Unique Baby Names

Unique baby names are literally one-of-a-kind, but a unique name may also mean one that is unusual, cool, and distinctive. In fact, when people refer to unique baby names today, they usually mean a name that stands out from the crowd, that departs from tradition and that may have a unique spelling or pronunciation. But unique names for babies can also be place names, word names, 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. Nameberry offers thousands of unique names: Here are some of the best to get you started.

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  • Ianthe

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Like Violet, Lavender and Lilac, Ianthe is a purple flower name. Chosen by the poet Shelley for his daughter, Ianthe has a poetic, romantic, almost ethereal quality. In the ancient myth, she was... Read More 

  • Imara

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    This could make a hauntingly evocative name for an American child, striking the perfect balance of the exotic and the familiar. Read More 

  • Inigo

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Inigo, almost unknown in the U.S., is an intriguing choice, with its strong beat, creative and evocative sound, and associations with the great early British architect and stage designer Inigo... Read More 

  • Jonquil

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Jonquil is an unusual flower name that is less outlandish than Daffodil and less common than Daisy. It just might appeal to parents seeking a singular botanical option.

    Unlike most flower... Read More 

  • Juba

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Juba, a strong and resonant unisex name, belonged to an ancient African king, is a city and river name, and is traditionally given to Ashanti (of Ghana) girls born on Monday. Read More 

  • Jupiter

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Jupiter's partner Juno has entered the mainstream, so it's possible that her divine mate could follow. The name of the supreme Roman deity and the largest planet has until recently had either too... Read More 

  • Keen

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Actor Mark Ruffalo honed this surname down to its basics when he chose it for his son. A more usable expansion might be the Irish surname Keenan/Keenen.Read More 

  • Lambert

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Ancient saint's name used for cowardly cartoon lion. Read More 

  • Lark

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Lark is getting some new and well-deserved attention as a post-Robin and Raven bird name. Although it was first recorded as a name in the 1830's, it has never appeared on the Social Security list.... Read More 

  • Leith

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Traditionally a male name, Leith now can make a highly unusual, strong but soft, and intriguing girls' possibility. Read More 

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