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  • Uncommon Nicknames for Elizabeth

    By Pamela Redmond

    Elizabeth is one of those classic, widely-used baby names that has an entire raft of nicknames, going in and out of style over time. In the 1940s, a baby Elizabeth was likely to be called Betty. Then came Betsy, Liz, and Lisa in the midcentury. Next was Beth, and now we have Ellie.

    Along with Ellie and Lisa, other nicknames for Elizabeth in the US Top 1000 include Eliza, Elle, Elsa, Elsie, Etta, Lea, Lily, and Thea. If you’re looking for a truly unusual nickname for Elizabeth, we suggest Ilsa, Lettie, Zella, or Zibby.

    With so many options, there's a pet form of Elizabeth that's right for any child. For more inspiration, check out our list of International Variations of Elizabeth.

  • Unique Baby Girl Names

    Unique baby names for girls come from a range of sources and include place names, unusual vintage names, surname names, invented names, and baby names from around the world. Here is a handful of choices to get you started. Also check out our fuller list of unique baby names and search names by first initial and origin to see thousands more unique names for girls

  • Unique Baby Names Ending In I

    Today's unique baby names ending in the letter i are a far cry from the Teri and Lori generation of the 60s and 70s. Biblical and Hawaiian I-ending baby names now reign supreme, with Levi and Eli the most popular boys' names ending in I and Naomi and Leilani leading the charge for the girls. But there are literally hundreds of intriguing international I-ending names out there, just waiting to be discovered. From sweet Scandinavian Astri to handsome Hebrew Zimri, here's a selection of our very favorite unique baby boy and girl names ending in I.

  • Unique Baby Names Ending In O

    Unique baby names ending in O (and the "o" sound) are among the very hottest right now, with the likes of Leo and Theo, Harlow and Margot rocketing up the popularity charts. But there are still oodles of obscure O-ending names out there, just waiting to be discovered. We've polled our members to bring you 100+ of Nameberry's very favorite unique O-ending baby names, from Amparo and Benno to Yarrow and Zeno. If quirky baby names ending in O are your thing, find our full list of rare, uncommon, and unique names ending in o here.

  • Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare

    Unique baby names are literally one-of-a-kind, but unique names may also mean names that are unusual and rare, with individual flair.

    Unique names for babies can be unusual place names, uncommon word names, rare surname names, international names, nature names, or traditional names that come from other cultures or that have been buried in the attic for decades or even centuries, such as Dominica and Osgood.

    Along with Dominica and Osgood, other unique names worth considering include Amias, Blythe, Caspian, Gable, Harbor, Lilou, Lumi, and Walden. Names that are unique in the US but common elsewhere include Elodie, Florian, Linnea, and Pim.

    Nameberry offers thousands upon thousands of unique, unusual, and rare names: Here are some of the best unique for girls and boys, from A to Z, to get you started.

    Want more more more unique names for your baby? Explore all the lists of unique baby names.

  • Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare

    Unique names for boys are more widely used now in than ever before. Fifty years ago, the Top 20 boys' names represented 41% of all male children; by contrast in 2015, the Top 20 boys' names represented only 14% of all baby boys, meaning there are many more rare and unusual boy names in general use.

    The greater variety of names being used today means that unique boy names are more likely to be accepted at school or in the workplace. There are lots of ways for boys' names to be unique, from spelling to new creations, but here at Nameberry we're often most inspired by those names which are at once unusual and yet filled with history and meaning.

    Here is a selection of our current favorite rare and unique 2019 names for boys, from A to Z. For even more choices, see our full list of unique baby names.

  • Unique Celebrity Baby Middle Names

    When we talk about unique celebrity baby names, we’re most often referring to the unusual first names of celebrity children a la Chicago and Rocket. However, a number of stars have opted to give their children more obscure middle names rather than (or sometimes along with) an unusual first name. The middle position is safer territory when it comes to using unconventional baby names—middle names are rarely used day-to-day and are scarcely known outside inner circles. While the latter isn’t true for these celebrity children, we are still supportive of the unexpected middle name trend. For more ideas, check out our list of middle names.

