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By Abby Sandel

Celebrities are known for choosing bold baby names. Academy Award-nominated Terrence Howard is the latest to join the ranks of daring baby namers.

It isn’t just about choosing an outlandish name. It’s about finding inspiration from the wider world. Sure, the names on this list have seldom – or never – been heard in English before they appeared on birth announcements issued by their famous parents. But the names are not without a story.

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Under-the-Radar Baby Names

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By Josh Murray

Since the Social Security Administration released their 2014 name list at the beginning of May. Nameberry has seen a number of great posts regarding names that have risen in popularity and those which have fallen further by the wayside. But instead of looking at new names on the rise, I thought I would take the opportunity to focus on the names that aren’t currently being used at all. The SSA only reports names that have been given to at least five boys or girls in a specific year, and each of the choices below did not make the cut. If you really want to set trends and turn heads, consider some of these possibilities, which four or fewer children received in 2014:

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Amazing Names Below the Top 1000

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

The hallowed Top 1000 baby names in the US end with Kai, given to 262 baby girls last year, and Rylen, used for 205 little boys.

But what about the baby names right below the Top 1000, hiding just out of sight but prime for plucking by the clever baby namer?

We chose 25 names for girls and 25 names for boys we found swimming just beneath the surface of the Top 1000.  These baby names strike the perfect balance between unusual and familiar.

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The Craziest New Baby Names

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By Pamela Redmond Satran
There were 1393 new baby names coined by creatively-inclined parents in 2014 – and it’s safe to say that at least 1350 of them would have been better left as words, misspellings, celebrity surnames, or pure flights of fancy.

But no, these names were given for the very first time to at least five American babies, earning a place on the Social Security’s extended name popularity list.

The craziest of the crazy new names? Here are our picks for the Top 12, plus a handful of other new names that should never have been:

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unique names

The inspiration for today’s question comes from a question on the forums by @avo: What name have you encountered on only one singular person in your entire life?

Chances are this will be an unusual name.

But maybe it’s a more common name that you simply have encountered only once.

What was the name, who was its singular bearer, and what made it such a standout for you?

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