Unusual Names: Hidden gems on your own Facebook page

As a certified UNN (ultimate name nerd), I of course seek out lists of interesting names wherever I go.  But it didn’t occur to me until recently that I was being served up a whole new menu of unusual names almost every other day right on my own computer screen that I’d never really noticed.

Like most of us, I get regular notices on my Facebook page alerting me to People You May Know, followed by an invitation to ‘See all’–not to mention all the frequent ‘X is now friends with’ updates.  Well, one day I did attempt to see all, scrolling through the names of the friends of my friends.  I didn’t make it all the way through (curses on those with 4,000+ friends!), but I did get far enough to come up with some amazing options.

One thing I hadn’t realized is how international my friends and their friends are— representating places as far flung as Switzerland, Hungary, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Greece, and China, which further broadened the spectrum of unusual names.

Here are some that I came up with before my eyes got too bleary to go on–and as far as I could ascertain, these are all real names of real people.

Girls

Aja

Alta

Analia

Analu

Anjanette

Arja

Arzu

Aura

Ayelet

Bethan

Brideen

Cantara

Capathia

Cedar

Cielo

Crescent

Cricket

Dwyer

Edel

Emer

EurydiceEvandra

Fiamma

Fifi

Florencia

Gamine

Ianthe

JenJoy

Juna

Klee

Leeloo

Linsley

Lorca

Luigia

Mandana

Marilla

Minniemarie (love it!)

Muriella

Ninon

Ollitia

Orly

Oxana

Panama

Patrina

Pavia

Peternelle

Piri

Ravenna

Romana

Sidonie

Sixtine

Snow

Sono

Tavia

Thais

Tulsa

Undine

Ventura

Wednesday

Wren

Xany

Zamira

Zandy

Zia

Ziza

BOYS

Aziz

Bear

Benno

Boaz

Brigham

Chelbi

Conleth

Court

Coyne

Dood (can this be real?)

Doyle

Eames

Elizio

Eoin

Fergal

Finbar

Fintan

Fitch

Florin

Gago

Gardner

Gazelle

German

Gesso

Glyn

Hamish

Hovey

Hutton

Indigo

Inigo

Ivar

Joop

Joost

Kester

Kiel

Licau

Matticus

Newell

Nuno

Oberon

Octave

Pericles

Phyo

Rayno

Rome

Rony

Shade

Slate

Tamerlane

Tarot

Tiago

Timonius

Timory

Tullio

Woods

Yane

Ziv

This is one you definitely can try at home–just go through your social network contacts’ contacts and you might find some wonderful surprises.

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BasicSand Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 3:07 am

Le sigh. Being born in a certain time, it seems like every boy was named Michael and all girls were Jennifer.

GracePheiffer Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 7:08 am

From my friends:

Male:
Arrien
Daulton
Djiln
Jeroen
Jonas
Marko
Oturan
Ryne
Tobias
Wilder
Wilmot

Female:
Estefany
Avalon
Chandler
Corrine
Desi
Janne
Jenielle
Kimber
Laken
Lindosa
Melita
Midge
Monet
Nour
Payel

aimvonb Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 7:34 am

I have to say that Gardner is rather intriguing…possible alternative to Cooper, Carter, Porter etc.?

kashed22 Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 7:47 am

Most of my Facebook friends hover around the Gen X/Y line of being in their mid 20s to their mid 30s. There were a lot of x2 like Molly and Anthony, but for the sake of time I just included popular names that had 3 or more. Friends names that I found notable:

Men: Alvaro, Barker, Cameron, Dominic Eyal, Emanuel, Francesco, Garen (not an invented name, but a variant of an Armenian one), Iain, Marco, Omar, Punit, Rory, Shakir

My male friends names were much more repetitive than my female friends( which obviously comes as no surprise). For example, names repeated at least 3 times: Ben (x3), Daniel (5) David (x5), Matt (x4) Will (x3)

Women: Arwen, Olabunmi, Chandra, Deborah, Dora, Diana, Kyle, Laurel, Lena, Marcelle, Marguerite, Maritza, Maurin, Nadia, Natasha, Paige, Rose, Samia, Sela, Sharde, Tali.

The girls list was of course a bit more varied, here are names w/ 3 or more friends: Jennifer (x3 of course) Christine/Christina (x4) Rachael (x3) Sarah (x4) Michelle (x3)

Great blog idea! I always look at my friend’s friends lists, for the names of course!

