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What Uncommon Names Do You Hear a Lot?

What Uncommon Names Do You Hear a Lot?

For me, it’s Huxley.

At #556 in England & Wales last year, and me being British, you’d think I’d be lucky to meet a single Huxley. And yet, it seems like every time I’m out with my kids, we meet yet another little one with the name. Ditto Rafferty (#278), Annabella (#348) and Sylvie (#386).

We’ve written about regional name popularity before, and our annual look at each state’s quirky favorite baby names is always popular — and draws some illuminating explanations!

But today we’re asking for those baby names that seem super-specific to your individual neighborhood or social circle; names that the stats say you should never (or almost never) hear, but you do.

All the time.

So, what’s the most surprising name that you come across a lot where you live?

What are the most unlikely names to have doubled up in your child’s class, kindergarten or friendship group?

How would you define the local baby naming style where you are?

And, on the flipside, are there any supposedly “common” names that you just never seem to hear?

Let us know in the comments below, or join the discussion on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

About the Author

Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. You can follow her personally at InstagramTwitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.