Best Baby Names: Beyond the Top 1000

Ambrose and Amethyst to Zadie and Zephyr

by Emma Waterhouse

Every year when the SSA baby name data is released, the big news stories are all about the names at the very top of the list: which have made it to that hallowed #1 spot, which have entered the Top 10 or Top 100, and which have made the most impressive leaps up the charts over the past 12 months.

But while it’s fun to follow trends and try to predict which names will make the cut, when it comes to actually choosing a name for a real-life baby, the most common requirement for the best baby names that we see from expectant parents who come to our Forums for help is “unusual, but not weird”.

In 2018, it took 206 births for a male name to feature in the Top 1000 (Benton, Coleman, Markus) and 259 births for a female name to register (Elina, Kimora, Maliah, and also Paityn at #1001).

So, we’ve looked to those names that were used 200 times or fewer last year — picking out 400 of our favorites, sorted by sex and number of births. These names represent a wide variety of sounds, styles and sources, but they’re all widely familiar, straightforward in terms of spelling and pronunciation, on-trend… and yet still extremely uncommon. Which are your favorites?

151-200 births



101-150 births



51-100 births



50 births and below



Do you know anyone with any of these names? Would you use any yourself? Let us know!

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CarolAnn Says:

May 31st, 2019 at 1:57 am

Well, if this isn’t my name happy place, I don’t know what is!! I just love so many names on this list!
Bellamy, Ansel, Olympia, Pascal, Marigold, Hero, Isabeau, Isadora, Gwendolen, Ottilie, Gray, Hawthorne, Agnes, Kip, Dimitri, Leander…. and many more 🙂

rosemilk Says:

May 31st, 2019 at 3:14 am

Wow, nearly 1/4 of the Boys 51-100 names were on a list of contenders for my son. Including the one that I chose!

stepx Says:

May 31st, 2019 at 6:43 am

so many we almost used. Ansel i love ( i like hansel too), Ishamel is going to the middle name for our next boy (due soon), and Cy is a grandson of mine. Boaz and Evander, too, are great.

For girls…Antonia, Ida, and for sure Romy. If had had a girl, Romy was a finalist. In scandinavia where we are, Sunniva is quite popular now. Saga, too.

peach Says:

May 31st, 2019 at 9:04 am

I know of children with a number of these names too: Cal, Clio, Rosalind, Vaughn, Navy, Dashiell.

Some of my particular favorites are Zinnia, Isadora, Maude, Aster and Lev, Montgomery.

jjayx Says:

May 31st, 2019 at 10:28 am

My kind of name heaven. Bellamy, Callahan, Jethro, Sidney, Geneva, Guinevere, Imogen, Theodora, Linus, Zephyr, Alba, Cecily, Delta, Lucinda, Magdalene, Baxter, Chester, Orson, Roscoe, Stellan, Sylvester, Tobin, Blythe, Marguerite, Nell, Odette, Coltrane, Hamish, Laszlo, Lorcan, Lysander, Rafferty, Tavish, Teague, Ginevra, Wallis, and Zosia. I could add more but I may as well just copy and paste the article!

MichelleM Says:

May 31st, 2019 at 11:35 am

There are so many of my favorites on these list! Lots of Gaelic names too.

JuliaKateElizabeth Says:

May 31st, 2019 at 12:19 pm

These are sooooooo goood!
So many already on my list and a handful to add!

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