Classic and traditional names are among the most popular ones in the country. However, what if you don’t want to be traditional? What if you want to step out of the box and name your child something a little more unique?
I’m a big fan of baby names, and while wistfully looking through them the other day, I thought about how fun it would be to put a list together using non traditional baby names that are attractive and appealing.
Had my son been a girl, this would have been her name. Rayna is of Czech origin and is a variant of Catherine, meaning “pure.”
Marseille is a city in France and the name is commonly used for girls, but over time more people are beginning to use it for boys. Personally, I prefer it for the latter.
Yes, those sweet oranges are called Clementines, but did you know that the actual name is a feminine form of Clement, which means “mild and gentle” in Latin?
Ezrah is the name of a Hebrew prophet in the Old Testament.
This can be used for both boys and girls. It is derived from Quince.
I find this is such a strong name. It’s actually derived from the Latin word legere, which means “to be read.”
According to a German legend, there used to be a beautiful siren named Lorelei who sat on a rock in the Rhine River, singing to the sailors.
Mysterious, adventurous, and daring!
This is a sweet Welsh name meaning “love.”
Who’s number one? Ace!
This name is of Norse origin. Freya was the Norse goddess of love and fertility, and one of the most beautiful.
Of English origin, this name means “courageous.”
This name is actually the origin of the name Reese.
Serene is a lovely name, and it isn’t too common. It means “calm.”
The meaning of Denver is “green valley,” but it is also (of course) the capital city of the state of Colorado in the United States.
I love this name so much! It’s of Japanese origin and means “forgiveness.”
The first time I heard this name was when our pastor and his wife named their son Soren. I always thought it was so unique. It’s of Danish origin and means “strict.”
Malea (or Malia, of Obama fame) is of Hawaiian origin and means “perhaps,” or “probably.” I think it sounds so pretty!
Romantic, strong, and kind. Those are the three things that come to mind when I think of this name.
If you have a dark beauty, Lilah means just that. It’s of Persian or Arabic decent.
I couldn’t find much information on this name, but I’ve heard it a couple of times — once in a playgroup and another time while vacationing with my family.
Ismail, traditionally spelled Ishmael, is a Hebrew name taken from the Old Testament.
Finley is a “fair warrior.” Fitting for so many little girls!
This name is Egyptian, but also refers to the the lapis lazuli gemstone.
Actress Soleil Moon-Frye made this name famous. It means “sun.”
Asher is a Hebrew name that means “blessed and happy” — a wish we have for all of our children!
Ireland pays homage to the country itself. It is also the name of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger’s daughter.
Azure is a beautiful shade of blue that is unforgettable. This name is of Latin origin.
One of my dearest friend’s name is Danika (also spelled Danica). The name is of Hebrew origin and means “morning star.”
Before Angelina Jolie named her son Pax, the name was extremely rare. It is of Latin origin and means “peace.”
Yes, I absolutely had to include this name. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter’s name is North — as in North West. Clever!
This name comes from the Bible and means “my messenger, my angel.”
Do you love the winter months? Is your little one due in December? Snow may be the perfect name if you’re looking for something really out of the ordinary.
This name is of Irish origin, meaning “fierce.”
Yes, just like your drink order, grande means “large” and is a girl’s name that originates from Italy.
We’ve heard this name over the years but very infrequently. It could hold a very personal meaning for many parents, I think.
This Italian name means “fanciful, unpredictable.”
This is a favorite among the celebrities! It’s the English variation of Miles.
Meaning “bright strength,” this Celtic name is strong and sensible, yet also very unique.
There was a little boy that I used to babysit whose name was Yanek. His family was French and Dutch, so I assume that is why they chose the name. The name Yanek became a fast favorite of mine. It’s a Dutch form of John, and means “God is gracious.”