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.
  • Lucienne

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Lucienne is a soft and ultra-sophisticated French-accented option in the Lucy family, one that could provide a fresh alternative to such fatigued Gallic choices as Danielle and Michelle. ... Read More 

  • Mila

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Mila is an appealing European short-form favorite shared by one-time That 70s Show star Ukranian-born Mila Kunis--more recently acclaimed for her work in Black Swan. Her full... Read More 

  • Millicent

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Combining the mild and the innocent, this sweet and feminine name is worthy of a comeback, in the mode of Madeline and Cecilia. Its original, also attractive form is Melisende, which came from... Read More 

  • Minerva

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Minerva is the long-neglected name of the Roman goddess of wisdom and invention, the arts and martial strength--which might appeal to adventurous feminist parents.

    Minerva Pott is a... Read More 

  • Nealon

    Gender: M LoveDislike

  • Oberon

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    The Shakespearean character Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream is King of the Fairies, but the name, with its strong 'O' beginning, projects a far more virile image than that. ... Read More 

  • Oceon

    Gender: F LoveDislike

  • Octavia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Octavia began as the Latin, then Victorian name for an eighth child. While there aren't many eighth children anymore, this ancient Roman name has real possibilities as a substitute for the... Read More 

  • Olympia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    With its relation to Mount Olympus, home of the Greek gods, and to the Olympic games, this name has an athletic, goddess-like aura, making it the perfect Olivia substitute.

    A well-known... Read More 

  • Ozias

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Everyone says they want an unusual name — well, if you truly do, this is one with Biblical cred that fits the bill, with the added attraction of the user-friendly nickname of Oz or Ozzie.... Read More 

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