When a name gets popular, it’s rarely in isolation. Boy names and girl names tend to rise and fall in groups based on sound, image, or some combination thereof. Sometimes just a pair of names will attract attention, but often entire gangs of names will become fashionable at the same time.
Unusual and unique baby names come in many forms, from under-the-radar vintage gems like Bathsheba and Barnabas to more unique choices like Uta and Uther. But today, I present a group of names that are both offbeat and familiar, unusual but not weird – truly the best of both worlds. Some of them date back to ancient times and others were created in the 20th century. What do they all have in common?
We are struggling with choosing a name for our baby girl arriving in March.
Our son’s name is Theodore and he goes by Theo. For years we have liked the name Lyla, and recently considered Daisy for a middle name. But now that we are down to the wire we aren’t sure!
Lyla isn’t super popular, but there are so many close variations – Layla, Lola, Lula, Leela, etc. that I am worried people will always get her name wrong. It’s already happening! People say things like, “What are you naming the baby again, Lola?”
We’ve also considered Daisy as a first name, Meadow, Summer, Vivienne, and Eden. Lyla is still a top choice. We love a good nickname, so while not a dealbreaker, we would like a name that has some nickname options.