14 Vintage Girls Names: Unique Names You Don’t Hear Anymore

January 23, 2013  |  

What’s in a name, you ask? Well, for the following names, in today’s world, apparently not so much. Despite their booming popularity in the early 1900’s, these favorites quickly became vintage finds among a host of trendy popular names. Not big on names you can’t pronounce? Well, then this list of vintage girls names is for you!

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  • Miss

    Some of those names are common in the UK.

  • Tracyerin Hallenbeck

    that your problem, like randy not a white man trash name also.if they are white trash names, why have the oldest two graduated with their masters and why is Journey-Lynn in the coast guards and her sister Luxana works in South Korea in the music industry, making more in a day for what you make in a year. So white trash or not, my girls love their names and are now making a name for themselves and as for Kira she heading to the music industry as her middle sister did, but she only going on 9 so we worry about soon enough

  • Old Fashioned

    Most Barbaras and Brendas today who are at ages 12-19 are mostly Hispanics!

  • Evil Unicorn

    LOL, yellowstone parkes, hahahaha!

  • Sheree

    I’d go to the courthouse immediately and legally change her name to Gracie!!! If I had to go balls to the wall with my wife. It’s not to late to save that child a whole lot of pain, heartache and horrible teasing in school with a name like Ethel. What a horrible thing to do to a child. Little is still young enough to get use to the name change, OMG, help that poor child!!!! There is something wrong with your wife to think Gracie is an old lady’s name but Ethel isn’t!! Ethel shouts old lady name!!!!!!

  • kat

    I used to hate my name,Kathryn, coz there was always another Katherine and people would just shorten our names to Kat or Kath. But I liked it as I grew older:) thank you, Mom for giving me my name-short,simple and unique! I named my daughter Tatyana–a variation for Tatiana, coz I thought it would be easier for people to spell it with a Y, and say it with only 2 syllables..but no, they would still say it as Ta-tee-ana and spell it with an i. Ah, well..

  • kat22

    I used to hate my name -Kathryn- when I was younger, because I always had to spell it out and correct people on how to say it right (2 syllbales,not 3). People were used to Catherine/Katherine and in highschool there were 3 of us in the classroom sharing the name so there was fat Kat, curly Kat & popular Kat:( Now I have a daughter, Tatyana, and good thing she’s the only one in school with that name. People tend to misspell her name, though, because I guess Tatiana is more common..but it’s all good, everybody likes her name:)

  • Kristan Pasch

    My 7 year old’s name is Willow…I didn’t think it was an ‘old name’? Honestly surprised.

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  • vivian chapman

    My name is vivian my sisters is Lydia and my brother is Howard . We are all in our 50s.

  • vivian chapman

    Lol my name is vivian fern I’m 54 I always thought my mother must have hated me.but now I like vivian.

  • Diane Peterson

    How about Fanny?

  • Leann Owen Spencer

    I have a Caroline. A friend has a two-year-old named Lois.

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  • tuscolablue

    I had an aunt who’s name was Blanche Pearl

  • Bonnie Hess Rulli

    My grandmother’s name was Blanche Lucille!

  • Kristin Yargeau

    My daughter’s name is Madeline (born 12/31/1994) and there are multiple Madelines in her school. I always get compliments for her name. I love it!

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  • maejmom

    Dorkus should have made the list!

  • Rayne Marie

    I have 3 girls! Stormy Rayne (23) she loves her name! was never made fun of. California Marie aka Cali (18) Also loves her name and never made fun of. both of them were vert popular in school. and Last My Merical surprise baby she’s 4 now. her name is Heaven Bells our last name is Bells! Adults are a lot more “Cruel” when it comes to names. than kids are. what-a-shame! It’s a LOT better than names like ” Shaniqua ” “Shakira” Or even Bertha Sue, Joey for a girl or Bobby for a girl. my absolutr worse name I have ever heard “Janikqua Beatrice Pusten” yikes!

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  • thatdamnliberal

    Yes! Isabella and Sophia are in top 10 right now.

  • thatdamnliberal

    I would too if I wasn’t tortured at school for two years by a bully named Lauren!

  • thatdamnliberal

    Willow is a very popular name right now. Hattie is cute, the rest are kind of awful.

  • Screen name

    My step auntie is named Eunice Virginia. We call her Ginger.

