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25 Radical Names We Rarely Hear

How is anyone supposed to name a baby? It seems like it should be an easy task, but it can actually be one of the hardest things anyone will do. The parents are assigning someone a title, and they normally do this before they have even met them. Also, there are two people who want to be in on the decision. Each with their own likes and dislikes, making it even more difficult.

There are so many things to consider when someone starts to think of a name for their little baby. Do they want something traditional? Maybe they want something traditional, but they want to put a unique touch on it by changing the spelling a little bit? Or, maybe they just want something completely new, something no one has ever heard of.

Radical is a great term to describe something that is just out-of-this-world, as it helps explain something that is just that little bit ‘extra.’ This is a growing trend among baby names. Parents are out there, and they are searching for that extreme and radical name for their baby. This may be the list for those types of parents.

We have found 25 of the most radical baby names for a little boy or girl, or sometimes most. These names are not likely to be on anyone’s radar, until now. Making them the perfect choice for parents who want their children to stand out in this world.

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25 Astara

We are going to start off strong with this name for a little girl. One of the concerns we are going to see with names on this list is that they are so radical, they don’t always have meanings. The name Astara comes to us from the name Astra.

Astra is a name of Latin origin and it means “of the stars.” According to Nameberry.com, this name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it did rise 49% this week.

24 Brynn

Brynn is a name that is slowly stepping into the spotlight, so if parents like this name they need to jump on it now. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #294. However, it has also jumped another 3% this week alone.

The name is of Welsh origin and it means “hill.” The other common way of spelling this name is Bryn, but many parents enjoy adding on the extra ‘n’ at the end. This is definitely a name that will get everyone talking.

23 Luna

If you are a fan of the night sky than this may be the perfect name for you. The name is of Latin origin and it means “moon.” It also has the right sound to it and it will make everyone think of the moon when they hear it.

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #37 in popularity, making it one of the more popular names on our list. It has not shown any movement during the last few weeks, so it is standing strong in that place.

22 Raina

There will be no stormy days ahead for a little girl that gets this name as her title. Raina is a great alternative for parents who don’t really want to go with the name ‘Rain or Rayne.’ It is a great middle ground.

The name is of Slavic and German origin and it is a variation of the name Regina. It means “queen.” There is no better meaning for the little girls in our lives. In 2017, the name ranked in at #780 in popularity, so your little one will definitely stand out.

21 Prue

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There are a lot of names that were once considered nicknames being brought forward as proper names that can stand on their own. Prue is one of those names. Prue was once considered only a nickname for the name Prudence.

Prudence is considered a virtue name and it means “caution.” Not a bad message for our little ones. Neither Prudence or Prue are ranked when it comes to popularity. This means they don’t fall within the top 1000 names for little girls.

20 Everly

Everly is the first name on our list that is considered a unisex name, so it can be used for a boy or a girl. It is more commonly seen among little girls though. The name is of English origin and it means “wild board in woodland clearing.”

In 2017, the name was ranked in at #82 on the popularity charts. Making it the perfect mixture of unique and common. It has a whimsical sound to it that would fit any little girl.

19 Edie

The name Edie may only have one problem, and that is how to pronounce it. Some may want to pronounce it ED-EE, but It should be read as EE-DEE. The name is also of English origin and it means “prosperous in war.”

This is another name that has come to us from a more traditional name, Edith. The name did not rank in popularity in 2017, making it the perfect choice for parents who want a name no one has heard.

18 Frankie

Frankie is a name that is starting to take on the world when it comes to little girls, though it also suits a little boy. The name is a version of the name Frank. It is of Latin origin and it means “from France or free man.”

In 2017, when used for a little girl the name ranked in at #844 in popularity though it is seeing a slight climb up the charts. When used for little boys, the name ranked in at #898.

17 Stella

Stella would not have always been seen as a radical name, but it is not a name that is heard very much anymore. The name is of Latin origin and it means “star.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #42 in popularity, but it is slowly dropping as each week goes by.

Stella was a part of a group of names that were very popular 50 years ago. They are considered ‘grandma names’ because we are accustomed to seeing the older generation carrying around these titles.

16 Piper

Piper is also considered a unisex name, so there is no reason why we can’t name our little boys this as well. The name is sweet and has a certain spunk to it that parents love. The name is considered an English occupational name and it means “pipe or flute player.”

In 2017, the name was sitting at #78 in popularity when it comes to little girls, but it did drop 12% this week alone. When used for a boy, the name is not ranked but it did rise 17% this week.

15 Isla

We have another name that may be difficult for people to pronounce. The name should be pronounced EYE-la. This name is beautiful to say and to hear and it is the perfect choice for any little girl. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #103, but it is slowly climbing the charts.

The name is of Spanish origin and it is also considered a Scottish place-name. The name means “island.” This explains why the name has such a tropical sound to it.

