If you are a geek, nerd, a super fan, or anything close to that then this guide is for you. It is not as daunting as it sounds when you think about all of the incredible baby names out there. The choices are endless and I have listed some of my favorites for your perusal!
But remember be careful with names that sound too much like comic book characters. This might be confusing for the parents who may feel they will always be known as “Super Dad” or “Super Mom”.
“Alfredo” comes from the Victorian era and means “elf ruler”. It is a very rare name that belongs to just two boys in the US. I think it is cute and very original.
Alfred is a Germanic name with lots of history! It also means “elf ruler” so you can see why Alfredo was so popular! I think this name sounds great for both boys and girls!
Aries comes from the Greek for ram which was an important animal at the time due to its meat. The astrological sign Aries comes from all of the meanings of this unique name including courage, determination, and initiative.
Aurelio is a Latin name that means golden. It has been on the US popularity list since 1991 and is just now seeing a drop in usage. This name is perfect for boys or girls and has a very fancy feel to it!
Billie comes from the nickname for William which comes from Old German “Will” meaning desire and “helm” meaning protection. I think this name has a fun edge to it when compared with other baby names on this list!
Charles is a very strong name that means strong ruler. It comes from the French Charles meaning Charles the Great.
7. Charlie (also found as Charle)
Charlie comes from the name of Charles which comes from Charles meaning strong ruler and the Latin name “Charles”. It was originally used as a nickname for people in Scotland who became popular in England during the 11th century. An early bearer was King Charles I of England who led the English Civil War and was executed when it was all over! These are probably my favorite names here!
Clyde has two meanings one is a river and the other is smooth. It was originally used as a last name but quickly became popular as a given name when Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were notorious bank robbers during the Great Depression.
This name comes from the Greek for maiden which was very popular at one time in France! In fact, in America, it has been on the decline for years! So if you like this name you might have to think about making up your spelling.
Dorian means “from the Dorian region” and has been on the decline in America for years. It is still quite popular in England and other countries, however. I think it is a lovely and sophisticated-sounding name!
11. Estrella (also found as Starla)
Estrella is a Spanish version of “star” that has risen in popularity in recent years due to musicians like Gloria Estefan and Shakira! I just love the sound of this name! It’s perfect for girls or boys! It is also the name of a group of stars including Aldebaran, Rigel, and Antares.
Faith is a name that means belief in God which is an extremely popular choice for Christians. The name has been used in the Bible as well as several other works! There are also a few short stories by Victor Hugo called “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame de Paris”.
13. Francisco (also found as Fransico )
This name comes from the Latin root “farcis” which means powerful and can be used as an adjective to mean powerful. Francisco is a commonly given name in Spain. It is also the name of two pop stars, Francisco Canaro and Fransquito. It can be used either as a surname or as a given name.
14. Fred (also found as Fredrick)
The meaning of this name is unknown and doesn’t appear to have any meaning in English! The most popular spelling has been with “ed” but it also appears with “rd”. It was originally used as a nickname for Frederick which means peaceful ruler.
15. Fredrick (also found as Frederic)
Fredrick is an Old German name meaning “peaceful ruler”. I love this name for both boys and girls! Another popular spelling is “Frederick”.
16. Gypsy (also found as Gyspy)
Gypsy is a very rare name in America, appearing in only 2000 baby names! Gypsy is also a slang term meaning “visitor” or “traveler” which reflects the travel-loving nomadic lifestyle of the Roma people of Europe.
17. Harley (also found as Harly)
This is a very popular name that means “hare meadow”. In England, it was used as a surname but quickly became the first name. It came about in the late 19th century and has been rising in popularity ever since! This strange-sounding name could easily be morphed into “Harley-Quinn” for comic book characters!
James is an extremely popular name that has been around since the Bible! It comes from the Hebrew James which means “supplanter” or “supporter”. Both of these fit the meaning of this name in many ways as it could be said that James supports a lot of people. There are also two British dukes named James!
19. Joey (also found as Giuseppe)
This name used to be very popular in America but has declined in popularity over time. It is rarely seen on the American baby-naming charts now! It is still very popular across Europe and was originally a nickname for Joseph which means “addition”.
20. Joey (also found as Giuseppe)
This is a very Italian name that is mostly used for boys. It came about in the late 1800s and has been rising in popularity ever since!
Kaitlyn is an uncommon name that has been on the American popularity lists for a few years now. It was originally a nickname for Katherine which means “pure”. Katherine can also be a surname!
22. Keeley (also found as Keelay)
This is similar to Caitlyn, Katelyn, and Kelly in that it is a female version of the name Casey or Kerry which means “descendant of Cas/Ces/Kas” which means “son of”. Keeley is a name that hasn’t been used in popular culture and is an uncommon choice.
23. Kieran (also found as Kiaran)
This name comes from the Irish for a male child born on St. Kieran’s day which is also the feast day of Saint Kieran of Clonmacnoise! It was originally the last name but has become more and more popular in recent years due to the popularity of the television shows “Glee” and “The Vampire Diaries”. The main character in both of these shows is named “Kieran” (played by actor Damian McGinty)! This is not a common name, however.