  • lisa

    How about the name Vintage?

  • memee

    At my son’ s elementary school we have tons of kids with classic names. Here are some from this year: Thelma, Sylvia, Mathilda, Vivian, Pearl, Isabella, Ruby, Cornelia, Caroline, Sophie, Ella, Collette, Elybell, Annabell, Goldie, Lydia, Lilly, Lucy, Rachael, Mabel, Gretta, Birdie, and Eleanor. Some of the boy names: George, Ralph, Arthur, Sam, Roscoe, Linus, Jack, Harrison, Wyatt, Paul, Copernicus, Howard, Henry, Wilson, Charles, Hugh, Walt, Simon, Theo, and Lucien. These kids all live in the same neighborhood so there must be some competition going on…I love all of the old names, some parts of history are worth holding on to.

  • Pamela Kotsios Owens

    awesome name!

  • Amber

    My daughters name is Calista
    Cali for short
    Middle name Justine
    I think that’s a gorgeous name.
    And everyone being mean on how people name they kids is messed up. Screw you guys.

  • klm

    Grandmother was Kitty Irene, (her mom was Lura Belle – Not Laura), Edith Velma, and a great aunt Leana Vesta and Ela Gleam (Not sure how to spell)

  • Joe Mahma

    Are you friggin serious….these idiots think I’m going to flip thru 14 pages to get the list??? The one they could’ve put on ONE page?? Mental note: this site is dead to me

  • Tazandra

    I have a unique name. I was named after an Australian goddess, one of the Jungawa Sisters. The spelling was fiddled with so that it would be easier to pronounce and spell. But I LOVE my name and wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Those who put down the parents and/ or the children who have names that are different, unique or “odd” are the same people that give those with “different names” a complex in life. They are the same people who discriminate with job openings, customer support phone calls, etc..

    Stop hating on things you find “different” than your expectations. Live. Enjoy life.

  • chesnie

    I have a unique name Chesnie Von. My sister is Crystal. We were born in the 70’s. I personally never heard another Chesnie but people tell me they know other Chesnies. I doubt it. Maybe spelled chesney or chesnee..I got made fun of Chestnut and Cheslie and Chester…my daughter is Peyton im seeing alot of Peytons lately…

  • Angler

    Gahhhhhh curse your terrible clickbait. Post them on a single page-this format is needlessly withholding

  • Nelda

    I can’t believe that many parents don’t use common sense or an appropriate process as they choose names their children will have to live with, at least til they are old enough to legally change it. I’m not saying you can’t be creative or decide on a name that might be unusual. There’s nothing wrong with that!

    I named my now 21 yr old, Kira. At the time it wasn’t a common name, but it seemed to be an easy name to say and explain if need be. The week after I named her Star Wars Next Generation had a crew member with the same name. We have some problem with people using a long I sound instead of a short one. part of me wishes I had spelled it K-e-a-r-a instead. My 8 yr old is named Kayliana. Some folks try to put an extra n in it changing the end pronunciation to a-n-n-a instead of a-n-a. Both of my kids love their names though!

  • Kara

    What about Gertrude & Beatrice? Those are names parents don’t name their daughters anymore.

  • coytle

    Some names should be left in the past. My great great grandmother was called Hulda which would have been fine had her last stoda. Hulda Stoda. Her Daughter was virginia which I dont hear often and my grandmother is kathleen which seems less common than Katherine. My name and my mothers name arent strange or anything but I never hear them much anymore. Hers Angela I hear more often than mine Robin.

  • Elwynsattic

    Why can’t you just post a list on one page instead of making a person click through 15 pages. Poor editing.

  • Random Generic

    Ugh. I thought it might be a legitimate article. Obviously an opinion piece penned by a millennial.

  • Random Generic

    No. The author is obviously that young, dear.

