Thinking about going with one of the many uncommon baby names out there for your little one? You’re not alone. More and more people are moving away from traditional names and choosing to give their children monikers that stand out a little more. When considering a unique name, there are a few approaches you can take. Some choose to go with common names but change the spelling. Others pay homage to their family history, turning a beautiful last name into a first. Some just go to the bottom of the baby name charts and look for the least used monikers.
Whatever you choose to do, don’t just give your children uncommon baby names for the sake of being different, make sure it flows nicely and isn’t likely to lead to bullying in school. Remember, they have to live with your choice for the rest of their lives, so choose something you would have picked for yourself. Check out a few unique names for both girls and boys that we found!
Uncommon Baby Names for Girls
While there are tons upon tons of uncommon girl’s names, these are a few of my favorites!
- Bentley– Bentley first appeared on the baby name chart in 1999. Today, about 1 in 6,762 girls are named Bentley. The name comes from the English origin meaning “from the meadow.”
- Greenlee– Greenlee first appeared on the baby name chart in 2005. Today, about 1 in 202,790 girls are named Greenlee. The name comes from the English origin meaning “from the green field.” Greenlee was a popular character on the soap opera, All My Children.
- Indigo– Indigo comes from the Greek origin meaning “Indian dye.” It is a color name, describing a color that is deep blue and purple and is one of the traditional colors of the rainbow. In 2016, the name ranks #2,323 on the baby name chart.
- Tulip– Tulip is the name of a Turkish flower. In 2015, the name ranked #9,135 on the baby name chart.
More fun uncommon baby names for girls include:
- Eowyn (from Lord of the Rings trilogy)
Uncommon Baby Names for Boys
Again, you’ll find so many great unique baby names for boys out there. My favorites include:
- Cedar– Cedar first appeared on the baby name chart in 1976. Today, about 1 in 56,588 boys are named Cedar. The name comes from the English origin meaning “tree.” In 2016, the name ranks #2,815 on the baby name chart. Cedar Walton was a hard pop jazz pianist and Cedar Wright is a professional climber and filmmaker.
- Fulton– In 2016, Fulton ranks #3,413 on the baby name chart. It comes from the English origin meaning “fields of the village.” Fulton Sheen is a bishop/archbishop of the Catholic Church. Fulton Reed was also a character in the Mighty Ducks movies.
- Jansen– Jansen comes from the Hebrew origin meaning “God’s grace.” Jansen Panettiere is an actor and younger brother of actress Hayden Panettiere.
- Quest– Quest comes from the Latin origin meaning “journey.” In 2016, the name ranks #7,136 on the baby name chart. The name first appeared on the baby name chart in 1996. Today, about 1 in 239,298 boys are named Quest.
More unique boy names:
- Elladan (also from Lord of the Rings. If you have twins and one is a boy, one a girl, you could go with Eowyhn and Elladan!)