Naming a baby is serious business. Not only is it high on the list of stressful things to do as you prep for parenthood (unless you're one of the lucky few who have known your future children's names since age five), there are literally millions of amazing names out there just waiting to be used. What's a mom-to-be to do? Luckily, if top 100 charts and the more common namesakes like relatives aren't your thing, there are plenty of other people in your life you never thought to name your baby after but should.
Though many would argue that a namesake should be someone close to you or your future child, that doesn't always have to be the case. There are certain people in everyone's lives who leave a lasting impact, no matter how well or how long you knew them, or even if you personally knew them at all. From artists, to teachers, to fictional characters, to historical figures, there are countless inspirational namesakes out there that you probably haven't even considered.
If you're looking to shake up the baby naming process, look to these lesser known and more uncommon namesakes for inspiration, chances are you'll find a wealth of gorgeous names you've never even considered.