No one wants a baby name that everyone hears all the time! Finding the perfect baby name that is overused these days is sometimes no easy feat. Parents walk a fine line when trying to find something risky, but not so risky that the name will sound bizarre in a few years.
Let us help make this fun, yet grueling task a little bit easier. We've selected baby names from some of the top trending categories, but these names aren't the most used in those categories. These names are ones that parents will find refreshing and still special.
Trends like Greek names, place names and word names are definitely cool categories to choose from, but some of the names in those categories are just overdone, and might even sound crazy in time. This list has names in these categories that haven't been overused, but aren't so strange and obscure that people think they're weird.
This is a list of fashionable baby names that deserve a fighting chance. These names are unique for the mom who wants her little bundle of joy to stand out among the rest. Grab a pen and paper and get inspired by these stylish baby names!
This cool boy name could replace the trending Maverick for parents who are into modern aviation inspired names. Jett is definitely a name for a mama who wants her baby boy's name to be cool, hip and modern without being overused.
At just #314, Jett has been chosen by John Travolta for his son, followed by George Lucas for his. It may be the celebrity liking that brought Jett into the to 500, or just its short yet masculine appeal.
Jett is actually a mineral name, not a plane inspired one. Most parents probably intend it for the later though. Jett landed itself on the U.S. list in 1999, and was already #794 that year. It's been a slow and steady climb up the charts to the low 300s for Jett, but that just makes it all the more unique!
Aspen is a cool girl nature inspired name that I am loving right now! It entered the American list back in 1993 when it hit #987. Aspen has also had a slow and steady climb to #361 as more and more parents are looking for more unique nature names.
Aspen is a tree with little heart shaped leaves in the poplar family. For outdoor enthusiasts, Aspen is also the name of a popular ski resort in Colorado. This moniker, which is said to be unisex, has definitely gotten much more love on the girl's side. It isn't even in ranked on the boys.
Aspen is definitely a unique name, but as more and more parents who hear of it, this one might start to catch on and head to the top 100 with a little more speed than it is right now! Grab this one while you can!
This English occupational surname has been completely off baby name charts since 1966. It has never been ranked higher than #177, and that was in 1910, which was five years after the famed Booker T. Washington passed away.
Booker means "scribe." The most notable name bearer was Booker T. Washington, who was born into slavery, was the foremost African American educator in the U.S. Booker would definitely be a cool tribute name for parents looking for something in that category. Booker is a literary name as well, known as the annual U.K. Man Booker Prize awarded to the year's best novel.
This name no longer exists on the American popularity list. Today, Booker would definite be a rare, however, very familiar choice for parents. This one will definitely get some compliments!
Valentine is rarely used today, but it had its up and downs on the charts until 1955. Back in 1894 it reached its highest ranking ever, #366. This old Shakespearean and saintly name may just be on its way to begin a comeback though!
Valentine is Latin for "strength, health." Its most famous name bearer is the beloved St. Valentine. The famous saint had a feast day on February 14th coincided with the pagan fertility festival of the goddess Juno, also on this list. This is where we get the today's Valentine's day.
The holiday now makes the name not only attractive, but romantic as well. It may also make it a little feminine, but the female version would be pronounced "valenteen." Valentine is a top name in France and Belgium, so let's start following their lead!
Ronan definitely has a masculine and warrior sort of feel, but it has a subtle gentleness as well. Irish names are being loved in the States right now and Ronan should be no different.
Ronan is Irish for "little seal." It is currently ranked #315 after it came to the states in 2001 ranked #859. Ronan didn't enter the top 500 until 2011. This adorable moniker is the name of twelve Irish and Scottish saints.
It's been chosen by celebrities like Daniel Day Lewis and Rebecca Miller and Catherine Bell for their sons. Ronan is a character in the Harry Potter Series, is the name of an Irish singer, and a tv personality. Ronan has so much going for it, and lucky for the mom looking for something rare, it's still unique!
There are little Bellas, Bells, and Isabells running around everywhere these days. Rosabella would be the perfect alternative to these overused and exhausted baby names! This hybrid combination of two popular names, Rose and Bel, is definitely a great option for parents who love the "Bell" trend.
