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Contemporary Names

If you find old-fashioned names old hat, check out our list of modern and contemporary names for boys and girls.

Aaden

Abdel Qader was an Arab Emir and theologist in Algeria at the time of the French conquest. Read more about Aaden

Amare

Exotic, unusual names for boys are the fashion these days, and Amare certainly fits the bill. Popularized in the last decade... Read more about Amare

Arcade

It might seem cute to name your child after the place you had your first date, but Arcade is not a first name. If you really... Read more about Arcade

Bali

Place name for an Indonesian island Read more about Bali

Bali

A country in Indonesia Read more about Bali

Caz

Father of the Prophet Mohammed Read more about Caz

Cray

That name Cray. While Cray originates from the Galic surname O'Craoibhe ("descendant of Craobhach"), most people nowadays... Read more about Cray

Cydney

Variant of Sydney From Saint Denis. Read more about Cydney

Gru

The root of this name is found in names meaning "crane" in multiple Romance languages: Grulla (Spanish), Grue (French), and... Read more about Gru

Gunny

Gunny is a name that's usually heard in reference to Gunnery Sergeants in the US Marine Corps. Sounds cool in theory, but... Read more about Gunny

Jadrien

Modern blend of Jay and Adrien Read more about Jadrien

Jareth

Modern blend of Jared and Gareth Read more about Jareth

Kacey

Form of Casey; also a creation based on the initials K. C. Read more about Kacey

Kaz

Omeyade Emirs from Cordoba Abdel Rahman the First, the Second and the third, Sultan of Morocco during the French conquest... Read more about Kaz

Kurtis

Variant abbreviation of Sydney. Read more about Kurtis

Leandrew

Form of Leander. Lionlike man. Read more about Leandrew

Lex

Given its epic Greek meaning, this name carries a sense of grandeur and bombast in a single syllable. A remarkable name for... Read more about Lex

Lex

While Lex can be a boy's name, too, this is a special moniker for a girl if you want something more original than Alexandra... Read more about Lex

Lexus

A name better left for luxury cars, Lexus hasn't been a hit since...well, ever. It had a brief moment of semi-glory in 1996... Read more about Lexus

Mal

Mal is an outdated nickname for an even more outdated full name, Malvina. (Have you ever even heard of it? We didn't think... Read more about Mal

Marshal

A law-enforcement title similar to Sheriff. Read more about Marshal

Maverick

Independent; When a nineteenth-century American named Maverick refused to brand his calves as other ranchers did, his name... Read more about Maverick

Mavrick

When a nineteenth-century American named Maverick refused to brand his calves as other ranchers did; his name came to signify... Read more about Mavrick

Memphis

A city in Tennessee; Memphis was also the first capital of ancient Egypt. Read more about Memphis

Persia

Place name of a country now known as Iran Read more about Persia

Rashawn

Modern blend of Ray or Ra and Shawn Read more about Rashawn

Savion

Possibly derived from Xavier Read more about Savion

Xander

"X" names are hot right now, and Xander (pronounced just like Zander) is leading the pack. Both rebellious and romantic,... Read more about Xander