Unique Baby Names: Do you dare?

Unique Baby Names: Do you dare?

Reading the latest birth announcement from England‘s Telegraph newspaper, I can’t help thinking that a lot of the names, while wonderful, might give many sensible parents pause. When it comes to unique names, there may be such as thing as too unique.

Wilfred may be cool, after all, but it’s also undeniably nerdy – by choosing this name, am I condemning my child to playground marginalization?  Is Zephyr too wacky, Ophelia too tragic?

The question isn’t really, Do you dare to give these names to your children, but should you dare?

As many Britberries have pointed out, the names usually found in the Telegraph represent not widespread British naming trends but eccentric aristocratic tastes, so perhaps most of us aren’t debating the merits of Digby and Venetia in any case.

Before we focus on our question, a few trendlets to note: Several girls named Jessica.  Middle names Tom, Sue, and Adventure.  And in a reversal of American style, boys’ names generally more daring than girls’.

Back to the issue at hand: What do you think of these adventurous, intriguing, but perhaps too-challenging names taken from recent Telegraph birth announcements?  Would they work in the U.S….or anywhere else, for that matter?

Deliciously daring or just plain dangerous?

Unique Girl Names

  • Agatha

  • Alberta

  • Anastasia

  • Betsan

  • Biddy

  • Coco

  • Constance

  • Elsbeth

  • Iona

  • Nancy

  • Ophelia

  • Petra

  • Sybilla

  • Titania

  • Venetia

  • Zinnia

  • Unique Boy Names

  • Archibald

  • Benedict

  • Bertie

  • Clemente

  • Constantine

  • Digby

  • Edgar

  • Hamish

  • Harvey

  • Hector

  • Herbert

  • Lysander

  • Montague

  • Montgomery

  • Otto

  • Ptolemy

  • Reginald

  • Remo

  • Ruben

  • Sidney

  • Wilfred

  • Zephyr

  • About the Author

    Pamela Redmond

    Pamela Redmond

    Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten groundbreaking books on names, Redmond is an internationally-recognized baby 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. She has written about baby names for The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and People.

    Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its sequel, Older. She has three new books in the works.