Unique Baby Names – 200 Names For The Modern Momma
One of the hardest things about becoming a parent is finding the perfect name for your little baby. You never truly realize how hard it is until you and your spouse begin to disagree on every proposed name.
If you’re anything like me, you may want to give your baby a unique name that will help them stand out but also don’t want anything too crazy or outlandish. That is why I have compiled the ultimate list of unique baby names, that are different and unusual, but not crazy out of this world, or let’s be honest just plain weird.
This list is perfect for those mommas out there looking for unique names with a modern feel, or unique names that were once traditional but have long since been forgotten.
Some of the names on this list are simply names that were popular 100 years ago that deserve a comeback, and some are names that have flown under the radar, and others are from lists of names I’ve heard and collected for years in the making.
With this list, there is without a doubt a name both you and your partner, that you are sure to love. With the option of 200 names to choose from, you’re sure to find a name that will be perfect for your little one.
* Although I have these names separated into gender-specific groups, I’ll mark the unisex names with a star.
Baby Girl Names
11. Cleo, Clio
12. Cora, Kora
13. Cullyn, Cullen, Cullan*
30. Everlee, Everly
31. Farley, Farlee
33. Fraye, Frey
34. Gray, Grey, Greigh*
36. Harlee, Harley
38. Harlow, Harlowe
46. Jaxon, Jaxyn*
50. Kimber, Kymber
52. Kymbre, Kymbree, Kymbrie
53. Kynlee, Kinley
54. Kynzley, Kinzley, Kinsley
56. Laken, Lakyn
60. Locklan, Locklen, Locklyn*
61. Mae, May, Maye
64. Marlow, Marlowe
66. Mavelyn, Maveline
72. Nyxie, Nixie
73. Oaklee, Oakley
77. Ophelia (Ophie for short)
78. Piper, Pyper
80. Quinn, Quynn
87. Sailor, Saylor
90. Sophie, Sofie
92. Tenley, Tynley
98. Wren, Wrenn
100. Zoe, Zoey
6. Auden, Oden
31. Crew, Crue
45. Emrik, Emrek
Well mommas, there you have it, I hope you found this list helpful, and I hope you were able to find names that you and your partner both love. I remember combing countless lists of baby names while I was pregnant and nothing ever seemed to have what I was looking for.
So, I thought, why not compile my own list full of names that I would personally name my children. This list of unique baby names consists of classic, modern, and inventive names that are perfect for new mommas in this millennial era.
Did you find a name you love from this list? I would love to hear the names that stood out to you! Let me know in the comments below!
This is a great list. I love the names Nova and Zoe for a girl. I actually want to name my daughter Zoe Michelle if I decide to have another one. For a boy I think Nova also works well. My niece named her son Nova and he’s just beautiful. I actually had the name Bronx on my list when I was pregnant with my son but no one agreed with me on that one. I think it’s such a cute name. Thanks so much for sharing your list, I will be sharing this with my friend who is expecting a baby.
I love the name Nova and Zoe as well! That would be such a gorgeous name for your daughter! And I also considered the name Bronx for my baby when I thought we were having a boy. To me, it just sounds like a strong name and I love names with the letter “x” Im glad you found some names you loved on this list! Thanks for reading 🙂
Hi Madysen, interesting post. It was fun to read through the names and see which I liked. Some were definitely unusual and I’ve never heard them before. I watched a funny video last week about children’s names that totally fit with this post, some from your list were in the video too 🙂 Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNFX8An0bwk
Oh my gosh I love Trey Kennedy! he’s absolutely hilarious and that video was so funny! It is true, in this generation, we want a unique name to help our children stand out. That’s also why I added some classic names to this list that were popular over 100 years ago, to give a more traditional take on modern names.
Hello, to find a cute and original baby’s name is a big dilemma for everyone, especially for young couples. And, if grandparents want their way – become a more significant dilemma. You wrote very original names, but I’m missing old fashion names like Paul, Peter, John, Emma, Catherine. Are they not popular anymore? Forgotten? And I don’t understand why people name their babies Memphis, Phoenix or River, Vienna? I know, my name is strange too: absolutely not American. When my kids were born, I decided to give them international names that could fit in any country of the World. My favorite names are Monte and Ada ( my auntie’s name), Ember, Hazel.
My daughter is pregnant with the baby girl; I will show her the list of the names she can choose from your list.
