10 Offbeat Baby Names That Are Actually Cool

It's easy to see why parents pick out weird baby names. While not every name is going to appeal to everyone, it's tough to realize that the name that you loved so much has been given to every other kid in the neighborhood.

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The key, of course, is sifting through the massive number of baby names and finding the one that may be a bit offbeat but has an awesome ring to it. You want to think creatively and make sure that this is a name that is very different. Read on to find out about 10 offbeat baby names that are actually cool.

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10 Moss

Moss is a baby name mentioned on a list by Baby Center. Sometimes nature provides the perfect inspiration and in this case, that's true. While you might have thought of moss as something that grows in your garden or on the side of a house, this is also an offbeat but cool baby name.

Moss sounds beautiful and it could definitely be a boy name or a girl name, although some might feel it's better for a girl. If flowery names are too much, then Moss could be the name that you want.

9 Evelina

So you're having a baby girl and you want a name that doesn't sound like anything that you have heard in the past... but you want something that is still interesting. It also should have a coolness factor.

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For a delicate and beautiful name, why not choose Evelina? Babble put Evelina on a baby name list and it's truly gorgeous. It doesn't seem very likely that you will meet other Evelinas while you're raising your little one. But one thing is true: you will always hear that you chose a lovely name. And people will think you're cool for finding something so fascinating.

8 Teddy

When you're picking out a baby name, you're drawn to names that feel offbeat. But at the same time, you don't want something that feels too odd. You don't want to choose a name and have friends and family call it weird.

Motherly mentions the baby girl name Teddy on a list, and it's honestly a perfect name. Imagine naming your baby girl Teddy. It's the kind of name that is just so happy and adorable.

7 Emil

Sometimes it can be helpful to think about baby names in terms of which letter they start with. If you think about baby boy names that begin with the letter E, you might think about Eli or Ethan. Maybe you're picturing naming your little one Ezra.

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But what about Emil for your baby boy? Motherly says that this name is a "male spin on Emily." This is definitely an offbeat baby name that is actually cool. Of all the baby names that start with E, Emil doesn't come to mind right away. It's possible that many people haven't even met anyone with the name Emil before. And that's awesome.

6 Shaw

Mom Junction put this name on a list and says, "Shaw, meaning ‘dweller by the wood’, sounds a lot cooler than Shawn to us, more so because of its association with the great playwright, George Bernard Shaw."

Shaw isn't a typical name at all and that could be exactly the reason why you want to put it on your list of names that you're going through. It can be good to think about offbeat names when traditional ones aren't sounding that great to you.

5 Franny

Trying to come up with a name for your baby girl and coming up totally short? Are you searching for a name that sounds offbeat but isn't too stuffy or old-fashioned? What about a name that everyone you know who is expecting a baby isn't going to choose?

Franny could be the name that sounds just right. As Nameberry says, "If Frances and Fran are too serious for you, and Fanny too saucy, you might like Franny, still identified by some with J. D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey stories."

4 Briggs

The Bump puts the baby boy name Briggs at number 1,271 and says, "Briggs as a boy's name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Briggs is 'bridges.'"

Doesn't Briggs have such a cool sound to it? Whoever you share this potential baby name with will definitely say that you chose a perfectly offbeat, chill, amazing name. It's the kind of name that sounds like a classic but you know that it's not picked out very often.

3 Melina

According to The List, "The origin of this gorgeous name is a bit uncertain, but one sweet explanation is that it comes from the Greek 'meli' which means 'honey.' The name hit its peak in 2009, but even then it only managed to reach number 456 on the list of top baby names for girls."

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Melina sounds a lot like Melanie, which is a beautiful name, but is a bit more offbeat than that, so it's a wonderful baby name to choose. If you mention it to your partner, it's highly likely that they will think that your search is finally finished.

2 Emmitt

The Bump mentions the baby boy name Emmitt and says, "Emmitt as a boy's name is of English, German, and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of the name Emmitt is 'universal, powerful, or truth.'" The website puts this name at number 1,021 so it's a really amazing baby name if you want something that isn't wildly popular.

You can also pick this baby boy name and spell it like Emmett with an "e." Either way, this is an incredibly offbeat yet incredibly cool name.

1 Cedar

According to Mom Junction, "Cedar is one of the latest tree names that is slowly, but steadily beginning to catch on with parents."

Cedar is a really fascinating baby name. While of course you wouldn't want to name your baby boy something like Tree (which definitely doesn't even seem like a legit name), Cedar is a beautiful name. It's offbeat yet cool and might just be everything that you've been looking for since it ticks both of those boxes.

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