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25 Baby Names Only Millennials Can Pronounce

Naming a baby is one of the most exciting aspects of having a child. It is often something that any expectant parent has considered in the back of their mind for years. Of course, as with any generation, millennials have certainly started new trends when it comes to the baby name department. From looking towards social media filters and IKEA furniture for inspiration, millennials are coming up with some extremely unique names.

There is a lot to consider when it comes to actually settle on a baby name. Popularity is one of the first things many parents-to-be consider when choosing potential names. Additionally, many parents will look at factors such as; can it be shortened to a nickname? How to do the initials line-up together? And even whether or not the name is already claimed as a website domain.  This is something many millennial parents are considering, and GoDaddy.com even researched the topic. “Melissa Schneider, trends expert at GoDaddy, said: 'It’s no longer enough to make sure that your baby is enrolled at the top elementary school at birth – parents today are claiming their child’s name and online identity to make sure that they’re set up for success down the line,'” shares Independent.co.uk.

Times are quickly evolving and as the new year has just started there is likely to be a lot of unique names for babies born in 2019. What kind of names might be popping up? Below is a list of 25 baby names that any millennial is sure to swoon over, and any non-millennial might be left thinking, “how is that pronounced?”

25 Ryker

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With its unique spelling and fun pronunciation, it’s no surprise millennial parents are choosing the name Ryker for their little boys. “As a stylish name, Ryker has three big things going for it: its Ry beginning (as in Riley, Ryder, and Rylan), its two-syllable rhythm, and its er ending. A nice surprise for many is it's "rich" meaning,” shares NameBerry.com on the name Ryker.

The name is of German origin and actually does mean rich. It is currently ranked at number 131 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. Ryker is a fun and fiery name for a Gen-X little one. This two-syllable name would pair well with a short middle name.

24 Freya

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Meaning ‘a noblewoman’, Freya is next up on the list! “Freya has been one of the fastest-rising names of the past few years and is even more popular in England and Wales. We predict that along with the original Nordic spelling Freyja, Freya will continue its meteoric rise in the coming years,” suggests NameBerry.com on this charming baby name. The name Freya is of Norse origin.

It’s a simple yet unique enough name for any little baby girl. Surely a name we will see growing in popularity in the coming year or so. It is currently ranked at number 305 on NameBerry.com popularity charts.

23 Blakely

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Blakely is an English surname that has been rising in popularity as a first name. The name means dark wood or clearing, according to NameBerry.com. It’s a unique name and the meaning gives it a bit of depth. “Blakely, along with Blakeley, Blakelee, and Blakeleigh, is one of the post-Ashley surname names that end with the lee sound so stylish today.

Reality stars Trista and Ryan Sutter named their daughter Blakesley. These surname-names are among the most stylish English names for girls,” shares NameBerry.com. I personally think this name is very cute! It would pair well with a sweet and simple middle name such as Rae, Lynn or May.

22 Brecken

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Definitely one of the more unique names featured on this list, Brecken is up next. This name is of Irish origin and means speckled or freckled, according to NameBerry.com. “Brecken is a fresh, distinctively Irish alternative to similar-sounding (and much more popular), Beckett or Beckham.

While Brecken is a spelling variation of the original Breccan, it's the most popular form of the name. By whatever spelling, it's a name we'll likely see a rise in popularity,” suggests NameBerry.com, and I would have to agree. I have already heard this name popping up now and then as a choice for a boys name.

21 Hadleigh

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Millennial parents love to add ‘lee’, ‘lea’, ‘leigh’, ‘lynn’, ‘ton’ and many other endings to the end of names, as we’ll see more than once on this list. Hadleigh is a direct example of this. According to NameBerry.com, Hadleigh is of English origin and means ‘heathery field.’ It’s the perfect name for an outdoorsy little generation x babe! “Hadley, an old surname-name best known as the name of author Ernest Hemingway's "Paris Wife," only recently broke onto the scene in a big way.

While Hadley has considerable appeal, spelling variations such as Hadleigh—and onward to Hadleah, Hadleah, Hadli and so on—only emphasize its trendiness. Hadleigh made its first appearance on the US Top 1000 in 2014,” writes NameBerry.com on this name that is sure to continue growing in popularity.

20 Ariana

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Almost as much as millennials love the ‘leigh’ ending, they also love to add ‘ana’ on to things! Ariana is a very trendy example of this. “The name Ariana is a Latin baby name. In Latin, the meaning of the name Ariana is Holy. Mythological Ariadne who aided Theseus to escape from the Cretan labyrinth,” states SheKnows.com. It’s a very sweet-sounding name with a big meaning behind it.

As cute as it is, it is sure to leave some people, especially non-millennials, wondering how in the world it is pronounced. If you like the name Ariana, you may also consider the names Arabella, Amalia or Aviana.

