Unpopular Baby Names: Avoiding the Jacobs, Emilys and Madisons

My wife has now fin­ished the first trimester of her preg­nan­cy so we can let peo­ple know that our lit­tle Theo’s going to be a big broth­er this fall. That means it’s time to think of baby names.

Fallen Baby Names List

Name Rank:
1900
Rank:
2003
Drop Name Rank:
1900
Rank:
2003
Drop
1 Her­bert 32 962 930 1 Edna 17 986 969
2 Her­man 45 974 929 2 Louise 24 977 953
3 Floyd 50 964 914 3 Beat­rice 44 982 938
4 J 35 920 885 4 Bertha 26 963 937
5 Fred 19 876 857 5 Gladys 15 945 930
6 Earl 27 882 855 6 Lucille 49 954 905
7 Clarence 18 717 699 7 Dorothy 7 846 839
8 Howard 30 721 691 8 Hazel 20 681 661
9 Alfred 33 683 650 9 Edith 25 683 658
10 Ralph 23 660 637 10 Frances 16 580 564
11 Elmer 36 654 618 11 Irene 21 581 560
12 Harold 15 595 580 12 Marie 8 496 488
13 Ernest 26 599 573 13 Martha 31 487 456
14 Eugene 49 578 529 14 Alice 10 426 416
15 Leonard 48 571 523 15 Helen 2 389 387
16 Har­ry 13 517 504 16 Ruth 5 350 345
17 Fran­cis 37 509 472 17 Rose 14 358 344
18 Willie 28 454 426 18 Annie 28 339 311
19 Roy 24 433 409 19 Clara 23 295 272
20 Wal­ter 11 356 345 20 Esther 30 297 267
21 Arthur 14 353 339 21 Josephine 33 260 227
22 Carl 20 357 337 22 Eva 39 215 176
23 Lawrence 34 344 310 23 Ruby 42 197 155
24 Albert 16 311 295 24 Mar­garet 3 130 127
25 Joe 38 321 283 25 Cather­ine 19 106 87
26 Theodore 42 313 271 26 Lau­ra 50 122 72
27 Louis 21 278 257 27 Mary 1 61 60
28 Leo 44 288 244 28 Eve­lyn 34 89 55
29 Frank 8 228 220 29 Anna 4 21 17
30 Ray­mond 22 188 166 30 Eliz­a­beth 6 9 3
31 George 4 137 133 31 Mil­dred 9 n/a 0
32 Edward 9 128 119 32 Flo­rence 11 n/a 0
33 Paul 17 124 107 33 Ethel 12 n/a 0
34 Hen­ry 10 116 106 34 Lil­lian 13 n/a 0
35 Peter 46 148 102 35 Gertrude 22 n/a 0
36 Ken­neth 47 109 62 36 Mabel 27 n/a 0
37 Richard 25 86 61 37 Bessie 32 n/a 0
38 Charles 6 59 53 38 Elsie 35 n/a 0
39 Robert 7 35 28 39 Pearl 36 n/a 0
40 Thomas 12 36 24 40 Agnes 37 n/a 0
41 John 1 17 16 41 Thel­ma 38 n/a 0
42 James 3 18 15 42 Myrtle 40 n/a 0
43 William 2 11 9 43 Ida 41 n/a 0
44 Jack 41 46 5 44 Min­nie 43 n/a 0
45 Joseph 5 6 1 45 Vio­la 47 n/a 0
46 Samuel 31 23 –8 46 Nel­lie 48 n/a 0
47 David 29 14 –15 47 Grace 18 13 –5
48 Antho­ny 43 10 –33 48 Julia 45 33 –12
49 Andrew 40 5 –35 49 Emma 29 2 –27
50 Michael 39 2 –37 50 Sarah 46 12 –34

Most new par­ents want to give their child unique names and want to steer clear of the most over-used names. Yet if you tell your friends you’re nam­ing your boy Jacob or Joshua, they’ll all cheer you on. If your lit­tle girl goes by Emi­ly, Emma or Madis­on, they’ll think that’s dar­ling. Yet those are the top three boy and girl names for 2003.

They are tens of thou­sands of kids get­ting the­se top names every year. All of the kids with the­se names are going to be get­ting nick­names to dif­fer­en­ti­ate them from one anoth­er: just hope your lit­tle angel isn’t the one that gets tagged “The Ugly Emi­ly” or “The Stu­pid Joshua” by their third grade class­mates!

There are def­i­nite trends in names. Cer­tain names tend to sound fresh and dar­ing even when they’re overused and trite. The only way to train your ear away from such trends is to method­i­cal­ly study the data (the New York Times had a fas­in­cat­ing arti­cle on all this when we were pon­der­ing Theo’s name, Where Have All the Lisas Gone?).

For­tu­nate­ly the U.S. Social Secu­ri­ty Admin­is­tra­tion pro­vides a list of the most pop­u­lar baby names by year, going back to the turn of the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry. Using this, my wife and I were able to choose “Theodore” for our first child’s name; born in 2003, he name is the 313th most pop­u­lar boy’s name and drop­ping. Yet it’s a known name and there have been great twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry folks who have answered to it (e.g., Dr. Suess, Theodore Geisel).

How is a par­ent to choose? One recent after­noon I cut and past­ed the top fifty boy and girl names of the first decade of the Twen­ti­eth Cen­tu­ry. I looked up their cur­rent sta­tus (the 2003 data) to see what move­ment has occured in their place­ment. The old names are still known but some have fal­l­en far out of use. Her­bert, for exam­ple, was the 32nd most pop­u­lar boy’s name in the first decade of the Twen­ti­eth Cen­tu­ry, but now ranks a dis­mal 930! If you want a name every­one knows but no one is giv­ing their kid, Herbert’s your choice for boy’s and Edna’s your choice for girls.

Now the­se fal­l­en names prob­a­bly sound awk­ward. But that’s the point: they run coun­ter to the trends. I’ll admit that some deserve their reduced sta­tus; I can­not imag­ine sad­dling a lit­tle girl with “Edna.” But in the list are some gems which have been undu­ly demot­ed by the trend-setters.

We’ve been very hap­py with “Theodore,” the 26th most fal­l­en name of the Twen­ti­eth Cen­tu­ry. He’s offi­cial­ly named after his great-great uncle. The social secu­ri­ty date­base assured us that the name was safe from trendi­ness.

So what will the new baby be named? Check in soon!! The due date is the end of August.


Update: drum­roll please.… Our new son’s name is Fran­cis! And fur­ther follow-up brought us Gre­go­ry and Lau­ra. We’re offi­cial­ly out of the baby-making game now but if we were look­ing for more, Walt and Dorothy would be our next picks of classic-but-uncommon names.

