40 Non Traditional Baby Names That You’ll Love

Tradition seems to be the winner when it comes to baby names. For the past five years, the top ten lists have budged ever so slightly with the classic and traditional names coming in as the most popular ones in the country. But, what if you don’t want to be traditional? What if you want to step out of the box and name your child something a little more unique?

We went with a semi-traditional name for my son, that isn’t as popular today as it once was. I always said that if I had a boy, he would be named after his father, so his name was picked out long before we started our family. My girls are a little more non traditional, and they rhyme, which I think is kind of cute. We didn’t plan that out; it sort of happened on its own.

I’m a big fan of baby names and while wistfully looking through them the other day, I thought about how fun it would be to put a list together using non traditional baby names that are attractive and appealing.

Do any of the 40 names listed appeal to you?

  • Rayna

    Rayna

    Had my son been a girl, this would have been her name. Rayna is of Czech origin and is a variant of Catherine, meaning – pure, clean.

  • Marseille

    Marseille

    Marseille is a city in France and the name is commonly used for girls, but over time more people are beginning to use it for boys. Personally, I prefer it for the latter.

  • Clementine

    Clementine

    Yes those sweet oranges are called Clementines, but did you know that the actual name is a feminine form of Clement which means mild, gentle in Latin?

  • Ezrah

    Ezrah

    Ezrah is the name of a Hebrew prophet in the Old Testament. It’s also the name of a popular character in a TV series.

  • Quincy

    Quincy

    This can be used for both boys and girls. It is derived from ‘Quince’

  • Legend

    Legend

    I find this is such a strong name. It’s actually derived from the Latin word legere which means “to be read.”

  • Lorelei

    Lorelei

    According to a German legend, there used to be a beautiful siren named Lorelei who sat on a rock in the Rhine River, singing to the sailors.

  • Bandit

    Bandit

    Mysterious, adventurous and daring!

  • Carys

    Carys

    A sweet Welsh name meaning “love.”

  • Ace

    Ace

    Who’s number one? Ace!

  • Freya

    Freya

    This name is of Norse origin. Freya was the Norse goddess of love and fertility, one of the most beautiful.

  • Gallant

    Gallant

    Of English origin, meaning “courageous.”

  • Rhys

    Rhys

    This name is actually the origin of the name Reese.

  • Serene

    Serene

    Serene is such a lovely name that isn’t too common. It means tranquil or calm.

  • Denver

    Denver

    The meaning of Denver is “green valley” but it is also (of course) the capital city of the state of Colorado in the USA.

  • Kaiya

    Kaiya

    I love this name so much! It’s of Japanese origin and means “forgiveness.”

  • Soren

    Soren

    The first time I heard this name was when our Pastor’s and his wife named their son Soren. I always thought it was such a unique, but attractive name. It’s of Danish origin and means “strict.”

  • Malea

    Malea

    Malea or Malia (different spelling) is of Hawaiian origin and means “perhaps, or probably.” I think it sounds so pretty!

  • Archer

    Archer

    Romantic, strong and kind. Those are the three things that come to mind when I think of this name.

  • Lilah

    Lilah

    If you have a dark beauty, Lilah means just that. It’s of Persian or Arabic decent.

  • Racine

    Racine

    I couldn’t find much information on this name, however I’ve heard it a couple of times once through a playgroup and another time while vacationing with my family.

  • Ismail

    Ismail

    Ismail, traditionally spelt Ishmael is a Hebrew name taken from the Old Testament.

  • Finley

    Finley

    Finley is a “fair warrior.” Fitting for so many little girls :).

  • Lapis

    Lapis

    It’s Egyptian, but also a name for the Lapis Lazuli gemstone.

  • Soleil

    Soleil

    Actress Soleil Moon-Frye made this name famous. It means “sun.”

  • Asher

    Asher

    Asher is a Hebrew name that means blessed and happy. A wish we have for all of our children!

  • Ireland

    Ireland

    Ireland pays homage to the country itself. It is also the name of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger’s daughter.

  • Azure

    Azure

    A beautiful blue color that is unforgettable. This name is of Latin origin.

  • Danica

    Danica

    One of my dearest friend’s name is Danika (also spelled Danica). The name is of Hebrew origin and means “Morning Star.”

  • Pax

    Pax

    Before Angelina Jolie named her son Pax, the name was extremely rare. It is of Latin origin and means “peace.”

  • North

    North

    Yes, I absolutely had to include this name. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s new baby girl’s name is North. North West. Clever…

  • Malachi

    Malachi

    This name comes from the Bible and means “My messenger, my angel.”

  • Snow

    Snow

    Do you love the winter months? Is your little one due in December? Snow may be the perfect name if you’re looking for something really out of the ordinary.

  • Larkin

    Larkin

    Of Irish origin meaning “fierce.”

  • Grande

    Grande

    Yes, just like your drink order. Grande means “large” and is a girl’s name that originates from Italy.

  • Chance

    Chance

    We’ve heard this name over the years but very infrequently. It could hold a very personal meaning for many parents I think.

  • Capri

    Capri

    This Italian name means “fanciful, unpredictable.”

  • Milo

    Milo

    This is a favorite among the celebrities! Five moms have named their boys Milo. It’s the English variation of Miles.

  • Brycin

    Brycin

    “Bright strength.” This Celtic name is strong and sensible, yet also very unique.

  • Yanek

    Yanek

    There was a little boy that I used to babysit and his name was Yanek. His family was French and Dutch, so I assume that is why they chose the name, however it really grew on me and became a fast favorite. Yanek is a Dutch form of John and means “God is gracious.”

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