Rain Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 9:20 am

Girls-
Elke, Vita, Ivy, Shennan, Philomena, Adria

Some unique and cool names!

mcope24 Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 9:49 am

Female:
Parrish
Anne-Flore
Avni
Blakely (actually a fairly popular name in this specific area)
Breane
Dori
Oxane
Siobhan

Male:
Conrad
Ike
Leif

Roseate Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 10:16 am

Afton and Jessamine are my only uniquely named friends.

pdxlibrarian Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 10:43 am

Keep in mind that some of these may be gaming accounts. Both my little sister and I have 2 accounts — one for our real selves and one for our games. She calls herself Kitten for her first name and I call myself Titania. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t cool name suggestions though. Also, when gaming on Facebook, it’s easy to make international friends since the games are free for everyone everywhere and easy to get to. Perhaps this explains why there are so many countries represented?

linda Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 11:07 am

pdxlibrarian: No, I’m pretty sure these don’t have anything to do with gaming, but are either actual friends or friends of friends.

Fawn Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 11:23 am

My friend Malerie uses her nick name Malaria on her face book page.
Side note, my husband really wanted to use Leeloo as a fifth element reference, and Inigo reminds me of “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you kill my father, prepare to die”. My cousin’s three sons are Talon Jayche, Xander Jay and Shade Brently (after her brother Brent)

ycw Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 11:27 am

Male: Abner Adrien Alexander Amaury Anton Arnauld Ashley Axel Brennen Buddy Clarence Claudio Colbey Dane Darius Deal Eli Elohim Emmanuel Eviatar Fenris Fran Francesco Gaetano Gamble Geoffrey Giovani Harel Isamu Issel Jeremiah Jesse Jesu Jorge Juan Julian Junaid Kale Kaleb Karthik Kirk Krish Lance Leon Marc Micah Myles Nathanael Nduka Nevin Nikolay Noah Odoi Omar Orlando Pablo Quinton Raylan Reginald Robb Ross Rudy Seth Shaughn Sherman Spenser Theo Thorin Tuan Vinny Wesley Ye Yuanhao Yuriy Zhe

Only missing U

Natalie Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 11:43 am

Hmm, I’ve never thought to look there! Interesting. There are some names on your friend suggestions that I absolutely love- spelled differently- such as Gardener and Lilou. Here are some of my friend suggestions that stuck out to me…
Girls:
Sylvia
Helena
Bruna
Brenna
Antoinette
Lieren
Yuki
Allegra
Ellery
Kimber
Marilyn
Noelle
Micah
Harriet

Boys:
Chase
Miguel
Mario
Eugene
Garin
Brooks
Remy

I don’t think my eyes could handle weeding through much more. Sorry it wasn’t much.

jpruitt76 Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I’ve never looked at my friends list for that reason – interesting! My list (Amys and Kristens, etc) is far different than my father’s (Judys and Shirleys).

A few standouts on mine:
Christelle
Darcy
Ginger
Gretchen
Darlene
Kay
Kimmon
Kyla
Mary Jane
Mayela
Meleah
Micahx3 (all girls)
Moya
Patrizia
Piper
Renada
Sally
Marcie
Shelby
Virgie
Marigny (pron. mare-ih-nee)

Boys –
Rufus (goes by RG)
Saenen
Seth
Ivan
Tobin
Willoughby (goes by Wilby)

ycw Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Female: Ada Afrakomah Aima Aiyeesha Aj Alexa Alexandra Alina Alissa Allegra Allerlei Alveda Aniela AnneMarie Annemarie (2) Antoinette Arianne Arielle Ashtyn Astrid Aubrie Audi Audrea Austri Avital Betsy Bonnie Brianca Cara (2) Carissa Carlene Carlie Carmen (2) Celeste Charleen Charmaine Chawnee Chelsea/Chelsey Cheryle Chychy Clara Clarene Coral Corrine Cortnie Daena Dani Day Deana Deanna (2) Dolores Dorinda Dot Emanuela EmilyBeth Emmylou Eresi Eva (2) Faith Farrah Faye (2) Gargi Georgette GeorgiaAna Georgianna Gianna Glenda Hadley Hangyul Haz Hippolyta Hope Ilaisa Irene Iris Irma Issandra Jade Jaime/Jaimee/Jaimi Janna Jantje Jiatian Jie Juda June-Ellen Jyothi Kara Karla Karolin Karissa Kat Katianna Kelleigh Kelsey Kendyl Kerilynn Kerrianne Kerrie Kiley Koren Kourtney Krissy Kyleen Lacie LaKisha Lana Latasha Leigh-Anne Lene Lesley/Leslie Lessie Letha Leticia Lexi Lila Lina Lincy Lindy Lonna Lorene Lorraine Loyda Luana Lucia Lucy Lydia Lyss Mae Marcella Marcia Maria (2) Marion Marisha Marlo Marlyn Martha Meisha Melly Merritt Mikaila Misty Monike Moreen Muriel Myah Nanette Natalya Natasha Neera Nina-Marie Ning Nuance Obi Olga Pallavi Patience Penny Polly Rae Rebekah (2) Rinda Rivkah Rohit Rona Roshni Roxane Ruchi Rylee
Sana, Sanouri, Seren, Shan, Shana, Sharone, Shirah, Simone, Stacia, Summer Breeze, Sunny, Suyun, Suzette, Swapna, T’Leah, Tabitha, Tamra, Tara, Tess, Thomasina, Tiana, Tianna, Tingting, Tonia, Torri, Traci, Tulasi, Tulika, Valentine, Vera, Vik, Virginia, Wynette, Yea-Wen, Yelimar, Yvonne, Yuyu

