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Share Your Secret Baby Names!

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Every so often, we nominate a list of names that most visitors to Nameberry aren’t using….but should be.

But this time, we thought we’d turn the question back to you. What are your favorite undiscovered baby names, the names that are off most people’s radar but that you believe deserve more widespread use?

Let’s dig deep, beyond berry favorites like Beatrice and Imogen and Jasper. What are the truly obscure names — ancient or exotic, newly-minted or dust-covered — that you think are most worth sharing with your fellow berries?

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This week, Appellation Mountain‘s Abby Sandel looks beyond the Top 1000 most popular baby names list to find some still undiscovered goodies.

Wasn’t yesterday a little bit like a birthday/Fourth of July/belated Mother’s Day celebration all rolled into one?  I’ll admit it: I hung up on my own mother to watch The Today Show announcement.

Most of us – whether we’re due next month or many years away from starting a family – immediately search a few key names.  If you were hoping to keep your favorite all to yourself, there might have been disappointing news on May 14.  Adele and Olive both rose.  So did Willow and Beatrice, Declan and Archer, Nico and EnzoPenelope was up, and Ezra, too.  Berries tend to be ahead of the curve, but the wider world does eventually catch on.

But fear not – there is a silver lining.  Search for stylish, appealing appellations that remain unranked and outside of the spotlight, and there are plenty to choose from.

I spent yesterday looking for what isn’t on the much-awaited list.

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Colonial Names: Great New Old Choices

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I was in Williamsburg, Virginia not too long ago, where there was a wonderful show of folk art portraits at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum. I was transfixed by the art, of course, but even more transfixed by the colonial names.

Colonial names never cease to surprise and fascinate me.  Among the many (many many) people named Mary and Elizabeth, Henry and James, there are always several names that are real doozies.

These are names that are mostly rooted in the bible or mythology, but that you just don’t hear much in the modern world.

But that doesn’t mean that many of these colonial names aren’t ripe for revival. A few of the colonial names on this list — notably Mercy, Augustine, and Susannah — are being rediscovered by today’s parents.

The others, well, are they undiscovered gems or mere curiosities? What do you think?

This collection is simply based on the (real) 18th century people pictured in the portrait show.

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  • Burneretta — This is not a literally unique name — a few others are findable online — but seems to be an invention.
  • Debrah — Interesting to see that Deborah had spelling variations 300 years ago.
  • Delia — An old-fashioned name with a sleek modern feeling (like Celia), Delia can also be short for Adelia or Cordelia.
  • Dorothea — Coming back along with brother Theodore.

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Baby Names 2010: The Also-Rans

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We’ve obviously been spending too much time in the depths of nameberry, checking out which names our visitors have been checking out.

And while Finn and Charlotte are the most-searched names for the first nine months of the year, and while we recently brought you our own nameberry Top 100 Baby Names 2010 for both boys and girls, we know some of you still want more.

What’s number 101, for instance?  Which names are flying below the official nameberry radar, not attracting enough views to make our 2010 most popular names lists, but still attracting thousands of views?

Here’s a selection.  This group does not include all the names right below the official Top 100, just those we found the most interesting.

There are lots of unusual and intriguing choices here, but for nameberry, that’s normal.

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Boys’ Names: Unusual, Stylish Picks

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Looking for boys’ names that feel contemporary and stylish but that you won’t hear coming and going?  Here are our picks of unusual boys’ names – used for fewer than 100 boys, but at least 50 (those borders were picked to keep the collection manageable) – that are in step with today’s fashions.

It’s not so surprising, for the most part, that these names are used for so few boys.  And we don’t expect most of them to make huge leaps in popularity.  The few exceptions we think we’ll hear considerably more of in years to come: Wiley and Wylie, Ford, Fox, Lazarus, Chester, and West.

But we think any one of these unusual boys’ names would sound perfectly appropriate for a modern baby boy.  If you really want a name that’s different, look no further.

For more choices, see our complete list of boys’ names used for five or more babies in 2009.

The first group are traditional (more or less) first names. The number represents how many boys received the name last year.

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