Today we are all looking for originality and individualism. This carries over to any field and personal names is one of them. If you are expecting a baby and want to give it a unique name that no one else has, here is a list of rare names inspired by different origins.
Many of the names that are generally used in Spain are of Hebrew origin, but all of them have been adapted to a sound that is more comfortable for us in Spanish. However, you do not have to be guided by what is normal in our country, especially if you choose to look for strange names. We propose two Hebrew names, the first for a girl and the second for a boy.
Shoshanna is the Hebrew name for Susana, and it is common in the Jewish community. Its ancient meaning appears as “lily”, but in modern Israel it is translated as “rose”. Several women named Shoshanna appear in the Bible. In popular culture we also find two women who have been called Shoshanna. In the series ‘Girls’ she is a young woman played by Zosia Mamet (whose first name may also inspire you). Then, in Tarantino’s movie ‘Inglourious Basterds’, one of the leads is named Shoshanna Dreyfuss.
The masculine name Ezra means in Hebrew “help”. Its name is based on Ezra the Prophet, who appears in the Old Testament and who wrote the Book of Ezra (in Spanish the Book of Esdras). He is a highly respected figure in Judaism. The famous poet Ezra Pound also receives this name. At present we find Ezra Koenig, singer of the group Vampire Weekend and Ezra Fitz, character from the series ‘Little Liars’.
Japanese names are full of sound and a very characteristic sensitivity: their legendary tradition is present in all of them. Therefore, we also propose you names of this nationality in this list of rare names.
A very common name in Japan is Sakura. This is how they call the pink cherry blossom, very common in the Japanese country and whose birth is celebrated by performing the ‘hanami’, that is, when the Japanese go outdoors to observe the ‘sakura’. Perhaps the best known Sakura is the protagonist of the cartoon series ‘Sakura, the Card Hunter’.
Kenzo is also a widely used name for men in Japan. Depending on the kanji used to write it, Kenzo can have different meanings, however the most popular is “strong and healthy”. If this name sounds familiar to you, you will most likely recognize it from the fashion firm, which, although it is of French origin, was founded by Japanese designer Kenzo Takada.
You may not want to leave the peninsula when choosing a name for your baby. You can be inspired by the Basque language and choose one of the beautiful names they have in this autonomous community.
Nekane is the Basque equivalent of ‘Dolores’. Its festivity is September 15, since it is celebrated in honor of Our Lady of Sorrows. Although there are no well-known people with this name, we find the politician Nekane Alonso and the fashion brand NKN.
With a sound similar to Nekane, we suggest Eneko for children. It is the Basque translation of ‘Íñigo’. The name comes from the Middle Ages and its ancient form was Enecco or Ennego. The most popular Eneko was the King of Pamplona, who donated the Leire Monastery to the town of Yesa. His saint is celebrated on June 1.
One country to which we owe most of the vocabulary we use is Ancient Greece. We have also adapted many names from Greek to Spanish, but we can look for other rare names that remain in their original form.
For a girl we propose Xanthippe, pronounced ‘shanzipi’ and whose meaning is “blond horse”. This was the name of the young wife of Socrates and this name has also been mentioned several times in literature. On television we find a character in the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt series called Xanthippe. As diminutives we can use Xan or Xanthi.
Eros is a masculine name of Greek origin. Its name comes from the Greek god of love, lust and sex. Eros is based on the Greek word ‘eros’, which means ‘sexual love’, so the words ‘erotic’ or ‘eroticism’ have the same etymology. The most famous Eros is the Italian singer Eros Ramazzoti.
If as a child you liked fairy tales, we suggest you rescue the name of some of those characters for your baby. Without a doubt, the innocence and magic that these names convey will last forever in your son or daughter.
Briar Rose is the English pseudonym of Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. You can use the full name, just plain or you can combine Briar with another name of your liking. Recently, actors Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson have called their daughter by this name.
Ariel is a unisex name that looks just as good on boys as on girls. Its origin is Hebrew and means ‘the lion of God’. In literature we find Ariel, the little mermaid from the story by Hans Christian Andersen and from the Disney movie. Other famous Ariel’s include young Modern Family actress Ariel Winter and Argentine musician Ariel Rot.
But if among so many strange names you have not found one that you liked enough for your baby, you can be inspired by science fiction or fantasy books, series and movies. Here we propose names that you will recognize from famous fictions.
NAMES BASED ON ‘GAME OF THRONES’
In ‘ Game of Thrones ‘ we find original names for both women – Cersei, Daenerys, Sansa, Arya, Margaery, Shae …- and for men – Tyrion, Jorah, Daario, Loras, Benjen …- . The trilogy in which it is inspired, ‘The Lord of the Rings’, also offers us names of all kinds. Maybe for girls you might like Arwen, Éowyn or Galadriel , and for boys Éomer, Elrond or Theoden . You can even base yourself on the places where the story happens, like Rivendell or Rohan .
NAMES BASED ON ‘THE HUNGER GAMES’
If you are a fan of ‘ The Hunger Games ‘ you have surely thought of the name of its characters, such as Katniss, Peeta, Gale or Cinna . In the movie ‘Divergent’ we find Tris , the main character.
We hope we have helped you find a name for your baby!