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New baby names we’ve added to the Nameberry database include a Native American tribal name, obscure Slavic and Hawaiian choices, names with Christian and Muslim origins, and a couple of word names making waves as firsts. Because they’re popping on the popularity list or were chosen by a celebrity, have august roots or noteworthy relatives, we’ve deemed them worthy of adding to the Nameberry lexicon. Would you use one of them for your baby?

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

Looking for a classic boys’ name that’s also unusual?

Way beyond the Williams and Henrys you hear every day are dozens of boys’ names that achieve this golden combination.  These names have deep roots and have been used for centuries, yet are given to only a handful of boys each year.

These classic boys’ names include choices from ancient cultures and the Bible, names sailing out of style (So long, Sherman) along with those heading in: Welcome, Grey, Linus, and Finnian!

Here, more than 100 classic boys’ names you’ll find hiding below the U.S. Top 1000, ordered from those given to the most babies in 2012 (Gordon, at 194) to the least (Mercury, at just five):

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Unique Baby Names: Do you dare?

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Reading the latest birth announcement from England‘s Telegraph newspaper, I can’t help thinking that a lot of the names, while wonderful, might give many sensible parents pause.

Wilfred may be cool, after all, but it’s also undeniably nerdy – by choosing this name, am I condemning my child to playground marginalization?  Is Zephyr too wacky, Ophelia too tragic?

The question isn’t really, Do you dare to give these names to your children, but should you dare?

As many Britberries have pointed out, the names usually found in the Telegraph represent not widespread British naming trends but eccentric aristocratic tastes, so perhaps most of us aren’t debating the merits of Digby and Venetia in any case.

Before we focus on our question, a few trendlets to note: Several girls named Jessica.  Middle names Tom, Sue, and Adventure.  And in a reversal of American style, boys’ names generally more daring than girls’.

Back to the issue at hand: What do you think of these adventurous, intriguing, but perhaps too-challenging names taken from recent Telegraph birth announcements?  Would they work in the U.S….or anywhere else, for that matter?

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Top 100 Boy Names of 2013

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Asher is back on top!  The hot biblical name has reclaimed the crown as Number One boys’ name from Finn, which snatched it last year.

Declan, an Irish choice that flirted with the Number One spot on Nameberry throughout 2013, finished at Number Two.

Finn’s star may be flickering, but waiting in the wings is Finn‘s understudy Flynn, another Irish name that was brought to widespread notice by the young son of supermodel Miranda Kerr and actor Orlando Bloom.

Our popularity lists are tabulated by ranking the unique page views each name attracts out of the over 20 million total views of our baby name pages in 2013.

Boy name trends we extrapolate from our 2013 popularity list:

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Best 100 Cool Unusual Boys’ Names

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Cool unusual boys’ names come in styles to suit every taste.  Some of our favorite types:

Best Cool Unusual Biblical Boys’ Names – Are there really any good unusual boys’ names left in the Bible? Hundreds of them, in fact.  Beyond Aaron and Asher, we’ve got… Read more

Undiscovered Classic Names for Boys –  These classic boys’ names have fallen off the radar but deserve a fresh look…Read more

Cool Modern Names for Boys — What’s new in boys’ names?  Surname names newly used as first, place names and word names, and newly-invented names that sound fresh and cool…Read more

The boys’ names here are the best of all different styles.  They’re highly unusual, given to  only ten or fewer boys in the U.S. in the most recent year counted, 2012.  These rare choices include names both classic and new-fangled, plain and fancy — as long as they are cool.

Among the 100 best are several names that are among our all-time favorites: Barnaby and Birch, Jupiter and Rafferty, Osias and Witt.

And there are many more great choices on the bottom rungs of the extended popularity list.  You can download the complete list here.

If it’s the Best 100 Cool Unusual Girls’ Names you’re interested in, click here.

Our picks for the Top 100 Cool Unusual Boys’ Names are:

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