Inside: Looking for baby names that are different, but not weird? You’re sure to find at least a few solid contenders from this list of over 75 cute and unique baby names!
Except for our first baby, deciding on a baby name was a struggle for my husband and I. We somehow instantly agreed on a baby girl’s first and middle name where BOTH names ended up remaining on the top 10 most popular baby names list for years to come.
For babies 2-5, I was searching for cute AND unique baby names (read: names that weren’t in the top 100).
My only problem was that every single name I came up with, my husband would instantly veto. “Do you know how many awful nicknames bullies can make out of that in middle school?” was his incessant refrain.
Granted, he wasn’t coming up with ANY baby names on his end. He just vetoed.
A few of our babies remained nameless for hours after birth, but I somehow managed to get him to agree on at least ONE unique baby name, which I included on this list. Any guesses?
While finding an uncommon baby name you and your spouse can agree on can be like the stars aligning type of moment, you ultimately want to find baby names that are different, but not weird, amiright?
So in the spirit of helping you on your quest, here are 75+ cute and unusual baby names (cute in my opinion, anyway) to add to your list!
75+ Cute and Unique Baby Names
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Latin, meaning “one or expert”. It’s only fitting this strong boy name should be first on the list.
Hebrew & German background, meaning “God is my refuge.” Could be shortened to the nickname “Addy”.
Pronounced “al-ee-thia”, this American name with Greek and Latin roots means “truth”. A beautifully classic name with integrity.
Indian, meaning “eternal”.
The French word Amor means love. Combined with “-ette” you have a tiny “little love”.
English in origin. According to some sources, Arabella means “beautiful lion,” to others, “obliging.” You could also use this more uncommon name as the official first name, while using the cute and popular nickname “Bella”.
Hebrew, meaning “angel”. It fits with the popular “-a” endings, while still being well into the 2,000’s in popularity rankings.
A Hebrew boy name meaning “lion”.
“Goddess of the moon” in Greek mythology.
Did you know that To Kill a Mockingbird is the #2 most read book in America next to the Bible? Atticus is simultaneously cute AND strong. And you don’t come across that kind of a baby name very often.
From the Latin name “Augustus”, August means “to increase” or “esteemed”. Not just for babies born in the month of August (this from someone named for a month NOT her birth month).
English, meaning “field by the river”. Any Anne of Green Gables fan will appreciate a more rare baby name alternative to the popular “Anne with an ‘e'”.
Greek, meaning “support or prop”. Atlas is also a Greek mythological Titan who is usually shown holding the world on his back.
Hebrew, meaning “oak tree”. That’s one tough girl’s name!
English, meaning “from the brook”.
Or Bax for short! English origin, meaning “baker’s meadow”.
This name has mixed origins – American, German, and English. It means “bright, famous, and little bird.”
From Gaelic, meaning “field or plain”, Blair is a strong and unique name for a strong and beautiful baby girl. The spelling “Blaire” is an alternative, but it is slightly more popular than this version.
Celtic in origin, this cute and uncommon baby name means “firebrand.” You’d be naming your child after Blaise Pascal, a 17th century mathematician whose claim to fame is well-known “Pascal’s Triangle” used in probably theory today.
I love this name! And I wanted to use this as a nickname for our most recent addition – Gabrielle.
It didn’t stick as a nickname (we went with the more typical “Gabby”), but please use it! It’s cute and different at the same time, and means “strength” or “hill”.
Greek, meaning “cup; fairest, most beautiful, or lovely. It’s an adorable geographical name of a place for parents who love CA.
My dad’s name, Carl is definitely due for a come back! Of German origins, Carl means “man”.
English, the name of the flower which is a symbol of luck, wealth, and comfort.
Welsh, meaning “love, fair, blessed.”
A combination of David, a biblical name meaning “beloved” and Darrion, which means “gift”. The nickname “Davy” would be adorable with this one.
German mythology in origin, Della means “of nobility”.
This is a modern American created name combining Ember and Lynn. The name “Ember” is known to be a derivative of “Amber”, the name of a gem made from fossilized tree resin. “Lynn” is an English name meaning “lake, waterfall, or pool”.
This classic and underused Spanish name means “star”. It’s also a literary nod to Estella Havisham from Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations.
Irish, meaning “ruler of the family”. Be careful with this one!
Anglo-Saxon, meaning “rules by the spear”.
Another Anne of Green Gables inspired name, Gilbert isn’t necessarily the cutest name, but the nickname “Gil” certainly qualifies…at least if you’ve seen Anne of Avonlea and heard the way Anne calls him “Gil”. Happy sighs over here just thinking about it.
English meaning “near the holly”. If mama’s name is Holly, this would make an adorable namesake for a boy or girl!
Dutch and German origin, meaning “estate ruler”. It’s also a rockin’ unisex name for parents who love Jimmi Hendrix.
Hebrew, meaning “my words spoken”. A perfect name for the perfect reminder of God’s promises.
American, meaning “jovial, joyful”. This is going to the name of one very happy baby!
A Hawaiian boy’s name meaning “sea”. A perfect name for your water baby-to-be.
English, meaning “from the small hill”. John Knox was also the founder of the Scottish Presbyterian church.
