Create your own baby name
If the top 100 baby names list is getting old for you, look beyond the list for customized and unique baby names for your girl or boy. With a little creativity, you can invent your own special baby name.
It seems like everyone knows an Emily, Daniel, Isabella or Anthony. Those names are among the most popular, according to the Social Security Administration's list of top baby names . While those are all nice names, if you name your child a popular baby name, they are likely to contend with lots of classmates with the same name.
Don't let that happen. Instead, go a more creative route by developing a unique name for your baby. Don't worry if it's something you've never imagined -- creating a baby name is easy and can be a lot of fun.
Now, let's get started. These five options for creating your own baby name offer a variety of ways to step away from the norm and find
Option 1: Combine parts of names
In some cultures, it's traditional for parents to take parts of both of their names to form a new and unique name. For instance, if mom is Melissa and dad is Samuel, baby could be Meluel or Samissa. Don't limit it to just your names though. You could use the baby's grandmothers or grandfathers names to create a new name. Or even favorite aunts and uncles. Whatever the case, you will end up with a name that is familiar, but different.
For more ideas, check out our pick of the top 25 unique baby names for girls and boys.
Option 2: create a Unique spelling
If you have a name you like, but aren't so into the traditional spelling, switch it up a bit by respelling it. Turn a C into a K or a i into a y and devise a special new spelling. For instance, Madison might become Madysen, Chloe might become Khloe or Michael might become Mikael.
A word of warning: the so-close-yet-so-far-away spelling of a common name might not sit so well with your baby as they get older and want the cute pencil emblazed with their moniker.
Option 3: Make a combination
Annemarie, Maryanne, Annabella ... combined names are nothing new. But your combination of two names can be. Simply take two short names and combine them to form one. Perhaps you can string together Sarah and Maria to form Sarah-maria. Or Dan and Ed can come together to make Daned. The best way to make a name like this is to go through baby names and make a list of short names you like. Then imagine the possible combinations until you find one right for your baby.
Check out our list of the top short and sweet baby names to help you find the perfect combination.
Option 4: Use a special place
Pay homage to a special city like your hometown or the town where you were engaged by using the place name to create a unique baby name. Consider what towns and cities might be important to you, and figure out which would work best to create a special name for baby. But don't limit yourself to the traditional spellings -- let Paris become Parys or England become Englynd.
For more ideas, read our pick of the top 50 destination baby names.