Category: Unusual Baby Names

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Baby naming tip: when others react negatively to your favorite name, don’t despair! Instead pay attention, because it might be a good sign you’ve found an undiscovered gem.

Kelsi writes:

My husband and I are expecting our first daughter, and we are having a hard time pinning down a name. Our son’s name is Reid. What I like about Reid is that it is classic but not common. We have a very long last name so having a shorter name is important to us.

Names we have considered include:

Ivy – our top contender for so long that it seems like it has lost its flair

June – we both like, but are not in love

Liza – but it seems to get bad reactions

Norah – I’m not sold

I am a teacher so most names my husband chooses I can’t get on board with because of student connotations.

Please help us!

The Name Sage replies:

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Strong Sci-Fi Namesakes for Girls

By Kristian Wilsom

Many outsiders and casual fans still consider sci-fi to be a masculine genre, but women’s sustained presence and influence have transformed it into a diverse, feminist niche. If you’re looking for an empowering and unique name for your new baby girl, you really can’t go wrong with a selection from science fiction. Check out the following twelve feminist sci-fi names for your baby girl, and share your favorite galaxy-exploring monikers with me on Twitter!

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Spring has officially arrived this week, a season traditionally associated with rebirth, when gardens begin to burst into bloom after a long, sometimes seemingly endless, grey winter. Many of the flowers shown here have wonderfully evocative names, especially apropos for a springtime babe.  We’re focusing on the more unusual spring flower names, moving beyond Lily and Daisy to Orchid and Anemone.

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Strong, Feminine, Uncommon Girl Names

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Katie has a few favorites, but none seem like The Name! What would you name a sister for Dash and Rory? 

Katie writes:

I never anticipated I’d need your help as I was fairly confident when naming my first two boys: Dashiel “Dash” and Rory.

I’m expecting my third baby, who happens to be a girl.  I’m due April 5th and find myself still with a “Baby Girl” Shore-with-an-M to name.

Just when I think I love a name the next day I feel I sort of hate it, and throw it out completely.  Then I put it back on when I re-discover it later.  I’m just being indecisive is all.

My current list is:

Maeve Is it too plain with a one-syllable last name? It’s been on my list since I was expecting Dash.

Cecily – I’ve loved this name since babysitting a Cecily growing up, but I wish it didn’t end with the y sound.

Marigold – But would this work well in an executive office?

Primrose I really like Primrose, especially with the nickname Prim. But I have not seen or read The Hunger Games, and I hear this may be an issue.

I want the name to be at least a little feminine and pretty but strong. I want it to be not too popular and cool, but not weird or made up, either.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

Continuing our series on you-don’t-have-to-be-youneek-to-be-unique names, here are 25 vintage appellations for boys that are hardly heard today.

Since boy names tend to stay on the popularity lists, these names are quite unusual in that, unlike vintage classics like William and James, most of them were in common use at one time but then slid into obscurity. See which ones you think are ripe for revival.

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