Weird baby names are in the eye (or ear) of the beholder. While naming your baby after a search engine still may take the prize this year, we wanted to know what the weirdest baby names for 2020 were.
But first, some history…
In the 1600s, nearly half the baby girls in the Massachusetts Bay Colony were given one of three traditional names: Elizabeth, Mary, or Sarah. The Puritans gave their children biblical names, but as many as 4
The “weirdness” of baby names is subject to changing fashions and fluid trends — such as when Madison became popular for girls after Daryl Hannah appeared as a mermaid named Madison in the hit 1984 movie Splash. Indeed, in this time of gender-fluidity, having a more neutral baby name is more popular than ever.
So, with that in mind, here are the 20 weirdest baby names of 2020. For now. Because the truth is that it’s only a matter of time before these so-called “strange” monikers become some of the most popular. Check them out…
Weirdest Baby Names 2020 Edition
Luna means “moon” in Latin. It has a pleasing “oo” sound that is currently fashionable.
Animal names are currently trending — especially as a middle name paired with a more conventional first name. If “Lion” is a little too weird for you, opt for the more traditional Latinized version, “Leo.”
Names of gemstones are always popular for girls and increasingly so for boys. Peridot is an unusual gender-neutral name derived from a green mineral that forms from lava. Pronouncing the “T” at the end is optional.
Either a baby deer or a yellowish tan color.
The name of a Phoenician goddess of love, Tanith literally means “serpent lady.”
Check out the next slides for a break down of more weird names.
Like Tanith, Asherah is the name of a pre-monotheistic Semitic goddess. The name literally means “she who walks by the sea.”
In Egyptian mythology, Osiris was the god of the underworld.
Bodhi is a Buddhist term meaning “enlightenment,” gaining in popularity thanks to its use by celebrity moms.
Manu is an easy-to-pronounce, easy-to-spell, gender-neutral name used as a diminutive in German, Finnish, and Spanish. In Sanskrit, it means “wise.”
Sometimes spelled Gharyan or Garyan, is the name of a city south of Tripoli in the northern African nation of Libya. Although, it certainly wouldn’t sound out of place among the Knights of the Round Table.
And… yep, the names get weirder. See for yourself…
20 Weirdest Baby Names
Aya is another gender-neutral name with multicultural credentials. It’s used in Denmark, Israel, and Japan, where its translation means “color.”
Alouette is typically used for girls. It means “skylark” in French.
Piran means “prayer.” It’s a unique option for those wishing to honor Gaelic heritage.
Many European names have fallen out of favor with modern parents. But Saskia, a Dutch name derived from a Germanic term for knife, is an exception.
Aurora has several meanings. It means the Roman goddess of the dawn, the scientific term for northern lights, and the name of a Disney princess. Choose the meaning you prefer.
We’re not done yet. Check out the last five names to make the list.
“Zephyr” is the ancient Greek term for the west wind. Zephyrine is a feminized version.
Hyacinth is an unusual name rooted in ancient Greek tradition. It’s also the name of an exotic flower.
Soraya is a girl’s name meaning “jewel.” It was born by several members of Persian royalty.
Omari means “God the Highest” in Swahili and can mean “red” in Arabic. It is a gender-neutral name.
Whistler gives the effect of a happy-go-lucky person. And a ski resort in Canada (which can make you happy.) It’s also the surname of a popular American painter.