Rare ‘F’ Names

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‘F’ is an uncommon letter for baby names.  Indeed, I’ve managed to fit girls’ and boys’ names into just one post!

As always, the data for this post comes from the Social Security Administration, which publishes information on American baby names that have been used at least 5 times in a given year.  All the names below fell somewhere below the top 1000 last year (2016).

Girls:

  • 100-246 babies: Florence, Fallon, Flora, Freyja, Faigy
  • 50-99: Fatoumata, Fabiola, Fern, Fiorella, Flor, Francine, Faiga, Farida, Fabiana
  • 25-49: Felicia, Frieda, Fatou, Fraidy, Fanta, Faiza, Fatuma, Faithlynn, Fae, Fanny, Fajr, Filomena, Freedom
  • 10-24: Faustina, Forever, Favor, Fiora, Flavia, Fia, Fradel, Fawn, Faelyn, Frimet, Florencia, Farhiya, Fable, Fariha, Fatiha, Fatimazahra, Fleur, Farzona, Federica, Fortune, Fairy, Fenna, Fionnuala, Firdaus, Fiza, Flannery
  • 5-9: Fariza, Faryal, Folasade, Frimmy, Fancy, Fenet, Fahima, Fairen, Faithful, Fantasia, Farheen, Fate, Fauna, Feather, Fiyinfoluwa, Furiosa, Faraday, Fatimatou, Faven, Felicitas, Finely, Francina, Franziska, Fabiha, Fadeelah, Fadia, Fartun, Faustine, Fayrouz, Fe, Fedora, Femi, Flourish, Flower, Fotini, Francia, Franklynn, Frederica

Boys:

  • 100-186 babies: Finnian, Forest, Finnick, Floyd
  • 50-99: Fidel, Fitzgerald, Flint, Faisal, Fabio, Farhan, Farhad, Fritz
  • 25-49: Ferris, Fulton, Fitz, Fausto, Flavio, Fabrizio, Ferdinand, Fenton, Freeman, Fionn, Fintan
  • 10-24: Falcon, Future, Faustino, Franz, Fergus, Florian, Fawaz, Fin, Feliciano, Filiberto, Fishel, Francois, Fuad, Florentino, Faheem, Fielding, Farouk, Friedrich, Fields, Fadi, Farrell, Fitzpatrick
  • 5-9: Florencio, Franciszek, Fortino, Faolan, Fawkes, Fenris, Field, Fielder, Finch, Fitzwilliam, Flash, Froilan, Fabrice, Felton, Fidencio, Fowler, Fuller, Faraj, Faustin, Fender, Feynman, Fionnlagh, Folarin, Fordham, Frasier, Frey, Furious, Fayden, Fennec, Fenrir, Finbar, Forrester, Fortunato, Fraser, Frost

What do you think of these?  Do you have a favorite ‘F’ name?

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Rare ‘E’ Names for Boys

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A week ago I expressed my adoration towards ‘E’ names for girls.  Honestly though, the boys’ names are pretty cool too!  Among other things, the letter ‘E’ gives us an awesome selection of hardcore Bible names like Elimelech and nearly forgotten Old English favorites like Egbert!

As usual, the data for these names comes from the Social Security Administration, which releases a set of baby names every year that were given to 5 or more children in the U.S.  The names below weren’t quite popular enough to be in the top 1000, but were still common enough to chart.  The order of names in this post descends from most popular to rarest.  I’ve color-coded the mostly or entirely masculine names blue, and names with significant unisex usage purple.

