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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2013

    Off-the-charts unique

    Seeing how popularity is such an important factor for many of us on this board I thought this would be a good topic to introduce. So many moms-to-be look up the top baby names each year just to see what names NOT to pick. They want to avoid the top 10, top 50 and in some cases even the top 500 so that their child stands out. However, some moms like me don't want the name to be TOO offbeat and are looking for some type of middle ground. What are your favorite overlooked and underused names?

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    My favourite "over-looked" names would be...

    Vera, Matilda, Leora, Calla, Nola, Elowen, Louisa, Flora, Greta, Willa, Daphne and Maisie


    Edwin, Winston, Gideon, Simon, Desmond, Arthur, Julian

    I think most people (aside from the crazy-creative or the cre8tiv types) are looking for a middle-ground name. Uncommon, yet familiar, unique, but not weird.

    Girls - Jane - Eleanor - Matilda - Caroline - Rosalind - Beatrix
    Boys - Arthur - Desmond - Edmund - Edwin - Frederick

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Northern Virginia/DC metro area
    I second Vera and Leora! And I don't know the Canadian statistics, but Julian is #53 here in the US. Not exactly "overlooked," much to my chagrin. It's one of my favorites.

    I'm okay with some degree of weird myself, but who knows whether I'll feel the same when I'm naming an actual child?

    Some of my favorites:

    Viola, Cosima, Amaryllis, Beatrix, Isannah, Juniper, Isadora, Mariel, Oriana, Rosalind, Susanna/Susannah, and Sybil/Sibyl

    Westley, Ferdinand, Cillian, Ajax, Leander, Azriel, and Orville (My taste in boys' names is a lot more conservative than my taste in girls' names for some reason.)
    College student, bookworm, terrible influence.
    Owner of a cat: Minerva "Minnie"

    Current favorites:
    Odette Cosima Viola Ailsa Coraline
    Emmett Kieran Prosper Zeke August

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Ida, Margot, and Alma are quite underused IMO. And I have a crush on Marcelina at the moment...also pretty obscure.
    Olivia Józefa: July 2013 . Expecting #2: July 2015

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Mavis! Seriously, how is Mavis not blowing up right now? She's the perfect alternative to Ava, Avery, Maeve, and Madison. Mavis is a sweet, simple, vintage name with a lovely sound, lovely meaning. More people need to use Mavis, d@mn it.
    Simon, Eloise/Louise, Faye, Judah, Thea, Felix, Iris, Cordelia, Roscoe, Lydia, Jasper, Phaedra, Adrian, Lucinda, Jane, Conrad, Wallace, Finnegan, Sylvie, Charlie, Dashiell, Juniper, Atlas, Matilda, Julian, Alice, Marlowe, Octavia, Jack, Marigold, Archer, Gabriel, Persephone, Raphael, Dov

    Just a grad student, dreaming ahead...

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