For many expectant parents, traditional and classic baby names for boys and girls, just don’t cut it. It’s almost as if an unofficial contest is underway to see who can come up with the most unusual name for their baby boy or girl. Exposure to eccentric celebrity name choices has created a culture that actually embraces Weird Baby Names like these!
Each year, approximately 73 percent of the nation’s baby names are listed on the Social Security Administration‘s Top 1,000 list. Every name that appears on the annual list – even the weirdest – had at least five occurrences in that year.
Names of things
There’s a growing trend to name a little after something special, rather than someone special. These list of “noun names” are taking the nation by storm:
Names of places
Boy names are really going places:
Virtue baby names
It was kind of weird that 17th-century colonial parents gave their children virtue baby names for boys and girls, and it’s even weirder than the concept is back!
For girls, names like Faith and Grace have stood the test of time, and now we’re seeing a resurgence of other virtuous monikers. 2012 brought us the name Sincere for a boy, but most virtue baby names are for girls:
Parents are making too-common names more unique by changing up the spelling. With the addition of extra letters in unexpected places, an ordinary name can become extraordinarily weird.
For girls, it’s all about interchanging vowels and Ys. Addison, for example, becomes Addisyn or Addyson and Ariana becomes Aryana.
- Bailey: Bailee, Baylee, Bayleigh
- Carly: Carlee, Carleigh, Carley, Carlie
- Charlie: Charlee, Charleigh, Charley, Charli
- Emily: Emely, Emilee, Emilie, Emmalee
- Haley: Hailee, Hailey, Haleigh, Haylee, Hayleigh, Hayley, Haylie
- Macy: Macey, Maci, Macie
- Madelyn: Madalyn, Madalynn, Madelynn, Madilyn, Madilyn
- Miriam: Maryam
- Payton: Peyton, Paityn
For boys, it’s fun to figure out what clever new spellings are supposed to represent.
For girls, names like Aubrey and Audrey mix with other classics to set new trends like Aubriana, Aubrielle, and Audrianna.
If you are looking for unique names, you can try our tool called Name Combiner.
- Braylee, Braelyn, and Brynlee
- Jaylee, Jaylene, and Jaylynn
For boys, combine Brock and Hogan to get Brogan.
Names with lots of vowels
When in doubt, add vowels: side-by-side and as many as possible.
For girls, you can’t go wrong with double vowels:
- Aaliyah, Aileen, Aisha, Aiyana, Aleah, Aleena, Avianna, Azariah
- Bianca, Briella, Cailyn, Ciara, Daniela, Destinee
- Eliana, Emilia, Galilea, Hailee, Harlee, Iliana
- Jaelyn, Jaida, Janae, Jaycee, Jayleen, Journee
- Kaelynn, Kaira, Kaiya, Keina, Kiana, Kylee
- Lailah, Leighton, Leila, Lilliana, Lorelei, Luciana
- Maeve, Maleah, Marlee, Miah, Mikaela, Moriah
- Natalee, Neveah, Noemi, Paislee, Paola
- Raegan, Raelynn, Raina, Raylee, Reese, Ryleigh
- Saavi, Saige, Sarai, Siena, Sloane
- Tamia, Tatiana, Teagan, Thalia, Tiana
- Valeria, Yesenia, Zaria, Zion, Zoie
For boys, the names go way beyond Aaron and Isaac:
- Aaden, Aarav, Abdiel, Adriel, Aidyn, Ameer, Arian, Austyn, Ayaan
- Bentlee, Blaine, Braiden, Brodie, Brooks, Cael, Caiden, Chaim
- Damarion, Darian, Dariel, Dario, Davian, Deegan, Dorian
- Easton, Efrain, Elian, Eliseo, Emiliano, Ezequiel
- Gael, Gaige, Giovanny, Graeme, Hezekiah
- Isai, Isaias, Ishaan, Jadiel, Jairo, Jamarion, Jasiah, Javion, Jionni, Josue, Joziah, Juelz
- Kaeden, Keaton, Keenan, Kian, Kyrie
- Leandro, Leonel, Leonida, Lucian
- Makai, Malakai, Maximiliano, Misael, Moises
- Noel, Oakley, Raiden, Reid, Rylee
- Teagan, Thiago, Tyree, Uriel, Vaughn, Vihaan
- Yousef, Zaid, Zaiden, Zain, Zion
Just plain weird
Then there are the names that are just, well, weird. But remember, weird isn’t bad, it’s just… different!
For girls, there is never a shortage of strange new labels:
For boys, there are a lot of double vowels and seemingly unpronounceable names:
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