60 Highly Unique Baby Names Ready to Pop

From Stockard to Nile and everything in between.
ByPamela Redmond Satran
Jan 2018
parents looking at list of baby names
Photo: Jenna Reich

Which unusual baby names today are most likely to be the hit names of the future?

We looked at Nameberry’s statistics for the past month versus the same period a year ago and put together this list of 60 names—25 for girls, 25 for boys and 10 unisex—that are attracting the most fresh attention among our visitors.

This is the most unique group of names we’ve discovered yet, with baby namers showing a strong appetite for the exotic, the unfamiliar and the adventurous. But these names haven’t been “invented”—for the most part, they’re names with deep roots, though perhaps not among the established lexicon of English first names.

The no. 1 unique girls’ name, Kerani, is of Hindi origin, while top boys’ name, McEnroe, is a surname turned one of the hottest Scottish names for boys.

Nile, most popular on the unisex list, is the name of a river, and river-related names Galilee and Rio also appear. Other unusual word names finding new popularity include Taffeta, Tiara, Anemone, Puma and Revel.

Celebrity names attracting new attention include Petula, Stockard, Soleil, Carew, Lebron, Zayn, Kiernan and Rebel. And ancient names being rediscovered include Pallas and Philo.

If these names sound seem too outlandish to ever be widely used, consider that a generation ago, today’s popular baby names as Harper and Aiden were virtually unheard-of.

If you’re looking for a highly unusual name with a lot of style power right now, this list deserves your close attention.


  • Kerani
  • Taffeta
  • Petula
  • Stockard
  • Mardi
  • Gabi
  • Fiammetta
  • Samiya
  • Azami
  • Sai
  • Yadira
  • Zaina
  • Imani
  • Nava
  • Nazia
  • Adah
  • Lumi
  • Abelia
  • Soleil
  • Pallas
  • Tiara
  • Anemone
  • Antonella
  • Milla
  • Calpurnia


  • McEnroe
  • Belisario
  • Arnau
  • Carew
  • Elio
  • Maguire
  • Kylo
  • Misael
  • Desi
  • Lior
  • Zevi
  • Sinjin
  • Brogan
  • Lebron
  • Hayes
  • Alessio
  • Warrick
  • Garrick
  • Aurelio
  • Zayn
  • Sajan
  • Rio
  • Raoul
  • Cillian
  • Philo


  • Nile
  • Fire
  • Shalom
  • Puma
  • Revel
  • Kodiak
  • Ezri
  • Kiernan
  • Rebel
  • Galilee

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