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The inspiration for today’s question comes from a question on the forums by @avo: What name have you encountered on only one singular person in your entire life?

Chances are this will be an unusual name.

But maybe it’s a more common name that you simply have encountered only once.

What was the name, who was its singular bearer, and what made it such a standout for you?

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What are the best cool, unusual baby names?

cool unusual baby names

The two most popular lists on Nameberry are our rosters of Best Cool Unusual Girls’ Names and Best Cool Unusual Boys’ Names.

It stands to reason why these lists get so much attention: They contain dozens of names that are attractive yet uncommon, have authentic roots yet are usable in the modern world.

So now we turn the question back on you: What do you think are the best of the best cool, unusual baby names for either or both genders?

Feel free to pull from our widely-read lists or add choices of your own.

Photo from one of our favorite crafting sites, Delia Creates, full of cool, unusual ideas like this one.

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invented baby names

By Pamela Redmond Satran

Last week we challenged you to invent a great baby name. You took us up on it….and how! Over 200 entries later, Linda and I along with Nameberry’s senior editor and writer Abby Sandel made our individual lists of favorites.

There were only a handful of names on all three of our lists – and our two winners were chosen from those names that won unanimous approval. But before we get to those, let’s look at the long list of names we liked and the categories that sparked the best inventions.

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Invent a Name Contest!

invented baby names

People invent new names all the time, so why not you?

Surely you can do better than Hatice or Loganne, Zake or Zyree, all genuine invented names found on the 2013 U.S. official baby name list.

To motivate you further, we are offering a complete library of our ebooks to the inventor of the name we deem the best.  And by best we mean the most attractive, most theoretically usable, most inspired, and one we like the most.

Your invented name can be a combination of two (or more) existing names, a word turned into a name, or a confection spun from the ether.

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literary baby names

By Joanna Walker

Geoffrey Chaucer has been described as the father of English literature, so who better to turn to for name inspiration?

Chaucer was writing in the Middle Ages, between 1343 and 1400, and the Greek myths he alludes to are far older. Jacqueline de Weever has created a dictionary of the names in Chaucer’s works, found at: http://www.columbia.edu/dlc/garland/deweever/menu.htm. Some of the names are clearly too awkward for modern use. For instance, teaching 4-year-old Cresseyde to spell her name would be an extremely daunting task, Ceyx and Dictys could give rise to rather risqué pronunciations and although Cutberd or Huberd would make awesome pirate names, they could cause sniggers in the classroom. Many of Chaucer’s names are still in current usage and, for those that are not, we have selected eight names worthy of resurgence.

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