Kyle is a name that comes from “Caol” which means “narrow” or “channel”. It was originally used as a last name but has been used as a first name for centuries. It is still quite popular in England and America!
25. Laszlo (also found as Laslo)
This name means Hungarian or ruler of Hungary and its origin is Hungarian. This is a very rare name and hasn’t been used on the American baby-naming charts in a long time! Laszlo is a popular name in Hungary and Germany.
26. Lillian (also found as Lil’lian)
Lillian means “like/beloved” in French and is of Germanic origin. It has only been used as a first name since the mid-20th century but it has risen quickly since then! This is one of the most popular names for girls that I know of! It seems to be rising in popularity every year now!
27. Lily (also found as Lylie )
Lily used to be strictly a feminine name but has been used for boys and girls in recent years. It comes from the Greek for “from the forest” which means “shelter”. Lily is a very popular name with actresses Lily Collins and Mary-Kate Olsen. It has also been used in numerous movies such as “A Perfect Getaway“.
28. Lola (also found as Lola)
Lola is a beautiful name that came from the Spanish word for “song” which makes it quite musical. The “na na” part of the song “Lola” by The Kinks is based on this girl’s name! This name was originally used as a nickname for Dolores which means “sorrowful”. However, it can also be short for Dolores as well!
29. Magnolia (also found as Magnolia)
Magnolia means “magnificent flower” in Latin and is a name that has been put on the baby naming charts but hasn’t stayed there for long. It is a beautiful name choice and one that would go well with many nicknames! This can also be a surname as well.
30. Maravilla (also found as Marabella, Maravilla)
This “beautiful miracle” is what this name means in Spanish! This name has not been used too many times in real life but it has had some celebrity appearances recently on the show Jane the Virgin.
31. Max (also found as Max)
Max is a very popular name in America and England. It is of Germanic origin which means “greatest”. Max is not used as frequently as it once was and has declined off the charts in recent years! It is still used quite often for boys, however! The color of the French flag used to be red and orange until it was changed to green and blue because Maximilien de Robespierre was an ardent supporter of the red-and-gold French flag in 1790!
32. Mercedes (also found as Mercedez)
Mercedes is a Spanish name that means “mercy” or “gift of God”. It is thought to come from an older name that means “My little queen”. This is an uncommon name but one that has been used by famous actresses such as Mercedes McCambridge, Mercedes Ruehl, and Mercedes Lewis.
33. Milo (also found as Mildred, Miles, Milford, Millard)
This beautiful Latin name meaning “gracious” or “kind” was first used in Ancient Rome. Milo comes from the Latin Milo which means “gracious”. It is an uncommon name for girls which is a shame! This Latin girl name has been used in many movies and television shows over the years, such as “C.S.I.” and “The X-Files”.
34. Nels (also found as Nels)
This name is of Norwegian origin and means “valiant”. This was originally the last name but has become more popular in recent years! It is still quite uncommon but not nearly as much as it once was! It was once used for boys only but has been used for both genders since the 1990s. Nels was originally used to mean “sea-king” or “sea-queen”!
35. Oliver (also found as Ollie, Olver, Olus)
This is a name that was first used in England and Ireland and is of British origin. It comes from “ol” which means “whelp”. Oliver is now primarily used for boys but can be used for both genders as well. The short form of the name is “Olly”.
36. Orin (also found as Oren)
This name has a beautiful meaning in Latin which means “golden”. It is a masculine name but can be used for both genders. This is a name that has only been used in America and Canada!
37. Otis (also found as Otis)
This is the last name and was first used in England and France as well! It comes from “ot” or “otor” which means “wealthy, rich, prosperous”. This is not a common girl’s name but it does have some popular mentions recently such as on the show “Scream Queens”.
38. Pascale (also found as Pasqual, Pasquale)
This is a very uncommon name that has not been used much in the United States. This name is of Italian origin and means “Easter”. This was a name that was used primarily for boys but has been used more recently for girls. It is starting to pop up on the baby name charts as well! This is a name that comes from the Latin Paschalis.
39. Peyton (also found as Peyton)
This name is an English surname that means “piedmont” which is an area in northern Italy. It has been used for both genders but has become more feminine in recent years! This name doesn’t have as much history or culture to it so it might not be for you but it still looks very pretty on a girl! This name can also be spelled Pittman.
40. Poli (also found as Polina, Polina, Polka, Zenaida)
The meaning of this name is “of the Slavic tribe” which means that it is of Russian origin. This unisex name was first used in America and has been used quite a lot! This name means that it would be an unusual choice for a boy but who knows! It might be more suitable as a girl’s name! The nickname for this name is Zena and Zoya.
Above are 40 unique yet somewhat common names for babies. They have beautiful meanings and would be perfect for a baby girl! If you are struggling to find the right name, why not try one of these? You might fall in love with one of them and then you will have your answer!