14 Cecily

Here is a beautiful name that may be what everyone has been looking for when they are trying to name their little girl. The name is the feminine variation of the name Cecil, and it means “blind.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, and it is dropping even further off the list.

That may make this the most radical name on our list because it is not being used. It is a name that is bound to turn some heads and start up some playground conversations.

13 Kale

Kale is not only a very trendy vegetable, but it is also an adorable name for a little boy. We have moved on from girl names to the names for all the little men in our life. Naming a boy can be harder, as you want the name to also appear manly and strong.

The name Kale has no real place of origin and meaning and is considered a modern invented name. The name is also not ranked when it comes to popularity. Any little boy is bound to stand out with this name.

12 Blaise

Blaise is the perfect name for any little girl or guy in your life. The name has an exotic sound to it and that is probably because it has origins in France. The name means “to lisp, stammer.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #908 when it comes to being used for little boys. It has risen 24% this week alone.

When the name is used for a little girl, it is not ranked at all. Showing that this name is still more popular for the little babies in blue.

11 Otis

Otis is a sweet name for any little boy. It is of German origin which gives it an exotic sound to it, and it means “wealthy.” In 2017, the name was ranked in at #746 when it comes to popularity. While it did rise 17% this week, it is nowhere near a top spot.

A lot of parents are looking for that unique name that they won’t hear too often. They want to shy away from names that their children will have to share when they go to school.

10 Farron

This name is so radical and unique that it didn’t even register on the name database that I normally use. If parents are really brave than Farron may be the best name for them. After some digging, we discovered that the name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and it came from the given name Farimond.

It is also commonly seen as a surname in some parts of the world. Understandably, this name was not ranked at all when it comes to popularity. Perfect for the little boy who wants to stand out in a crowd.

9 Roscoe

This name is listed as a unisex name, but it is most fitting for a little boy. This unique and beautiful name is of Norse origin and it means “deer forest.” The name was not ranked in 2017 when it comes to popularity for little boys, but did it fair better for little girls?

The answer is no, it is still not ranked for little girls. However, the name did experience a rise in popularity for little girls, where it dropped for little boys.

8 Sanford

The name Sanford sounds very strong, and it is perfect for the little studs in our life. The name was probably started out as a surname and then made its way to the front of the pack. The name is of English origin and it means “sandy ford.”

This name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, and it also has not risen or dropped in recent weeks. It is sure to get everyone asking questions, just don’t expect to find any personalized gifts for your child when traveling.

7 Holden

Some names just pique our interest and make us think about where this name could possibly come from. Holden is one of those names. This charming name for a little boy is cute, sassy and just a bit extreme.

The name is of English origin and it means “hollow valley.” In 2017, the name sat at #242 when it comes to popularity making it one of the more popular names for little boys. The name has not experienced a drop or rise in popularity lately, so it is sitting comfortably.

6 Otto

Otto is a cute name that would fit any little boy. The name is of German origin and it means “wealthy.” We all know money is not everything, but we want our children to grow up being able to support themselves and whatever family they may have.

The name falls in the middle of the popularity scale, coming in at #478 in 2017 for popularity. It has jumped another 12% this week so it will be interesting to see where it sits when 2018’s list is released.

5 Arlo

Arlo is a name that is best for either a little girl or a boy, and it is super trendy right now. Parents are loving names that are short and easy to spell and say. One and two syllable names are all the rage right now.

This is considered a place-name and literary name and has no official meaning. It is also considered a short-form for the name Carlo. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #316 when it comes to popularity and it also jumped another 20% this week alone.

4 Baron

Baron is a strong name for the strongest little boys in town. Baron is a relatively new name, so it has not spent much time on the streets. It also has no place of origin or official meaning. It is only listed as an English word name.

The name is male-centered, so it is meant to be used for little boys. However, we are quickly learning that there are no gender rules when it comes to names. The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it did rise 15% this week alone.

3 Cormac

We are nearing the end of our list and we have some great boy names left for you. The name Cormac is unique and special. It is of Irish origin and it means “charioteer.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it did rise 4% this week.

This name is considered both offbeat and upbeat and is a large traditional Irish name that has its place in Celtic mythology. The name Cormac has never made in on an American top 1000 name list for boys.

2 Matteo

This name sounds like it is right out of a fairy tale and it is reserved for the most dashing and romantic boys out there. The name is actually the Italian variation of the name Matthew, it takes a traditional name and turns it up a notch. The name means “gift of God.”

In 2017, the name came in at #187 on the popularity charts and it is rising slowly as each week goes by. It won’t be long until this name takes over the top spots.

1 Kai

Our last name on the list is perfect for a little girl or guy in your life. Kai is a unisex name that is short, being that it is only one syllable long. The name is pronounced KYE, which may be the only thing parents will have to explain about this name.

The name is of Hawaiian origin and it means “sea.” Making it very exotic sounding and unique. In 2017, the name was ranked in at #127, but it jumped 47% this week alone so it is moving fast through the charts.

References: Nameberry.com

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