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Best Baby Names Below the Top 1000

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Each year when the new list of the most popular baby names appears, the first names we look at are, well, the most popular. The Top Ten. The top names in each state. The Top 1000, which is as far as the SSA publishes direct on its site.

But the names don’t stop there!

In 2019, the Top 1000 names in the USA were given to about 77% of all the boys born, and about 68% of girls. That means thousands of children with a name below the Top 1000. And thousands of names floating below the radar.

It took 256 births for a girl name to appear in the Top 1000 (a three-way tie between Ariadne, Dixie and Naya), and 208 for a boy name (Rome making its debut).

So we’ve looked at names with under 200 births to find the best names you should know about. There are 400 here, grouped by number of births. They include a wide range of styles, sounds and sources, but they’re all reasonably familiar and straightforward, on-trend (or with potential), and pretty rare. In other words, right in that elusive sweet spot many parents are looking for.

Oh, and none of them were in our 2018 list beyond the Top 1000! But most of the names there still stand, so check them out for further inspiration.

You can download the full list of names below the Top 1000 on the SSA website.

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151-200 births

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101-150 births

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51-100 births

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50 or fewer births

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About the Author

Clare Green

Clare Green writes Nameberry's weekly round-up of the latest baby name news, including celebrity announcements, unusual naming stories, and new statistics from around the world . Clare, who has been writing for Nameberry since 2015, lives in England, where she has worked in libraries and studies linguistics. You can follow her personally on Instagram and Twitter.

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