The Rarest Baby Names In The US Might Not Be So Rare After We All Catch Wind Of Them

When naming their kids, expectant parents can take inspiration from a lot of different places, from beloved books and films to their family heritage. If this list of the rarest baby names in the United States is anything to go by, some parents go into the naming process with one condition in mind: Their kids will not have to share names with their classmates. That’s not a bad thing (as anyone who had to go by “Jennifer B.” throughout her entire childhood will tell you). Though the names that make up this list are certainly unusual, many of them are also interesting and even beautiful — and no one can argue that they’re not creative. And, if nothing else, these rare names prove that you don’t have to be a celebrity to give your kid a distinctive moniker.

These unusual baby names come from parenting site BabyCenter, which surveyed more than 340,000 parents in 2015 to identify the most common and the most unusual names of the year. To have made the list, a name had to have been given to at least three babies in 2015. As Anna Gragert at Hello Giggles points out, you can get a sense of the frequency of some of these names by visiting the Social Security Administration website, which has data about how many times a name has been used in any given year between 1880 and 2014. (Fun fact: The most popular U.S. baby name in 1880 was “Mary.”) The SSA doesn’t yet have data available for 2015.

Hit it, unusually-named babies!

Rare Girl’s Names

  • Alabama
  • Arantxa — This Basque name was given to 46 baby girls in 2014.
  • Atlas
  • Bentlee
  • Chichi
  • Diem
  • Drishti
  • Esma
  • Fenella — I actually love this name. How cute would little baby Fen be?
  • Frooti
  • Greenlee
  • Harmonee
  • Heavenly — Apparently, a fair number of parents find their kids angelic; in 2014, over 1,200 babies were named with some variation of “heaven” (“Heaven,” “Heavenly,” “Heavenleigh,” etc).
  • Hephzibah
  • Honey
  • Huxley
  • Idalia
  • Indigo
  • Jazz
  • Kansas — Please tell me that this kid’s favorite lullaby is “Carry On Wayward Son.”
  • Katana
  • Kizzy
  • Larkyn
  • Lyrik
  • Madonna
  • Mafalda
  • Messiah
  • Monet<img src="http://lovelace-media.imgix.net/uploads/638/705ca810-d427-0133-830f-06e18a8a4ae5.gif?w=320"/>
  • Moxie
  • Neveah — Heaven really is a popular theme in baby names. According to Nameberry, “Neveah” is actually a misspelling of “Nevaeh,” which is “heaven” spelled backwards. “Nevaeh” went to more than 4,000 little girls in 2014, while 261 got this alternative spelling.
  • Novalie
  • Nyx
  • PerpetuaSix girls were named for this 3rd-century martyr in 2014.
  • Primrose
  • Psalm
  • Rogue
  • Sailor<img src="http://lovelace-media.imgix.net/uploads/638/67343a30-d42b-0133-f10e-0a6c20e5e327.gif?w=320"/>
  • September
  • Storm
  • Story
  • Sunshine
  • Swayze — Fifty-nine babies, male and female, were named “Swayze” in 2014.<img src="http://lovelace-media.imgix.net/uploads/638/b81a9830-d427-0133-77b2-0e7c926a42af.gif?w=320"/>
  • Tate
  • Trixie
  • Tulip
  • Twinkle
  • Valkyrie
  • Zane
  • Zi
  • Zowie

Rare Names for Baby Boys

  • Abbott
  • Apollo
  • Armani
  • Aristotle
  • Arrow
  • Blade<img src="http://lovelace-media.imgix.net/uploads/638/f4469730-d427-0133-77a9-0e7c926a42af.gif?w=320"/>
  • Bobo
  • Braxten
  • Brix
  • Cater
  • Cedar
  • Chap
  • Chet
  • D’Artagnan
  • Dex
  • Eustace
  • Everest — Eighty boys and 12 girls were named for the Earth’s highest mountain in 2014.
  • Ferris
  • Fischer
  • Fraser
  • Fulton
  • Gryffin
  • Hannes
  • Heston
  • Inigo <img src="http://lovelace-media.imgix.net/uploads/638/69a32000-d42a-0133-a298-0e55e2be01e5.gif?w=320"/>
  • Jansen
  • Janus
  • Jaeger
  • Jedi — I would like to think that the baby Jedi out there all have baby lightsabers.<img src="http://lovelace-media.imgix.net/uploads/638/0b616780-d42a-0133-77a9-0e7c926a42af.gif?w=320"/> In fact, I wish they were all this baby: <img src="http://lovelace-media.imgix.net/uploads/638/0b681000-d42a-0133-8308-06e18a8a4ae5.gif?w=320"/>
  • Kael
  • Kirk
  • Krithik
  • Miggy
  • Mir
  • Oden
  • Orson
  • Paxon
  • Pi — The incomparable Kate Bush has the perfect lullaby for this baby: [Embed]
  • QuestThirty boys got this heroic sounding name in 2014.
  • Remi
  • Rockwell
  • Rusty
  • Scout
  • Sylar — It’s a nice sounding name, but I can’t help thinking of Zachary Quinto being terrifying on Heroes.
  • Tergel
  • Wael
  • Werner
  • West
  • Xzander
  • Zyan

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