  • Heidi

    I have to respectfully disagree with this comment. I hardly believe that North West or Blue Ivy will be held back in life because of their names. Even though they will not be considered to be the ‘average’ white celebrity names. I don’t believe that white celebrities children’s will have an advantage over black celebrities children. That’s comical to me. Why does every discussion always have to have someone bring up the issue of skin tone? I’ve never heard of a white person bringing up the issue in random discussions. Because most do not seem to consider the shade of skin to be relevant. It’s ironic that the people that feel it is an issue of concern are the only people that talk about it so often or find a way to involve it into any type of discussion. And people wonder why it is still alive? Skin color has nothing to do with someone’s success it failure anymore. For anyone that thinks it does, it is just a lame excuse. I never hear of anyone that has encountered difficulty in education or life, based solely on skin color. But I have heard of many that constantly use it as an excuse. Hopefully this will change someday. We The People need to allow it to first.
    Now, back to the discussion of common girl names…

  • Heidi

    Agreed. I have always loved and appreciated my name ‘Heidi’. I appreciate that whenever I hear it spoken, I can always be assured that it is myself that is being spoken about. I’m a twin and had to share many things growing up, except for my name. I’m thankful for it because of its uniqueness. The only names that I have disliked in life, were because of the personalities and characters I associated with them. Otherwise, I find it difficult to dislike a name just because of the way it rolls off a tongue. I encourage people to give unique names to their children because of my appreciation for my own. 🙂

  • Heidi

    My 4year daughter was named after older loved ones, Lillian Joyce. Lillian was a woman that I took care of in a nursing home who had become like a Grandmother to me when I was 18. She passed away and I vowed that I would name a daughter after her, if I ever had one. I did when I was 30. Joyce is my Mom’s first name. I don’t hear of Joyce anymore in this new generation, but ‘Lilly’ seems to me like it has become more common since my daughters birth. I now know of twi other ones besides my daughter. If I have another girl, her name would be Vivian. We would call her ‘Viv’. Sophia, Isabelle, and Olivia are in the top yen most common girl names of the country right now. I know of at least 7 little girls in my neighborhood currently with those three names. And I know of 4 little ‘Gracie’s’ in our group of friends, neighbors and family. The older names are making a strong come back. When I was in kindergarten back in the early 80’s, I had 6 ‘Sarahs’ in my class. That is a name that was so common during my childhood, and I haven’t heard anyone name their children that since my generation. Thank God. As pretty as it is, it definitely needed a break for a while. 🙂 I think Sophia is the new ‘Sarah’ of this generation. It needs a break also.

  • ajs916

    I veel the complete opposite! My name, Anita, used to bug me up until my mid twenties. The last 15 years or so I learned to embrace having a unique name. Plus, it’s nice not to look up every time someone says a common name “Jennifer” then realize oh, they didn’t mean me. When someone says Anita, it’s 99% of the time ME they mean. Also, Jean is my middle name 🙂 It’s a great name! 🙂

  • $lide$hows$uck

    Was a slideshow REALLY necessary for a list of 10 names? I refuse to give you the extra 9 page views.

  • Scribejot

    You call these vintage? How about Effie, Maida, or Gertrude? You never hear those names anymore.

  • Tamarind Lemur

    By ‘elderly’ I mean born around 1910 – 1935.

  • Tamarind Lemur

    I had elderly clients (I was a CNA) who had those names. My adopted grandmother’s & female cousin’s name is Opal.
    Eunice is pretty terrible, in my opinion.
    And there were so. Many. Betties!!!
    And Roses.

  • Tamarind Lemur

    I like it too. Also Iolanthe, from which Yolanda is derived.

  • Tamarind Lemur

    I went to high school w/ a girl named Mildred – she was probably born in ~1978-9. Named after her grandmother, of course. I always think “mildew”.

  • Cat

    Pilate or Judas would be more unusual.

  • Cat

    And there was an insurance salesman whose last name was Dock. His parents named him Hickory Dickory.

  • Jean Rice

    I have great-aunts named Anita and Joyce, and an aunt named Janet, and yeah, they are from a different time, and the names are associated with certain attitudes of that time.

    My own name, Jean, has been a great source of discomfort to me. Every other Jean I’ve known has been a member of my grandparents’ generation (The Greatest Generation). People see the name and think “old.” It was a top-20 name in the 1920s and 1930s, and stayed in the top 100 until the 1963. But by the time I was born it had dropped out of the top 200, and 1994 it had dropped nearly out of the top 1,000, at #988. By 2012 it had completely dropped off the top 1,000 list.

    I would have much rather been a Jennifer, Lisa or Amy, one of the ubiquitous names of my own generation, than be hung with a moniker from another era.

