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Are there really any good unusual boys’ names left in the Bible?  Old Testament names for boys have been fashionable for going on half a century now, from the 1960s Adam to the present day Asher. Could there possibly be any obscure-yet-usable choices left?

Hundreds of them, in fact. The Bible is so full of unusual boys’ names that the choices seem nearly infinite, and as a new generation moves from hoary to hottie, others that once seemed to strange to consider start to feel possible.

Here, a dozen unusual Biblical names for boys you might want to consider.

Addar, “mighty one.” The name of a son of Bela (a Biblical king, not the Twilight heroine), Addar might make a good substitute for Aidan or Asher.

Ara, “lion.” Ara is a son of Jether, from a family of Asherites. This sleek simple name feels eminently modern.

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The Nameberry Nine: Embracing the Modern

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Nameberry Nine columnist Abby Sandel of Appellation Mountain trolls the web this week in search of the newest, most modern monikers.  Here, her report.

The arrival of Blue Ivy, firstborn daughter of Beyonce and Jay-Z, was a signal for every commentator to discuss wacky celebrity baby names once again.  It is a topic that never seems to grow old, though many name cognoscenti rated Blue as relatively tame, perhaps even less original than we’d expected from the stylish duo.

Ellen DeGeneres congratulated the couple, then revealed their secret – The Celebrity Baby Name Generator, issued to every star.  While Ellen and her partner Portia and childless, she gave the BNG a spin to see what they’d name their twins.  The answer?  Banjo Fire Escape and Elbow Gas Lamp – the latter, she quipped, obviously a boy’s name.

Despite all of this gentle mockery, I’ve fallen in love with modern word names over the past few years.  Maybe it is because of all those blog babies with such adventurous appellations:  Reverie, Morrow, Drummer, Glow.  Based on the chatter on the forums and in recent blog posts, I’m not alone at Nameberry.

This week’s Top Nine suggest that world is adapting to a much broader pool of given names:

King – American parents might choose this regal name in memory of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.  But he made headlines last week as one of the names most frequently rejected by New Zealand naming authorities, along with fellow royal titles Prince and Princess, plus noun name Justice.

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So you think you’ve found a secret baby name.  One that nobody has ever discovered before.  Or a sleeping gem neglected by other baby namers.

And maybe you have.  But the distressing news is that a lot of the names that parents think are secret finds are really being scoped out at the same time by a lot of other parents.

How do we know? Because we’ve analyzed which names are spiking the highest in nameberry views at the start of 2011 compared with 2010, and among the biggest risers are obscure picks and long-neglected classics.

What makes these names suddenly so hot?  For the most part, it’s hard to say.  All we can tell you for sure is that they are hot — a lot hotter than you might guess.

Here, the 50 hottest obscure names and how high their traffic has jumped:

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While the country’s attention will be focused on football this Super Bowl Sunday, some of us may be more interested in another aspect of the action: The crazy names of the players, of course!  Nameberry’s new intern Robert Harclerode breaks down the most interesting names on both teams:

The Super Bowl has displayed a vast amount of talent and drama, but it has also showcased some of the most unique names on one of the biggest stages in all of professional sports.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers both boast their own separate historic franchises, as well as their own fascinating names within the Super Bowl’s past.  In Super Bowl I & II, which both ended in Green Bay victories, Bart Starr was named the Most Valuable Player. Other great Packers in those first Super Bowls include Forrest Gregg, Boyd Dowler, Elijah Pitts, Max McGee, Lionel Aldridge, and Zeke Bratkowski.

The Steelers also had their share of unique names that have won the Super Bowl MVP in the past such as Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, Terry Bradshaw and Santonio Holmes.

Here are some distinctive names to listen for in this year’s Super Bowl showdown:

Green Bay Packers

ATARI Bigby – #20 – Safety

CLAY Matthews – #52 – Linebacker

CULLEN Jenkins – #77 – Defensive End

DARYN Colledge – #73 – Guard

DESMOND Bishop – #55 – Linebacker

DIMITRI Nance – #23 – Running Back

DIYRAL Briggs – #53 – Linebacker

GRAHAM Harrell – #6 – Quarterback

JARIUS Wynn – #94 – Defensive End

JARRETT Bush – #24 – Cornerback

JORDY Nelson – #87 – Wide Receiver

KOREY Hall – #35 – Fullback

MASON Crosby – #2 – Kicker

QUINN Johnson – #45 – Fullback

TRAMON Williams – #38 – Cornerback

Pittsburgh Steelers

ANTONIO Brown – #84 – Wide Receiver and Kick Returner

ANTWAAN Randle El – #82 – Wide Receiver

ARNAZ Battle – #81 – Wide Receiver

BRYANT Mcfadden – #20 – Cornerback

BYRON Leftwich – #4 – Quarterback

CREZDON Butler – #28 – Cornerback

EMMANUEL Sanders – #88 – Wide Receiver

FLOZELL Adams – #71 – Offensive Tackle

HEATH Miller – #83 – Tight End

HINES Ward – #86 – Wide Receiver

IKE Taylor – #24 – Cornerback

ISSAC Redman – #33 – Running Back

KEENAN Lewis – #23 – Cornerback

KEYARON Fox – #57 – Linebacker

LAMARR Woodley – #56 – Linebacker

MAURKICE Pouncey – #53 – Center

MEWELDE Moore – #21 – Running Back

RAMON Foster – #73 – Offensive Tackle

RASHARD Mendenhall – #34 – Running Back

STEVENSON Sylvester – #55 – Linebacker

TRAI Essex – #79 – Guard

TROY Polamalu – #43 – Strong Safety

ZIGGY Hood – #96 – Defensive End

Nameberry intern Robert Harclerode is a student at Montclair State University where he majors in communication studies and minors in business and journalism. Robert is in the process of writing and managing his own sports blog.

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Do You Want A Truly Unique Name?

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A lot of people use the term unique baby names when what they really mean is unusual baby names.  Names such as Romeo, Romilly, and Roxana may be distinctive, attractive, and uncommon, but they’re hardly unique.

But what about those names that truly are unique, as in one-of-a-kind?

Along with checking out which names were most popular on nameberry so far this year, we took a look at the names that were searched just once last quarter – nameberry’s own truly unique baby names.

Of course, there were many more unique baby names on nameberry, but these are our picks for the cream of the seldom-searched.

Might one be right for your truly unique baby?

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