It is hard to believe that more than half of the year has passed. But this also means that it's time to start thinking about a new year of baby names! For anyone who has a baby due in 2019 or planning to have a baby in the new year, then it's time to get ready. The year 2019 is all about names that are unique, without being way too wild and out there. It's about being cool without causing the Starbucks barista too much stress over how to spell the name.
Some of these names are going to be brand new for 2019. Parents appear to be getting inspired by fairytale-like names from the many fantasy shows that have been all the rage lately. And some of these names were popular in 2016, 2017 and 2018 - and they keep going strong in 2019! These are names for both baby girls and baby boys.
And there are even a few unisex names on this list that you can use for whatever baby you have. 2019 is about finding something a little left of normal and embracing new and unique names. Allow this list to inspire your little one's moniker.
Of course, Luna is going to be a big name in 2019. After Chrissy Teigen and John Legend chose it for their daughter, it quickly became popular. And it's going to keep being popular in 2019!
Luna is the perfect name - it's short and easy to spell and pronounce, it's sort of mythical with a nod to the moon, and it sounds so beautiful! Luna means "the moon". Behind the Name tells us, "Luna was the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted driving a white chariot through the sky."
Adeline is such a pretty name! It sounds like it could belong to a royal princess from some little town in Europe. It totally fits in with 2019's theme of fairytale and fantasy names. Adeline can be pronounced a few ways: Ah-duh-line, Ah-duh-leen or Ah-duh-lynn.
So you can really have fun with this one! Adeline is a form of Adele, which is a French name that means "noble". It can also be a form of the name Adelina, which also means noble in French and English.
Aurora is another absolutely gorgeous name for a little girl. Of course, the most famous bearer would have to be Princess Aurora AKA Sleeping Beauty. If you're obsessed with the Disney princesses, a name like Aurora would be a sweet way to honor that. Behind the Name fills us in on the history of Aurora pre-Disney days, telling us that it means "dawn" in Latin.
Aurora was the Roman goddess of the morning. It has occasionally been used as a given name since the Renaissance."
Mila is another one of my favorite names! I love that it's short and sweet, but also sounds kind of exotic and cool. Of course, there's the famous name bearer in actress, Mila Kunis.
She Knows shares the numerology behind the name Mila: "People with this name are competent, practical, and often obtain great power and wealth. They tend to be successful in business and commercial affairs, and are able to achieve great material dreams. Because they often focus so strongly on business and achievement, they may neglect their private lives and relationships."
Selene is a name that sounds sweet and soft, maybe because it sounds so close to the word "serene." It also has a bit of a refined and exotic sound to it. If you prefer, this name can also be spelled "Celine" like famous French Canadian singer, Celine Dion. Or if you'd prefer to honor a Latin American singer, you can opt for Selena.
Like Luna, Selene also means "moon", but in Greek. Behind the Name tells us, "This was the name of a Greek goddess of the moon, sometimes identified with the goddess Artemis."
Everly almost sounds like a fairytale name to me. I can see Everly hanging out with Tinkerbell and casting spells or something like that. It's definitely a beautiful name and has a bit of mystical charm to it. And after it was selected by Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum for their daughter, it quickly became more popular.
And even though Jenna and Channing didn't last, that doesn't mean their choice in baby name was bad. Everly is derived from an Old English surname based on a place meaning "from the boar's meadow" and "woodland clearing".
Lincoln is a great choice for a little guy with big potential. You know someone named Lincoln is going to really make something of himself. Lincoln is a smart and sophisticated name.
And it's so on trend for 2019. Parents have been obsessed lately with using lately with using last names as first names. And with all of the political drama we're going through, it only makes sense that presidential names are top of mind. Lincoln was also a surname derived from a place meaning lake and colony.
Who doesn't want their baby to rule the world? Reign is the perfect name for the little king or queen in your life. Reign is a unisex name and can also be spelled Rain, if you're more into the weather than royalty. And if you're a Kardashian fan, you'll remember that Kourtney named her third baby, a boy, Reign.