  • Unique Celebrity Baby Names

    Unique celebrity baby names might seem like a redundancy: Aren't most celebrity baby names unique? Not really. Celebrities are just like us: they usually name their babies Jack and Emilia and Max and Mia. But sometimes they break the mold. We are bringing you the most notable, rare, attractive, and striking, trying to stay on the near side of crazy but the far side of popular. Unique names given to celebrity babies over the past few years include the following notable choices.

  • Unique French Baby Girl Names

    French baby girl names aren't limited to the same old noms--the Michelles and Danielles and Gabrielles. Here are some unique French baby names for girls. For even more unique choices, you might also want to check out our master list of French girl names.

  • Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare

    Unique girls' names come in many varieties, from ancient to modern, traditional to invented. The best 2019 unique names for girls are those unusual and rare choices that have deep roots, are attractive, and can fit into contemporary life.

    What makes a name unique is a matter of opinion, but by rare, unusual and unique girl names, we mean those used for 25 or fewer baby girls, which makes these names uncommon no matter where you live.

    The unique names for girls listed here are some top picks from A to Z to get you started.

  • Unique High-Energy Baby Names

    Energetic baby names are bright, bold, brave names with a real sense of mischief and fun! Along with names with dynamic meanings, like Dart, Dash and Moxie, there are also plenty of cool baby names which simply sound charged full of energy, like Calypso, Maximus, Oona and Bellamy.

    Popular sounds in these high-energy baby names include the -er ending of peppy picks like Piper, Vesper, Wilder and Juniper; the -o ending of energetic options like Ivo, Arlo, Cleo and Indigo; and strong, spiky consonant sounds like those in Viva, Xander and Zebedee.

    Although most of these bold and uncommon baby names fall well outside of the US Top 1000, a few -- like Piper, Hadley, Sawyer and Mateo -- are in the current Top 200, striking the perfect balance between funky and familiar. Others, like Arlo, Palmer and Roscoe, are rising fast.

    Whatever your style, if you're looking for a feisty baby name for your little firecracker, our list of high-energy baby names is a great place to start!

  • Unique International Variations of Katherine

    By Pamela Redmond

    Katherine is one of the most enduring classic baby names for girls. Famous Katherines and Catherines from history include three wives of Henry VIII (Catherine of Aragon, Catherine Howard, and Catherine Parr), Russian Empress Catherine the Great, and legendary Hollywood actress Katharine Hepburn. Iconic literary Catherines include Catherine "Cathy" Earnshaw from Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, Catherine "Kitty" Bennet and Catherine Morland from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey, and Catherine Barkley from Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. And Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is a highly influential modern bearer of the classic girl name Catherine.

    Along with the truly timeless baby girl names Katherine and Catherine, several other forms of the name rank in the US Top 1000, such as Kate, Kaitlyn or Katelyn, Katie, Katalina and Kathleen.

    But there are many beautiful international forms of Katherine that also belong on the list of uncommon and unique baby names for girls. Along with foreign variants like Yekaterina, Catriona and Katrien, there are also plenty of unique nicknames for Katherine to choose from, such as Katya, Kaia and Reina. Discover some of the best international variants of Katherine here.

  • Unique Irish Baby Names

    Unique baby names and Irish baby names are two groups with plenty of style power, so what happens when you mix the two? Although Irish baby names have become much more popular in the US in recent years, there are still plenty of unique Irish names waiting to be discovered. We nominate these choices for parents looking for baby names that are both Irish and unique, especially in the US.

