Give your baby a one-of-a-kind name to encourage individuality, embrace diversity, and avoid the confusion in classrooms where several kids have the same name. This list of unique baby names takes inspiration from the physical and fantasy worlds as well as containing ideas creative parents can use.
Pick Strong Names for Your Baby
Choose U.S. Place Names for Your Baby
Some places are named after people and likewise, people can be named after places. Consider where your baby was conceived, where you met your partner or local places as unique names for the baby.
Name Your Baby After an International Place
For a more exotic name inspired by location, look at coveted locations around the world.
Show Your Fashion Sense With Stylish Baby Names
Fashion inspires so much of the world, why not baby names? Think about popular brands and designers or favorite fabrics and materials as unique names for boys or girls.
- Argentella (type of lace)
- Gaultier (pronounced gol-tee-ay)
- Jamdani (a finely woven textile)
- Mackinaw (traditional fabric for a lumberjack's jacket)
Plant Tree and Shrub Names for Your Little One
Just as flowers make great baby names, trees and other natural things do. For a more unique version, try changing up the spelling.
Show Your Sense of Place Geographical Baby Names
The world is vast and full of places or concepts you can use to inspire baby's name. Consider where she was conceived or a favorite place to vacation.
Find a Colorful Baby Name
Colorful adjectives add style and individuality to your baby's name. Consider lesser known color names and shades for a one-of-a-kind first or middle name.
- Mikado (a kind of yellow)
- Nattier (a soft shade of blue used by famous painter Jean-Marc Nattier)
- Sarcoline (a flesh color)
- Zaffre (a deep blue made by melting colbalt ore)
Name Your Baby After a Famous Person
Celebrity first and last names from the past or present make great unique names because they sound familiar, but aren't identical to the original namesake. Famous names pay homage to people who have inspired you or represent hopes of celebrity status for your little one.
Bless Your Baby With a Spiritual Name
Take inspiration from the gods and afterlife concepts of belief systems around the world. These divine names give special meaning and blessings to your baby.
- Nicodemus (Pharisee from the Bible)
- Zophar (one of Job's three friends)
Get Bookish With Literary Baby Names
Great books have inspired fictional and real-life people and places for centuries. Use the name of your favorite literary character or get inspired by types of writing.
- Hedwig (from Harry Potter)
- Hermione (pronounced her-MY-oh-nee, from Harry Potter)
- Horatio (character in Shakespeare's Hamlet)
- Ichabod (as in Ichabod Crane from The Legend of Sleep Hollow)
- Moriarty (consulting criminal in the Sherlock Holmes stories)
- Nienna (Queen of the Valar in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium, a collection of backstories for The Lord of the Rings trilogy)
Treat Your Baby Like Royalty With Status Names
Historically, a person's position in life determined what he could or couldn't do and who he could associate with. Today, these names give your baby immediate clout with a traditional feel.
- Beylerbey (governor in Ottoman empire)
- Chatrapati (royal title in India)
Go Wild With Animal Names
Naming a child after an animal in reminiscent of native cultures and captures the personality of your little one's natural spirit.
Choose Out of This World Baby Names
Science and mystery combine when you give baby a name inspired by the cosmos. Planets, stars, galaxies, and the equipment used to discover them serve as a launching point for modern baby names. Use an astronomy dictionary to find out the meanings of potential names, or even find new names that just roll off the tongue.
Pick a Special Flower Name
Plant names have served as inspiration for baby names throughout the past. If you want the floral style with a unique twist, try using a less common flower name.
Celebrate the Culinary Arts With Food Baby Names
The culinary landscape of the world is enhanced by the discovery of new edible ingredients and the emotional responses foods elicit. Get inspired by herbs, spices, and other edibles for your original baby name.
- Hallah (as in Challah or Hallah bread)
- Lilikoi (Hawaiian word for passion fruit)
- Suzette (as in crepes)
Choose Seasonal Baby Names
Holidays, natural seasons, and calendar terminology often sprang from words in other languages. Use these new versions as an influence in choosing your baby's name.
- Suma (means born during the summer)
Get Stormy With Weather Baby Names
In modern weather, storms are given common people names. Flip the script and let the weather spark an original name for your little one.
- Beaufort (as in wind scale)
- Noctilucent (clouds)
Name Your Baby With Love
A new baby is a precious gift parents will love more than anything. Capture this loving spirit for your baby to hold always in his or her name.
Show Your Worldly Side With Foreign Language Baby Names
A great way to get a unique name for your baby is to turn to other foreign languages. Use a foreign language baby name dictionary to help you find the perfect fit for your little one.
- Akira (Japanese)
- Camisha (African)
- Cassia (Greek for cinnamon)
- Daire (Irish)
- Eagon (Irish)
- Gryphon (Welsh)
- Hamlin (German)
- Isadora (Greek)
- Joby (Hebrew)
- Kalden (Tibetan)
- Maleek (Arabic)
- Zahara (Arabic)
- Zori (Slavic)
Treat Your Baby Like a Gem With Precious Material Names
Of course you think that your baby is the most precious thing to ever grace the earth. Give your baby a name fitting of his or her precious status.
Create a Name Portmanteau for Your Baby
Sometimes coming up with a unique name is as simple as combining a couple of names you already know. Try these combos for your baby's name.
Choose a Classic Ancient Baby Name
Sometimes unique names can be a little less traditional. If you want to keep the tradition and go way back with your baby's name, try something borrowed from an ancient language.
- Danae (Greek)
- Daria (Persian)
- Dyre (Norse)
- Echo (Greek mythology)
- Galatia (Biblical)
- Ida (Old Norse god)
- Ileah (Chaldean)
- Javan (Biblical)
- Jove (Latin for Jupiter)
- Kelby (Tuetonic)
- Lael (Biblical)
- Muse (Greek mythology)
- Pandora (Greek mythology)
Celebrate Family With Names Based on Surnames
Sometimes last names can also make great first names.
Whimsical Names for Baby Boys and Girls
An innovative name gives your baby one thing that is truly special about him from the start. Creative names are, by design, less common which can lead to difficulty for others in writing or saying the name. When you choose a unique baby name, share proper spelling, pronunciation, and the meaning behind the name for a smoother transition.