102 Quirky American Names to Discover

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America votes on their favourite baby names

We’ve searched far and wide (actually, we just went across the pond to the United States) where American parents were asked to weigh in on their favourite ‘quirky’ baby name.

Nameberry then collated the data based on each of the 50 American states (plus the District of Columbia, which, for the record, is not a state) and shared the results with the rest of the world.

And we are so happy they did. Because what other baby name list would include both the cutest and the cruellest names you’ve ever encountered?

Only in America.

50 quirkiest American baby girl names are…

Rainbow Baby names
Same same, but different

  • Kinzlee/Kynslee
  • Aspen/Aspyn
  • Laylani/Jaylani
  • Oakley/Oaklee/Oakleigh

The new age old school

  • Roslyn
  • Maura
  • Etta
  • Mauve
  • Haddie
  • Ophelia
  • Lucinda
  • Penny

The unisex (but with really weird spelling)

  • Devyn
  • Rhyan
  • Camdyn
  • Quincy
  • Gentry

The names that seem like the parents have just mashed two names together (we like to call these name fusions)

  • Bexley
  • Kenleigh
  • Briley
  • Braylynn
  • Hollis
  • Jaylene
  • Lynlee

The vowel appeal

  • Arleth
  • Ansley
  • Amalia
  • Alessia
  • Iman
  • Ivey

The A at the end

  • Santana
  • Sumaya
  • Deasia
  • Martina
  • Renata
  • Juana
  • Taya
  • Kalea
  • Zinnia

And then the rest of the bunch

  • Faigy (perhaps the F is silent)
  • Cambrie (possibly a combination of the parents’ two favourite cheeses)
  • Nechama
  • Egypt
  • Wren
  • Yasmeen
  • Jolie

Say hello to the next generation of quirky names for boys

Moving on, we encounter a few more unusual choices on the boys’ list. Here is the complete list of unique American baby names:

cool baby names

The Kardashian effect

  • Krew
  • Keanu
  • Kenji
  • Kelly

Random words that are now considered names

  • Cedar
  • Ransom
  • Coy
  • Trace
  • Wilder

The next generation of ultra-posh bankers

  • Brigham
  • Bridger
  • Arman
  • Sutton
  • Banks
  • Brecken
  • Bryer
  • Jarvis
  • Andreas

The cultural exchange

  • Hirum
  • Umar
  • Estevan
  • Makai
  • Hussein
  • Yasir
  • Abdirahman
  • Jahmir
  • Yaakov

The blokey boys

  • Domenic
  • Chaz
  • Jordy
  • Ross
  • Torin

The gender benders

  • Payton
  • Teagan
  • Courtney
  • Aubrey
  • Eliot
  • Amias
  • Juelz
  • Leeland

The names that sound almost normal

  • Davin
  • Shimon
  • Jaron
  • Tylan
  • Jakobe
  • Dewayne

And then there are the rest…

  • Brogan
  • Hagen
  • Zyaire
  • Javian
  • Mauro

Okay, so, let’s dissect the lists, shall we? Clearly Americans love the letter Y when choosing a girl’s name with 21 of the 51 baby girl names including a Y. And some of these American baby names include more than one Y (like Braylynn) Because Y not?

As for the boys… names starting with J and B proved most popular with 13 of the 51 names starting with these two letters. While some of the unique names are quite adorable and definitely worth adding to your lists, a lot of them are probably better choices for your dog.

You be the judge

What do you think of America’s favourite quirky baby names? Are any of them worth adopting? Or do you prefer to keep them an ocean away?

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