Offbeat Baby Names

Offbeat baby names are those that are just a little bit quirky, a tiny bit unusual, off the beaten track. Here are some offbeat baby names you might want to consider today.
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  • Dante

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    The great medieval poet's name, widely used in the Italian-American community -- and beyond.  Read More 

  • Dodge

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    This old short form is more than a little dodgy now. In a recent film, Steve Carell's character is named Dodge, seen by one critic as symbolizing his risk-averse personality. Read More 

  • Eliora

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    Eliora is a melodic name ripe with vowel sounds.  Read More 

  • Euphemia

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    Ancient martyr's name that, though not especially appealing, might still be mildly possible, especially for Anglophiles. It was widely used in early Scotland, but was overtaken by its nickname, EFFIE. Read More 

  • Feather

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    Feather, though it was used for a character in a Walter Mosley novel, seems too light and fluttery for a real-life girl.  Read More 

  • Flavian

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    A Latin clan name that may rise again along with other things Roman.  Read More 

  • Haco

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    Haco was a mythical Cornish leader who lost his beautiful princess bride by unwittingly promising her to a musician whose songs he admired: a romantic legend to back up a very unusual choice.  Read More 

  • Hester

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    The disgraced heroine of The Scarlet Letter 's name, after long neglect, just might have a chance at revival, following in the wake of sister-name Esther. We've characterized her elsewhere as an ec... Read More 

  • Horatio

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    Like Horace, Horatio is a variation on the Latin Horatius, but its Shakespearean and optimistic Horatio Alger pedigree makes it an attractive up-and-comer, especially with its cool final o. A moder... Read More 

  • Ida

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    Many vowel names stylish a century ago are coming back, and Ida seems like a possible, logical successor to Ada and Ava. A century ago, Ida was considered "sweet as apple cider," and was Number 10... Read More 

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