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Baby Names Sure to Shock Grandma

The unusual and unique baby names on your list are likely to shock Grandma, especially since she probably thinks you should name the baby Helen, after her. But even if she's more open-minded than that, the following rare baby names will probably render her speechless—which may be the effect you're after.

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  • Ace

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    No longer tied to the hapless Ace Ventura, this jaunty, high-flying nickname name is starting to take flight among celebrity and other parents, with its countless positive references to doing well... Read More 

  • Adecyn

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    As soon as a name becomes mega-popular, parents start to look for spelling variations to set their child apart. This is one of the less graceful ones.Read More 

  • Afternoon

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    An early day name, found on slave rolls, and worthy of consideration today for someone seeking a truly unusual name. Read More 

  • Alleeceea

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  • Annistyn

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    What can we say? It's a phonetic spelling of a TV star's surname, it's a fancification of the name Ann/Annie with the trendy 'yn' ending attached. What can we say but please don't?Read More 

  • Bae

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  • Bambi

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    Although Disney's cute deer was a male, Bambi's always been used for girls, but sounds far too flimsy to face the modern world. Read More 

  • Bamboo

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    Bamboo is a plant name that you might want to save for the zoo's name-the-panda contest. It was used for a starbaby in 2000, though, the rapper Big Boi.Read More 

  • Bandit

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    We hesitate to call Bandit an occupational name, any more than Rogue or Vandal are occupational names, yet its use by one of the bandmembers of My Chemical Romance (for his daughter: we're not... Read More 

  • Belladonna

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    Literally meaning 'beautiful lady', Belladonna is the name of a poisonous flower also known as nightshade. This connection gives an otherwise flowery name a darker, more exotic side. Read More 

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