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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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10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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