When it comes to naming a baby, most parents-to-be will spend countless hours searching for the perfect choice. We get it: most parents want to choose a name that they won’t end up disliking in years to come. That’s why taking the time to choose a name that both parents love is one of the most important choices in early parenthood.
Sure, there will always be parents who love more traditional names that never seem to go out of style, however, there are many parents who want something much different; perhaps even a name that is rarely heard of. After all, this helps children to stand out from the crowd of kids who all have the same name.
The name parents will choose for their baby will be a defining piece of the baby’s identity, which is why parents look for names with symbolic history, however, there are many benefits to choosing a name that has never been heard before. These names can help a child develop a unique personality, and may even define them as they grow into adulthood.
Not only does a unique name spark interest among those who hear it, but it will also gives a more impactful first impression. It’s almost like kids with rarely heard names are being set up for success. So, parents-to-be looking for a name that’s rarely heard of should read on to discover these super-compelling, yet super-unique options. Help the future generation stand out form the crowd, instead of blend into the background.
25 Agustin – Male Name
Agustin is a masculine given name derived from the Latin word “Augere,” meaning “to increase.” The name, in its new age spelling, is a variation of the Roman names: Augustus and Augustinus.
It has been noted that people with this name are naturally creative, and have a deep inner desire to be very much involved in conventional, safe activities. People who hold this name are also born leaders; they have very powerful personalities. They tend to be goal-oriented, creative, and determined.
Additionally, bearers of this name are extremely protective and can sometimes come off as aggressive. As creative, unique individuals, they tend to resent authority and are sometimes stubborn, proud and impatient.
The alternative spelling variants for the name Agustin are Augustine and Agustine. Nicknames for Agustin include Agi, Agust and Stin. Havinga child with strong will is a god thing, that means their friends won’t easily lead them astray and that they’ll be leading rather than following the crowd just because.
24 Adley – Unisex Name
Originally known as a masculine name, Adley is now seen as a name suited for both males and females. In Hebrew, the meaning of the name Adley is “Judicious.”
It’s said that people with the name Adley are compassionate about family, and have a deep inner desire to be a part of a stable, loving community. People with this name tend to be quiet observers, and are very sympathetic towards others. They tend to be shy, but are often the most trusting people ever.
Bearers of this name are also very detail-oriented and can find change stressful. Though patient, people who hold the name Adley can become very insecure in uncomfortable situations.
23 Armelle – Girl Name
The name Armelle is the French feminine form of the name Armel. The French translation of Armelle is: “Bear Prince” or “Princess.” This name is a lovely option for any parent looking for something beautiful, yet unconventional. In fact, it has been reported that in the U.S., only five girls were given the name in 2015. Now that’s a rare name!
It has been noted that people with the name Armelle are playful, outgoing and optimistic. Bearers of this name are also known to inspire and motivate others around them. They often have trouble focusing on one thing, as their minds tend to wander with creativity. Who knows, maybe mom and dad will have the next Julie Mehretu on their hands.
22 Arlo – Male Name
Origin: Old English, Italian
Arlo is a given name for males that is both Old English and Italian in origin. The name literally means: “Fortified hill.” It’s said that people with this name have a deep inner desire for peace and tranquility. They also have a need to analyze the world they live in, which allows them to explore deeper truths.
According to the numerology of Arlo, people who hold this name are also seen as excellent leaders. Their ability to stay focused on goals allows them to experience a life of determination and success. And, their extremely courageous attitude can often intimidate others around them. One of the more famous Arlos was Arlo Guthrie, the folk singer.
The alternative spelling variants for the name Arlo are Arlow and Arlough. It’s really hard to shorten this name down to a cute nickname, but if you don’t like nicknames, or have a special nickname you call your son, then this name is the perfect choice for you.
21 Bexley – Unisex Name
The name Bexley is an English unisex name, which was named from Old English byxe “box tree” + leah “woodland clearing.” Bexley is a very rare name that many people don’t even come across when doing their initial baby name search. In fact, in the U.S., only 396 people have Bexley as their first name, so if parents are looking for something completely unique, Bexley would be an excellent choice.
According to the numerology of Bexley, people with this name are known to love adventure, possessing determination and originality. They are also natural born leaders and yearn to establish their individuality early on in life. This could mean that your little Bexley was born to be a star or an admirable person who their peers look up to. Either way, you’ll be proud parents.
The alternative spelling variants for the name Bexley are Bexleigh (feminine), and Bexlee (unisex). This name also has a great short form for boys and girls. A little boy could have the nickname Lee, and a little girl could be called Lea or Leigh.
