1. Ines: A lovely name with Spanish and French roots, this modern-sounding girl name means "pure, virginal." Too heavy of a meaning?
2. Leontine: I'm a huge fan of Leona (my maternal great-grandmother's name), but Leontine has a truly unique ring to it. It makes sense that it's riding the next cool wave, with Leo being popular for boys, and Leonore the name of the new baby of Princess Madeleine.
3. Persephone: A woman I know named her baby daughter Persephone. And she just happens to be one of the coolest women I know - literally, always way ahead on the fashion front, and not one bit ordinary. So, I totally buy that Persephone is riding the next wave.
4. Cordis: With Cora rocking the charts right now, it's not hard to believe that an edgier, yet not obscure, Cordis will find her way. And with the amazing meaning "of the heart," it's such a lovable name.
5. Glory: I am in love with the name Gloria, so Glory kind of does it for me. But I still think Gloria is better.
6. Apollo: Gwen Stefani just named her son Apollo, but I've liked this name even before then - though I'd never actually use it. It's too daring for me. But I think a rockstar can totally get away with it.
7. Cyprian: Another super-Greek name, Cyprian could be a great way to get to the nickname, Cy. And there's always a fall-back plan for your son if he hates it: He could grab the end of the name as his own, and go by Rian.
8. Everest: Everett is a great name, but if you want something not so common, Everest makes a great name too. Plus, your kid gets to be named after the highest mountain on the planet - and that's pretty darn cool.