  • 150-202 baby boys: Edmund, Elvis, Elmer
  • 100-149: Everest, Eliam, Elon, Ewan, Ever, Eleazar, Ender, Eliel, Emil, Elan, Emir, Elvin, Evander, Earl, Elam
  • 50-99: Eyad, Ellison, Ezio, Egypt, Emrys, Eros, Eldon, Esdras, Eben, Elton, Eoin, Evans, Elio
  • 25-49: Elwood, Esau, Eliab, Ellington, Ethaniel, Edric, Everson, Ebenezer, Elder, Enos, Essa, Eamonn, Elimelech, Eh, Ernie, Enrico, Escher, Eero, Eliud, Erasmo, Errol
  • 10-24: Exodus, Elnathan, Emeric, Egan, Elihu, Eoghan, Elbert, Evangelos, Ericson, Eber, Even, Epic, Ezequias, Elchonon, Eliakim, Eligio, Eusebio, Everton, Earvin, Eissa, Eon, Evaristo, Ezekiah
  • 7-9: Edsel, Enzio, Esmond, Estuardo, Evelio, Exton, Edilberto, Espn, Eustace, Eyoab, Eyosias, Eaton, Ebrima, Ebubechukwu, Edel, Eito, Elber, Elisey, Elrey, Eno, Ether
  • 6: Early, Edenilson, Eiji, Eiven, Ekamveer, Eldridge, Eleftherios, Eleuterio, Elhadj, Elienai, Emeterio, Emilian, Erioluwa, Ernst, Essam, Essex, Eton, Exander, Ezekias
  • 5: Eberardo, Eddiel, Egbert, Einar, Eldad, Eldric, Elishua, Eljay, Elohim, Emigdio, Emperor, En, Engels, England, Enver, Erling, Eryx, Eshwar, Exiquio, Ezell

What are your favorites?  Let me know in the comments!

Rare ‘E’ Names for Girls

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The letter ‘E’ provides us with some of the prettiest girls’ names imaginable.  I might be slightly biased because my name’s Elizabeth.  Anyway, while the top of the charts currently boast such lovelies as Emma and Evelyn, don’t forget the gems below the top 1000!  Emeraude, anyone?

Below is a selection of rare ‘E’ names given to baby girls in 2016.  As always, the data is from the Social Security Administration, which publishes all baby names in the U.S. down to 5 uses (with extremely few exceptions).  The rarest names will be towards the bottom of the page. 

  • 200-257 baby girls: Etta, Egypt, Elodie, Emerald, Evelina
  • 150-199: Emberly, Ellery, Eisley, Elinor, Evangelina, Elissa, Emiliana, Eleni, Eunice
  • 100-149: Edie, Estefany, Essence, Emberlynn, Estefania, Eiza, Emoni, Echo
  • 50-99: Empress, Elowen, Ever, Edna, Eliora, Eternity, Ellington, Eowyn, Eris, Ensley, Evolet, Emmylou, Elif, Eloisa, Effie, Ebony, Elisheva, Elvira, Emmanuella, Esmee, Eimy, Embry, Eshaal, Elanor, Elara, Emsley, Elva, Emmanuelle, Eveline
  • 25-49: Eviana, Everest, Eldana, Elanie, Eleonora, Eevee, Elizabella, Esty, Eulalia, Ena, Eugenia, Elida, Essie, Enya, Envy, Emiko, Era, Ekaterina, Edelyn, Elienai, Eh, Ellowyn, Elizaveta, Elma, Ethel, Evaluna
  • 10-24: Evangelia, Evany, Etty, Erykah, Elektra, Elka, Elona, Eda, Elaysia, Elnora, Emmalise, Enrys, England, Efrata, Elspeth, Elaf, Elan, Eleonore, Elisabet, Ellanie, Eretria, Espen, Evanie, Edelynn, Elvie, Eniola, Estee, Estrellita, Eilish, Ekam, Emnet, Enid, Evita, Edlyn, Eilis, Elizabelle, Enola, Erandy, Evony, Eirene, Epiphany, Evergreen, Ebba, Edythe, Eirini, Elisabetta, Emmabelle, Eralynn, Erma, Ernestine, Espyn, Edeline, Eilidh, Elea, Electra, Elianys, Eliz, Ellasandra, Elsey, Elyzabeth, Enedina, Eshana, Ebunoluwa, Elania, Elda, Elisheba, Elita, Ellawyn, Elmina, Eneida, Enza, Ernestina, Evalise, Ewa
  • 8-9: Edina, Eline, Elizandra, Elke, Elsbeth, Elvina, Emjay, Emlynn, Emuna, Enora, Eshani, Eudora, Evania, Eastlyn, Edwina, Eisha, Elayjah, Elba, Eleftheria, Elham, Elodia, Elynor, Emilina, Emira, Ephrata, Erie, Erioluwa, Erva, Espn, Ettie, Evin
  • 7: Edda, Eibhleann, Eider, Elanora, Electa, Elen, Eliska, Elizabethann, Eloni, Elzie, Emmary, Erendira, Ersheen, Esbeydi, Esosa, Eugenie, Eunique, Evian, Exodus
  • 6: Ebelin, Ebenezer, Edaline, Edelweiss, Edom, Eduarda, Effy, Eibhlin, Eimaan, Ekamjot, Eknoor, Elna, Emese, Emmerly, Enessa, Enma, Epic, Eponine, Erna, Esbeidy, Esmarie, Eula, Evangely, Ewaoluwa, Ezinne
  • 5: Eabha, Earth, Edessa, Elcie, Eldora, Eleri, Elita, Elisama, Elisiana, Ellice, Elmira, Elowynn, Elsiemae, Elston, Emagene, Emera, Emeraude, Emmelina, Enijah, Eona, Estes, Estreya, Ettel, Etti, Euphemia, Evalisse, Evona, Ewelina, Excel, Eylul, Ezichi