Rosabella is Latin for "beautiful rose." Rosabella was created in the 18th century and has since been a popular name in London. Last year just 69 baby girls were given the name Rosabella in America.
Rosabella has yet to make an appearance on baby name lists in America. Despite it's liking in Britain, it hasn't caught on over here yet. If we aren't going to move past the Isabella trend, maybe we can at least move on to an equally beautiful name like Rosabella!
From 1882-1940 Zola had some major ups and downs and then completely dropped off the charts altogether. I'm not sure why the sudden disappearance of Zola, but this moniker is everything rolled up into four letters!
Zola is an African Congolese name, but it is also historically a literary name. Zola is also said to be of Italian origin. When Eddie Murphy chose this name for his daughter it sparked some interest pretty quickly. Emile Zola was also an famous French poet and novelist in the 19th century.
Zola is charming and exotic, sweet and simple. It's a name that we don't hear often in the U.S., despite celebrity liking. Zola is currently not even ranked at all on baby name charts, making it ideal for moms looking for a rare baby name!
Greer is another name that is not on baby name charts at all right now! Greer is definitely rare, not ultra girly, but has a definite charming quality about it that we love! Greer has a lot going for it, but definitely is still rare and obscure on baby name charts.
Greer is a Scottish surname that means "alert and watchful." It gained a Hollywood glam type of feel when the beautiful 1940s actress, Greer Garson, came into popularity. Greer's real name was Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson, but she chose to go by her Irish mother's maiden name, Greer.
Greer was chosen by Kelsey Grammar for his daughter and Brooke Shields for hers, only she spelled it Grier. Despite Greer's high profile celebrity liking, it still remains rare and distinct for parents looking for something a little bit different.
This mythological name is totally underused and underappreciated! We never hear this name on the playground like we should! This NASA and Greek mythological name should definitely be considered more for baby boys of this decade.
In Greek mythology, Apollo, the son of Zeus, was the god of music, medicine, and poetry. It's also the name of the program that succeeded in putting American astronauts on the moon from 1961-1972.
Apollo was recently chosen by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale for their son. There is also a famous Olympic speed skater named Apolo. This moniker is currently ranked #584, which isn't too bad considering it wasn't on the charts until 2012. Maybe with Apollo's recent step into the spotlight it will start getting some attention from parents in the real world.
Just about everyone is familiar with the Old Testament Moses, but we haven't seen the name brought into the modern age like it should be! This moniker is ranked #462 on baby name charts today. It entered the list in 1880 at #119, its highest ranking ever.
Moses is Egyptian for "delivered from the water." The story of Moses is probably the most familiar Old Testament Bible story known. After being found in a basket in the bulrushes as a baby, Moses grew up to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and into the Promised Land.
Moses has entered the celebrity spotlight when Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow chose it for their son. Cool nickname options could be Mose and Moe, but Moses doesn't even need a nickname.
I'm not sure if the movie Juno helps this name or not, but I think its particularly cute and super cheerful. Juno is unique and distinct, and definitely not overuse, at least not yet! This ancient name is so much more than the 2007 film!
Juno is Latin for "Queen of Heavens." It's not currently ranked at all in the U.S., but it is #552 in England. Juno was the Patron Goddess of Rome and the protector of women and children. Juno is in tons of historical literature, even in works of Virgil and Shakespeare.
This Roman Goddess name is one that has definitely been becoming recognized as a legitimate baby name these days. You should grab this moniker while it's still rare and distinct. It has everything going for it.
Far lesser used than brothers Desmond and Edmond, Esmond is a name of great pedigree and class. Esmond, though popular in England, isn't even on baby name charts here in the U.S., making it the perfect original name for today's little guy.
Esmond is an Old English name meaning "graceful protection." The success of the William Makepeace Thackery novel, The History of Henry Esmond, might be attributed to the revival of Esmond in the 19th century. It had previously rarely been heard. It entered the list between 1900 and 1909 and reached its highest ranking of 1896, but has not been ranked since.
Esmond is definitely a distinct and distinguished name for those mamas out there looking for something that fits the unique category. Esmond is a great alternative to Edmund and the classic Edward.
