When choosing a name for your baby girl or baby boy, it’s more than OK to get some help from the experts. But if you’re sick of the baby name books and suggestions from friends and family that you have to pretend to consider, or if you’re about to name your kid after a vegetable or a Game of Thrones character, it may be time to turn to the internet’s vast supply of baby name genies and generators.
They’re abundant and varied these days, and much more nuanced than you might think, aiding your quest for the perfect baby name whether you’re looking for something more traditional or truly unique (there are middle name generators too). Baby name generators can help you find names that reflect your family’s origins or religion (or political leanings), have a specific meaning, or — if you’re into this — are comprised of the letters in your and your partner’s names. Here are the 12 best baby name generators out there.
Nameclouds This user-friendly app is like the Pandora of name generators. You just plug in a name you like and Nameclouds will generate a list of similar names. You can also explore data on how popular a given name is state by state or over time, and see how a name evolves based on parental income, education and political stance. Love a name but hate that everyone seems to have it? Nameclouds can fix that, too, with its sliding bar of “popularity.” Type in the name “Anna,” and it generates names with similar characteristics: Lilly, Amy, and Alyssa. But move the popularity scale to the left and it offers up less common variations: Mallory, Asia, Ashanti, Moriah, Ayana, or Amber.
Alexdavey This hilarious hipster name generator has you describe exactly what type of hipster you’re planning on raising before spitting out a custom “small batch” name for you. Is your baby someone who prefers craft milk, or are they already vegan? The name I ended up with is Agnes Buttercup Camellia Kelleher. Beat that.
Name-Generator This site has you add details like your last name, your parents’ names, and the names of people you admire to find the perfect name for your baby.
Bestlittlebaby Deciding how to combine or not combine last names can be difficult enough. But Best Little Baby will take the guesswork out of your baby’s first name, creating names based on a combination of yours and your partner’s.
Nameberry This popular name generator offers all kinds of ways to find the perfect name. You can search by first letter, origin, meaning, category, or popularity — and search for names that are similar to ones you already like.
Baby Center Celebrity Name Generator If you’re in the market for a name fit for the spotlight, look no further. This generator creates star-bound names based off of your name and favorite animal.
Baby Name Genie You can input the last name and gender of the baby, and the site will choose a first and middle name that pair well.
Shutterfly Once you fill out your last name, the baby’s gender, and a category — from celebrity to vintage — Shutterfly will generate the perfect first and middle name for you.
Baby Names Etc. This site tailors its suggestions based on a survey of your tastes and preferences, with questions about your favorite music genre, scent, and pie flavor, among other things. You know, the kinds of questions you ask yourself just before bringing a child into this world.
Stuck on You This generator helps you triangulate your way toward the perfect name by letting you choose the first and last letter, and search by linguistic origin and meaning.
Kids Spot This site allows you to search for names with a specific meaning. If you want to name your kid something reminiscent of hope, strength, kindness, or loyalty, you’ve got options.
Nymbler This generator is perfect for the parents who have a name in mind that they can’t use for one reason or another. You type in a name you like, or even your own name or your partner’s, and it generates a handful of names “inspired” by the one you input.
Randomnames If you don’t know where to start in choosing your baby’s name, this is the place to go. True to its name, it simply offers up one boy, girl, and unisex name at a time, and allows you to keep clicking for new ones.