Category: Unusual Baby Names

The Upside of Having an Unusual Name

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by Addie Kugler-Lunt

The story of my name began as unconventionally as my birth. My mom was so convinced that she was going to have a boy, that she wove blue ribbons into the lace on the night gown she sewed for my birth. Since my parents were planning a home birth, they were more occupied with reading about Ina May Gaskin’s revolutionary approach and attending Bradley Method birthing classes, than they were looking for names. So, there were no girl’s names picked out before I arrived.

Samuel and Tobias were their top choices if I had been a boy. As a young girl, I remember thinking, “I’m glad I wasn’t a boy.” Now I smile at my younger self, and easily appreciate those timeless names. But in my childhood imaginings, Samuel felt too traditional and Tobias seemed too “hippy-dippy.”

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By CaraMichelle

Last month, within CaraMichelle’s full complement of new celebrity babes, was a set of triplets and four pairs of definitely unmatchy twins.

Distinctive singleton choices include a girl named Swann, and boys dubbed Buddy Bob (brother of Buzz), Canyon, Czar (more royalty!), and Dutch. Among the more high profile births were Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannevale’s boy Rocco Robin.

Here’s the full list:

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Undiscovered Baby Names for Boys

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By Abby Sandel

Ever feel like all of the best baby names for boys are already taken?

It isn’t so. There are hundreds of great boy names that have yet to enter the US Top 1000.

The smallest stars of Fuller House, Netflix’s latest nostalgia-rich series, are a great example. Twins Dashiell and Fox Messitt play Tommy Fuller, the youngest son of DJ Tanner-Fuller. DJ was the eldest sister in the original series. Now she’s back in the San Francisco house made famous by the 1990s sitcom, along with sister Stephanie and BFF Kimmy.

Neither Dashiell or Fox are currently in the US Top 1000 – in fact, neither name has ever been among the 1000 most popular names for boys in the US.

It takes some looking, but there are plenty of names for boys that are stylish in sound and rooted in history, but have never quite caught on in the US.

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By Esmeralda Rocha

For International Women’s Day on March 8, we celebrate a dozen women (and a dozen names) from around the globe. Some are still alive, some died millennia ago; some were activists, some were scientists, some were artists. All displayed a sense of courage and genius that we should celebrate – and all of them had interesting names that we should consider for our next generation of impressive women.

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Baby Names Before 1850

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Records on baby names only started in the US in 1880, and so getting an accurate read on what babies were named before that has been difficult at best. But now a researcher named Douglas Galbi has compiled lists of baby names drawn from census records of the early 19th century. With the help of Esita Rocha, we combed through Galbi’s data on baby names from 1800 to 1850 in search of trends, patterns, and vintage baby names that go way beyond the expected John and Mary, Elizabeth and James. Here, our findings, illustrated by American folk art of the same period.   – Pamela Redmond Satran

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