Reign means "to prevail". The name peaked up steam in 2014 and has been rising in popularity every year ever since. So expect Reign to still be a great and popular choice in 2019.
Caspian is another name that has a royal feel to it - probably thanks to Prince Caspian from the CS Lewis Chronicles of Narnia (1950). Caspian sounds mystical and fairytale-like. It's a regal name that definitely commands attention. It is not an ordinary choice for a plain boy; it's a name for a unique little guy.
Behind the Name explains the history of Caspian, "Prince Caspian first appears in the fourth book, where he is the rightful king of Narnia driven into exile by his evil uncle Miraz. Lewis probably based the name on the Caspian Sea, which was named for the city of Qazvin, which was itself named for the ancient Cas tribe."
Amelia is such a beautiful name for a little girl! It sounds light, airy and a little bit whimsical. But it also is an old-school name that has been around for a while. If you choose Amelia for your little girl, she'll share the name with famous explorer Amelia Earhart and children's book star, Amelia Bedelia.
In Latin, Amelia means "industrious" or "striving". In Teutonic, Amelia means "defender".
Amelia started becoming popular in 2002 and has risen sharply over the last two decades. In 2018, it came in at #6 on the baby name charts and is set to stay there or move up in 2019.
Ava has been the big name for baby girls in the last two decades, and it's not going anywhere soon. The name shot to popularity in 2006 and can now be heard on the playground and in Hollywood circles. It all started with actress Ava Gardner (1922-1990) but picked up steam in the early 2000s. In 2018, Ava was #3 on the baby name charts and is expected to come in quite high in 2019.
It's easy to see why this pretty name is so popular. But if you do choose this for your little girl, be ready to share it with lots of other parents.
How sweet is the name Ellie for a little princess? I really love nicknames used as real full names. Ellie sounds so cute and so fun. It's casual and approachable. But it's also really pretty. It's a name that fits in all stages of life. And, full disclosure, it's the name of my dog!
Ellie is usually a short form of Eleanor or Ellen, but I really love it as a full name all on its own. In Greek, Ellie means "shining light", which is a great meaning for a little kiddo. Ellie is also the name of the wife from Up and the main character in Cougar Town.
Lila is another amazing choice because it's short and oh so sweet. Lila sounds soft and delicate. It also is a bit unusual and not a name we may have heard a lot growing up. It relates to the flower names (similar to Lily or Lilac) without actually being a flower name.
Lila has Arabic origins and means "night" or "dark beauty". It was derived from the name Leila, which is also a beautiful choice. Lila was popular in the early 1900s but fell out of fashion. It started to rise again in the early 2000s and peaked in 2010.
Aiden is the male equivalent of Ava. That is to say, it's one of those uber-popular baby names that has totally blown up in the last 15 years. And it won't be slowing down much heading into 2019. Aiden is definitely a cool name for a little guy. It sounds smooth coming off the tongue and is equal parts sensitive and tough. Baby Center shares that Aiden is, "The name of the Celtic sun god, meaning "fiery." It was traditionally a boys' name but is now given to girls, too, especially spelled as Aidan."
Milo is such a cool guy name. It's an awesome name that gives your little one a bit of foreign flair without being too exotic or hard to spell. It's short and clean, but also very charming. It's not too tough guy, which is great for a modern boy.
And, thanks to actor Milo Ventimiglia who plays Jack on This Is Us, it's become much more popular lately. Milo began to rise in popularity in the early 2000s and doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
Leo is definitely one of those tried but true names that has stood the test of time. It has a history to it, but opting for just Leo, instead of Leopold, Leonard or Leonardo, makes it much cooler and modern. Leo means lion in Latin.
Behind the Name tells us, "It was popular among early Christians and was the name of 13 popes, including Saint Leo the Great who asserted the dominance of the Roman bishops (the popes) over all others in the 5th century. It was also borne by six Byzantine emperors and five Armenian kings. Another famous bearer was Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), a Russian novelist whose works include 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina'. Leo is also the name of a constellation and the fifth sign of the zodiac."