I’ve always loved the dusty Victorian ladies like Euphemia and Edwina, but I also appreciate many of the more modern options like Elowen and EvoletI’m still not sure how I should feel about Espn, though…it’s literally ESPN, the name!

What are your favorites?  Do you have any thoughts about particular names?  Let me know in the comments!

Rare ‘D’ Names for Boys

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Happy November!  Has the Halloween candy coma ended yet, or has it just started? 

I’ve been working on several interesting name-related projects in the past few days.  I needed a break from one in particular, and in the midst of researching/analyzing I realized I hadn’t written any posts for this series in over a month!  I published the list of Rare ‘D’ Names for Girls on September 27th and was subsequently sidetracked.  So, here we are.

These are just some of the rare names given to baby boys in the U.S. in 2016, according to Social Security Administration data!

  • 150-199 boys: Decker, Danilo, Davin, Denzel, Dale, Deegan, Dhruv
  • 100-149: Dashiell, Diesel, Dov, Dev, Denim, Duane, Donnie
  • 50-99: Dwight, Dashawn, Dewayne, Drayden, Devante, Dixon, Dempsey, Darin, Daquan, Deanthony, Dmitri, Dyson, Dallin, Dietrich, Dresden, Domingo, Domenico
  • 25-49: Daylin, Devlin, Damarcus, Daksh, Delano, Dex, Didier, Denton, Divine, Dutch, Demarius, Daemon, Delvin, Donta, Dino, Draco, Dusty, Doc, Dontavious, Demetrio, Dillion, Denny, Devonta, Donato, Davidson, Dez, Deckard, Donatello, Delmar, Dolan, Dartagnan, Dimas
  • 10-24: Denali, Dirk, Dodge, Dajon, Delon, Dade, Dathan, Dierks, Delbert, Diago, Dj, Dillinger, Dre, Dinero, Darby, Davaughn, Damon, Dastan, Davinci, Dawood, Dewey, Djibril, Dublin, Deng, Dagmawi, Dagoberto, Dedric, Devereaux, Dijon, Doran, Dace, Davy, Delfino, Devine, Draper, Del, Deniro, Dezi, Dudley, Duran, Dacian, Daking, Darek, Delsin, Dominion, Dreux, Daimon, Daman, Daniele, Davide, Daxter, Delorean,* Deo, Desiderio, Destry, Diamante, Dodger, Doyle
  • 9: Daivik, Damiano, Danger, Danner, Dansby, Davison, Dayceon, Demba, Dequincy, Dermot, Desire, Deston, Diallo, Divyansh, Dom, Dominico, Dream, Dugan, Durham
  • 7-8: Dago, Dajour, Dak, Darrow, Dasani, Dayquan, Deejay, Denley, Dian, Diem, Dieter, Django, Draken, Draymond, Dwij, Dyce, Dal, Dalessandro, Damoney, Danish, Daquarius, Darcy, Dejohn, Delontay, Denarius, Deuce, Dickson, Douglass, Drexel
  • 6: Daewon, Dah, Daiki, Damichael, Damont, Danzig, Daoud, December, Denson, Derry, Dhani, Dilraj, Dipson, Donathon, Draylen, Duc, Dune, Dupree
  • 5: Dalian, Damaso, Danieljames, Dannon, Davidjames, Davidmichael, Dayshaun, Decarlo, Dee, Dekayden, Delance, Delmer, Deluca, Delwin, Destined, Dewitt, Dextin, Dheeraj, Dionysus, Dock, Donal, Dorsey, Drago, Drexler, Drizzt

*Yes, Delorean as in the car from Back to the Future! 🙂

Thoughts about any of these names?  Favorites?  Let me know in the comments!