  • Con­grat­u­la­tions! “joe” isn’t such a bad name…{ahem}

  • Well “Joe” _is_ right next to Theodore on the unpop­u­lar­i­ty charts. Unfor­tu­nate­ly “Joseph” is right there at num­ber 6 (I’m sure it’s even high­er in our town where every third male seems to be named “Joe.”)
    I get the feel­ing I’m going to get a lot of com­ments telling me that “Aman­da,” “Liz,” and “Pok­ie Mon” aren’t such bad names.…

  • If Jo(e) is good, then Jo(han) might also be okay. But if you’re not Nor­we­gian you’d be bet­ter off spelling it with two n’s: Johann, because the sec­ond n will be added any­way more often than not. Except when peo­ple think you’re John or Joan­ne or (I’m not mak­ing this up) Joli­can. The last error was on a mail­ing from Inter­nal Rev­enue.

  • Liz

    I still like Alv­in. Please con­sid­er it. I don’t think it will become trendy. It was 512 in 2003, 329 in 1900.

  • A lit­tle broth­er Alv­in for Theodore, hmm? The prob­lem is that “Simon” is 240 and going up (it was 354 a decade ago) so that we’d risk trendi­ness on num­ber three by try­ing to single-handedly spawn “The Chip­munks”:http://​www​.tvtome​.com/​t​v​t​o​m​e​/​s​e​r​v​l​e​t​/​S​h​o​w​M​a​i​n​S​e​r​v​l​e​t​/​s​h​o​w​i​d​-​2​8​27/. I’ll _suggest_ it to Julie but don’t hold your breath.

  • Sue

    Con­grat­u­a­tions! As a mem­ber of Nor­ris­town MM said on the birth of our Jakob, “anoth­er hope for the world”!
    We picked Jakob because it’s a fam­i­ly name. Its pop­u­lar­i­ty STUNNED me; I’d checked the list only to see how unpop­u­lar it was! But I couldn’t name him Emanuel, and I wasn’t nam­ing him George or James. Con­sid­er­ing his birth­day, we could have picked Phil. I say, pick a name you like, no mat­ter how pop­u­lar or unpop­u­lar.
     — S

  • Hi Sue, Well at least you shouldn’t have to wor­ry that your lit­tle one will be anoth­er gener­ic Jakob!

  • Robin Mohr

    My hus­band talked me into nam­ing our now three year old son Silas (which he picked out of the Book of Acts). I wasn’t sure whether that was in the same cat­e­go­ry with Her­bert and Edna or not. (I thought it wouldn’t mat­ter since I was sure we were going to have a girl and name her Mary Alice, which I thought would go well with big broth­er Hen­ry.) But now I know anoth­er wom­an with a three year old blond boy named Silas — who almost went to the same preschool. You nev­er know when a name is going to come back.

  • Chris Mohr

    Robin, I’d prefer to say that your hus­band was led by the Holy Spir­it to open the Book of Acts to find the name of Silas star­ing up at him. If Silas was good enough for the Apos­tle Paul, he’s good enough for me, I thought. Any­way, it was the right name for our most pre­cious and thor­ough­ly stur­dy younger son. (Per­haps some day he too will be wan­der­ing around Croa­t­ia con­vert­ing peo­ple!)
    There are many Google hits for Silas because a hunky par­tic­i­pant on the first edi­tion of the TV show “Sur­vivor” was named Silas. And there’s a Chris­tian rock band called Some­thing Like Silas. (Haven’t lis­tened to any of their songs, doesn’t real­ly appeal to me.)
    Many peo­ple first hear “Cyrus.” Many peo­ple asso­ciate it with Eliot’s “Silas Marn­er” (which I read for the first time only six months ago, and what a love­ly Chris­tian sto­ry it is!). A very few asso­ciate it with “Paul and Silas sit­ting in jail/with no one to go their bail.”
    And above all, many many bless­ings to Mar­t­in, Julie and Theo!

  • Noël L.

    I haven’t seen my name on there in a while… I am female and it is pro­nounced No L… as in the christ­mas song… although… I love my name because it’s unique, I nei­ther find it on the unpop­u­lar or on the pop­u­lar list so I guess it’s basi­cal­ly non-existant..

  • Staci

    We had so much trou­ble pick­ing our daughter’s name. We con­sid­ered Car­ris, but it sound­ed too much like my mother’s maid­en name of Gar­ris. We final­ly decid­ed to sad­dle her with Kay­la but to give her an unusural mid­dle name in case there were too many Kay­las in her class. Her mid­dle name is Eden.

  • Hi Staci,
    It’s hard to find a good name the­se days. All the KA- names are big now, aren’t they, in all sorts of per­mu­ta­tions and spellings. Are you call­ing her “Kay­la Eden” or just keep­ing “Eden” in back­up as a plan B? We’ve gone the known-but-unused nam­ing route but even so it’s amaz­ing how many peo­ple stut­ter over “Theo” or ask us how to spell it. The sur­prise with “Fran­cis” is how many peo­ple have smiled and shared the sto­ry of a favorite grand­par­ent with that name.

  • sandy

    kay­la is awe­some thats the name ive picked if i ever have a girl but i cant fig­ure out a mid­dle name with it ,

  • Kir­ri­ly Prat

    My name is VERY unpop­u­lar (KERiley)I love it​.My name is not Emi­ly for shure.

  • Lau­ra

    Our son is a Theo too (born in 2001, so as there are more and more Theos the­se days [so it seems]) we are at the begin­ning of the trend. I think most peo­ple the­se days use the cen­sus data pro­vid­ed by thinkbaby​names​.com and look for more unique, less trendy names. So every­one seems to find the more tra­di­tion­al names unique, but this seems to now be a trend.

  • Hi Lau­ra: You’re see­ing a lot of Theo’s? “Theodore” was the 306th most pop­u­lar baby boy’s name in 2001, when you named your baby and the 305th most pop­u­lar last year. The num­bers aren’t show­ing a trend yet. It’d be smart of par­ents to use the cen­sus data (pro­vid­ed orig­i­nal­ly by the Social Secu­ri­ty Admin­is­tra­tion of course) but I ‘m not sure they are…

  • Emi­ly Y.

    Thank you for blog­ging this. My name is Emi­ly and when I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s in New York City, I didn’t know any­one with my name. I loved being the only Emi­ly my life. When I was in class I hat­ed it when we had to dif­fer­en­ti­ate between which Jen­nifer or which Michael. Now, I will have to dread when all the­se lit­tle Emily’s grow up and cause every­one con­fu­sion. I will prob­a­bly be described as Old Emi­ly. *sigh*

  • I have a Mabel and a Lucy. Where was this list when I was look­ing for names? Good luck nam­ing yours!

