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The awesome and unique baby names I have loved

November 6, 2018

The awesome and unique baby names I have loved

Good news time: We decided on a name! But, for the sake of anonymity, I’m going to continue using the nickname I gave her — “Iggy.”

While Iggy’s real first name wasn’t my initial choice, it eventually became the obvious and only choice. And I’m very excited about it. And, in honor of finally naming our baby girl, I thought I’d share with you some of the other unique baby names that I found in my long and lengthy search.


Although, she’ll definitely still be rocking this Game of Thrones onesie!

Like my literary-themed names, some of these are gender-neutral, most of them leaned towards girl names, a lot of them are Gaelic, and have water themes. But they’re all awesome and unique, and if you’re still on your baby name search, maybe these will inspire…

  • Agate (Aggie) — Greek and Irish: kind/good
  • Airleas — Irish: Pledge
  • Airlie — A beach in Australia
  • Alin
  • Aoife / Aífe (“eef-ah”) — Gaelic: the greatest woman warrior in the world
  • Arlen
  • Arlo
  • Artis (Art)
  • Artily (Art)
  • Astrid
  • Auden — English: Old friend
  • Aurora (Rory)


  • Baird — poet
  • Beatrix
  • Belletrist (Trist) — A person who writes or is concerned with belles-lettres
  • Bradaigh — spirited
  • Brite
  • Bronwyn


  • Cadence (Cade)
  • Calliope (Lio) — Greek muse
  • Carew (Rue) — Welsh
  • Cecil — Welsh by way of Rome
  • Chance
  • Circe — Greek goddess of sorcery
  • Clover
  • Coen — Brave
  • Cyd


  • Diver
  • Drusilla (Drew, Silly) — English and Greek


  • Effe — Greek origin, Swedish name: one who speaks the truth
  • Eleri / Ellorie — Welsh: Eleri river
  • Ennis — island
  • Eva — Hebrew: Brave
  • Exa
  • Ezra


  • Fable
  • Faraday (Fara)
  • Fergal — Brave
  • Farrel / Farryl / Ferryl — Brave
  • Fharraige (“fair-a-gay”) — Gaelic: sea
  • Finnegan / Fin / Finley
  • Flynn — Irish: Red
  • Foley
  • Forest
  • Frances (Frankie) — Latin


  • Gillian
  • Glen (Glenn, Gleann, Glynn, Glennon, Glenys) — Gaelic: A secluded woody valley
  • Grae


  • Imogen
  • Inis — Irish: island, or to tell, relate, reveal
  • Iona — Celtic: Island


  • Journey
  • Juniper (June)


  • Kenley (Ken)
  • Kirby
  • Kit — Greek


  • Larkin — Irish: fierce
  • Lirit — Hebrew: poetic
  • Lyric — Greek


  • Marin / Maren / Marina – Latin: of the sea
  • Morgan – Welsh: Sea defender


  • Nieve — Irish: Bright


  • Oswin (Ozzy)


  • Phoebe


  • Quillan (Quill) — Irish/English: scribe, or writer with a quill pen
  • Quin


  • Read
  • Riddle
  • Romy — English: pet form of Rosemary the herb. The name for the herb came from the Latin ‘ros marinus’ which is said to mean ‘Sea Dew’
  • Ronan — Irish: little seal
  • Roscoe (Roz, Rock) — Norse: From the deer forest


  • Saoirse (Cercei) — Irish: Freedom
  • Scéalaí (Scail-y) — storyteller
  • Sibyl (Silly) — Greek: women who where mouthpieces of the ancient oracles and seers into the future.
  • Sona (“sun-a”) — Irish: Happy, lucky, fortunate
  • Sorcha — Gaelic: Bright, radiant
  • Sydney / Sidney


  • Teague — Gaelic: Storyteller
  • Thalassa (Thali, Thala) — Greek: From the sea
  • Tristich (Trist) — Greek: a strophe, stanza, or poem that consists of exactly 3 lines


  • Violet


  • Willoughby (Will, Willa, Willow, Bee, Bee-bee)


  • Xanthe — Greek: Golden


  • Zelda

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