20 Britta – Female Name
Origin: Old Norse
Britta is a female name with Old Norse roots. In its origin, the name means “strong.” The name is also a variant of the Swedish name Birgitta, which is a form of the Irish Gaelic name Brighid (Bridget, in English).
It’s said that people with this name have a deep inner desire to be leaders. They have strong personal independence, and would rather spend their time focusing on larger, more important issues.
Bearers of this name love to delegate and make excellent managers. They are excellent at analyzing, understanding and learning from others. They also philosophize all of their thoughts, which gives them the ability to have a larger outlook on life.
19 Bodhi – Male Name
The name Bodhi is a Sanskrit name meaning “Awakened,” or “Enlightenment.” Though rare, this name has quite figurative roots. For example, the Buddhist concept of Bodhi is a spiritual awakening and freedom from the cycle of life. Bodhi is also the name of the sacred ficus tree (ficus religiosa) under which Lord Buddha sat and obtained his enlightenment.
The name is a perfect, not to mention, adorable choice for any parent looking for a unique, yet symbolic baby boy name. The name can also be seen as an alternative to the super-popular names Brody and Cody. Bodhi sounds like the name of an adventurous spirit, some one who loves to travel and meet new people. That means you and your little one could have some great adventures together while he’s growing up.
The alternative spelling variants of the name Bodhi are Bodi, Bodie, and Bodee. This is another name that can’t be shortened, but we think it’s totally adorable and cool all on its own. Why would you want to alter such a great name?
18 Calla – Female Name
Calla is a feminine name of Greek origin. In its Greek origin, Calla means “The most beautiful.” People who hold this name are said to have a deep inner desire for stable love and companionship. They succeed in guiding others towards peace and harmony. That means you could have a little peace maker on your hands. A little girl who loves to help people make friends and learn to love.
According to the numerology of Calla, people with this name are also idealistic, highly imaginative, and spiritual. They seek after spiritual truth and if they fail to develop their potential, they may become dreamers or misuse power.
The alternative spelling variant for the name Calla is Kalla. But we think this name is so beautiful on its own that you wouldn’t want to call your sweet little girl anything but by her name. With a great moniker like Calla, how could you grow up to be anything but sweet and lovely?
17 Crew – Male Name
Crew is a masculine Welsh name that means: “From the castle or fortress by the water.” The name has a wonderfully sweet quality and is a phenomenal choice for any parent looking for an impactful baby boy name that also happens to be uncommon.
People who hold this name are said to be ambitious, determined and goal oriented. They are also sometimes thought to be materialistic and have the ability to sense trends and therefore greatly excel in games of chance.
Bearers of this name are also known to have a zest for life and love their personal freedom. They become more fulfilled when their life choices provide them a sense of latitude and independence.
16 Delaney – Female Name
Delaney is a female Irish name that is derived from the Gaelic Ó Dubhsláine, Dubh meaning “Black and Slaine for the River Slaine (Slaney).” It’s said that people with this name are spiritual beings who inspire others in a higher cause. And who couldn’t use a little inspiration now a days?
Bearers of this name are also extremely expressive; they tend to excel in artistic subjects and are often the center of attention everywhere they go. Because they are regularly involved in a realm of activities, they are sometimes reckless with both money and energy.
The alternative spelling variants for the name Delaney are Delainey, and Delainy. You could also make a great nickname for your little girl by calling her Laine, Lainey, or Del. We think this unique name sounds gorgeous and that any little girl with this name would be an absolute delight everywhere she goes.
15 Elian – Male Name
Origin: Hebrew, Welsh, Latin
Elian is a male Hebrew name that means “God; God is family.” For those parents wanting to name their baby boy Elian, it’s important to take note of the name’s historical as well as very spiritual meaning. The name, in its Welsh origin, means “fawn, or saint,” and in its Latin origin, it means “sun.” In addition, Elian is a variant of the English and Hebrew name Elijah.
Though uncommon, the name Elian saw a small rise in popularity in the early 2000’s. The name was made known by the Elian Gonzalez affair involving a young Cuban boy, Elián González, who became embroiled in a heated international custody and immigration affair in the year 2000. In his case, he was named after a blend of his parents’ names Elizabeth and Juan.
14 Embry – Unisex Name
The name Embry is an English name meaning “Work Rule.” The name itself is given to both males and females but is not seen as a very common name whatsoever. In fact, from 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded that only 596 babies were born with the name Embry in the United States. What a pity! This strong name has been overlooked for a very long time.
