[Updated for 2020] What is truly yours but came from somewhere else? What is very personal but shared with everyone?

Your name.

 A Complete Guide To Choosing Baby Names

Having a baby is a wonderful adventure with lots to prepare for and nine arduous months of trying to pick the perfect baby name.

Do you and your better half struggle to decide on something together? Have you fallen in love with a moniker that brings back terrible memories for them?

Is the new baby name going to avoid the possibility of jests in the playground?


  • Do you opt for something traditional?
  • Do you take influence from the celebrity world and go for something completely out-of-the-norm?

For example, Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson chose Birdie Mae for their daughter’s name and Rachel Platten & Kevin Lazan chose Violet Skye.

George Lucas and Mellody Hobson opted for the something epic when they chose ‘Everest‘ for their baby girl, whereas Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin went in a different direction with the crisp sounding ‘Apple.’

With the popularity of unique names on the rise, now, more than ever do you have complete flexibility in choosing the perfect name for your new baby.

There isn’t much you can’t use for inspiration for your little one’s identity.

Whether your influence comes from your favourite band (Zeppelin, Floyd, Pepper), singer (Marley, Otis, Iswell, Lennon), song (Maxwell, Piper, Jude), or celebrity (Hilton, Willow, Maddox); the possibilities are endless.

You could even opt for a name based on its meaning.

Unique does not have to be something far-fetched or outrageously eyebrow raising and ridiculous. Choosing a non-traditional name for your child just means picking something individual for whatever your reasons are.

There are lots of strikingly stunning names that haven’t made their way to the mass market. That is what makes them so special. The process is not as scary as it sounds.

While there are countless names to choose from, as we can derive from our opening riddle, a name is something incredibly unique and personal to you and your child.

Naming Your Baby – A helping hand

Whatever you choose will be perfect and personal. Nevertheless, wanted to give you a helping hand to make your job of choosing the perfect baby boy or baby girl name that little bit easier.

We compiled a list of beautiful, unique names that we know you would love, along with their definitions.

