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!
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.
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.
Origin:English word name
Description:This rarely used boys name is one of the few gem names for a boy. Obsidian is actually a type of volcanic glass, formed when lava cools very quickly. This ultra-cool name might spark a love of volcanoes and geology in a little boy.
Origin:Botanical name from Latin
Description:A cup-shaped flowerhead in botany, which could lead to the super cool nickname Cal.
Description:The next Destiny? Kismet seems like it might be fated for increased use.
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.
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).
Origin:English word name
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.
Meaning:"unexpected good fortune"
Description:A unique virtue name with a sound as happy and lively as its meaning.
Description:Could be the next Nova, now that celestial baby names are in the ascendent.
Description:In Scottish folklore, selkies are mythical creatures that resemble seals in the water but assume human form on land.
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
Meaning:"the warmth of the sun in winter"
Description:Part-April, part-Felicity, but with the wonderfully whimsical feel of Serendipity.
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”.
Origin:Flower name, from German surname
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.
Meaning:"of the universe or cosmos"
Description:Provocative word name that may strike the right chord for an adventurous baby namer.
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
Description:Surname with strong ties to singer Taylor Swift and writer Jonathan Swift. It could make a fun and quirky middle name.