 

Favorite ‘O’ Names

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 10.39.35 PMAlthough I don’t have an Instagram, I’m going to try and participate in the October Name Challenge (created by fellow name enthusiast Alexia Mae) via Twitter!  Some days I’ll write entire blog posts surrounding the challenges, and other days I may simply tweet relevant thoughts!

The October 1st challenge is “Favorite ‘O’ Names!”  I rarely discuss my actual favorite names on this site, so this is a good starting point.  My tastes vary, but my very favorite names can often be described as ancient, old-fashioned, and/or elegant.  Harry Potter and Jane Austen have been massive influences on my naming preferences, along with Greek and Roman Myth.

Boys:

  • Otto – #527
  • Odo – doesn’t chart.  You can read more about this name here.
  • Octavius – 51 boys in 2016
  • Orson – 90 boys.  Can’t help but think of Orson Welles!
  • Orlando – #620

I also appreciate names like Oliver, Octavian, Odysseus, Odoacer, Odalric, and Obadiah.

Girls:

  • Ottoline – doesn’t chart, though she really should!  Very distinguished, and she’d fit in with popular -line names like Adeline and Emmeline!
  • Octavia – 255 girls in 2016.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Octavia reaches the top 1000 in 2017!
  • Oona – 109 girls.  I think of Oona Chaplin. 
  • Ophelia – #580
  • Oenone – doesn’t chart.  Oenone is an Ancient Greek name that derives from the word for “wine.”  The thing is: I don’t actually know how to pronounce this.  It takes 3 syllables, but does one say ee-no-nee or oh-no-nee?

Other feminine ‘O’ names I really like are Ottilie, Olivia, Olive, Opal, and Octaviana.

What are your favorite ‘O’ names?

Rare ‘D’ Names for Girls

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Looking through currently-rare ‘D’ names has been a real treat … so many Indian girls’ names!  Divya, Deeksha, and all the others I saw are positively gorgeous. 

As usual, I’m looking at names that were used in the U.S. last year, but not often enough to register within the top 1000.  The data I use is publicly available via the Social Security Administration.

  • 200-254 baby girls named: Dixie, Della, Diya, Diamond, Drew, Denise
  • 150-199: Darcy, Darla, Delia, Denver, Dariana, Dior, Damaris
  • 100-149: Dream, Darby, Donna, Doris, Dora, Desire, Deja, Daenerys
  • 50-99: Daria, Deasia, Divine, Dasha, Dawn, Dayanara, Dailyn, Denali, Denim, Devon, Danae, Diem, Dinah, Dynasty, Dolores
  • 25-49: Divya, Delphine, Divina, Divinity, Dorothea, Dolly, Dua, Delta, Dagny, Devany, Dottie, Demetria, December, Dulcemaria, Dhriti, Doreen, Dreya, Danitza, Darling, Dima, Dorcas, Dalexa, Deetya
  • 15-24: Dempsey, Damiana, Darielle, Domenica, Davida, Deirdre, Dilara, Dove, Dasani, Dawt, Dhruvi, Devika, Dovie, Devi, Dionne, Diva
  • 10-14: Dakayla, Damaria, Darielys, Davia, Dhwani, Dim,* Divisha, Dominga, Duchess, Dusty, Dacey, Dalani, Dalari, Dariella, Dash, Daylee, Daytona, Demetra, Deyanira, Dhanvi, Dhanya, Dmya, Donatella, Dreama, Dutchess, Dally, Dayleen, Dacia, Dalal, Darleth, Dashly, Deeksha, Deem, Destine, Diamonique, Draizy, Danahe, Dari, Despina, Devanshi, Dharma, Diora, Dniyah
  • 8-9: Daisymae, Damara, Deepika, Delancey, Delmy, Delphia, Deva, Dhara, Dominica, Drishya, Danette, Danila, Debby, Deryn, Dessie, Devaeh, Dhyani, Dianelys, Domino, Dona, Dulcinea, Dunia, Durrani
  • 7: Dale, Dalida, Daveigh, Day, Dejanae, Delphina, Demri, Denna, Desmarie, Devoiry, Diandra, Diara, Digna, Disney, Dnyla, Drishti, Dublin, Duha, Dulcie
  • 6: Dabney, Daily, Damilola, Danaysha, Daneen, Danielys, Darinka, Dava, Deangela, Denisa, Dhruthi, Dilcia, Dmitra, Divleen, Divyanshi, Djuna, Doha, Dolce, Dory, Drusilla
  • 5: Dah, Danity, Dannielynn, Dashayla, Dax, Dazzlyn, Dearie, Delania, Demilade, Desta, Destina, Dhatri, Djenabou, Doria, Drina, Duru, Dyna

