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:

  • Anthea
  • Atlanta
  • Bette
  • Cherith
  • Comfort
  • Disney
  • Frederica
  • Garland
  • Goodness
  • Heartlynn
  • Jersei
  • Lunette
  • Money
  • Murray
  • Nessiah
  • Perpetua
  • Petal
  • Rosary
  • Rye
  • Thai
  • Names at the bottom of the boys’ list in 2012 include:

  • Bart
  • Egbert
  • Elite
  • Fitzpatrick
  • Iggy
  • Jerusalem
  • Lotus
  • Lucifer
  • Messer
  • Million
  • Moss
  • Munro
  • Newt
  • Osric
  • Pacer
  • Poe
  • Romance
  • Sabbath
  • Sabre
  • Zytaevius
  • 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...

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    • <strong><em>The top 10 names for girls...</em></strong>

    • <strong>1. Imogen</strong> <em>Pictured: Musician Imogen Heap. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)</em>

    • <strong>2. Charlotte</strong> <em>Pictured: Actress Kristin Davis, who played Charlotte York in "Sex and the City." (Photo: MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)</em>

    • <strong>3. Harper</strong> <em>Pictured: Victoria Beckham with her daughter, Harper. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)</em>

    • <strong>4. Eleanor</strong> <em>Pictured: Eleanor Roosevelt.</em>

    • <strong>5. Amelia</strong> <em>Pictured: American aviatrix Amelia Earhart. (AP Photo, File)</em>

    • <strong>6. Evelyn</strong> <em>Pictured: Angelina Jolie who played Evelyn Salt in "Salt" (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)</em>

    • <strong>7. Isla</strong> <em>Pictured: Actress Isla Fisher. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)</em>

    • <strong>8. Violet</strong> <em>Pictured: Actors Jennifer Garner, left, and Ben Affleck, who have a daughter named Violet. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)</em>

    • <strong>9. Penelope</strong> <em>Pictured: Penelope Cruz. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)</em>

    • <strong>10. Cora</strong> <em>Pictured: Elizabeth McGovern who plays Cora Crawley on "Downton Abbey" (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)</em>

    • <strong><em>The top 10 names for boys...</em></strong>

    • <strong>1. Asher </strong> <em>Pictured: Rapper Asher Roth (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)</em>

    • <strong>2. Finn</strong> <em>Pictured: Actor Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on "Glee." (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)</em>

    • <strong>3. Declan</strong> <em>Pictured: Actor Connor Paolo, who plays Declan Porter on "Revenge." (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)</em>

    • <strong>4. Atticus</strong> <em>Pictured: Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in the film of "To Kill A Mockingbird"</em>

    • <strong>5. James</strong> <em>Pictured: James Franco. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/ AP)</em>

    • <strong>6. Oliver</strong> <em>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)</em>

    • <strong>7. Henry</strong> <em>Pictured: Actor Henry Cavill, who plays Superman in "Man of Steel." (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)</em>

    • <strong>8. Emmett </strong> <em>Pictured: Kellan Lutz, who plays Emmett Cullen in the "Twilight" series. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, FILE) </em>

    • <strong>9. Owen</strong> <em>Pictured: Owen Wilson. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)</em>

    • <strong>10. Django</strong> <em>Pictured: Actor Jamie Foxx who played Django in "Django Unchained."(Photo: Getty Images)</em>

    • <strong><em>And the top 10 unisex names...</em></strong>

    • <strong>1. Rowan</strong> <em>Pictured: Rowan Atkinson (Getty Images)</em>

    • <strong>2. Quinn</strong> <em>Pictured: Dianna Agron, who plays Quinn Fabray on "Glee (PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images)</em>

    • <strong>3. Kai</strong> <em>Pictured: Jennifer Connelly, whose son's name is Kai. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/GettyImages)</em>

    • <strong>4. Sawyer</strong> <em>Pictured: Steven Spielberg, whose son is named Sawyer. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)</em>

    • <strong>5. Avery</strong> <em>Pictured: Elizabeth Banks, who played Avery Jessup on "30 Rock". (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)</em>

    • <strong>6. Charlie</strong> <em>Pictured: Charlie Sheen (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)</em>

    • <strong>7. North </strong> <em>Pictured: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, whose daughter's name is North. (AP Photo/Zacharie Scheurer)</em>

    • <strong>8. Elliot</strong> <em>Pictured: Christopher Meloni, who played Elliot Stabler on "Law & Order: SVU" (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Joyful Heart Foundation)</em>

    • <strong>9. Finley</strong> <em>Pictured: Lisa Marie Presley, whose daughter's name is Finley. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP)</em>

    • <strong>10. Emerson </strong> <em>Pictured: Teri Hatcher, whose daughter's name is Emerson. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)</em>

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