19 Jaylah

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Jayla is of Hebrew origin and means to ascend, according to NameBerry.com. “Not quite as unusual as it might seem, it first entered the popularity list in 1995, as a possible alternative to the very popular Kayla.

In the Bible, an alternate spelling is Jaala,” adds NameBerry.com. The name is definitely uncommon, but not unheard of! If you are looking for something modern and unique, Jayla might be one to consider. If you like J names such as this one, you may also like Jaylin, Jaden or even Jane. Jayla is one we might expect to see rising up in popularity.

18 Kasen

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Kasen is a more modern spelling of the more common name, Cason, which is a modern invented name, according to NameBerry.com. “People with this name are excited by change, adventure, and excitement. They are dynamic, visionary and versatile, able to make constructive use of freedom. They fight being restricted by rules and conventions. They tend to be optimistic, energetic, intelligent, and to make friends easily,” suggests SheKnows.com on those with this soon to be trending baby name. It’s a simple and sweet name, and I think it would be very sweet for either a little boy or girl.

17 Rhea

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Pronounced Ree-Ah, this name is stunning and has an awesome meaning. “Old-style creative name of the Greek mythological earth mother of all the gods. A lot better than the Roman equivalent: Ops. Rhea reentered the US Top 1000 in 2015. Its only previous appearance on the list since 1968 was 2004,” writes NameBerry.com.

Rhea is currently ranked at number 867 on NameBerry.com popularity charts, and it’s another name that we might expect to see grow in popularity. For now, though, if you choose to go with the name, it will definitely be one-of-a-kind. Any little girl named Rhea is sure to lead a strong, adventurous life.

16 Aerin

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This one might make some eyes roll, but I actually think this modern spelling of Erin is kind of cute! This gender friendly name is one to keep in mind if you’re looking for a modern spin on a traditional name. “Its spelling makes it airier and even more lighthearted than the more traditional Erin -- but equally tomboyish and appealing,” suggests Parents.com on this charming name.

Parents.com also states that this name means enlightened and is of Hebrew origin. Spelled this way, Aerin is not currently ranked on popularity charts, so if you’re looking for something unique, look no further than Aerin.

15 Jagger

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“The name Jagger is a boy's name of English origin meaning "carter", shares NameBerry.com on this baby name. Most commonly used for boys, it’s not totally unheard of as a girls name. In fact, I think it would be super cute for a fiery little girl. “Jagger is a swaggering Rolling Stone of a name that's been picked up by a number of fellow celebs, including Lindsay Davenport and Brett Scallions--while Soleil Moon Frye pulled a gender switch when she bestowed it on her daughter. It's edgy with a touch of danger,” adds NameBerry.com. Jagger is a definite name to consider for any Generation X baby.

14 Neveah

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Neveah, it’s been around for a bit but doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. This modern invented name is, of course, Heaven spelled backward so one might say that is the meaning behind the name. Nevaeh is currently ranked at number 77 on NameBerry.com popularity charts.

“Nevaeh has had phenomenal success since singer Sonny Sandoval introduced the idea of turning Heaven around and using it as a baby name. Especially popular with religious parents, Nevaeh has been in the Top 100 for a decade now, though is off its peak as the spelling spin gets less clever and more familiar,” adds NameBerry.com on this popular baby name.

13 Aura

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One of my favorite baby names featured on this list, Aura is up next. This girls name is of Greek origin and means a soft breeze. It’s a sweet and gentle name, with a meaning that is just as sweet. “Aura has an otherworldly, slightly New Age-y glow, but is beginning to sound more like a legitimate name.

In Greek mythology, Aura was the Titan of the breeze and the fresh, cool air of early morning. But at odds with her peaceful, well, aura, the mythological Aura is a tragic figure, ultimately transformed into a fountain by Zeus,” shares NameBerry.com.

12 Rilynn

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If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind name for a little girl, look no further than Rilynn. Pronounced Rye-Lynn, this name is extremely uncommon and yet very adorable. It’s a modern invented name and though it’s rarely used, it is not unheard of. “The highest recorded use of the first name Rilynn was in 2017 with a total of 255 babies,” shares Names.org. Rilynn would pair well with a more commonly used middle names such as Rilynn Lane, Rilynn Rose or Rilynn Marie. I think it’s such a cute name, and definitely deserves some recognition in the popularity charts.

11 Azlynn

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Azylnn is another more uncommon name featured on this list. Pronounced just how it looks, Azlynn is a very sweet girls name. “From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 840 babies born with the first name Azlynn in the United States. That's more than enough people named Azlynn to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011),” shares Names.org on this unique baby name. Azlynn is an almost mythical sounding name. It’s unique, sweet and powerful sounding, making it a good contender for a list of possible girls names.

10 Brielle

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“The name Brielle is a girl's name of French origin meaning "hunting grounds",” states NameBerry.com. Despite its odd meaning, this sweet sounding name is actually pretty popular these days. “People with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership and to have personal independence. They would rather focus on large, important issues, and delegate the details,” suggests SheKnows.com on those with the name Brielle.