*Dim is unfortunate; I wonder if it and Deem are transliterations of the same name? 

What do you think of these names?  Let me know in the comments, and stay tuned for the boys’ names!

Rare ‘C’ Names for Boys

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Here are some rare ‘C’ names for boys used in 2016!  I posted the girls’ list a few days ago…and although there were more girls’ names for me to sort through, the boys’ names were harder to narrow down.  To keep these lists at a reasonable length, I try to select only the most interesting rare names for you to think about.  My problem is that they’re all interesting! 

All the names below belong to baby boys born in the U.S. last year.  The blue-coded names were used overwhelmingly for boys, while the purple-coded names are unisex (within my parameters; 90% usage or less for one gender and 10% or more for the other).

  • 150-201 boys named: Chevy, Colson, Cillian, Cormac, Cortez, Caspian, Cian, Caius
  • 100-149: Cristobal, Coy, Carver, Cashton, Canyon, Carmine, Calder, Coby, CallahanCourtney, Constantine, Cecil
  • 50-99: Chancellor, Clifton, Canon, Clive, Casper, Caesar, Chester, Conley, Carmello, Chayton, Conan, Carsten, Ciaran, Croix, Charleston, Conway, Colston, Clarke, Crawford, Claude, Clement
  • 25-49: Charbel, Christos, Collier, Creighton, Cavan, Crimson, Cove, Conall, Corwin, Carlin, Carlisle, Cassiel, Champ, Cage, Carlito, Coda, Copeland, Courtland, Cutler, Cary, Chauncey, Christ, Cutter, Claudio, Captain, Chosen, Cloud, Curren, Caedmon, Copper, Cashmere, Casimir, Castor, Chapman, Chidubem, Colm, Creek, Cross, Can, Canton, Champion, Caliber, Calix, Chesky, Cache, Celso, Cheskel, Corinthian
  • 15-24: Caelum, Coulter, Cuyler, Cleveland, Cecilio, Calloway, Cheikh, Conlan, Cosmo, Cayman, Creedence, Carlson, Caspar, Cassian, Cliff, Crixus, Cruzito, Carder, Chukwuemeka, Coltrane, Colvin, Cotton, Cato, Chief, Cinch, Camillo, Celestino, Chip, Calogero, Castle, Che, Chevelle, Clancy, Corbett, Courage, Crispin, Cuauhtemoc
  • 10-14: Calixto, Cartel, Charlton, Coal, Cyprian, Chan, Cobain, Curry, Cesare, Chatham, Cisco, Cordarius, Cruise, Caio, Cambridge, Candido, Chadrick, Chavez, Cordero, Crockett, Czar, Camp, Carroll, Chetan, Cope, Cyprus
  • 8-9: Candelario, Carmichael, Cephas, Chamberlain, Corion, Coyote, Crowley, Cung, Calcifer, Calhoun, Catcher, Cheveyo, Chigozie, Claiborne, Clovis, Constantinos
  • 7: Cabot, Caillou, Cameo, Cavalli, Chiedozie, Chipper, Chiron, Cipriano, Columbus, Corrado, Corvus, Craven
  • 6: Calvary, Calvert, Cavanaugh, Charming, Church, Cletus, Clever, Compton, Connolly, Cosimo, Crown, Cypher
  • 5: Caffrey, Caldwell, Caliph, Calixtro, Calyx, Camper, Candler, Carbon, Chanson, Chaplin, Chenyu, Chimaobim, Chirag, Chisum, Choice, Chrisander, Coast, Colburn, Corny, Cosmas, Coven, Crusoe

