Unconventional Name Ideas?

I like rather unconventional names that have a nature/literary/relaxed feel to them. I’m expecting my first child and my husband and I can’t seem to find a name we both adore. It needs to be usable for a child, but still unique… a happy medium. I really prefer to stay away from older names… but I’m remaining pretty open to ideas. Names with nicknames would be a bonus as well.

Any suggestions?

Unconventional names aren’t my style, but I thought I’d repeat suggestions given to someone who asked about the name [name]Poet[/name] (a name that, in my opinion, will surely be a source of teasing). This site has many wonderful names lists (click on “hot lists” to browse, including literary and nature names.

Some ideas:


[name]Dashiell[/name] (nn [name]Dash[/name])

Best wishes!

[name]How[/name] about:
[name]Esme[/name] ([name]Salinger[/name] name)
[name]Iris[/name] (nature)
[name]Sailor[/name] (nature)
[name]Willow[/name] (nature)
[name]Eudora[/name] (Welty)
[name]Matilda[/name] ([name]Tilda[/name])
[name]Ramona[/name] ([name]California[/name] legend)
[name]Zelda[/name] ([name]Fitzgerald[/name])
[name]Colette[/name] nn [name]Coco[/name]

[name]Zane[/name] ([name]Grey[/name])
Wyeth (artist)
[name]Truman[/name] (Capote)
[name]Auden[/name] (W.H.)
[name]Gabriel[/name] ([name]Garcia[/name] [name]Marquez[/name])
[name]Dashiell[/name] ([name]Hammett[/name])
[name]Fitzwilliam[/name] nn [name]Fitz[/name] (Mr. [name]Darcy[/name])
[name]Elliott[/name] (T.S.)
[name]Jasper[/name] (nature name)
[name]Denali[/name] (National [name]Park[/name])
[name]Bryce[/name] (National [name]Park[/name]), popular name

I think that the suggestion of [name]Ramona[/name] is very cool.

I love the name Atliegh for a girl and I have never heard it anywhere. (I am not using it for this baby-we are having a boy :slight_smile:

I have found uncommon that I really like from movies ([name]Imogen[/name] from Down to You/[name]Tenley[/name] from [name]Summer[/name] Catch/[name]Esme[/name] from Twilight- there are a bunch more I cant think of…) and books ([name]Olympia[/name] from [name]Anita[/name] Shreve’s Fortunes Rocks and Araline, Anethe, and [name]Maren[/name] from Weight of Water) but books and movies can be good places to get ideas… and also try looking up supermodel names (and the nameberry supermodel list!)- they usually have beautiful and foreign names…

I love nature/ literary names, too!!

What about:


[name]Bryony[/name] (love this, my hubby won’t let me use it though)
[name]Lux[/name] (The Virgin Suicides)
[name]Kaia[/name] (I’ve read different meanings for this one: of the earth, the sea, pure)
[name]Brett[/name] (The [name]Sun[/name] Also Rises)
[name]Astrid[/name] (White Oleander)
[name]Calla[/name] (it beleived that this comes from the greek word for beautiful)
[name]Leilani[/name] (beautiful flower)



[name]Briony[/name]/[name]Bryony[/name] (from the book and movie atonement, and means to sprout, and you could use the nickname [name]Bri[/name], pron. Bry-oh-nee)
[name]Fleur[/name] (was in the harry potter books and movie, means flower in french)
[name]Scarlett[/name] (nickname could be Scarley, from gone with the wind)
[name]Desdemona[/name] (from [name]William[/name] Shakespears [name]Othello[/name])
[name]Elizabeth[/name] (as in [name]Bennett[/name], from Pride and Prejuduce)
[name]Darcy[/name]/[name]Darcie[/name] (see above)
[name]Cosette[/name] (from [name]Les[/name] Miserables)
[name]Guinevere[/name] (the doomed queen of camelot)
[name]Hermione[/name] ( from harry potter books and movies)

[name]Atticus[/name] (as in [name]Finch[/name] from to kill a mocking bird, book and movie)
[name]Heathcliff[/name] (from Wuthering heights)
[name]Corin[/name] (from [name]William[/name] Shakespears As you like it)
[name]Holden[/name] (catcher in the rye)
[name]Jasper[/name] (from twilight books and movies and the pathfinder by [name]James[/name] Fenimore [name]Cooper[/name], it also means spotted stone, a little naturey)
[name]Fitzwilliam[/name] (from pride and prejuduce)
[name]Santiago[/name] ( as in the old man and the sea by [name]Ernest[/name] [name]Hemingway[/name])
[name]Romeo[/name] (I think you know)
[name]Tybalt[/name]( from [name]Romeo[/name] and [name]Juliet[/name])
[name]Tristan[/name] (from the book [name]Tristan[/name] by [name]Gottfried[/name] [name]Von[/name] Strassburg and the movie [name]Tristan[/name] and [name]Isolde[/name])
[name]Wolf[/name] (the sea wolf by [name]Jack[/name] london)

hope I helped some!


The original poster hasn’t replied since February…

[name]Hadley[/name], [name]Brooke[/name], [name]Bronx[/name], [name]Katya[/name], [name]Missouri[/name], Ice, [name]Ivy[/name], [name]Chanel[/name], [name]Edin[/name], [name]Marlow[/name], [name]Atticus[/name], [name]Tiernan[/name], [name]Aubrey[/name], [name]York[/name], [name]Esme[/name], [name]Conrad[/name], [name]Peyton[/name] (Although definately becoming more popular recently, but it could be use for either sex.), Mannesa (like [name]Vanessa[/name])…

[name]Even[/name] if the original poster hasn’t replied, I’M sure loving all these suggestions…so thanks everyone!!

[name]Do[/name] you know what your are expecting or are you keeping it a surprise?
So far, I’ve noticed no one mentioned the name [name]Butterfly[/name]. I just love that name.
I also like [name]Apple[/name], [name]Bamboo[/name], [name]Cotton[/name], [name]Cloud[/name], and [name]River[/name].
I don’t like common names such as [name]Autumn[/name] or [name]April[/name].
My sister has suggested Canoe for a boy.

katebrooks, I’m assuming you’re asking me since I am adopting this thread from the original poster!!

I don’t know boy or girl.

Also I generally don’t favor well known nouns (or any nouns) for names, although [name]River[/name] is an exception but I find that as common as [name]Autumn[/name] or [name]April[/name].