    • Kat­lyn Mck­in­ney

      l.o.v.e. that name

      • Rissabean99

        Noël has to be one of the coolest/prettiest names i’ve ever heard. I can nev­er find my name on any lists either.…(my name is Claris­sa)

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  • Hi Lau­ren: oh those are great names! Both of ours have been boys but Lucy’s one we talked about. We haven’t known the sex either time; time we face the deci­sion we had set­tled on a girl name of Dorothy or Dorothea (right next to Lucille on the list!).
    For those read­ing this, the 2006 fig­ures debut­ed a few weeks ago. “Theodore” is up about six places in pop­u­lar­i­ty, while “Fran­cis” has dropped anoth­er 25 or so.

  • Just a note on the “Ka” names that Mar­t­in is men­tion­ing. I work with small chil­dren dai­ly (and old­er ones too, for that mat­ter). Yes­ter­day I had a gym­nas­tics class with the fol­low­ing. No joke. I always get tongue-tied:
    Kayleigh
    Bai­ley
    Kaitlin
    Katie
    McKin­leigh
    I also have the fol­low­ing, some­times in mul­ti­ples:
    Kay­la (MANY)
    Kylie
    Car­ly
    Kasey
    Katri­na
    Cailene (say “Kay-leena”)
    Kim­my
    Cas­sidy
    Cara
    Kar­la
    And also:
    Alissa/Alyssa/Yuleza (pro­nounced Jah-lissa) (mul­ti­ple)
    Maris­sa
    Mia (a few)
    Maia (a cou­ple)
    Madison/Madysen/Maddy/etc. (MANY)
    McKenna/Michal/Myangel/McKinleigh (one each, but you get the pic­ture)
    Aman­da (a few)
    Samantha/Sam (and also Sara/h) (a few)
    Laris­sa
    Lis­sa
    Bri­an­na
    Lian­na
    Ari­an­na (a cou­ple)
    Alexan­dra
    Hanna(h)
    Hai­ley
    Ash­ley
    Jor­dan (mul­ti­ple)
    Tay­lor (many)
    Tabitha
    Eve/Eva
    Emi­ly (many)
    Abby/Abigail (MANY)
    Gabby/Gabriella/Gabrielle (MANY)
    Julie/Julianna/Julia
    Jessica/Jesika
    Chloe/Zoe
    Grace
    Olivia
    Nicole/Nicolina/Nicki/Nicolette
    Brooke (a cou­ple old­er ones)
    Brittany/Britney/Brittney/etc.
    That’s a sam­pling. As a gen­er­al note, few peo­ple devi­ate from the above list. Most of the kids I teach have one of the above names, embrac­ing names that end with the “anna,” “abby,” “ah,” and “issa” and/or begin with “Kah,” “Kay,” or a sim­i­lar sound. You also see place names as pop­u­lar, gen­der neu­tral type names, and the whole “last names as first names” trends. I have well over one hun­dred stu­dents and know sev­er­al dozen more, and teach birth­day par­ties for dozens more. That means most of the­se names are exces­sive­ly (IMO) repeat­ed.

  • Christi­na Smith

    I notice that a lot of peo­ple think they’re being orig­i­nal with their name choic­es when in actu­al­i­ty, they’re not. So that said, if I were to give my baby a plain name (John), am I being orig­i­nal by giv­ing him this name? With all the Jacobs and Madis­ons and Tay­lors and Haleys out there, could “John” actu­al­ly be the more unusu­al choice? “John” seem to place around #20 on the Social Secu­ri­ty site – this seems odd to me as I’ve nev­er heard “John” around the play­ground and fur­ther­more, when I google “John”, most peo­ple lump it under in the “bor­ing” cat­e­go­ry.
    Any­way, just want to see what peo­ple have to say about using “bor­ing” names to be orig­i­nal.

  • Tri­cia

    Well this is inter­est­ing — my dad is 1 of 6 chil­dren, 5 boys and 1 girl. All the boys are on that list, with Fred the most ‘fal­l­en’ and James and Jack the least. I guess Geraldine wasn’t pop­u­lar in the ear­ly 1900s (they were all born a few decades after that).
    I find it curi­ous that you didn’t put the girls’ names that have com­plete­ly fal­l­en off the list at the top of “most fal­l­en”, but hey, it’s your method, you decide! :^) Also inter­est­ing to note that none of the boys’ names com­plete­ly fell off — I’ve read in var­i­ous places that girls’ names seem more sub­ject to trends and fash­ion. This seems to rein­force that!

  • Mar­t­in Kel­ley

    @Tricia: yes, sci­en­tific method might have dic­tat­ed that I put the off-the-list girls up top. I orig­i­nal­ly com­piled this as an aid to choos­ing a name for my second-born and just couldn’t bring myself to con­sid­er a name that had gone so far out of pop­u­lar­i­ty that it was out of the top 1000!

  • Bernadet­te

    I’m Bernadet­te. My father named me after a Saint. There are not that many Bernadette’s out there…

  • shaniece

    im only 11 and i want to know what my name meens.theres only shan­ice on web­sites like the­se does my name meen the same?

  • janie

    i would have nev­er thought of the­se names i thought about nam­ing my baby andrew or ven­gense

  • janie

    i would have nev­er thought of the­se names i thought about nam­ing my baby andrew or ven­gense

  • -

    hey i’m a carl!!! it def­i­nite­ly hasn’t helped me score with the ladies…they call me nick or kyle… go fig­ure

    i knew enda was on the list though!! def­i­nite­ly bertha!

  • -

    hey i’m a carl!!! it def­i­nite­ly hasn’t helped me score with the ladies…they call me nick or kyle… go fig­ure

    i knew enda was on the list though!! def­i­nite­ly bertha!

  • Park­er

    My name is Park­er, but i’m female. Born 1994. No one I meet has ever heard of a girl named Park­er, and few have heard of even a boy named it. Every­one asks me if that’s not my last name. No. My mid­dle name, Loren (think Sophia Loren), is also unheard of and most peo­ple read it ‘Lau­ren’. It gets on my nerves. Can peo­ple not accept unusu­al names in Amer­i­ca? Appar­ent­ly they have to learn to cope.

  • Park­er

    My name is Park­er, but i’m female. Born 1994. No one I meet has ever heard of a girl named Park­er, and few have heard of even a boy named it. Every­one asks me if that’s not my last name. No. My mid­dle name, Loren (think Sophia Loren), is also unheard of and most peo­ple read it ‘Lau­ren’. It gets on my nerves. Can peo­ple not accept unusu­al names in Amer­i­ca? Appar­ent­ly they have to learn to cope.

    • Jas­mine

      There’s the actress Park­er Posey:
      http://​www​.imdb​.com/​n​a​m​e​/​n​m​0​0​0​0​2​05/

      I like your name!

      My name was very dif­fer­ent when I was a kid and I didn’t like it, but now that I’m old­er and enjoy hav­ing a unique name…I’m meet­ing alot more of them!

