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Unusual Baby Names

14/08/2014 17:00 | Updated 20 May 2015

Baby boy looking with funny expression.

The past few years have seen a huge resurgence in the popularity of traditional baby names. School registers will soon be filled with Alfies, Harrys, Amelias and Isabellas. But if you don't want your child to end up forever being called 'Charlie three' or 'Ava F' in the classroom, why not use our fab baby name generator to find an unusual baby name that will make your child stand out from the crowd?

In fact, you don't have to shy away from tradition to give your baby a truly unique name. While old-fashioned names like Freddie and Elizabeth are back with a vengeance, many others have almost completely died out, according to the Office for National Statistics.

For a unique girls' name, why not consider a forgotten Victorian gem like Phyllis, which comes from Greek and means 'green branch', or Ethel, meaning 'noble'. Or perhaps you could be the one to bring back long-neglected boys' names like Cuthbert, meaning 'noted splendour' or Erwin, meaning 'friend of the sea'.

You might want to avoid 'Berk', though, which was the name given to three children in 2012. It's Turkish for 'strong', which is exactly what you'd have to be to survive school with a name like that.

If these are too old-fashioned to suit your tastes, you could take inspiration from pop culture - the ONS lists boys named Blade, Huckleberry and McCartney and girls named Porsche and Maggie-May.

Or you could invent your own name by combining two names, like the parents of Noah-Jack and Violet-Rose. In any case, our baby name generator can help you come with the perfect unusual name.

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