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Making baby's name unique

Advice on choosing and creating unique and unusual names for your new baby boy or girl
Finding a truly unique and unusual name for your baby is a great way to express you and your partner's creativity and to define your new little person as an individual who stands out from the crowd. However, while choosing a unique name for your baby its important to strike a balance between uniqueness and eccentricity - combining a plainer middle name with a more flamboyant first name is a great way to do this, plus it gives your child options if they aren't too keen on the first name you bestowed upon them when they grow up.

Here are our suggestions as to how you can create your perfect baby name........
  • Alternative spelling - Taking a 'regular' baby name and altering it using hyphens or unusual spelling is becoming an increasingly popular way for parents to introduce uniqueness to their baby's name. Choosing an alternative spelling allows you the flexibility of either keeping the pronunciation the same or changing the emphasis so that the name is completely unique. One note of warning though, if you alter a name too much, your child may be forever having to spell it out or putting up with mispronunciations.
  • Anagrams - By taking the letters of an existing name and rearranging them you may be able to find a unique name that really makes your child stand out from the crowd. This can be nice to try if you want to keep the sentiment of a traditional or family name without actually using the name itself. You could also try this with any combination of letters or words that have a special significance to you.
  • Selectivity - You can find a more unusual name for your baby by taking a popular name and cutting some of the letters. You could also look into choosing a foreign version of a particular name that you like, for instance 'Ioannes' is the Greek alternative of 'John'.
  • Surnames - Using the mother's maiden name as baby's first name is becoming more and more popular. This has the added bonus of creating a more unusual name for your baby and carrying on the mother's name lineage if baby takes their father's surname. However, there is no reason why you can't use any surname as your baby's first name - Jackson, Grey and Branson are just some examples.
  • Combinations - By combining two or more names you like you can find a really unusual name for your new baby. This can be a great solution if you and your partner can't agree on baby names as it lets you combine both of your favourite names in one.
  • Significance - Choosing a name that represents something of significance to you and your partner can be a great way to create a unique and unusual name for your baby. You could choose anything from a place name, to a colour, a flower name to your favourite character. Do try to be sensitive with this one though!

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i named my son Coley( Cole-E)
by Ginger2 20th Jun 2013, 3:43pm
We have a little boy who is two and he is called Thys (Tice) I decided that was going to be his name right from a young girl, I am south african and the name comes from my favourite book. We love it. I am pregenant again and if its a girl we are calling her Mayan (middle name undecided) as we got married in Mexico and if its a boy Oakley Tobias, as I love traditional English names and my hubby won't allow Wyatt.
by 13elly 20th Jun 2013, 2:49pm
Hi. My sister named her son Rylan Martin Kingston Henry, a really long name I know but i like it because its different. Like my cousin named her son Ryder Antonio. Another cousin named her son Peytin and Dominique (sounds like dom-in-ek). I like different, unique names and i need help deciding on one for my baby. Boy or girl name!
by titikimm 26th Apr 2011, 5:40pm
From reading all the comments I see the name Logan is popular for boys. It's a lovely name but unfortunately our surname is Berry. Can't imagine Loganberry would make for easy school days!
by Jezebel 14th Feb 2011, 9:04am
My sister in law is having a baby girl and she is going to call it Evangeline I think that name is so pretty! It's not a bad idea to watch the credits at the end of a film or TV show to see the list of names go rolling by they can be very inspiring.
by leeswife 4th Feb 2011, 5:20pm
My little boy is called Lucian (lu-shun) you have to think about how to pronounce it to as a lot of people call him lu-see-an which drives me mad no matter how many times I correct them. I'm also 20 weeks pregnant with our second and we're thinking of Gabriel for a boy and Alissa for a girl
by Lokismum 5th Jan 2011, 9:22am
i have 3 children 2x boys 1x girls an i found it hard to come up with individual names that were pretty unique, however i hope i succeeded = NICO & MASON are my boys names and my daughter is AMELIA
by welshiegal 12th Aug 2010, 9:18am
My baby girl is 10 months old and we named her Kadri Lyric (Kadri is pronounced Kay-dree and it means "pure") We absolutely love it! It's a little different but everyone ends up loving it after hearing it a few times! Good luck to all of you on your nany naming!
by kaysmom 11th Jun 2010, 5:28pm
im pregnant and looking for some help to have my baby name from me and my husband's name..can you give me combination for my baby name from JOY & BERNARD.. either for girl or boy tnx for the help
by ligaya 18th May 2010, 4:45pm
I cant wait to find out the sex we decided that if its a girl she will be called Alia and if its a boy Arryan although neither mine nor my husbands parents agree we dont mind as long as we like it it doesnt matter what others think at the moments we name the baby baba until we find out and the parents give us funny looks when we talk to baba lol but its ok just got to go with your gut
by abcdbaby1 18th May 2010, 4:42pm
I am 5 weeks' pregnant, and just starting to think of names. With my daughter who's 4, we decided to call her Kya. (Pronounced Kai - ah, not Kia, like the car!!) That's really unusual, but is an African name meaning Diamond in the Sky! Gorgeous!! Don't have a clue what the next one will be called, but it is definitely going to have to be unusual, same as Kya!!
by GayMum 14th May 2010, 5:36pm
I always said if i have a little girl i'll call her Jorjia (as in georgia) Elizabeth middle name after my nan but that way her initials with surname would be JEM so she will be my little JEM :-) i also said if its a boy i'd name him Thomas James after my dad and my late father-in-law, but saying that dont want to find out what im having until ive had them
by MichyMich 14th May 2010, 3:37pm
im pregnant and if i have a girl im thinking Tanisha
by linzimiller 5th Jan 2010, 3:52pm
same her my man muslin and his mum wont have a english name but it wat i want
by babbbbbby 12th Oct 2009, 10:09am
Patsy, im in the same position!