  • jenc79

    Yep, I’m a Jennifer too, born in 1979. There was a period at a place where I worked that there were three Jennifers and two Suzannes.. and it wasn’t that big a place. A lot of last names were used. 🙂

  • vcubain

    I hate that too. They think people click through every page to the end to so they read the advertisement on each page. I don’t. I look at the first one, then jump to page 7 and miss the rest. So it’s defeating the purpose of the article. Seems it’s about the advertisement with hem rather than the article,

  • vcubain

    My mother’s name is Genevieve. My granddaughter’s name is Genevieve.

  • Dan Roth

    “unique” means there is only one.
    These names may be rare, but they are NOT unique.

  • hippiegurl62252

    My Mom had the first and middle names ALBURN MILDRED!! Her sisters were FERN and CLARISSA, and their mother’s name was ADA ANN!

  • you’re a joke

    A name per page? This is complete BULLSHIT mommynoire. You’re taking advantage of readers for your precious advertising dollars. You should be ashamed of this pathetic “article” milking page views. You know what gets page views? REAL CONTENT. This is pathetic.

  • Fay

    My name is Fay. I don’t see anyone my age with that name, never have. It’s usually older ladies, not with my spelling, or as a middle name. My full name: Fay Lyn Thibodeaux means Fairy Princess of the Bold or Audacious People. Kinda awesome if you ask me. 😀

  • CraigInSF

    A friend of mine named her girl Indica

  • CraigInSF

    My grandmother was named Gladys.
    My grandfather and brother named Berne (pernounced as Burn)
    and I had an aunt named Meurial.

  • ♏ ®

    With the exception of Cybele, every name on this list belongs to a woman I know–and they’re all someone’s grandma.

  • PKB

    My 22 year old is named Neva after her paternal grandmother and greatgrandmother. It is not a shorten version of Geneva just plain Neva like the river in Russia. It was hard at first to call her that however as time goes on it is perfect for her..

  • Whitfield McRory Palmer

    Norma, Beatrice, Eunice, Gladys, Ada, Flora, Polly, Caroline, Gertrude, Elsa. These are all long gone relatives of mine and I always thought they were great names!

  • msd250

    too bad Twanda and Rashika did not make the list

  • Esther

    I love Esther. A beautiful queen who saved her people.

  • bigtoe1111

    jay, katie, randy, and worth.

  • ed

    In my ‘hood the names are unpronouncable.

  • Billy

    Any of these are far better and more tasteful than modern trendy names such as Kaylee, Haylee/Hailey/Haleigh, Zoe, Chloe, Kylie, Keely, Savannah, Dakota, Madison, Morgan etc. I still can’t believe people actually name their kids such garbage names as these.

  • nitegracee

    My mother named my sis and me, so that our initials spelled our first name. I’m Pamela Ann “M”, she is Kimberly Irene “M”. Pam & Kim!

  • Dan Berks

    Are you kidding me? Does a list of 14 names to present really require 14 separate pages? How desperate for page views are you, anyway? This kind of shameless click inflation really doesn’t reflect well on your site. Here’s an idea: why not put a single letter on each page, really get those numbers jumping?

  • LTC

    OMG, I’m “number 16” and my older sister is “number 17” Lisa & Tracy, are we old?!

  • j0eschm0e

    dont give your child a f’d up name. it ruins their entire life !!

  • tuscolablue

    My mom went by Lucille (her middle name) because she thought Emma sounded old fashioned…..LOL

  • samadeus

    Oh my good internet god, I don’t think this page has enough ads on it! MORE ADS! MOOOOOOORE!

  • Sidney

    I’ve read through a large portion of these comments, & that whole thing about Americans being “dumbed down” because of names they felt were old or uncommon is kind of ridiculous to say seeing as how each person commenting is from a different generation, so what could be “old or uncommon” to them could be common or normal to someone else. People need not take others opinions or comments so personal. Aside from all that nonsense, my name is Sidney, spelled the masculine way although I’m female & I’ve never had any misconceptions or troubles with my name. I didn’t like it growing up, but it was unique as I did not go to school with many Sidney’s/Sydney’s at all so I’ve grown to love & appreciate my name! I do agree everyone is named what they are for a reason so whether you like it or not, it should be embraced! On another note, my fiancé & I are expecting our first child, a girl, which we’ve given the name Mia. My fiancé picked it which I feel makes it all the more special & it’s also very simple, so I see it resulting with no misconceptions or troubles. I also recently researched the name & found it meant beloved or loved one, & I thought that just added to its character. 🙂

  • mmmm

    I have a friend named Ruby. And her sisters are Opel and Crystal. I love it.

