Choosing a popular baby name sounds great in theory, but what about when your daughter is one of six Sarahs in her fifth-grade class alone? To help, we compiled a list of unique baby names (that aren’t all that tricky to spell). Keep scrolling for 100 uncommon baby names that’ll have your little boy or girl standing out from the crowd.
100 Uncommon Baby Names to Help Your Child Stand Out from the Crowd
Uncommon Baby Girl Names
All credits to George R. R. Martin for this one. In the author’s fictional language Dothraki, Khaleesi means “queen” and is a title worn by Queen Danerys, Mother of Dragons. With that context, it’s a formidable name for your baby girl.
Paityn is a gender-neutral English name with American spelling—alternatives include Payton and Peyton.
With roots in Irish, Celtic, Gaelic and Latin, Quinn is a unisex name that means “wise.” In Latin, it translates to “girl who is as pretty as two.” Of course, the name also evokes a certain Quinn Fabray on the hit TV series, Glee.
In Arabic, Fatima is a name meaning “captivating.” In Islam, Fatima was a daughter of the prophet Muhammad and is described in the Qur’an as one of four perfect women, the Islamic equivalent of the Virgin Mary. The name also means “chaste, motherly, shining one.”
Also spelled Seraphina, this moniker means “angel, fiery.” It derives from the Hebrew word seraphim, used to describe celestial or angelic beings.
Emerson is a gender-neutral baby name of German origin that means “brave, powerful”—two qualities your little one is sure to have.
The female version of Peter, Petra means “rock,” stemming from the Greek “petros.” You may also know it as a city in Jordan, home to pink sandstone temples.
Before the names Emily and Amelia burst onto the scene, there was Amalia. The name has roots in Hebrew, German and Italian. Notably, it is born by Princess Catharina-Amalia of Orange, the heir to the Dutch throne. In history, Anna Amalia was a renowned European duchess and arts patron.
Translating to “life” in Latin and Spanish, this unisex name is a celebration of potential and possibility.
Evalyn has Hebrew roots, stemming from Eve, “to live.” In old French and German, variations include Aveline, Avelina and Avila.
This one means “light” in Spanish, coming from Nuestra Señora de la Luz, meaning “our lady of the light,” which refers to the Virgin Mary. Luz is a name that represents eternal love, beauty and heavenly purity.
A nickname for Winifred and Gwendolyn, it also works as just plain old Winnie. The name means “gentle friend” and “friend of peace.”
An Arabic name meaning “success,” you can’t go wrong with this baby girl name. It is also spelled Nayla.
Unisex names FTW. Blaise has a rich legacy, including Saint Blaise and Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician and inventor of calculating machines and the hydraulic press.
Not just for flower lovers, this French name is delicate and elegant. It is most notably the name of Fleur Delacour from Harry Potter and the character of John Galsworthy’s celebrated The Forsyte Saga.
Zuri is a unisex Swahili name meaning “beautiful, good.”
Who said it’s only a surname? In Irish, Murphy means “sea warrior” and is a popular last name. Shake things up by making it your baby’s first name, perhaps taking inspiration from Murphy Cooper, the scientist in the hit sci-fi Interstellar who successfully saves humanity.
If you like flower names but aren’t so keen on the well-loved Rose and Lily, Tansy is a good option. In Greek, it translates to “immortality.”
A trendy twist on Sarah, Zahra is one of the names of the prophet Muhammad’s daughter Fatima, her full name being Fatima al-Zahra. It means “flower” and symbolizes compassion and generosity. The alternative spelling is Zara.
As the name suggests, Indigo means “blue,” stemming from the Greek Indikon, which means “from India.”
Cordelia has Latin and Celtic roots, meaning “heart” and “daughter of the sea.” A daughter of King Lear in Shakespeare’s tragedy of the same name, Cordelia is known for her sympathy. The name also has an admirer in a certain Anne of Green Gables, who said she wished it was hers.
Welsh for “white shadow,” Guinevere lives in the mind of popular imagination as the beautiful, doomed Queen of Camelot. In modern English, it’s spelled Jennifer, but Guinevere is sure to stand out from the crowd.
Agatha, which gets a chic twist as Agathe in French, means “good woman” in Greek. In history, Agatha was a daughter of William the Conqueror and also a patron saint of firefighters and nurses. Not to mention the name of famed mystery author Agathie Christie.
A virtue name, Charity is less common than Hope and Faith, but has appeared across popular culture, from Charles Dickens to Harry Potter and Two Broke Girls.
In French, Yvette translates to “yew tree,” so if you’re fond of plant names but don’t want to go the flower route, this one is for you. The tree itself is known to be durable and persistent with a long life.
A British name, Primrose is a pale-yellow flower and one of spring’s first blooms. It symbolizes protection, safety and love.
In Latin, Leonie translates to “lion,” with variations including Leona and Leonia. Leonie makes an appearance in Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust, whose aunt is a major character in the novel.
If you’re musical, you know that “allegro” means you should play with a “quick, lively tempo.” Similarly, Allegra, an Italian baby girl name, means “joyous.”
