Unusual, unique and unpronounceable: the most 'out there' baby names of 2020

Photo: Getty
Photo: Getty 

2020 has been a huge (and incredibly long) year.

We stopped wearing pants at work, we all had a go at baking sourdough bread and we've woken up at least a few mornings and not had a clue what day it was.

As well as being one of the most unusual years for world events, it's also been a wild year for baby names. Have a look below at the craziest baby names of 2020!

1. X Æ A-12

We have to start with the most obvious— the wild name (momentarily) took the world's mind of Coronavirus: Elon Musk and Grimes' baby boy's name, X Æ A-12.

Unfortunately, the name (apparently pronounced X-Ash-A-12) isn't legally allowed California, as you can only use the '26 characters' of the English language in a baby name.' However that hasn't bothered the baby's parents, who are still calling him X Æ A-12, or 'X' for short.

2. Wednesday

Harry Potter Alum Rupert Grint and his partner, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging star Georgia Groome, welcomed a baby girl named Wednesday in May.


3. Lucifer

The UK couple had their name originally rejected by the registrar because the name  is 'synonymous with devil'. Many Christians believe that the devil was once an angel called Lucifer who defied God and fell from grace, making Lucifer banned as a baby name in the UK.

4. Covid and Corona

While we're still a few months away from knowing how the worldwide pandemic will affect baby names this year, some have emerged. One couple in India decided not to do subtle when using the Coronavirus as name inspiration, naming their boy and girl twins 'Covid and Corona.'

The couple told the Press Trust of India that the names would remind them about the hardships they faced during the lockdown and ahead of the successful delivery of their babies.

5. Twifi

​A start-up internet provider in Switzerland went for an unusual advertising tactic – offering free internet for 18 years to anyone that names their son  "Twifius" or  daughter "Twifia".

One couple, deciding the offer was too good to pass up, gave their newborn daughter the middle name 'Twifia', telling a local news outlet they'll use the money they save from paying for WiFi into a savings account for their daughter.

There were a few COVID inspired names that emerged this year.

There were a few COVID inspired names that emerged this year. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

6. Sanitiser

Another COVID-19 inspired name, a couple in India named their baby, 'Sanitiser,' telling Indian media outlet, Deccan Herald that the name will help them "mark this period in time," adding that "sanitiser is one of the best ways to protect oneself against contracting coronavirus infection."

Well, can't argue with that logic!

7. Olympia Lightning

Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt and his longtime girlfriend Kasi Bennett welcomed a baby girl in May 2020, choosing the fitting name 'Olympia Lightning Bolt.'

The name immediately blew up on social media, with majority of users agreeing it's the best name that the fastest man in the world could gave called his daughter.

8. Antarctica 

Singer Ed Sheeran and his wife Cherry Seaborn welcomed their first child earlier in September, giving her the unusual middle name, Antarctica.

Announcing his daughter's arrival in an Instagram post, the 'Perfect' singer welcomed little Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran oto the world, writing "we are completely in love with her."

Fans were quick to speculate where the name came from, many saying they think 'Lyra' comes from his favourite book, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, whereas 'Antarctica' is a continent they visited, coincidentally nine months before their daughter's birth.

9. Sovereign Bo Raymond

Rapper Usher announced the birth of his daughter in September, along with her unusual name: Sovereign Bo.

No word yet what the inspiration behind the name was, but we're sure she'll grow up a powerful lady just like the name suggests.


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10. Ice

Rapper Gucci Mane and his wife Keyshia Ka'oir gave their son a seasonally appropriate name, Ice Davis.

The little boy was born just before Christmas, with the couple taking to Instagram to share the news. At least it will be easy to spell!

In Australia, names can be refused for the following:

  • ​It is obscene or offensive 
  • It cannot be established by repute or usage because it's too long or contains symbols (such as an exclamation mark).
  • It is displayed in the form of initials or acronyms
  • It creates confusion in the community
  • It contains an official title or rank recognised in Australia
  • It may be considered reasonably likely to insult, humiliate, offend or intimidate a person or group