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.
I always thought Arizona and Mercedes were unusual names. Kenda is another I've come across.
Anyone have unusual names to share?
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.
Mercedes is not as unusual in my area, though some people see it as "ghetto" or "trashy".
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.
Rhu - mother,grandmother,daughter,sister,friend-foster,adoptive,and biological;not necessarily in that order. Some of it's magic, some of it's tragic, but I had a good life all the way (Jimmy Buffet)
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.
SAHM to DS BuggaBoo 12/07, and DD Doozer 03/10. Sharing life with The Hubby since 01/05.
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).
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!
Naturopathic physician, licensed acupuncturist, writer, avid commuting cyclist and community-theater performer; joyful mother of Kathryn (adopted summer 2011) and Luthien (born 11.30.12), and guardian of seven feline ascended masters!
I like behindthename.com as a resource. It's focused on name etymology.
Some I like are
Adalaida would nice, except I always get that song stuck in my head....
Calanthe (kal-AN-thee, beautiful flower)
Cassarrah (etymology behind this one is dumb :))
Esther is growing on me too (star or Ishtar)
Normally, I'd like Gaye/Gae, but... :(
Gloria... tempted to name a daughter this and call her Glory...
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.)
Lucian, if you pronounce it like LU-see-an.
I would like Micaiah, but I can't stand the etymology
Shae/Shaye (admirable, hawk-like)
Xanthe (blond) (nobody will pronounce this correctly)
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).
My 3 other kids call him Solo for short, DH calls him Sully. My mom jokingly called him salmon once
Breastfeeding, non-vaxing, homeschooling, baby wearing, cosleeping, non-cic'ing mama to CJAGJJSD And married my highschool sweetheartAnd expecting #5 in Nov. 2014
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 :)
homescholing traveling mama of two ('08 and '12) expecting May 2015!
My kids names...
Phlip Joseph (but we call him Pippin or Pip)
Living the Joyful life as a mama of three beautiful children who are just right the way they are.
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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.
Yoga loving momma to DD, Eden Raine 8/04 , DS Brett Edwin 2/08, DS Brantley Albert 12/12 and wife for more than a decade to Jason
~Living to preserve Gods green earth~
I've got a son named Trenton born Sept 15th, 2009 and a daughter named Graelyn born November 27th, 2012. Plus three furbabies, Thomas the cat, Chester the rabbit, and Henry the dog.
My sister named her son's with different middle names of Danger and one named Lightning.
My youngest son is named ***** which I have never met one before yet.
Pregnant and looking for unique names I like reading everyone's responses. ***** thinks our baby should be named Rainbow!
I really liked Everest for a boy, but we had 2 girls. I also like Vitali (Russian).
My daughters are Adiya Janis and Juniper Lee. My real name is Darth Ann (so I could not name them something too common).
I saw another Juniper on this list and I know that is not terribly uncommon, but I love it.
I also saw Calliope on the list, which I thought about for DD1 and Iris, which I thought about for DD2.
We also thought about Echo (which is classic greek, but sounded a bit too hippy for us). I like Clementine, though it was a bit much for my husband.
I personally like unique names that are still fairly phonetic for English speakers. I don't really go for unique spellings of near common names.
Me College Literature Professor (36) and DH (35) married 7/05, together since 1/99; Mom to two lovely and fierce little girls: DD1 2/06 and, after 18 months TTC (and a couple years NTNP), DD2 born 7/3/12! Dedicated AP parent who is for selective (most) vaccination.
Other names that were on our list:
Rarely used Biblical names and Scandinavian names
RN, IBCLC. DS is 5, DD1 is 4, DD2 is 1! DD3 due in December!
My 8yo is Bram Faolan. :) But we pronounce it FEH-lahn. We've yet to meet another Bram though. We chose well because my ex and DS have a super common last name.
My DF and I are TTC and Tika is at the top of our list for a girl. Lore, Rune, and Bell are possible middle names. I've also always loved Rook but that was going to be DS's name if he were a girl so it was mine and my ex's girl name. It would seem wrong to use it now.
For boys I like both Simon and Silas. DF likes Alistor/Alistair.
One of my sisters has a Jacen (nn Jace) and a London and my other sister has a Gavin. She thought she was being original but now there are Gavins everywhere!
Carly  + DH  + DS 
TTC my second and his first!