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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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The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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