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100 Fantastic Underused Names

August 2, 2018 esita

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 of
children in 2017
Boys’
name
Number of
children 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

 

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