Unique Baby Names from History

Unique baby names aren't only the new and the invented; there are also many highly unusual names with deep historic roots. Read more about this topic in our blog on unique baby names from history. Here's a selection of the most intriguing.

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  • Alethea

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    Alethea, the name of the Greek goddess of truth, came into fashion in England in the 16th century, in tandem with the virtue names. Alethea may find new favor now as one of the Read More 

  • Ambrosia

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    Heavenly, if you like your names over the top. Read More 

  • Averil

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    Averil is an ancient name, also spelled Averill, that was originally feminine and feels more so in this era of Avas and Aprils.Read More 

  • Durand

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  • Eluned

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    Exotic and mysterious, Eluned's beauty and intelligence were legendary in Welsh legend; she was the handmaiden of the Lady of the Fountain in a Welsh Arthurian romance, who had a magic ring that... Read More 

  • Evadne

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    In Greek mythology, Evadne was the daughter of Poseidon. Evadne also appears in literature (Mary Shelley's "The Last Man") and has a pop culture reference as the cousin of Wonder Woman. A more... Read More 

  • Gershom

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    Old Testament name of a son of Moses used by the Puritans, and now by Orthodox Jews. Read More 

  • Giffard

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    A popular first name in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, giving rise to surnames Gifford et al. Could enjoy a comeback thanks to trendy Griffin.Read More 

  • Haidee

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    Sounds like a variant of Heidi or Hailey, but Haidee is actually a separate name with a literary history, used in Byron's epic poem Don Juan. Read More 

  • Hero

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    Despite the possibility of gender confusion, the Hero in Greek myth was a woman. Myleene Klass got that when she chose Hero for her daughter, and Sam Taylor-Wood and Aaron Johnson used it as their... Read More 

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