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Unique Word Names for Babies

Unique Word Names for Babies

Our favorite unique word names for babies include those that are used in very small numbers, like Samurai and Solstice, as well as those that have never appeared on the US baby names list at all, like Epoch and Everglade. None of the 200 original word names in this list has ever been given to more than 15 babies in any given year.

Along with Solstice and Everglade, other unique nature names for babies that make this list include Acre and Apricity, Fennel and Freesia, Pinto and Pipistrelle. Unique geographical names we think have great baby name potential include Bayou, Islet and Caldera. And rare modern virtue names like Kindred, Parity and Zeal set the right tone for the 2020s and beyond.

If you love word baby names but want to look beyond the obvious Rue and Rose, this list of uncommon and unconventional word name ideas compiled by our wonderful Berry community is for you! Names are ordered by their current popularity on Nameberry.

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  1. LuxuryHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "extravagance, opulence"
    • Description:

      A particularly opulent way to get to the nickname Lux (or Luxe).
  2. IxiaHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "pine thistle"
    • Description:

      Ixia is a botanical name referring to a genus of plants native to South Africa. The name actually refers to an unrelated plant; those in the ixia family are commonly known as corn lilies.
  3. ApricityHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "the warmth of the sun in winter"
    • Description:

      Part-April, part-Felicity, but with the wonderfully whimsical feel of Serendipity. Apricity debuted in the US charts for the first time in 2022.
  4. SerendipityHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "unexpected good fortune"
    • Description:

      A unique virtue name with a sound as happy and lively as its meaning.
  5. SonderHeart
    • Origin:

      Invented name
    • Meaning:

      "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own"
    • Description:

      A neologism coined for the 2012 Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which aims to come up with new terms for emotions that currently lack words
  6. ElysianHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "of Elysium; blissful"
    • Description:

      The Elysian Fields of Greek mythology was the home of the afterlife for the blessed. As spiritual names and mythological names continue to rise, Elysian is a name to watch.
  7. EvermoreHeart
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "always"
    • Description:

      Inspired by Taylor Swift's 2020 album Evermore, seven sets of parents chose this name for their daughters in 2022. With a poetic meaning of "forever" or "always", this is one that we could see gaining traction outside of the Swiftiverse. Accessible nicknames Ever and Evie are always an option if Evermore feels too bold for everyday use.
  8. MadrigalHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "song for unaccompanied voices"
    • Description:

      Madrigal might be a pretty and highly distinctive choice for a child of a musical family--or for the parent looking for a less conventional path to the nickname Maddie than Madeline or Madison . Definitely more striking than Cadence or even the increasingly popular Aria.
  9. TempestHeart
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "turbulent, stormy"
    • Description:

      Tempest is one of those names that could go either way. Cool, evocative modern word name? Or asking for trouble? Your call, but if you decide the former image is dominant, be warned that some people will see it as the latter.
  10. VespertineHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "of the evening"
  11. FreesiaHeart
    • Origin:

      Flower name, from German surname
    • Meaning:

      "Freese's flower"
    • Description:

      A rare, free-feeling flower name for the parent who wants to move far, far beyond Rose and Daisy. Named for German physician Friedrich Freese.
  12. SelkieHeart
    • Origin:

      Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "seal folk"
    • Description:

      In Scottish folklore, selkies are mythical creatures that resemble seals in the water but assume human form on land.
  13. MeridianHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "midday / pinnacle"
    • Description:

      In geography, a meridian is a line drawn around the curve of the Earth between the North and South Poles. The term comes from Latin meridianus, meaning "pertaining to midday", and the association with midday has led to the word gaining an added figurative meaning of "pinnacle; culmination".
  14. CometHeart
    • Origin:

      Nature name
    • Description:

      Soaring astral name has a great gender-free feel. It also has a pleasing christmas connotation, courtesy of the reindeer listed in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  15. AdeliteHeart
    • Origin:

      Gem name from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "indistinct"
    • Description:

      An unusual way to get to the nickname Addie.
  16. ZirconHeart
    • Origin:

      Gem name from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "gold-hued"
    • Description:

      Although Zircon means "gold-hued," the gem comes in a variety of colors.
  17. AviatrixHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "female aviator"
    • Description:

      Aviator is equally appropriate for a girl, of course, but lovers of Beatrix and Bellatrix might appreciate the spiky sound of this unique occupational name.
  18. SolsticeHeart
    • Origin:

      English from Latin
    • Meaning:

      "when the sun stands still"
    • Description:

      Solstice graduated from word to official first name when author Lionel Shriver used it for a character in her novel Big Brother. But of course, there were people named Solstice before: 16 baby girls were given the name in the US in 2021 (and it is occasionally used for boys too).
  19. AcreHeart
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "a unit of land area equal to 4,840 square yards"
    • Description:

      Acre feels at home with other modern, fresh word names like Rumor, Snow and Ace. But with the feeling of wide open spaces and nature, Acre also offers a softer, earthier tone that will appeal to those seeking a unique name with a distinctly Americana feel.
  20. FlourishHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "thrive; flair"