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25 Unique Twists On Classic Baby Names That Will Stand Out From The Rest

It often doesn’t take much to transform a classic name into a much cooler option. With just a bit of ingenuity, traditional monikers can easily become much more exciting. All it takes is a creative spelling or an unexpected spin to breath life back into boring names.

This isn’t your grandma’s list, that’s for sure! Maybe you want to name your daughter after your great-aunt but her name is super common. Perhaps you’re feeling pressured by your family to carry on a drab name for your son. Don’t worry, we’ve bumped up a handful of names several coolness levels. These common monikers have been ramped up and transformed into modern versions.

If a humdrum name just won’t do for your kid, then you’ve come to the right place. A perfect way to honor a grandparent or ancestor is by using an unusual version of his or her name. We’ve sorted through name charts and popularity lists to bring you the most current options of conventional monikers.

Sometimes, all it takes is a little imagination and an open mind to take a name from classic to cool. Please enjoy this list of 25 cool twists of classic baby names that will always stand out.

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25 Chase

Chase is a fun twist on the name Clarence. This punchy one-syllable moniker is so much cooler than the buttoned-up classic version. It placed #81 on the 2017 Modern Boys Name List and would be a great option for any little guy. Be sure to underline this one.

"Chase" is a name of English origin, and it means "Hunter". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 158,441 babies born with the first name Chase in the United States.

24 Bryn

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Bryn is a plucky variation of the common name Brianna. This one is distinctive and entered the charts in 1950 and has slowly been finding a place with parents. Your little girl will be the only girl on the playground named Bryn, for sure. It’s adorable and unique.

The name Bryn is of Greek origin and means "Dark Heights". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,639 babies born with the first name Bryn in the United States.

23 Cruz

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Cruz would be a perfect replacement for the traditional name, Craig. It somehow has a laid-back vibe to it. Victoria and David Beckham picked this one for their son. It would be a solid choice for any little dude.

"Cruz" is a name of Spanish origin, and it means "The Cross of Christ". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 25,240 babies born with the first name Cruz in the United States. It was ranked #91 on 2017 Unique Boy Name list.

22 Gemma

Gemma puts a stylish twist on the classic moniker, Jeanette. It’s not only beautiful but is on-trend as more and more parents are opting for jewel-inspired names. A little girl named Gemma will always know how treasured she is.

"Gemma" is a name of Italian origin, and it means "Precious Stone". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 12,417 babies born with the first name Gemma in the United States. It ranked #39 on the 2017 Italian Girl Name list.

21 Willem

If you feel like William might be too stuffy for your kiddo then Willem could be a great solution. It’s a bit edgier than it’s buttoned-up counterpart and just feels more modern. One famous actor with this moniker is Willem Dafoe. Yet, it’s just distinctive enough to make your son stand out.

"Willem" is a name of Dutch origin, and it means "Strong-willed Warrior". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,302 babies born with the first name Willem in the United States.

20 Josie

Josie puts a jaunty twist on the traditional name, Joanne. It’s one of those “nickname” monikers that are super on-trend at the moment. Of course, it brings to mind Josie and the Pussycats, the all-girl band from the Archie comics of yesteryear. That gives this one some vintage-cred.

"Josie" is a name of American origin, and it means "God Will Add". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 55,835 babies born with the first name Josie in the United States.

19 Jameson

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Jameson is a popular variation of the name James that is rising on the charts. According to the folks over at Nameberry, this one found its place on the top 100 list for the first time in 2017, landing at #100. It’s a distinctive name for a distinguished little guy.

"Jameson" is a name of English origin, and it means "Son of James". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 27,841 babies born with the first name Jameson in the United States.

18 Tamara

Tamara is like the fancier big sister of the name, Tammy. It began it’s ascent on the charts in the 1950’s and peaked in the 1970’s. So, it’s just waiting to have another big moment. This one often finds a place in vintage baby name lists.

"Tamara" is a name of Russian origin, and it means "Palm Tree". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 130,618 babies born with the first name Tamara in the United States.

17 Ronan

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Let’s face it, Ronald isn’t the most dramatic name but Ronan would be an appealing twist. It would also work as a replacement for the ancient-sounding moniker, Roman. This one is often added to Irish Boy Name Lists and was #65 on the Unique Boy Name list.

"Ronan" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Little seal". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9,275 babies born with the first name Ronan in the United States.

16 Emmeline

Emmeline is a sophisticated variation of the traditional name, Emily. It also puts a spin on the wildly popular moniker, Emma. It’s a vintage name that has been around for ages but somehow has a modern sensibility. This one would be a unique choice for your little girl.

"Emmeline" is a name of English origin, and it means "Work". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,340 babies born with the first name Emmeline in the United States.

15 Topher

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Topher is a cute and shortened version of the name, Christopher. We think this variation has much more personality than the typical nickname, Chris. It was made mainstream when Topher Grace entered the picture in the sitcom, That 70’s Show. Yet, it’s still unique enough to be uncommon.