Best known as the yellow spice of the crocus, Saffron is Arabic for “yellow flower.” It’s only fitting to name your baby girl after something so precious, no?
On the 10-month Roman calendar, September was the seventh month of the year, and in Latin (“septem”) means “seven.” As the harbinger of fall, September evokes color, change and fresh starts.
A variation of Augusta, in Latin Augustina translates to “great, magnificent”—both of which you hope your little girl to be.
Far from being a charming Southern city, Atlanta has Greek roots, meaning “secure, immovable” and stemming from the ancient Greek “Atalanta.” It is the name of a huntress in mythology who said she’d only marry the person who beat her in a foot race.
Calico is the English version of Calicut, the Indian port that exported the beloved fabric.
With its star shape and mild sweetness, Anise is a popular spice but less popular name, making it a fun moniker for the baby who brings fun and flavor into your life.
A sweet mashup of Clara and Mae, Claramae is a British name that means “bright, clear.”
In Greek, Delta means “fourth,” being the fourth letter of the alphabet and symbolizes “positive change” in mathematics, while also evoking the serenity and strength of a river mouth.
Marlowe is a gender-neutral English name translating to “Driftwood,” perfect for an adventurous spirit. Alternative spellings include Marlo and Marlow. Celebrities like Jason Schwartzman and Sienna Miller have chosen the name for their daughters.
Aside from being a vibrant Spanish Mediterranean coastal city, Valencia is Roman for “strong, healthy” and in Latin, “Valentia” means “valor.” The name is a symbol of strength and bravery.
Athena is a Greek goddess and daughter of Zeus. Most reputed as the goddess of wisdom, she also presides over warfare and craftwork.
In Hindu, Riya means “singer” and is also spelled Aria. Perfect if your little girl shows musical inclination.
If you want a regal name full of grace and poise, Rainey is the way to go. With Latin, Scottish and English origins, it means “queen.”
This beautiful green gemstone evokes the verdant country of Ireland, known itself as the Emerald Isle. It’s also the May birthstone for any Gemini and Taurus babies arriving late spring.
Greek for “woman from Magdala,” Magdalena has made an appearance in Spanish, German and Slavic countries, often spelled Magdalene and referencing Saint Mary Magdalene. In ancient Greek, “magdala” means “great, elegant.”
Emmaline is German for “work,” also spelled Ameline and Amelina to describe and foreshadow good work ethic.
In Latin and Spanish, Paloma translates to “dove.” The name famously belongs to a daughter of Pablo Picasso and symbolizes peace.
Another regal name, Reagan is Irish for “little king” and is gender neutral, invoking majesty, promise and youthfulness.
Sanskrit for “gem,” in ancient Greece, it was believed that these were Zeus’ tears after his victory over the Titans. Opals are a symbol of hope and good fortune and reportedly Queen Victoria's preferred gemstone.
Rayne is Scandinavian for “counsel, helpful friend” and a gender-neutral baby name that evokes comfort of water hitting the window on a grey day.
From Latin “clemens,” translating to merciful, Clementine is the feminization of Clement and also brings to mind happy orange hues of the citrus fruit.
This Scottish, gender-neutral name means “from the dales” and “the valley meadows,” as well as “skilled” in Irish.
Uncommon Baby Boy Names
Pronounced “ya-go,” this baby boy name has Spanish and Cornish roots, meaning “supplanter.” A variation in spelling would be Jacob.
The Italian version of Max, Massimo adds flair and it’s fitting as the name means “biggest, greatest.”
The moniker means “to possess good” and stems from Greek, Latin and Persian. It’s the name of kings, including Emperor Darius the Great of Persia.
Xander is a Greek name derived from Alexander meaning “defender of the people.” You can also spell it Zander.
*Cue Macauley Culkin’s Home Alone face* This Scottish name means “son of righteousness.” But if the Hollywood tie-in isn’t an indicator, this name is destined for a little (mis)adventure, too.
In French, Leroy means “the king” and was a popular boy’s name in the early 20th century.
The French version of the German “ludwig,” Louis means “famous warrior” and was the name of no less than 14 French kings, so your baby is in good company.
German for “victorious protector,” Zigmund can also be fun and games, coming complete with a nickname, “Ziggy.”
This combo American name brings together Trey and Devon.
In Spanish, Santos translates to “the saints” and is a heavenly pick for your new bundle of joy.
An Irish name meaning “man of prayer,” Declan is the English version of the Irish name Déaglán, a notable fifth-century saint.
It’s a French name that means “nobleman” or “lord of the borderlands.” It’s also a noble title, and you can shake things up by spelling it Marquez.
German for “strong, brave,” the name Bear symbolizes strength, courage and wisdom.
It means “defender of the people” and is considered the Scottish version of Alexander.
Not to be confused with a book of maps, in Greek, Atlas means “to carry.” Fitting, as in mythology, Atlas was the Titan who held the world on his shoulders.
This English name means “pure” and is suitable for a baby boy or girl. From enterprising Kit Kitteridge to the dashing Kit Harington, it seems this name is marked for greatness.
