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Great Baby Names: 100 Unusual, Stylish Choices

09/14/2010 11:40 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Often I'll look up a name I think is attractive or stylish -- or even trendy -- on nameberry, and find myself shocked to discover it doesn't rank in the Top 1000. How is it possible that names du jour like Esme or Clementine, Tallulah or Wren doesn't make it into the pool of 1000 names that are chosen for 80 percent of newborn girls?, I wonder. Or that Theo and Gus are so far down the list from brothers Sam and Max, when it seems that every other baby I meet has one of these names?

The names on this list were below the Top 1000 -- that's the actual ranking on the left -- and were used for more than 100 babies last year. The actual number of babies who received each name in 2009 can be found here.

If you're looking for a name with a lot of style that's also unusual, here are 100 great choices. Warning: These names may not be quite as unusual in Park Slope as they are in Wyoming. And you may be hearing a lot more of some of them in the future. But in 2009, none was given to more than 270 babies total in the entire country.

GIRLS

1008. Pearl

1012. Winter

1016. Roxanne (Roxana is #1126)

1027. Willa

1045. Shea

1067. Laurel

1068. Mae (May is down at #2457)

1076. Adele

1092. Esme

1105. Anais

1108. Delia

1118. Aurelia

1134. Estella

1249. Antonia

1299. Mercy

1302. Gwen

1316. Chiara

1362. Cordelia

1372. Liv

1373. Mariella

1397. Geneva

1402. Arden

1404. Juniper

1423. Evangelina (Sister name Evangeline is up at #429, thanks to Lost actress Lilly.)

1445. Susanna (Susannah is way down at #2463, with only 77 girls receiving the name)

1450. Remi

1453. Thea

1482. Bryn

1545. Mabel

1577. Clementine

1599. Magnolia

1624. Faye (and Fay is much much lower)

1628. Louisa

1664. Wren

1678. Beatrix (though Beatrice has cracked the Top 1000 at 860)

1716. Darcy

1726. Keziah

1796. Isadora

1851. Maisie

1864. Viola

1920. Cecily

1924. Tallulah

1934. Octavia

1935. Ramona

1980. Magdalene

1982. Scout

2000. Flora

2016. Honor

2023. Allegra

2030. Dora

BOYS

1002. Edison

1005. Ulysses

1025. Simeon

1028. Taj

1029. Thaddeus

1035. Theo (shocked!)

1037. Turner

1047. Gordon

1057. Miller

1061. Bishop

1066. Lionel

1071. Langston

1079. Truman

1088. Hank

1105. Channing

1109. Hendrix

1114. Enoch

1115. Forrest (Forest way down at #2058)

1127. Keanu

1128. Lennox

1130. Augustine

1133. Colter

1134. Eamon

1157. Arlo

1165. Gannon

1185. Lachlan

1187. Abner

1214, Beck

1236. Clifford

1273. Judson

1284. Ewan

1313. Finnian

1322. Phineas

1325. Grey (Gray is even lower, at #1735)

1335. Bowen

1362. Gus

1371. Otis

1376. Magnus

1405. Harris

1414. Brooklyn

1425. Pierson

1428. Dashiell

1448. Foster

1487. Lazaro

1489. Zev

1491. Angus

1505. Linus

1519. Clint

1565. Eleazar

1586. Cormac