Thoughts/Notes:

  • Carroll only appears as a boys’ name in last year’s data.
  • Although the word “chipper” can mean “cheerful,” as a name Chipper just makes me think of that scene in Fargo.  Yikes!  
  • Chanson means “song” in French.  A little surprising that it appears as a boys’ name, but the primary association is possibly La Chanson de Roland (The Song of Roland).
  • Cavalli means “horses” in Italian.  Not “horse,” but “horses.”  Should make travel quite interesting.
  • Craven is another word for “cowardly.”  It’s an odd, unusable name even by my standards.

What do you think?  Do you have any favorites?  Least-favorites?  Let me know in the comments! 

Rare ‘C’ Names for Girls

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Here is an eclectic list of rare girls’ names used in 2016 that begin with the letter C!  Unfortunately I can’t include *every* single rare ‘C’ name (that would be an extremely long list), but I’ve tried to spotlight the most interesting ones.  These names can be found in publicly-available Social Security Administration birth data; the numbers you see below indicate how many baby girls received these names last year.

  • 150-257: Cordelia, Cambria, Campbell, Coral, Charity, Cecily, Christiana, Clover, Coralie, Chevelle, Calla, Charleston, Cielo, Constance
  • 100-149: Carmella, Cleo, Carrie, Capri, Chiara, Carol, Claira, Carissa, Cosette, Citlali, Chava, Caliyah, Colleen, Candace
  • 50-99: Chesney, Camellia, Caia, Connie, Cheryl, Charis, Christa, Crimson, Chase, Callista, Cassia, Carys, Christy, Coco, Carrington, Charisma, Caliana, Cathy, Cing
  • 25-49: Candy, Cherokee, Constanza, Cypress, Cedar, Cherry, Corinna, Caeli, Carrigan, Cate, Clarity, Cornelia, Cyra, Cosima, Chimamanda, Clarabelle, China, Chrisette, Cree, Chizaram, Celestine, Clio, Cady, Chantal, Chrislynn, Courtlyn, Camry, Charm, Chiamaka, Christabel, Clarisse, Cleopatra, Cyan, Camber, Cecile, Chastity, Copeland
  • 15-24: Celestia, Carlin, Chidera, Celestina, Chioma, Christabella, Calypso, Carmelina, Chapel, Chenoa, Caprice, Cabella, Cana, Carlotta, Carmina, Cicely, Cirilla, Contessa, Cortana
  • 10-14: Carlisle, Catriona, Chante, Charmaine, Consuelo, Candelaria, Cece, Chaney, Connelly, Corabelle, California, Czarina, Caisley, Charla, Cherie, Claudette, Creedence, Caoimhe, Carmelita, Carole, Chidinma, Chikamso, Chrysanthemum, Clary, Clea, Clementina, Copper, Cricket, Caledonia, Chiziterem, Cressida, Cybil
  • 7-9: Callisto, Carrera, Cashmere, Celestial, Chi, Chrisley, Clemence, Coda, Copelynn, Calirose, Carmel, Cartier, Cayenne, Chaise, Caasi, Carolanne, Cassiopeia, Catori, Celie, Chaithra, Channel, Chatham, Christiane, Clarita, Claudine, Coralei, Coretta
  • 6: Calandra, Calirae, Calvary, Cambridge, Caoilinn, Capriana, Carey, Caridad, Cedella, Chaarvi, Chinyere, Chizitere, Chosen, Christabelle, Clarabella, Cniyah, Comfort, Corazon, Crosley
  • 5: Caci, Calais, Caldonia, Caliber, Calixta, Calyx, Cambriella, Cameo, Caoilainn, Carabella, Caragh, Carmilla, Ceridwen, Cerise, Cevilla, Chaela, Chenxi, Cherith, Chiamanda, Chierika, Chimamaka, Chinenye, Chisimdi, Chumy, Cicilia, Cindel, Cipriana, Claiborne, Clodagh, Cloris, Corinthia, Coumba, Curie, Cymphony, Cyrene

Thoughts, comments?  Stay tuned for the boys’ list!