  • Unique Irish Girl Names

    By Pamela Redmond

    Irish baby names have been well used for girls outside the Emerald Isle for decades, but there's a new wave of Irish girl names that sound fresh and intriguing. Some of these beautiful Irish names for girls, such as Aoife, Niamh, and Saoirse, have been in Ireland's Top 100 for years, and are just starting to catch on in England and the US too. Here are some of our favorite rare Irish names for girls. You may also want to expand your search to our full list of Irish girl names. Or go here for a list of the best Irish baby names for boys.

  • Unique Italian Baby Names for Girls

    By Linda Rosenkrantz

    Looking for Italian baby names for a daughter that go beyond the expected choices? Beautiful Italian baby girl names don't stop with Alessia and Emilia: gorgeous girl names in Italy's Top 100 include unusual options like Azzurra, Chiara, Eleonora, and Ginevra. If you're looking for girl names that work in English and Italian, or just baby girl names with Italian flair, you'll find plenty of fresh and stylish Italian names for your little signorina in this list.

  • Unique Middle Names for Boys

    Unique middle names may be a way to add character and distinction to a son's name, especially if his first name is a more traditional name or a conservative family choice. Unique middle names can include word names, place names, surname names, names of heroes from history or the arts. Some unique middle names that work for boys:

  • Unique Middle Names for Boys

    Unique middle names may be a way to add character and distinction to a son's name, especially if his first name is a more traditional name or a conservative family choice. Unique middle names can include word names, place names, surname names, names of heroes from history or the arts. Some unique middle names that work for boys:

  • Unique Middle Names for Boys

    Unique middle names may be a way to add character and distinction to a son's name, especially if his first name is a more traditional name or a conservative family choice. Unique middle names can include word names, place names, surname names, names of heroes from history or the arts. Browse this list of unique names that work in the middle for boys, or check out our master list of Middle Names.

  • Unique Middle Names for Boys

    Unique middle names may be a way to add character and distinction to a son's name, especially if his first name is a more traditional name or a conservative family choice. Unique middle names can include word names, place names, surname names, names of heroes from history or the arts. A select group of unique baby names that work in the middle for boys is here, or you can search further with our master list of more than 900 middle names for boys and girls.

  • Unique Middle Names for Girls

    Unique middle names for girls appeal to even more conservative parents, who may look for an unusual middle name to set their little Emma or Elizabeth apart. Unique middle names may be unusual first names or can also be nature, word, or surname-names. When sifting through unique name choices for the middle, try to find one with personal meaning. If you want even more to choose from, see our full list of unique baby names or our master list of middle names.

  • Unique 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 overview on unique names of every kind. Here's a selection of the most intriguing, but you'll find many more in our lists of mythological names, biblical names, and names from ancient cultures.

  • Unique Names That Mean Water

    By Linda Rosenkrantz

    Baby names that mean water include names that mean ocean and sea, waves and tide, and rain and mist. The names of notable rivers, such as Hudson and Jordan, and other bodies of water are listed here. The names of gods and goddesses of the sea can be counted as water names, as can the names of mythical mermaids and other water creatures.

    Along with Hudson and Jordan, other water baby names in the US Top 1000 include Beckett, Brooks, Fisher, Ford, India, Maren, River, and Talia. Many water names are suitable for boys and girls, such as Bay, Lake, Nile, and Pacific.

    Names with water-related meanings might be right for babies born under one of the water signs of the zodiac: Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio. Or you may simply love the image of water reflected in your baby's name. Names with water meanings can be found in cultures all around the world for both baby girls and baby boys.

  • Unique Nature Names for Babies

    Some nature names for babies are mainstream, like Lily and River, but if you're willing to explore nature a bit more adventurously, there are many more wonderful nature names for girls and boys that lie off the beaten track. Unique nature names can come from flowers and trees, birds and animals, the sea and the earth and even the skies. Here, browse some of the most unusual baby names drawn from nature.

