It鈥檚 time to talk baby names, y鈥檃ll! New baby names. One of the most exciting parts of the new US Top 1000 baby name list has to be the debuts and returns list. In 2014, a baby聽name had to be given to 205 newborn boys to make the Top 1000. On the girls鈥 side, it took 262 newborns to earn a spot. 44 names for girls and 34 names for boys appear in 2014鈥檚 Top 1000 list that did not rank in 2013. What does that mean? Keep reading for the scoop.

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Plenty of classic names made a comeback, but here are a dozen of the most interesting and creative聽modern baby name choices.

New Names for Girls

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1.聽Anniston:聽Friends star turned Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Aniston spells her name with just one 鈥榥鈥, but it鈥檚 double 鈥榥鈥 Anniston that entered the US Top 1000 in 2014. Anniston bridges the gap between traditional Ann- names like Annabelle and stylish celebrity surnames like Harlow.

2.聽Collins:聽Another surname name, Collins has teetered on the edge of the Top 1000 ever since 2009鈥檚 award-winning The Blind Side included teenage daughter Collins. The name ranked briefly in 2012, and is back in 2014. With a style that falls somewhere between Colette and Sloane, Collins could be a hit.

3.聽Holland:聽Brooklyn and London are well established in the girls鈥 Top 100. Now fellow place name Holland joins the Top 1000. Veteran actress聽Holland Taylor, most recently seen on Two and Half Men, proves that the name wears well. Holland鈥檚 natural nickname, Holly, is a long-time favorite for girls, too.

4.聽Jessa:聽Jessa is part-update to 1980s favorite Jessica, part-Emma/Stella聽successor. Two very different television Jessas have boosted the name: the bohemian Jessa Johansson of HBO鈥檚 Girls聽and 19 Kids and Counting鈥檚 Jessa聽Duggar, whose engagement and marriage featured during the 2014 season.

5.聽Noa:聽Despite appearances, this isn鈥檛 a case of stealing the Number 1 boys鈥 name for girls. Instead, Noa is a separate Hebrew name, both used in the Old Testament. Noah, as in the Ark, takes his name from a word meaning comfort. Noa is the daughter of Zelophehad. Her name means motion. If you love mini-names like Mia and Zoe, Noa might appeal.

6.聽Zendaya:聽Disney Channel actress-turned-pop singer Zendaya Coleman is known professionally by her first name alone. And why not? Until recently, she was the only one. According to the rising star, her name comes from Shona, a Bantu language spoken in Zimbabwe, and means 鈥渢o give thanks.鈥

New Names for Boys

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7.聽Anakin:聽The first Star Wars movie debuted in 1977. The current generation of new parents has never known a world without Luke and Leia, Darth Vader and Han Solo. With the exception of classics like Luke, Star Wars names haven鈥檛 seen a lot of use. But that鈥檚 changing. Leia ranked Number 508 in the US in 2014, and Anakin broke into the US Top 1000. It鈥檚 not clear where George Lucas found inspiration for the name 鈥 it was rumored fellow director Ken Annakin was an influence, but Lucas has said it isn鈥檛 so.

8.聽Baylor:聽With that bright 鈥榓y鈥 sound and an 鈥搑 ending, Baylor could easily be a creative coinage, along the lines of Baylen, Brayton, or Saylor. But Baylor is also a surname, and the name of a Texas university. Was Baylor boosted by local alumni? Maybe. We鈥檝e seen boys named Princeton and Fordham in recent years. Could names inspired by higher education be a trendlet?

9.聽Bode:聽As alpine skier Bode Miller has racked up the Olympic medals, parents have discovered his name. The name has previously appeared in the Top 1000 in 2006 and 2010. Right on schedule, Bode charts after the 2014 games in Sochi, but this time the name could be here to stay. Bode blends athletic achievement with a spiritual vibe. Spelled Bodhi, it鈥檚 a Sanskrit word meaning enlightenment.

10.聽Boden:聽One of the reasons I think Bode could be here to stay? The success of other names starting with the same upbeat sound. Boden breaks into the Top 1000 in 2014, thanks to that familiar formula for a stylish boy name, plus British retailer of colorful clothing Boden.

11.聽Dash:聽Literary Dashiell has yet to rank, but Dash debuted in 2014. Credit The Incredibles, the success of Cash, and our interest in action verb names like Chase for our boys. Or maybe it鈥檚 just that sound. Asher and Nash are rising fast, and聽Ashton remains a boys鈥 favorite.

12.聽Ford:聽Thanks to Henry and Gerald, Ford has history galore. In 2011, actor Owen Wilson gave the name to his son. It鈥檚 an interesting mix of Detroit Motor City with a nature name vibe. Because sure, there are the automobiles. But a ford is also the part of the river where it鈥檚 shallow enough to cross, or 鈥渇ord鈥 the river. Which makes this another action verb name, a brother for Dash.

Which new names do you think will stick? Let us know in the comments.

This post was originally published on Nameberry聽by Abby Sandel

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