Rare ‘B’ Names for Boys

Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 12.05.58 PMHere is my list of interesting rare ‘B’ names for boys!  You can read the girls’ list here.  All these were real baby names in the U.S. last year, according to data from the Social Security Administration.  Remember, just because a name isn’t popular doesn’t mean nobody’s using it! 

When I say a name is ‘interesting,’ I don’t mean that it’s good or bad; merely, that it caught my eye.  I’m far more likely to endorse a name than denounce it, but there are a few names in this list that I think are rather heinous.  If you read all the way to the bottom of the list, you’ll find my commentary.

  • 150-202 usage range: Bishop, Bastian, Bear, Barry, Beck, Bilal, Brenton, Bernard, Boaz, Baker, Broderick, Benedict, Bjorn
  • 100-149: Brogan, Baron, Bowie, Banks, Bronx, Benaiah, Brighton, Brigham, Bailey, Britton
  • 50-99: Boyd, Barron, Braulio, Brant, Benito, Branch, Bane, Bram, Bradford, Basil, Baxter, Booker, Burke, Bradlee, Braven
  • 25-49: Boris, Banner, Baruch, Bauer, Bowman, Beauregard, Brenner, Boe, Bill, Buck, Brando, Bladen, Breccan, Bowden, Bashir, Braddock, Brewer, Britain, Blade, Brave, Bladimir, Buddy, Boubacar, Bakari, Becker, Bruin, Burton
  • 15-24: Bosco, Blessing, Blue, Bogdan, Banyan, Brazos, Berl, Bernie, Bray, Barack, Boy, Bao, Bravery, Buckley, Bartholomew, Barton, Bless, Bora, Brockton, Bannon, Baraka, Barrington, Bohannon, Bryn, Benuel
  • 10-14: Baden, Bader, Bentzion, Bert, Boss, Baldemar, Balian, Barnabas, Bingham, Bob, Boyce, Bran, Breyer, Brick, Buster, Baylon, Bento, Biruk, Bolton, Bond, Boomer, Bow, Battal, Behruz, Benigno, Bertrand, Birch, Blessed, Bowe, Breaker, Brigg, Balthazar, Baxley, Beaumont, Bernabe, Berry, Betzalel, Bexton, Bijan, Bretton, Brighten, Briton, Bud, Burhan
  • 5-9: Basel, Bhargav, Bhavik, Borja, Boyan, Bryshere, Bach, Bates, Bay, Benoit, Benz, Beowulf, Bhuvan, Bonham, Brazen, Breeze, Brink, Babyboy, Balin, Bankston, Barney, Barren, Basilio, Bautista, Benning, Beorn, Bolin, Bonifacio, Boyer, Bright, Baldwin, Balraj, Barnaby, Bartolo, Bashar, Bela, Benno, Bertram, Biagio, Biel, Bocephus, Brahms, Breton, Browning, Burns, Baby, Badi, Baird, Barclay, Barnes, Bart, Bb, Beasley, Bernardino, Bezaleel, Bhavesh, Blanton, Bomani, Brace, Brand, Bravo, Brockman, Brolin, Bromley, Buchanan, Buford, Burley, Burnell, Butch

Comments:

  • I would like to point out the terrible irony of naming a baby “Barren.”
  • Who else saw a horror flick called The Boy last year?  6 boys were named Brahms in 2016, probably because of that movie.  In The Boy, an American woman moves to England to be the nanny/governess for a boy named Brahms, whom she discovers is actually a very creepy doll.  Another possibility is that the rise of a similar rare name, Brahm, gave Brahms a boost.*
  • Speaking of composers, Bach returned to the data in 2016.  Composers!
  • I wonder if any of the boys named Bond have James for a middle name.  Somehow, “Bond – Bond James” doesn’t sound as effective as “Bond – James Bond.”
  • As a name writer, two things I try to avoid are politics (not that kind of blog) and name-bashing.  That said; parents, stop naming your kids Bannon!  I shouldn’t even have to explain that racists are terrible namesakes.
  • Also avoid using Benito and Bashar since they’re the first names of dictators.

