Category: Unusual Baby Names
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.
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.)
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.
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.
I spent much of last winter devouring a book called A Dictionary of English Surnames, by Reaney and Wilson, which presents family names used and recorded in England dating from back to when surnames first started being documented there (after the Norman Conquest in the eleventh century) up to the present day.
I was surprised and delighted by the meanings and/or origins of so many of the entries, several of which seem to cater neatly to the modern desire for creative first names, interesting nicknames, and offbeat ways of honoring relatives or other important people. In addition, their deep roots and historic usage give them a gravitas that other unusual names sometimes lack.
Here are some of my favorites: