It wasn’t too long ago that the Social Security Administration released their data on the most popular baby names this year. This kind of information can be helpful and interesting, because it tells us the rising and falling trends. When you see the most popular choices you can stay far, far away from those.
This past year, the top ten in the USA was:
- Jacob Sophia
- Mason Emma
- Ethan Isabella
- Noah Olivia
- William Ava
- Liam Emily
- Jayden Abigail
- Michael Mia
- Alexander Madison
- Aiden Elizabeth
Now, I’ll admit that a few of those are on my own list. For the most part, though, we can look at the top 10, or even the top 100, as a sure sign of what is becoming overdone and what to maybe avoid.
You may in fact enjoy checking out the very bottom of the Top 1000 list. Usually only a couple hundred babies in that year will receive these names, at most.
Okay, only 2 of those are on my list. Hmmm…
But what about those of us who want to avoid the Top 1000?
Here is a sampling of some of the least popular names in 2012. Very few babies received these names, but they were used.
What you see here is a mix of dusted off classics, names from minority languages, kre8tyv spellings of well-known names, “new” compounds, “new” nicknames, and invented names. No matter your style, you are bound to find some names above that are totally usable, and others which are totally unfortunate.
Maybe you prefer something more middle of the road? Say you’re looking for something not near the Top 1000, but not near as… exotic, as the above samples. Try some of these on.