Written by Pamela Redmond Satran for Nameberry
You know how there are some baby names you never heard before that suddenly seem to be everywhere?
The 20 choices here –- 11 for girls, 9 for boys -- are those kinds of names. Each is so rare that it was given to only about 100 or fewer babies in the U.S. last year. But behind the scenes in Nameberry's current database analytics, we see these names attracting twice as much attention as average.
Our conclusion: No matter how unusual they are by the official statistics, these names are drawing considerable buzz. And that's bound to translate over the coming years into usage for a lot more babies.
Besides their incipient popularity, these names share several appealing qualities. Many relate to nature, but in a fresh, surprising way. Most have deeper roots than they first seem, plus intriguing cultural connections.
And is it a coincidence that so many of these names contain the letter L? We don’t think so, as that lovely, lilting sound carries so much instinctive appeal for today’s baby namers.
Here are our picks for the 20 unusual baby names destined for stardom, in order of those given to the most babies in the past
year to least.