Weird Ones

  1. Hopey
    • Jezebelle
      • Mendel
        • Origin:

          Yiddish variation of Menachem
        • Description:

          Mendel is an Old World Jewish name that is also the surname of the founder of genetics.
      • Monty
        • Origin:

          Diminutive of Montague, Montgomery
        • Description:

          Monty, a name with a World War II feel, is rarely used on its own. But we're hearing rumblings of a comeback and think that Monty, whatever it's short for, is an adorable vintage nickname name of the future.
      • Pagan
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "from the country, countryman"
        • Description:

          Writer Anne Tyler gave this apt name to the hippie child in her novel Amateur Marriage, but she wasn't the first -- it was also used by the Puritans. Today it would be quite a loaded choice.
      • Pele
        • Origin:

          Hawaiian goddess of fire
        • Description:

          Pele is a female name in Hawaiian culture that could make a provocative choice for a modern girls. Others might think you named your daughter after the all-time great soccer player, but the simple, rare, and lovely name Pele has mythological roots.
      • Rory
        • Origin:

          Irish
        • Meaning:

          "red king"
        • Description:

          This spirited Gaelic classic, which became popular in Ireland via the illustrious twelfth century king Rory O'Connor, makes a highly energetic choice, now used for either sex. Rory's gender split is still trending boyward; it's one of the coolest boys' names starting with R.
      • Rue
        • Origin:

          Nature name
        • Meaning:

          "herb; regret"
        • Description:

          Botanical choice that can work for either gender. Simple and straightforward. Caveats: rue means "regret" in English, and "street" in French.
      • Safiyya
        • Origin:

          Arabic
        • Meaning:

          "confidante, best friend"
        • Description:

          The fact that this is pronounced sah-FEE-yah would cause Western ears to hear it as Sophia.
      • Taffy
        • Origin:

          Welsh
        • Meaning:

          "beloved friend"
        • Description:

          A diminutive of the (male) name Dafydd, the Welsh form of David. In the US, it's strongly associated with the candy.