Category: Unusual Baby Names

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Coming Attractions: New Star Wars Names

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By Nick Turner

In the nearly forty years since the first Star Wars movie debuted, the series has had a notable impact on baby-naming trends.

The original films gave a boost to the name Luke, and the prequels helped push the once-esoteric Anakin into the Top 1000.

Now there’s a new Star Wars movie–Rogue One–set to premier in a couple of weeks, bringing a fresh assortment of character names to pore over.

It’s hard to predict which monikers might strike the fancy of baby-naming parents, but Rogue One contains a range of options — from those that are already established (Galen, Orson) to the more adventurous (Bistan, Raddus).

I went through the list of character names from the movie and compared them against Social Security Administration data, aiming to get a sense of which picks might catch on.

Here are some of the more promising choices…

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12 Zippy Z Names for Girls

By Linda Rosenkrantz

There aren’t very many usable names beginning with Z, and even fewer for girls than boys. Yet the very rarity of girls’ names starting with the last letter of the alphabet immediately gives them an element of distinction, as well as an exotic sound.

Over the years, Zelda has been the longest running American Z girl, in the Top 1000 for most of the years between 1880 and 1967 (and returning just last year). But recently it has been Zoe—and all her spelling variations—that has been the massive hit.

Here they are, along with other, less common, great Z possibilities for girls.

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Did you know that Nameberry’s own Popular Names List ranks 2000 baby names of each gender rather than the official US 1000?

That gives you a lot of ideas for unique names that often lie beneath the surface and out of sight. Surveying the baby names in the 1000-2000 group, we noticed that there was a sizeable contingent of nickname-names — short forms that have grown up to become full names standing on their own.

Can you really put Ani or Art, Zelie or Zack on the birth certificate? Of course you can, and it might make more sense to go with the name you actually plan to use rather than taking on a long form you don’t even like. Though of course, you also might want to start with an appealing nickname and work from there toward a long form you find equally attractive.

Here, a contingent of unique and adventurous nickname-names we found swimming beneath Nameberry’s Top 1000.

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Political Baby Names: Nikita, Obama & Taft

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By Nancy Man, Nancy’s Baby Names

Prominent politicians often have an influence on baby names — particularly when there’s an election coming up.

Below are some distinctively-named politicians that didn’t just affect the charts, but propelled their names onto the U.S. baby name data for the very first time. Some of these folks were in the public eye as far back as the early 1900s. Several weren’t even from the U.S., interestingly enough.

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By Tiana Putric

In the past, when rural communities were sparsely populated, hereditary surnames did not exist; people were only known by their first name. Fast forward to today and surnames in America are the norm and meeting people with several names, including hyphenated lasts, is not uncommon. What’s more, many surnames like Hunter, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, and Piper have become popular firsts while many other surnames are in line to move from last to first place.

Here are six striking surnames with the potential to evolve into ‘new’ and great firsts for either girls or boys.

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