Category: Unusual Baby Names

By Kathleen McIntosh

With two new Harry Potter extensions, A History of Magic and Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic, set for release on October 20, this is a good time to revisit some of J.K. Rowling’s most cleverly-named characters.

Many names are references or wordplay that, had we been aware as children, reveal that character’s role or personality. Take note, writers: you can really pack a punch with your characters’ names. It’s the kind of clever detail that makes you say “aha!” as a teenager or adult, that engages you, and surprises you years after the fact.

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Baby Girl Names: Elegant, Exotic, Unusual

by Pamela Redmond

If you’re looking for baby girl names that are unusual but not weird, international yet familiar, we’ve pulled together this list to suit your style.

All these names are below the Top 1000 baby names in the US. They hail from a range of cultures, from the Italian Flavia to the Irish Fia, the Hebrew Shira to the Arabic and African Aziza.

You may recognize a handful thanks to their star connections: Ilaria is the name of Alec Baldwin‘s Spanish-born wife, for example, and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds named their younger daughter Ines just last year. The African-born daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is named Zahara, and actress Uma Thurman got her name from a Hindu goddess.

Here, 31 baby girl names that are exotic, elegant, and eminently usable.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

So you’ve come up with what you’re sure is a unique name for your baby. A Biblical/word/animal/place name no one else has thought of using. Right? Wrong! That special, singular, clever, utterly distinctive name that you imagine no one else has considered was actually used by as many as a few hundred other parents in the past year. Some have even already reached the Top 1000.

Here are 20 of these surprising names on the path to popularity.

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By Melissa Willets

In the 1970s, Melissa was the third most popular name for girls in the country. So naturally, my parents named me Melissa, and thus, not a year went by without me being one of several girls with my name in my class. In case you can’t tell, I hated it.

So, when it came time to name my first daughter, I was determined to pick a baby name that no one else her age would share. I can proudly report that Dana has never met another little girl with her name, as it was far more popular in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.

The fact that my name strongly influenced my baby name choice made me wonder how other parents’ names might inform their decisions.

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a Name Sage post by: Abby View all Name Sage posts
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Her husband is wild about Harry in the middle spot, but they’re struggling to agree on a first name if baby number three is a boy.

Emma writes:

We are expecting baby number three and are stuck for a name if the baby is a boy.

Our first child is a girl named Sage India, and our second is a boy, Rocco Finn.

I am trying to find something that matches with these and I like slightly unique names.

My husband would like the baby if a boy to have the middle name Harry so something that goes with that too would be great!

Top of my list for boys are Brewer or Fox. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

The Name Sage replies:

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