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 bands (hey there, Zeppelin!) and their favourite beverage (people of the world, meet Hennessy!).
There were also a few car-inspired monikers (Audi and Royce made the list), as well as a few fashion brands (Dior) - 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
From the Greek, meaning ‘love’.
A Greek baby name meaning ‘poor’ or ‘chaste’
Unsurprisingly, this means ‘love’.
Not the car company, but from the Latin ‘audire’ which means ‘to listen’.
A shortening of Francesca which is, in turn, the feminine of ‘Franciscus’ which means ‘Frenchman’.
Chinese name which means ’summer’.
The name of a greenish blue colour. It is, admittedly, a very nice colour.
Cornish/Welsh name meaning Elm.
A shortening of Esther which some believe comes from the Peruvian ‘stara’ (star).
Widely believed to be from the Yiddish meaning ‘Good’.
Does what it says on the tin: this name comes from the place where a ship comes in.
An Icelandic name, likely taken from that of the first summer month in the old Icelandic calendar, but also possibly from Old Norse word ‘harpa’ meaning both ‘harp’ and ‘Lyra’, the constellation.
English word meaning, to nobody’s great surprise, both ‘heaven’ and ‘heavenly’
An Irish name meaning, amusingly, ‘surname’. Nice name though.
First person to guess what this means gets a prize. Hint: Madonna sang about it.
From the beautiful flower of the same name.
Either from the Roma phrase meaning ‘luck’ or the French which means ‘plaything’.
A British name from the word Caprice, which comes from the French in the 1660s and means ‘whim’.
A Tamil surname that comes from the word ‘kutty’ used to describe a cute baby or child.
So contemporary, this doesn’t actually have an etymology as of yet - but it certainly is a pretty cool unisex name.
A spanish word meaning ‘rich and strong’. Ok, it actually means ‘Dark wood, rich and strong’ but you can leave the wood bit out.
From the Ancient British (pre Roman) word ‘moel’ meaning a bare and barren place, and ‘rhos’, a moor or heath.
This means ‘thank you’ in French. How polite.
Apart from the famous artist, ‘Monet’ is French/Old Greek, with the French root meaning ‘descendant from the gods’
Another name that is pretty much self explanatory.
This French name means ‘New’. And also ‘Keanu Reeves in The Matrix’
A biblical baby name meaning ‘miracle’. It also means ‘standard’, but probably stick with ‘miracle’.
No, surprisingly, this isn’t Latin for ‘good skin-care range’, but ‘snow-white’.
An abbreviation of Nicholas, which come from ‘Nike’, the Greek goddess of victory. Thankfully, Nixon has outgrown it’s 20th century meaning of ‘quite a bad President’.
A reference to the cute fairies, nobody can agree on the original meaning of the word itself. Some say it’s from the Swedish ‘pyske’ which means ‘wee little fairy’, but others refute this.
A latin name meaning ‘an offering’.
An alternative spelling of Posy which, in turn, is a shortening of Josephine. It’s a much of a muchness really, because all of these names mean ‘a bunch of flowers’.
Excitingly created specially for the film TRON:Legacy, this name is often misattributed as meaning ‘heart’ in Italian (cuore), except this word is never used as a name. Maybe go with it, though, if you’re not a TRON fan but want to call your child Quorra.
Self explanatory (for anyone needing help: it means ‘rhythm’)
A now pretty much defunct English word meaning ‘Royal’.
Named after a crocus, as well as the spice that is found on the stamen of sad crocus and costs roughly £100k in supermarkets.
A Muslim name meaning ‘safe’ and ‘mild’.
Means, erm, the sea (see also ‘Moon’ and ‘Rhythm’)
From the Roman meaning ‘old’ and also the name of a Native American tribe whose name meant ‘place of stones’.
Thought to be from the Hebrew name Zipporah which means ‘bird’.
From the endangered English garden bird.
An English phrase meaning ‘tempest’.
An English phrase meaning ‘storm’ (see above)
An alternative spelling of ‘Timber’ which is from the Old English meaning ‘a building’ and the Indo-European word meaning ‘build’
An English baby name meaning, surprisingly ‘logic’, ‘individual’ and ‘masculine’.
The most 21st century name you can get, this is from the popular phrase ‘You Only Live Once’.
A Hebrew name meaning ‘gift from god’
Originally Aramaic, this name means ‘shooting star’ and ‘spark’.
From the name ‘Zulma’ which is an Arabic name meaning ‘healthy’ and ‘vigorous’.
Unusual Baby Boy Names
From the Latin word ‘Albinus’ meaning ‘white’, and names after St Alban who was Britain’s first martyr.
From the Old English ‘antemn’ meaning ‘a song of devotion or patriotism’.
Not just the herb, Basil is actually a Greek baby name meaning ‘Kingly’. Also great on tomato-based sauces.
From the Old English surname ’Benden’ which means ‘to bend’.
An English baby name originally meaning ‘the birch tree meadow’. Certainly an interesting choice for your child.
Alternative spelling of ‘Blade’ which is an English baby name meaning ‘wealthy glory’.
While it’s origins are unknown, this name is widely thought to mean ‘strong, courageous warrior’.
Self explanatory name meaning ‘castle’ or ‘fort’.
An English baby name meaning, quite literally, ‘a man’. Can’t argue with that.
The name of an ancient Levantine deity worshipped as a fertility God, commonly thought to come from a term meaning ‘grain’.
A common Slavic name meaning ‘gift’.
Well, it means denim. As in on your jeans. Which isn’t a bad thing to be named after.
Fashion brands aside, this French name is closely related to ‘D’Or’ which means ‘golden’.
Surprisingly, this doesn’t just mean ‘to avoid’, but is a pet form of ‘Roger’ which in turn comes from the Anglo Saxon name ‘Hrothgar’ meaning ‘fame spear’.
An English baby name meaning ‘wise friend’.
As you’d expect, this is an English name that means ‘hot ashes’.
A Hebrew name commonly thought to mean ‘peace’ and ‘enlightened’.
Confusingly, this actually means ‘Sparrow’. Just kidding, of course it comes from the bird of the same name (for anyone unsure, that’s a falcon).
Made popular by The Hunger Games, this name actually comes from an Anglo Saxon place name ‘Fenwick’ that translates loosely as ‘marshland farm’.
Sanskrit for ‘teacher’, but a has much more spiritual connotations than the English word for teacher.
Widely believed to be a Jewish name deriving from ‘Hersh’ which means ‘deer’ in Yiddish. Also, an American chocolate bar.
From the Old English ‘hyll’ meaning ‘hill’ or ‘settlement’ and ‘big hotel chain that does the job’. We made the last one up.
Meaning ‘Independent’, and originating from America, this name is an alternative spelling to Indie.
Surprisingly, an English name meaning ‘spear warrior’ or ‘spear ruler’.
Means pretty much what it is: a judge.
Originally an Old English word (cyta or cyte) which was used to describe a worker in a shed or outhouse for animals.
At English baby name originally meaning ‘the quiet place, from the woods’.
An alternative spelling to the word ‘Lord’, and it’s meaning is the same.
A form of ‘Maddox’ which is originally a Welsh name meaning ‘son of Madoc’. Madoc was a famous explorer who sailed the world before Christopher Columbus.
An English version of the Gaelic word meaning ‘servant of Saint John’.
An English and Irish nickname for someone who is ‘courageous, arrogant or foolhardy’ but, more happily, it comes from the Old English ‘modig’ which means ‘brave’. Much better.
An English name meaning ‘caller’, ‘delicate’, ‘announcer’ and slightly worryingly, ‘moist’. Cool name though.
Has it’s origins in the Old Greek language, this is a variation of Onyx which means ‘black stone’.
A medieval name of unknown origin, some speculate it came from Pazzo, the short form of a Germanic name meaning ‘fight’.
An old English Christian name with the same origins as Peter, from the Greek word meaning ‘stone’ or ‘rock’.
A French baby name meaning ‘ward of the forest’.
Meaning ‘king’, this is an alternative spelling of the English, French and German word ’Rex’.
An alternative spelling to ‘Rocco’ which originally comes from the Germanic word ‘hrok’ meaning ‘rest’.
Unsurprisingly, this family name comes from a maker or seller of rope and is from the Old English ‘rap’ which means, again unsurprisingly, ‘rope’.
From the Old French word senne, meaning ‘assembly’ or ‘gathering’, but also possibly from the Old French ‘Sene’ meaning ‘wise and sensible’. Take your pick.
The meaning of the name Simba is ‘lion’ and in no way does that surprise us.
From the Germanic ‘tal’ which means ‘destroy’.
A Japanese name suffix for males which means ‘eldest son’ or, more literally, ‘big boy’.
Confusingly, this means ‘lion’. No obviously we’re joking, it comes from the big, endangered striped cat of the same name.
A Nordic male name from the word ‘vig’ which means ‘battle, fight’.
A Tamil name which genuinely means ‘wine’.
A Teutonic baby name which means ‘strong fighter’.
Self explanatory name (see also: Tiger)
Zealand comes from the Dutch ‘Zeeland’ which is a place name in the Netherlands.
It does in fact mean what it says: airship or blimp. An interesting choice, but hey, it’s the 21st century right?
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