Uncommon Baby Names
Searching for a unique name that will help your little one stand out? Look no further: Here, some of our favorite uncommon baby names.
When choosing a name for your little one, sometimes you want to eschew tradition and opt for something a little more unique.
Whether you prefer an uncommon baby name that has fallen out of favor or a truly new moniker, a rare name can give a bit of character to the person who carries it — and also guarantees your child will be the only one in her class with her name.
Here, some of our favorite uncommon names to choose from, all of which were given to 25 or fewer babies in the United States in 2019. (So, yeah, they’re unique.)
Uncommon baby boy names
- Crispin: Crispin means “curly haired” in Latin, and the name carries with it a saint (of shoemaking) along with a Harry Potter character.
- Eames: This surname also makes a unique first name. There’s also a design connection to the Eames Chair, popular in mid-century design.
- Gable: Channeling Clark Gable, this name is French and references a “triangular feature in architecture.” With the recent rise of Old Hollywood-esque names, this one should be on your radar.
- Poe: Poe means “peacock” and is the name of Oscar Isaac’s Star Wars character. It also has a literary reference to, of course, Edgar Allen Poe.
- Rafferty: Of Irish origin meaning “floodtide, abundance and prosperity,” this name was used by Jude Law for his son and has cute nickname possibilities, including Raff.
- Sebbe: The Swedish variation of Sebastian, this name can stand alone or work as a nickname.
- York: This one-syllable English name would also make for a great middle name.
Uncommon baby girl names
- Ailsa: Very pretty-sounding, Ailsa is a Scottish name meaning “elf victory.”
- Bee: The nursery theme picks itself. The name, which could be a nickname for Beatrice, means “she who brings happiness.”
- Clove: The name of the spice brings to mind warmth and goodness, making this a great name choice.
- Dot: A nickname for Dorothy, it means “gift from God,” and would also be a great middle or nickname option.
- Lilo: Hawaiian and German by origin, it means “generous one” and was put on the radar recently by Disney’s Lilo and Stitch.
- Reverie: Another name for a daydream or being in a dreamlike state, this word-turned-name is both feminine and dreamy.
- Vita: Vita means “life” in Latin, and the name is lively in and of itself — perfect for a little one.
- Xiamara: The name is pronounced “zee-oh-mara,” and means “joyful deer.” An X name would definitely help your little girl stand out.
Uncommon unisex baby names
- Dublin: In general, place names are both uncommon and unisex. Dublin would be a great name for a baby with Irish ties.
- Ellington: Bringing to mind jazz and Duke Ellington, this lively name could be shortened to Ellie.
- Hodge: A variation of Hodgson, this name has a direct, singular sound and would also make for a great middle name.
- Morocco: Both exotic and familiar, Morocco is a beautiful name for a little one. (Mike Tyson used it for his son.)