Unpopular Names: Which ugly ducklings grow up to be swans?
While such monikers as Handy, Spurgeon, Icy, and Toy, culled from the bottom of the Top 1000, are indeed laugh-inducing, it may be even more remarkable to consider the baby names that were equally unpopular back then that went on to win widespread favor.
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But you don’t have to go so far back to find such baffling gaps in baby name taste. In 1972, tens of thousands of babies were named Heather and Tammy, Scott and Chad, instead of Adair and Coco, Sienna and Liv, Atticus and Finnian, which all languished at the bottom of the list given to only five babies each.
Of course, these names that sound cool 50 years later were joined down in the baby name dumps by such choices as Cachet, Candle, Classie, and Marijuana for girls; Friend, Kaiser, Lemon, Master, and Mister for boys.
And what about today? Names given to just five girls, the lowest number counted, in 2012 include the following 20 choices:
Names at the bottom of the boys’ list in 2012 include:
So which will be the Sebastians and which the Spurgeons of the future? That’s a decision our grandchildren will make.