Celebrity parents love choosing weird and wonderful names for their babies (we still haven’t fully processed Elon Musk and Grimes’ baby name: X Æ A-12!)
If your parents, celebrity or not, decided to take the unusual route, we want to know what kind of relationship you have with your name. Are you tired of having to constantly spell it out, of dealing with mispronunciations and misspellings? Do you love it, or hate it? Cast your vote in the poll at the end of this post!
And, if you’re looking for some unusual baby names to inspire you check out our list of 10 favourites below.
Meaning “dark red” or “blood red” in Greek, Phoenix is rising in popularity as a first name for girls. Taking its origin from the fiery bird, it can also symbolise rebirth and immortality. Popular nicknames include: Fifi, Nix, Nixie.
Not to be misread as Onion! Orion can be used for both boys and girls and is of Greek origin. It refers to the Greek mythological hunter who was turned into a constellation, making it a more unusual alternative to more popular names like ‘Star’, ‘Luna’ or ‘Celeste’.
Likely to rise in popularity this year after the release of Disney+ movie Artemis Fowl, Artemis is another unisex choice with Greek origins. Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo and the goddess of the hunt, wilderness, animals and childbirth – just like the Roman Diana. So, if you like Diana but are looking for a more offbeat version, this could be the name for you.
According to Nameberry, Arrow rose by 8% in popularity this week. So, if you’re looking for something unusual but not completely unheard of, this is a strong suit. Arrows are straight, swift and stable – strong traits for a baby boy.
Another name somewhat surprisingly growing in popularity this week (12%), Wolf is a powerful choice for a 2020 baby. The name has German origin, and a double meaning – wolves can be fierce (warewolf) or quieter creatures; hopefully leading to a quiet baby and a strong-willed adult! Wolfie is a cute nickname, and if you’re looking for a longer form, Wolfgang is a fairly common choice.
Another gorgeous name we have Greek mythology to thank for, which means “most beautiful”. Callisto was a nymph who was turned into a bear after Zeus seduced her - a strong yet cute and fuzzy choice!
Deriving from the French phrase "I love you", this unique name is a bold choice but beautiful for both boys and girls.
We had to add at least one unusual celebrity name choice to the list; Bob Geldof and Paula Yates chose this name for their daughter Fifi Trixibelle Geldof. An unusual combination of Trixie (Latin for 'she who brings happiness') and Belle (French for 'beautiful'), we think this pixie-like choice is very sweet.
This name has a Cornish origin and means "fort on the hill". So it is a strong choice for girls, and sounds similar to 'Elsa', which would be a popular nickname choice we're sure they'll love when they become a toddler!
Noble names like Prince and Earl have become somewhat common, so why not add another to the list? Marquis is a boy's name of English origin, and - if you needed anymore convincing - 50 Cent chose to give the name to his son, choosing the Marquise version.