Unique Baby Names: News to Me–Some Personal New Name Discoveries
Since I started a name blog a couple of years ago, I have learned of many new and unique baby names. Here is a small selection of some that I never knew existed until recently, and have seen on real people (mostly babies). Most of them are rarely found on baby name sites. I’ve only included vocabulary names when I didn’t know the word existed before seeing it used as a personal name.
Athanasia: A Greek name meaning “immortal, deathless”. Saint Athanasia was an 8th century saint, and according to tradition, a star settled over her heart as a sign of her enlightenment.
Elif (eh-LEEF): A Turkish name based on Alif, the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. Because the letter is just a thin stroke of the pen, the name has connotations of slenderness and is sometimes translated that way. Due to folk etymology, it can also be understood as “demure, coy”.
Jinty: A Scottish pet form of Janet.
Kannika: A Cambodian name meaning “angel”.
Mietta (mee-ET-ta): The Italian form of the French name Miette, meaning “little breadcrumb, sweet little morsel”. It is sometimes used as a pet form of Maria.
Nei Nei: The Maori word for a New Zealand tree (Dracophyllum traversii).
Ru: A unisex Chinese name meaning “scholar”.
Silka (can be said ZIL-ka): A Frisian form of Cecilia.
Aras: A Lithuanian name meaning “eagle”.
Carex: The Latin name for the genus of marshland plants known as sedges.
Inari (ee-NAH-ree): An androgynous or genderless supernatural being from Japan, particularly associated with foxes and rice. His/her name means “loaded with rice”.
Kalden: A Tibetan name meaning “from the Golden Age”. It is a Sherpa name, and also a surname.
Maino: An old Germanic name meaning “strength”. It is distantly related to the English word main, as in the phrase, They fought with might and main. It is also used as a surname.
Noa: A Polynesian name meaning “freedom”. I have seen the name on both boys and girls with Fijian heritage.
Ojas (OH-jahs): A Sanskrit word meaning “vigour”. In Ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine), it is the essential energy of the body, the life force.
Sixten: A Swedish name meaning “victory stone”.
Zamzam: The name of a holy well in Mecca. According to tradition, God gave this never-dry spring of water to save Ishmael and Hagar – a son of Abraham and his mother who had been cast into the desert. The well’s name means “stop”, because the water was so abundant that Hagar called out for it stop flowing lest it flood them. The name is unisex, but more common on girls.
Zois: Means “life” in Greek, and is therefore the masculine form of Zoe.
What unusual names have you seen recently that you would like to share with other Nameberries?
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on June 19th, 2013 at 11:55 pm
I really like Mietta and Tomine =)
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on June 20th, 2013 at 2:13 am
I like Mietta and its root name Miette. They are so French!
As a side note, here in San Francisco, there is a really amazing bakery/patisserie native to the city called Miette. I highly recommend their cakes and cupcakes to anyone visiting the city.
Noa is also quite sweet and maybe Kalden would work on a trendy family, but I don’t see any of the others as very usable in the States.
on June 20th, 2013 at 6:40 am
I like Mietta and Elif (sounds like Elise, but cooler), and Kalden seems nice. I’d spell it with a C,. Calden, if only to make it look more like Calder. I really like Calder. And I’m not really a fan of names starting with K.
on June 21st, 2013 at 9:36 am
Some interesting names that I have heared here of late are:
on July 7th, 2013 at 11:24 am
Sitareh is the Persian form of Sitara.
on July 28th, 2013 at 2:01 am
Wow! I never thought my middle name would be featured on Nameberry – thank you!
I use to hate Athanassia when I was a kid. It was to honour my Greek heritage and great-grandfather, Athanasius. Now I love it, it’s unique, and I’m pretty sure no one else in the whole world has my name. I recommend using Athanasia/Athanassia as a middle name.
on August 27th, 2013 at 7:06 am
Kalden and Carex are really great!!! I love these! 🙂
I also like Kennika from the girls list. Reminds me of Annika or Zipporah.
From HerMajesty’s list, I love Jecca, Auden, Alanis, Edrik, and especially Alexandros (nn Xandros or Alec).
on July 14th, 2015 at 6:00 am
There is Aras river in Turkey
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