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Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare

Unique baby names are literally one-of-a-kind, but unique names may also mean names that are unusual and rare, with individual flair.

Unique names for babies can be unusual place names, uncommon word names, rare surname names, international names, nature names, or traditional names that come from other cultures or that have been buried in the attic for decades or even centuries, such as Dominica and Osgood.

Along with Dominica and Osgood, other unique names worth considering include Amias, Blythe, Caspian, Gable, Harbor, Lilou, Lumi, and Walden. Names that are unique in the US but common elsewhere include Elodie, Florian, Linnea, and Pim.

Nameberry offers thousands upon thousands of unique, unusual, and rare names: Here are some of the best unique for girls and boys, from A to Z, to get you started.

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  • Abilene

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    Abilene is a rarely used place name, mentioned as such in the New Testament, that combines the cowboy spunk of the Texas city with the midwestern morality of the Kansas town where Dwight D.... Read More 

  • Abrial

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    This unique baby name is stronger, more distinctive than April or Avril. Read More 

  • Acacia

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    Acacia is an attractive, rarely used Greek flower name enhanced by its popular beginning-and-ending-with 'a'-construct, and is gradually beginning to catch on as a new member of the stylish Read More 

  • Acacius

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    Acacius is a Latinized form of the Ancient Greek Akakios and can be interpreted to relate to the same root as the name Acacia, for the thorn bush, or Akakios which means "not evil." With the... Read More 

  • Acantha

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    Acantha is one of the unique baby names in the stylish mythological category that also might count as a flower name. In Greek... Read More 

  • Achilles

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    The name of the great Homeric hero with the vulnerable heel (portrayed by Brad Pitt in Troy) is widely used in European versions but rarely here. It certainly make a strong statement It... Read More 

  • Addax

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    The addax is a white antelope that resides in the Sahara Desert. A cool and usable addition to the pool of animal baby... Read More 

  • Adelia

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    The super-success of Adele, both the singer and the name, has brought attention to all her cousins--Adela, Adeline, Adelina--and the lovely Adelia. An undiscovered gem just waiting to be... Read More 

  • Adlai

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    Adlai is an Old Testament name long associated with 1950's liberal presidential candidate Stevenson, who was named after his grandfather, who was Grover Cleveland's vice president in the... Read More 

  • Akira

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    A popular Japanese name for both sexes that's migrated to the West because of its appearance in manga and video games.Read More 

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