REVEALED: The 100 most unique baby names of the year

REVEALED: The 100 most unusual baby names of the year


REVEALED: The 100 most unique baby names of the year

Would you be tempted to use one of these VERY unique names for your baby boy or girl?

It’s always tough picking out the perfect name for your little bundle of joy, especially with so much pressure to be unique nowadays.

But, thankfully, BabyCenter have done all the hard work for you.

After asking nearly half a million parents for their baby’s name, the site has compiled a list of the most creative baby names in the UK.

And they made sure that each of the names which feature on the list was given to at least three children.

Looking at the compilation, it seems as if pioneering parents took inspiration from pretty much everywhere, including their favourite colours (hey there, Crimson and Lilac!) and their favourite novels (people of the world, meet Ebenezer and Hansel!).

There were also a few Shakespeare-inspired monikers (Lysander made the list), as well as a few food products (Strawberry and Pepper) - and plenty more besides.

So, without any further ado, here are some of the most surprising, creative, and uncommon names given to babies in recent years.

Are you ready for this?

Unusual Baby Girl Names

  1. Adore - Means "a gift; beloved; adored". Adore is a version of Adora (Greek, Old German, Latin).

  2. Ailey - Comes from the Irish origin, meaning "light".

  3. Alaska - After the American state, this name originates from the Aleut aleyska, meaning "the mainland" or literally "the object toward which the action of the sea is directed," or alternatively "great land".

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  1. Allura - A name with a British origin, Allura means "Godly adviser".

  2. Amaryllis - This is a Greek name, meaning "sparkling". A flower name after the lily-like plants called Amaryllis; poetically used to mean "a simple shepherdess or country girl".

  3. Bliss - English origin: a nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle English blisse "joy" - it is similar to the name Blythe.

  4. Blue - We think some parents may be taking inspiration from Beyoncé and Jay Z on this one! In Middle English, it was spelt bleu or blewe.

  5. Bunny - ...And this one may have been inspired by Katie Price and Kieran Hayler! A bunny is a "little rabbit" - cute!

  6. Candy - A sweet treat, or short for Candace. In Latin, it means "dazzling white", or "bright glowing light".

  7. Cici - This is an alternative spelling to Cece, short for Cecelia. In Romanian, Cici means "blind".

  8. Crimson - A deep red colour, in Japanese is "Kurea".

  9. Doll - Other than being a cute pet name, it also means "gift of god".

  10. Dunia - Also can be spelled Dunya, meaning "life" or "world" in the Middle East.

  11. Elspeth - A Scottish version of Elizabeth, meaning "chosen by God" or "consecrated by God".

  12. Fawn - An English baby name, meaning "young deer". The Greek mythological deity of fertility and nature was Fauna. She was famous for her chastity.

  13. Fleur - Meaning "flower" in French. Possibly on the rise thanks to the Harry Potter series...

  14. Gigi - Meaning "earth worker", or "God is gracious" in Greek, it may also be used a short version of Georgina. Is this thanks to Gigi Hadid?

  1. Gray - Traditionally a boy's name, the name Gray has come into prominence in the last year as a popular girl's name. It means "gray-haired; pleasant".

  2. Gretel - Best known as one of the two main characters in the old fairy tale Hansel And Gretel, it means "a pearl", or alternatively is another version of Margaret

  3. Gypsy - Meaning "a bohemian traveller".

  4. Honesti - An alternative spelling of Honesty, this name means "truthfulness".

  5. Jubilee - Meaning "anniversary celebration" in English, this name can be used for both baby girls and baby boys.

  6. Jupiter - Thinking of naming your baby after the planet? Jupiter derives from Latin Iuppiter, which was ultimately derived from the Indo-European *Dyeu-pater, composed of the elements Dyeus (God in Latin) and pater - "father". Jupiter was the supreme god in Roman mythology.

  7. Lady - Are you a Lady and the Tramp fan? This name is a girl's name of Old English origin, meaning "bread kneader" and may refer to someone in charge of a household, and therefore of high rank.

  8. Lilac - This is a pretty name, taken from the pastel purple colour of the lilac flower.

  9. Lottie - Short for Charlotte, the French feminine version of Charles, which means "man". Charlotte can also mean "petite".

  10. Lovelle - This is a feminine version of Lovell, which derives from the Old Norman French Louvel, which means "wolf cub".

