These days, it's hard to find a respectable name that's not too popular. Luckily, the Anglo-Saxons had some fine names that have been drastically underused for the past few centuries. Each of these names is just two words of tangential relation stuck together, and each one is perfect for your excruciatingly unique child. Your child may not be able to find their name on a souvenir keychain, but they'll never have to differentiate themselves from the 5 other Steves with their last initial. It's about time these charming vintage names made a comeback!
Meaning: War relics
Every time you look into your baby’s face, you’ll see the strewed ruins of a battlefield long since abandoned, the victory meaningless in the face of such destruction. Too cute!
Meaning: Noble strength
Your beautiful baby girl will share the name of a saint who married a swamp king, and whose feast day is marked by selling cheap souvenirs. And with such an elegant name, who wouldn't expect such a grand legacy?
Meaning: Sword of brightness
A classic title with a commanding presence, your little guy is guaranteed to be the only Dycgbeorht in his class.
Meaning: Little one
Literalism is a completely darling concept, and it's on the upswing in the baby name industry!
Meaning: Elf monarch
Vicariously live out your dreams of being a hero of Middle-earth through the christening of your child. It's an absolutely endearing name that's sure to provoke the image of Orlando Bloom in his role as Legolas upon any ear that may enjoy its utterance.
Meaning: Beloved stone
If you are not sure whether you are naming a baby or a rock, this is the perfect compromise. No one has to know!
Meaning: Gentle Battle
This is the name for a child who wants to be all things and none, the child who does not know what she is. Nothing says "I am a perpetual enigma" quite like Mildgyð.
Meaning: Sea friend
There is no better way to subtly insinuate that your child may not in fact be your own flesh and blood, but rather a whale or dolphin, magically transformed and cursed to live as a human until they they discover their dark past. Foreshadowing is so popular these days!
Meaning: Bright Courage
Your friends will instantly recognize the name of a noble general from the Battle of Maldon who represented the hubris of man by foolishly refusing a truce and allowing the opposing side to get the advantage of higher ground. Pride inevitably goeth before the fall. Super adorbs!
Meaning: Spear spear
Look, they can't all be winners.