  • mmmm

    Willow is very popular. Especially after “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

  • Johnny Chapman

    Whatever happened to Cyrene?

  • Johnny Chapman

    I like Annabelle.

    Beulah is out.

  • Lewby

    Didn’t Eddie Money name his son “Owen”?

  • lsmith

    I’ve known a Justin Case and a Sara Lee–and the poor baby whose mom named it “Carrion” (as in roadkill!)

  • Wilkins Micawber

    There’s going to be a surplus of geriatric Chloes in fifty or so years.

  • memememenicole

    they like to troll and go around bashing people…..I found it hilarious that they called the posters/commenters,” Dumbed down”….hahahaha! They obviously don’t look in their own backyard often lolzz oh well….ignore them and carry on, dearie!

  • memememenicole

    I’m curious where is says, “uncommon”….I didn’t see it… Unique is there……….remember now…this is a DISCUSSION…we are allowed to talk about names and….stuff.. :-/ try not to let your panties get in a bunch 🙂

  • memememenicole

    Dumbed down, eh? And you are here….because???? um…. and by the way, this is a DISCUSSION BOARD…people DISCUSS things RELATED to the TOPIC…which happens to BE NAMES. good grief…… And we’re the ones that are “Dumbed down”???? Yeeeeah….mkay, sure…… (FYI a lot of these names are very old…take your own advice and do the research! cheers) OY!

  • memememenicole

    or Edna… lolz or Alberta….Oh yeah and what Bob said below…Gertrude! Mildred and Ursula ha

  • Eydie Sanders

    my friend’s daughter just had her first baby a month or so ago. she and her husband named their new daughter hattie grace. at first, i was horrified by the name hattie. but it’s grown on me and i find myself really liking it now. and she won’t have the same name as four other girls in her class someday.

  • Mattjh

    How about D**k (short for Richard) Any parent who names their child D**k is a d**k and doesnt love them.

  • Mattjh

    How about Mildrid (sounds like milldew)

  • hsmom

    Ummm, maybe Roseanne died off in the 1990’s because NO ONE wanted to name their beautiful baby girl after the slob/pig/tacky POS Roseanne Barr….just sayin’

  • janet

    I have a Madeleine!

  • Deuce_Fairbanks

    I’ve heard many of these names recently. When is the last time you heard of anyone under 70 named “Myrtle”?

  • bob bray

    mr leer of the leer jet company named his kid chandra, i know a taxi driver named rick shaw

  • bob bray

    my grandmother Gertrude Magilla. nothing is worse than that lol

  • GR Law

    interns don’t know there was a 1700’s

  • DaddyD

    How about my adorable daughter Cecilia , affectionately know as Cece !!

  • tinking

    my grandmother’s name!

  • BL61

    I’d love to see a “Myrtle.”

  • j

    I have know a Hattie and know a Madeline too. Madeline is like 8 or 9 maybe 10 years old. One of our S.S. kids we pick up on the bus on Sundays

  • ItsNotTheSameThing

    My first and middle name are there too. I’m an old fogey too.

  • Marybeth Wright

    Mary Elizabeth

  • Marybeth Wright

    Mary Elizabeth Wright

  • peterhoran

    Err, their list already went up to 14, and included Anita already.. list fail.

  • Krista

    I love the name Vivian. I always think of Vivian Leigh (the actress who played Scarlett O’Hara) and she was stunningly beautiful

  • Krista

    Sorry but Scotlyn sounds like Scotland

  • Krista

    I named my 8 year old son Landen. Love the name but should have spelled it Landon. He is going into the third grade and every year I have to correct the teacher on the spelling of his name (even though it’s on all the paperwork we have to fill out). People just assume a name should be spelled a certain way and go with that.

  • RexRowland

    And then there are the lame contemporary names. If you have named your child Madison or Cody, I don’t like you.

