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100+ Uncommon Baby Names

October 16, 2020 Pamela Redmond
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Uncommon baby names can be unique in an astonishing number of ways.

There are those baby names that are literally unique, absent not only from the US Top 1000 baby names but from the official extended list of every name given to five or more babies. The Welsh Ynyr from the list fits in that rarefied category, as does Nephele and Morven, among others on this list.

Then there are those names that are quietly used for a relatively small number of babies. There were about 20 boys named Lando in the US last year, for instance, along with 25 baby girls named Ottilie and 38 called Pandora.

There are those baby names on this list that may not be uncommon if you live in London or Lisbon or Lodz, but are in Los Angeles and throughout the US: Montague and Percy, Casimir and Elettra, Lua and Ludo.

And then there are those uncommon baby names that are outside convention in some other way, because of their quirky sound or eccentric feel or unusual origin.

The uncommon names here were all drawn from birth announcements in the UK over the past year. Some of them may not feel that unusual to the British ear, but certainly do to the American sensibility.

This group is unusual in itself in that there are more boy names (60+) than girls’.

Uncommon Girl Names

Aitana

Andolie

Annis

Anoushka

Antigone

Atalanta

Bluebell

Calliope

Caragh

Christabel

Cleopatra

Clova

Dottie

Dusty

Ebba

Ebonie

Echo

Edwina

Elettra

Ephra

Finella

Ismay

Letizia

Loveday

Lua

Milou

Muse

Nephele

Ottilie

Pandora

Peggy

Sarisa

Sheherazade

Vanda

Venetia

Vesper

Xenia

Uncommon Boy Names

Aiken

Amadeus

Ambrose

Anatole

Archibald

Arnaud

Balthazar

Bartholomew

Bertram

Carew

Casimir

Caspar

Cedric

Columbus

Comrie

Constantin

Cosmo

Cuthbert

Dare

Delmar

Digby

Dudley

Eben

Eland

Evelio

Evo

Fergus

Finch

Glyn

Gomer

Herbert

Horatio

Humphrey

Ivo

Jacobi

Jago

Jolyon

Jonty

Jopson

Kelso

Kelson

Lando

Leopold

Lochaidh

Lochie

Lorimer

Ludo

Ludwig

Lysander

Montague

Morven

Oswald

Percival

Percy

Piers

Powys

Rollo

Rye

Sacheverell

Tassilo

Torquil

Ynyr

Zeno

Ziggy

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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