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!