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Girl Names: Unusual, Stylish Choices

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Recently we looked at girls’ names that we were surprised were below the Top 1000, but that were given to at least 100 babies last year.

Today we survey the tier below that: fashionable yet unusual girls’ names used for fewer than 100 babies….but at least 50.  That may seem to be cutting things kind of narrowly, and the truth is we intended to look at the pool below 100 but more than 25.  However, there were just too many names in the 50-100 group alone to go further, so we’ll consider the 25-50 slice another time.

And don’t worry, the boys in this group are coming up in the next few days.

For the parent in search of a wonderful name that is extremely unusual, there are lots of amazing choices in this group.  The first list includes very fashionable names that we’re astonished aren’t more popular.  Of course, a name like Seraphina, chosen by Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, is bound to be used far more widely next year.  And Florence is much more popular in the UK than in this US count.

The number reflects how many babies received the name in 2009, according to the SSA figures, reproduced in nameberry’s master list ofgirls’ names.

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cool unusual boy names

Click here for lots more cool unusual boys’ names.

Yesterday we brought you our picks for best cool unusual girls’ names; today we look at the best 100 cool unusual boys’ names from the master list of names given to 25 or fewer babies last year.

Our criteria: We tried to pull out names that have genuine roots, that are attractive, and that work in the modern world.  True name nerds or obsessive name searchers can go to comb through thousands of unusual boys’ names from the entire file of all the names used every year stretching back to 1880.

Here’s our list of Top 100 unusual boys’ names:

  1. AHMET
  2. AMIAS
  3. AZAIAH
  4. BALTHAZAR
  5. BARNABAS
  6. BAY
  7. BIRCH
  8. BRANCH
  9. BRECCAN
  10. BRICK
  11. CALIX
  12. CALLOWAY

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Unusual Girls' Names

What are the best and coolest unusual girls’ names?  By best, we mean those that have deep roots, are attractive, can fit into contemporary life, yet are not on the brink of widespread discovery.  And by unusual girls’ names, we mean used for 25 or fewer baby girls last year.

Here are our picks:

Adira
Albany
Alberta
Amabel
Ambrosia

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The question of the week is:

Is there a name that to you seems to have everything going for it and yet hasn’t caught on?  Do you have a theory as to why it’s been neglected?  Maybe it’s a Nameberry fave that outsiders haven’t discovered or maybe it’s your own personal pleasure (guilty or not).

Is it part of a whole category of names that you consider underrated?

Or is it a name that you think has been misjudged–for all the wrong reasons–and that you’re willing to make a case for here and now?

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Unusual Baby Names

Here, our latest collection of names that have been overlooked and are deserving of  greater consideration:

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ALOISA. Aloisa has several things going for it: It starts with A, which is nearly a guarantee of appeal these days; it’s superfeminine; it’s a grownup name ready to face the tough times ahead; and it’s also a distinctive spin on such up-and-coming choices as Louisa and Eloise.

AMITY. Virtue names like Hope, Faith and Grace have been on the rise for several years as parents look back to the righteous values of an earlier time in history; then Jessica Alba stepped out of the box with the less used Honor. Amity, taking it a step further, succeeds in combining virtue with an attractive feminine sound and a warm, friendly meaning.

CRESSIDA. Mythological and Shakespeare name that would be the perfect stand-in for the now overused Jessica.

POSY. Flower names have been well-used over the past decade or two, with such garden variety specimens as Lily, Rose, Violet and Daisy blossoming (sorry, can’t help it) everywhere and parents now looking to somewhat rarer blossoms like Aster, Lilac, Lotus, Poppy and Amaryllis. Our nominee for cutest underused flower name: Posy.

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