We are loving Irish names in the U.S. today, but Dugan hasn't quite gotten as much attention as others like Liam. Dugan is definitely one that is on the right track though. This name might just start a trip to the top baby names in the U.S.
Dugan is Irish for "swarthy and dark." It began as a surname for a family that had a territory near the town of Fermoy, only they were called the O'Duggans. Duggan was a character in the original 1979 Doctor Who and Dum Dum Duggan was a character in S.H.I.E.L.D.
This jovial Irish name has several other adorable spellings that haven't gotten much attention either, like Dougan and Doogan. Dugan would be perfect for a dark haired little guy! It's rare and refreshing and masculine all rolled into one name.
Nature names are huge right now, but Sparrow hasn't quite caught on yet. Sparrow is definitely a name for the wild and free baby girl who is the daughter of nature lovers. It's currently not ranked and is only ranked #979 on Nameberry.
Sparrow could also be considered a religious name, as the sparrow is a significant symbol in Christianity. Sparrows are small plump grey and brown birds. They may just be the most familiar of all wild birds to humans, cute just like the name for a baby girl.
Sparrow is definitely unique compared to other names of its kind like Raven. Sparrow may be a common bird, but it's definitely not a common name. For parents looking for something in this category that stands out among the rest, Sparrow definitely will!
Homer might still sound a little Simpsonish to some, but if we think about it in the epic Greek tale sense, it definitely has a lot going for it!
Homer is Greek for "security, pledge." It definitely makes an interesting choice with its drastically different references. Homer was used for the Greek classics The Illiad and The Odyssey. It was used for Bart Simpson's father on The Simpsons. "Homeric laughter" is uncontrollable laughter from the Greek gods.
It is also a popular choice for celebrities, like Richard Gere, Anne Heche and Bill Murray. The creator of The Simpon's father was Homer, and he also named his son Homer. This moniker is definitely not a name that you hear often these days. For a mom looking for something equally unique and classic, Homer definitely checks both of those boxes.
This beautiful Welsh name hasn't been heard of much in the U.S., but we absolutely love it as one of the most unique and charming names! Rowena is also a great historical name that has is deep rooted in Anglo-Saxon culture.
Rowena is Welsh for ""white spear or famous friend." It was the name of the mythological Anglo-Saxon chief Hengist and wife of Vortigern, who was "King of the Britains." Rowena was the heroine of Sir Walter Scott's novel "Ivanhoe." Rowena Ravenclaw was also the founder of the Hogwarts Houses in Harry Potter.
Rowena was in the top 1000 beginning in 1881, and even broke into the top 500 for a short time. It completely dropped off the list in 1963, making it unique and rare for today's baby girl.
Word names are hit or miss these days. Some of them will never make it as a viable name that will become a trend, but Breeze might just be one that makes it happen! Word names just seem so silly sometimes, but Breeze can actually be a legit name.
Breeze is definitely a great middle name and has some serious potential as a first name. Breeze has been chosen by a few celebrities like Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston who chose it for their daughters.
Breeze is the perfect name for parents who live near the sea or conceived near the ocean. It's also a great name for parents who are lighthearted and carefree. This moniker is definitely familiar, but not traditional, and definitely not too bizarre. It's the perfect combination!
Griffith is another Welsh name that made it onto the list! This moniker is absolutely adorable, yet doesn't loose its masculinity either. Griffith entered the U.S. in 1889, but has never made it onto the American popularity list. We think that Griffith's states might start to change in the next few years!
Griffith is Welsh for "strong lord." It derives from the name Griffinus, which originated in the middle ages. Griffin may be a little more familiar to American families, but its association with Family Guy might make Griffith a more appealing choice.
Griffith's only downfall might be that it's a little more difficult to pronounce than Griffin. However, it's definitely softer and unique. Parents should snatch up this baby name for their little guy before it becomes more popular!
This sweet baby boy moniker has made its way to #455 on baby name charts in the U.S. It surprisinly entered the American list in 1882 at #847. It has definitely had its ups and downs since then, but has remained in the top 1000 since then. It even made its way into the high 200s in the early 1900s.