    • Kar­lee

      Your not the only one with a dif­fer­ent name my name is not so pop­u­lar but i spell it dif­fer­ent. and it anoys me that some peo­ple pro­nounce it Kaile like what is this. 

  • Alice

    A pret­ty Girls name is Jericha (Jerika

  • Alice

    A pret­ty Girls name is Jericha (Jerika

  • Jas­mine

    There’s the actress Park­er Posey:
    http://​www​.imdb​.com/​n​a​m​e​/​n​m​0​0​0​0​2​05/

    I like your name!

    My name was very dif­fer­ent when I was a kid and I didn’t like it, but now that I’m old­er and enjoy hav­ing a unique name…I’m meet­ing alot more of them!

  • Devon

    my top 5 baby names

    Boys:
    1.Randy
    2.Brad
    3.Mark
    4.Kandem
    5.Erick

    Girls:
    1. Kandie
    2.Lacie
    3.Erika
    4.Kordelia
    5.Ginger

  • Devon

    my top 5 baby names

    Boys:
    1.Randy
    2.Brad
    3.Mark
    4.Kandem
    5.Erick

    Girls:
    1. Kandie
    2.Lacie
    3.Erika
    4.Kordelia
    5.Ginger

    • Bee­ban­na

      LOVE those names but they might get teased if theyre called gin­ger x

  • Clara Ellen

    I think a cute old fash­ioned baby name is Da da da da.… Car­ol Anne Grace Driggers(my last name)
    my mom said she would love to name me that. I am 11 years old from Macon GA. my name is Clara-Ellen Grace Drig­gers. Old fash­ioned but girly and sporty at the same time I cant imag­ine being called anoth­er name like a used name such as.. Reil­ly or Katy or eliz­a­beth. Though they are cute hey are not at all my style! Hey ever think about call­ing you boy a nick name like Fran­ci or some­thing? Oh, and Fran­cis is so adorable!

  • Clara Ellen

    I think a cute old fash­ioned baby name is Da da da da.… Car­ol Anne Grace Driggers(my last name)
    my mom said she would love to name me that. I am 11 years old from Macon GA. my name is Clara-Ellen Grace Drig­gers. Old fash­ioned but girly and sporty at the same time I cant imag­ine being called anoth­er name like a used name such as.. Reil­ly or Katy or eliz­a­beth. Though they are cute hey are not at all my style! Hey ever think about call­ing you boy a nick name like Fran­ci or some­thing? Oh, and Fran­cis is so adorable!

  • jen­nifer

    My son’s name is Theo(dore), born in 1994. I found this while try­ing to deter­mine how pop­u­lar his name was. I hope both your kids find great hap­pi­ness with their names. My 8th grader loves his name… although he is actu­al­ly one of two at his mid­dle school! We hon­ored many with his name… my great grand­fa­ther, Ted­dy Roo­sevelt, Dr. Seuss, Theo Van Gogh, Theo Van Does­burg, and the name’s mean­ing is won­der­ful as well. Theo has found his name is very pop­u­lar in books, TV and movies, so it must appeal to cre­ative types like me. Steven Spiel­berg (sp?) has a son Theo.

  • jen­nifer

    My son’s name is Theo(dore), born in 1994. I found this while try­ing to deter­mine how pop­u­lar his name was. I hope both your kids find great hap­pi­ness with their names. My 8th grader loves his name… although he is actu­al­ly one of two at his mid­dle school! We hon­ored many with his name… my great grand­fa­ther, Ted­dy Roo­sevelt, Dr. Seuss, Theo Van Gogh, Theo Van Does­burg, and the name’s mean­ing is won­der­ful as well. Theo has found his name is very pop­u­lar in books, TV and movies, so it must appeal to cre­ative types like me. Steven Spiel­berg (sp?) has a son Theo.

  • Alan Black­well

    My Grandson,born two days ago, is named Theo. He is lucky that my g/parents idea has not been fol­lowed. My father was named after the ship that sank on his birth day.He lived as Titan­ic for 61 years.

  • @Alan: wow, I think that wins the prize as the worst name I’ve heard yet!

  • Alan Black­well

    My Grandson,born two days ago, is named Theo. He is lucky that my g/parents idea has not been fol­lowed. My father was named after the ship that sank on his birth day.He lived as Titan­ic for 61 years. 

    • @Alan: wow, I think that wins the prize as the worst name I’ve heard yet!

      • Kat­lyn Mck­in­ney

        i think titan­ic is a cool name

    • Bel­la

      I think that name is very cre­ative and i like it a lot. Your father, in my opin­ion, is very lucky to have a name like that.

  • Kar­lee

    Your not the only one with a dif­fer­ent name my name is not so pop­u­lar but i spell it dif­fer­ent. and it anoys me that some peo­ple pro­nounce it Kaile like what is this.

  • Car­o­line

    I too have a bit of an unusu­al name, not many peo­ple are named Car­o­line even though there have been many famous Car­o­li­nes in his­to­ry. I am very hap­py that my mom chose to name both me and my sis­ter (Louise) less com­mon names, unlike the 3 Tay­lors or 3 Emilys that I know from school.

  • Car­o­line

    I too have a bit of an unusu­al name, not many peo­ple are named Car­o­line even though there have been many famous Car­o­li­nes in his­to­ry. I am very hap­py that my mom chose to name both me and my sis­ter (Louise) less com­mon names, unlike the 3 Tay­lors or 3 Emilys that I know from school. 

  • Betssie

    try to use car­toon charater names that would be FUNNUY

  • Betssie

    try to use car­toon charater names that would be FUNNUY

  • Cia­rá

    I love the name Flo­rance! And it’s hard to believe that John would have dropped. I thought it was quite pop­u­lar. I also like the name Samuel and Clarence… My name is Cia­rá Cailean-Candika Marte and peo­ple find that crazy in the USA! Since my first name is pro­nounced as Kira, then Kay-lynn, Can-Dee-Kuh, Mar-tee. They always pro­nounce it wrong… But I’m very sur­prised by many of the­se fal­l­en names. Dragos is a fal­l­en name too… Just not an Eng­lish name.

  • Cia­rá

    I love the name Flo­rance! And it’s hard to believe that John would have dropped. I thought it was quite pop­u­lar. I also like the name Samuel and Clarence… My name is Cia­rá Cailean-Candika Marte and peo­ple find that crazy in the USA! Since my first name is pro­nounced as Kira, then Kay-lynn, Can-Dee-Kuh, Mar-tee. They always pro­nounce it wrong… But I’m very sur­prised by many of the­se fal­l­en names. Dragos is a fal­l­en name too… Just not an Eng­lish name.

  • Sal­ly

    We have cho­sen Theodore for our son as well! It’s a name­sake, but we real­ly love it.

  • Yea for Theodor­es! The best part is you can call him “Theadorable”!