  • Unique Unisex Middle Names

    Gender neutral baby names are red-hot right now, and the middle spot is the perfect place to venture beyond popular unisex picks like Aubrey and Avery to more unique names. This trend is all about thinking outside the box! From novel nature names like Auburn and Zephyr, to intriguing international gems like Adair and Zennor, here are 50 of the freshest gender neutral middle names right now. Or expand your horizons with our master list of more than 900 prime middle names.

  • Unique Vintage Names for Girls

    Unique baby names don't have to be new and invented: They can also be vintage names revived from either the near or distant past. These unique vintage baby names for girls all lie outside the Top 1000 but have deep roots and rich histories. In case you're wondering how unique is unique, these names were given to 250 or fewer girls in the US in 2017. Check current statistics to make sure the name you like hasn't hopped back on the list.

  • Unisex Names for Girls

    Unisex names for girls encompass those that originated as male names but migrated to the girls' side, names that feel gender-neutral but in fact are used mostly for girls, and truly unisex names that work as well for girls as for boys. On this list we have not included boys' names that are now used occasionally for girls, such as James or Owen, or once-unisex names that have become predominantly male, such as Kyrie. The unisex names here are among the most popular for baby girls.

  • Unisex Names for Girls

    Unisex names for girls encompass those that originated as male names but migrated to the girls' side, names that feel gender-neutral but in fact are used mostly for girls, and truly unisex names that work as well for girls as for boys. On this list we have not included boys' names that are now used occasionally for girls, such as James or Owen, or once-unisex names that have become predominantly male, such as Kyrie. The unisex names here are among the most popular for baby girls.

  • Unusual Antique Baby Names

    By Pamela Redmond

    If you're looking for truly unusual vintage baby names, super rare names with a solid history and vintage charm, these cute and classic baby names fit the bill. Dating back to Great-Grandma (or Grandpa)'s day, these historic names been retired long enough to feel young and fresh again.

    Along with fashionable vintage names like Alva and Amias, Dexter and Dorothea, there are some truly unique old-fashioned baby names on this list, like Barnabas, Hester, Jethro and Pandora, which adventurous parents might want to consider reviving.

    Discover more quirky and unique old-school baby names in the list below.

  • Unusual Baby Names

    Unusual baby names come from a range of categories, from ethnic baby names to place names to word names to surnames used as first names. Of the thousands of unusual baby names on nameberry, here are some of our favorites.

  • Unusual Baby Names

    Unusual baby names come from a range of categories, from ethnic names to place names to word names to surnames used as first names. The best unusual names are distinctive without being strange, seem unique yet are also easy to understand. Of the thousands of unusual baby names on nameberry, here are some of our favorites.

  • Unusual Biblical Baby Names

    The Bible is full of names, and many that were once considered unusual—Moses, for example, and Delilah—are now familiar on playgrounds throughout the land. So if you're looking for unique bible baby names, you have to look a lot harder, but they're still there. Instead of Delilah or Moses, you might try Zillah or Moab.

    Along with Zillah and Moab, other unusual biblical baby names worth considering include Boaz, Gaius, Jericho, Joah, Keturah, Omri, Tirzah, or Zipporah. Biblical names that are unique in the US but common elsewhere in the world include Boaz, Linus, and Adah.

    Here are hundreds of unique biblical baby names for boys and girls from both the Old and New Testaments. For more, check out our lists of Biblical Baby Names and BIblical Place Names

  • Unusual Boy Names

    The unusual baby names for boys on this list are the ones we believe have the most potential. These unusual boys' names have genuine roots, are attractive, and work in the modern world. If you're looking for boy names that are so unique that your son is sure to be the only one with his name in his classroom -- or maybe even his state! -- check out the selections here.

  • Unusual International Baby Girl Names

    There are hundreds of unusual international baby girl names throughout this site. Here's a handful of the most appealing.

  • Urban Prairie Names

    Urban Prairie is the hottest new style on the fashion runways, and one that translates perfectly to baby names. These names are a little bit city and a little bit country, sophisticated yet artless, traditional yet edgy, so far out they're very very in.