75 Exotic Names for Your Baby

Updated: January 26, 2021
Choosing an exotic name for your baby will conjure up feelings of wanderlust and mystique. Here are our favorite exotic names for boys, girls, and gender-neutral options.
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Do you love the sound of names that seem to come from a land far far away? Choosing an exotic name for your baby will conjure up feelings of wanderlust and mystique.

The great thing about exotic names is you can go by feel. In truth whatever feels foreign and mysterious depends on your starting point. Often names with letters we don’t see as often, such as Z or X, can sound exotic, or even a common word that is not usually a name, like Jett. Names from your own culture probably won’t feel exotic as a rule, but to someone from another background, they might. If a name captures your attention and stands out as romantic to you, you can call it exotic.

More: 50 Rare Baby Names You Probably Haven’t Thought Of Yet

Speaking of culture, learn a little about cultural appropriation before you grab just any foreign-sounding name out there. Cultural appropriation happens when we borrow pieces of another culture that don’t belong to us, particularly when the group we borrow has been disenfranchised. When in doubt, reach out to members of a group to ask them how they feel before signing the birth certificate!

Exotic Names for Boys

  1. Alessandro - Italian, means “defending men” or “to defend, to help”
  2. Amir - Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Malay, Indonesian, Bosnian - means “commander, prince”
  3. Axil - Berber, means “cheetah”
  4. Azael - Spanish, meaning unknown
  5. Hans - German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, means “Yahweh is gracious”
  6. Dimitri - Russian, French, refers to the Greek goddess Demeter, goddess of the earth
  7. Enzo - Italian, means “home ruler”
  8. Fabio - Italian, means “bean”
  9. Florian - German, French, Romanian, Polish, means “flower”
  10. Franceso - Italian, means “French”
  11. Ivan - Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Macedonian, Slovene, English, Italian, Romanian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
  12. Jabir - Arabic, means “comforter”
  13. Jett - English, means “jet”
  14. Lachlan - Scottish, English, means “a person from Norway”
  15. Lars - Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, German, means “from Laurentum”
  16. Lazar - Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, diminutive of the Biblical Lazarus, a man whom Jesus brought back from the dead.
  17. Leon - English, German, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Dutch, Ancient Greek, means “lion”
  18. Mathis - German, French, means “gift of Yahweh”
  19. Mazin - Arabic, means “rain clouds”
  20. Mekhi - African American, meaning unknown
  21. Milan - Czech, Slovak, Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, means “gracious, dear”
  22. Phoenix - English, Greek Mythology, Egyptian Mythology, a mythological bird that rises from its own ashes
  23. Rasmus - Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Estonian, means “beloved”
  24. Rocco - Italian, Ancient Germanic, means “rest”
  25. Santiago - Spanish, Portuguese, means “Saint James”
  26. Sem - Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek, Dutch, means “name”
  27. Thijs - Dutch, means “gift of Yahweh”
  28. Umberto - Italian, means “bright warrior”
  29. Zane - Latvian, means “lily”
  30. Zenon - Ancient Greek, Polish, means “Zeus”

Exotic Names for Girls

  1. Akila - Sanskrit, means “whole, complete”
  2. Allegra - Italian, means “cheerful, lively”
  3. Amaranta - Spanish, Italian, a flower
  4. Antoinette - French, unknown meaning
  5. Augustina - Ancient Roman, means “exalted, venerable”
  6. Azize - Albanian, means “powerful, respected, beloved”
  7. Azora - Spanish, means “sky blue”
  8. Bastina - French, means “from Sebaste”
  9. Beatriz - Spanish, Portuguese, means “voyager, traveler”
  10. Bijoux - French, means “kiss” or “jewel”
  11. Calithea - Greek, means “beautiful”
  12. Diamonique - African American name meaning “diamond”
  13. Dita - Czech, German, Latvian, means “wealth and fortune”
  14. Esmaria - Spanish, means “emerald”
  15. Esperanza - Spanish, means “hope”
  16. Francoise - French, means “a french person”
  17. Gaia - Greek, means “the earth”
  18. Ishani - Sanskrit, means “desire”
  19. Ivania - Slavic, means “God is gracious”
  20. Kamiko - Japanese, means “little goddess”
  21. Keyara - African origin, means “beautiful river”
  22. Kimeyah - Native American origin, means “singing throat”
  23. Lilja - Icelandic, Faroese, Finnish means “lily flower”
  24. Lola - Spanish, means “sorrow”
  25. Maeve - Gaelic, means “intoxicating”
  26. Maya - Sanskrit, means “illusion”; Hebrew, means “water”
  27. Nova - Latin, means “new”
  28. Philomena - Greek, means “friend, lover”
  29. Rosalba - Italian, means “white rose”
  30. Siona - Irish, means “God is gracious”
  31. Svana - Icelandic, a figure from Norse mythology
  32. Regina - Italian, means “queen”
  33. Valentina - Italian, Russian, Latvian, German, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Romanian, Spanish, Greek, Ancient Roman, means “stong, vigorous, healthy”
  34. Yara - Persian, means “friend, helper”
  35. Ziva - Hebrew, means “bright, radiant”

For a full list of exotic girl names, check out: 75 Exotic Girl Names for Your Little One.

Gender-Neutral Exotic Names

  1. Dakota - Native American, means “allies, friends”
  2. Delaney - English, Irish, means “from the alder grove”
  3. Eden - English, reference to the Garden of Eden
  4. Haven - English, means “safe place”
  5. Nico - Italian, Dutch, German, Spanish, Portuguese, means “victory of the people”
  6. Reagan - English, Irish, means “descendent of Riagan”
  7. Salem - Arabic, means “safe, sound, intact”
  8. Sasha - Russian, Ukrainian, English, French, means “defending men”
  9. Zaire - African American, means “river swallowing rivers”
  10. Zuri - Eastern African, Swahili, means “beautiful”

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