  • Sal­ly

    We have cho­sen Theodore for our son as well! It’s a name­sake, but we real­ly love it.

    • Yea for Theodor­es! The best part is you can call him “Theadorable”!

      • athena2015

        My full name is Athena Dane’ (pro­nounced Danay) and I love it. I have only met one oth­er Athena and a friend of mine just gave her daugh­ter my mid­dle name. I am preg­nant now and try­ing to find an unusu­al name but it is a lot hard­er than i thought. My grandma’s name was Gre­ta Theodora so i have thought about Theo for a boy. i love the name Rae for a girl but i want it as a mid­dle name. May­be Dae­lyn Rae or Joce­lyn, which my hus­band hates! I would love some sug­ges­tions!!!

        • Bel­la

          What about Raina (pro­nounces Rain-a) or Renee (Ree-née) They are both very beau­ti­ful names and unusu­al.

        • Becca_Jane

          What about Riane (prou­nounced Ryan) it’s for a girl!!

        • coda

          well i am soon to be mar­ried and i have loved this name that i made up when i was in 8th grade. akeeli rae that is going to be my first daugh­ters name. i have looked every­where and there is no word or name exact­ly like it. its pro­nounced (a-key-lee)

  • Ash­lee

    how about keane for a boy or amelia for a girl???

  • Ash­lee

    how about keane for a boy or amelia for a girl???

    • julia

      keane for a boy is weird
      amelia for a girl is o.k

  • Savan­nah

    I’ve been look­ing at least pop­u­lar names because I know that in the high school I go to there are at least ten Kay­las, Stepha­nies, Emilys, and so on. There is also one Kaleigh, which I have to say is the one that annoys me the most. 

    If I ever have a daugh­ter I want to name her Kath­leen San­ford, Kath­leen for my grand­moth­er and San­ford because that’s my mom’s mid­dle name and I think that it’s real­ly cool. That or Flo­rence after my great great aunt.

    Some oth­er inter­est­ing names in my fam­i­ly are Park Tres­lin (my uncle) Anne Elise (my aunt) and Aza­lia Ber­nice (great grand­moth­er)

  • Savan­nah

    I’ve been look­ing at least pop­u­lar names because I know that in the high school I go to there are at least ten Kay­las, Stepha­nies, Emilys, and so on. There is also one Kaleigh, which I have to say is the one that annoys me the most. 

    If I ever have a daugh­ter I want to name her Kath­leen San­ford, Kath­leen for my grand­moth­er and San­ford because that’s my mom’s mid­dle name and I think that it’s real­ly cool. That or Flo­rence after my great great aunt.

    Some oth­er inter­est­ing names in my fam­i­ly are Park Tres­lin (my uncle) Anne Elise (my aunt) and Aza­lia Ber­nice (great grand­moth­er)

  • Jane Dorothy

    I love it! Sur­prised that my name isn’t on the list! I love it, but I’m 23 and it’s not very pop­u­lar (prob­a­bly why I love it) My mid­dle name is on it though. See, when I look up my kids’ names, I get upset when I see that a name is with­in the top 400. I like the clas­sic, old, 1900-esque names. Mar­garet, I real­ly like Mar­garet. or Katharine (which I think is num­ber 900 some) but not Kather­ine which is 45.

  • Jane Dorothy

    I love it! Sur­prised that my name isn’t on the list! I love it, but I’m 23 and it’s not very pop­u­lar (prob­a­bly why I love it) My mid­dle name is on it though. See, when I look up my kids’ names, I get upset when I see that a name is with­in the top 400. I like the clas­sic, old, 1900-esque names. Mar­garet, I real­ly like Mar­garet. or Katharine (which I think is num­ber 900 some) but not Kather­ine which is 45.

  • julia

    this is a cool orginaza­tion of pop­u­lar and unpop­u­lar names. I think it is cool to find your own name on one of the lists. I am num­ber 48 on the unpop­u­lar names list.

  • julia

    keane for a boy is weird
    amelia for a girl is o.k

  • julia

    this is a cool orginaza­tion of pop­u­lar and unpop­u­lar names. I think it is cool to find your own name on one of the lists. I am num­ber 48 on the unpop­u­lar names list.

  • Alexan­dra

    Wow! Your web­site is neat and true​.my name is Alexan­dra and my sis­ters names are Tatiana and Natalya. my broth­ers name is nicholas. I nev­er knew any one with the same name as me before. I have only heard Tatiana one time oth­er than her. Nev­er heard any body named Natalya. My mom is going to have a baby any day now and she want to name him Con­stan­ti­ne. We all have Rus­sian names.

  • Alexan­dra

    Wow! Your web­site is neat and true​.my name is Alexan­dra and my sis­ters names are Tatiana and Natalya. my broth­ers name is nicholas. I nev­er knew any one with the same name as me before. I have only heard Tatiana one time oth­er than her. Nev­er heard any body named Natalya. My mom is going to have a baby any day now and she want to name him Con­stan­ti­ne. We all have Rus­sian names.

  • my name is tommie.and i’m a girl actu­al­ly.(:
    my mom was gonna spell it ‘tomi.‘but i’m
    kin­da glad she didn’t.and my mid­dle name
    is lynn.tommie lynn.i couldn’t see myself
    being named any­thing else,it’s pret­ty
    unique of a name.but when i was younger,
    i got picked on because of it.hahahah.

  • my name is tommie.and i’m a girl actu­al­ly.(:
    my mom was gonna spell it ‘tomi.‘but i’m
    kin­da glad she didn’t.and my mid­dle name
    is lynn.tommie lynn.i couldn’t see myself
    being named any­thing else,it’s pret­ty
    unique of a name.but when i was younger,
    i got picked on because of it.hahahah.

    • Becca_Jane

      I’ve got a friend that is named Tom­mie. She is real­ly nice. You sound nice too!

    • Maple­na­tion

      I know a girl named Tom­mie too!  I thought she was the only one.  It goes to show there is nev­er just one! 🙂

  • sel

    Is “Sele­na” an uncom­mon name? I’ve nev­er met any­one who has my name.

  • sel

    Is “Sele­na” an uncom­mon name? I’ve nev­er met any­one who has my name. 

    • Beck­aH

      i named my cat is Sele­na ..i thought it was a fit­ting and love­ly name.some peo­ple could not get there heads around it, they would always end up call­ing her lina or nina lol.If i had a child i would have called her that,very unusu­al.

  • Sarah

    I don’t real­ly like the way my name is spelled, but i’m find­ing out that not many poe­ple spell it like i do so i think that that’s pret­ty cool. I like the­se girl names because their so unike. 

    1. Ares­sa
    2. Arisel­la
    3. Azu­ra
    4. Kira
    5. Meridia
    6. Thea
    7. Bria

  • Sarah

    I don’t real­ly like the way my name is spelled, but i’m find­ing out that not many poe­ple spell it like i do so i think that that’s pret­ty cool. I like the­se girl names because their so unike. 