This whimsical baby name is sure to see a climb in popularity. It currently stands at number 101 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. A fun fact about the name; “Brielle is also the name of a historic seaport in the western Netherlands,” shares NameBerry.com.

9 Kynlee

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Another ‘let’s throw some letters together and add lee to the end’ name, Kynlee is up next. In my opinion, this one is working well! “Kynlee is a name whose newfound popularity, we must admit, stumps the experts. It's among the stereotypically American names,” shares NameBerry.com. “The highest recorded use of the first name Kynlee was in 2017 with a total of 553 babies,” shares Names.org. The name is currently ranked at number 554 on NameBerry.com popularity charts so it would be no surprise if it surpasses the 2017 record in 2019. But as they say, only time will tell!

8 Khaleesi

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“Khaleesi is an invented name introduced to the world by inventive and prolific author George R. R. Martin for his wildly popular Game of Thrones series—it's Dothraki for "queen" and is one of the titles of the character Daenerys. It entered the US Top 1000 in 2014,” shares NameBerry.com in regards to this trendy baby name.

This is definitely one that would stump the grandparents, but I think it’s so cute, and I’m not even a Game Of Thrones fan! Khaleesi is currently ranked at number 630 on NameBerry.com popularity charts but continues to climb it’s way up in popularity.

7 Kailor

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Pronounced like Sailor, except with a K, this baby name is another gender friendly name that works well either way. Any Kailor is sure to be the only one in the Kindergarten classroom. “From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 38 babies born with the first name Kailor in the United States,” shares Names.org on this modern invented baby name.

Kailor would be very cute for a girl with a middle name like Jo, Mae or Jane. It would be charming for a little boy with a middle name such as James, Dean or Rhett. I think this one is just too cute!

6 Zayden

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“The most popular spelling of the fast-climbing member of the Aiden-rhyming clan is used by parents who love the first initial Z. Zaiden is nearly as popular, and Zaden is a ways behind,” writes NameBerry.com on this modern name. Zayden is currently ranked at number 189 on NameBerry.com popularity charts and will likely only continue to climb to the top, and it’s no surprise.

Zayden is a charming name, and any little one with the name is sure to be successful in all that life has to offer. If you’re looking for something less popular but love the name, opt for Zaiden or Zaden instead.

5 Knox

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This name of Scottish origin means round hill. “Knox is an old Scottish surname that Brad Pitt (whose great-great-grandfather was named Hal Knox Hillhouse) and Angelina Jolie took out of the back cupboard, dusted off, and elevated to coolness--to the point where it entered the popular baby names list in 2009. Knox now ranks among the most influential celebrity baby names,” writes NameBerry.com on the name Knox.

Knox is currently ranked at number 232 on NameBerry.com popularity charts and continues to rise in popularity. Knox is a cute and cool baby name, so it’s no surprise it’s a common choice these days.

4  Halsey

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“The name Halsey is an English baby name. In English, the meaning of the name Halsey is: From Hal's island,” shares SheKnows.com. This name is actually a very sweet name for a little girl, and it may see a rise in popularity. “From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 640 babies born with the first name Halsey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Halsey to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010),” writes Names.org. Even if you’re not a fan of Halsey the music artist, it’s a cute name to consider!

3 Axton

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“Paxton stands out from a lot of other two-syllable surname names for two reasons: the dynamic letter X in the middle, and its admirable peace association, providing the great nickname Pax,” writes NameBerry.com on the name Paxton. Ranked at number 206 on NameBerry.com popularity charts for boys names, the name is at a good place in that it’s not too uncommon and also not too popular!

Paxton is a cute choice for either a boy or girl. It’s unique without sounding too strange, and the pronunciation makes it fun and sweet. Paxton is definitely one to consider adding to your list of possibilities.

2 Braelyn

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Another American invented name, Braelyn is up next. I think this name is very whimsical sounding and sweet natured. Currently ranked at number 470 on NameBerry.com popularity charts, the name does continue to grow in popularity. Brae would be the sweetest nickname for any little girl named Braelyn. Wondering when the name became popular? “From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9,079 babies born with the first name Braelyn in the United StatesThat's more than enough people named Braelyn to occupy the country of Saint Barth with an estimated population of 8,902 (as of January 1, 2009),” shares Names.org.

1 Maylin

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Another American invented name, Braelyn is up next. I think this name is very whimsical sounding and sweet natured. Currently ranked at number 470 on NameBerry.com popularity charts, the name does continue to grow in popularity. Brae would be the sweetest nickname for any little girl named Braelyn. Wondering when the name became popular? “From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9,079 babies born with the first name Braelyn in the United StatesThat's more than enough people named Braelyn to occupy the country of Saint Barth with an estimated population of 8,902 (as of January 1, 2009),” shares Names.org.

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