  • mrd1118

    my daughter’s name is Roselynn Marie(not rose lynn). We thought it was a beautiful name and sort of ‘old-fashioned’

  • Joy Rose

    For something that’s classy but a little different, how about Sarai? The popular name Sarah is the second (and more well-known) name given to a woman originally called Sarai, as her husband Abraham was previously known as Abram.

  • Joy Rose

    Hey, I did it. My girl is Tricia Ruth.

  • Aldo Renato Allen

    How about Ruth?! That is the perfect name! It’s strong (“RUTH!!!”) and soft (“ruth”). Say it enough and it’s actually soothing. That’s one name to bring back for a new generation of girls!!!



  • LAM

    What about Angela? I think this is such a pretty, classic name but I never see it on these vintage name lists.

  • Anon

    THE ADS ON THIS PAGE ARE HORRENDOUS!!! I didn’t finish reading and won’t bother coming back…

  • Debbereye

    Of course I like your names because I picked the same ones for my daughters, only two different daughters. My youngest is Lauren Ariel and my middle daughter is Erin Ashley, oldest Meghan Emily. Also had an Irish last name. I like to hear how they roll of the tongue.

  • Debbereye

    Named my youngest Lauren. She was a surprise late in life. Older grown daughters are Meghan and Erin.

  • Debbereye

    Yeah, ever since the Bertha Butt Boogie that name is the kiss of death.

  • Karl

    Not for nuthin’ but “in the 120 years that” the US Census has been taken, Cybele never broke the top 100. Can’t say as I trust your math since the first census was taken in 1790 and every 10 years thereafter. You do the math!

  • jimwg

    Try “Gay”. Once a delightful pop name, now girls wouldn’t be caught dead having it, and not because it’s “old fashioned” either.

  • Gina Pocan

    What about Debra, Deborah, Kathleen, Regina, Regan, Margaret, Sheila, or Mary; you can’t get anymore Vintage then that.

  • Don Carpenter

    Seriousy? A slideshow? Just post the list. Enough click farming.

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  • Missy250

    The only thing worse than Ethel, is Bertha.

  • Missy250

    Anita was the first one and I know of five people that name their kid Lisa just in the past year.

  • amanda

    I know people with 8 of the names on the list….they aren’t that uncommon, or certainly not ones we simply don’t hear anymore

  • Bianca

    I like my name, even do that is more common now, also I like my kids names too because they mean something to me.

  • Alice is too old ladylike of a name:/

  • Katie

    Willow is a vintage name, but it is gaining popularity. My first born’s name is Willow Kate. Her name fits in that she is very willowy..

    Some other vintage double names:

    Mary Kate

    Katheryn Elizabeth

  • Amanda B

    I just named my daughter madelynn Sofie Gail

  • K.C.

    Our older daughter’s name is Deborah. Every time we meet someone with that name they all say the same thing: “NO ONE names their child that any more!”

  • guest

    I also find Sharon to be a sexy name.

  • Guest

    I find Brenda to be a sexy name.

  • Nancy

    why do I read these stupid lists? They never actually deliver what they promise. I know people with nearly every one of these names. I named my daughter Jane (now 20), and I truly is a rare name now. No ready-made personalized school supplies for her.

  • any vintage double names??

    My name is Michael, I was named after my father, but I’m a girl. While most girls would hate that name, I LOVED it, and still do. I really enjoyed the attention it brought me and the surprised looks on people’s faces when i told them my name. So i guess being a little attention harlet really helped XD
    I always found it interesting how a name could make me so, well happy.
    I had my first son, whos now 12 and as my husband wanted, i named him Brandon Montgomery Steele the 3rd
    And because of that, he got No Say in our second borns name. We’re a mixed couple (black & Caucasian) and his semi-racists family was just Sure i was going to it something “ghetto”. Rather it is or isn’t, we now have a beautiful little boy named Royal (7), whos name fits him a little too well.
    I’m now pregnant with our very first girl, and still looking for a vintage name, but this time my husbands helping and he want a double name, any name suggestions?

  • Janice

    No it’s not you. And I can’t stand how annoying it is that whoever ‘designed’ this segment decided that we should go through 15 pages for 30 sentences of information. I can’t stand this trend!!! I never go past the first couple and then get bored waiting for all the KAJILLION ads to load.

  • I worked in an office of about 15people years ago. Among the group was Dean, Gene, Jane & Janine.
    It got so 4 of us would answer to anything.