    1. Ares­sa
    2. Arisel­la
    3. Azu­ra
    4. Kira
    5. Meridia
    6. Thea
    7. Bria 

  • marina_michele

    My names is Mari­na (Michele; mid­dle name) uncom­mon in the US, I hear its kin­da pop­u­lar in rus­sia though. Ive only met 2 ppl in my 22 years w/ my name, one was rus­sian.

  • marina_michele

    My names is Mari­na (Michele; mid­dle name) uncom­mon in the US, I hear its kin­da pop­u­lar in rus­sia though. Ive only met 2 ppl in my 22 years w/ my name, one was rus­sian.

    • Renee1994watts

      That my friends name. 🙂 i am Renee meet two peo­ple with that name on was a girl who bite peo­ple she didn’t like and every­one thought i was her.…so sad cuz i was the new kid and didn’t under­stand

  • Beck­aH

    i named my cat is Sele­na ..i thought it was a fit­ting and love­ly name.some peo­ple could not get there heads around it, they would always end up call­ing her lina or nina lol.If i had a child i would have called her that,very unusu­al.

  • kim­myper­sun

    I LOVE the name Kay­dence Dawn-Marie (my Fiancé’s Mom’s first and mid­dle name was Dawn Marie..RIP) I heard the name (Cadence) in a movie… “Amer­i­can Wed­ding” and thought it was an awesome/cute name. So I made up my own lit­tle spelling.. i’ve been in love with that name since i was in 8th grade (im now 22) =D
    I wish that was my name.. but instead Kim­ber­ly (after Gem and the Holo­grams) from my sis­ter.. got picked on alot in school.. i was nick­named “Kim­ber­ly the Pink Pow­er Ranger”

  • kim­myper­sun

    I LOVE the name Kay­dence Dawn-Marie (my Fiancé’s Mom’s first and mid­dle name was Dawn Marie..RIP) I heard the name (Cadence) in a movie… “Amer­i­can Wed­ding” and thought it was an awesome/cute name. So I made up my own lit­tle spelling.. i’ve been in love with that name since i was in 8th grade (im now 22) =D
    I wish that was my name.. but instead Kim­ber­ly (after Gem and the Holo­grams) from my sis­ter.. got picked on alot in school.. i was nick­named “Kim­ber­ly the Pink Pow­er Ranger”

  • leigh­na

    My name is Leigh­na, and you know, I LOVE my name. I don’t care what oth­ers think. They call me “Leigh­nie.” And you know what, I LOVE it.

  • leigh­na

    My name is Leigh­na, and you know, I LOVE my name. I don’t care what oth­ers think. They call me “Leigh­nie.” And you know what, I LOVE it.

  • asur­a­lynn

    I real­ly don’t like my name. It’s too com­mon for my tastes; Christi­na Javene Thomp­son.
    I like unusu­al names that nobody has thought of using before, like:
    Asura (‘demon’ in Hin­du / aSUr­ah)
    Mit­sukai (‘angel’ in Japan­ese / MIT­skai)
    Engel (‘angel’ in Ger­man / ENGyel)

  • asur­a­lynn

    I real­ly don’t like my name. It’s too com­mon for my tastes; Christi­na Javene Thomp­son.
    I like unusu­al names that nobody has thought of using before, like:
    Asura (‘demon’ in Hin­du / aSUr­ah)
    Mit­sukai (‘angel’ in Japan­ese / MIT­skai)
    Engel (‘angel’ in Ger­man / ENGyel)

  • Lola Jacque­line Gon­za­lez

    I have a jour­nal where i wrote a lot of names (over 200) and there is prob­a­bly not enough space for me to put them here. (im 12) here are a few… or alot…

    Girls:

    Ambrielle
    Ros­ali­na
    Jordan/Jordyn
    Chelsea/Chelsie
    Audrey/Aubree
    Celesti­na
    Aliana
    Gabrielle
    Annemarie
    Alexan­dra Mae
    Ara­bel­la
    Lau­ren Keyana (like Keke Palmer)
    Marise­la
    Miran­da
    Macken­zie
    Jadyn
    Leah
    Serena/Selena
    Lil­iana
    Dav­ey
    Esme
    Mar­i­an­ne
    Richelle
    Hal­lie
    Tiana
    Maris­sa
    Mak­e­na
    Anarea
    Seren­i­ty
    Allie Bri­an­ne
    Ser­a­fi­na
    Cian­dra
    Rose Alana
    Alexa Janelle
    Kodi
    Aphrodite
    Kylie
    Aure­lia
    Anahi (anna-ee)
    Lind­say Mary­se
    Shanelle

    Boys:

    Daniel Jacob
    Antho­ny Manuel
    Luke
    Randy
    Kev­in
    Bran­don
    Justin
    Michael
    Aaron
    Christo­pher
    Alexan­der
    James
    Jonathan
    Jared
    Joshua
    Caleb
    Andrew
    Jack­son
    Dar­ren
    Cody

    • Purple22448

      Hi Lola Jacque­line Gon­za­lez!

      Hey, I’m 12 years old too! 

      Like the list! By the way, I think a great name is Cas­sidy. It’s not that pop­u­lar and a cute nick­name is Cassie. ( My name’s Cas­sidy, though, and I like it spelled more unique like Cas­si) It can also be spelled Kas­sidy.

  • Kendelle

    My name is Kendelle (female 26) and I didn’t know any­one with that name grow­ing up. A year or so ago I heard some­one call­ing my name at the mall and a lit­tle girl answered to it, so I guess there are some oth­ers out there now, but still not many.

  • Pumper­nick­el

    I absolute­ly agree with you, both my hus­band and I have some­what trendy names. My hus­bands name is way too com­mon for our gen­er­a­tion. My name is also quite com­mon, but is not as com­mon in North Amer­i­ca as in oth­er coun­tries that I’ve lived in, but still I know lots of peo­ple with that name. We named our old­est son Ronald, which was very com­mon about two gen­er­a­tions past. It doesn’t sound weird but you also don’t find too many peo­ple nam­ing their chil­dren that today. We are cur­rent­ly expect­ing our sec­ond son and plan­ning to name him Theodore (that’s how I ran into your arti­cle). I like the nick­name Theo, not a big fan of Ted (for some rea­son too many peo­ple are choos­ing Ted as a name for their pet!).

