Unusual baby names seems to be popular among new parents today. Historically, parents have chosen to give their children more common, popular names. Times have changed, and so have moms and dads. Traditional is out and uniqueness and individuality are in, and names are chosen because parents like it, not based on popular consensus.
A child's name becomes who he or she is, or who the child identifies his or herself as. In many instances, it is also the first work the child learns to read, and even to write. Movies, celebrities, novels, television, everyday objects, and pretty much anything has become sources of inspiration for parents seeking originality.
With such an expansive trove of potential inspiration, where do you begin? For starters, let's look at names celebrities have given their children. Amongst the Hollywood crowd, uniqueness appears to be highly sought after for their offspring. Some recent examples: Beyonce and Jay-Z named their baby girl Blue Ivy, Alicia Silverstone is the mom of son Bear Blu, Gwen Stephani and Gavin Rossdale decided on Zuma for their daughter and Kingston for their son, while Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin have children named Apple and Moses. Natalie Portman is the proud mom of son Aleph, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes named their little girl Suri, and Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon went with Monroe and Moroccan for their twins. Most recently, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have decided to name their new baby girl North with a full name of North West.
Apart from more traditional names, having a unique name sets your child apart. To be certain, when you call your child's name in a crowd, he or she will distinctly know that it is their name being called.
In your search for a name, one great source of ideas may be another country or ethnic origin. Review some of the popular baby names lists in France, England or Italy. What may be a common name in another country is likely to be highly unusual in your own country.
Some parents, in their quest for originality, have decided to create an entirely new, original name of their own. Names can be created from a combination of two or three names, or using an anagram of a popular, common name. The girl's name Neveah is simply “heaven”spelled backward. Try to think of what other words, spelled backward, could make a lovely baby name.
Also a popular trend is giving an original spelling to a popular name. Replacing e or i with 'y', exchanging c for k, adding a silent h. The possibilities are endless!
Above all, remember that the name you choose for your child will be theirs for a lifetime and will go a long way toward forging their personal identity. Have fun, and good luck!