What are the best cool, unusual baby names?
It stands to reason why these lists get so much attention: They contain dozens of names that are attractive yet uncommon, have authentic roots yet are usable in the modern world.
So now we turn the question back on you: What do you think are the best of the best cool, unusual baby names for either or both genders?
Feel free to pull from our widely-read lists or add choices of your own.
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on February 24th, 2015 at 11:53 pm
I like Onyx, Raleigh, Salem, Jericho, Jaxley, Lake, Oakley and Baylor for boys.
For girls I like Ophelia, Astrid, Ceres, Leora, Briar, Madelief and Amethyst.
on February 25th, 2015 at 12:50 am
From the lists, I like:
Names that I consider unusual and cool, well at least unusual where I live.
on February 25th, 2015 at 1:08 am
Nova, Saskia, Mercy, Geneva, Magnolia, Linnea, Octavia, Phaedra, Clio, Matilda, Thais, Marina, Marigold, Sylvie, Thalia, Cordelia, Aurelia, Regina, Amoret, Camilla, Seraphina, Georgia, Cassia, Evangeline, Ramona, Catalina, Hester, Thea, Nina, Sally, Aster, Claudia, Ivy, Tatiana, Melita, Aveline, Celeste, Aquinnah, Bianca, Rosalind, Solange, Clover, Elowen, Gloria, Cressida, Antonia, Emmeline, Tassia, Isadora, Cyrus, Ursula, Jacinta, Wren, Francesca, Giovanna, Sabine, Isabeau, Willa, Thisbe, Calliope, Mavis, Esme, Tamsin, Dahlia, Margot, Persephone, Quintana
Marius, Dorian, Elias, Bruno, Dashiell, Thaddeus, Simon, Roscoe, Sage, Dov, Quillan, Abram, Asa, Micah, Marlowe, Wallace, Adler, Atlas, Ajax, Linus, Ramone, Lucian, Hadrian, Harvey, Emrys, Fraser, Jago, Sasha, Theodore, Amory, Milo, Walter, Jethro, Amos, Ignatius, Lucan, Otto, Julius, Sylvester, Augustus, Joaquin, River, Conrad, Mischa, Matthias, Silas, Bazel, Corentin, Baxter, Amias, Moses, Phineas, Jedaiah, Makai, Tobias, Reuben, Calvin, Cashel, Stellan, Sullivan, Remy, Rafferty, Desmond, Luther, Finnegan, Calder, Amadeus, Casimir, Gideon
on February 25th, 2015 at 2:04 am
on February 25th, 2015 at 2:13 am
Ladies: Ailsa, Andromeda, Delphine, Pallas and Persephone
Gentlemen: Ashley, Atlas, Icarus, and Wilfred
on February 25th, 2015 at 2:26 am
on February 25th, 2015 at 4:28 am
A lot of the names on those lists I wouldn’t describe as cool, yes unusual, but not cool. Some are actually super nerdy (which I don’t necessarily see as a bad thing).
I am happily surprised to see that one of my top combinations, Jedidiah Hart, is on the list. I do find Hart to be quite a cool name but not Jedidiah but then I find Jed to be quite cool.
Some names for girls that I think are cool, but not necessarily that unusual, include:
Penta (definitely unusual too, bonus)
And for boys:
I wouldn’t necessarily choose these names, they’re more guilty pleasure names for me.
on February 25th, 2015 at 5:59 am
From the Nameberry lists I like…
Girls – Amabel, Branwen, Celestia, Clementina, Elspeth, Henrietta, Lenore, Lucienne, Mireille and Vita. I like Tessie as a pet form of Tess/Tessa.
Boys – Amias, Azaiah, Barnabas, Cashel, Caspar, Crispin, Hamish, Inigo, Isidore, Ivo, Jago, Jedidiah, Kit, Rufus, Tobiah and Wilfred.
My favorite unusual but cool names – well I think they’re cool – are Thessaly for a girl, and Barnaby for a boy.
on February 25th, 2015 at 6:02 am
I love naming pets cool, unusual names. Not all are considered cool by all people, but I love them.
on February 25th, 2015 at 6:23 am
From the NB lists
Boy: Casimir & Balthazar
on February 25th, 2015 at 7:03 am
I’m really into ‘S’ names at the moment and absolutely love Saskia and Sybil, other ‘S’ names I like that are more on the unusual side: Shiloh and Sutton
on February 25th, 2015 at 8:27 am
I met a little girl a couple years ago who’s name was jexa. I think it’s kind of an interesting twist on Jessica. I wouldn’t be brave enough to use it however
on February 25th, 2015 at 9:03 am
Girls: Phaedra, Onyx, Boheme, Satine, Saffron, Opal, Nimue, Honey, Anaïs, Beatrix, Winter, Reverie, Primrose, Imrie, Saint, Artemis.
Boys: Wilder, Brahms, Guthrie, Shepard, Etienne, Valor, August, Viggo, Ames, Lucien, Arrow, Evander, Cassius, Dashiell.
on February 25th, 2015 at 9:45 am
My naming style is very traditional, so these may seem usual to others!
Girls – Odette, Fleur, Ingrid, Alexandrine, Rhiannon, and Talbot
Boys- Sheridan, Walter, and Dashiell, Seamus and Wolfgang
on February 25th, 2015 at 9:48 am
Chayil for a boy or girl, but I prefer it for a girl. Sounds like Kyle. Eshet Chayil (“a woman of valor or virtue”) consists of the concluding section of the book of Proverbs. It’s Hebrew.
Kartereo for a boy. The greek word for steadfast/strong. Although I personally would keep out the second e. Kartero.
on February 25th, 2015 at 10:06 am
on February 25th, 2015 at 2:24 pm
From Nameberry’s lists I would like to see more of these names used:
on February 25th, 2015 at 4:43 pm
For girls I like: Annora, Austen, Clio, Lake, Lenore, Lucienne
For boys I like: Park, Piers, Stellan, Tobiah
I also like Cape for a boy. Very nautical.
on February 25th, 2015 at 5:04 pm
My favorites from the list are Celestia, Elizabella, Elspeth, Guinivere, Lake, Lenore, Leonie, Lilibeth, Lux, Snow, and Valentine for girls and Casimir for boys. Some others I like for girls are Marigold, Clementine, Lavender, Lilac, Primrose, Winter, Clover, Ophelia, Octavia, Margot, Magnolia, Lilith, Wren, Delilah, Amethyst, and probably more! For boys I like Atlas, Orion, Aspen, Everest, Percy, August, Dashiell, Darcy, Silas, Elias, and again probably more that I’m forgetting.
on February 25th, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Laszlo and Saskia.
on February 25th, 2015 at 9:09 pm
For this moment:
on February 25th, 2015 at 10:47 pm
My picks for names:
on February 25th, 2015 at 11:08 pm
Laszlo for a boy
Ottilie for a girl
on February 26th, 2015 at 6:18 pm
Normally you know I’d have a list to fill up the whole page but I’m going to leave it at Saint. Saint is my best cool unsual name. 🙂
on February 26th, 2015 at 9:35 pm
Reverie Bliss Eira Ezri Aerie Tamsin Quillan Troian Ayela Emrys Avalon Talisien Cyan Aero Story
on February 27th, 2015 at 1:31 am
on February 27th, 2015 at 6:54 pm
on February 27th, 2015 at 7:00 pm
on April 23rd, 2015 at 1:29 pm
Names that are cool and unusual where I live:
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