Unique baby names are more in-demand than ever, with new names appearing and more children receiving names outside the US Top 1000 every year. Cultural capital is placed on individuality, so parents are searching for names that will make their children stand out.
Unique names in the United States may be imports from other cultures, forgotten names from history, or newly invented names, which include nature, word, and place names used for babies.
Unique names may also cross gender boundaries, with many unique names used for both baby girls and baby boys.
Nameberry considers unique names to be those outside the Top 1000, although totally unique names are those given to five or fewer babies in a given year. Search and read about unique baby names below.
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Top Unique Baby Names
The top unique baby names are those ranked right below the US Top 1000. These special names lie out of sight for most people but may offer the perfect compromise between a name that’s unusual and one that’s stylish.
Best Unique Baby Names
It may feel impossible to find a baby name that is stylish, practical, and no one is using, but trust us, these names do exist. Historical archives, international popularity charts, and even the dictionary offer hidden gems of baby names.
These are some of our favorite highly unique baby names, each given to 25 or fewer babies in 2018.
Unique Nature Names
Nature is a great place to look if you are in search of unique baby names. Flora and fauna, water, and natural formations can all spark ideas for your child’s name. For the adventurous parent, a nature name off the beaten path could be worth exploring.
Here are some unique name-worthy options that come from nature.
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.
These 20 unique place names were given to 25 or fewer babies last year, meaning your child is practically guaranteed to be the only Cyprus or Louisiana in his or her Kindergarten class.
Unique Invented and Word Names
Invented names always start out unique, but some of them catch on over time, especially when similar to already-trendy names or endorsed by celebrity usage.
The following unique baby name are both created from words and inventions.
Search Unique Names by List
On Nameberry, we have many lists of unique names, including place names, unisex names, and vintage names. Our users have also curated their own lists of unique names on all topics ranging from gothic names to Icelandic names.
- Cool Unique Unisex Names
- Best One-of-a-Kind Names for Girls
- Best One-of-a-Kind Names for Boys
- Place Names Off the Map
- Unique Celebrity Baby Names
- Unique Names from History
- Unique Nature Names for Babies
- Unique Vintage Names for Girls
Blog Posts about Unique Names
These blogs offer more unique name suggestions and advice on choosing a unique baby name.