Addler To hold the qualities of an eagle: The confident solo high-flying majestic bird which never surrenders to the size of its prey.
Adonis In Greek mythology, Adonis is an impressive young man loved by Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, love, and procreation.
Albie A brilliant and bright being who holds my heart.
Aman Is to have a peaceful and trusting nature. Someone who lives life fearlessly.
Amelyn A character who is profoundly independent and intellectual.
Apollo With strong science and Greek mythology roots, Apollo is an excellent choice for your son.
Avarna A meek individual with a fun loving nature.
Balea One who is free-spirited, carefree, and happy.
Bernadette To be as ‘brave as a bear.’
Bijou Translated as ‘jewel’, Bijou is a charming name for your little one.
Bodhi A spiritual choice, Bodhi means ‘awakening or enlightenment.’
Braelin A person who is intelligent, bright, and wise
Cadence Derived from a musical expression, Cadence describes a rhythmic flow.
Cahya One who brings light into the darkness.
Cairo An individual who is both strong and victorious.
Caledon A strong and robust person.
Castel One of nobility who resides in a castle.
Cavall The name of King Arthur’s companion. ‘Cavell’ is to be bold.
Celeste A soft feminine name with sweet heavenly suggestions.
Daana A knowledgeable individual.
Dabney One who fairly imparts justice.
Darcia Representing grace and charm, Darcia is the feminine version of Darcy.
Dior One who has an open heart.
Domino A person who is master of all.
Dulce A popular modern Spanish and Portuguese that translates as ‘sweet’.
Ebele To be merciful and kind.
Eeli One who lifts those around them to a higher level of wellbeing.
Ekam A spiritual leader, one who represents oneness.
Elton The name of God’s fighter.
Embry A well-loved individual who is champion at winning people’s hearts.
Esmae Is the French name for one who is well respected.
Esther Spanning back from the Old Testament; what was once a highly popular name, Esther – star, by definition – is rarely used.
Fable The name of a story with hidden meaning, usually highlighting the difference between right and wrong.
Falak Is the path of multiple galaxies.
Fargo Given to the name of a person that comes from a fenced pasture.
Farron One who lives to serve.
Firdous The given name for the realm of paradise.
Firenze The Italian name for its fine city, Florence; a Firenze is a beautiful blossoming flower.
Fletcher Known as the maker of arrows.
Gabriella A powerful and elegant girls name which translates into  ‘woman of God’
Galaxy The magnificent structure of the stars.
Gatsby Made popular by Leonardo DiCaprio, Gatsby is to give off an air of extravagance.
Gia Derived from Giovanna or Gianna, Gia is a cute and lesser-known name. All by definition is one who is ‘gracious.’
Gray An intelligent individual.
Gunner More so favoured by military folk, Gunner is a strong name for any young boy.
Helen A charming name whos beauty has made it one of the top names in history. In its simplest terms translates as ‘the bright one.’
Hermie Reaching dizzy new heights, ‘Hermie’ is the peak of a mountain.
Hikaru A luminous character who brightens any room.
Hyat To truly live.
Indigo This dark blue colour makes for a gorgeous girls name.
Ingrid An elegant blend of beauty and charisma.
Jaedyn A humble individual that embraces gratitude.
Jayla One who is happy with themselves and all those around them.
Jayson A character who is a healer.
Jazz A soothing, relaxing form of music which makes a wonderful unisex name.
Jett This precious dark jewel makes for a fantastic moniker.
Jina A natural born investigator with strong leadership skills, propelled by a sense of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge.
Jinan One who is versatile, who doesn’t have trouble adapting and overcoming life’s hurdles. Living a life of no limits.
Jinny Known as the white wave, an individual who is dynamic with a strong and persuasive nature that loves to help others.
Juniper One who is both fresh and energetic; who lives to be one with nature.
Kabili He who is brave and honest.
Kadal An individual who is one with the Ocean.
Kahali A mischievous character with a harmless nature.
Kaholo To be nimble and quick-footed.
Kairi An ocean village.
Kayani A Regal name fit for either a boy or a girl. Kayani is to be king or queen-like.
Keagan The descendant of the fiery one; a passionate individual who is a force to be reckoned with.
Keanu Known as the cool and gentle breeze.
Kinta A life lived with laughter.
Lahari The name of the gentle wave, lapping against the shore.
Layla By definition is one ‘born at night.’
Leighton A moniker suitable for either sex meaning ‘one from the meadow.’
Leiko An underrated, lovely petite flower
Lennon An individual who is very dear.
Lightning A bright, brilliant bolt.
Lucia Translated, this Latin name means ‘light’.
Madeleine Derives from the French name, translated into ‘from the tower.’
Malaki Strong biblical connections and is known as ‘my messenger’.
Massie A name inspired by the Scottish clan name ‘Matheson.’
Maya Perfect for travel-loving families. Translates as the ‘Daughter of Atlas’
Mel One who is fearless and daring.
Mentari A powerful being who harnesses the power of the sun, unleashing a powerful light wherever they go.
Merthyr One who would sacrifice themselves for the greater good.
Naida If your child is born in the months that make her a water sign, it is fitting to name her after the aquatic goddess.
Neo One with many talents.
Nihara A flowing body of descending water.
Nikita One who is supreme and strong. A resilient woman who will overcome anything.
Noah The epitome of relaxation and inner zen. One who is always calm.
Noor Is our most powerful star; the sun.
Nuaim A gentle and forgiving individual
Oakley A trendy cool name suitable for either little girl or boy.
Ogilvy One who shows forgiveness and compassion to wrongdoers.
Ophelia Made famous by Shakespeare’s tragedy, Ophelia is one who loves to help others.
Otis This sweet sounding German name is translated into ‘wealthy.’
Pretoria The South African city makes a chic name for a little girl.
Pyralis One made of fire.
Quentin An unusual name made famous by the film director, this subtle numerical name – meaning the number five – is an excellent choice for your son.
Reiley A brave and courageous being.
Ridge Inspired by nature, this name is a great moniker for either sex.
Sacha A fierce defender who lives to help others.
Safari An adventurous character with the heart of an explorer.
Sage Inspired by the fragrant herb, meaning ‘wise and knowing’.
Sanyu A light-hearted Japanese name for one who is eternally happy.
Sofia An elegant name for a wise female.
Solace One who brings comfort and peace to others.
Solaris Someone who is of the Sun
Taitt A cheerful bein who lives to bring happiness to others.
Tamika A stunning Japanese name translated as a ‘child of the people’
Tatiana A favourite of the Russians, a name which one derived from ‘Titus’, the ancient Sabine king.
Teaghan The little poet.
Terra In mythology ‘Terra’ is the goddess of Earth.
Terrell The ruler of thunder.
Terrence An ancient Roman clan.
Teshi One who is full of laughter
Tokori Someone who holds the quality of owls; living a serene and observant life.
Truman One who is faithful and loyal.
Tulay This mystical name means the ‘veil of the moon.’
Wanniya Represents a strong-willed and high-spirited woman.
Winter With the rise of summer related names, its icier cousin is a cool name for a seasonal birth.
Zane Is the English translation of the Hebrew name ‘Yahweh.’ Translated it is one who is merciful.
Zayda A prosperous huntress who holds fantastic luck.
Zion One who is raised up and uplifts others.
Ziva The Hebrew moniker indicates one who is brilliant.

Choosing the perfect name for your little baby boy or baby girl does not have to be daunting. Some parents find it impossible to decide until they meet their little bundle of joy for the first time.

Then the baby’s name tends to come more naturally. Whether you prefer the traditional route or if you’d rather a moniker with that is that little bit extra special, the journey of having your first child is an incredible journey.

We hope our hand-selected list of baby names helps you to make it a smoother ride in 2019.

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