Choosing the perfect baby name can be fun, but it can also be stressful. Parents may draw on many influences — from pop culture to family history. But in some cases, the desire to name your child with a unique name overrides all other considerations.
You know you have a special name when only a handful of people share that name in any given year. You know you have a really special name, and quite uncommon, when no one else shares the name for decades.
To identify the most uncommon baby names of the last 100 years, 24/7 Tempo reviewed names with the fewest occurrences each year between 1919 and 2019 using data from the Social Security Agency.
Some of the 30 names on the list are uncommon because they were given to boys or girls when they are normally associated with the opposite sex. Several of the most uncommon names are rare spelling variations of better-known names such as Catherine and Sylvester.
Some names are rare and then become popular. The names on this list, however, never even made it to the 1,000 most popular names in the U.S.
And then there are names that were once extremely popular — Ally and Braden, for example — but have lost their luster and are now a rarity. Here are 25 boys and 25 girls names that are disappearing the fastest.
To identify the most uncommon baby names of the last 100 years, 24/7 Tempo reviewed, for every year between 1919 and 2019, names with the fewest occurrences — five are needed for registration in the Social Security Agency’s database. The most uncommon names on our list are those that have been given to newborn babies between five and 25 times in every decade between 1919 and 2019.
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