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Unusual Baby Names: Great names at the bottom of the list

Unusual Baby Names: Great names at the bottom of the list
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By Pamela Redmond Satran

If you’re looking for unusual baby names that are also attractive and intriguing, a good place to start is at the bottom of the extended US popularity list, at those names given to just five babies.

Down there, among the wacky inventions or truly terrible kree8tiv spelling variations, are dozens of intriguing choices that you won’t encounter coming and going.

A few of them — Jessamy and Amyas, Celestia and Inigo — might even be considered fabulous.  But all are worth further consideration.  And given that each was given to only five babies in the entire US last year, they qualify as truly unusual baby names.

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girls

Amandine

Briony

Bronte

Calixta

Carmine

Cassiopeia

Catharine

Celestia

Claudine

Clementina

Constantine

Coretta

Eugenie

Eulalie

Frederica

Gazelle

Hilaria

Hyacinth

Jericho

Jessamy

Letitia

Mariposa

Nanette

Onora

Shaun

Sheba

Sunniva

Thisbe

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boys

Amyas

Baird

Benen

Calisto

Chaplin

Christo

Corrado

Etan

Frazier

Inigo

Kristof

Ludovic

Macauley

Mclean

Pacer

Peregrin

Poet

Remus

Robertson

Rudolf

Satchel

Severus

Sims

Stanislaus

Sylvanus

Thoreau

Wyn

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If you’d like to further explore the names given to five babies every year, download the zip file of national data here.

Another explore our hand-picked collection of unusual-yet-wonderful baby names in our book, The Nameberry Guide to Off-the-Grid Baby Names.  This book is our exclusive selection of hundreds of names that have never appeared in the US Top 1000, and is an invaluable source for both the expectant parent in search of truly unusual names and name lovers looking to expand their knowledge about names that lie far off the beaten path.  Available in ebook and paper versions.

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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