"Topher" is a name of American origin, and it means "Christ Bearer". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 76 babies born with the first name Topher in the United States.

14 Bay

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Bay is a short and sweet twist on the already adorable name, Bailey. This one would also be a great option for parents who love the water. It is often added to lists like Middle Names For Girls. Bay found a place on the charts in 1995 and is saw a big spike in 2016.

"Bay" is a name of English origin, and it means "Sea Inlet". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 576 babies born with the first name Bay in the United States.

13 Hendrix

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Hendrix is the coolest variation of the name Henry. Your little guy will feel like a rock star with this one. I mean, what could be cooler than naming your son after the rock legend, Jimmy Hendrix? It’s just different enough to make your kid stand out without being too freaky.

"Hendrix" is a name of English origin, and it means "Son of Hendrick". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,771 babies born with the first name Hendrix in the United States.

12 Story

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Story gives the name common name, Stephanie, a literary-bent. It would be the perfect name for a book- lover to name their daughter. This one is an imaginative choice that is often listed on lists like Attitude Names For Girls.

"Story" is a name of American origin, and it means "Tale". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,057 babies born with the first name Story in the United States. It’s most popular in Texas, California, and Florida.

11 Seph

Seph gives a laidback spin to the classic name, Joseph. This one is so uncommon that it hasn’t even found a place on the baby-naming charts yet. That means that your little guy will be a total original if you pick this one. You can’t get more unique than that.

From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 13 babies born with the first name Seph in the United States. Seph is the 67,680th most popular name of all time.

10 Lexa

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Lexa is a cheerful version of the super formal name, Alexandra. It’s another one of those monikers is so rare that will make your daughter feel like she’s one of a kind. Lexa found a place on the charts in 1987 and has been slowly rising ever since.

Lexa means "Defender of man" and is of Czech origin. From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,031 babies born with the first name Lexa in the United States.

9 Zander

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Zander is on the rise as a variation of the classic name, Alexander. It’s like the cooler big brother of the common nickname for this one, Alex. It’s even cooler that it’s counterpart, Xander. It was even #11 on the Unique Boy Name list.

"Zander" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Defender of the People". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 18,413 babies born with the first name Zander in the United States.

8 Aurora

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Aurora puts an ethereal twist on the name, Laura. It was the name of the Roman goddess of sunrise whose tears were transformed into morning dew. How poetic and pretty is that? It was also the name of Disney’s main character in the film, Sleeping Beauty.

"Aurora" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Goddess of the Dawn". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 47,703 babies born with the first name Aurora in the United States.

7 Milo

If you’re on the lookout for a fun version of the name Milton, then you might like Milo for your son. It has a cool-kid vibe that is undeniable. It can also put a spin on the moniker, Miles. Ricky Lake and Live Tyler are two celebs who chose this one for their boys.

"Milo" is a name of English origin, and it means "Soldier". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 19,872 babies born with the first name Milo in the United States.

6 Gracie

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A stylish diminutive of the name classic name, Grace would be to name your little girl, Graci. It has a lively sensibility to it that gives this one a modern edge. It has been enjoying a surge in popularity and was #29 on 2017 Vintage Girl Names list.

"Gracie" is a name of English origin, and it means "Grace of God". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 71,654 babies born with the first name Gracie in the United States.

5 Camden

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An unusual twist on the name Charlie would be to call your little guy Camden. It first appeared on the charts in the 1960’s and continued a steady rise until it peaked in popularity in 2013. It was #38 on the Modern Boy Names list.

"Camden" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the valley of the Camps". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 42,028 babies born with the first name Camden in the United States.

4 Liliana

Liliana is an exotic variation of the name, Lillian. The already feminine moniker is given some Latin flair that would totally make your little girl feel beautiful. It has seen some notoriety as Liliana was ranked #109 on popularity charts and #85 on the Modern Girl Names list.

"Liliana" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Purity, beauty". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 50,068 babies born with the first name Liliana in the United States.

3 Mack

Mack gives a cool spin to the common name, Jack. This approachable moniker would be perfect for a friendly kiddo. Mack spiked in popularity in the 1940’s and often finds a place on lists like Cowboy Names For Boys.

"Mack" is a name of Celtic origin, and it means "Son of". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 37,942 babies born with the first name Mack in the United States. It was #78 on the First Names As Last Names list.

2 Sidony

Sidony is a spunky variation of the name Cindy. This French name is tres chic and would be a polished pick for a sweet little girl. It is such an uncommon name that it hasn’t really found a place on the charts. Huzzah! Your daughter would be an original with this one.

The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Sidony is Sunday, April 7th, 1878. From 1880 to 2016 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Sidony.

1 Archer

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Acher is a rugged and cute twist on the classic name, Arthur. It lands on plenty of lists including #91 on Vintage Boy Names and #13 on the Unique Boy Names list. This one first saw a tick on the charts in 2000 and has been rising, ever so slightly each year.

"Archer" is a name of English origin, and it means "Bowman". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9,006 babies born with the first name Archer in the United States.

References: Names.org, Nameberry.com

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