‘What’s in a name?’ is an expression in popular parlance, but we know well enough the effect one’s name has on people. When someone has an exotic or foreign-sounding name, which is also difficult to pronounce, it piques the curiosity. It can also be a conversation starter in many situations, making interaction easy.
In a world of people with common names, a unique name helps one stand out from the crowd and be remembered. So, going for a creative name would be an adventure for you and your baby.
Keep scrolling through this post as we bring you 50 beautiful and hard-to-pronounce names for boys and girls.
Hard-To-Pronounce Names For Boys
The word Adagio is used in classical music to mean ‘at ease’. It is a beautiful way to associate your baby’s name with the world of music. It is pronounced as uh-da-jee-oh.
Aleid is of Dutch origin and means ‘of noble birth.’ In some countries, including Germany, it is used for both boys and girls. It is pronounced as ah-leit.
In Mongolian origin, Batsaikhan means ‘strong and gentle,’ and is pronounced as baat-sai-kha. The name signifies a strong-willed and headstrong personality.
If you are a fan of the Irish TV drama Peaky Blinders, you must be familiar with the protagonist Cillian Murphy. Pronounced as kil-ee-yan, the name has a Gaelic root meaning ‘church’ or ‘monastery.’
In Polish, the name Czeslaw means honor and glory. The name is of Slavic origin and should be pronounced as chess-love.
Daithi is a boy’s name of Irish origin which means ‘swift’ or ‘nimble.’ The pronunciation can be a little tricky as it reads as dah-hee. In Ireland, Daithi is also the name of a popular cartoon character.
It is an Italian name well-linked to the world of fashion, thanks to the eponymous brand of the designer Ermenegildo Zegna. The name has Germanic origins and means ‘of great value and consistency.’ It is pronounced asehr-mene-jil-do.
Guilherme is a Portuguese name equivalent to the English William. This compound name is formed by joining ‘guill,’ meaning determination and ‘helm,’ meaning protector. It is pronounced as gui-lher-me.
Guillaume, pronounced as gee-ohm, is a popular French male name. The name has a Germanic origin and roughly translates to ‘protector.’
The name Hwarang has a Korean origin though it is common in Japan as well. The name traces its origin in Korea’s ancient kingdoms, where it is translated to a ‘knight’ or warriors of similar stature and reads as wah-raang.
Joaquin Phoenix, the actor, has mesmerized audiences around the globe with his stellar performances in movies like Gladiator and Joker. The name is of Hebrew origin, which means ‘blessed by the Gods’ and pronounced as wa-keen.
It is a Hawaiian name that means ‘open sky’ or ‘wide horizon.’ It is pronounced as la-neeuh-kee-uh. Laniakea has been used to name a supercluster of galaxies that our Milky Way is a part of.
The name is not super difficult to pronounce, but the way it is spelled makes it challenging. It is a Mongolian name that means ‘the great healer’ and is pronounced as lhag-va-suren.
The name Maovesaisa Native American name associated with nature and fauna. It’s a unisex name and means ‘a beautiful horse.’ Natives have always admired horses, and Maovesais is considered with high regard. It is pronounced as mao-veesa.
The Inuit people of Alaska revere the polar bear and refer to it as ‘Nanuq’ or ‘Nuniq.’ It can be pronounced as noo-nik. The name has also been featured in a few regional fictional stories.
Pronounced as oh-der, Ohthere is of Norse origin and refers to ‘champion.’ It appears in the popular English poem Beowulf and other Norse legends.
In Irish legends, the character Oisin was a warrior and poet. You would be able to narrate different Irish fables to your baby boy featuring his namesake. Pronounced as oh-sheen, the name means ‘little dear.’
Sangye in Tibetan is another name for Lord Buddha and is revered and respected across the region. The name is pronounced as shan-gye.
Sarbaturi is the central European version of the Hebrew name Salvator. The name is common in Italy, Sicily, and other regions in the Mediterranean plains. It translates to ‘God’s chosen’ and reads as zaar-ba-turi.
The Danish name Schuyler means ‘scholar’ and is pronounced as sky-laar. It also means a philosopher or a thinker with great aptitude and knowledge.
How can we not include a Korean name in our list with all the k-pop craze around the world today? The name Seo-yun is pronounced as sa-yoon and means ‘prosperous omen’. It is a unisex name and is quite popular for girls and boys.
Shiloh is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin and means ‘tranquil’. If you are wondering why the name sounds familiar, it could be because Shiloh is the name of Angelina Jolie’s youngest child. The name reads as shai-loh.
Tadhg is a name of Celtic origin and means ‘poet.’ True to its meaning, it sounds poetic. Read it as ta-eeg.
The name Warcislaw is a Polish variation of the Slavic name Vratislaw and can translate to ‘attainment of glory.’ The pronunciation sounds like war-chis-lov.