According to the numerology of Embry, people with this name can be easily compelled by intense desires. They are also very versatile, clever, and analytical, however, they have difficulty directing their interests, as they do not have the patience and practicality for systematic hard work and attention to detail.
The alternative spelling variants for the name Embry are Embrie (feminine), and Embree (unisex). If you were to choose this name for a little girl, you could call her Em for short. We love this name and think a little boy or girl would love this name since it’s easy to pronounce and it’s so unique!
13 Harlyn – Female Name
Origin: Old English
Harlyn is a feminine Old English name that means “Grey land; hare land.” It is the feminine variation of the male name, Harlan, and a wonderful choice for parents looking for something a little out of the ordinary, but still completely beautiful.
People with the name Harlyn are known to attract success and money. They are lovers of nature, and because they are very loving, they can’t find happiness without the need for others.
Bearers of this name are also extremely organized and are capable of great achievement in business affairs. They are bold, inquisitive and very interested in meeting new people. We think your little Harlyn would be loved by all who meet her because she would have such an enchanting personality.
12 Keon – Male Name
Keon is a masculine Hawaiian name that means: “God is gracious.” This name is a great choice for a baby boy, as it’s not only unique, but also very spiritual in meaning. Not to mention just how cool this name sounds on its own. Imagine the impact this name would have for your son growing up, he would almost sound like a movie star!
People with this name are said to have a deep inner desire to inspire others and to share their views on spiritual matters. They are very passionate, intuitive, romantic, and tend to have magnetic personalities. They are also usually seen in humanitarian roles, but because they are overly affectionate and giving, they can be easily taken advantage of.
The alternative spelling variant for the name Keon is Keyon. We recommend keeping the name as it is and not trying to shorten it further. Keon is one of those names that commands attention, and we’re sure you and your son will love this name for years!
11 Kaia – Female Name
Kaia is a Hawaiian female name that means: “The sea.” People with this name are known to be very spiritual and strong-willed. They are dedicated to building their lives on a solid foundation of order and service. Something you may come to appreciate as your little girl grows older and helps you around the house and also takes care of her elders.
According to the numerology of Kaia, bearers of this name also value truth, justice, and discipline, and may not see eye to eye with those whose values aren’t in line with theirs. Their practical nature makes them good at building things in the material world, and they tend to be very successful in business affairs.
The alternative spelling variant for the name Kaia is Kaiah. But you could get creative and also spell the name like Kayah. For a nickname you could call your little girl Kai or Kay, but this name is fabulous on its own, so if you’re thinking about short names for your little girl, definitely put this name on your list.
10 Knox – Male Name
Originally seen as a Scottish surname, Knox has been recently used as a first name for males. In its Scottish origin, the name means: “From the hills.” The name is not only original but also power-sounding. In fact this name has been pretty popular recently, with 258 parents choosing this name for their child in 2015 alone.
It’s said that people with this name are excellent planners, and because they are born leaders, they tend to be successful at initiating events. They are also very goal-oriented, and they have the ability to implement new ideas with efficiency and determination. So you could have a little man on your hands that could build an empire!
Bearers of this name are known to be very courageous and can sometimes come off as aggressive to others. As powerful individuals, they tend to resent authority and are often stubborn, proud, and impatient.
9 Lace – Female Name
Lace is a feminine English name that is derived from the common female name: Lacey. Originally seen as a surname, Lace is a new age first name that is beautiful, and surprisingly, still unique. This name has a delicatequality to it, probably because the name brings to mind the material lace, which is intricate and lovely.
It’s said that people with this name excel in environments where they are able to work with others. They are drawn to the arts and are often the center of attention wherever they go. And we can see why, this name just seems like it could turn heads in a crowd. And we think your little head turner would be proud to bear this name.
Because they know how to enjoy life, bearers of this name tend to become involved in many different activities. They are energetic, spontaneous and will sometimes take on more than they can handle.
8 Lathan – Male Name
Lathan is a masculine English name that means: “Hebrew Nathan.” It’s said that people with this name have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and need to work with others in order to achieve satisfaction in life. We think you’ll be satisfied with how incredible this name is.
According to the numerology of Lathan, bearers of this name also tend to be quiet, cooperative, and sympathetic. They are balanced, adaptable and easily intimidated by others. Their trustworthiness makes them excellent partners, however, they can become victim to their own insecurities if they are not paired with a compatible partner.
