as the 80th most popular name in the US in 1920. Possible nicknames for Calvin are Cal, Vinny, or Calvie.

 

ROSCOE

Here's a name that's truly old-fashioned. Roscoe was once a popular last name in England, but has since transitioned to first name status. It is a composition of the Norse words  (meaning "a roe deer") and skógr (meaning "a wood"). How's that for a rustic baby name?

 

EDIE

Edie -- like Sedgwick, the infamous muse of Andy Warhol -- can be used as a standalone or as a nickname for Edith meaning "prosperous in war." We think both are fashionable choices, but although Edith has enjoyed long-term popularity, Edie peaked in the '60s and has since become more obscure. That makes it ripe for the hipster picking.

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