Sometimes, you have to dig a little deeper to really get a baby name gem. And while the top 1000 baby names in the U.S. list offers plenty of stellar options, there are lots of head scratchers, too. (Do we really need to spell Journey Jurnee?)
But sometimes, it's the ones that don't make the top 1000 list that really shine—especially if you're looking for something unique. Skip all those creative spellings of Adeline and check out these options.
Jovia By Jove, this name is intriguing—it's a feminization of the Roman king of the gods, but also has that connotation of happiness, thanks to the word "jovial."
Dulcinea This ultrafeminine name has a cool past for literary folks—it's the name of Don Quixote's fictional true love in Miguel Cervantes' classic. It means sweet.
Ione How has this gem never made it into the top 1000? Popularized by actress Ione Skye (of Say Anything fame), it's the name of a violet-colored stone, and of a sea nymph in Greek mythology.
Tell us: What offbeat names do you love? Would you consider any of my choices for your daughter?
Check out the wild and weird side of baby names—and see if you'd pick any of those for your kiddos!