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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.

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Aaden

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

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Amare

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

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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...

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Bali

A country in Indonesia

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Bali

Place name for an Indonesian island

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Caz

Father of the Prophet Mohammed

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Cray

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

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Cydney

Variant of Sydney From Saint Denis.

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Gru

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

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Gunny

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

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Haven

Haven is truly a contemporary name—it didn’t start showing up on baby names lists until 1990s. It was barely a blip on...

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Jadrien

Modern blend of Jay and Adrien

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Jareth

Modern blend of Jared and Gareth

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Kacey

Form of Casey; also a creation based on the initials K. C.

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Kaz

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

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Kurtis

Variant abbreviation of Sydney.

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Leandrew

Form of Leander. Lionlike man.

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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...

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Lex

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

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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...

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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...

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Marshal

A law-enforcement title similar to Sheriff.

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Maverick

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

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Mavrick

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

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Memphis

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

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Persia

Place name of a country now known as Iran

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Rashawn

Modern blend of Ray or Ra and Shawn

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Savion

Possibly derived from Xavier

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Summer

Born in summer

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