The name Yves can be readily associated with the luxury Yves Saint Laurent. The name Yves is of French origin and means ‘yew wood.’ It is pronounced aseeev.
Hard-To-Pronounce Names For Girls
Agnieszka is the Polish derivation for the Greek name Agnes, meaning ‘pure’ or ‘holy.’ It is pronounced as ag-nyesh-kuh.
Pronounced as ee-fya, Aoife is a Gaelic origin name, which means ‘radiant’ and ‘beautiful.’ The name is quite popular in Ireland for girls, and the Irish way of spelling throws a challenge in the pronunciation for non-Irish people.
Bijoux is French for jewel and is pronounced as bee-zoo. The name would sound beautiful if combined with another word to form a compound name, such as Bijoux-jolie.
As with many Irish names, this one is also spelled differently from how it’s pronounced. Caoimhe reads as kee-va, and in Irish it means ‘noble.’ It is a popular name for girls in Ireland.
Dierdrewas the name of a heroine from Irish legends, and it means ‘broken-hearted’ or ‘sorrowful.’ The name is pronounced as deer-druh and has a poetic touch to it.
Durkhanai is the female heroine from the popular Pashto folk tale Adam Khan. The name means ‘gem’ and is a well-regarded name of the region. The name is pronounced as durkh-anaai.
Eithne can mean ‘seed’ or ‘fire’ depending on the context as it is derived from Irish folk and mythology. It is pronounced as en-ya. The name is popular today, thanks to the versatile singer Enya from Ireland.
The Mongolian name Enkhsetseg means ‘peace flower.’ The name is quite difficult to spell and pronounce, giving it a mysterious nature. Read it as angh-sat-jag.
Etoile in French stands for ‘star’ and is pronounced as ay-twaal. It is a short and exotic girl name.
Another French name in our list, Fleur in French, means ‘flower.’ When pronounced in French, it reads as flur, which sounds like the English word flower spoken with a slight accent.
The Hebrew version of the name Josephina, it means ‘God’s addition.’ It is pronounced as joo-zeh-pee-nah.
Golshifteh means ‘flower’ in Persian and is a well-regarded name in the Central Asian region. Golshifteh Farahani is a well-known actress from Iran who has won numerous international awards and acted in Hollywood movies. The name is pronounced as gol-shif-teh.
A name of Korean origin Haneul means ‘sky.’ However, the word can also be used to mean something more poetic, like ‘dreaming high like the sky.’ It reads as hahn-eul.
Hialeah is a beautiful sounding name of Native American origin and reads as hea-leah. It means a scenic prairie or a prairie along the hills.
This beautiful Icelandic name has a Norse origin. It references the Germanic fertility God Ing. Pronounced as in-geeb-yorg, the name features in many legends and folk tales in the Icelandic and Scandinavian region.
Pronounced as lah-ah-keh-ah, it is a Hawaiian name made by combining the words la’ah, meaning sacred and kea for light; thus meaning ‘sacred light.’
The name Na’estse sounds like a character from an Avatar movie, which draws a lot of parallel with the native American tribe Cheyenne. Na’’estse in Cheyenne means ‘the one’ or ‘chosen one’ and is supposed to personify a character with strong resolve and will. It is pronounced as nah-est-seh.
Pronounced as neev, the name is from old Irish times and is a popular name for females in Ireland and Welsh. The name means ‘radiant’ or ‘bright.’
Orlaith is a female name of Celtic origin. When translated literally, it means ‘ golden princess.’ It can be pronounced as or-lay. The name has seen popularity due to the queen consort OrlaithIngenCennetig of the Irish king.
Pronounced as seer-sha, it means ‘freedom’ in Irish. Saoirse Ronan is also a name of a talented actress.
Siobhan is a name for girls and is of Irish origin. It is pronounced as shi-vawn. The name has old links to Greek and Welsh cultures and Hebrew versions. The name saw a rise in popularity during the days of the actress Siobhan McKenna.
The Pashto name Spezala has a beautiful sound to it when pronounced right. This name means a skillful or talented woman. When saying it, break it into three syllables as spey-zaa-laa.
Tonye is one of the popular names in Norway for girls and means ‘flower.’ It is pronounced as ton-yay.
This combined name roughly translates to ‘will to protect.’ The popular name Wilma is an English form of the Dutch name Vilhelmina and is pronounced as wil-hel-meena.
Pronounced as ya-vawn, Yvonne is the feminine of Yvon, meaning the yew tree. The name has its origins in many cultures like Greek, French, and Scandinavian, and depending on the region,it can also refer to archers or persons with brave dispositions.
Though a little difficult to pronounce and spell, the names featured in this post have beautiful meanings and backgrounds. We have compiled names with deep meanings or poetic associations from different cultures, including Irish, Greek, Middle Eastern, and Native American. Choose one from the list, and rest assured that your child will have a unique and intriguing name which they would be proud of.