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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  • Thornton

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    Despite Thornton Wilder, playwright of the perennial Our Town, a bit lah-di-dah.  Read More 

  • Tobiah

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    Tobiah is the original Hebrew form of the better known Greek Tobias, to which it could make a distinctive alternative. With its ah ending, Tobiah fits in with other stylish Biblical names today, f... Read More 

  • Una

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    In an epic poem, the personification of truth, beauty, and unity; this ancient name is popular in Ireland but rarely heard here. The Oona spelling has more oomph.  Read More 

  • Valentine

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    For a girl, we'd say Val-en-teen, though many would insist on pronouncing it like the holiday.  Read More 

  • Verena

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    Verena is pleasant but old-fashioned. Whether that's the outdated kind of old-fashioned or the so-out-it's-in-again kind is your call. St. Verena was a third century nurse; Verena Tarrant is a b... Read More 

  • Wade

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    Grandpa of newer names like Cade and Slade.  Read More 

  • Walden

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    Walden is a recent entrant to the en-ending boys' names trend, a name that summons up placid images of Thoreau's two-year stay contemplating nature near Walden Pond. A quite different image came ... Read More 

  • West

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    West is the most fashionable of what you might call the direction names, with North and East (or Easton and Easter) coming up behind, and South not yet on the map. Country singer Randy Houser name... Read More 

  • Winslow

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    Winslow, despite its creative connection to the distinguished American painter Winslow Homer, does still retain remnants of the image of a Victorian boy in a sailor suit, making Winston or even jus... Read More 

  • Yara

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    The exotic Yara is also the name of a beautiful green-skinned Brazilian goddess and might make a more unusual spin on Mara or Sara. Read More 

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