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Unusual Baby Names

Unusual baby names come from a range of categories, from ethnic names to place names to word names to surnames used as first names. The best unusual names are distinctive without being strange, seem unique yet are also easy to understand. Of the thousands of unusual baby names on nameberry, here are some of our favorites.
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  • Absalom

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    Absalom, because of its biblical and literary associations, just might appeal to the daring namegiver. In the Old Testament, Absalom was the handsome, favored but rebellious son of King David. In... Read More 

  • Acacia

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    Acacia is an attractive, rarely used Greek nature name enhanced by its popular beginning-and-ending-with 'a'-construct, and is gradually beginning to catch on with baby namers. The acacia is a sh... Read More 

  • Adair

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    Adair has flair, the grace of a Fred Astaire. It's a Scottish surname which came from the first name Edgar. In recent years, it has also been used for girls. Read More 

  • Agacia

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  • Amabel

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    Amabel is an older name than Annabel and a lot more distinctive. Amabel was a very common name in the twelfth and thirteen centuries, then was revived during the nineteenth century British fad for ... Read More 

  • Amias

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    Amias or Amyas is an obscure name with an attractive sound and feel and a lovely meaning. Though it might sound like a Biblical name, it is not, but is a surname that may be related to Amadeus or ... Read More 

  • Bara

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    Gently appealing.  Read More 

  • Barnaby

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    Barnaby, a genial and energetic name with an Irish-sounding three-syllable lilt, is an ancient appellation that manages to be both unusual and highly attractive and deserves to be used more than it... Read More 

  • Casimir

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    Casimir, a traditional name of Polish kings, would have problems assimilating here. But like Leopold and Lazslo, Casimir is strong and exotic and worth considering if you've got an adventurous str... Read More 

  • Circe

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    In Greek myth, Circe, daughter of Helios, the sun, was a sorceress living on the island of Aeaea, who could turn men into animals with her magic wand, which is just what she did to Odysseus's crew ... Read More 

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