In Irish, Glen means “valley” and all that is tranquil and serene. Or, you know, you could take a page from Mean Girls with this one. You go, Glen Coco.
Stemming from Arabic, Rashaad means “wisdom” and “good guidance.”
We love a good Harry Potter reference. Though it’s the name of a lovable British character, Neville actually has French roots, meaning “new town.”
Jericho is Arabic for “city of the moon.” Lofty and fitting as it was an imposing city in Biblical times.
An Old English name meaning “Brock’s town,” Braxton is an unconventional and gender-neutral baby name.
Hebrew for “origin,” this unisex name symbolizes new beginnings and creativity.
Typically an English last name, Ledger may bring to mind a certain Australian actor—swap things up and give your baby a swashbuckling first name.
If you think your baby has rockstar potential, Hendrix will make a fine first name. It originates in the German Heimirich, “ruler of the home” and is an equivalent of the English Henry.
Kai is a gender-neutral name that has meanings across cultures. In Hawaiian, it means “sea,” while in Japanese it translates to “shell” and in German, “warrior.”
This is a British name with Greek roots in “epískopos,” meaning “overseer”—perfect for a little one who’s always in charge!
Sanskrit for “sun and air,” this baby boy’s name references the Hindu god Surya, whose domain was the sun. In Hebrew, Avi means “father,” stemming from Avraham, “father of nations.”
Emmett is a gender-neutral name but can be considered a masculine version of Emma. The name means “universal, truth.”
Looking for a retro baby boy name? Easton has you covered. This British name means “east town” and is sure to have your kid standing out in the crowd.
Foster is an English name that means “forester.” While you’ve probably heard it as a last name—notables include Jodie, Sutton and Norman—it makes an original first name, too.
A sea between Asia and Europe, Caspian is also a character in the mythical world of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia. From Latin “caspii,” meaning white, it was originally a term used to describe those in Central Asia who originated from the Caucasus. Either way, the name is imbued with adventure.
The name Aydin has Gaelic and Turkish roots, translating to “fire” in the former and “clear, illuminating, enlightened” in the latter.
A British name that means “one who grinds grain,” Miller is a typical last name but works well as an unconventional unisex first name.
In the 14th and 15th century, Brody was the name of a medieval clan in Moray, Scotland, an area that is known today for its scotch and whiskey distilleries. Sounds like a good time.
In Hebrew, Shiloh means “abundance, tranquil.” It’s a gender-neutral name that was historically a vista reputed for its serenity and beauty. In Biblical history, this was the home of the Ark of the Covenant.
A name for the third child of the family, Tripp is also French for “someone who stumbles.” And hey, when life knocks you down, it’s always a good reminder to dust yourself off and keep trying.
Alden is a British name that means “old friend.” It stems from the old English “Ealdwine” for a “wizened companion.”
Gaelic for “slender,” Kellan derives from Irish “caoil” (slender) and “fionn” (fair), which turned into Caoilfhionn. Alternative spellings include Kellen, Kellyn and Keelan.
In Italian, Rocco translates to “rest, repose.” San Rocco was 14th century saint who cared for the sick during the Plague, and thus can symbolize selflessness, strength and compassion.
The anglicized spelling of “Ó Fionnagáin,” Finnegan is Irish for “fair-haired” and is a variation on the name Fionn. In Irish lore, Fionn is known for his strength and wisdom. Notably, the name appears in the writer James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake.
Spelled “Aherlow” in Irish-Gaelic, the name means “fortified hill.” The first known appearance of the name dates to 1590, when English poet Edmund Spenser published The Faerie Queene.
Anderson is a gender-neutral name that has Scandinavian and Greek roots. In the former it translates to “son of Anders/Andrew,” while in the latter it derives from “Andreas,” meaning “manly.”
Scottish for “round hill,” Knox is notably, one of Angelina Jolie’s twins, so your baby is in good company.
Beckett is a British name coming from the old English “beo” (beehive/bee cottage) and “cot” (shelter). It’s considered a unisex name whose most notable bearer might be modernist playwright Samuel Beckett.
The protector of Narnia in The Chronicles of Narnia, Aslan fittingly means “lion” in Turkish. It embodies the quality of nobility and sacrifice and was the name of several Turkish emperors in Middle Ages.
Aside from being a Texas metropolis, Houston has Scottish roots, translating to “hugh’s town” and “settlement on the hill.” Since it’s more of a last name, Houston is sure to turn heads wherever he goes.
In Hebrew, Zechariah means “God remembers.” It was the name of a prophet in the Bible and a pope whose pontificate lasted from 741 to 752.
Welsh for “little,” it is alternatively spelled Vaughan and was originally a differentiator to distinguish between parent and child.
This uncommon baby name has a lot going for it. It’s considered the Greek version of Odysseus, which means “epic voyage/adventure.” In Latin, it translates to “wrathful.” And in history and culture, it’s the title of James Joyce’s epic modernist work and the name of the 18th U.S. president.
The last name of notable mathematician Blaise, Pascal is French for “Easter child” and derived from the Hebrew word for Passover.