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post #1 of 92
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So, we've been tossing around an idea to put together some sort of resource for baby names. There are lots out there that are the usual names and all over the web. We'd love to come up with something more interesting. So - unusual baby names. So let's share what names we've come across or have in our families.  smile.gif


I always thought Arizona and Mercedes were unusual names. Kenda is another I've come across. 


Anyone have unusual names to share?

post #2 of 92
While Arizona is not my style, I do appreciate that it is easy to say and easy to spell.

Names that are too unusual don't do well here in the States. One of my acquaintances named her kid Uri, which is great in Israel I guess but here folks keep likening it to urine. Not okay.
post #3 of 92
I live in Arizona, and when my daughter was in kindergarten she had a classmate named Arizona. Arizona's older sister was Kenya (like the country). I'm not aware that anyone teased these girls about their names, at least at that age. It was simply a fact.

Mercedes is not as unusual in my area, though some people see it as "ghetto" or "trashy".
post #4 of 92

Paloma (means "dove", symbolizing peace) is fairly common in Spanish and Italian, less so in English. But still easy to pronounce and spell for someone who never heard it before.


I love the sound of the word Calliope, but probably would not saddle a kid with that.


I met a little boy named Callahan the other day, and thought how well it would go through different ages and styles - a 7 YO, a teen football player or rock musician, the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or an organic farmer, a grandfather - almost anyone could carry that name well.

post #5 of 92

Names from my circle (colored the sex of the child):


Genoveva (Spanish name, nicknamed Genie), Rylan, Afton, Daschel, Kiefer, Arcadia, Colt, Lavender, Embry, Zeza, Soleo, and Corgan.

post #6 of 92
We just named our new daughter Luna Claire. My mom thinks its kinda weird but she'll get used to it! I labored all night with the full moon- it seemed to fit! I'm not worried about her being teased. There's a lot of diversity in names where we live.
post #7 of 92

I am totally a name collector. I used to write short stories in high school, and I had notebooks of names that I wanted to use for characters, which is sort of coming in handy now that we are expecting. Some of my favorites hubs has vetoed or I just know our families would cringe are in the first list, and most come from either Irish or Greek origins or just sorta mixed together myself.


Imriel, Xilades (zee-lah-dehs), Faolan (pronounced fow-lan, kinda rhymes with ow-man)



Aoife (pronounced ee-FAH), Aesil (ay-sil), Lirael, Kelai'ah


Our frontrunners for boy names that we may actually use are:

Royal Artaxerxes (Royal is my grandpa's name, and Artaxerxes just sounds really cool and strong with it)

Xysan Royal (Xylis is DH's name and nickname is Xy, so it's Xy's son, lol. pronounced zeye-son))

Xantes Royal (pronounced zahn-tays, inspired by Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo)


Our girl names aren't so unique, Kjirsten Kai or a mash-up of the great-grandma's names Mayrah Joyithee or Mayrah TheaJoy (from Mayo & Sarah and Joyce & Dorothy).

post #8 of 92
Not super unusual but I had students who were sisters named Georgia and Carolina which I thought was cute.
post #9 of 92

My first son's name is Praetorian. That's unusual.

post #10 of 92
Finneus Ouroborous (or-obo-rus) Both husband and I are very pale. Finneus means "fair" or if spelt with a Ph means "the oracle" and Ouroborous is a symbol of a serpent eating its own tail used to symbolize the eternal cycle of life and rebirth or something that eternally recreates itself. Please for humanity stay away from the top 100 names. We are drowning in conformity. :|
post #11 of 92

Our younger daughter is named Luthien, and she's the only one we know. Her name comes from The Lord of the Rings. We adopted our elder daughter, Kathryn, and thus we didn't get to name her, but she likes having such a dignified name, and the spelling is unusual. If we had a son, we thought of naming him Astyanax ("star-fingered"); it's from The Iliad. However, he might have gotten sick of pronouncing it for people! 

In general, we like unique names. In response to concerns about being teased for an unusual name, I'd say that children pick all kinds of things for which to tease one another, and being named Joe or Mary doesn't confer immunity. However, I think it's important to determine if the child is likely to get stuck with an embarrassing nickname, and some names are just too gimmicky for me--especially if they're coined by Hollywood stars!

post #12 of 92

I like behindthename.com as a resource. It's focused on name etymology. 


Some I like are



Alathea (truth)

Adalaida would nice, except I always get that song stuck in my head....





Calanthe (kal-AN-thee, beautiful flower)

Cale (dog)

Cassarrah (etymology behind this one is dumb :))


Estelle (star)

Estrella (star)

Astra (star)

Esther is growing on me too (star or Ishtar)

Estera (star/Ishtar)


Normally, I'd like Gaye/Gae, but... :(


Gloria... tempted to name a daughter this and call her Glory... 


Jacinda (hyacinth)

Idris (lord)

Jaylyn/Jaylin (doesn't really mean anything)

June (as an English name, it's derived from the goddess Juno, but I believe it's the same pronunciation as Juun, Japanese for innocent.) 

Iris (rainbow)

Lucian, if you pronounce it like LU-see-an.

I would like Micaiah, but I can't stand the etymology 

Petra (stone)

Selene (moon)

Shae/Shaye (admirable, hawk-like)


Xanthe (blond) (nobody will pronounce this correctly)

post #13 of 92

Our girls have traditional, classic names but we ended up picking somewhat less common, Gaelic names for our two boys: Taegan for our first son and Kaelan for the baby.  It has always been a little tricky naming our babies, needing to find names that we liked and were readily pronounceable in both languages (German and English).  Many names we liked, we didn't care for the pronunciation in one language or the other (usually English). 

post #14 of 92

I always liked Cecily for a girl, but I had only sons.  It's not too wierd, but I've never met a Cecily. 

post #15 of 92
I just named my youngest DS Solomon, not crazy unusual, but not common either ;-)
My 3 other kids call him Solo for short, DH calls him Sully. My mom jokingly called him salmon once
Edited by 3LilChunklins - 5/14/13 at 7:14pm
post #16 of 92

Several of my kid's names are unique


Kyler  (boy)

Keaton  (boy) 

Anastasia (adopted girl so we kept birth name)

Baylor  (boy)

Brynlie (girl)

Rawley  (boy)

Levi  (boy)

post #17 of 92

I have an Ursa Luna (a bear showed up and looked in our door just after her birth) and luna because of the moon that night


and Saule (lithuanian word for sun, her dad is lithuanian) Poppy (because she was born under the costa rican sun, and she can thrive anywhere like a poppy). 


I have a sun and a moon :) 

post #18 of 92

My kids names...


Harvest George

Esther Maple

Phlip Joseph (but we call him Pippin or Pip)

post #19 of 92
My son is Porter and my daughter is Cecelia. My niece is Mara. I don't know that they are unusual names, but they don't seem to be very common at the moment. I have a friend with a boy named Maverick Dean, and I jut met a little boy named Judah.
post #20 of 92

We have Eden Raine dd, Brett Edwin ds1; Edwin for Great grandfather and Brantley Albert ds2; Albert for other great grandfather.  I always liked Meadow and Ada for girls.  Boys I like Ari, Ryder, Kellen.  My name being Autumn was very unusual when I was growing up, now it's pretty common.

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