  11. Lulu - Short for any girl's name beginning with Lou, for example Lucy, Louise, Louisa etc. It could also be the feminine version of Louis, which means "famous warrior".

  12. Melrose - This is a Scottish name which means the bald moor (treeless hill). Could also be an almagamation of Melanie or Melissa and Rose.

  13. Miami - After the place in America, but was originally named after the Mayaimi, a Native American tribe.

  14. Mildred - An Anglo-Saxon name of Old English origin, which means "gentle strength".

  15. Misty - With the rise of Pokémon Go this year, it's no wonder that the name Misty has made its way up the name lists this year. Deriving from mist, meaning "light fog".

  1. Moon - We're sure you can guess this one... But the word moon in Old English was Mona, another pretty girl's name.

  2. Nimrat - This is a really pretty Sikh name, meaning "humble".

  3. Odelia - A Hebrew name, meaning "praise God". Can also be shortened to Delia.

  4. Paizlee - An alternative spelling of Paisley, which makes us wonder whether Paisley from Tattoo Fixers has had a wider effect on the world this year? The meaning of Paisley is not only a town in the Scottish Lowlands, it is also a type of fabric and a pattern.

  5. Pandora - A Greek name, Pandora means "all-gift". Also well-known for the Greek fable "Pandora's Box".

  6. Patience - A popluar English name in past centuries, meaning "patient".

  7. Pepper - Aside from being the popular foods, it is both English and North German - from Middle English peper, piper, hence a metonymic occupational name for a spicer; alternatively, it may be a nickname for a small man (as if the size of a peppercorn) or one with a fiery temper.

  8. Pinky - Of Indian origin, meaning "pinkish".

  9. Rooney - Originally a Gaelic name, Rooney means "red haired".

  10. Starr - An alternative spelling of Star, you could also think about Stella, which is star in Latin.

  11. Storm - Are there any X-Men fans out there? The definition of storm is: a violent disturbance of the atmosphere with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow.

  12. Strawberry - It would be adorable to name your baby daughter after the cute fruit.

  1. Sunday - Traditionally the first day of the week, this day was named after the sun. Also, the Greek word for Sunday is "Kyriake", meaning the "Lord's Day", and this is also a girl's name.

  2. Valentine - Although commonly a boy's name, this has crept up the charts for girls this year. Derived from Valens, meaning "strong, vigourous, healthy".

  3. Verity - Derived from the Latin Veritas, which means "a truth, a reality".

  4. Verona - This is an city in Italy, and is a very pretty name. Also, where Romeo and Juliet is traditionally set.

  5. Victory - It may be derived from the Latin Victoria, which means "to conquer".

  6. Zyra - Meaning "brightness of the morning".

Unusual Baby Boy Names

  1. Abner - This Hebrew names means "father is light", or "father of light".

  2. Aero - Meaning "of the sky" in Greek.

  3. Arkin - This Norwegian name means "eternal king's son".

  4. Arlen - This Irish name is of Gaelic origin, and means "pledge, promise, oath".

  5. Basil - Another Greek name on the list, Basil is best known as a herb but also means "royal" or "kingly".

  6. Brando - Potentially as an homage to the famed actor Marlon Brando, this Italian name is dervied from the French Bertrand, meaning "brilliant raven", "fiery torch" or "beacon".

  7. Cedar - Best known as a coniferous tree, this could be an alternative to Cedric, which was invented by Sir Walter Scott for his novel Ivanhoe in 1819.

  8. Cosmo - This name is both used in English and Italian, with the alternative of Cosimo, meaning "order, decency, and beauty".

  9. Coyote - Fancy naming your baby after a canine creature found mostly in Central and North America?

  1. Crispin - This Latin baby name is from the Roman family name Crispinus, based on the Latin word Crispus which means "curled" or "curly-haired".

  2. Daxten - An alternative to the name Dax, it may mean "of the town Dax", which is French.

  3. Ebenezer - Made famous by Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol, it means "rock" or "stone of help".

  4. Fritz - This is a shortened version of the German Frederick, derived from the Old High German Fridurih (ruler of peace), a compound name composed of the elements frid (peace) and rik (king, ruler).

