44 Unusual (Yet Appealing!) Baby Names You’ll Love

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Unusual can be good. In fact, in most cases it’s interesting, intelligent, and completely “out of the box.”

The same could be said about unusual baby names. Chances are, many of you are looking for a baby name that is different. Something that is out of the ordinary, unique, one-of-a-kind, and yes, perhaps even a little unusual.

Here are 44 names that are all unusual, yet very appealing!

1. Channing

Channing Tatum is a popular celebrity who is quite well known, but the name itself is not as popular. It’s origin is English and we love the way it sounds!

2. Uma

Uma is actually a unisex name that originated from India. It’s a Sanskrit name that means tranquility and happens to be the name of a famous actress. Pretty, but definitely not common!

3. Theo

Theodore is more common than Theo, but I prefer the latter, even though it isn’t as popular. The name means “brave people” or God’s gift.”

4. Vera

Vera is of Russian origin and the meaning “faith” is a sweet one.

5. Eli

A Greek name that although short, packs a lot of punch. Love this one!

6. Anya

I love the sound of the name Anya. It’s a Russian name that means “favor; grace.”

7. Wren

Of Welsh origin meaning “ruler.”

8. Berklee

Berklee is a unisex name and works well for both boys and girls.

9. Keanu

I’ve loved this name ever since the actor Keanu Reeves made it famous. The name is of Hawaiian origin and means “the breeze.”

10. Sinead

Sinead O’Connor made this name famous, but it is quite unusual and not very popular. The name is of Irish and Hebrew decent meaning “God is gracious.”

11. Ulysses

Ulysses is the infamous hero from Homer’s book Odyssey, one of my favorite books of all time. It’s a very strong name for a boy.

12. Cornelia

This name is of Latin origin and is the feminine form of the Roman name Cornelius.

13. Misha

Michael is one of the most popular boy’s names of all time, however the Russian variant, “Misha,” is more unusual and not as common.

14. Esme

It’s an old-fashioned name that is quite unusual but most recently gained ground thanks to the Twilight saga.

15. Zeke

Pronounced “ZEEK,” this is a short version of the Hebrew name Ezekiel.

16. Harlow

The name brings forth images of beauty and elegance thanks to the actress Jean Harlow, who made it famous in the ’30’s.

17. Tristan

A name taken from medieval legend.

18. Asia

Another unisex name, this time borrowed from the name of the continent.

19. Atticus

If you’ve read the book To Kill a Mockingbird, you’re familiar with this name.

20. Piper

This is an Old English name that is derived from the name pipere, or one who plays the pipe.

21. Gale

Meaning “cheerful, happy.” This name is of Irish and Gaelic decent.

22. Amethyst

Like the jewel!

23. Peeta

I couldn’t possibly mention Gale without mentioning Peeta. A name I never liked in the past, became one that I loved thanks to the Hunger Games series.

24. Nadia

Nadia means “hope.” It’s unusual, but I love it. I may be biased of course…

25. Robin

It may be slightly common, however I still feel Robin is an unusual name. What do you think?

26. Pepper

Like the spice. A nickname my grandmother used to call me, suited my personality well!

27. Phoenix

A Greek name and the same name as the capital of Arizona.

28. Katniss

While we’re on the topic of names inspired by the “Hunger Games,” let’s talk about the name Katniss. According to Nameberry.com, the name comes from the edible aquatic plant of the genus Sagittaria.

29. Remington

It’s very British and very uncommon.

30. Dahlia

Like the flower.

31. Vernon

A English name that used to be used originally as a surname. The meaning – Alder Tree.

32. Fleur

The French name for flower.

33. Sealy

Of German origin meaning “blessed.”

34. Coco

Made famous by Coco Chanel.

35. Cohen

Cohen is a surname that has been used as a first name from time to time. In regards to surnames, it’s the Jewish equivalent to “Smith.” Very commonly used as a last name!

36. Nahla

Love The Lion King? This is the name of the main female character in the film. I think it’s just beautiful!

37. Declan

An Irish name meaning “full of goodness.”

38. Ocean

Calming, vast and full of possibility.

39. Brodie

Brodie also spelled Brody, is of Irish descent.

40. Catalina

When I was 14, I wrote the variant of this name “Catarina” down on a piece of paper as the one I wanted to use for my future daughter. I didn’t use it, but their names are quite close to both names.

41. Xavier

Highly unusual but also quite popular. Xavier is of Spanish and Arabic descent.

42. Soleil

The French name for “Sun.”

43. Decker

A German name. Unusual and not very popular, yet strong and handsome.

44. Soledad

Soledad is of Spanish origin and means “solitude.”

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