Unpopular Baby Names

Countless articles and books promote the most popular baby names in the world. Even if you aren’t pregnant or have a baby at home, you probably know that the names “Ava” and “Aiden” are much cooler than “Lizzeth” and “Zwin.”

Still, it seems parents these days are constantly on the lookout for the next unusual name that will go mainstream. That’s where Pamela Redmond Satran’s book, “Beyond Ava and Aiden” comes in. The author recently scoured name statistics and found the 100 most unpopular baby names. Well, technically, Redmond Satran categorizes the baby names as “cool” and “uncommon,” but what she really means is that the names that appear in the book were used for fewer than 25 newborns in 2009.

I looked through the entire list and I must say that the names are quite unique. Which is not to say that they are horrible, just… ah… interesting.

I’m not going to share all of the names with you, but I will list the ones that caught my attention the most.

For girls, some of the most uncommon baby names are:

Amabel

Ambrosia

Bellamy

Celestia

Circe

Domino

Elspeth

Honora

Isolde

Lake

Leonie

Ondine

Paz

Sabra

Saffron

Saskia

Snow

Tanaquil

Tansy

Toril

Verena

For boys, some of the most uncommon baby names are:

Ahmet

Amias

Birch

Breccan

Brick

Calloway

Cashel

Day

Fergus

Guthrie

Hamish

Hart

Inigo

Kermit

Lorcan

Malachy

North

Oberon

Ozias

Pike

Raoul

Rufus

Serge

Stellan

Thornton

Tiberius

Walden

Win

“Green,” “Purple,” and “Snap” didn’t make the list for obvious reasons, yet there are some parents who think very highly of the words and have chosen to bestow them on their newborns. What’s more, according to Redmond Satran, in most cases, once the name is out there, no matter how obscure, inevitably you’ll find another child shares it within a few years. The reason: originality is key in baby naming these days.

What do you think about the aforementioned “unique” baby names? Personally, I think they are unpopular for a reason.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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