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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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  • Idonea

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  • Iolo

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    Rhythmic Welsh nickname-name, perilously close to yo-yo.  Read More 

  • Ismay

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    The rise of the the various Isabel names may give a boost to this variation, which has a sunny, springtime feel. Although this name has been around since the thirteenth century, its origins remai... Read More 

  • Jevon

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    Yet another offshoot of the original John, also sometimes used as Jevan or Yevan. Read More 

  • Kenelm

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    One of the least known of the Ken names, though could make an intriguing namesake for an outdated Kenneth.  Read More 

  • Lalage

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    An interesting name despite the pronunciation challenge. It has literary roots, both in the classical poetry of Horace, and as a character in John Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman . Read More 

  • Meliora

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    Unusual and lush Roman name adopted, improbably, by the Puritans.  Read More 

  • Oriel

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    Pretty Victorian-feeling cousin of Ariel; also, more prosaically, a kind of bay window.  Read More 

  • Pagan

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    Writer Anne Tyler gave this apt name to the hippie child in her novel Amateur Marriage , but she wasn't the first -- it was also used by the Puritans. Today it would be quite a loaded choice.  Read More 

  • Pascoe

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    Pascoe was popular in medieval times and is definitely deserving of revival, especially for a child born in the Easter season. Other spellings are Pasco and Pascow. Read More 

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