Finding just the right name for your new baby can be really difficult. Everyone has an opinion, but the only ones that really matter are yours and your partner's. Still, coming to a consensus and deciding on something that you both truly love can be a time-consuming venture. And if you have other kids, you might want to find a name that you think goes well with the others you've already chosen. If you're looking for a name that begins with a certain letter, that helps narrow things down a little, so these
baby names that start with O might be names you're interested in exploring.
Names that begin with the letter O are also often a bit more unique than other kinds of names. Sure, there are a number of names that start with O that regularly top the lists of most popular baby names, but, overwhelmingly, names that begin with the letter O are a little less common. So if a name that's a little bit more unique is important to you, one that begins with the letter O might be the perfect fit for your newest little bundle. There are a number of different things that can influence a couple's baby name selection, but if you're looking for something that begins with the letter O, these names are names you should consider.
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A perennial favorite, this sweet name regularly appears near the top of the list of most popular baby names for girls.
Olivia is a Latin name meaning "olive tree," as The Bump noted, and is the name of an heiress in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. It's also just gorgeous in every way. 2 Oscar
Oscar is an adorable name with Norse, Irish, Scandinavian, and English roots. Babble noted that this name
means "God's spear" in English and "deer friend" in Irish traditions. (In the tradition of Sesame Street, of course, the name Oscar has long been associated with a very different sort of meaning: grump.) 4 Ophelia
This lyrical, literary name might be a great fit for your little one. Babble noted that Ophelia is the name of Hamlet's doomed love in Shakespeare's
Hamlet, and that it's a Greek name meaning "help" (Ophelia certainly needed help in Hamlet, that's for sure. 6 Omar
Omar is an
Arabic name that means "flourishing," as Baby Center noted. If you want the name you give your baby to capture the wishes you have for them as they grow older, Omar is a pretty great choice. Famous Omars include the actor and screenwriter Omar Sharif and actor and music producer Omar Epps. 7 Oliver
Oliver is the male form of Olivia. The Bump noted that many believe that it, like Olivia, comes from the Latin word for "olive tree," but
others think that its roots lie in the French name Olivier, which would be another great choice for your new addition. Wherever it came from, you won't regret making this name part of your family forever. 8 Oakley
Oakley is a more unique name for any baby. This name is an
English name that means "from the oak tree meadow," Babble noted. And sure, your first thought might be "Annie Oakley" (the renowned markswoman who performed in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show), but she was a pretty fierce feminist role model for the back in the day, so go with it. 11 Ozzy
If you're looking for something cute and a little bit different for your little boy,
Ozzy (which is a nickname of Oswald, Osborn, and Osmond, as Nameberry noted) could be the right choice. Especially if you or your partner is a fan of heavy metal music, or just reality TV. "Sharon!" 12 Olive
Completely adorable and a bit more unique than the ever-popular Olivia or Oliver,
Olive also means, unsurprisingly, "olive tree," as Parents noted. But don't let that deter you: Design-minded parents could even take this meaning as a challenge and fashion an entire nursery devoted to the olive tree (or olive branch) theme. 13 Octavia
Octavia is a Latin name meaning "the eighth," as Baby Center noted. Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer may have inspired you to consider this sweet name for your own baby girl. (Julius Caesar also had a niece named Octavia, apparently, but you're not in danger of overuse with this one.) 14 Otis
Similar to Otto,
Otis is a German name meaning "wealthy," as Nameberry noted. It too is a bit more unique than some of the other choices for your little boy, but is still a very cute option. Especially if it brings to mind visions of the very cute dog/cat buddy film, The Adventures Of Milo & Otis. 15 Olga
Olga might be a different name than what you would have thought you'd choose, but this name is well-suited for a little one with tons of personality. It's a
Russian and German name meaning "holy," as Parents noted. It's also got a strong, hearty sort of vibe to it: Nothing is going to bring Olga down! 17 Oswald
If meaning is exceptionally important to you when choosing a baby name, Oswald might be the dark horse on your list for little boys. It's a unique choice, but this
English name means "God of the forest," as Baby Center noted, which might be a good fit for a family that loves to spend time outdoors. 21 Oleander
If floral-inspired names are more your thing, Oleander could be a good choice for you. As
Parents noted, the plant itself appears sweet, but is actually poisonous. If you'd like your child to be both sweet and strong (but, you know, not actually poisonous), this might be the unique name for which you've been looking. 22 Odie
This sweet name might remind you of the dog in the
Garfield cartoons, but it could be an adorable name for your new little guy. Of German origin, this diminutive of Odell means "of the valley, wealthy," according to Nameberry. 23 Olaf
Some people might assume you've named your baby after the snowman in
Frozen, but if you're looking for something that invokes family and ancestry, this could be the perfect name for your little one. As The Bump noted, Olaf is a Norse name meaning "ancestor's relic." 24 Odin
Odin is the
head god in Norse mythology, as Baby Center noted. This unique Scandinavian name just might be the very best choice for your little strong warrior.
"Odin came to be used as a Norwegian male given name beginning in the nineteenth century, originally in the context of a romantic Viking revival," explained Nameberry. "In the 2001 novel
by Neil Gaiman, the character called Wednesday is an incarnation of the god Odin." American Gods 25 Odessa
If you're looking for a strong, but somewhat elegant name, Odessa might be just the ticket. Babble noted that this Greek and Latin name, which is the
feminine form of Odysseus, means "wrathful." If you're hoping you have a little adventurer on your hands, Odessa is an excellent choice.
Choosing a baby name can be a daunting process, but narrowing it down to just one letter gives you plenty of fantastic options from which to choose while making your list a little bit smaller and more manageable. Whether O names are your thing or you're just looking for something that may not be as commonly-used, you just might find the perfect fit among these outstanding baby names.