An original name for an original family, Mazikeen is the name of a beautiful demon on the TV show Lucifer. As Laura notes, “The name’s demonic bona fides go way back, though its use as a personal name is new.” Don’t let her villainous past dissuade you — this can be a great name for parents who want to follow the sci-fi trend!
Pronounced “CURE-y,” this name is taken from Polish physicist Marie Curie. Known as one of the most prominent female scientists, Marie Curie was kind of a badass. She won the Nobel Prize (twice), was the first female professor at the University of Paris, and basically coined the term radioactivity. Naming your daughter Curie means placing her in the legacy of greatness.
If you want to raise a strong girl, you might want to name her Furiosa. Charlize Theron’s tough-as-nails character in Mad Max: Fury Road is brave and strong and takes no prisoners. “It’s one of the most extravagant film names since Cruella deVil,” says Laura. “And if you’re wondering, no, Cruella never crossed over to baby names.” But don’t let that stop you from bringing Furiosa to the charts.
No, it’s not Millie or Millicent — though both names have quickly been rising in popularity. Million is a much-needed update to its classic antecedents. A little taste of the future, if you will. As Laura says, it’s “futuristic robot chic.”
Here’s a name that was created by the teen universe! Laura says Ezria is actually the romantic “portmanteau” of Pretty Little Liars characters Ezra and Aria. Teens (and maybe some grown-ups) “shipped” the two together, rooted for them over seven seasons, and created a fandom based on their tumultuous relationship. And now? We have a perfectly gorgeous baby name to thank them for.
“The book Pippi Longstocking, by master name inventor Astrid Lindgren, was first published in English back in 1950 but only now makes its baby name debut,” notes Laura. The little girl with the bright red hair, Pippi Longstocking is a spunky little adventurer who teaches young girls to believe in themselves, and we can’t think of a better role model than that!
Here is a perfect example of how modern language can create a brand-new name. Blessence is actually built from the words “blessing” and “essence,” and Laura reveals it’s also the name of a maternity T-shirt line — possibly the reason it’s fresh on the baby name radar. This is a great choice for parents who want a unique and positive name.
A baby name that would make any little girl proud! Melanin is the pigmentation in our eyes, skin, and hair color. Lauren adds, “[The name] likely owes its emergence as a name to Senegalese model Khoudia Diop, whose self-given nickname ‘Melanin Goddess’ proudly celebrates her ultra-dark skin.” Beautiful!
Playing off the –ynn trend, Franklynn is a cute derivative of Frank or the male name Franklin. Perfect for a tomboy or a girly-girl, this is a stylish name that will definitely get attention.
Versailles, the beautiful French palace, has lush gardens and beautiful architecture. “[It has] symbolized regal luxury for centuries,” says Laura. Even as a baby name, it evokes a sense of beauty, royalty, and class.
Up, up, and away, little Zeplyn! This cute and spunky name is perfect for an adventurer and free spirit, just like the legendary rock and roll band Led Zeppelin. We aren’t promising you that your little girl will be able to play the guitar like Jimmy Page, but this cute name certainly could help!
Pronounced like Isolde, this name comes from the second-most star-crossed lovers in all of literature, as Tristan and Isolde were illicit lovers in Arthurian legend. But, as Laura notes, Iseult‘s appearance today may be due to a Queen Iseult in the TV series The Last Kingdom. Either way, it’s a charming and romantic-sounding name.
Following the space trend, Laniakea is actually the supercluster of galaxies where Earth is located. That’s right, Laniakea is actually our home! It’s also a gorgeous island destination. Says Laura, “Laniakea means ‘immense heaven’ in Hawaiian, and shares its name with an Oahu beach.” Lovely!
Just hear us out on this one. Caliber follows the growing trend of firearm-related boys names (think Trigger or Beretta) but can easily be used for girls! Or if this is maybe too far outside your comfort zone, Laura suggests Callie as the perfect nickname.
Traditionally a boy’s name, we think this name could follow in the trend of using boys’ names for girls. Or maybe you’re just a British politics buff, and you might be charmed by the name’s connection to former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
“This is perhaps the most unlikely of a mini-wave of Norse names inspired by the TV series Vikings,” notes Laura. Possibly due to the recent discovery that a famous warrior viking was a woman, or maybe due to the new TV show The Vikings, Lagertha is officially on the radar for parents looking for a name that’s fierce and feminine and that no one else will have.
Taken from the Greek goddess of hearth and domesticity, this classic name is sure to wow. The only question is how it took so long for people to take notice. “[Hestia] was the big sister of Zeus, Hera, Poseidon and the gang, but incredibly had never registered as an American baby name until this year,” says Laura.
Get out your lightsabers, because it’s a Star Wars name! Anakin Skywalker is the birth name of evil villain Darth Vader, and a hugely popular choice for baby boys in the US. “Now his dark force encroaches on the girls’ side,” jokes Laura. “Can anyone stop him?” Probably not, and why would you want to stop a cute name like this one?
This name might remind one of the spoiled villain in Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But don’t let that sour you on the name. As Laura notes, it was also the name of cool ’90s band Veruca Salt who made the indie jam “Seether.” This name is truly one of a kind.
It’s no surprise that parents are turning to tech for name inspiration, but Linux? It’s not as “out there” as it seems. In fact, it’s possibly a twist on the popular Lennox. “Lennox is also a fast-rising name, and when you think about it, all baby names are open source,” jokes Laura. Makes sense.