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They’re so famous that no last name is required. This group of Grammy-winning hitmakers has changed what we listen to, what we wear, and yes, how we name our children. The biggest names in music have inspired some of the fastest-rising baby names in recent years, from the now well-established Aaliyah to the astonishing debut of Jayceon. Which names will leap from the Billboard Hot 100 to the baby name popularity charts next?
By Linda Rosenkrantz
When you hear the phrase ‘Top 10 girls’ name,’ you might tend to think of classics like Mary and Elizabeth, or later long-running favorites Jennifer and Jessica, or the current Sophia. But it certainly wouldn’t be Bertha—which in fact was in that golden group for twelve years– or Mildred, up there for close to a quarter of a century.
I became curious about what became of these once mega-popular appellations, whose top positions lasted from 37 years to being one-time-wonders (bearing in mind that they well might have been top-ranked for years before the SSA started keeping figures in 1880), particularly those that were once in the Top 10 but now reside outside the Top 500, thus eliminating evergreens like, yes, Mary and Elizabeth that have retained their popularity. You might find a few surprises here–unless you’ve known a lot of Tammys and Tracys in your life.
It stands to reason why these lists get so much attention: They contain dozens of names that are attractive yet uncommon, have authentic roots yet are usable in the modern world.
So now we turn the question back on you: What do you think are the best of the best cool, unusual baby names for either or both genders?
Feel free to pull from our widely-read lists or add choices of your own.
Photo from one of our favorite crafting sites, Delia Creates, full of cool, unusual ideas like this one.
There are many names that look unisex, feel unisex….but are they really? Going by the strictest definition of the term, are these names truly used for babies of both genders?
In many cases, no. The names here, which many people consider unisex, were actually used overwhelmingly for one gender over the other. Figures are based on the 2013 US statistics, and were compiled with the help of intern Megan Garon.
By Abby Sandel
There’s more than one way to choose an unusual name.
But if you think you’d like something different – maybe even dramatically different – for your child’s name, it can be tough to know where to start.
Here’s a road map with nine different paths to choose an unusual baby name. Celebrities are fond of each one of these strategies, but they’re not exclusive to Hollywood. Anyone can use these same approaches.