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Unique Names from History

  • Aquilina

    A lot of parents claim to want a name that's different, but if you really do, Aquilina, modern-feeling but based on an ancient favorite, would be one good choice.Read More 

  • Ari

    This short form of Ariel (or any other Ari- beginning name, such as Aristotle) stands up better as a boys’ name than its progenitor does. It is also... Read More 

  • Artemisia

    You might think Artemisia is the feminine form of the name, but in fact the original Artemis is feminine too, the name of the Greek mythological goddess of the moon. Artemisia Gentileschi was an... Read More 

  • Asta

    This Scandinavian name was made famous in English-speaking countries as the name of the dog in the "Thin Man" series. Danish actress Asta Nielsen was another famous bearer. Asta can be considered... Read More 

  • Aurelius

    Since Aurelius was given the supermodel seal of approval by Elle Macpherson, this is one of the Roman emperor names, like Augustus, now in the realm of possibility. Like the female Aurelia and... Read More 

  • Averil

    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 

  • Avila

    A name that may be related to the French Aveline and may also be connected to the Spanish town Avila, birthplace of St. Teresa. An unusual member of the fashionable Ava and Evelyn crowd.Read More 

  • Bathsheba

    Popular with the Puritans, this name of the shrewd and beautiful wife of King David and mother of King Solomon could be a bit of a load for a modern girl to carry.

    Bathsheba is the... Read More 

  • Boudicca

    First century queen who led her Brittonic Iceni tribe in revolution against the Romans occupying England. Also found as Boudica, Boadicea (as in bodacious) and in Welsh as Buddug, the historic... Read More 

  • Brutus

    Brutus is the quintessential brute--far too close to the word brutal. And any child with this name would spend much of his life hearing "Et tu."

    Originally an old Roman family name,... Read More 

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