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Over 100 Unusual Baby Names That Will Make Your Child Unique

Over 100 Unusual Baby Names That Will Make Your Child Unique

In 1986, I was named after my great-great grandmother. That year, the popularity of the name Emily was on an upswing, and from 1996 – 2007 it was the #1 girl’s name in the United States and has been in the top 10 since 1991. However, I do like to make the case that since I was named after my grandma who was born in the 1800’s, there were fewer than 500 girls a year named Emily before 1880.

Following that same logic, what were some of the least popular baby names 100 years ago? Check out this list to find some of the most unique names from over a century ago that had less than 50 children given that name. And following each name, I have added how many children were given that name in that time. The neutral category consists of names that were found in both lists, OR they are “ironic” names, which fell into the opposite category in which they – hopefully – should have been.

From sifting through hundreds of names, I do have a few observations and questions:

What If you are a fan of  marshmallows?  Then maybe Melton or Mello would be ideal? Or if you are a fan of those awesome Cliff bars, your son would be a daily reminder of your obsession.

For Disney fans there is Gaston, which is quite appropriate if you want your son to turn out to be a macho, gym rat. Or Denzel, if you love you some Washington high intensity action and arse kicking. And there is even Elvis on this list, so you could play dumb and say you were looking at old names and it was at the bottom of the list 100 years ago.

Or you could set your daughter up to be prophetic and poetic by naming her Hildegard, after the 12th century mystic and saint from Germany. Or Hertha? she was a Germanic goddess of fertility as described by the Roman historian Tacitus in the 1st century. Or your son could end up as Einar, from the Old Norse meaning “lone warrior” or Walter, meaning “ruler of the army” he is destined to be a hero. Or if you are the peaceful type Kirby might be the way to go, which means “church settlement” or Elisha, which means in Hebrew “my God is Salvation, or Hezekiah which means “Yahweh strengthens”

And lastly, there are those few names that are so ironic, you are wondering if these parent’s were naive or just plain evil? There is Ransom, that makes me wonder how many of these were single mom’s trying to lure back a loose husband. And Concepcion – because we obviously didn’t know how this baby was made? Or Annis and Ennis, I mean, come on, the name doesn’t even sound pretty.

And then all those poor children that were given names like the song “A Boy Named Sue”, I’m sure those boys named Anna and Rose and girls named Thomas and Harold were spitting screaming all the way through life.

So how unique are you willing to go? Here is a list of over 100 unusual baby names that will make your child unique:

Boys

1. Stanilaus, 32

2. Chalmer, 32

3. Gaston, 32

4. Arch, 33

5. Melton, 33

6. Mello 33

7. Rexford, 34

8. Cliff, 34

9. Alma 34

10. Ardel, 35

11. Hayward 35

12. Verl, 35

13. Einar, 36

14. Ernie, 36

15. Gino, 36

16. Adolf, 37

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17. Angel, 37

18. Ewell, 37

19. Armin, 38

20. Kirby, 38

21. Norval, 38

22. Ewald, 39

23. Ocie, 39

24. Denzil, 40

25. Milburn, 40

26. Ransom, 40

27. Attilio, 40

28. Beryl, 40

29. Ennis, 41

30. Foy, 41

31. Hezekiah, 42

32. Vernie, 42

33. Hobert, 43

34. Tillman, 44

35. Norton, 45

36. Loy, 46

37. Rollie 47

38. Elvis 48

39. Dayton, 49

40. Reinhold, 50

Girls

41. Allean, 36

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42. Ettie, 36

43. Leda, 36

44. Vella, 36

45. Emmer, 37

46. Malvina, 37

47. Ressie, 37

48. Drusilla, 37

49. Eudora, 38

50. Nila, 38

51. Eulah, 39

52. Ara 40

53. Flonnie, 40

54. Dorthea, 41

55. Hassie, 41

56. Hermina, 41

57. Lavera, 41

58. Albertine, 42

59. Bernadine, 42

60. Inga, 42

61. Charlene 43

62. Matalda, 43

63. Hildegard, 44

64. Mella, 44

65. Venita, 44

66. Elvina, 45

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67. Signe, 45

68. Adelia, 46

69. Annis, 47

70. Exie, 48

71. Ada, 48

72. Delta, 48

73. Freeda, 49

74. Hertha, 49

75. Thora, 49

76. Eugenie, 50

77. Tennie, 50

78. Hazle, 50

Neutral

79. Terry, 37

80. Walter, 37

81. Odie, 38

82. Stacy, 32

83. Doris, 32

84. Frankie 33

85. Lillian, 33

86. Harold, 38

87. Claire, 35

88. Maxie, 36

89. Whitney, 36

90. Jodie, 36

91. Mildred, 36

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92. Paul, 43

93. Lindsay, 38

94. Rose, 38

95. Anna, 40

96. Dorothy, 40

97. Edward, 40

98. Thomas, 48

99. Concepcion, 49

100. Jones, 41

101. Ashley, 42

102. Audrey, 42

103. Elisha, 42

104. Lauren, 42

105. Blair, 43

106. Ruby, 43

107. Tracey, 43

108. June 44

109. Green, 45

110. Margaret, 46

111. Ruth, 46

112. Casey, 48

113. Allison, 49

114. Bonnie, 49

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How to Overcome Boredom

How to Overcome Boredom

Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

What is Boredom?

We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

1. Get Focused

Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
  • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
  • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

2. Kill Procrastination

Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do some exercise.
  • Read a book.
  • Learn something new.
  • Call a friend.
  • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
  • Do a spring cleaning.
  • Wash the car.
  • Renovate the house.
  • Re-arrange the furniture.
  • Write your shopping list.
  • Water the plants.
  • Walk the dog.
  • Sort out your mail & email.
  • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

3. Enjoy Boredom

If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

Final Thoughts

Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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