There's no denying that the '90s were a decade of classics — classic fashion, classic movies, classic catch phrases. Looking back over 25 years, it's clear that the decade everyone knows and loves is a driving force in today's culture, even down to the names people choose for their babies. So if you're looking for inspiration for baby names, it only makes sense to look there too. There are more than enough baby names inspired by '90s cool girls to go around.
The great thing about names from the past is that no matter how popular they were, chances are they're more unique today. Names like Jessica, Sarah or Brittany were no doubt on the top ten list during the '90s, but today, they're less popular and a more unique choice than the names that grace our popularity charts in 2016.
Whether you're a fan of classic movies like Clueless or Empire Records, or you rushed home from school to catch the latest Saved By The Bell or Boy Meets World episode, you'll relate to these names in a whole new way as you consider them as candidates for baby names. And what's more special than naming your child after a memorable piece of your childhood?
Just look at that choker and fluffy pen. You'd be lying if you said you never wanted to be Alicia Silverstone or any of her cool girl roles from the '90s. You can, however, give your daughter that chance. Her name means "noble" and deserves a much needed comeback.
Lark Voohies, the actress who played Lisa Turtle on Saved By The Bell has such a unique and gorgeous name, that it's totally understandable to want to steal it for your child.
Although Jennifer would be an equally valid option, there's something about Rachel from Friends that just screams '90s cool girl. Oh wait, it's everything about her. The name means "lamb" and is a great classic to bring back.
While naming your child Topanga is a totally valid choice, Danielle Fishel would make a great namesake too. Her name means "God is my judge" and is a beautiful choice for a baby girl.
Liv Tyler, who, let's face it, is still a total cool girl, played Corey in Empire Records. Hello middle part, fuzzy sweaters and plaid skirts. Liv can either be short for Olivia or stand perfectly on its own.
Sarah Michelle Gellar played Buffy on Buffy the Vampire Slayer among a host of other cool '90s roles. Her name means "princess" and is another classic choice you can't go wrong with.
Along with Belle, Jasmine was the Disney princess everyone wanted to be. Her name is the name of a Persian flower and is a gorgeous name with an exotic feel.
While she wasn't the typical cool girl, Clarissa, meaning "bright and clear", from Clarissa Explains All knew how to be herself.
Another Melissa Joan Hart character, Sabrina the Teenage Witch was just your regular girl with magical powers. The name has roots in Celtic mythology and is a unique choice in this decade.
Jessica was THE girl name of the '90s— Jessica Biel not least among them. The name ranked at number one in both the '80s and '90s.
Rose Dawson from Titanic is one of the most iconic characters of the '90s. Her name, however, hasn't had a popularity surge since the '90s.
Though 10 Things I Hate About You was made in '99, Kat Stratford definitely deserves a spot on the cool girl list. She was independent and slightly rebellious but still totally lovable.
Veda from the '90s classic My Girl was another iconic character. A completely unique name, Veda is Sanskrit for "knowledge. "