ycw Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Stupid nameberry! You distracted me while my children smeared themselves with peanut butter. 🙂

ycw Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Some more I couldn’t figure out the gender on (no/ambiguous pictures):
Chun Jansen Jeeyun Ji Jin Megumi Ojonimi Pier Remy Ros Ruchi Sasa Solines Su Ying YunJa

samjaymc Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I quite like Lorca!

MargueriteJane Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Love love love some of these names!

Girls:
Ada
Amalia
Anne-Marie
Anouk/Anoek (x3)
Danielle
Denise
Eliza
Giulia
Giada
Ida-Marie
Ingrid
Ilse (x2)
Iris (x4)
Janine
Lydia
Mathilde/Mathilda (x3)
Margo
Natalie
Stella
Suzanne
Tessa
Yora

Boys:
Adam
Arthur
Bart
Bob
Casper (x2)
Cornelis
Erik
Ezra
Jasper
Matthias
Maurits
Niels/Nils (x4)
Ralph
Raymond
Remy
Sebastian/Sebastiaan (x3)
Stefan/Stephan (x5)
Tim (x3)
Willem
Xander
Yorin

estelluxx Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Linda I think you were too dismissive of pdxlibrarians suggestion that some of the names could be sockpuppets. It’s a pretty common thing on facebook. About half of my friends have a sockpuppet account, and they pop up in my “friends of friends” list. Names like Nora, or Simon – people have various avatars. I don’t think it lessens the coolness of the names people are finding to suggest that a few might be sockpuppets or gamer names, if that’s what bugged you about it. I guess I just don’t get why that suggestion, very plausible and likely sometimes true, seemed to offend you.

linda Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Estelluxx: Sorry, didn’t mean to be dismissive–it’s just that I know that the names on my own friends’ list are real, then also spent a lot of time checking out the profiles of the FOFS, so I’m pretty sure the names in the blog aren’t avatars.

Macy Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Male:

Kaige
Kenley
Rory
Taylor x2
Dominique
Sage
Dakota
Bailey
Riley x2
Kim
Misha
Salem
Denver
Pacey
Jensen
Jordan x2
Kayden
Zion
Kerry
Alejandro
Edson
Hugo
Yvan
Kye
Juan
Luis
Nacho
Skyler
Sydney
Theo
Wiko
Aleci
Shea
Cassidy
Kendall

Female:

Patti
Robin
Vera
Daniela
Andreia
Coral
Tamia
Marine
Dalyna
Celi
Giulianna
Eden
Calliope
Una
Magda
Leonor
Lexi
Dora
Elaine x2
Farrah
Angelique
Parker
Gemma
Hallee
Blubell
Willa
Helena
Moxie
Dahlia
Tess
Ashten
Morgan
Brenda x2
Ginnie
Daisy
Aspen
Jordan
Michaela
Rylie
June

Masha Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I have a lot of international friends and thus a lot of interesting names on my Facebook friends list! Here are some that sound more wearable to American ears.

Boys:
Dante
Farley (an American)
Fletcher (an American)
Kenan
Ori
Thierry
Von

Girls:
Antonella
Esra
Melina
Merve
Naz
Ola
Olan
Philippine
Reinou
Rinske
Samrina
Selen/Selin
Tesalia (my favorite of these!)

Isabelle Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

A few unusual names from my contacts
Girls:
Thayse (pronounced Ty-easy)
Layni
Dasha
Adyjah
Cassady
Domenique
Karson (yes this is a girl)
Kiri
Leandra
Marjorie

Boys :
Omar
Welles
Tadhg

iris1973 Says:

May 19th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I have a hard time believing Dood is real. I have a lot of students on my FL, and many of them go by nicknames on FB, and are called by those nns by everyone on their page…for example, one boy is called “Meat” by everyone on his page. His name is Demetrius. I have no idea why they call him that, but it’s not his real name.

