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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?

Deliciously daring or just plain dangerous?

girls

Agatha

Alberta

Anastasia

Betsan

Biddy

Coco

Constance

Elsbeth

Iona

Nancy

Ophelia

Petra

Sybilla

Titania

Venetia

Zinnia

boys

Archibald

Benedict

Bertie

Clemente

Constantine

Digby

Edgar

Hamish

Harvey

Hector

Herbert

Lysander

Montague

Montgomery

Otto

Ptolemy

Reginald

Remo

Ruben

Sidney

Wilfred

Zephyr

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