Babies That Have These Names are Automatically ‘Cool’, Expert Suggests

The most ‘elite’ baby names of 2021 have been revealed and we are more than surprised at the top contenders. Tilly, Lily, Dash, River and Zen are among the next-gen of cool kids.

Have a look at the full list below – does your child make the list

The 12 coolest baby names of 2021

  1. DashiellUnique and edgy and with a cool nickname to boot, we can see why Dash is on top of the list for little dudes. 
  2. SophieConsidered one of the most popular baby names in the entire world, Sophie is elegant, beautiful, and elite, apparently. 
  3. MatildaTilly is currently the 12th most popular baby girl name in Australia. I wonder if she’ll make the top ten in 2021
  4. Ophelia – A little bit mythical, this name is climbing out of the ashes of Hamlet and becoming cool in her own right. Go girl!
  5. ZenThree letter baby names – so hot right now and Zen is as cool as they get. 
  6. RiverRiver is considered elite for both boys and girls, according to the baby name experts.
  7. StoryA cute literary name, we can already picture little Story as the future class leader. 
  8. JamesA classic name for boys, James actually made the list for “cool girls’ names”, not boys. 
  9. SamSam, however, is considered cool for the little men. 
  10. CharlotteThe number one baby name in Australia is not only popular but cool too. 
  11. Jack It’s a classic and a cool one at that. 
  12. LilyFlower power! 

Who decides what names are considered cool?

Good question. The figures come from Author Pamela Redmond Satran – who is the CEO of

The website is dedicated to ALL things baby names and track their top trends regularly. They get their data from thousands of new parents each year so they know their stuff! 

Pamela shared with The Hollywood Reporter, 

 Elite parents in urban areas lean toward very fashion-forward and sophisticated names. They are attracted to quirky, not-so-easy-to-like names that are more difficult to embrace.”

Among the cool baby names are traditional monikers such as Charlotte, Sophie, Sam, James, and Jack as well as some nature-inspired names such as River and Lily.  

However, Pamela adds that James and River are actually topping the girl’s list, not just the boys’. 

We’ve also got the uncommon contenders including Zen and Story as well as Dashiell, Matilda and Ophelia, all pretty hip names if you ask us! 

Other names to watch

In addition to these names, we’ve also tracked down a few more cool baby names that are sure to make a splash in 2021. Check out Mum Central’s own picks for cool baby names of 2021. You can see the whole list here. 

  1. Evander
  2. Titan
  3. Delilah
  4. Silas
  5. Wilder
  6. Faye
  7. Rowan
  8. Opal
  9. Kamari
  10. Everly
  11. Billie
  12. Ayla
  13. Reina
  14. Mabel
  15. Hawk
  16. Pheonix
  17. Wren
  18. Freya
  19. Florence 
  20. Daphne 

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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