What do you think?  Do you have any other strong associations with some of these names?  Let me know in the comments!  

*For the record, I don’t think Brahms, Brahm, Bach, and Bond are necessarily bad baby names like the others I commented on, but they evoked strong mental images.  Brahms is probably an obscure reference, anyway.

Rare ‘B’ Names For Girls

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In the U.S., there were close to 3,000 rare ‘A’ names for girls in 2016.  ‘B’ boasts only around 600.  This time, it means I can fit all the interesting ones into just one post of reasonable length!  Still, I couldn’t get the list as short as I’d have liked.  With fewer unusual names to comb through, everything is that much more interesting!  Or, maybe ‘B’ is better because every other name doesn’t feel like a variation of Adelyn…I digress.

Here is my selection of rare ‘B’ names for girls!  They are listed from most common to least common (in 2016) according to data from the Social Security Administration.  

  • 150-250 usage range: Bellamy, Baylor, Beatrix, Blessing, Belinda, Betty, Blythe, Beverly
  • 50-149: Bernadette, Blanca, Berkeley, Betsy, Brighton, Billie, Brigitte, Berenice, Brissa, Birdie, Brandy, Bethel, Batsheva, Berlin, Bowie, Brie, Bracha, Briseida, Becca, Briseis, Beautiful, Blima, Bernice, Bronwyn
  • 25-49: Bea, Bexlee, Becky, Bayan, Britta, Bliss, Blossom, Beth, Brayla, Bradleigh, Bushra, Basya, Brenna, Bertha, Bay, Bobbie, Betsabe, Betsaida, Blimy, Brienne, Blessyn, Barbie, Basma, Bintou, Bo, Briasia, Bahar, Brianda, Bindi, Brexley, Britain
  • 15-24: Bellatrix,* Breeze, Brecklynn, Basil, Belladonna, Brazil, Beretta, Blen, Brocha, Baker, Baya, Betania, Bonita, Bruchy, Bralyn, Breindy, Briarrose, Bhavya, Bibi, Bluma, Berit, Bethania, Bless, Blue, Brinsley, Beulah, Bina, Bora, Bowen, British
  • 10-14: Bana, Bassy, Benita, Bette, Breezy, Beauty, Bettina, Blaze, Blessed, Bruna, Bemnet, Benelli, Bennie, Bergen, Betselot, Blessings, Baani, Bethlehem, Bijou, Briona, Bellina, Betul, Bronte
  • 9: Baby,** Baxley, Beata, Beautifull, Belia, Believe, Beryl, Bhavika, Bianey, Blanche, Bray, Breslin, Brita, Bronwen
  • 8: Beckley, Belem, Benedicta, Bessie, Bethsaida, Briseidy, Brissia
  • 7: Babygirl,** Bali, BehatiBelize, Bellaluna, Bettie, Beverley, Bexli, Biak, Breck, Breindel, Brice, Brindley, Bronx
  • 6: Bareera, Bawi, Bess, Bethsy, Betzabeth, Beyonce, Bijoux, Biviana, Blessy, Bravery, Breeland, Brilliance, Brindle, Briony, Brynja, Bryony, Byrdie
  • 5: Bahja, Baisley, Bakhita, Bambi, Banner, Basha, Bathsheba, Bayoleth, Bernadine, Berta, Bhakti, Bilan, Bisharo, Bithiah, Blessence, Bleu, Bralee, Braniya, Brees, Bridie, Brightly, Briyith, Burkleigh

*Bellatrix rose from 5 uses in 2015 to 24 uses in 2016.  I assume Cursed Child takes part of the credit, but even within the play, Bellatrix Lestrange had long since died, serving as a mention or genealogical footnote.  If any of you have other ideas why the name Bellatrix jumped last year, please let me know. 

**Baby and Babygirl might not be their actual names so much as birth certificate placeholders for otherwise nameless infants.  That said – if they’re listed with the other names, and SSA doesn’t go out of its way to explain their purpose, I’ll continue noting them as ‘official’ names.  (To be fair, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone actually is named Baby

What do you think of these names?  Any you love, hate, or feel like roasting?  Let me know in the comments!  And stay tuned for the boys’ names!