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100 Fantastic Underused Names

100 Fantastic Underused Names

By Esmeralda Rocha

We’ve run a few blogs recently on unusual names – from intrepid inventions to rare nature names. The names covered in this blog are rare, too, but with a difference: they’re names that you’ve definitely heard of and, to be honest, are probably surprised were so low down in the charts (each was given to fewer than 170 children in the US in 2017; most went to fewer than 50).

Parents are often looking for names that are “wearable”, “traditional” or familiar but not overused – if you count yourself among this group, this may be the most useful list of the year!

Girls’ name

Number ofchildren in 2017

Boys’name

Number ofchildren in 2017

Lucinda

154

Benedict

167

Georgina

146

Edmund

162

Millicent

132

Evander

161

Theodora

104

Pierre

155

Greer

89

Carlo

147

Diane

85

Cornelius

106

Juanita

85

Leopold

105

Antoinette

67

Glen

100

Therese

62

Angus

95

Pauline

60

Gareth

88

Gigi

56

Laurence

72

Jacinta

53

Percy

72

Delphine

43

Kit

67

Mirabel

43

Benji

66

Polly

43

Archibald

49

Gretel

41

Saxon

47

Seren

40

Valentine

47

Zenobia

39

Claude

40

Helena

33

Alphonse

37

Siobhan

33

Sven

36

Ursula

33

Hadrian

33

Imelda

32

Pascal

32

Marietta

32

Cary

31

Cornelia

31

Urban

30

Lucienne

28

Chadwick

28

Aisling

27

Cyril

28

Ottilie

27

Clancy

27

Portia

26

Rupert

27

Rosamund

26

Wilbur

27

Saskia

26

Freeman

25

Sigrid

24

Hamish

25

Svetlana

24

Casimir

24

Consuelo

23

Jebediah

22

Keiko

23

Godwin

19

Rowena

22

Huckleberry

19

Sheryl

22

Orville

19

Elspeth

21

Philippe

19

Mimi

21

Ferdinand

17

Phyllis

21

Fergus

17

Maude

17

Kiefer

17

Isolde

14

Kieren

17

Suzannah

14

Cosimo

15

Sinead

13

Crispin

15

Antigone

11

Cyprian

15

Fleur

11

Redmond

14

Manon

11

Neville

13

Cressida

10

Peregrine

11

Ornella

10

Barnaby

10

Edwina

9

Emilian

10

Blanche

8

Llewellyn

10

Bonita

8

Sinclair

10

Mariposa

8

Webster

9

Thessaly

8

Bertrand

7

Xanthe

8

Upton

6

Raphaelle

7

Selwyn

5

Kerensa

7

Seymour

5

About the Author

Esmeralda Rocha

Esmeralda Rocha writes regularly for Nameberry. An expert on international names, she lives in Australia.