The alternative spelling variant of the name is Laythan. This name would have a powerful impact on those who hear it if it’s paired with a great middle name. So if you’re choosing Lathan, you’ll also want to think extra hard about the name that comes after it for a full name that commands attention.
7 Mireya – Female Name
Mireya is a Spanish female name that means: “Miracle.” The name is an excellent choice for parents looking for something beautiful–both in sound and in meaning. People who hold this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving environment and need to work with others in order to feel appreciated. Parents who had been trying for a long time to conceive might want to consider this name.
People with this name are also competent, practical, and often obtain great power and wealth. They are very successful people and are able to achieve their goals because of their strong ability to focus on what they want. We think girls with this name will be driven to be successful.
6 Maxton – Male Name
Maxton is a masculine name of English origin. In its English origin, the name means “Greatest.” The name is also an alternative to the very popular Max, which is seen as one of the most adorable new age short forms of Maximus and Maxwell.
Maxton is a fairly new option for parents expecting a boy. It is one of the latest surnames to find a place on the American masculine list of first names. In fact, the name–as a given name–appeared for the first time in 2011.
According to the numerology of Maxton, people with this name are very compassionate about humankind. They are community-minded, with a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family. Bearers of this name are also very sensitive and their loving nature can be easily taken advantage of.
5 Rowen – Unisex Name
The name Rowen is a unisex name of Gaelic origin. When translated, the name literally means: “Red Haired.” It’s said that people with this name have a deep inner desire for peace and quiet, and often try to analyze the world they live in. They are spiritual beings and love to learn deeper truths. And if you think there’s a chance your little one will be born with red hair, the name would be more than fitting.
According to the numerology of Rowen, people with this name tend to be successful in business and commercial affairs, and are able to achieve their goals very easily. Because they often focus so strongly on business and achievement, they may neglect their private lives and relationships.
The alternative spelling variants of the name Rowen are Rowan, Rohen, and Rohan. We think this is a great name, it meets all the important markers, it’s easy to pronounce, easy to spell and easy to read. Everything that will make school life much easier growing up.
4 Sena – Female Name
Sena is a Latin name given to females. In its Latin origin, the name means “Blessed.” Sena is a beautiful choice for any parent looking for an ultra-feminine name that is not commonly heard of. This is another great name for a child that was hard fought for, and fits a fighting spirit, someone who will not be cowed to others.
It’s said that people who hold this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family. They tend to be creative and their expressive nature allows them to excel in the artistic limelight.
Bearers of this name also love being the center of attention and excel in careers where they are at the center of a crowd. They tend to become involved in many different activities, and their over-the-top nature can sometimes dampen their energy.
3 Roderick – Male Name
Roderick is a masculine name of Welsh origin. When translated, Roderick means “famous power.” The name is often seen as a surname, but it also makes an incredible first name.
According to the numerology of Roderick, people with this name are known to be visionary and are excellent at inspiring others. They are highly imaginative, idealistic and their spirituality allows them to seek for deeper truths.
Bearers of this name also have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and their natural healing ability is one of the best qualities about them. However, if they fail to develop their potential, they may be unable to meet the high expectations they set out for themselves.
2 Zayley – Female Name
Zayley is a female name of American origin. Though the name is mostly seen in English-speaking countries, it is still a very rare choice. Zayley is a great alternative the more popular Hayley, which hit its popularity peak in the early 2000’s. Zayley, on the other hand, has yet to hit the popular name charts, so keep in mind this adorable option when picking out a name.
According to the numerology of Zayley, it’s said that bearers of the name are peaceful, trustworthy and compassionate. They are extremely intellectual beings, and because of their exceptional leadership abilities, they tend to resent authority, or anyone who tries to overpower their personality.
1 Zaire – Male Name
Origin: African, Portuguese
The name Zaire is a male name of African/Portuguese origin. When translated, the name means “river that swallows all rivers.” In fact, Zaire is the former name of the Congo River. The name is not only a great option, but it also has rich historical meaning.
It’s said that people who hold the name Zaire are free-spirited and love to explore new surroundings. They are adaptable, easy going, and very intellectual. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected motion, and may stir up some action if there’s not enough around.
Bearers of this name enjoy being around people who are like them fun-loving and adventurous. They are generally very persuasive and their rebellious nature can sometimes work to their disadvantage.
The alternative spelling variants for the name Zaire are Zayre, Zare, and Zair.
Sources: SheKnows, NamesList, Nameberry, BabyNameWizard