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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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Rare Boys’ Names of the 1940s

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By Anna Otto, Waltzing More Than Matilda

The most popular boys’ names of the 1940s were John, Peter, Robert, and David, but what were the least popular names? Here are ten names which were only chosen once in any year between 1944 and 1949 in South Australia, making them unique names for their time and place. Still rare, some feel surprisingly contemporary, while one or two have perhaps had their day.

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How (Not) to Choose a Baby Name

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By Kate Gunn

It’s a fact that my mother actually refused to tell her friends what I had chosen to call my third child. Instead she took the “I don’t think she’s decided yet” option. Which got a bit lame after about six months. She was actually mortified by our choice of name for each of the three children, but this last one was obviously one step too far.

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Do you wish your own name…..?

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Do you wish your own name was more unusual…or more popular?

The general trend of taste in baby names these days is toward the unusual — many of us are looking for names that will help our children stand out in the crowd.

This is borne out by statistics, in the ever-growing number of sheer names in common use and the shrinking number of babies given the top names.

But how does this relate to your feelings about your own name?  Do you wish you had a more unusual name yourself, and if so, why?

And if you have an unusual name, how do you feel about that — now, and when you were younger?  Are you happy you have an unusual name or do you wish you had one that was more standard-issue?

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