One-of-a-Kind Baby Names Stand Out
Truly one-of-a-kind baby names are names that nobody is using. If you’re adamant about identifying your child as an unmatchable individual, a name that they can literally call their own is a good place to start.
Many one-of-a-kind names are simply undiscovered, whether that’s because they come from an underserved name culture, have been lost to history, or are so new that few have thought to use them yet.
We cross-referenced the national baby name records with our extensive database of over 70,000 names to find Nameberry’s totally unique names. 300+ of our favorites are listed here.
Some names experience a brief moment in the Sun…and then never come back. The following names previously charted on the US or UK Top 1000s or were once common as nicknames. Each peaked in the late 19th or early 20th century, with the exception of Bethan, which was in Britain’s Top 100 throughout the ‘90s.
But the most shocking appearance on this list has to be Seymour, the most widely familiar of the group. It never reached mass popularity but peaked in 1924 at Number 182. According to the 100 Year Rule, it’s due for a comeback, but the numbers don’t lie — it’s going to be a while before we start hearing Seymour on playgrounds again.
It happens — you fall in love with a beautiful name, but by the time you want to use it, it’s too popular. Popularity is subjective of course, so if your definition of “too common” is “within the Top 7000,” we’re going to have to get more creative.
Luckily a group of mainstream names can be transformed into virtually one-of-a-kind counterparts. If you love Piper, try Fifer. Or swap Sullivan for Cullinan. Isabel becomes Isaline or Zabelle, Zachary becomes Thackeray or Zeggery.
Options are listed below with the more common name in parentheses:
Alexandrine (Alexandra)Antonetta (Antonella)Argo (Arlo)Athalie (Natalie)Belphoebe (Phoebe)Bianco (Bianca)Caledon (Calvin)Cassander (Cassandra)Cerelia (Cecilia)Cleora (Cleo)Conran (Conrad)Cullinan (Sullivan)Elodia (Elodie)Elska (Elsa)Everard (Everett)Fifer (Piper)Finlo (Finn, Finley)Forden (Ford)Graceland (Grace, Gracelyn)Gwenora (Gwen, Nora)Hedley (Hadley)Hooper (Cooper)Isaline (Isabel)Isav (Isaac)Jenifry (Jennifer)Lilias (Lillian)Mabli (Mabel)Maudlin (Madeline)Melodia (Melody)Oliviero (Oliver)Raffaello (Rafael)Romer (Roman)Rudo (Rudy)Thackeray (Zachary)Tolliver (Oliver)Tristram (Tristan)Viatrix (Beatrix)Zabelle (Isabelle)Zeggery (Zachary)Zelman (Solomon)
Many cool international names have migrated over to the US, but some worthy choices have fallen through the cracks. For girls, we especially love Elettra, a Top 150 name in Italy, and Madelief, the Dutch word for “daisy,” ranked at Number 219 in the Netherlands. For boys, the French Maxence (Number 49) is a fresh take on Max, and Struan, a hot choice in Scotland, feels especially wearable.
The following names have recently ranked on international popularity charts:
Mythological baby names are as fashionable as ever. There are still ways to get in on this trend if Freya and Atlas — or even Persephone and Kirin — are too common for you. Among the best overlooked names from myth and legend are Kalindi, Pomona, and Thisbe — we seriously wonder why they’re still so rare!
So you need a name that’s short, sweet, and highly distinctive? Coming right up! This group of ultra-rare diminutives contains international nicknames (Jancey, Mies), vintage short forms (Sudie, Hodge), and those with a modern sensibility (Bex, Fletch). Find what suits your style:
Unique place names are in abundant supply — all you need to do it pick up an atlas to be flooded with inspiration. Not every rare city or country name you come across will be worth adapting as a baby name (Copenhagen? No. Corsica? Yes.), so we’ve curated our favorite options for you below:
New, cool word names are being invented on the daily. The limit is only your imagination! (Or, well, your dictionary). The best unused word names in our database are featured here, along with some international word names — how great is Boheme?
Names with nature-related meanings feel especially on-trend at the moment (hello, cottagecore names!). These one-of-a-kind options hail from around the world, and relate to the Earth (Dune, Zaltana), the sea (Marjani), and the sky (Etoile, Lunette).
Surname names are relatively new to the scene, so the most popular choices only scratch the surface of available options. Mine your family tree for cool and unusual surnames with personal significance or take a look at our picks of the worthiest options:
The Rarest of Them All
Want rarer still? These names have never, ever, had a spot on the American popularity charts, meaning they’ve been used for fewer than five babies each year since 1880. That’s as close as you’ll come to a guarantee that your child will never encounter another person with their name.
If that’s what you’re after, one of these truly one-of-a-kind names could be the perfect fit for your son or daughter: