REVEALED: The 100 most unusual baby names of the year

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REVEALED: 121 unique baby names and their meanings

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

It’s always tough picking out the perfect name for your little bundle of joy because choosing their name is probably one of the biggest decision you'll ever make. They have to live with it for the rest of their lives and you have to call them it forever. PLUS there's a lot of pressure to be unique nowadays.

It was recently revealed that a fifth of parents regret their baby's name mainly because their name is too commonly used or it just didn't "feel right."

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

READ: Baby names: 110 gender neutral baby names – and their meanings

Both sites have compiled a list of the most creative baby names in the UK and across the globe. With unique and unusual baby names like these we doubt your child will have the same name as someone else in their class at school.

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

Adore

Meaning: "a gift; beloved; adored". Adore is a version of Adora (Greek, Old German, Latin).

Ailey

Meaning: Comes from the Irish origin, meaning "light".

Alaska

Meaning: 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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Allura

Meaning: A name with a British origin, Allura means "Godly adviser".

Amandine

Meaning: Amandine is originally Latin and means "beloved".

Amaryllis

Meaning: 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".

Anouk

Meaning: Anouk originates from France and it means "grace".

Bethan

Meaning: This beautiful girls name means "God has promised".

Bliss

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

Blue

Meaning: 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.

Bunny

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

Credit: Instagram / officialkatieprice)

Candy

Meaning: A sweet treat, or short for Candace. In Latin, it means "dazzling white", or "bright glowing light".

Caroun

Meaning: This Armenian girls name means "springtime". If you're due to have a little girl in the spring this name definitely seem fitting.

Cici

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

Constanza

Meaning: This unique name originates from Italy and means "constant, unchanging".

Crimson

Meaning: A deep red colour, in Japanese is "Kurea".

Dasha

Meaning: This Russian name simply means "nice, energetic and - of course - dashing quality".

Doll

Meaning: Other than being a cute pet name, it also means "gift of god".

Dunia

Meaning: Also can be spelled Dunya, meaning "life" or "world" in the Middle East.

Edwige

Meaning: This Teutonic baby name means "refuge from war".

Elspeth

Meaning: A Scottish version of Elizabeth, meaning "chosen by God" or "consecrated by God".

Eluned

Meaning: This Welsh name means "idol, image".

Fawn

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

Fleur

Meaning: "flower" in French. Possibly on the rise thanks to the Harry Potter series...

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?

Ginevra

Meaning: This name strangely reminds us of Ginny from Harry Potter. This girls name originates from Wales and means fair, white, soft.

Gray

Meaning: 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".

Gretel

Meaning: 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

Gypsy

Meaning: "a bohemian traveller".

Honesti

Meaning: An alternative spelling of Honesty, this name means "truthfulness".

Jubilee

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

Isabeau

Meaning: This baby girl name reminds us of the gorgeous name Isabelle. However, Isabeau is slightly different; it originates from France and means pledged to God.

Jupiter

Meaning: 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.

Kalinda

Meaning: Kalinda means sun, name of mountains and its origin is Hindi.

Lady

Meaning: 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.

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Lilac

Meaning: This is a pretty name, taken from the pastel purple colour of the lilac flower.

Lilou

Meaning: This female name is originally from France and simply means Lily.

Lottie

Meaning: Short for Charlotte, the French feminine version of Charles, which means "man". Charlotte can also mean "petite".

Lovelle

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

Lulu

Meaning: 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".

Melrose

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

Miami

Meaning: After the place in America, but was originally named after the Mayaimi, a Native American tribe.

Mignon

Meaning: Mignon has an adorable meaning for your little one: dainty, petite. The name originates from France.

Mildred

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

Misty

Meaning: 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".

Moon

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

Nimrat

Meaning: This is a really pretty Sikh name, meaning "humble".

Odelia

Meaning: A Hebrew name, meaning "praise God". Can also be shortened to Delia.

Olwen

Meaning: Not only is this Welsh names unique but the meaning is too. It means "white footprint".

Paizlee

Meaning: 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.

