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Still searching for a baby name? Think outside the box with these edgy names for girls and boys

Picking a baby name is hard. Like, really hard. Especially when you want your little bundle of joy to have a unique name that won't be going out of style anytime soon.

Enter these crazy baby names that are a little bit rock 'n roll, and a whole lot adorable. If your are looking for a baby name that has a little edge — like Hendrix, Gray or Breeze — then these baby girl and baby boy names are for you.

You can also borrow unconventional name ideas from celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow — who caused quite a stir when she named her daughter Apple, as did Beyoncé when she named her daughter Blue Ivy. Kate Winslet found a fierce name in Bear, and we just love Kourtney Kardashian's baby boy name, Reign.

More: Powerful First Lady baby names for your little girl

Check out more ideas below for finding a unique baby name for your girl or boy.

Baby names outside of the box

There is no doubt that names like Elizabeth and Henry are great traditional names. However, don't limit your choices to only classic names! Think outside the box with our list of cool objects that make great baby names. Many of these names are unisex and can work equally well for both baby boys and baby girls.

  • Slate
  • Lava
  • Dice
  • Castle
  • Pearl
  • Ember
  • Jaguar
  • Happy
  • Bloom
  • Honey
  • Snow
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Diamond
  • Thorn
  • Clove
  • Parsley
  • Hawk
  • Green
  • Sage
  • Lava
  • Lemon

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Switched up baby names

One fun way to come up with a crazy, yet totally cool, baby name is by switching up the ending or the spelling of a more traditional name. Often, just by adding in an "x" or "z," you can come up with a name that is unique. Here are some ideas:

  • Mykal (pronounced like Michael)
  • Ashleigh
  • Jaxson
  • Chriz (Chris)
  • Ayden (Aidan)
  • Keleigh (Kelly)
  • Emmaleigh (Emily)
  • Jazzmyn (Jasmine)
  • Chrystin (Kristin)
  • Rian (Ryan)

A twist on celeb names

Name your child after your favorite rock idol or screen siren with these fun and creative ideas. Many of these names use the last name as a first name for an edgy twist. For example, instead of naming your child Marilyn after Marilyn Monroe, giving her the name Monroe sounds modern and cool. Here are more examples:

  • Morrison (Jim Morrison)
  • Jagger (Mick Jagger)
  • Presley (Elvis Presley)
  • Nelson (Willie Nelson)
  • Cash (Johnnie Cash)
  • Lennon (John Lennon)
  • Joplin (Janis Joplin)
  • Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix)

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Mythical baby names that rock

Mythological names are totally crazy, yet cool. Watch the Clash of the Titans and you might find yourself leaning towards having your own little Zeus running around! Here are some great mythological baby names:

  • Perseus
  • Calibos
  • Acrisius
  • Andromeda
  • Draco
  • Apollo
  • Athena
  • Achilles
  • Adonia
  • Cadmus
  • Calypso
  • Cressida
  • Leto

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

Still searching for a baby name? Think outside the box with these edgy names for girls and boys

Image: Tetra Images/Getty Images

Originally published November 2015. Updated November 2016.

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