By Pamela Redmond Satran for Nameberry
One of the biggest baby name stories this week is The Week’s look at the least popular baby names in the U.S. from 1880 through 1932.
While names like Handy, Spurgeon, Icy, and Toy -- that were culled from the bottom rungs of the Top 1000 -- are indeed hilarious, it may be sobering to consider that some baby names that were equally unpopular back then went on to win widespread favor.
Names that were given to only five babies at the end of the 19th century, right down there with Spurgeon and Icy, include many of today’s hotties:
1880 Natalie, Hudson
1881 Madeleine, Lincoln
1882 Iris, Griffin
1883 Juliette, Blake
1884 Arabella, Tyler
1885 Rosemary, Sebastian
1886 Susannah, Reed
1887 Maryann, Brady
1888 Karen, Gregory
1889 Miley , Kyle
1890 Willow, Weston
1891 Stephanie, Wyatt
1892 Beatrix, Tobias
1893 Lake, Hayden
1894 Erin, Tucker
1895 Penelope, Colin
1896 Courtney, Jonah
1897 Maisie, Casey
1898 Holly, Dane
1899 Ariel, Jason
Choices like Gladys and Bertha, Clarence and Earl even pranced around at the head of the popularity lists.
But you don’t have to go so far back to find such baffling gaps in baby name taste. In 1972, tens of thousands of babies were named Heather and Tammy, Scott and Chad, instead of Adair and Coco, Sienna and Liv, Atticus and Finnian, which all languished at the bottom of the list given to only five babies each.
Of course, these names that sound cool 50 years later were joined down in the baby name dumps by such choices as Cachet, Candle, Classie, and Marijuana for girls; Friend, Kaiser, Lemon, Master, and Mister for boys.
And today? Names given to just five girls, the lowest number counted, in 2012 include the following 20 choices:
Names at the bottom of the boys’ list in 2012 include:
So which will be the Sebastians and which the Spurgeons of the future? That’s a decision our grandchildren will make.
See the top girls', boys' and unisex names of the year so far in the slideshow below...
The top 10 names for girls...
1. Imogen Pictured: Musician Imogen Heap. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
2. Charlotte Pictured: Actress Kristin Davis, who played Charlotte York in "Sex and the City." (Photo: MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)
3. Harper Pictured: Victoria Beckham with her daughter, Harper. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
4. Eleanor Pictured: Eleanor Roosevelt.
5. Amelia Pictured: American aviatrix Amelia Earhart. (AP Photo, File)
6. Evelyn Pictured: Angelina Jolie who played Evelyn Salt in "Salt" (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
7. Isla Pictured: Actress Isla Fisher. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
8. Violet Pictured: Actors Jennifer Garner, left, and Ben Affleck, who have a daughter named Violet. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
9. Penelope Pictured: Penelope Cruz. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
10. Cora Pictured: Elizabeth McGovern who plays Cora Crawley on "Downton Abbey" (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The top 10 names for boys...
1. Asher Pictured: Rapper Asher Roth (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
2. Finn Pictured: Actor Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on "Glee." (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
3. Declan Pictured: Actor Connor Paolo, who plays Declan Porter on "Revenge." (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
4. Atticus Pictured: Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the film of "To Kill A Mockingbird"
5. James Pictured: James Franco. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/ AP)
6. Oliver Pictured: Actors perform onstage during a rehearsal of Lionel Bart's musical adaptation of 'Oliver' at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on January 12, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
7. Henry Pictured: Actor Henry Cavill, who plays Superman in "Man of Steel." (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
8. Emmett Pictured: Kellan Lutz, who plays Emmett Cullen in the "Twilight" series. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, FILE)
9. Owen Pictured: Owen Wilson. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
10. Django Pictured: Actor Jamie Foxx who played Django in "Django Unchained."(Photo: Getty Images)
And the top 10 unisex names...
1. Rowan Pictured: Rowan Atkinson (Getty Images)
2. Quinn Pictured: Dianna Agron, who plays Quinn Fabray on "Glee (PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images)
3. Kai Pictured: Jennifer Connelly, whose son's name is Kai. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/GettyImages)
4. Sawyer Pictured: Steven Spielberg, whose son is named Sawyer. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
5. Avery Pictured: Elizabeth Banks, who played Avery Jessup on "30 Rock". (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
6. Charlie Pictured: Charlie Sheen (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
7. North Pictured: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, whose daughter's name is North. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer)
8. Elliot Pictured: Christopher Meloni, who played Elliot Stabler on "Law & Order: SVU" (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Joyful Heart Foundation)
9. Finley Pictured: Lisa Marie Presley, whose daughter's name is Finley. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP)
10. Emerson Pictured: Teri Hatcher, whose daughter's name is Emerson. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
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