Giving your child an uncommon baby name is becoming, ironically, pretty common. Parents want to go the undiscovered route by choosing an unusual baby name, giving their child a treasure that makes them feel special and unique, and that allows them to stand out in a crowd. Not being one of many is becoming a popular mindset—research has shown that the percentage of children given one of the 50 most popular names of the year has been on a decline since 2004. Keep reading to see some of the cutest uncommon baby names we're obsessed with.
Uncommon Baby Boy Names
Jantzen: Thinking of giving your child the name John in someone's memory? Try this less traditional take on the Hebrew name instead.
Raiden: This cool Japanese name is pronounced RYE-den, not RAY-den and translates to "thunder and lightning."
Nevin: It may rhyme with Kevin, but this moniker is Irish and translates to "holy."
Legion: This title is so unique, there isn't much information out there about it, but that doesn't mean we don't think it's totally birth certificate-worthy.
Layland: Layland is an easy update to Leyland or Wayland—it's a little bit rugged, a little bit classic.
Uncommon Baby Girl Names
Capri: A sweet title reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast and all its splendor.
Indira: This charming Sanskrit title means "beauty" and can be shortened to "Dira."
Ryo: Another Japanese name, this title has many translations in the Eastern language, depending on the character used. Heads up: It's pronounced like Ree-Uh.
Viva: Embracing life and living it to the fullest is simple with this charming Latin title meaning "alive, living, life."
Orla: This name hails from Ireland and means "golden princess," and fun fact: There's a character by the name in one of the Harry Potter books.
Starla: This vintage name is so different, and it's a take on "Star." It's similar to Starlie, the name of model Lucky Blue Smith's sister.
Seren: A blend of Siren and Serena, this gorgeous title is extremely popular in Wales (though hardly anywhere else).
Zana: Whether you spell it with one "n" or two, we love this international title. It's the Polish version of Jane, and also a shortened take on the Hebrew Susanna.
Tallie: This title is based on the old-fashioned Talia and translates from Hebrew to "gentle dew from heaven."
Tayah: We've heard of Thea, but Tayah is a way to change it up. For a nickname, shorten it to "Tay."
Gender Neutral Names
Adecyn: This revised take on Addison is the phonetic spelling (we bet even if there's another Adecyn, it's not spelled that way) and it means "son of Adam."
Damaris: This Greek name is a top 100 name in Chile, though it hasn't been as popular in the United States.
Draven: This rebel of a modern-day name is fitting, considering it was taken by a member of the punk band, Linkin Park.
Cyder: This unusual name doesn't have ancient origins, but it's giving us total The Cider House Rules vibes.
Xen: A short and sweet moniker meaning "form of Buddhism" that is a take on the Japanese name "Zen."
Kipling: Reminiscent of the writer Rudyard Kipling, this British title has a pretty sweet nickname—Kip.
Rainier: Yes, it's just like the mountain in Washington—majestic and strong. The German name translates to "wise army."
Nico: This short moniker is Greek and translates to "victorious people." Consider it instead of Nicole or Nicholas.
Auden: If you're searching for a sweet meaning, this different title translates to "old friend."
Flannery: This very Irish name harkens back to the writer Flannery O'Connor and actually means "red-haired."
Stellan: This Swedish name translates to "calm" and is trendy enough without being overly popular.
Hart: This English name translates to "stag." Supermodel Miranda Kerr named her second son this sweet moniker.
Lexis: This title is Greek and translates to "defender." It's a nice variation on Alexis, too.
Storey: This name has Old Norse origins and is reminiscent of fairy tales and fables.
It's definitely worth considering giving your child an uncommon baby name. If you're looking to do some research on other lesser-known names, you can browse the Social Security Administration's website and see exactly how popular a name is at any given time.