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Baby Names That Nobody (but Nobody) Is Using

May 25, 2017 Pamela Redmond
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Baby namers desperate for an original choice have always begged us for our top-secret list of names that nobody but nobody else has. You know, the truly wonderful baby names with deep history and wide appeal that somehow remain completely undiscovered.

The only problem was we didn’t have such a list….until now. Then we decided to run the new 2016 extended list of baby names from the Social Security Administration — all the baby names recorded in the US last year — against the complete list of names in our own database. What’s left is an accounting of names that were used for NO children in 2016, a collection of truly unique baby names.

But the list still contained nearly 5000 names, so we had to narrow it further. What are the best, the most usable choices among the names that were given to zero babies?

Here are our top 100 picks from our unique list of unique names. You may well find as many names here that you consider ridiculous as you feel are wonderful. But there are enough true gems in a range of styles, from deeply historic to futuristic, traditional to invented, that most adventurous baby namers will find one to suit their taste.

girls

  1. Acantha
  2. Araminta
  3. Artemesia
  4. Bee
  5. Bluebell
  6. Branwen
  7. Calico
  8. Capucine
  9. Ceil
  10. Chandra
  11. Christmas
  12. Cia
  13. Circe
  14. Coralia
  15. Daffodil
  16. Dancer
  17. Diablo
  18. Eluned
  19. Endellion
  20. Eulalie
  21. Fifer
  22. Finola
  23. Franny
  24. Freesia
  25. Frostine
  26. Grania
  27. Hester
  28. Ianthe
  29. Jericho
  30. Jessamy
  31. Jocasta
  32. Kalindi
  33. Kerensa
  34. Leocadia
  35. Letitia
  36. Louisiana
  37. Lucasta
  38. Ludovica
  39. Madrigal
  40. Malou
  41. Marcellina
  42. Mazarine
  43. Melisande
  44. Minette
  45. Morwenna
  46. Nephele
  47. North
  48. Oberon
  49. Ottoline
  50. Perdita
  51. Petronilla
  52. Puck
  53. Remember
  54. Rhonwen
  55. Romola
  56. Samoa
  57. Sanne
  58. Season
  59. Sheherazade
  60. Signy
  61. Tally
  62. Thaddea
  63. Undine
  64. Venetia
  65. West
  66. Whimsy
  67. Winsome
  68. Zephyrine

boys

  1. Auberon
  2. Averill
  3. Bard
  4. Bas
  5. Basie
  6. Beach
  7. Cassio
  8. Cathal
  9. Corentin
  10. Drummer
  11. Eleazer
  12. Falconer
  13. Fenno
  14. Florent
  15. Gower
  16. Gulliver
  17. Hiawatha
  18. Humphrey
  19. Kassian
  20. Kermit
  21. Land
  22. Ludovic
  23. Merce
  24. Mingus
  25. Moe
  26. Nat
  27. Nicholson
  28. Night
  29. Osgood
  30. Pagan
  31. Per
  32. Pim
  33. Piran
  34. Placido
  35. Puck
  36. Rancher
  37. Raoul
  38. Roald
  39. Romilly
  40. Roone
  41. Rudyard
  42. Runyon
  43. Salmon
  44. Scorpio
  45. Septimus
  46. Sim
  47. Spike
  48. Story
  49. Taddeo
  50. Thibault
  51. Thoreau
  52. Tibor
  53. Traveler
  54. Trout
  55. Umberto
  56. Whistler

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show of the same name.

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