  5. Hansel - Best known as the other half of Hansel and Gretel, this Hebrew name means "Gift from God".

  6. Harlen - This is an alternative spelling to Harlan, which is and English name meaning "From the hare's land".

  7. Hawk - One of the most feared birds of prey, the word "hawk" actually dervies from the Old English word "hafoc".

  8. Heston - Traditionally an English surname, the name Heston has come into prominence through the famous chef, Heston Blumenthal. It means "one who came from Heston (a London suburb.)", and is derived from the Old English "hes" meaning "brushwood" and "tun" which means "enclosure".

  1. Hogan - This is normally an Irish surname. In Irish Gaelic, Ó hÓgáin, it is diminutive of "Og" meaning "young".

  2. Hyatt - An English name, meaning "from the high gate".

  3. Iggy - Are parents naming their children after Iggy Pop?! This English name means "firey one".

  4. Igor - This Russian name means "warrior of peace".

  5. Ike - Although often short for Isaac, the name Ike is actually a name in it's own right. From Hebrew origins, this name means "he laughs/laughter".

  6. Indigo - Although traditionally a girl's name, this deep, rich purple colour would make a lovely name for either gender! Coming from the Greek "Indikos", meaning Indian dye.

  7. Kruze - An alternative spelling to Cruz, made famous by the Beckhams, meaning "cross" in Spanish and referring to the cross of the crucifixion.

  8. Lion - Coming from the Latin Leo, which is a name in its own right and often short for Leonardo.

  9. Loyal - The word loyal means "true or faithful in allegiance", which is what we should all hope our children turn out to be! Comes from the Latin legalis, making "legal" and "loyal" from the same branch.

  10. Lysander - Most famous as one of The Lovers in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lysander means "liberator" or "one who is freed". A compound name made up of "lysis" (freedom) and "andros" (man).

  11. Marlo - An alternative to Marlon, which is French, this name means "descendent of Mary".

  12. Mars - The Roman God of war? The Red Planet? Or the delicious chocolate bar? Either way, this name comes from mar, which means to spoil or ruin something. It could also be from the Latin mas, which means male.

  1. Marvel - Are you thinking of naming your son after the comic book giants? Comes from the Latin "mirari", meaning to "wonder at".

  2. Nestor - A Greek name derived from a combination of "νέομαι" (neomai), meaning "go back", and "νόστος" (nostos), meaning "one who returns from travels".

  3. Oak - A sturdy tree which bears the acorn.

  4. Oz - Commonly used as a shortening of Australia in the modern Western world, but Oz actually means "strength" in Hebrew.

  5. Pax - Derived from the Latin "pax" meaning "peace, the binding thing". Pax was also a Roman goddess of peace.

  6. Perseus - Another character from Greek mythology, Perseus was Hercules' half-brother. This name is either derived from the Greek verb, "πέρθειν" (perthein), meaning "to waste, ravage, sack, destroy" - or, it means "to destroy".

  7. Psalm - A religious hymn, this comes from the Greek "psallein", meaning "to pluck".

  8. Raj - Raj is a Sanskrit Indian name, meaning "King".

  9. Ramses - Ever watch the Prince Of Egypt? Ramses was Moses' half-brother! In Egyptian, Ramses means "begotten by Ra the sun god".

  10. Renly - It would seem we have a lot of Game Of Thrones fans out there... It's also an alternative to Renleigh or Renley.

  11. Riggins - Traditionally an English surname, Riggins is an Anglicized form of the Irish surname Ó Riagáin which means "son of Riagán" derived from the Irish name Riagán, which means "little king".

  12. Rocket - Possibly taking inspiration from Jamie and Jools Oliver, it comes from the French "roquette" which means "spinning".

  1. Roscoe - This is a Norwegian name, meaning "from the deer forest".

  2. Saint - Almost definitely taking inspiration from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's adorable little boy, this name comes from the Latin "sancire", which means "consecrate".

  3. Sparsh - This unusual name means "touch".

  4. Tavish - A Scottish version of Thomas, it's an Anglicised form of Thàmhais.

  5. Tiger - There are quite a few animal names in this list!

  6. Tru - A German name meaning "strength of the spear; spear maiden".

  7. Zee - This could be a shortened version of the Hebrew name Ezekiel, which means "God will strengthen".

  8. Ziggy - This German name is a shortened version of Sigmund, which means "protection through victory".

  9. Zyron - There isn't very much explanation on the name Zyron, but it could be an alternative of Zion, which is a Biblical name meaning "monument; raised up; sepulcher".

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