Modern American created. Kova can be linked to the Hawaiian name Koa, which means “tallest tree”.
Modern American created. Close to the name Tyson, which is of French origin and means “high-spirited”.
This name makes it onto the “rare but beautiful baby name” list. No meaning beyond the body of water with the same name.
English, Irish origin, typically meaning “lover”. It’s also a tribute to John Lennon if mom and dad are fans.
The strong, sassy single mom from Gilmore Girls, a little Lorelai would be adorable for a baby name.
French, meaning “light”. “Lucy” for short if you’re in the market for a nickname.
French, meaning “pearl”. “Maggie” or “Mags” are two precious short choices for this baby name.
This male English name means “lake remains” or “driftwood”.
From the Greek, meaning “gentle and dark.” Could be paired with the adorable nickname “Mel.”
Hungarian, Japanese and Russian in origin. This adorable name means “beautiful fragrance.”
Arabic. A female name meaning “successful”. Girl power!
This male Arabic name means “safe”.
I was shocked to see that this name is surprisingly rare! Absolutely adorable, Nellie is variant of Ellen and Eleanor, which both mean “light”. And as long as you haven’t seen the show Little House on the Prairie, you’ll love bringing back this cute and unique baby name.
French in origin, Percy means, “piercing the valley.” Perhaps it will be popular one day with Percy Jackson fans, but for now, it sits close to 2000 in popularity.
An alternative to the baby name “Peter”, this very unusual, but strong name means, “rock”.
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English, meaning “flute player”. This name is rising in popularity, making it into the top 100 names. But it still qualifies as cute and unusual!
English, meaning “spear”. This name also gives reference to Pike’s Peak in Colorado, named after Zebulon Pike, an 18th-century explorer. Perfect for parents who love to be outdoors!
English, meaning “small flower”. This little name speaks for itself.
Anglo-Saxon in origin, meaning “field of birds”. Named after Sir Walter Raleigh and the city I currently call home, Raleigh is super cute and definitely unique!
English, a strong baby name for a boy meaning “living on the riverbank”.
This baby name means “doe”, and is a derivative of the more popular name Rachel. This name may become more popular as Star Wars fans have babies, but in the new movies, the spelling is “Rey”.
French origin, meaning “from the Rheims”, a town in central France.
German, meaning “renowned land”. This baby name could be used for a boy OR a girl, although for girls it is considered an extremely rare choice. …Which maybe is what you’re going for?
Gilmore Girls fans again? Rory is a great name on its own, although you could use it as a nickname for Lorelai. They rank the same popularity-wise.
With Irish and English roots, Rowen means “little red-head” or “red”. The spelling “Rowan” is far more popular than this one.
While this baby name is typically used for boys, you could also use Rowena for a baby girl.
Latin, meaning “from the border”. Brings back fond memories of the elegant Audrey Hepburn in the older version of the movie Sabrina, and Julia Ormond in the 1995 version.
No particular name meaning other than the obvious definition, but the nickname “Shep” is just adorable.
Danish origins, meaning “stern”. But you could think of your little Soren as more on the serious side…and adorable of course.
Where are my Alias fans at? I SO wanted to be Sydney Bristow, Jennifer Garner butt-kicking spy from the popular 90’s TV show. Anyone else?
From French origins, Sydney means “wide meadow”, with “Syd” being a cute nickname option.
A cute and unusual baby name with English origins, Vale means “lives in the valley.”
Greek or Hebrew, meaning “joyful or blooming” or “morning dew”. A character in the Percy Jackson books, half-blood daughter of Zeus. Could be shortened to the cute nickname “Tali”.
The more common spelling “Talia” is markedly more popular, but still nowhere near the top 100 more popular baby names.
English, meaning “from the marsh”. It’s also close to the name Van, which is an English name meaning “from the family of”.
Back to Alias, Michael Vaughn was one of the main characters and constantly called “Vaughn” instead of “Michael”. Vaughn is quite rare, but a strong and wonderful name for a boy! The only potential downside to this one would be the name meaning – “small”.
Of Hebrew origin. Seraphina means, “fiery”. Could be shortened as a nickname to “Sera”, similar to the far more popular name “Sarah”.
From German or Teutonic roots, Wilma comes from the name “William”, meaning “strong-willed warrior.” While this name is not very popular in the United States, it does happen to be in the top ten most popular baby names in Sweden.
So if you’re Swedish or planning to spend significant time in Sweden, you may want to reconsider this baby name choice.
Of American Indian origin, it means “first-born daughter”.
Made well-known by actress Winona Ryder, this one is still fairly uncommon. That could change any time, but for now, I’m still counting it in the “unique baby names” camp (plus, it’s cute!).
Hebrew, meaning “gift of God”. Keep in mind that this one may be more popular if you have a Hebrew background.
Arabic, meaning “increasing or surplus”. A powerful boy or girl name for your little blessing. It’s also a cute and unusual baby name alternative to the more popular name “Sadie”.
From the Greek, meaning “dawn”. You’d be naming your little one after famous American anthropologist and author Zora Neale Hurston.
Do you have any more cute and unique baby names to add to this list? Let me know in the comments!
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