08/31/2015 11:39 am ET

13 Words That Have Been Turned Into Baby Names

Boss, Awesome, Kindle and more.

With "word" names from GenesisJustice, Miracle and Heaven now used for thousands of children every year, we wonder where the trend of turning words into baby names will go next. These names from the 2014 Social Security list are our picks for the most interesting words that parents are using as baby names. 

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Given that Alias means an assumed name, this choice used for 28 boys last year feels particularly meta. A related name: Cypher, used for eight little boys. We like Genuine, a name given to five baby boys.


Eight little boys born last year can say with all sincerity, “I’m Awesome.” Add to that the 25 girls who are Savvy, the 15 each who are Honest and Holy, 11 kids who can call themselves Majestic, nine boys named Wise and six who are Handsome.


Every parent who’s survived life with a newborn knows who’s the Boss, so why not come right out and choose it as your baby’s name? Twelve boys were called Boss last year, with another 26 named Captain, 16 called Chief, and 12 named Master. On the girls’ side, there were 24 little Goddesses, along with 10 named Czarina.


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The world of fashion has been highly influential on baby names, with hundreds of parents naming children after such designers such as Chanel and Armani, models such as Gisele and Elle, and even fabrics like Denim and Velvet. There were 19 boys named Styles in 2014 and nine named Stylez, along with eight girls given the high-fashion name Couture.


Five boys were named Gamble last year. Fifty-four boys and 11 girls were named Lucky, while the parents of nine girls decided to go with Trust and another nine chose Fate. Seven girls were called Victorious and six emerged as Winner.


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Some of the parents who chose to name their 22 baby boys Halo may have inspired by the video game, but we’re going to focus instead on the beautiful Beyonce song as well as that circular thing angels have over their heads. Word names that relate to all things heavenly have long been popular, with Heaven Number 338 in the U.S. for girls and Nevaeh -- Heaven spelled backwards – all the way up at Number 65.


There’s a legion of tough new names on the march, and Harsh, used for 18 boys last year, is one of the, well, harshest. There were also eight boys named Ruckus, six named Mayhem, five named Furious and another five called Rage.

Indica and Sativa

Indica and Sativa are the two main varieties of weed. Indica was used as a name for 26 baby girls last year, while Sativa was given to 14 girls. Interestingly, no baby girls were named Marijuana, which is a previously established name. Lest you worry the boys were left out, six baby boys were name Kilo.

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It’s an electronic reading device and now it’s a baby name, used for 15 baby girls last year. We’re not sure what makes Kindle an exclusively female choice, except perhaps its resemblance to Kendall. Surprisingly, there were no babies named Amazon though 19 girls were called Apple… and ten named Lemon.


We suspect that at least some of the 27 parents who named their baby girls Remedy were more attracted to its sound than its meaning. While Remedy may be upbeat in that it’s a cure for what ails you, it seems unusual to name a baby after something you can buy in the pharmacy.

A Shanty is a rickety shack and it’s also a name given to six baby girls. Fourteen girls were called Sham, 12 boys were called Shade, ten girls were named Sway and five called Southern. As names, these S-starting choices are all very Shiny -- itself used for five baby girls.

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This name may be inspired by the band Led Zeppelin or just the giant floating blimp. Interestingly, 42 baby boys and 11 girls were given this name in 2014.


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