Rare baby names you'll fall in love with

Traditional baby names aren't for everyone. Maybe you're a free spirit or maybe you just don't want your kid to have to share a name with several people in their class when they start school. Whatever the reason, you don't want to give your baby just any name. If you are trying to veer away from more commonly used names, check out this list. These are some lovely, but rare, baby names that you will absolutely love.


Pronounced "NO-e," this name is a variation of the more popular Noah. With the name Noe, you get the awesome meaning of the more recognized name (which means "rest" or "comfort") without having to worry about giving your kid a name that everyone else has. Considering that Noah is the number one baby name for boys, the odds of your kid getting constantly mixed up with his classmates is a very real possibility, making Noe a great choice if you love the name Noah.


The origin of this gorgeous name is a bit uncertain, but one sweet explanation is that it comes from the Greek "meli" which means "honey." The name hit its peak in 2009, but even then it only managed to reach number 456 on the list of top baby names for girls. It's safe to say that Melina is a hidden gem that won't be overused any time soon. Nearly identical, and also rare, is the French version of the name, Mélina.


The name Niko is used throughout Europe as a variation of the much more well-known name Nicholas. While it is fairly popular in some countries, primarily used in Finland, Germany, Slovenia, and Georgia, in the United States this adorable moniker is pretty rare. If you think that the name is a little too formal to be used as a given name, you could still use it as a nickname! Many people use it as a nickname for Nicholas. 


In Greek mythology, Cassandra is remembered as a Trojan princess. The daughter of Priam and Hecuba, Cassandra had the gift of prophecy and even prophesied the fall of Troy, but no one believed her. This elegant and noble name became very popular during the Middle Ages before falling out of favor. It saw a brief revival at the end of the 20th century, but is not used very much these days, making it the perfect rare baby name for your own little princess.


While many might think of this name as a name for girls, Sage is becoming increasingly popular as a gender neutral name. Its slowly growing popularity doesn't mean that it's commonly used, but it does mean that you can pick this name before finding out whether you're having a boy or a girl. This rare baby name is taken from a sweet spice commonly used in cooking but is also used to describe a wise person.


A popular name in Mexico, Chile, and some European countries, Renata is a rarely used name in the United States. Its international flair makes it an intriguing choice for your baby girl. The name comes from the Latin male name Renatus which means "born again." Unlike its female counterpart, Renatus has all but died out as a given name. Renata has the same root as Renee, which is another rarely-used name although it was popular for a few decades in the 20th century.


The name Lennon has a long history. It was originally an Anglicized version of the Irish surname Ó Leannáin which translates to "descendant of Leannán." The root name, Leannán, is the Gaelic word for "lover." Probably best known as the last name of John Lennon, a member of the iconic group The Beatles, Lennon first became a masculine name and then a gender neutral name. This is a wonderful name for your baby, especially if you're a fan of The Beatles and want to pay homage to John Lennon.


Not only is the name Viviana more elaborate than the name Vivian, but it is also a lot less commonly used. Both names have a long and ancient history, coming from the Latin root "vivus" which means "life." Variations of the name have been around for centuries, but the use of the name Viviana is still quite rare. This is a chance to pass on a beautiful piece of history to your little girl! 


Harlow is yet another baby name that evolved from a surname into a given name. Coming from Old English root words which roughly translate to either "rock hill" or "army hill," Harlow has been in use as a last name for centuries. As a given name, it is still pretty rare, but can be given to either a baby boy or a baby girl. As an added bonus, the name Harlow evokes the refinement of the iconic actress Jean Harlow, who starred on the silver screen in the 1920s and 1930s.


This incredibly beautiful name means "lark" in Spanish. While Alondra is trending in Chile and Mexico, it is a rare moniker in the United States. It almost broke into the top 100 names for baby girls in the 1990s, but has since been virtually forgotten outside of the Spanish-speaking world. Just like the song of the lark, this name sounds quite musical and could be a good choice for you if you love to sing or want your little girl to grow up musical.


The name Fabian dates back to the ancient Roman family name Fabius. Since those times, it has taken on many variations, including Fabianus, Fabijan, and Fabiano. A popular name in Chile as well as some European countries, the name is much rarer in the English-speaking world. If you want to give your baby a time-honored, but uncommon name, Fabian is a fantastic choice.


This Scottish name deserves to have a chance across the pond! Popular in the United Kingdom, Callum is a very rarely used name in the United States that deserves to be used more often. It's related to the much more widely recognized name of Colin, but is rare enough to be a unique name choice for your baby boy. The uncommon name traces its roots back to the Latin name Columba, which means "dove."


When you think of names that come from nature, you may think of names that are more common now but have their roots in nature, like Brooke or possibly more likely you think of flower names such as Rose or Lily. But if there's anything better than a flower, it's a whole meadow full of them! The name Meadow has not been used as a given name for very long, but its melodic sound makes it a beautiful and unique name choice for a little girl.


Most likely a variation of the name Darren, Darian has become a name in its own right (albeit a rarely used one). Not only does it have a distinctive and distinguished sound, but the name also works for both boys and girls. Currently, the name is more popular for boys than it is for girls, but it is rarely used for either gender.


This beautiful name comes from astronomy and is the name of a constellation of stars. Lyra is named after the lyre of the mythological figure Orpheus, who created music so beautiful that he was able to convince the god of the underworld to allow him to bring his deceased wife back to the land of the living. 

The name was used by Philip Pullman as the name of the protagonist of the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. While the series was a critical and commercial success, and was even adapted for film, the name Lyra is still rarely used, making it a unique choice. 


Originally a last name of English origin, Arden was best known to mid-20th century TV viewers as the stage name of the star of the hit series Our Miss Brooks. Eunice Quedens adopted the name Eve Arden, but Arden is also used as a first name. While Arden has been used as a masculine name for more than a century, it's used more as a feminine name these days — that is, when it's used at all.  


Modern audiences recognize Heath as the name of the actor Heath Ledger, but probably can't name many more (if any) people named Heath. The name Heath enjoys a lot more use as a last name, but started gaining some traction as a given name in the 1960s when it was used as the name of the character Heath Barkley on the show The Big Valley. Despite the popularity of the show, Heath has yet to catch on as a first name and is still quite rare.


This rare name has slowly been climbing the ranks since the late 1990s, but is still far from widely used. Maeve has a long history, coming from the Gaelic name Medb, which means "intoxicating." Maeve was the name of a legendary warrior queen in Irish mythology whose adventures are immortalized in the Irish epic The Cattle-Raid of Cooley. What better name could there be for your own little princess? 


Gossip Girl fans are already familiar with the name Leighton as it's the name of one of the show's stars, Leighton Meester. What many don't realize, though, is that the name is actually a gender neutral name. It's rarely used in the U.S., but when it is, it's more frequently used for girls. That all changes across the pond, however. In England and Wales, Leighton is a name primarily given to baby boys. Leighton is a variation of the name Layton, which was originally a last name.  


Unlike its male counterpart, Antonio, Antonia is rarely used in the United States. The lovely name is popular in other countries, however, especially in Chile, Romania, and Croatia where it is ranked in the top 100 names for baby girls. The name has ancient roots, and can be traced back to the Roman family name of Antonius. Variations of the name have been used for centuries, dating back to at least the 1st century B.C. Antonia may not be used often, but it does have a lot of staying power!