Flick Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 12:05 am

…..I *almost* wish I used facebook now. *Almost*.

Iris1973: I have a friend named Demetrius and we all called him Meach growing up, so Meat (de-MEAT-ree-uhs), kind of makes sense to me.

LyndsayJenness Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 12:37 am

🙁 I just made a list and it got erased. There were some really great ones! I’ll just tell you the winner (by far) of most yooneek spelling:

Auxaiviair.

Wowza, right? Sisters Shannell, Jonee, Cashmere, Sylvia and Yolanda. And brother George. Yes.

My friend’s dad’s name is Dood. I’m 95% certain that it’s his real name. He’s around 60. He’s from Oregon. Unusual names seem to be the standard in that area.

ycw Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 11:34 am

I think some of the misspellings we see are because people (especially kids) are trying to keep them from being searched or keep it private. I know some go by nicknames or misspellings.

Em Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Wednesday? Was her surname ‘Addams’? lol

swyn613 Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

This is fun! Here’s what I’ve got…I’ve worked at a university for ~8 years, so I have a lot of friends with international flair. I tried to limit names to ones that might sing nicely to English-speaking ears.

Girls:
Aba
Adrienne
Amelia
Ami (pronounced ah-mee)
Anjali (pronounced ahn-jah-lee)
Annalise
April
Ariel
Bashak
Bethany
Betty
Blair
Bora
Brynne
Efe (pronounced “eff-ay”)
Elon
Elsie
Erina
Eugenia (nn Genie)
Feyza (pronounced Fay-zah)
Georgia
Jaylene
Joona (pronounced joe-on-ah)
Lei (pronounced lay-i)
Lajeana
Lena
Louisa
Magdalene
Maisie
Pallavi (pronounced paul-ah-vee)
Philippa
Regina
Rena
Ruthie
Silke (pronounced shill-keh)
Sunita (pronounced sue-nita)
Wendy

Boys:
Ajay
Akhil
Aric
Arthur
Bern
Burr
Cosma
Erwin
Jonah
Kavi
Lian
Marvin
Miles
Omar
Omid
Randall
Wilson

Kaila Says:

May 22nd, 2011 at 10:53 pm

From my FB:
Girls
Afeshia, Ambrosia, Ariammy, Azealia, Cielle, Fabienne, Genneice, Hila, Irana, Isaira, Jasstina, Jisette, Linese, Loida, Micole, Osyris, Rodianna, Sonithia, Soreen, Zann, Zhenya
Boys
Adwin, Anselmo, Antoniel, Armany, Artyom, Avram, Bogdan, Caolan, Evrotas, Gian, Kern, Kip, Leron, Lucius, Ludwig, Mert, Naveh, Sha, Taurus, Tekanand, Zev

Erin Says:

June 1st, 2011 at 10:19 am

I don’t have Facebook but my friends do, so I browsed three of their friends lists and found some unique names! 🙂

GIRLS:
Farrell, Crosby, Carlin, Chappell, Gates, Lansdell, Christian, Snow, Berry, Duncan, Arrington, Bardin, Garland, Barker, Lindley, Miller (x2), Stewart, Zarina, Ansley (x9!), Berkley, Callan (x3), Charmaine, Fraser, Rett, Kimberlin, Tallon

BOYS:
Wingate, Brooks, Keefer, Maxson, Kelley, Taber, Garrick, Zeb, Hampton, Colter, Parrish, Conley, Kanyon, Kohler, Tripp (x5)

jahara Says:

June 2nd, 2011 at 5:47 am

My name is Jahara (har as in har-ley) my name means “rare jewel” in arabic..

*person* Says:

June 14th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

My name means “clear” in french…

Elizabeth Says:

July 3rd, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Girls: Adisa, Adorna, Adrea, Aejin, Alethea, Anais, Arri, Bisi, Dasol, Dawna, Devika, Elidia, Ellis, Fabriana, Gissel, Harling, Ifeoma, Inna, Iriane, Jacobi, Kaya, Kejal, Kekenus, Liani, Maha, Manning, Megumi, Nelia, Pooja, Quyama, Saakshi, Saringi, Shriya, Sorcha, Tamar, Temi, Tomi, Xi, Yooni, Ysaura, Zabreen

Boys: Akinyele, Angus, Ayodele, Beno, Chutapatr, Ebenezer, Freeman, Garland, Giorgio, Kafele, Kirill, Kohiin, Leighton, Theophilus, Onyedi, Punit, Seungki, Sergio, Vijay, Vikas, Wonyong

cissyb Says:

August 13th, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I don’t have a Facebook. But I do agree that you can find unique names there. The thing is though, I have a problem with names that don’t match someone’s culture and it would just be like so… what names work and what names don’t?

