100 Uncommon Baby Names

By on June 27, 2015

From the second that you find out that you are expecting, you start to look through prospective baby names. Many young girls even start to imagine uncommon baby names when they are still children. If you are looking for the perfect name, there are many on this list that you can choose from. Look through the list and leave a comment if we left out any of your favorites.

50 Uncommon Baby Boy Names

1. Ainsley

This is another name that works well for both genders. It means the field of hermits, but we think the name deserves a better meaning.

2. Albin

Albin sounds a lot like the name “Alba”, which means white. Albus also happens to be the name of the wizard, Albus Dumbledore, in the Harry Potter series.

3. Anthem

Unique and fun to say!

4. Auden

This name actually works fairly well for both genders. The name Auden can be modified as Aiden for a boy, or kept as is as a sign of respect for the poet, W.H. Auden. In English, it is said to mean “old friend”.


5. Basil

I am pretty certain that there was a detective called Basil .

6. Bender

This sounds like an extremely fun, interesting name for a boy.

7. Blayde

If you are tired of the more traditional spelling of Blade, then Blayde is for you.

8. Britton

This works for both genders and can be modified as Bryton for a little boy. Based on the name of Brittany (a town in England), it is a name that calls to mind the coastline and the Celts.

9. Charleston

You can dance the Charleston or sip sweet tea on a southern porch in Charleston. Either way, it sounds like an awesome name.

10. Castle

Since the television show about the fictional mystery writer “Richard Castle”, Castle has quickly become a popular alternative boys name.

11. Cree

Cree is quickly growing in popularity, so take this Native American tribe name as your own before it becomes too common.

12. Denim

Denim sounds like a rather masculine, yet unique, boys name.

13. Dobry

Dobry is Polish and origins and means good, but it reminds us of the house elf “Dobby” in the Harry Potter series.

14. Dodge

Of course, this is not the best name for any Ford or Toyota fans. On that note, Ford would also be an uncommon name.

15. Elvin

Elvin sounds like a mystical creature from a fantasy novel.

16. Ember

The last burning flame is a great meaning for a boy who will light up the world as a child.

17. Eron

We are not sure of the meaning, but this name sounds great.

18. Finnick

This traditiational Irish name is a unique first name for a boy.

19. Free

The meaning is obvious, but the name is unique. Really, when was the last time you heard a child called Free?

20. Gannon

For Irish families, Gannon means “fair-skinned and fair-haired”. Although this uncommon boys name is popular as an Irish surname, it also makes for a great first name.

21. Greer

It sounds like Richard Gere’s last name, and is now a boys name—previously, Greer was more commonly used for girls.

22. Guru

He might not be a guru yet, but he could be with this name.

23. Hershey

Unless you live in the town of Hersey, Pennsylvania, this name is ideal for a young boy.

24. Hilton

The Hiltons are rich and successful. With this name, perhaps your son can be too!

25. Hopper

For the most part, Hopper is a fairly rare name. It means “acrobat” in Gaelic, but “hop grower” in Dutch. Either way, it makes for an extremely uncommon baby boy name.

26. Indy

Indy 500, anyone?

27. Judge

Judge has a nice southern ring to it. How ironic would it be if your son became a judge? Then, his name would literally be Judge Judge.

28. Keats

Keats is a famed English poet and a good role model for a child.

29. Lorde

A modification of the feminine “Lourdes”.

30. Marlowe

If you are looking to raise the next Sherlock Holmes, Marlowe sounds like the drawling, detective-like name you need.

31. Maxfield

Maxfield is a modern, more dignified version of Max. Plus, you can still use the nickname, Max, while your son is still young.

32. Nashton

It sounds like Nashville, and has a unusual sound to it.

33. Onix

This names sounds like the gem stone and is perfect for your future gem.

34. Patch

A name that is reminiscent of the fictional Patch Adams.

35. Picard

French in origin, this name sounds dignified and unusual.

36. Piers

Piers sees like a name that would be perfect for a fisherman or sailor.

37. Pike

This Scottish surname is a great uncommon name for a newborn son and means “fish” in Scotland.

38. Ranger

Little boys love baseball teams like the Texas Rangers or military guys like the Army Rangers, so this is a good name for a boy.

39. Rocko

This name sounds like the name of the famous wrestler.

40. Roper

It might not have a spectacular meaning, but this name has such a great ring to it.

41. Ryker

As a modification of Ryder, this name is a more modern take on a typical boys name.

42. Senne

A color and now a name.

43. Simba

If you name your son this, I foresee many days of watching the Lion King in your future.

44. Talon

Looking for something a little more modern and edgy? Talon is a name you are unlikely to hear on the playground.

45. Taro

Taro is simple, yet unusual.

46. Tiger

Tiger is a perfect way to give your son an unusual name and a totem animal.

47. Valko

For a completely uncommon name, try the name Valko, which means “wolf”. Bulgarian in origin, it has often been used as a surname.

48. Viggo

Viggo sounds vaguely Italian and is unlike any name that I have ever heard.

49. Vino

Although it sounds cool, I am not sure how I feel about naming a kid Vino—Spanish for “wine”.

50. Walden

Walden is part of the name of a famous philosophical text called Walden Pond.

50 Uncommon Baby Girl Names

1. Abra

Do you love the name Abraham, but are having a girl? Abra is a great female alternative to the name Abraham and references a French saint by the same name.

2. Agape

Agape means a feeling of immense love and compassion.

3. Ainsley

For a unique, uncommon girls name, Ainsley is one of the best.

