Category: Unusual Baby Names

Undiscovered British Baby Names

British baby names

by Pamela Redmond

English baby names are as different in Great Britain and the US as they are alike.

If that statement is confusing, consider that parents in both the US and in England and Wales share five girls’ names and two for boys in their Top 10 lists. Favored by both nations are Olivia, Emily, Isabella, Ava, and Mia for girls, Jacob and Noah for boys.

There are hundreds more names that rank among the Top 1000 in both Britain and the US. And then there are hundreds more that remain relatively undiscovered by the other country.

We surveyed the Top 1000 British baby names to find the 185 names — 78 British names for girls and 107 British names for boys — that we consider undiscovered in the US. Sure, American parents may have heard many of these names, but they’re not using them in the same numbers as British parents for their babies.

The main types of English names undiscovered in the US are:

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Boy Baby Names: More hidden gems

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Last week we looked at some rarely used, quasi-unique girls’ names, unearthing such surprising rarities as Amabel, Rosamund and Rosamond, and Eleanora. Today, as promised, we do the same for the boys, presenting a dozen names each that were given to only nine, eight, seven, six or five girls across the country in 2016.

This time around, the choices might not have as much of an unexpected impact, but they are all substantial and usable choices that would definitely make your son stand out.

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Girls Baby Names: Hidden Treasures

By Linda Rosenkrantz

A couple of months ago, we blogged about names that were given to only ten babies in all of the US in 2016. Well now, for all you popularity-phobes and unique-freaks, we’re prepared to go even further and edge even closer to the absolutely unique –short of making up a new name or spelling.

Here we present a dozen names each that were give to only nine, eight, seven, six or five girls across the country, and they’re all names that have some history, meaning and are totally usable.

And so Jennifer and Jessica, Ashley and Amanda, here are some names that we can promise will pretty much insure that your daughter will be the only one in her class. (And don’t worry, Mike and Matt—we’ll be doing the same for the boys.)

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By Clare Bristow

This week’s news includes super-rare names for girls, celebrity baby boys, samurai babies, cosmic cars, and a billionaire.

The naming road not taken

Do you have Ophelia on your mind? You’re not alone. This Shakespearean name is the 18th most popular name on Nameberry, so it looks like a lot of people are considering Ophelia, even if they don’t use it.

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Baby Girl Names: Unisex and Unique

unique unisex names

by Pamela Redmond

I love unisex names for girls. (For boys too, but that’s another story.) And I love unusual names. And so what could be better than girl baby names that are both unisex and unique?

The 36 names here were all found below the Top 1000 baby names for girls on the most recent Social Security list, though many are quite well-used. Bellamy and Scout, for instance, were each given to over 200 baby girls in 2016, putting them in spitting distance of the Top 1000.

Some of these names — Devon, Flynn, Ronan — are used much more commonly for boys than for girls. Others, such as Abilene and Jubilee, were used only for girls last year, though they are names not traditionally gendered.

If you’re looking for unique baby names that sidestep conventional gender identity for your daughter, all of these have a lot of style.

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