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Unusual Baby Names: 100 Under 100

September 25, 2014 Pamela Redmond
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We’re always looking for baby names that are at once wonderful and unusual, and so today’s list compiles 100 great names given to fewer than 100 babies in the US last year.We included names from a range of styles: classic and under-appreciated as well as modern and under-discovered.  Half of the golden 100 are girls’ names and half boys’ names.  And the names are ordered from most-to-least used, with the number of children who received the name in 2013 noted after each.Our picks for 100 unusual and wonderful baby names are:

girls

Millicent, 97

Susannah, 95

Mirabelle, 94

Theodora, 94

Rosalind, 90

Zadie, 87

Aviva, 86

Devon, 83

Indigo, 82

Cleo, 81

Pilar, 81

Pippa, 78

Georgiana, 75

Octavia, 73

Zinnia, 73

Winifred, 71

Marguerite, 68

Henrietta, 64

Greer, 60

Snow, 59

Lulu, 57

Tierney, 56

Verity, 55

Juno, 53

Romy, 51

Dinah, 50

Seren, 50

Cassia, 45

Maple, 44

Polly, 43

Olympia, 38

Augusta, 36

Ilaria, 33

Vesper, 33

Vita, 30

Nico, 28

Saskia, 28

Leonora, 27

Dorothea, 26

Fay, 26

Dorian, 25

Mamie, 24

Eulalia, 22

Marietta, 22

Calypso, 15

Flannery, 15

Indra, 15

Tamsin, 14

Bronwen, 11

Fleur, 9

boys

Lev 97

Constantine, 95

Rio, 94

Shepherd, 91

Caspian, 83

Ellison, 81

Auden, 80

West, 77

Chester, 75

Aurelio, 74

Baxter, 70

Willis, 69

Baker, 66

Leopold, 64

Teo, 64

Stellan, 63

Roscoe, 59

Bram, 55

Cassidy, 54

Penn, 53

Octavius, 51

Slater, 51

True, 49

Nile, 48

Pax, 47

Everest, 44

Rufus, 44

Orson, 42

Casimir, 37

Laszlo, 36

Hawk, 34

Pascal, 30

Fitzgerald, 29

Shaw, 29

Mercer, 27

Ozias, 27

Bowie, 25

Larson, 22

Cosmo, 20

Ellington, 20

Hart, 20

Laird, 18

Griffith, 15

Whit, 14

Maguire, 12

Rafferty, 12

Sacha, 9

Florian, 8

Peregrine, 6

Poet, 5

 

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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