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Unique Baby Names for Boys & Girls We Wish We'd Thought of First

Kim Grundy is a mom, writer, expert laundry folder and sandwich maker, not necessarily in that order. Raised in Oklahoma, she is now a West Coast gal and lives in California with her husband and two sons, along with one dog, two fish (oo...

These out-of-the-box baby names aren't all that common, but they're so cool they totally should be

Can we talk about the difference between trendy baby names and unique baby names?

It doesn't seem like there would be a huge departure between the two, but there is a big distinction: Trendy names can totally lead to baby naming regret when the trend dies off, whereas a thoughtfully unique baby name will stand the test of time.

And, yes, baby naming regret really happens to 18 percent of parents, according to a survey done in the U.K. Don't let the regret happen to you — or your child, for that matter. Opt for one of these cool, yet totally unique, names instead.

These out-of-the-box baby names aren't all that common, but they're so cool they totally should be
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Short unique baby names

There is something about a short baby name that instantly ups its cool factor. Shorter names can help balance out a long last name, and are often easy to spell and pronounce — not to mention you won't have to worry about them being turned into some weird nickname.

Short, unusual boy names

More: 124 Super-Unique Baby Names We Promise You Won't Hear on the Playground

Short, unusual girl names

Cool bohemian baby names

Bohemian mamas unite! Some people may think these names are a little unusual, but we think they are pretty darn cool. Get out your incense and tie-dye shirt and check out the following cool, hippie baby names.

Bohemian girl names

Bohemian boy names

Next Up: Unique baby names from soap operas

Originally published November 2012. Updated June 2017.

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