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Unique Baby Names from History

Unique baby names aren't only the new and the invented; there are also many highly unusual names with deep historic roots. Read more about this topic in our blog on unique baby names from history. Here's a selection of the most intriguing.
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  • Alethea

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    Alicia, with a lisp. Actually, a name that came into fashion in England in the 16th century, in tandem with the virtue names. Read More 

  • Ambrosia

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    Heavenly, if you like your names over the top.  Read More 

  • Averil

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    Averil is an ancient name, also spelled Averill, that was originally feminine and feels more so in this era of Avas and Aprils. Read More 

  • Durand

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  • Eluned

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    Exotic and mysterious, Eluned's beauty and intelligence were legendary in Welsh legend; she was the handmaiden of the Lady of the Fountain in a Welsh Arthurian romance, who had a magic ring that ma... Read More 

  • Evadne

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    Difficult to pronounce name, à la Ariadne.  Read More 

  • Gershom

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    Old Testament name of a son of Moses used by the Puritans, and now by Orthodox Jews.  Read More 

  • Giffard

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    A popular first name in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, giving rise to surnames Gifford et al. Could enjoy a comeback thanks to trendy Griffin. Read More 

  • Haidee

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    Sounds like a variant of Heidi or Hailey, but Haidee is actually a separate name with a literary history, used in Byron's epic poem Don Juan .  Read More 

  • Hero

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    Despite the possibility of gender confusion, the Hero in Greek myth was a woman. Myleene Klass got that when she chose Hero for her daughter, and Sam Taylor-Wood and Aaron Johnson used it as their ... Read More 

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