Looking for unusual or unique baby names? If you need inspiration on what to call your newborn, we have thousands of unique baby name ideas to inspire you.
Choosing your baby’s name is one of the most exciting (and daunting!) decisions you’ll make as a new parent, but the journey is a fun one. Don't rush it. Make a shortlist. Let it sit. We've made a list of some of the most interesting, unusual names from a range of different cultures and angles to help spark your imagination.
If you've understand the plight of having a common name and don't want the same for your child, it's easy to see why a unique name might be more appealing.
Whether you’re looking for a baby name that no one else on the playground will have, or simply want to find unusal baby name that helps reflect their individuality, there are a few different angles you can consider as your starting point.
Inspiration for unusual baby names
Firstly, names from different cultures sound much more unique outside their native country, and many from outside the UK are much more musical or have their own intrinsic beauty. For instance, Islamic names often use more unusual letters of the alphabet such as Z and Q, and unique French names are often very elegant and melodic.
Following from this you may consider unique names from celebrities, as they so often like to name their kids weird and whacky things, and this can serve as a great jumping off point - or direct inspiration if you love the names they picked.
Finally, popular culture such as television shows and music can be a good inspiration. Arya from the HBO series Game of Thrones became increasingly popular (but still an unusual name) for babies in the UK following its release.
Unusual baby names in the UK
Cultural inspiration for unusual first names
Unique Muslim baby names
Looking for the perfect unique muslim name for your new arrival? Whether you're expecting a baby boy or a baby girl, you can read our round up of the best unusual and unique muslim baby girl names, such as Zainab, Aziza and Qadira plus unique muslim baby boy names including Zayd, Rafee and Iskander here.
Unique unisex baby names
Whether you're waiting to know the sex or you want to give your baby a gender-neutral name, there are loads of unusual and unique unisex baby names to pick from. We love names such as Dakota, Avery, River and Lennon. You can read more unisex names here.
Unique Irish baby names
Do you or your partner want to pay homage to your Irish roots? Or do you just love the sound of a Irish name for your baby? There are so many unique Irish baby names to choose from including Malachi or Daire for a boy or Elva or Ailbhe for a girl. Find more unique and unusual Irish names here.
Unique French baby names
French baby names all seem to sound so chic - it's no surprise you're thinking about naming you new arrival with a stylish and unique French baby name. Some of our favourites include Dion for a boy and Lilou for a girl. Take a look at some more unique and unusual French baby names here.
Unique Italian baby names
There are so many unique and beautiful Italian names out there to choose from that could really suit your baby boy or baby girl! We love Elettra for a girl or Aurelio for a boy. You can take a look at some more unique and unusual Italian baby names here.
Unique American baby names
Why not take some inspiration from across the pond with a unusual American baby name direct from the USA? You could choose a unique name like Dalton for a boy or Autumn for a girl perhaps? You can find more unusual and unique American baby names here.
Unique Spanish baby names
Looking for a more exotic and unique baby name? There are some gorgeous and unusual Spanish baby names that would be perfect for your new arrival. Think names like Adelina or Florencia for a girl or names like Andres or Octavio for a boy. You can read more unique Spanish girl names here and more unusual Spanish boy names here.
Unique biblical baby names
Although many biblical baby names can sound quite traditional, there are loads of more unique and unusual sounding biblical baby boy and girl names including Eden, Sarai and Dinah. You can find more unique and unusual biblical baby names here.
Unique Russian baby names
Ever thought of naming your baby with a unusual Russian name? There are plenty to choose from such as Rolan and Zavid for a boy and Dasha and Nika for a girl. Take a look at some more unique and unusual Russian baby boy names and baby girl names here.
Unique German baby names
There are loads of lovely German baby names to choose from if you're looking for something more unusual and unique. How about something like Heike or Anneliese for a girl and maybe Leopold or Fritz for a boy. Check out some more unique and unusual German baby boy and girl names here.
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