We’re all getting used to hearing unique baby names these days. There’s North West, Blue Ivy Carter, Apple Martin…just to name a few. We all want our precious offspring to stand out from the crowd, right? Another advantage of weird names is that they tend not to be gender specific — something more parents are taking into consideration. Nameberry’s Pamela Satran reports that in 2015, “Many parents want to transcend the old-fashioned feminine or masculine roles and image with names that have not traditionally been used for either boys or girls but can be used for both sexes.”
We’ve found 15 of the most unique baby names that are totally real. Only time will tell how many of these lucky kids will wind up changing them as they get older!
It’s a girl’s name and Chia does not refer to the popular super seed. It could be based on the Chinese word for summer or derived from the name Lucius, meaning surrounded by light.
Every year there are a few boys named Moody. We hope they don’t live up to it!
Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes has inspired American moms looking for unique baby names for their daughters.
From the movie Wreck-it-Ralph, Vanellope is gaining a following for girls.
This doesn’t refer to a predatory older woman, think John Cougar Mellencamp.
This royal moniker works for either gender. Kourtney Kardashian named her youngest son Reign and Ving Rhames’ daughter is Reign Beau Rhames (say it out loud and you’ll get it).
It’s not just ubiquitous spreadsheet software, Excel is also on the list of unique baby names for girls. We’ll assume the parents were thinking along the lines of succeeding rather than office work.
Draper is one of those literal names — it means ‘cloth merchant’. Madmen’s Don Draper has made it a much more suave option.
If you love the name Olivia but hate the spelling, go for Alyvia.
It sounds so graceful and thirst-quenching but Evian is actually a boy’s name that’s a variation of Evan.
This one does roll off the tongue.
Arya, meaning noble, has surged in popularity thanks to Game of Thrones.
We all hope this our children have a blessed life, maybe this name guarantees it!
Disney made it on to this year’s Social Security Administration’s list of girls’ names.
Indie is a popular name in Wales right now. We like how it brings to mind future hipsters and creative thinkers.