Now that the 2014 baby name statistics are out for England and Wales, we can see what names are the most popular in these two British countries and we also can look at the names near the bottom of the popularity list and find quite a lot of inspiration for new and fresh name ideas. The following names have only been used for three to five babies in the UK last year.
Calix –A Greek name meaning “chalice,” it has that x sound that many people love
Cosimo – With Cosima getting some attention on name boards around the internet, Cosimo might be ready for his own spotlight
Emyr – An undiscovered Welsh name that means “king”
Everest – Mount Everest is a magnificent mountain associated with adventure and makes for a pretty cool namesake. GeorgeLucas picked it for his daughter.
Gulliver – A literary name that could be an alternative to ever-rising Oliver; actor Gary Oldman used it for his son
Jacoby – Right on trend with surnames as first names, Jacoby feels like a combination between Jack and Jacob; it now ranks at Number 593.
Llyr – An intriguing Welsh mythology name meaning “the sea”
Oak – A nature name that hasn’t received a lot of attention except as a nickname for Oakley
Piran – Most likely related to Ciaran, this is the name of the patron saint of Cornwall
Rune – A Scandinavian name traditionally pronounced with a sound similar to –uh at the end, this could be a rockin’ word name in addition to its awesome Norse roots. Though there is the unpleasant association with ‘ruin’
Sixten – Another Scandinavian name, this one a popular choice in Sweden. Six could be a quirky but cool nickname
Wren – This bird name is more commonly bestowed on girls, expecially in the middle, but why couldn’t it work for boys as well?
KelseyAndersen is a senior and history major at Western Washington University. In her free time she loves to procrastinate, obsess over names, and eat good food. She can occasionally be spotted on the Nameberry message boards under the username emrys.