Offbeat Baby Names

Offbeat baby names are those that are just a little bit quirky, a tiny bit unusual, off the beaten track. Here are some offbeat baby names you might want to consider today.

  • Dante

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Though closely associated with the great medieval Florentine poet Dante Alighieri -- who's so famous most people skip the last name -- it's not as much of a one-man name as you might think. Heck,... Read More 

  • Dodge

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    This old short form is more than a little dodgy now. In a recent film, Steve Carell's character is named Dodge, seen by one critic as symbolizing his risk-averse personality.Read More 

  • Eliora

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Eliora is a melodic name ripe with vowel sounds. Read More 

  • Euphemia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Ancient martyr's name that, though not especially appealing, might still be mildly possible, especially for Anglophiles. It was widely used in early Scotland, but was overtaken by its nickname, EFFIE.Read More 

  • Feather

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Feather, though it was used for a character in a Walter Mosley novel, seems too light and fluttery for a real-life girl. Read More 

  • Flavian

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    A Latin clan name that may rise again along with other things Roman. Read More 

  • Haco

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Haco was a mythical Cornish leader who lost his beautiful princess bride by unwittingly promising her to a musician whose songs he admired: a romantic legend to back up a very unusual choice. Read More 

  • Hester

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The disgraced heroine of The Scarlet Letter's name, after long neglect, just might have a chance at revival, following in the wake of sister-name Esther. We've characterized her elsewhere... Read More 

  • Horatio

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Like Horace, Horatio is a variation on the Latin Horatius, but its Shakespearean and optimistic Horatio Alger pedigree makes it an attractive up-and-comer, especially with its cool final o. A... Read More 

  • Ida

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Many vowel names stylish a century ago are coming back, and Ida seems like a possible, logical successor to Ada and Ava.

    A century ago, Ida was considered "sweet as apple cider," and... Read More 

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