Exotic baby names

Do you love the sound of exotic, unusual or unique baby names? We searched from Argentina to Egypt to Indonesia to bring you the top exotic names for your baby girl or baby boy.

Exotic baby names for boys and girls

Whether you are searching for a baby name that reflects your native culture or just love the sound of an exotic name, you are sure to find the perfect name in our list below.

Exotic baby names from Argentina

The second largest country in South America next to Brazil, Argentina is known for exotic dances like the tango and cities like Buenos Aires. Inspiration for baby names may come from everything from the Roman Catholic faith to the unique landscape and animals of Patagonia.

Argentinian boy names

  • Santiago — meaning "Saint James"
  • Tomas — meaning "twin"
  • Franco — meaning "Frenchman"
  • Joaquin — abbreviation of the Hebrew name Jehoichin — meaning "Jehovah"
  • Lautaro — meaning "calm"
  • Emile — meaning "excellent"
  • Esteban — meaning "crowned in victory"
  • Herve — meaning "warrior"

Argentinian girl names

Exotic baby names from Egypt

Ancient civilizations and symbols, such as the pyramids, have survived for centuries in this country. A mix of Muslim and Christian religions — as well as languages that include Arabic, English and French — all make for an exotic mix of potential baby names.

Egyptian baby names can be inspired from religion, nature or Egyptian gods.

Egyptian boy names

Egyptian girl names

  • Akila — meaning "intelligent"
  • Bennu — meaning "eagle"
  • Femi — meaning "love"
  • Layla — meaning "born at night"
  • Zaliki — meaning "well born"

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Exotic baby names from Iceland

Blue lagoons and snow glaciers make Iceland an exotic and one of a kind location — both traits new parents may be looking for when considering an exotic baby name.

Baby names from this region may be influenced by languages that include English, German, Icelandic and Nordic languages, as well as the Lutheran religion.

Icelandic girl names

  • Lilja — meaning "lily"
  • Svana — derived from German word "swan"
  • Valdis — derived from two Norse words, "the dead" and "goddess"

Icelandic boy names

  • Ari — meaning "eagle"
  • Hinrik — Icelandic form of Henry
  • Gunnar — meaning "warrior"
  • Thor — meaning "thunder"
  • Bjorn — meaning "bear"

Exotic baby names from Indonesia

The music, wildlife and island help make this part of the world exotic and remote. A mix of English, Dutch, Indonesian and local dialects all contribute to choosing a baby name, as do the country's conservation efforts and natural wonders. Baby-naming traditions in Indonesia include a ceremony, typically when the baby is a month old or younger.

Indonesian boy names

  • Agus — meaning "good"
  • Asmara — meaning "love"
  • Banyu — meaning "water"
  • Cipto — meaning "to create"
  • Fajar — meaning "sunrise"
  • Katon — meaning "visible"
  • Lemah — meaning "ground"

Indonesian girl names

  • Putri — meaning "princess"
  • Peni — meaning "pretty"
  • Nur — meaning "light"
  • Murni — meaning "pure"
  • Indah — meaning "beautiful"

Exotic baby names from Kenya

High elevations and its close proximity to the equator are characteristics of this East African country. Religions include Catholic, Muslim and faiths indigenous to the region. Some Kenyan's believe that a baby's name will have a strong influence on the child's personality.

Some recent news suggests that Kenyan parents are naming their children after prominent figures in the news, including prime ministers, former United Nations (UN) leaders like Kofi Annan and President Barack Obama, whose father was Kenyan.

Kenyan boy names

  • Gitonga — meaning "wealthy"
  • Hiuhu — meaning "hot"
  • Kanja — meaning "water born"
  • Makori — meaning "born on the way"
  • Pili — meaning "second child"

Kenyan girl names

  • Akello — meaning "first child after twins"
  • Chanya — meaning "grace of Jehovah"
  • Felistas — meaning "festival"
  • Hamisi — meaning "Born on Thursday"
  • Mumbi — meaning "mother of the people"

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Comments on "Exotic baby names and meanings"

Naomi March 08, 2014 | 7:17 AM

Pick any name you like. It will be your child and our opinions don't count. I chose slightly unusual names too, Danica and Mireya because I didn't want names every other child had but not so unusual they would teased for it. Just make sure there aren't any rude nick names they could get called.

Priscilla November 09, 2013 | 9:55 AM

I am planning on naming my two twin daughters, Clarity and Bethany. They aren't really exotic, but I like them. However, if I were to have a boy child, I would like his name to sound a little bit more on the unusual side. So this really helped. I'm still deciding.

Wanda September 15, 2012 | 6:55 AM

We have four adopted Chinese daughters and named them: Cashmere Blu [sic] Gianna Ivory

Grace June 06, 2012 | 10:18 AM

I'm working on writing a book, this really helped out with pitting names with characters, so thank you! =]

Molly August 23, 2011 | 11:00 AM

Hi! I am actually no where near the age of having children or anything of the sort, but I do enjoy planning my future and I've always wondered what to name my children if I ever had some. For girls I wanted to name one of my children Akina or Jasper. Jasper because it gives a unique feeling on lips when I say it, yet it is mainly a boy name but it is a kind of gem/mineral, so I don't think it would matter. But I could use other opinions. And Akina because it sounds like a sweet and beauitul name, plus it means spring flower. But is it a little to exotic? Opinions wanted! :)

sarita September 27, 2010 | 8:01 AM

i think its a really pretty name for a baby girl. i would name my baby that if i wasn't already naming her Abella. its french

Pamela June 22, 2010 | 8:05 AM

I forgot to mention that, Judea is the name I used for my daughter, kyler my son, an Thailo, my next little one (boy) I also Love the Equiano (boy), or Equayna for a girl. Equiano was insprired by an admirable historical figure who help fight against the slave trade (he fought with william wilberforce.

Pamela June 22, 2010 | 7:58 AM

What do you think of the names Judea, Kyler, and Thailo? believe it or not, it's hard to find the meaning to these names. I have searched nearly everywhere. Although, I have found Kyler- it means archer, or warrior.

Bill March 17, 2010 | 1:19 PM

Gabie is a good name for a girl unless her family name is Hayes. For those too young to recall the TV show, Gabby Hayes was an old man with beard in the wild west days who rode in a stagecoach.

Jeff February 21, 2010 | 6:02 AM

We named our son Tatum, some people call him Tate. When we lived in New Hampshire we were made fun of, but in Oregon it seems to be a little more acceptable. Everyone brings up Tatum O'Neal, then they look confused. I don't see what the big deal is and I love the name. It is Norwegian and means "happy", loosely.

Barbara January 29, 2010 | 10:32 AM

My grandaughters name is Brielle.. pronouced liked Gabrielle without the GA.

J January 20, 2010 | 10:08 AM

I don't think Gabie sounds exotic at all.

Cassandra December 28, 2009 | 5:36 PM

I love these names especially Layla, born at night. I was born at exactly midnight cool right!!!

Ashley November 12, 2009 | 7:32 PM

well, i really dont think that gabie is such an exotic name because its very common, try something that is unique :)

Mia June 29, 2009 | 12:33 PM

I really like the name Gabie for a girl -- what do you guys think? Too exotic?

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