Pandora

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

Patience

Meaning: A popluar English name in past centuries, meaning "patient".

Pepper

Meaning: 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.

Pilar

Meaning: The meaning of this Spanish name is similar to the meaning - "pillar".

Pinky

Meaning: Of Indian origin, meaning "pinkish".

Rooney

Meaning: Originally a Gaelic name, Rooney means "red haired".

Roza

Meaning: Similar to the name, this Latin name means Rose.

Saskia

Meaning: This is probably the least unique name on this list (we're sure you've heard of it before) and the German meaning is Saxon.

Shoshana

Meaning: This cute name is originally from Hebrew and means "lily".

Signy

Meaning: This Scandinavian name simply means "new victory". That's a pretty cool meaning for a name.

Starr

Meaning: An alternative spelling of Star, you could also think about Stella, which is star in Latin.

Storm

Meaning: 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.

Strawberry

Meaning: It would be adorable to name your baby daughter after the cute fruit.

Sunday

Meaning: 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.

Suzu

Meaning: This name originates from Japan and means "little bell".

Valentine

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

Varvava

Meaning: This Greek name means "stranger".

Verity

Meaning: Derived from the Latin Veritas, which means "a truth, a reality".

Verona

Meaning: This is an city in Italy, and is a very pretty name. Also, where Romeo and Juliet is traditionally set.

Victory

Meaning: It may be derived from the Latin Victoria, which means "to conquer".

Zyra

Meaning: "brightness of the morning".

Unusual Baby Boy Names

Abner

Meaning: This Hebrew names means "father is light", or "father of light".

Aero

Meaning "of the sky" in Greek.

Arkin

Meaning: This Norwegian name means "eternal king's son".

Arlen

Meaning: This Irish name is of Gaelic origin, and means "pledge, promise, oath".

Basil

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

Brando

Meaning: 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".

Cedar

Meaning: 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.

Cosmo

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

Coyote

Meaning: Fancy naming your baby after a canine creature found mostly in Central and North America?

Crispin

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

Daxten

Meaning: An alternative to the name Dax, it may mean "of the town Dax", which is French.

Ebenezer

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

Fritz

Meaning: 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).

Hansel

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

Harlen

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

Hawk

Meaning: One of the most feared birds of prey, the word "hawk" actually dervies from the Old English word "hafoc".

Heston

Meaning: 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".

Hogan

Meaning: This is normally an Irish surname. In Irish Gaelic, Ó hÓgáin, it is diminutive of "Og" meaning "young".

Hyatt

Meaning: An English name, meaning "from the high gate".

Iggy

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

Igor

Meaning: This Russian name means "warrior of peace".

Ike

Meaning: 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".

Indigo

Meaning: 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.

Kruze

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

Lion

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

Loyal

Meaning: 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.

Lysander

Meaning: 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).

Marlo

Meaning: An alternative to Marlon, which is French, this name means "descendent of Mary".

Mars

Meaning: 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.

Marvel

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

Nestor

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

Oak

Meaning: A sturdy tree which bears the acorn.

Oz

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

Pax

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

Perseus

Meaning: 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".

Psalm

Meaning: A religious hymn, this comes from the Greek "psallein", meaning "to pluck".

Raj

Meaning: Raj is a Sanskrit Indian name, meaning "King".

Ramses

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

Renly

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

Riggins

Meaning: 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".

Rocket

Meaning: Possibly taking inspiration from Jamie and Jools Oliver, it comes from the French "roquette" which means "spinning".

Roscoe

Meaning: This is a Norwegian name, meaning "from the deer forest".

Saint

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

Sparsh

Meaning: This unusual name means "touch".

Tavish

Meaning: A Scottish version of Thomas, it's an Anglicised form of Thàmhais.

Tiger

Meaning: There are quite a few animal names in this list!

Tru

Meaning: A German name meaning "strength of the spear; spear maiden".

Zee

Meaning: This could be a shortened version of the Hebrew name Ezekiel, which means "God will strengthen".

Ziggy

Meaning: This German name is a shortened version of Sigmund, which means "protection through victory".

Zyron

Meaning: 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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