  • Breian­na

    Hel­lo
    My name is Breian­na (Pronon­ced bree-r-na) Neva Price
    i love it to be very hon­est although peo­ple always say my name wrong which annoys me abit lol. Recent­ly i just had twins boy and a girl and i called them
    Una Jay­die Allon (Girl)
    Bricen Chase Allon (Boy)
    I Love unusu­al names i think it makes the per­son you are very intrest­ing
    🙂 xx

  • leno­ria

    Hel­lo Mar­t­in! We live in Ger­many and also have a baby boy named Theodor, nick­name Theo. The baby is about 1 year old and all the time the peo­ple look at us very sur­pris­ing­ly and keep ask­ing us how we could name our son with such a old-fashioned name? that’s how I land­ed on your site. I was just look­ing for per­sons with teh same name to see how many we are and if the peo­ple are hap­py with their names as I was already to change the baby’s name — all those speech­es that the baby will be unhap­py and not lucky in the future made me just ner­vous and unsure that our choice was cor­rect. By the way, in Ger­many the name is geti­ing a bit pop­u­lar if we com­pare the last 10 years. 

  • Ros­alie

    Okay, I read Twi­light. (100% Fact: Twilight=The best book ever). And I was writ­ing a sto­ry myself. I was want­i­ng to use beau­ti­ful, old, unpop­u­lar names for my char­ac­ters, and… HELP!!!!!

    –R.Lite 14, female

    • Vio­let

       You need to read the blog rea­son­ing­with­vam­pires on tum­blr if you think twi­light is excep­tion­al. Her use of gram­mar is appalling and her char­ac­ter devel­op­ment is weak at best. Please do not emu­late Stephanie Mey­ers writ­ing.

  • Siqb004

    Ciao, I’m Sha­jneen, (10 years old). I guess ur think­ing thet WHO THE HELL NAMED HER THAT!!
    the truth is thet im the only per­son in my whole CITY to have this name. (done by sur­vey!) Peo­ple actu­al­ly LIKE this name so my advice.….….….….….….……
    U will not regret it if u name ur kid/dog/cat/goldfish/lamp/umbrella/turtle/flagpost this *Most uncom­mon name in this cen­tu­ry*

  • Melody

    Am always hear­ing that ‘Melody’ is a pret­ty name, but not many girls are named that. Notice that it does not appear in pop­u­lar or unpop­u­lar baby names. Guess my name’s off the charts! How­ev­er, that’s okay. It’s nice to have a unique name, dif­fer­ent from all the Marys, Bet­tys and Emilys out there.

    As far as unpop­u­lar boys’ names, how about Per­ci­val? It seems to be so unpop­u­lar it doesn’t appear on any list, either.

  • Cana12354

    I’m going to name my chil­dren Venus, Amy, Gre­gor, Nadia, and Samuel.

  • Kmk830

    Hey, my name is Emi­ly and I know you might think that that is a BORING name because tons of peo­ple have that name, but the rea­son so many peo­ple have it is because it’s an AWESOME name! Just name your child Skyler, or Rokeyl and have them have the nick­name Rokey (Pro­nounced Rocky, but it being spelled dif­fer­ent­ly is so much more unique) or Cecilia(nickname CeCe) if they are a girl. For a boy Fly­nn would be a cool name, or may­be Duce. Have some kids with cool, fun, unique names. They will turn out pret­ty cool

    • Auglioness498

      Hahaa, tht is from Shake It Up

    • Kat­lyn Mck­in­ney

      why are you quote­ing shake it up?

    • Purple22448

      Wow, Kmk830, All those names are from the dis­ney chan­nel show “Shake It Up”. And you thought nobody would notice.…
      By the way, i like the name Emi­ly! Ive always want­ed that name.

    • Hol­ly­Girl

      You Watch shake it up im guess­ing your prob­a­bly young and why would u coment on baby names if you are young…And my names Hol­ly Becuase I was born near christ­mas

      • Hol­ly­Girl

        Oh Yea And Im 14

    • Sug­ar­TomAp­pleRoger .

      Its a pris­sey name. 

  • KaysMom

    lol, by the time you have a baby that name will be far from unique. My daugh­ter is 5 and she is Kay­dence Marie. I also know of almost 10 Kaydence’s who live in my area. 😀 

    But still a great name and I wouldn’t have picked a dif­fer­ent name for my daugth­er.

  • Kit­ty

    I named my girls Zoie Michelle and Ashia Nicole, I love their names. At the time I was preg­net with Zoie it was unpop­u­lar. As for Ashia every­one always pro­nounces it wrong…when its pro­nounced Aw- sha! It is very dif­fer­ent and have only met two peo­ple with that name. As for a boys name, I have thought and thought of names and can’t ever come up with one that just sticks.

    • KITTY

      I do like that name Park­er after read­ing every­one elses post but by tomor­row it will be a name that I would have for­goten about!

  • jlgrant­dis­qus

    I want to use beau­ti­ful, unpop­u­lar, old fash­ioned names that flow for a book I’m writ­ing and I need help! Please reply, thank you!

    • Purple22448

      Cas­si
      Cassie
      Kas­si
      Kassie
      Ruth
      Stel­la
      Sonya
      Zel­la
      Rose­mary
      Myra
      Lila
      Ellen
      Con­stance
      Annabelle

      Hope this helps! The­se are all girl names, sor­ry!
      By the way my names Cas­si!

  • Hanna-h 94

    Hey, my name is Han­na and here in Fin­land it’s not unusu­al name. I like my name and I don’t have any nick­name because nobody hasn’t ever found a good one. Few of my friends call me my last­name ‘Hir­vo­nen’ or mix my first and last­name ‘Hir­voshan­na’. I have also sec­ond­name and it is Maria what are very usu­al here. When my par­ents were think­ing of name for me they made a choise between Han­na, Saara and Hei­di, and they deside Han­na because my grand­grand­moth­er was Han­na. I love more Hei­di than my own name but now I have may­be five Hei­di in my friends so it is absolute­ly ok to be Han­na! But I love all unpop­u­lar names and that’s the rea­son why I am now in this web­site. When I have chil­dren in some day I am sure I’ll use my time to think that they’ll get beau­ti­ful names.

  • Maverick1_1994

    I’m 17 and a girl… and my par­ents called me Maverick…my dad loved the show and he thought it would be ‘cool’ to name a girl a boy’s name. It’s ok now… but I still get weird looks when I tell peo­ple my name…

    • Cori

      beau­ti­ful!

  • Rishika Shar­ma

    I like Emi­ly name. The mean­ing of Emi­ly is “rival; labo­ri­ous; eager”. It sounds a loy­al, hum­ble, deter­mine, beau­ti­ful, love­able, wise per­son. baby­names

  • AM

    I just hap­pened to notice, its Dr Seuss not Suess. Assum­ing you’re talk­ing about the famous children’s author…

  • Kylee­Jean

    My first and mid­dle name is Kylee Jean. In the first 13 years of my life I met 1 oth­er Kylee or Kylie. But now my name is on the top 100. 

