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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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  • Cosima

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    Cosima, the kind of elegant and exotic name the British upper classes love to use for their daughters, will almost certainly come into wider use here after being chosen by two high-profile celebs i... Read More 

  • Crain

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  • Cressida

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    Cressida is a pretty mythological and Shakespearean heroine name much better known in Britain than it is here — an imbalance the adventurous baby namer might want to correct. For although the Troja... Read More 

  • Deacon

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    This name was transposed from the word for a church officer to a baby name when Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe chose it for their son, after a baseball player ancestor, and Don Johnson follow... Read More 

  • Elah

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  • Fenella

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    More unusual than Fiona and more user-friendly than Fionnuala, the engaging Scottish Fenella, has been scarcely heard in this country. Fenella first became known outside of Ireland when Sir Walter... Read More 

  • Fielder

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    Might appeal to a baseball fan.  Read More 

  • Flavia

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    An ancient Roman clan name, Flavia is one choice that's unusual but historic.  Read More 

  • Galen

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    The final n makes this choice infinitely more modern than Gail.  Read More 

  • Griffith

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    A classic Welsh name, softer than the Irish Griffin, but its lispy ending makes it a bit more difficult to say -- and live with.  Read More 

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