Life

These Are The Most Uncommon Baby Names In The U.S.

You can learn a lot about what's going on in the world based on what people are naming their babies.

These Are The Most Uncommon Baby Names In The U.S.
Shutterstock
Updated: 
Originally Published: 

You can learn a lot about what's going on in the world based on what people are naming their babies. For example, after relative obscurity, the name “Khaleesi” was among the 1,000 most popular baby girl names in 2018 thanks to Game of Thrones. The rarest baby names in the U.S. tell an interesting story, from names seeing a small resurgence a century after their initial heyday to names just starting to gain popularity for the first time.

Most of our names are actually pretty unique. Olivia was the most popular girl name in 2019 with 18,451 babies being given the name. Liam, the most popular boy name, was given to 20,502 babies. However, each makes up less than 1% of the over 3.7 million babies born in 2019, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA).

In an effort to find rare and interesting names, parenting site BabyCenter regularly puts together a list of the most unique baby names in the U.S. based on a survey of their users. Their most recent survey from 2019 collected nearly 600,000 names, and their list of unique names includes 100 names each given to fewer than 100 babies in their survey. To further look into the frequency of these uncommon baby names, we’ve used the most recent data from the SSA to see just how many babies were given these rare names. (To be included in the SSA's data, at least five babies must be given the same name with the same spelling.)

Hit it, babies with uncommon names!

Rare Girl Names

Shutterstock
  1. Alexia
  2. Amal: This name has seen an understandable spike in the years since Amal Clooney married Georgy Clooney.
  3. Amelie
  4. Aurelia
  5. Bonnie
  6. Calliope: 406 babies born in 2019 share a name with the greek muse associated with music, poetry, and Disney's Hercules.
  7. Cameron
  8. Carolina
  9. Chanel
  10. Clementine: 420 babies born in 2019 were named for the orange fruit. Just 17 were given the name Apple.
  11. Cleo
  12. Colette
  13. Coraline: Unfortunately, "Wybie" isn't on the SSA's list at all.
  14. Dua: 72 babies were given the name Dua in 2019. And 51 babies were named Lipa.
  15. Edith
  16. Esmeralda
  17. Estella
  18. Faye: The name Faye peaked in popularity in 1934. In 2019, just 413 babies were given the name.
  19. Giana
  20. Greta
  21. Ida
  22. Iman: 108 babies born in 2019 share a name with supermodel Iman, who likely gave a boost to the name in the mid-90s.
  23. Jewel
  24. Joelle
  25. Legacy
  26. Liberty
  27. Livia: while Olivia was the most popular baby name for girls in 2019, just 366 babies were given the abbreviated name Livia.
  28. Mabel
  29. Mallory
  30. Maren
  31. Miley: The name Miley spiked in popularity in 2008, two years after Hannah Montana premiered on Disney Channel.
  32. Miriam
  33. Marlowe
  34. Monroe
  35. Navy: This name is more commonly given to baby girls as just 54 male babies born in 2019 were named Navy.
  36. Nellie
  37. Nori
  38. Palmer
  39. Pearl: The name Pearl peaked in popularity in 1890 as the no. 24 most popular girl's name. In 2019, just 383 babies were given this name.
  40. Persephone
  41. Regina
  42. Rhiannon: 186 babies were given this name which means "great queen." And because I'm sure you were curious, 127 babies born in 2019 share a name with Rihanna.
  43. Roselyn
  44. Samira
  45. Sia: After the 2014 hit single Chandelier, the name Sia saw a significant spike. In 2019, 147 babies were given the name.
  46. Tabitha
  47. Vienna
  48. Waverly: When Wizards of Waverly Place debuted in 2007, just 40 girls were named Waverly. In 2019, 333 babies were given the name.
  49. Winnie
  50. Zoya: A Muslim word meaning loving, 220 babies were named Zoya in 2019.

Rare Boy Names

  1. Alec
  2. Ares: Though more commonly a male name — 486 boys were named Ares in 2019 — 37 girls were also given the name in the same year.
  3. Armando
  4. Armani
  5. Benji: While nearly 13,000 newborn babies in 2019 were named Benjamin, just 76 were named Benji.
  6. Boston
  7. Bruno: Long before Mr. Mars was funking Uptown, the name Bruno peaked in popularity in 1915.
  8. Callum
  9. Case
  10. Cassius
  11. Cesar: According to Baby Center, children named Cesar tend to have siblings named Julian, Angel, and Daniel.
  12. Dalton
  13. Deacon
  14. Dennis
  15. Denver
  16. Drake: Unlike the rapper, 483 babies born in 2019 were given the first name Drake.
  17. Dustin
  18. Edgar
  19. Edwin: This is the more common spelling of the name as 955 babies were named Edwin while just 15 were named Edwyn.
  20. Finnegan
  21. Flynn
  22. Forrest: Gump trumps Whitaker with 582 babies being given the name Forrest in 2019 while 239 have their name spelled with just one 'r'.
  23. Franklin
  24. Gunnar
  25. Hank
  26. Hezekiah: If you're going for biblical names, babies named Hezekiah commonly have siblings named Josiah, Elijah, Nehemiah, Ezekiel, Ezra, or Jeremiah.
  27. Justice
  28. Lachlan
  29. Lance: While there was a teeny bump during the *NSYNC era, the name Lance was most popular in 1970.
  30. Lawrence
  31. Lionel
  32. Louie
  33. Makai
  34. Marcel: Though technically a derivative of Marc which means "warlike," it's hard not to picture a shell with shoes on when you hear the name Marcel.
  35. Moses
  36. Nate
  37. Neil
  38. Onyx: The name Onyx has doubled in popularity among Baby Center users, though it was still just no. 820 on the list of popular boy names.
  39. Quincy
  40. Ray
  41. Remy: The number of Ratatouille stans increased by 732 in 2019 with baby boys sharing a name with the protagonist.
  42. Rocco
  43. Santana
  44. Sincere: 448 boys were named Sincere in 2019. 12 were named Forever, and 20 were named Honest.
  45. Solomon
  46. Sullivan
  47. Tate: Among boys, the name Tate is more common than Tatum.
  48. Tripp
  49. Valentino
  50. Warren: Nearly 1,000 babies were named Warren in 2019 sharing a name with six girls born the same year.

This article was originally published on