    My mom picked Jean because it was my dad’s deceased mother’s name. And since she gave me my dad’s mom’s mid­dle name she want­ed to name me after one of her par­ents but I guess she didn’t like the name ‘Judy.’ And she didn’t want to give me the name Lee even as a mid­dle name (5 of my 20 cousins have that as a mid­dle name and my dad does too) plus she loved her friend’s name which was Ky. Just Ky. So she was smart enough to com­bine the too to get Kylee. But now there are a bunch of lit­tle Kylie’s run­ning around and I’m stuck with this now com­mon name. (which I still love) But I love the unique spelling. But the only oth­er Kylee I have met had the mid­dle name Jean too so I guess my name isn’t as uncom­mon as I once thought it was…

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      with the preg­nan­cy spell Dr.Ukaka did for me, i was able to con­ceive with­in 4weeks, after he cast the preg­nan­cy spell for me he told me that i will have to sleep with my part­ner so that i can put the spell to work. after i have slept with my hus­band i became preg­nant 4week let­ter, when i went for my preg­nan­cy check up the Doc con­firm that i am a week preg­nant. with this great priv­i­lege i want to thank Dr.Ukaka and i will also rec­om­mend him to oth­ers that need help to con­ceive to con­tact him via his email address freedomlovespell@hotmail.com to those who seek his great help.

  • my_name42

    You may say those names are Bor­ing names. my name is emilee. And emily/emilee ect… is a very pop­u­lar name. in 1999 it was the #1 most pop­u­lar name.and has been in the top 10 for years. this might be your opin­ion on the­se names but don’t go try­ing to make them facts. i have done alot of research on the­se names and they are very pop­u­lar. i am flat­tered that alot of peo­ple have that name. it is a TIMELESS name, not just trendy,but it fits in every­where! And there are alot of ways to make it a unique name. Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean no one else should. stand­ing up for my name…

    • Purple22448

      I like that name! By the way, you should check spelling and punc­tu­a­tion errors. You need to cap­i­tal­ize your sen­tences and “alot’ isn’t a word. It’s two sim­ple words. “A lot”

  • Pam_huff

    Dorothy?   Eh!  My mid­dle name is Dorothea.….mucho bet­ter!

  • Brittanyleean69

    my daughter’s name is Elis­sa, (: 

    • snowflake013

      My name is Alis­sa, I don’t mind it but peo­ple nev­er spell it right, Birth­day cards from my grand­par­ents were always fun­ny because every year they spelled it dif­fer­ent­ly. 

  • Kat­lyn Mck­in­ney

    hi im kat­lyn, my dad said he was going for an un pop­uar name, but resent­ly there’s been bunch­es of kait­lyns, caitlins, and kaitlin’s, and every­bodys been call­ing me Cat-lyn instead of kat­lyn.    The name’s I’ve cho­sen for my kids are:
    Sky­lar Renee (Skii, prou­nounced Ski as in sking)
    Jas­min Jenee  (Jayza pro­nounced Jay-za)
    Andrew Alexan­der (Andy for short) 

    • Umm­m­mm, I think you spelled ski­ing wrong. You spelled it with one I instead of two. Ski­ing

  • Shantare­Bai­ley

    who out there can name a new baby girl using the name JOHN WILLIE

  • Bee­ban­na:)

    Yay! my name is Anna and my sis­ter is called Eva! unique 🙂

  • Don­na

    Um… but the apos­tro­ph­es in your title are incor­rect. An apos­tro­phe with a name indi­cates pos­ses­sion or a con­trac­tion. Emily’s means “Emi­ly is” or some­thing like “that’s Emily’s pen.” For reg­u­lar plu­rals, you need no apos­tro­phe. Your title should be:

    Unpop­u­lar Baby Names: Avoid­ing the Jacobs, Emilys and Madis­ons

    Inter­est­ing arti­cle, though. Just those apos­tro­ph­es that appear here and there with the names both­er me a bit.
     

    • Don­na: cor­rect!, and thank you very much for point­ing this out. You can tell that in 2005 I was between edit­ing jobs and so not obsessive-compulsive about look­ing up all rules in Chicago Man­u­al of Style (rule 7.8 in the cur­rent 16th edi­tion). Now that I’m back work­ing as a pro­fes­sion­al edi­tor I cringe at the error. Luck­i­ly the inter­net is for­giv­ing and the offend­ing apos­tro­ph­es are gone with a few clicks of a mouse!

  • Be1983

    Fan­tas­tic, my sons name is also Theodore but he was near­ly Wal­ter.

  • Andral

    My name is unpop­u­lar. It’s Andral. I love the name Tris­tan for a boy

  • The high fre­quen­cy of both the name Wyatt as well as Mason I find pecu­liar­ly Amer­i­can. What is it about the­se two names? Any ideas?

    • Kir­i­ly

      My cousin’s son in named Wyatt, he’s near­ly a year old. Where he lives in Syd­ney it is cer­tain­ly not com­mon. He has one Amer­i­can and one Aus­tralian par­ent. I have since met anoth­er infant Wyatt- may­be it’s on its way to pop­u­lar­i­ty in Aus?

  • Sug­ar­TomAp­pleRoger .

    My favorite name for a boy is Lud­wig, as Beethoven is cool. 

  • pdid­dy

    I love Stel­la, it has my moms name Ella in it, which peo­ple have gone crazy nam­ing girls ella lol and i love my name Patreese pro­nounced Patrice and i love Trish or Trisha

  • Norah Her­bert

    My name is Norah Kath­leen .…nei­ther are mod­ern and nei­ther are pop­u­lar, not when I was born and still not 64 years lat­er, although I can­not help my sur­name of Her­bert. I used to hate my first name when I was a child and a teenager but I’ve only ever met 2 oth­er wom­en with my name but they were Nora, so def­i­nite­ly uncom­mon names.

  • amy mahoney

    when i have chil­dren; the will be named… (boys… Klarke Aaron…Edward Scott…Carter Michael);; (girls… Lina Elaine…Bethanee Elizabeth…Dana Michelle…);; ((i have a hard­er time com­ing up with girls names than boys;; why is that??…))

  • Isabel­la Grogg

    I love the name Jack…

  • !!! I Sarah Post This Tes­ti­mony Coz Am Preg­nant Thanks To Dr.Ukaka

    with the preg­nan­cy spell Dr.Ukaka did for me, i was able to con­ceive with­in 4weeks, after he cast the preg­nan­cy spell for me he told me that i will have to sleep with my part­ner so that i can put the spell to work. after i have slept with my hus­band i became preg­nant 4week let­ter, when i went for my preg­nan­cy check up the Doc con­firm that i am a week preg­nant. with this great priv­i­lege i want to thank Dr.Ukaka and i will also rec­om­mend him to oth­ers that need help to con­ceive to con­tact him via his email address freedomlovespell@hotmail.com to those who seek his great help.