60 Highly Unusual Names Ready to Pop

Hot and unique in 2018

unusual baby names 2018

Which unusual baby names today are most likely to be the hit names of the future?

We looked at Nameberry’s statistics for the past month versus the same period a year ago and put together this list of 60 names – 25 for girls, 25 for boys, and 10 unisex – that are attracting the most fresh attention among our visitors.

This is the most unique group of hot names we’ve discovered yet, with baby namers showing a strong appetite for the exotic, the unfamiliar, and the adventurous.

Not to say these names are invented. For the most part, they’re names with deep roots though perhaps not among the established lexicon of English first names.

Number 1 girls’ name Kerani, for instance, is of Hindi origin, while top boys’ name McEnroe is a surname turned one of the hottest Scottish names for boys.

Nile, most popular on the unisex list, is the name of a river, and river-related names Galilee and Rio also appear. Other unusual word names finding new popularity include Taffeta, Tiara, Anemone, Puma, and Revel.

Celebrity names attracting fresh attention are Petula, Stockard, Soleil, Carew, Lebron, Zayn, Kiernan, and Rebel. And ancient names being rediscovered include Pallas and Philo.

If these names sound seem too outlandish to ever be widely used, consider that a generation ago, such Top 50 baby names as Harper and Aiden were virtually unheard-of.

If you’re looking for a highly unusual name with a lot of style power right now, this list deserves your close attention.




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Bassilly Says:

January 26th, 2018 at 12:24 am

I LOVE HAYES! And also Galilee. So stunning. It makes me think of Galileo which I also adore. Can I also just say how stinkin’ cute the photo is?? Cute cute cute!

Kjh446 Says:

January 26th, 2018 at 4:26 am

Love Lumi, Soleil, Imani, Elio and Galilee. I would never use Nazia though…

katinka Says:

January 26th, 2018 at 6:47 am

I met the mother of a real little Hayes the other day – very unusual indeed here in the UK!

I’ve seen Galilee in a couple of Babyberry announcements lately and I think it’s a lovely choice. Lumi, Anemone, Yadira and Antonella are fabulous too!

tfzolghadr Says:

January 26th, 2018 at 8:48 am

Ezri, Kieran, Hayes, Brogan, Garrick, Kylo, Samiya, Azami, Imani, Soleil, Abelia, Galilee, and Yadira are great!

beynotce Says:

January 26th, 2018 at 9:33 am

A lot of gems here, especially for the boys!

Samiya, Soleil, McEnroe, Carew, Maguire, Lior, Brogan, Hayes, Warrick, Garrick, Shalom, Revel, Kodiak, Kiernan, and Galilee are all great.

Kew Says:

January 26th, 2018 at 3:28 pm

I could see Soleil, Lumi, and Rio taking off.

lee_augusta Says:

January 27th, 2018 at 3:37 pm

So many gorgeous names! I’m in love with Azami (my partner is Japanese, so I think we could use this one), especially with the nn Aza.

flamingo Says:

January 28th, 2018 at 11:30 am

In my circles I know a number people named Zevi, Nava, Lior (Lior for a boy, Liora for a girl), and Shalom.

Ezri is is a nice take on Ezra… Ezra means “Help, Assistance” (implied “the help of G-d.”) Ezri literally means “My help” (implied personal assistance from G-d.)

I really like Aurelio and Soleil!

Cheshire Cat Says:

January 31st, 2018 at 2:59 pm

I actually know a lot of Taffeta’s love Abelia and Yadira!! Saw Rebel thought Rebel Wilson, need to use in a story!

rmundy624 Says:

February 6th, 2018 at 4:49 pm

These are just such a stretch in my mind… I recognize some as names (Yadira, Soleil), but most just seem like the parent is trying too hard to be different. As a teacher for 14 years, I’d just shake my head at most of these on a class list.

mill1020 Says:

April 10th, 2018 at 4:18 pm

I know a Cillian who is 11 or 12 years old (pronounced Silly-in; German family). And I went to high school with a Yadira (“Yadi”) who had moved from Mexico.

Not surprised that Adah is seeing some increase in popularity.

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