These beauties are not going to be found in a baby names book! Each of these lovely and long names were given out to seven or less infants last year. Yet, we have the feeling they're going to make many more new parents very happy this year. Also, we've chosen these names from languages and cultures all throughout the world, so if you're looking for something unusual that is also steeped in cultural ties, this is the list for you! Then again, if you're not interested in the historical, many of these names are relatively new. Some come from the '90s and one was even invented as recently as 2000!
Those who love to plan their children's names around syllable length will be particularly pleased with this list as well. Each name we've chosen is exactly four syllables long and therefore lends to easy nicknaming. Besides, there's a certain elegance that four syllable names imply. Maybe that's because they take longer to say, or maybe because many of them have regal roots. There's a few languages that seem particularly fond of long names: Italian, Yoruba, Igbo, Spanish, and Arabic. However, a few others are hiding some four-syllable gems, including English, Russian, Lakota and Japanese. Whichever cultures you're most interested in, we're sure you'll come across some elegant names you've never heard of in this list.
23 Xiomara: Female
This Spanish name is a form of Guiomar which itself derives from a German word meaning "battle ready". The name became popular after it was used in Arthurian romance tales. Giomar was a minor character and a cousin of Guinevere. He has an affair with the married character Morgan Le Fay. Morgan was King Arthur's half sister, and so Arthur banishes Guiomar for the affair. This Guiomar was a male, and, originally, the name was common for both boys and girls. In Spanish the name became Xiomara and also shifted to being more for girls in recent times, maybe because it sounds like Guinevere, which is distinctly feminine. Also, this name has become a very popular name in Cuba but has remained rare in the United States. In both Cuba and the States you pronounce the "X" in Xiomara like a "Z" or a "G".
22 Jaquavious: Male
This name was likely invented in 2000, the first time the Social Security Administration recorded it. Writers for the website “Behind the Name” suggest that the name must have been a combination of Jaquan and Octavius, which makes sense based on the sound. There are plenty of other plays on the name Jaquan in the African-American community, so it wouldn't surprise us if this community gave birth to the name.
Though, there doesn't seem to be any research to support the idea that Octavious is the root of the end of this name. As this name is so recent there isn't a famous Jaquavious, yet, all of the bearers of the name are just too young. However, if you're captivated by this enchanting combination, your little Jaquavious might just make the name more popular. Names that sound like Jaquavious : Jabulani, Jathan, Jaquawn, Jaccob and Jaques.
21 Vladislava: Female
This Russian name is a rarity in the United States, although it remains popular in Russia. It's the feminized form of Vladislav, which means both "rule" and "glory". However, the female form might imply beauty more than either, ever since Vladislava Evtushenko placed first runner up in the Miss Universe Russia competition in 2015. There are many other variants of the name Vladislav, because it has such a long history in Russia and surrounding areas, and so there are plenty of feminized version to consider for your little girl.
Ladislav is the Slovenian version and is feminized to Ladislava. Laszlo is the Hungarian version and is feminized to Laci. Ladislao is the Italian version and is unisex. A popular Polich version is Vladek, but it has no feminine form. You have to admit, Vladislava has a certain air of mystery to it, especially if you're not of Russian decent, this name might turn heads at the next family barbecue. It not only meets our four-syllable requirement, but it's scoring mad cool points.
20 Aboubakar: Male
The first caliph of Sunni Islam was named Abu Bakr, as was one father-in-law of Mohammad. As you can imagine, this variant on the name is quite popular with contemporary Sunni Muslims, especially those in Western Africa. This name and other variants of Abu Bakr are common last names for Sunni Muslims as well as the occasional first name. Abu means "father of" and "young camel", but we doubt the combination was ever meant literally!
There are several interesting variants on this combination, most notably the more common Aboubacar and the less common Turkish Ebu Bekir. It's interesting to note that there is a famous professional soccer player from Cameroon named Vincent Aboubakar, so a son with this name might also be inspired to develop some sporting ability. Which parent wouldn't love to sit on the sidelines and hear a crowd roaring and chanting the rare four-syllable name of their son, aimrite?!
19 Remedios: Female
While the name Mary has gone out of popularity due to over-use in the United States, names that imply this mother of Christianity are still popular elsewhere. This Spanish name means "remedies", but it's take from one of the titles of Mary: nuestra senora de los remedios, meaning "Our Lady of the Remedies". This could be a great option for parents looking for an unusual twist on a historical name. Spanish has many more of these to offer, mainly based off the names of nearby churches: Arantzazu, Rosario, Maristella, or Nieves.
