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.)
Given to only 9 girls last year
Given to only 8 girls last year
Given to only 7 girls last year
Given to only 6 girls last year
Given to only 5 girls last year
How about picking one from each of these groups that you would consider using?
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on November 2nd, 2017 at 11:04 pm
Oh, wow. I would use so many of these from each group.
There are the soft, comforting, old-fashioned ones like Amabel and Kitty, Persis and Bess.
The sophisticated Anthea, Clemence, Thessaly, Djuna, Theodosia, Thisbe.
And Rosamund is one of my favorite names on the planet and I’m also quite partial to the spunky Frederica.
I wish “celebrities” would turn to Elsbeth and Blanche more than names like Ninja and Antler.
on November 2nd, 2017 at 11:17 pm
I like Rosamund, Dulcie, and Theodosia. I’m shocked that some of these (Eleanora, Theodosia) aren’t more common given their similarity to popular names. I suspect some of these are just far less popular spellings (Honora vs. Annora, Ynez vs. Inez).
on November 2nd, 2017 at 11:18 pm
Thisbe is a guilty pleasure of mine too.
on November 3rd, 2017 at 12:41 am
Quite a few of these were already on my list. I grew up knowing girl named Bronwen and it worked so well. It should be more popular.
on November 3rd, 2017 at 2:09 am
I’m really surprised at a lot of these! I love Amabel, Thessaly, Edwina, Rosamund, Romilly, Bryony, Freddie, Theodosia, Thisbe, Xanthe, Lilias and Manon.
on November 3rd, 2017 at 4:14 am
I’m amazed these aren’t more popular.
Anthea, Tansy and Lilias have been favourites of mine since I was a little girl.
on November 3rd, 2017 at 6:37 am
Really surprised at these, some of these are my favourite names!!! Eleanora and Amabel have been on my favourites list for years, as are a few Welsh names a la Bronwen and Anwen, and Briony/Bryony strikes me as a perennial favourite here- not common but never out of fashion. Just goes to show the difference between the UK and the US!
on November 3rd, 2017 at 6:43 am
These might not be popular in America, but trust Germany is full of Rosamunds and France full of Manons. England will have plenty of Freddies or Romillys or Bryony’s – Wales will have a sea of Bronwens and Anwens and I’m sure there’s quite a few Carmels in Belgium haha. Frederica surprised me though – really only 5 baby Frederica’s in the US?!
on November 3rd, 2017 at 10:00 am
I love Amabel, Bronwen, Clemence, Thessaly, Rosamund/Rosamond, Romilly, Bess, Briony/Bryony, Theodosia and Lilias.
Agree with @Juliacaroline, that in other countries, these names are popular, or at the very least used more widely than they are here in the States.
Freddie on a girl though? Thanks but no thanks.
on November 3rd, 2017 at 11:01 am
A lot of the names here really surprise me – ala – Margery, Bess, and Elsbeth, Eleanora because they seem so mainstream, but others are not a surprise – Sophronia, Paolina, Honora.
on November 3rd, 2017 at 1:48 pm
Wallis is my number one favorite for girls (currently…). I also really like Thisbe & Eleanora. I have a feeling Amabel will see a rise in popularity due to Big Little Lies.
on November 3rd, 2017 at 2:19 pm
I picked three names from each list, though it was hard.
Clemence, Sonnet, and Thessaly
Avis, Rosamund, and Tulip
Persis, Sinead, and Sophronia
Bryony, Theodosia, and Thisbe
Eleanora, Lilias, and Manon
on November 3rd, 2017 at 4:14 pm
Sonnet & Elsbeth from the first group
Rosamund from the second group
Tansy from the third group
Bryony/Briony & Theodosia from the fourth group
Manon, Paolina, & Rosamond from the fifth group
on November 3rd, 2017 at 6:33 pm
I really like Eudora, Honora, Lilias and Bijoux. I’m really suprised at some of these too, like Elsbeth and Eleanora.
on November 3rd, 2017 at 11:28 pm
Surprising that Eleanora is on this list.
on November 4th, 2017 at 4:10 am
Romilly (nn Romy) has been a fave of mine for a good decade!
on November 4th, 2017 at 6:46 am
Manon, Lilias, Thisbe, Lucrezia and Eudora are great names that deserves more love – Lilias Arlette, Eudora Moon, Thisbe Clemence, Lucrezia Rosamund and Elsbeth Manon maybe as combinations?
Erin Beth Said
on November 4th, 2017 at 7:35 am
There are some beautiful and very usable names on this list. I have met little girls with a number of these names–Bronwen, Meridian, Sophronia, and Carmel–and I am really surprised that these names are so rare!
on November 4th, 2017 at 4:33 pm
I wish I was brave enough to use Velvet. Elizabeth Taylor was my childhood idol and always envisioned having strong willed girls like Velvet Brown. The cheese and underground taunting holds me back. And we have a color last name.
Prefer Clementine to Clemence and I think it was on the list of names people regret.
on November 4th, 2017 at 7:38 pm
Here’s the one I’d consider from each:
Rosamund (as a middle)
Romilly (also a middle)
Anwen or Xanthe (could be nice twins, or sisters!)
I’m really not fond of any in the last group.
on November 4th, 2017 at 9:55 pm
Clemence, Rosamund, Sophronia, Anwen, Hyacinth & Lilias. Beautiful.
on November 6th, 2017 at 10:28 am
Anwen, Bronwen, Briony, and Tiernan surprise me quite a bit. Some of these (Velvet and Orchid, Topaz and Honora, Bijoux and Marine) just seem inherently better suited to the middle-name spot.
I always think Sonnet is underrated – I don’t understand why it hasn’t followed the arc of Lyric in popularity. And I’d expect that Theodosia would’ve gotten more of a Hamilton-related boost by now; it’s my cat’s name, and we love crooning “Dear Theodosia” to her.
on November 6th, 2017 at 7:28 pm
on November 6th, 2017 at 8:09 pm
Margery and Romilly
Myrtle (this is a guilty pleasure) and Lilias
These are my favourites.
on November 8th, 2017 at 9:28 am
Is Eleanora a typo? I just looked it up, because I was curious, and the SSA has it as 218, not 5.
on November 14th, 2017 at 12:55 pm
I second everyone’s surprise that some of these names aren’t more popular, although I suspect that Bronwen charts higher as Bronwyn and Sascha as Sasha, for example. My favorites are Blanche, Clemence, Edwina, Rosamund, Romilly, Hyacinth, Theodosia (I’ll be curious to see if “Dear Theodosia” has a impact on its popularity as time goes on), Frederica, Rosamond, and Sidonie. Tulip used to be a guilty pleasure, but now I can’t look at the word without seeing another five-letter word that starts with t and ends with p. Marine was likewise ruined by le Pen, personally. Elleanora would rank high by pronunciation, but I really hate the superflous double-l spelling.
on December 13th, 2017 at 3:41 pm
Bronwen, Elsbeth, Sonnet, Thessaly
Anwen, Briony/Bryony, Theodosia
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