I have always loved the name Kye for a boy, and Roxy for a girl! - exepct my partners sister in law, she told me that im not allowed any of the names that i have picked!!

She had two girls, and cant have anymore children, but she swore blind that if i have a boy and name him Kye, im not allowed anything to do with her family etc! which i think is pathetic! at the end of the name, we should be able to name our children what we want! - i find out in 10 days what im having! if its a boy, she'll have to accept that fact that her nephew will be called Kye - Like it or not!
by TruRude 2nd Sep 2009, 10:44am
My little girl is called Eva Lillian. There are lots of Evie's and Eve but Eva is not as common. In her school she is so far the only one out of about 300 children called Eva. We love it as it can't really be shortened. Thinking of Ana for a girl and Aaron for a boy depending on what this next baby is. Just go with what you like.
by Jets 24th Jun 2009, 9:56am

Im 38 weeks pregnant, with a little girl.
Me and my partner both wanted a unique but not too differen namet..
We desided on calling her Akirah-lee :)
like the name kerra but with an ah sound at the begining
we love it :)
by proudlilmummy 5th Jun 2009, 9:09am
what about using one of the 12 apostles names? Or try adapting one of the more 'common' biblical names. You could also try looking at a biblical story such as Joseph's coat and using one of the names in there, eg. Jacob, Joseph, Levi, Dan. Hope that's helpful
by AmyAndMark 21st Apr 2009, 10:16am
Help cannot think of a biblical name for a boy that is different than the common David, Matthew, John etc?
by momztheword 20th Apr 2009, 9:34am
i really like bobbie for a girl but i dono
by tagoat1 1st Apr 2009, 9:42am
hi all well iv got a 3 half year old son n his name is dylan me n his dad spent ages lookin in baby books ect n finally we found this n both feel in love wit it n it fits him just fine.wen u c a name n hav this instant feelin its rite then thats the 1.
by tigerspence 17th Feb 2009, 9:48am
Hi my names Sam & I'm 15 weeks pregnant & we've decided if it's a boy it'll be my husbands choice which is Logan! If it's a girl it's my choice Sophie Olivia, we already have a 5yr old girl called Ellie-Joy, the Joy being after my grandma who was Joyce.

Oh and Patsy I think you should name ur boy whatever you like, after all it's a name you've gotta love for the rest of ur life. I always knew my daughter would be Ellie & I would of always named her that regardless if anyone else had it first!
by toddie12 29th Jan 2009, 8:53am
My Mum's maiden surname is Logan so when my Grandfather, who I was very close to, without having his name passed on further than my uncle I knew that if I ever have a boy Logan would be the natural choice.

It's weird to see it being mentioned so much 15 years later.

It's also the name of a small town near where I was brought up in Scotland.
by 12kirsty12 19th Jan 2009, 9:54am
am pregnant an my friend is to i wanted the name riley for my son if i have one for as long as i can remember now my friend is due before me she wants to name the baby riley its not fair !!!! should i stilll the baby riley if i have a boy

by patsyl09 19th Jan 2009, 9:53am
samuel, cause then he has a choice of sam, sammy or samuel. if its a girl.. same thing.. samantha, with a choice of sam, sammie, or samantha
by stephanielynae 12th Dec 2008, 9:45am
hi im 6 weeks preg got 2 boys already, keanen and LOGAN. i love both there names. im struggling for one now that'll be different like their's! any suggestions?? Thanks
by nowthenbird 18th Nov 2008, 8:40am
i think Eva Marie goes together nicely.
by nikkz08 3rd Nov 2008, 10:16am
Hi there, i love the name Logan too, it's really nice!
by Sundaygirl 22nd Sep 2008, 9:48am
Hi Effe, what about Eve Marie or Eva Maria?
by juletxa 16th Sep 2008, 9:08am
I like Logan as a name, it is nice and not too out there. I am 15+5 weeks pregnant with our second child and we have two boys names and two girls names we like. though hopefully we will find out in a few weeks the sex of the baby and that we can then drop to the two names and then decide...If it is a girl we like Eve or Abbey Jane, though we are finding it hard to find a middle name to suit with the surname TRUSCOTT. If it is a boy it is either Cameron James or Craig Arthur. What do you think and can you think of a middle name for Eve??? Thanks
by effe151 22nd May 2008, 9:04am
I love that name!my partner and I are really considering it if we have a boy,it's not very common either,I've never heard it,apart from once on here
by Squibby06 28th Apr 2008, 8:40am
what do you think of the name logan?
by xxmum2bexx 2nd Apr 2008, 8:45am