Unique baby names

As a family photographer in Fleet, I come across a lot of unique names. I’ve photographed hundreds, probably even thousands, of children over the past nine years and I love it when I hear a name that I haven’t thought of before.

When we were naming our three kids (all boys, I should add), we wanted something that was different and uncommon but not too wacky. I loved names like ‘River’ and ‘Fox’ but my husband and I quickly realised that we just weren’t cool enough to be shouting those across the play park. We liked traditional names like Arthur and Albert but agreed we would keep those as middle names and would prefer something a bit more modern as a first name. But trust me, by boy number three it was a real struggle as anything we’d really loved we’d already used on our first two kids.

We eventually settled on Flynn for our eldest, Kit for our middle child and Wilf for our youngest. We adore them all and they’ve really grown into their names, but if we ever had any more (never gonna happen by the way before anyone says anything haha) we would be truly screwed on what to call him (I’m saying him as I’ve accepted I was clearly destined to be a boy mum!)

Having spoken to many other new or expectant parents, I know we’re not alone in the whole ‘What am I going to call my child?” conundrum.

So, in the spirit of helping my fellow mums (and dads), I thought I would compile a list of the most unique child names that I’ve come across over my years of being a Hampshire photographer.

Boys' names
  • Quade
  • Ezra
  • Jenson
  • Jax
  • Otis
  • Kai
  • Bray
  • Abe
  • Shiloh
Girls' names
  • Mila
  • Effie
  • Cleo
  • Bonnie
  • Indy
  • Sukie
  • Arya (Aria)
  • Blythe

And if those aren’t enough to get your creative juices flowing, I also asked my followers on Instagram to send me any unusual names that they’ve heard. Here you go:

Boys' names
  • Remy (or Remi for a girl)
  • Hector
  • Dexter
  • Arlo
  • Wilder
  • Huxley
  • Otto
  • Arti
  • Atlas
  • Rocco
  • Etienne
  • Wolfie
  • Wilder (this and the one above are the names of Binky from Made in Chelsea's boys)
  • Enzo
  • Spike
  • Redd
  • Beck
  • Lando
Girls' names
  • Farrow
  • Mistral
  • Marvel
  • Pepper
  • Navy
  • Athena
  • Aurora

And I have one more to leave you all with (you could say I’ve saved the best til last)…

When I was working as a journalist in South Wales, I used to run a baby column where I would interview new parents. There was one family I spoke to who had called their new baby ‘Indy’ – nothing wrong with that, I hear you say. But not only was their surname Jones…they’d given the little girl the middle name ‘Anna’….. Indy Anna Jones! Say it out loud and you’ll see where I’m coming from!

Oh, a friend of a friend knew someone who had just called their brand new beautiful baby girl….wait for it….Klamydia! With a K!!

Watch this space….if Kris Jenner were ever to have any more kids, I reckon this might be top of her name pile 😉

Baby Love Photography – Award-winning family photographer based in Fleet but also covering surrounding towns including Farnborough, Farnham, Odiham, Hook, Yateley, Guildford, Woking, Basingstoke, Reading, Camberley, Aldershot and Hartley Wintney