Anna Gragert
March 23, 2016 4:14 pm
Walt Disney Pictures

It’s no secret that celebrities have a knack for choosing the most unusual baby names they can get their hands on. However, they’re not the only ones who like to have a bit of fun when playing the name game! After all, it’s not like celebs have a patent or anything on strange baby names. (Or at least, not that we know of.)

To figure out exactly how uncommon baby names can get, we did a bit of digging to see what a select few parents have decided to name their offspring. Sadly, the Social Security Administration has not updated their official list for 2015 as of right now, but a recent survey was conducted by the US-based site BabyCenter. They reached out to over 340,000 in 2015 for their data and came up with names given to at least three babies born last year. Considering that about 4 million babies are born in the United States, on a yearly basis, we’re going to say that these names are pretty atypical.

Rare Names for Baby Girls

  • Alabama (11 Alabama baby girls roamed the Earth in 2014 – though maybe not in that exact state)
  • Arantxa
  • Atlas (might be named after the Titan god of endurance/astronomy?)
  • Bentlee
  • Chichi
  • Diem
  • Drishti (after the yoga-based, gazing technique?)
  • Esma
  • Fenella
  • Frooti (must be a 2015 trend because no babies were named this in 2014)
  • Greenlee
  • Harmonee
  • Heavenly
  • Hephzibah
  • Honey
  • Huxley (maybe their parents are fans of Brave New World?)
  • Idalia
  • Indigo
  • Jazz (12 newborns had this name on their birth certificate in 2014)
  • Kansas
  • Katana (also the name of a Japanese sword)
  • Kizzy
  • Larkyn
  • Lyrik
  • Madonna
  • Mafalda (possible inspiration: Mafalda is an Argentine comic strip about a 6-year-old girl)
  • Messiah
  • Monet (35 Monet babies were perhaps named after an iconic painter in 2014)
  • Moxie
  • Neveah
  • Novalie
  • Nyx (either the makeup brand or the Greek goddess of the night)
  • Perpetua
  • Primrose (Everdeen?)
  • Psalm
  • Rogue
  • Sailor (Wow – 198 babies received this name in 2014)
  • September
  • Storm
  • Story
  • Sunshine
  • Swayze (fans of Dirty Dancing?)
  • Tate
  • Trixie
  • Tulip (there were 9 human Tulip babies in 2014)
  • Twinkle
  • Valkyrie
  • Zane (still mourning the One Direction breakup, but with a slightly different spelling?)
  • Zi
  • Zowie

Rare Names for Baby Boys

  • Abbott
  • Apollo
  • Armani (#fashion)
  • Aristotle
  • Arrow (there were 58 baby Arrows walking around in 2014)
  • Blade
  • Bobo
  • Braxten (super rare – many naming sites don’t even list a meaning for this one)
  • Brix
  • Cater
  • Cedar
  • Chap
  • Chet
  • D’Artagnan (from The Three Musketeers? Maybe?)
  • Dex
  • Eustace (seven 2014 babies sported this moniker)
  • Everest
  • Ferris (Bueller?)
  • Fischer
  • Fraser
  • Fulton
  • Gryffin
  • Hannes (this name was bestowed upon only 5 babies in 2014)
  • Heston
  • Inigo (“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”)
  • Jansen
  • Janus
  • Jaeger
  • Jedi
  • Kael
  • Kirk
  • Krithik (19 baby boys in 2014 were ahead of their time)
  • Miggy
  • Mir
  • Oden
  • Orson
  • Paxon
  • Pi (suggested nickname: 3.14159265359…)
  • Quest
  • Remi
  • Rockwell
  • Rusty
  • Scout (only 54 babies in 2014 had this name)
  • Sylar
  • Tergel
  • Wael
  • Werner
  • West (Kanye? North?)
  • Xzander
  • Zyan (only 49 babies were given this name in 2014 and the rareness lives on)
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