Web Design California Says:

August 14th, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Web Design California…

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Malaria Says:

December 15th, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Girls:
Simone
Bradejah
Monique 
Markeya
Masha
Soleil
Maylis 
Priyancka
Simmren
Anisha
Oge 
Joelisa
Ondi
Samena
Sahara
Aneri
Aesha
Suhani
Anjali
Chrystel
Shivangi
Oriya

Boys: 
Tefrem
Yoshihiri (Yoshi)
Javier
Karim
Angelo
Lennart 
Cordell
Nikola
Nnamdi
Shivank
Nikko
Gianmarco
Rafael
Naman
Abhay
Curry
Geovany
Jerrius
Kalupe
Seanquavious
Faite
Tapan
Aarti
Amir
Aiah (short form of Isaiah)

This is my shortened list from my Facebook.

Malaria Says:

December 15th, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Yoshihiri is supposed to be Yoshihiro.

lexical Says:

June 24th, 2013 at 12:38 am

I’m in my mid-twenties, and most of the folks on my friends list are as well. Some of the ones I listed are unusual to me simply because they seem a bit more old-fashioned on teens/twenty-somethings (like Brenda, Pamela, etc). They stand out among all the Jessicas, Amys, Michaels, and Christophers.

Girls:
Melibea (mellie-bay-uh)
Arlene
Brenda (x2)
Mayrant (my-runt)
Shauna
Yolanda
Tiana
Noel/Noelle
Ursula
Pamela
Bevan (beh-vin)
Tai (tie)
Cynthia (x2)
Lokelani
Francesca
Bethany
Fatima
Susanna (x2)
Kimbra
Tomi (toe-me)
Sadie
Tameron
Joy
Tatiana
Jana (jan-uh)
Shayla
Azia (asia)
Heidi
Yajeh (yah-jhey)
Tatum
Dana (x2)
Nyssa
Marybeth (x2)
Tinisha
Roxanne (x2)
Hue
Raina
Carmen
Kasia (kah-shuh)
Wendy
Sasha
Thuvi (too-vee)
Chantel
LaDawn
Frenchie (Birth name! She showed us all her drivers license, lol!)
Leticia (leh-tee-see-uh)
Aisuuluu (eye-sue-loo)
Dez
Zelaika (zuh-lie-kuh)
Solangh (so-lanjh)
Jodie
Timaree (tih-marie)
Tahnee
Eden
Lorraine
Angelique
Natasha
Loretta
Link
Rosa
Lluvia (you-vee-uh. Means “rain” in Spanish. I love this name!)
Savannah
Khadijah (kuh-dee-jhah)
Sonalee (so-nuh-lee)
Imani
Helen
Malia (Just like President Obama’s daughter!)
Bryce
Shelley
Blanca
Darlene (x2)
Arielle (are-ee-ell)

Boys:
Wyler
Calvin
Rutger (He has one brother, Emerson, and three sisters, Palmer, Dagmar, and Lydia. So cool!)
Akira
Julian
Yuki
Pratul
Orion
Lancelot (Yes, for real. I graduated college with him. It’s on his diploma.)
Shavoski (This is his first name.)
Nestor
Lowell
Caleb
Chad
Padraic (patrick)
Hector
Mahesh
Reese
Alfred
Leonte (leon-tay)
Martynas (We call him Martin.)
Dexter
Spencer
Clay
Albert
Pedro
Sebastian
Wesley
Elliot
Skylar

At first glance, I thought the guys’ names would be a lot less adventurous! I’m surprised by how many neat, more unique names I found 🙂

perdireinz Says:

March 30th, 2017 at 2:37 pm

I have friends from Panama, Brazil, France, USA, and England

Camélia
Fabíola
Jeovana
Vitória
Mireya
Priscilla
Ira
Illiana
Koren
Amabel
Mayra
Christelle
Zelina
Maeva
Anaïs
Perrine
Eugénie
Stefanija
Axelle
Amalia
Rosarita
Lisbeth
Esmeralda
Ximena
Nikita
Milena
Beatriz
Lisette
Manuela

Vinicius
Gareth
Freedom (this is not his birth name so I’m not sure if it counts)
Kian
Dex
Maleo
Cale
Dalton
Reynaldo
Orlando
Augusto
Enrique
Javier

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