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.
  • Hanan

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    A chief member of the tribe of Benjamin, and another obscure Old Testament name that few parents, even those tired of Aaron and Zachary, would consider. But with a pronunciation that rhymes with... Read More 

  • Hart

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Hart could be the hero of a romantic novel, but on the other hand, it's short, straightforward, and strong sounding. The most famous bearer of the name was tragic poet Hart (born Harold) Crane,... Read More 

  • Henrietta

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Despite a return to such feminizations of male names as Josephine, Clementine, and Theodora, starchy Henrietta has not made it into that group. Still, if you look hard enough, you'll see that... Read More 

  • Honora

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Honora and Honoria are two ways of softening the severity of Honor, while retaining its righteous meaning. They were predominant until the Reformation, when the Puritans adopted the abstract... Read More 

  • Imogen

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Imogen is a Shakespearean name long fashionable in England, which temporarily lost its way here when spelled and pronounced im-oh-GENE. Pronounced the British way, Imogen is as pretty and classy... Read More 

  • Inigo

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Inigo, almost unknown in the U.S., is an intriguing choice, with its strong beat, creative and evocative sound, and associations with the great early British architect and stage designer Inigo... Read More 

  • Jacinta

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Jacinta, the Spanish word for hyacinth, is a lot softer and sweeter than the English version. Although the name is slightly different, Jacinta is largely associated at present with Australian-born... Read More 

  • Lavinia

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    Lavinia is a charmingly prim and proper Victorian-sounding name which actually dates back to classical mythology, where it was the name of the wife of the Trojan hero Aeneas, who was considered... Read More 

  • Leopold

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    This aristocratic, somewhat formal Germanic route to the popular Leo is a royal name: Queen Victoria used it to honor a favorite uncle, King Leopold of Belgium. Though Leopold sounds as if it... Read More 

  • Lionel

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Lionel is one leonine name that hasn't taken off as cousins Leo and Leonardo have, though it did reenter the Top 1000 in 2010 after several years away; it was at its highest point in the 1920s and... Read More 

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