Unusual Baby Names: 100 Under 100
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on September 25th, 2014 at 11:00 pm
In a more perfect world, these would be the top 100 female and male names in the US!
I am looking at the ticker tape as I am writing this and I see:
and I want to weep. Bring me a Polly and a Chester, a Theodora and a Millicent any old day!
on September 25th, 2014 at 11:35 pm
Predictably, I love these names.
My favorites: Susannah, Mirabelle, Theodora, Rosalind, Zadie, Aviva, Cleo (prefer Clio), Georgiana, Octavia, Winifred, Marguerite, Verity, Juno, Seren, Cassia, Polly, Augusta, Vesper, Vita, Saskia, Tamsin, Lev, Constantine, Caspian, Baxter, Leopold, Stellan, Roscoe, Bram, Casimir, Laszlo, Ozias, Cosmo, Rafferty, Sacha (I know two boys with this name!), Florian, and Peregrine.
I think you put Devon, Nico, and Dorian on the wrong list — these are boys’ names. Unless, of course, you intended to even things out by putting three girls’ names on the boys’ list and just forgot?
on September 26th, 2014 at 1:35 am
Love so many of these names! My favourites are Indigo, Pippa, Polly, Theodora, Olympia and Saskia for girls, and my favourite for boys is definitely Penn.
on September 26th, 2014 at 8:25 am
I know a few people with names from the girls list, but I have never met a boy with a name from the boy list!
on September 26th, 2014 at 9:54 am
Susannah, Mirabel(le), Rosalind, Theodora, Leonora and Polly (as nn for Apolline) are on my list! The boys name are definitely more “unusual” than my taste. Great list.
on September 26th, 2014 at 11:28 am
Favs are Millicent and Verity
on September 26th, 2014 at 11:32 am
I really like Millicent and Winifred and also Tamsin (But I think as a variation I prefer Tammy).
on September 26th, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Personally, I always thought Riker (as in William T) would be a cool name….
For girls I like: Susannah (my niece’s name), Theodora, Aviva, Cleo (I prefer Clio), Pilar, Pippa (Philippa), Georgiana, Octavia, Winifred, Greer, Verity, Dinah, Polly, Olympia, Augusta, Leonora (Pace, pace, mio Dio anyone?), Fay(e), Eulalia (love this name), Tamsin (a favourite), and Bronwen, although I prefer Branwen.
For boys: Lev, Constantine, Chester, Aurelio, Rufus, Pascal (love this name), Shaw, Mercer, Griffith, Sa(s)cha, Florian, and Peregrine.
on September 26th, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Oh I love most of these names! Apparently I found my cup of tea!
on September 26th, 2014 at 2:26 pm
I like/love: Millicent, Theodora, Rosalind, Cleo (spelt Clio), Georgiana, Snow, Lulu, Juno, Olympia, Marietta, Fay (Fae), Fleur, Caspian, Leopold, Cassidy, Laszlo. Raised eyebrows at Dorian and Nico for girls, I love them for boys! Secretly hoping they stay where they are or go down, particularly Caspian and Olympia.
on September 26th, 2014 at 2:35 pm
Wow, is Bram really this rare? And Rafferty? I suppose these are a couple of the names I see often enough on NB to be tricked into thinking they’re more common than they really are. Also, I know a little Brahm.
I like a lot of these and wouldn’t mind seeing them rise a bit more. I hear there’s a young Winnifred in the new animated film The Boxtrolls. Maybe Winnifred/Winifred, like Margo, Edith and Agnes from the Despicable Me movies, is one of the “fusty” names about to get a bit of new life.
on September 26th, 2014 at 4:30 pm
I love so many of these, it reads like one of my own lists! My favourites are:
Theodora, Winifred, Verity, Juno, Caspian, Stellan, Bram, Everest, Laszlo, Ozias, Hart and Peregrine.
on September 27th, 2014 at 8:56 am
Favorites from this list are Pax, Verity, Aviva, and Indigo but I only like Indigo on a BOY.
Amadeus (53) –as a middle
Denali (11) — this one is unisex
Hypatia (11) — as a middle
Didn’t make the SSA list at all in 2013:
Jovienne and Jovianne
Calanthe or Calantha — middle
Have NEVER made the SSA list!
Violaine or Violane
Caesura — middle
on September 27th, 2014 at 9:23 am
oops Constantine was in the article, and I forgot to mention Avonlea (63)
on September 27th, 2014 at 9:44 am
Gwenllian would also make a good addition to to this list. It’s really quite sad that boys’ names found their way onto the girls’ list when gems like Arcadia and Hypatia didn’t even get a mention.
on September 27th, 2014 at 11:58 am
Great list! 🙂
From the girls, I adore:
And from the boys list:
on September 27th, 2014 at 1:49 pm
I seem to love more of the boy names than the girls but I was surprised to see Winifred on the list and then realize I actually really like that name. As far as the boy names go, Hart, Mercer, Laszlo, Orson, Rufus and Baxter are probably my favorites.
on September 27th, 2014 at 2:33 pm
Some of you people who have posted comments need to climb off your high horse of “boys names only work on boys and girls names only work on girls.” Names have been switching genders for years. Take the name Allison – originally a boys name, now it’s a girls name that’s been in the top 50 for so long! No one would ever say, “Why isn’t Allison on the boys list? Oh what a shame.” Get. Over. It. Names work on both sides. I, for one, know a girl named Devon and her name suits her perfectly. She’s athletic and funny and I can’t imagine her as an Octavia or Millicent or Winifred or Pippa. Devon suits her better than any of those names ever could. So calm down.
Also, I never realized Susannah was so uncommon! Aviva is really gorgeous. I also like Cassia, Winifred, Octavia, Pippa, Saskia and Vesper. None of the boys names are my style. Rafferty is a cool name, but I could never use it. nn Raff or Raffy is cute.
on September 28th, 2014 at 10:18 am
I have a Poet! Mine’s a girl, though. Great list.
on September 28th, 2014 at 9:23 pm
@waverly123: Oh, please. When was the last time you met a boy with an exclusively feminine name like Isabel or Fiona? When was the last time you saw Pam and Linda write a blog post about girls’ names that would be cute on a boy? Names have been switching genders for years, yes, but what makes me mad is that once a name “goes girl” parents stop using it for their sons. This is rooted in internalized (or even blatant) sexism. I would have no issue with Pam and Linda including Nico and Dorian on a list of suggestions for a girl if, say, Dagmar and Jessamine had also been included on a list of suggestions for a boy.
on September 28th, 2014 at 9:51 pm
Allison is just the sort of name that many of us would like to see mentioned on a boy’s list, especially due to the historical usage. I don’t think Waverly123 even realizes that her example is a case and point for what Augusta_Lee was saying. Oh the irony.
Of course we’re all entitled to our opinions. I know a female Robbie who hates her name because it gender-confusing. She purposely named her girls non-gender-bending names. So Get. Over. It. and Calm Down.
on September 30th, 2014 at 10:12 pm
I have considered several of these names in the past few years. I am especially partial to Vesper, Flannery, Tamsin, Auden, and Cassidy. Nico is new to me as a girl’s name, but it’s great. I would love to see Fay rise in popularity. Hart and Whit are so handsome as well! Good list!
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