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By Pamela Redmond Satran

The mythical secret vault of truly unique baby names is real, but only the US government holds the key. 

To protect privacy, the Social Security Administration doesn’t release names given to only one child, drawing the line at five or more. So the names given to five babies are the most unique we’re able to learn about.  Most of those on that rarefied level are tortured spellings of more familiar names: Mikeila and Scarlotte, Masun and Stanlee. And there are truly terrible names at the depths of the extended list too, as detailed in our recent blog.

But then there are those nearly unique baby names that are eminently usable, ripe for the picking for the parent who truly wants a distinctive choice.  These are not for everybody, but we found over 50 excellent choices that were used for just five children each in 2012.  Among them are names that are among our all-time favorites, such as Petal and Tiernan for girls, O’Brien and Poe for boys.

Our favorite nearly-unique (given to just five children) baby names:

girls

Abbott

Adelisa

Anthea

Atlanta

Axelle

Bette

Calloway

Cassiopeia

Clancy

Concetta

Daryn

Eilidh and Eilonwy

Elke

Frederica

Garland

Gertie

Jet

Kismet

Morrissey

Onora

Pascale

Petal

Sam

Season

Tiernan

Trinidad

Tully

Valentia

boys

Booth

Bridges

Churchill

Clemens

Corrado

Costello

Draper

Fitzpatrick

Frazier

Garvey

Gregor

Ilario

Isidore

Mats

Mercury

Montague

Munro

O’Brien

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Osric

Pacer and Tracker

Poe

Taddeo

Williamson

Wyn

Which of these do you like?  Would you use any?

Illustration is a 1960 painting by Polish artist Igor Morski.

If you’re looking for unique baby names, check out our brand new e-book, The Nameberry Guide to Off-the-Grid Baby Names.

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