Fun fact: My parents named my older brother and me basically the same thing. He is Michael, and I'm Michelle (our mom and dad swear they didn't know they were doing it at the time, which we find hysterical). There were few Michelles born my year, but for some reason everyone born in the late '80s like my brother was called Michael. There were no fewer than three kids in his small elementary school class every year with the same title. This made us both realize the importance of uncommon baby names and why we should probably think about that when we named our respective children one day.
Giving your child a rare baby name is more than just not wanting them to turn around all the time thinking someone is talking to them when they're not (although, it's a little bit of that, too). Parents want to go the undiscovered route and give their child a treasure that makes them feel special and unique and that allows them to stand out in a crowd. And not being one of many seems to be the popular mindset as of late, seeing as research has shown that the percentage of children given one of the 50 most popular names of the year is on a decline since 2004. Keep reading to see some of the cutest uncommon baby names we've been eyeing.
Uncommon Baby Names
Damaris: This Greek name is a top 100 name in Chile, but it seems to be getting less popular every year in the 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 different name doesn't have ancient origins, but it is 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."
Capri: A sweet title that is reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast and all its splendor.
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."
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."
Kipling: Reminiscent of the writer Rudyard Kipling, this British title has a pretty sweet nickname—Kip.
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.
Rainier: Yes, it's just like the mountain in Washington, majestic and strong. The German name translates to "wise army."
Viva: Embracing life and living it to the fullest is simple with this charming Latin title meaning "alive, living, life."
Nevin: It may rhyme with Kevin, but this moniker is Irish and translates to "holy."
Orla: This name hails from Ireland and means "golden princess," and fun fact: There's a character by the title in one of the Harry Potter books.
Legion: This title is so unique that there isn't much information out there about it, but that doesn't mean we don't think it's bold and birth certificate-worthy.
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 (and hardly anywhere else).
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 is the family name you wish you could give your child as a first name. The English name translates to "stag."
Tallie: This title is based on the old-fashioned Talia and translates from Hebrew to "gentle dew from heaven."
Zana: We've seen it with two "ns" but we like this international title. It's the Polish version of Jane, and also a shortened take on the Hebrew Susanna.
Lexis: This title is Greek and translates to "defender." It's a nice variation on Alexis, too.
Tayah: We've heard of Thea, but Tayah is a nice change. And you can still shorten it to "Tay."
Layland: Layland is a nice change to Leyland or Wayland—it's part rugged and part old school.
Storey: This name has Old Norse origins and is reminiscent of fairy tales and fables.
It's 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.