More direct variations on Mary come from all kinds of languages. The least known in the United States include: the Finnish Marjut, the Croation Mojca, the Swedish Majken, the Yiddish Mirele, and the Icelandic Maeja. So if you love the name Mary, but find it's too overused or doesn't have that "it" quality every name needs, then opt for these alternatives and maybe use the name Mary as a middle name.
18 Ariano: Male
There's an Italian town that bears this name, but its also a common name in Brazil where there is a famous politician and a famous writer that bear it. It's wide popularity in these countries is owed to the fact that it is both the Italian and the Portuguese variant on the name Adrian. Adrian was a variant on Hadrian that was first used in the medieval era, including by a few Popes and Saints.
Hadrian almost might sound familiar, that was the name of the Roman Emperor who built Hadrian's wall in Britain. Unlike Hadiran, Adrian didn't become widely popular until the modern era, and this is also when Ariano became widely used. If you find out you're having a daughter, you can always use the female version of this name instead: Ariana. After all, it's become way more popularized by music artist Ariana Grande, who let's face it, is adorable.
17 Paraskevi: Female
The ancient Greek word meaning "preparation" and later "Friday" (which was the day of preparation for the Sabbath) is the root for this lovely name. The most famous Paraskevi is the Saint, a Roman martyr who dedicated herself to Christianity before the religion was officially adopted by the Empire. According to legend, when this saint was twenty she gave away all of her possessions and took a position as the leader of a Christian group of virgins and widows.
After a decade of this she started to travel the Roman Empire, but was arrested for her faith. While being questioned by the Emperor she threw water in his face, which blinded him. Parasekevi told him that only the Christian God could cure his blindness, and so the Emperor stopped all persecution of Christians (this didn't last too long though). As a popular saint in the Orthodox Church, there are some truly extraordinary churches dedicated to Paraskevi, which might inspire parents hoping their daughter will be an architect.
16 Ayotunde: Unisex
This name is popular in Nigeria, as its a Yoruba name. The Yoruba is an indigenous culture and language group that takes its roots from Western Africa. The culture is growing and they have many four-syllable names that might inspire you here. Ayotunde means "return of joy" in Yoruba. If the birth of your child, male or female, marks the return of your joy then you may find this name fitting.
There don't seem to be any famous Americans with this name, because of its rarity here, but there are some famous Nigerians with it. Ayotunde Phillips is a high-ranking female Nigerian judge, while Ayotunde Adeagbo is a male Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology. There's two excellent professions for your child to aspire to! Careful though, in Yoruba the "e" at the end of this name is not pronounced. It might be annoying to always correct people on this but it's worth it because of how beautiful a name it is.
15 Osiria: Female
This name comes from the little-known, but gorgeous, Osiria rose. The rose is a hybrid, made in 1978 by the famous rose cultivator Kordes from Germany. Kordes kept one of it's parent roses a secret to keep others from reproducing it (the known parent is called Snowfire), and only sold the rose to a select few including Wilhemse France who named the rose Osiria when she introduced it to France.
While the petals have a sharp red and cream contrast, this look has been somewhat exaggerated by photo editing in the most popular images of the flower. Naming your daughter after this rose will imply a sense of mystery and deep beauty. If you want to buy an Osiria Rose to honor your daughter make sure to learn plenty about them as they are rare, delicate, and require expert care. Baby names inspired by flowers are increasingly more popular; Rose, Lily, Daisy, Iris...but this baby name is a little more subtle and that's why we love it.
14 Kartikeya: Male
This is the name of the Hindu god of war. Kartikeya has six heads, carries a divine spear (or bow or mace), and rides a peacock. He is said to be pure, protective and he acts as the leader of an army of devas. It is said that he bestows six divine gifts (siddihs) on the gurus of Hinduism. If you find this inspiring, know that he goes by several other names you could chose instead: Svaminatha "ruler of the gods", Guha "cave-dweller", Dandapani "wielder of the mace", Sethil, Murugan, Kumaraswamy, and many more. Of course, naming your son this might encourage him to develop a strong and ferocious nature, which is never a bad thing. Any names that inspire strong characteristics are ones to put on the potential baby name list. There's nothing like giving your son a strong name and him living up to it.
