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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 Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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