Rocco is Italian from German meaning "rest." Its a pretty popular Italian name that was chosen by Madonna and Guy Ritchie for their son, giving it another slight boost in popularity.
Several boxers have had the name Rocco, but went by Rocky, like Rocky Graziano and Rocky Marciano. Rocco has also been the name of a celebrity chef and broadway producer. This one might be on the road to become a trend soon!
Verena is a classic baby name that has somehow gone out of style since 1898. Verena appeared on the American list in 1890 at #869, and held a spot in the top 1000 until 1898, and then disappeared off the charts completely the year after.
Verena is Latin for "integrity." Its most popular name bearer was probably St. Verena, who was a nurse in the thirteenth century. It was also used for a character in the novel The Bostonians by Henry James.
Verena was one of the top names in Britain in 2008 and 2012, but still hasn't made it back onto the American list. This moniker has so much appeal, I don't know why it isn't more popular than it is today! Verena would be the perfect name for mom's looking for something unique!
Alethea might be the most unique name on this list. It's definitely a rare, beautiful and virtuous name that hasn't gotten any attention in the U.S. This moniker is definitely for a brave mama looking for something truly different to set her little girl apart.
Alethea is derived from the Greek feminine noun meaning "truth." It is an equivalent to the popular Welsh name, Verity, which also means truth. Alethea dates back to the 16th century when it was chosen for Alethea Talbot, who was the youngest daughter of the Earl of Shrewsbury, Gilbert Talbot.
Though Alethea was a popular Old English name, it definitely has an ancient Greek feel. This virtue name could be a perfect alternative to Charity, Hope and Faith, and other virture names of its kind.
This popular French name, might sound a little like a cleaning product, but definitely should not be put aside for that reason. This moniker is hugely popular in France for both boys and girls, although the original form Fabriza is chosen more often for girls.
Fabrice is French for "skilled craftsman." It is derived from the Roman name Fabricius, which may be a little too Roman sounding for today. Fabrice is like a better Fabio, which is also not on the popularity list in the U.S., despite the The Bold and The Beautiful's stars use of it.
This moniker is masculine and eminates a seriousness, but is also gentle and soft enough to for a baby boy. Fabrice is definitely a name that your little guy can grow into. It's unique enough for moms looking for something different too!
Racer is another word name, but this one just might start to become a trend in the next few years. Racer, along with others in its category like Axle, Rebel and Rocket. Racer is just a little behind his brothers, but we think he'll catch up.
Racer was chosen by Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington, whose other son is Racket, and by Robert Rodriguez to alliterate with his sons Rocket, Rebel, and Rogue. I guess Racer is good for alliterating with other unique "R" names if nothing else!
Racer isn't on the popularity list, but for a mom looking for something new and ahead of the curve, as well as a little risky, Racer is definitely one to consider. This moniker might not be unique for long with all of the celebrity liking!
This top 500 name just might start to take the place of Aiden! Odin has risen from #983 in 2008 to #383 last year. This moniker barely skimmed the 1000 since 1884, but has recently gotten significantly more popular, but not popular enough to make it too overused.
Odin was the Norse god of art, culture, wisdom and law. This supreme god was known to be handsome and charming. He was called by over 200 names other than Odin. Odin is also an old viking name that came to the Norwegian culture in the 19th century.
Another fun fact, the word Wednesday is derived from the English form of the word Odin, Woden. Odin is full of history and mythological intrigue, making it ultra interesting and magnetic to others.
Alasdair is probably more familiar in the U.S. when it's spelled the English way, Alistair, but both are pretty uncommon in the States. I prefer the Alasdair spelling. It's a little more appealing to the eye and stands out a little more as well.
Alasdair is the Scottish variation of the name Alexander and means "defending men." Alistair is currently ranked #874, while Alasdair isn't ranked at all. Alistair is the English variation of Alasdair, and with British names becoming more popular in the U.S., this version will probably stay slightly ahead of Alasdair on the polls.
No variation of the name became popular outside of England and Scotland until the 20th century. Andrew Lloyd Weber and Rod Stewart chose the spelling Alastair for their sons, which is a good combination of both variations. No matter how you spell it, this name is definitely unique.
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