Felix is the perfect name for a super cool kid. I think any name that ends with an "x" has a bit of innate coolness to it. When I hear Felix, I definitely think of a cat. But if you're a cat lover, that might be a good thing!
Baby Name Wizard shares, "Derived from the Latin felix (happy, lucky). Felix was the name of four popes and several early saints, one of whom was an apostle to East Anglia."
Who doesn't want to give their kid a dose of good luck, success, and happiness?
Wyatt is another name that screams cool to me. And while it has traditionally been known as a boy's name, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis did choose it for their baby girl. So if you're loving Wyatt, or another traditionally male name, but having a little girl, don't be afraid to go for it!
Wyatt means "little guy" - does it get more perfect than that? It's derived from the French names Guy and Guyot which mean guide or leader.
Luca is a great choice if you're looking for a little bit of European flare but still want a name that won't stand out in preschool. Luca is just cool and foreign enough without pushing the envelope too far.
It sounds nice on the tongue and almost has a pretty quality to it, without sounding too feminine. Luca is the Italian and Roman form of Luke. It is also related to the names Lucus, Loukas, Loukanos and Lucius from Latin and Greek origins.
Scarlett sounds like the name of a very strong woman. It has a fiery quality to it, probably thanks to it meaning the fire color of red. Behind the Name shares an alternate meaning: "From a surname which denoted a person who sold or made clothes made of scarlet (a kind of cloth, possibly derived from Persian سقرلاط (saghrilat))."
If you choose Scarlett, your little girl will be in good company with Gone with the Wind's Scarlett O'Hara, comic book hero Scarlett Witch, the Scarlett Letter, and actress Scarlett Johansson.
Harper is another little girls' name that has also sounded very strong and smart to me. It's a sharp name. It's still very beautiful and feminine, but it isn't dainty or frilly. Harper is someone you can take seriously. And it's a name that will work well past childhood.
Behind the Name shares, "From an Old English surname which originally belonged to a person who played the harp or who made harps. A notable bearer was the American author Harper Lee (1926-2016), who wrote 'To Kill a Mockingbird'."
Declan sounds effortlessly cool to me. It is a name that has been on my radar for a long time and one I really love. It sounds unique and interesting, but not too out there.
Baby Name Center shares, "A traditional Irish name meaning "man of prayer" or "full of goodness." St. Declan founded a monastery in Ireland, and St. Declan's Stone has purportedly been the site of many miracles."
Declan has been a more popular choice in the 2010s but it still isn't a common name, making it a great choice for a 2019 baby.
Elijah is the perfect name if you want something cool but with biblical roots. Unlike some biblical names which are boring (Matthew, John, etc.) or way too religious sounding (Abraham, Ezekiel), Elijah manages to be neither.
Baby Center tells us, "Hebrew for "Yahweh is God." It's the name of an Israelite prophet in the First and Second Books of Kings in the Bible. Traditionally a popular Jewish boys' name, it has rocketed in popularity since the 1990s."
It comes in at #7 on the charts - very popular!
Levi, like Elijah, is a great choice if you want cool and biblical. After all, Levi is a character from the bible but it's also the name of the coolest jeans brand. I like names that end with an "i" as they are pretty uncommon. Levi just sounds like a cool dude you'd want to hang out with!
Behind the Name shares that it "possibly means "joined, attached" in Hebrew. As told in the Old Testament, Levi was the third son of Jacob and Leah, and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of the Israelites, known as the Levites."
Oliver is a great choice for a little boy in 2019. It's definitely a classic name that has been around for a long time. But it doesn't sound old-fashioned or dated. It just sounds solid. Oliver is a great name for a little boy but also works for a grown man.
Plus, you can use the cute nickname Ollie. Baby Center tells us, "From the French name Olivier, probably derived from the Late Latin word olivarius (olive tree)."
So if you're feeling French, you could opt for Olivier instead.
References: behindthename.com, sheknows.com, babynamewizard.com, babycenter.com
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