13 Ludovica: Female
In Italy this name is extremely popular. It's a feminine form of Ludwig, meaning "famous in battle". Many historical figures, from Kings and Emperors have carried the male version of this name, and it's Latin form Clovis. It also might remind you of Ludwig Beethoven. The most famous bearer of the female version might just be the asteroid called "292 Ludovica". With this kind of diversity there's plenty of reason to name your daughter Ludovica, including to imply leadership, musical talent, or an interest in astronomy. And if she doesn't become a world famous pianist, that's okay. She'll still be rocking a cool name. In addition to being cool, it has an air of indepedance and strength to it that any little girl can perfectly embody. Whether you care for the history of a name, or just how it sounds - this one is a win-win.
12 Kazuhiro: Male
While very popular in Japan this name is rare in the United States. The name means both harmony and abundance, which is a lovely combination to hope your son will attain. There are so many other associations for this name, with a dozen or so famous Japanese men bearing it, who range in profession from sports stars to scientists to artists. One of the most interesting of these Kazuhiros is Kazuhiro Haraguchi, is a Japanese politician currently serving in Japan's House of Representatives.
Perhaps your little Kazuhiro is destined to be a politician as well. This is a great four-syllable name that will definitely be the perfect conversation piece for your kid in the future. A perk to this name is the adorable nickname, Kazu, that you can give your little boy. We can all agree that four-syllable names are super cool, but they are longer and sometimes you need to shorten them to make them friendlier, and this name is perfect for it.
11 Kimimila: Female
The Lakota, an indigenous culture of North America, calls the butterfly a kimimila in their language. Butterflies are stunning and so metaphorical to how babies are created, gestate and then get unleashed from their cocoon...we mean...womb! It's the perfect inspiration and therefore serves as a beautiful first name or middle name.
Traditionally, there was also a men's dance garb called a kimimila. As a symbol of freedom, dance, and beauty the butterfly makes an excellent symbol for a young lady. This video will teach you the pronunciation of Kimimila. If you like this name there are so many more names from the Lakota language (and the Sioux culture) that you'll love and may have trouble choosing between. You'll find many that are inspired by nature as kimimila is, but there are also some more culturally based names. A similar perk to the last name on this list, is that Kimimila can be shortened to Kimi, making it a perfect nickname for your little one.
10 Agostino: Usually Male
This Italian name is both a given name and a surname. It was derived from Agosto, which, of course, was Augustus in Latin. As you can imagine, the name Augustus has a rich history due to its popularity before and after the Emperor Augustus. Agostino then, is a cute and subtle reference to this long Roman history. Parents looking for a history major in their son, or sometimes daughter, might prefer this name. Then again, we can also imagine plenty of strong leadership qualities developing in a young Agostino! If this four-syllable name is too long, opt for just Tino. It's still a very common Italian name. If you do go with this name we also want to suggest the cute nickname it usually gets in the Netherlands: Guus or Guss. But if you're reading this, you're most likely loving the full name.
9 Ifunanya: Mainly Female
In the Igbo language Ifunanya means love. Is there anything more perfect? We don't think so, unless you decide to literally name the baby Love. Hmm, there's an idea. But if you're going for some subtle, this name is perfect in every way. Several other Igbo dialects, all of which originate from Nigeria, may pronounce and spell this name differently, including as Ihunanya. Though primarily used for girls this name was also occasionally used for boys. If you're looking for a name with Igbo heritage, the compassionate implications of this name might just win you over. As parents, raising your child to be compassionate is so important, so why not start with giving your baby the most compassionate name of all. You might also be interested in other popular Western African cultures from which to choose names, including Urhobo and Akan.
8 Efthimios: Male
This Greek name means "the one in a good mood". Giving the baby a name that inspires positivism is a great start to life. The first famous Efthimios was born in Armernia and was so named because his birth made his parents happy. That's one way to encourage your son to be an optimist! That Efthimios went on to be a very religiously devout Christian, so religious parents might be inspired to use it.
With all of the old biblical names becoming quite popular these days, one might do Saints and other religious figures to find more unique Christian names. In our name book, this one gets 4 stars. It's got history, a great meaning, and a touch of exoticism. There's also a female version of this name if you end up having a girl: Efthimia.
7 Danaysia: Female
This name has only been recorded in the United States since 1996. We assume some clever parents invented it that year, because there seems to be no previous source of the name, that we can find. So yay! An original name. It seems that parents nowadays are always on a hunt for the most original names that no one has ever heard of before. So here's a winner.
