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Unusual, Rare, and Unique Baby Names

Unusual, rare, unique, and uncommon baby names are more plentiful than ever, as parents turn place names, nature names, surnames, and words into names. We've organized these unusual names of all kinds into lists to make your search easier.

New Unusual Names are represented by lists of Unique Place Names and Rare Nature Names. You'll find Vintage Unusual Names on lists of unique names from Ancient Rome and rare names from the Bible. Unusual Middle Names, are here too, for those who want their child to be able to say, "My middle name is Danger." Best Unusual Names includes our top choices in several categories of unusual names.

Whether you're looking for a rare and uncommon baby name, a distinctive middle name, or just want to have some fun, here are our curated lists of Unusual, Rare, and Unique Baby Names.

  • Best One-of-a-Kind Names for Boys

    Unique names that nobody — and by nobody, we mean zero people in the US the last year counted — is using for their baby boys in America include the following fascinating boy names.

  • Best One-of-a-Kind Names for Girls

    Unique names that nobody (yes, really!) is using for baby girls in the US include the following, all ranking below the five-baby cutoff necessary to make the Social Security extended list in 2019.

  • Cool Boy Names—Rare, Unique and Unusual

    Cool boys’ names can have deep roots or be modern inventions but work best when they relate to other stylish names while remaining relatively undiscovered. The best 2020 unique names for boys are rare and rooted in history but fit in with current styles.

  • Cool Unique Unisex Names

    Unisex baby names are both popular and stylish, true, but there are also hundreds of cool names that work equally well for boys and girls. Along with Nico and True, other cool unique unisex names ranking in the US Top 1000 include River, Justice, Bowie, and Scout. Other cool unique baby names used more for both boys and girls include Story, Indigo, and Royal. Here, some of our favorite unique baby names that are gender neutral.

  • Invented Baby Names

    Some parents attempt to come up with a cool name by inventing one of their own. They may alter a too-ordinary name, vary a spelling or a pronunciation, or cobble together several euphonic but previously unrelated syllables. This quest to be unique can sometimes backfire—create too cool of a made-up baby name and it might catch on (we’re talking to you, Miley, Meilani, and Maxon). The following invented baby names hold some appeal, but fair warning—some of these made-up names have already become mainstream.

  • New Baby Boy Names

    New baby boy names, name derived from words or places or nature or surnames, are springing up all the time.

  • New Baby Girl Names

    New baby girl names, names derived from words or places or nature or surnames, are springing up all the time.

  • Spiritual Baby Names

    Spiritual baby names suggest qualities we'd all like our children to aspire to and fit our new definition of cool. While they seem as if they can work for both genders, most spiritual baby names have been veering toward the feminine side. A few, such as Trinity, Destiny, Sky, and Genesis, are already staples on the girls' popularity lists.

  • 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 Boy Names: Unusual and Rare

    Unique boy names are more widely used now than ever before. Fifty years ago, the Top 20 boys' names represented 41% of all male children; by contrast now, the Top 20 boys' names represented less than 15% of all baby boys, meaning there are many more rare and unusual boy names in general use.

  • Unique Celebrity Baby Names

    Unique celebrity baby names might seem like a redundancy: Aren't most celebrity baby names unique?

  • Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare

    Unique girl names come in many varieties, from ancient to modern, traditional to invented. The best 2020 unique names for girls are those unusual and rare choices that have deep roots, are attractive, and can fit into contemporary life.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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, such as Lilac and Ridge.

  • Unique Place Names

    Place names are a hot category for baby names right now, with choices like Savannah, Brooklyn, and Austin all making the Top 100. But if you look a bit further down the map, you’ll find plenty of uncharted baby names.

  • Unique Unisex Middle Names

    Unique unisex middle names are red-hot right now, with middle names the perfect way to venture beyond popular gender neutral picks like Aubrey and Avery to more unusual 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 names don't have to be new and invented: They can also be vintage names revived from either the near or distant past.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Unusual Irish Boy Names

    Unusual Irish boy names have become more, well, usual in recent years, as more name emigrate from Ireland to the wider world.Irish-American parents have long been especially keen to adopt Irish names for their children, and are looking further afield for original choices.

  • Unusual Irish Names

    Unusual Irish baby names are still abundant, even with the emigration over the past few decades of plenty of new and unique Irish names. Now, such Irish baby names as Liam, Declan, Finn, Saoirse, and Sinead are no longer considered unusual in the US.

  • Wonderful Word Names

    Word names — basically, words used as names — are a growing class as parents rush to find truly unique baby names for their children. Now, formerly one-of-a-kind names such as Maverick and Serenity can be found in Kindergarten classrooms around the country! But don’t worry — there are still plenty of undiscovered choices.