Baby names are getting more and more unique these days! Here are some ideas for unique baby names, how to pick one, plus a list of the most popular baby names in Singapore right now
Picking a name for your baby is serious business! There are a few ways parents-to-be in Singapore go about this: some go through traditional baby name books, some look up names on Google (or fun lists like the one you’re reading right now, wink!), some have a running list of cool names they’ve heard of throughout the years, or perhaps the most special one in our opinion is when a couple honours their departed loved ones (eg. a grandparent) by naming their babies after them. If you need some inspiration, here’s our fun guide on how you can find a baby name you and your partner will love (and hopefully agree on!), plus lists of both unique and popular boys’ and girls’ names in Singapore.
5 Ways to Choose a Unique Baby Name
1. Find different ways to spell a common name
For example girls’ names like Amy, Emily or Zoe can be spelled Aimee, Emilie, or Zoie; boys’ names like Ian, Kaden or Cameron can be spelled Ean, Cayden or Kamryn. If you love a name in one language you can make it more unique or sound different by translating it into another language.
2. Plant/flower-inspired baby names
There’s just something so pretty about floral-inspired names like Rose, Amaryllis or Vanda! You can even look up the scientific names of certain flora and derive a cool, unique name based on it. For example, maybe your partner gave you a bouquet of calla lilies for your first date – so to honour that memory, you could name your child after the scientific name for the calla lily: Zante (derived from ‘zantedeschia’, and also has Latin and Old Greek origins).
Names inspired by locations like countries or cities are definitely big in Hollywood – Chicago, Dakota, London, China and India are all baby names we’ve heard of before. Nothing is off-limits! But maybe try not to name your kiddo after a local neighbourhood if you don’t want them being made fun of in local school (can you imagine a child named ‘Tampines’? Although we could totally see something like ‘Balestier’ being a pretty cool baby name if spelled differently… ‘Balestierre’ maybe?).
4. Look to celebrity names or celebrity kids’ names
Names like Willow, Suri (Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ daughter), Blythe, Apple (Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s daughter), Peaches, Liam, Luca and Miles (John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s son) are far more common now than they were 10 years ago, but we still think these are interesting names (especially because they’re less popular in Singapore!).
5. Look to the names of past royalty or religious figures
Names like Xerxes and Athelstan are inspired by kings of early civilisations, while names like Ares and Athena are drawn from Greek mythology. If you’re a more religious family you can also look into Biblical or Quranic names.
Unique Boy Names
Unique Girl Names
Popular Baby Names in Singapore
We collated the lists below based on the names of our own kids and those of our mama friends! These are of course just some of the popular names we’ve heard of in Singapore, with many more out there.