While our instincts think it's a combination of "Anastasia" and "Dana", every source or meaning behind the name seems entirely made-up. Many cultures are known for throwing two separate names together and making it one and if you're looking to hit that syllable count, this is a great idea too. The name Danaysia has remained rare since its inception, probably because few have heard its rhythmic beauty. Who knows, one day your little girl could be the reason this name becomes popular!
6 Tadarius: Male
This name is probably a recent invention, and most likely a combination of the name "Darius" with the letter "T". (Darius is also a GREAT name! But that's for another list) Like most recently invented names, not much is known about who first used the name or how they came up with it. On the other hand, this name is old enough to have a famous bearer. Tadarius Thomas is a pro wrestler and champion boxer. So if you're in the mood to raise a fighter, not the bad kind, but that kind that inspires strength, hard work and athleticism, then this baby boy name is beyond perfect for your son. Add it to the list! Call dibs on it among your friends, because trust us, in the future there will be more then one Tadarius in your child's classroom.
5 Araminta: Female
It's a little known fact that Harriet Tubman was actually born Araminta Ross. Conflicting accounts exist of when Tubman changed her name, but we do know that it was her mother's name-- who was of Ashanti heritage. This name might serve as a unique tribute to Tubman and the Black Rights Movement more generally, especially for those parents who want a rare tribute. Although, we imagine the name will become more popular once Tubman is depicted on the twenty-dollar bill. Before Tubman, the name was used first in a 1693 play called "The Old Bachelor" by William Congreve, but it didn't quite catch on. Even after the play it was quite rarely used, and, of course, is till rare. It's usual nickname might be very appealing to some parents: Minta or Minty. Quite cute!
4 Ubaidullah: Male
This Muslim name is derived from the similar name Abdulla, which means servant of Allah. The "Ubaid" was added to make the name mean "little" servant of Allah. This longer version is an adorable choice for a son, especially a youngest. He'll always be little in your eyes! There is certain amount of reverence that goes along with this name as well, despite it's playful meaning. Ubaidullah Sindi is the most famous bearer of the name. He was a leader of the India independence movement, a devout Muslim, and well-traveled. Religious names are definitely making a comeback so get ahead of the game and write this one down. It might be the perfect one once you lay eyes on your little boy.
3 Surbahi: Female
This is the name of the divine cow goddess of Hinduism, who more commonly goes by the name Kamadhenu (along with other names). This sacred figure is a mother and a symbol of prosperity who is also charming, pleasing, and fragrant. Legend says she gifts her owner anything that they desire. Some tales even have kings coming to great punishment for trying to steal Kamadhenu from her owner.
Further tales depict her as devoted, worshiping Brahma for 10 000 years. This god then made Kamdhenu the goddess Goloka, a cow heaven, and ordered humans to worship cows in her honour. The name Surbahi is the proper name of this goddess (as well as a synonym for cow), and may be spelled Surbi in northern India. Also the related name Nandini is considered a synonym. If you've always wished for a daughter, and hope her life will be bountiful, this name is a fitting tribute.
2 Chidiebube: Intersex
This name is from the Igbo language, which is a culture you can find in Western Africa, specifically in Nigeria. The first American-born child to receive this name was born recently, in 2013! Traditionally, this name means "God is glorious" and is still used by Igbo parents for their girls as often as their boys.
You'll notice that there's been quite a few Igbo names on this list, and that's because the culture seems particularly fond of many-syllable names. They may be hard to pronounce but once you got it down, they'll roll off the tongue and become a favorite on the list of names you're compiling. Some parents might worry about whether this name is made for bullies, but the hell with them, it's too beautiful a name to resist. Instead, teach you kid to shut those bullies with the boring names down.
1 Vinicius: Male
One of the Rio 2016 Olympic mascots was named Vinicius. He was the cute yellow fox-like character. But the parents who named their child this in 2015 were probably inspired by the Brazilian composer, Vinicius de Moraes, the same man the mascot was named after. This composer was nicknamed "The Little Poet" and is beloved in Brazil. There's even a statue commemorated to honor him, as he died in 1980. The name Vinicius has a longer history than this though. It first became popular during the Roman Empire, where it was invented as a form of Vinicio. That was a family name, possibly formed from the Latin work for wine "vinum". If you decide to use this name it could inspire some musical talent in your little boy, or some Olympic potential.