I wouldn’t say those names are forgotten at all, my aunt has a two-year-old boy named Paul and it definitely fits him. I think with this generation, moms are searching for unique, whimsical or “vintage” type names. Which is why I included more traditional names from over a century ago to bring back those traditional names, and they’re also unique and vintage to be considered modern. Personally, I love city names like Memphis and Phoenix, but I think that it comes down to personal preference! I love the names you picked from the list. I think that by combining traditional names and unique inventive names, this list has a name for almost anyone! Thanks for passing it along to your daughter! And congratulations on a new grandbaby!
What an awesome list of names! Some classics and many I wasn’t familiar with. The ones that stood out to me were Ava, Teagan and Dex. Riverlyn was interesting too. I know a boy named Cruiz too, which I thought was pretty modern. I think your daughter’s name is one of my favs though 🙂 It’ll be great to have this list to refer to, cheers.
Thank you, I know I’m biased, but I love my daughter’s name too! We couldn’t have found a better name to fit her personality. For anyone wondering, my daughter’s name is Hayvn – pronounced as Haven, which is listed in this post as number 39 under girl’s names.
I love the name Cruiz! I should add that to the list, such a cute boy’s name. My nephew’s name is Crew which is close, but I love the letter “z” it’s just rare to see it used in a name. So I will definitely add that thank you!
Hi, thanks for sharing your ideas. My friend will give birth to a daughter in a few weeks, so I’m sure your post gives her a lot of inspiration.
I’m glad you liked this list, I appreciate you passing it along to her. thanks for stopping by!
My wife and I are in dilemma on how to name our baby. But until we will know whether he is a boy or she is a girl, we are just looking for possible leads. Thanks for the list.
Wow are you waiting until birth to know the gender? Or is it just too soon to tell? That is a dilemma, because until you really know what you’re having it’s hard to fully get attached to a name. But in order to help with that, I marked the unisex names on this list so you could find a perfect name for regardless of the gender! Thanks for reading:)
Wow, another very interesting and helpful post Madysen. I really loved how you grouped all names for girls and boys in alphabetic order, that makes looking for a name so much easier. It is amazing that all the names you gave us are very unique and most of them I never heard before. I think these days most of the parents’ don’t want to give boring names like John, Karl, Sandra, etc. to their children and looking for more interesting and unique names and that’s where your list comes to help. I personally really liked girl names like Delia, Hazel, Ivory, Kaira and boy names like Perry, Delson, Enzo, Atlas. Great job listing all these names here and thank you for sharing this post.
I agree with you, I think this new generation of parents are looking for more unique names that will help them stand out. There’s actually some psychology behind it. Back when names like John, Sara, Mary, etc. were popular it was because parents didn’t want their children to be different. That just wasn’t a popular idea/opinion at the time, so a common name was better. Nowadays, the mentality has shifted to, different is better, hence the reason I posted this list of unique and different names. I am so glad you were able to find names that you liked on this list. Its fun reading all these comments because no two people have liked any of the same names! Goes to show there really is a name for everyone on this list! Thanks for stopping by!
Oh, how I loved looking at your article. I went up and down several times just to look at the beautiful baby pictures, lol.
These are great names. I remember how hard it was to come up with a girl’s name for my daughter. We named her Jocelyne. It was easy for our son. I always wanted a Matthew, so that’s what we named him, haha. Thank goodness my hubby is so easy going!
Now we’ve had the chance to watch our daughter and husband come up with two boys names. It was hilarious. They couldn’t agree on anything!!
They finally narrowed it down and now my grandbabies are called Max (Maximus) and Eli (Elijah).
We have a young couple we’re very close to and they just named their new baby girl Beatrix. A very old name, but one they both loved. Can’t wait to see if she’ll be Bea, or Trixy. It’s usually their friends who decide, lol.
Thanks again for a great post. I’m sure it’ll help many new parents!
I’m so glad you enjoyed reading this article so much:) It is so fun to look at baby pictures isn’t it? I agree it is SO hard to find a name that you BOTH like. Luckily my husband and I have pretty similar taste. It does make it easy when you’ve had a name picked out for a long time. It’s definitely a good thing your husband agreed to it since it sounds like you had your heart set on the name for your son! I love your daughter’s name and your grandbabies names! Super cute and different !you don’t hear those names every day which I love! Congratulations to your friends that is so exciting and that name is so cute!! I mentioned before I love names with the letter “x” so I think Beatrix is super cute! Thanks so much for reading!:)