4. Ambrosia

Ambrosia is Greek for food of the Gods. Although the food part may be a less than desirable meaning, the “of the Gods” part of the meaning sounds awesome. Plus, it is an exceptionally cute name.

5. Amore

Amore, Amor and Amour are all ways to say “to love” in French, Spanish and Italian.

6. Ashland

Ashland is a lovely girls name that means “land of Ash trees” in Scotland and England.

7. Auden

This is a name that works for boys and girls. This uncommon name means “old friend” and is the surname of W.H. Auden.

8. Audi

If you named your son Dodge or Ford, you can name your daughter Audi.

9. Augustina

A name that brings to mind the Catholic St. Augustine.

10. Britton

Show your British heritage with the name, Britton. It can be modified as Brighton for a little girl, and it originates from the town of Brittany in England.

11. Burgundy

It may be known for being a color, but Burgundy is also an excellent girls name.

12. Carmina

If you are tired of the traditional Carmen, Carmina is a lovely modification. Originally, Carmen meant “garden” in Hebrew.

13. Celestia

Celestia means “heavenly”.

14. Cheska

Cheska has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

15. Chia

Chia pets, Chia seeds and now Chia as a first name.

16. Cyan

Cyan is a gorgeous color of blue and a lovely first name.

17. Doe

If you name your daughter Doe, you can play her the famous song “Do-Re-Mi” from the Sound of Music, and she will hear her name in the song.

18. Finola

For a name that rolls off of your tongue, pick Finola.

19. Fleur

Fleur means “flower” in French and is another name that doubles as a character in Harry Potter.

20. Gita

Gita is part of the name of a famous Hindu religious text.

21. Harbor

Harbor is an extremely unusual name.

22. Harpa

Harpa sounds like the instrument, the harp.

23. Hyacinth

A lovely flower and a beautiful name.

24. Ione

If you wanted an unusual Greek name, Ione is one of the best.

25. Isadora

Isadora is one of the cutest names out there right now. Instead of the traditional Isabella that everyone is using right now, choose Isadora. It means “gift of Isis” in Latin in reverence for the Egyptian goddess of fertility.

26. Juju

Unusual is Juju’s middle name.

27. Kapri

Kapri has such a fun sound to it.

28. Lake

Lake is a great name for an outdoorsy girl.

29. Lark

Lark is a beautiful bird that lends its name to a gorgeous little girl.

30. Lucienne

If you want to shorten this, Lucy works great as well.

31. Luna

Luna means “the moon” and is a lovely name for an infant.

32. Luz

Luz means “light” in Spanish and is a very appropriate name for a child that will light up your life.

33. Mahogany

Mahogany has such a deep, rich sound to it.

34. Marlowe

Marlowe sounds like a name from a private detective novel, and we love it. In England, it means hills by the lake.

35. Merci

Mercy means “thank you” in French, but it is also an alternative spelling for the English word “Mercy”.

36. Mieko

We love Mieko because it sounds so sassy and fun. This Japanese name is a great choice for a child because it means “successful”.

37. Nivea

Nivea tops the list of unusual names.

38. Paz

In Latin, Paz means peace.

39. Pike

Although it is known as a Scottish surname, Pike was a name of one of the bad girls in a James Bond movie. Due to this, it works well for a boy or a girl.

40. Pippa

Pippa is an adorable name from English literature and is also the name of the Kate Middleton’s sister.

41. Portia

Portia is a name that screams luxury.

42. Ryker

For an edgier girls name, try Ryker. You are unlikely to hear any other child in your preschool with this name.

43. Saffron

A delicious seasoning or a girls name? You decide.

44. Sephora

Sephora sounds like a name straight out of Greek mythology.

45. Snow

Weather and nature names like Snow have been growing in popularity.

46. Tempest

Tempest sounds like a girl who speaks her mind and knows what she wants out of life.

47. Trula

This girly German name means “true” and is perfect for an honest, personable little girl.

48. Talon

Talon is one of the coolest names out there right now. Although it is technically a boys name, it works for girls as well.

49. Valentine

Known for being a day and a saint, Valentine can also be a girls name.

50. Vita

Vita means life and is a fortuitous name for an infant.


  1. Ashley Winters

    May 25, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    My friend is naming her daughter Honest Leigh and I am thinking I’ll use Harper Snow or Patience Pride for my daughter in December.

    • web admin

      web admin

      May 26, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Those sound like pretty, unusual baby names. Congrats on the upcoming birth of your daughter!

  2. Anna

    April 15, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I love Harbor and Kapri!

    • web admin

      web admin

      April 15, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      I am glad to hear that you could use the list. If you liked this article, there are a number of articles like it on Her Interest. Make sure to check them out if you have the time! Thanks for commenting!

  3. Bernadette B.

    August 23, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Great list of inspiring names. I will share it with a friend who’s expecting two girls.

    • web admin

      web admin

      August 23, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Awesome–I am glad to hear that you enjoyed this list. Thanks for commenting, and congrats to your friend on her two new babies! :)

  4. Jillian

    July 22, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Love Trula! Sounds like early century. Exquisite!

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 23, 2015 at 6:59 am

      I know–Trula is a really unique name. Thanks for commenting, Jillian!

  5. Brianne Jenkins

    July 7, 2015 at 3:12 am

    I have a 7 yr old son and his name is Tymber.

    • web admin

      web admin

      July 7, 2015 at 3:40 am

      Tymber is such an unusual name! How did you think of it? Thank you for commenting and sharing your son’s name–I am sure that our readers appreciate it. Thanks!

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