It feels like baby naming is an Olympic sport these days. You need something unique so your child isn’t the third Jessica in their class, but you also want something meaningful, modern and not too trendy so you don’t end up with baby-naming regret. (Yeah, in case you needed more to worry about: Up to 18 percent of parents regret their children’s names.)
We’re helping you out by providing a list of unique names that won’t cause eye rolls at the birth announcement but also recognize your baby for the unique spark of life they are. And if you need more inspiration, Huffington Post recently released the best of the least popular names for both boys and girls, which is worth a look for inspiration.
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
Short, unusual girl names
Cool names that haven’t been recently popular
A version of this article was originally published in November 2012.