Unique Names

Unique names are more in demand than ever, with over a quarter of babies now receiving rare names below the US Top 1000. Cool categories of unique baby names include new word, place and nature-inspired names, uncommon international names, and forgotten vintage gems ripe for revival.

If you're looking for a baby name that will stand out from the crowd, welcome! Here you can find themed lists of unique names and their meanings, as well as tools to search unique names by letter and style.

Search Unique Names by Letter

Start here to find thousands of unique baby names, sorted by first initial. You can search every name in our database beyond the US Top 1000 using this exclusive Nameberry tool.


Top Unique Names

Top unique names may sound like a misnomer, but it's actually a great place to start your search for "sweet spot" baby names – those that are uncommon, but appealing and widely familiar. Our exclusive list of the top unique names in the US starts with those ranked right below the official Top 1000. That means that these stylish unique names are out of sight for most people, but full of hidden gems!

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Unique Nature Names

Nature is a great place to look for unique baby name inspiration. Flora and fauna, water and sky, and natural phenomena can all spark fresh ideas for your child’s name. For the adventurous parent, a nature name off the beaten track is one of the richest sources of unique baby name inspiration.


Unique Traditional Names

Unique traditional names are those with a long history, but very low popularity. They may be overlooked vintage gems ripe for revival, or long established names that have never been overused. If you love strong names with history, but would prefer a less common name for your son or daughter, these unique classic names are the perfect middle ground.

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Unique Hero Names

Unique hero baby names send a powerful message about your values and the qualities you hope your child will one day embody. Civil rights heroes, sports stars, and literary, musical and artistic legends all qualify. What great names inspire you?


Unique Place Names

Unique place names are a cool subset of the unique baby names, inspired by popular place name picks like London, Paris and Brooklyn – only far rarer! Adventurous parents might like to reflect their passion for travel by choosing a unique geographical name for their baby. There's a whole world of possibilities out there, but a few of our favorites are gathered below.

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Search Unique Names by Style

Nameberry is home to hundreds of unique baby name lists, sorted by style, gender, origin, and much more besides. Our most popular lists of unique names include those focusing on Unique Gender Neutral Names and Unique Nature Names for Babies. Our users have also curated their own lists of unique baby names, ranging from Punk Rock Names for Cool Kids to Goddess Names for Girls.


Unique Name News

Sat Apr 10 2021

The Most Popular Baby Names of the Year, So Far

We've tallied up the most highly-viewed names on Nameberry for the first quarter of 2021. Ava and Arlo take the top spot; find out what's up, what's down, and what's trending in the most up-to-date name chart around.
Thu Apr 08 2021

Minty Names Freshen Up

Minty baby names — including Araminta, Mynte, and even Mint — are ticking up around the globe. Learn the history of mint names and see the most fashionable choices.
Wed Apr 07 2021

Name Sage: Finding Dramatic and Unexpected Baby Names

When your first child is named Ravenna, her sibling (probably) won't be Ryan or Jane. The Name Sage weighs in on choices every bit as dramatic and unexpected for baby number two.

Blog Posts About Unique Names

Check out our blog for up-to-date news, advice and information about unique baby names. Find expert guidance on choosing the perfect unique name, the latest unique baby name news, as well as lists of specific unique names and styles we recommend.

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Talk About Unique Names

Talk about your favorite unique names with other expectant parents and name lovers on our friendly forums. You can get advice and feedback on your top choices, gather new ideas and inspiration, or simply discuss all things related to uncommon and unique names with our knowledgeable community.