  • Jax, I have a funny background on my name.
    When my mother was pregnant with me, my grandmother (fathers mother) told her and my father about an ex girlfriend of his who just got married. Her name was Jeannine.
    My name was supposed to be MaryAnne, but instead I was named after my father’s ex girlfriend. They just altered the spelling.
    How weird is that?
    I was at least in my 20’s before I ever met another person with my name. While it’s confusing to some to spell or pronounce I like it that it distinctive.

  • I remember the story about Ima and Ura Hogg. My brother told me that years ago.
    With our last name Lea (Pronounced Lee), my brother wanted to name his first daughter Sara. Thankfully his wife had better sense.

  • I know the feeling about having to spell and pronounce names.
    I had a teacher who pronounced my name Janine as Janie. There was no telling her than my name wasn’t Janie.

  • I have a Sister-in-law Eunice,,and her mother is Esther.
    Go Figure

  • k

    i’m sorry, is it me? there are WAY too many ads on this site. its really annoying. all i want to see is a LIST of names.


    My name is “BRENDA” and I love my name. Sorry you don’t like it, and it’s a shame that you “hate” your own mother for naming you “Sharon” – she obviously loved it, and I would think that most would treasure what their parents loved and chose for them. I love my parents and treasure my name, being it is one that they chose for me and it was special to them. I don’t know many Brenda’s and personally like that there aren’t many of us around. Maybe your children will “hate” their names and “hate” you for naming them that???????????? How would you feel about that? I say, wear your name “proudly.” I, personally, would never BASH anybody’s name.

  • Helena

    Wow, you’re kind of a tool.

  • Blue

    Estie is way worse. Do you hate your child?

  • Blue

    Are you high? Every single litte girl born these days is named Madeleine, Emma or Lily.

  • Geoffrey Catledge

    My wife, former now, named our first child, a son, without my input. Our second child, a daughter, was a compromise name. She picked the first, while I picked the middle. She goes by middle. The third and final child was named before the sex was known using paternal great grandfather’s first name and maternal grandfathers surname.
    Son Jonathon Wayne
    Daughter Jessica Paige
    Daughter Lacey Kelly

  • Promontorium

    But then they wouldn’t get as much money in click revenue, and ultimately that’s all they care about.

  • India Em Artist Author

    who the H. wants to click through 26 some web pages to see these names? lol come ON, just post them all on one page……….

  • Cynthia Wright Rosario

    Named my daughter Nora Kay. Nora after the leading female character on Pete’s Dragon. And Kay was my late aunt’s middle name. I used her name in honor of her after she died of pancreatic cancer at 42.

  • 2GreyCats

    You mean *unusual* names you don’t hear anymore. “Unique is not the same as unusual, or different. “Unique” means one of a kind –if more than one person has that name. then it isn’t unique!

  • Christina

    My Dorothy is now 16 years old. She was named after her great-grandmother. We call her Dori.

  • Justin A. Young

    Retro=Gertrude or Alberta. None of these names seem that old to me.

  • Veritas

    The names referred to are not that common among girls nowadays. A girl by definition is a female under the age of 18. MOST of the names listed you’ll find in abundance with women born before 1964.

  • Veritas

    Lot of Greeks with the name Christos

  • Veritas

    It’s true that many of those names you don’t see with girls or women under the age of 50. However, if you go to an Eastern Orthodox Church you’ll see a lot of women with the name Ann or Anna as a patron saint.

  • Samantha

    Names that are less common: Agnes, Bertha, Bettina, Constance, Cora, Delilah, Daphne, Georgia, Gertrude, Gladys, Helen, Lois, Mary Ann, Marian, Mildred, Nancy, Nanette, Opal, Olive, Olivia, Penny, Rosemary, Samantha, Sherry, Theresa, Trina, Virginia,

  • Bea Didio

    Beatrice and Louise I rarely hear either these days.

  • sharon

    My name is Sharon and it is one of my favorite names. I love to share so it fits me so well. I never knew any Sharons growing up, it was fun to meet one every now and then. My mom was name Caston and she always hated it; now I love the name Cassie, it reminds me of her. I once wrote a short children’s story about trying on other names. Maybe you should do that, and see what name you really want to be called. It is your right. Just say, I like to be called, ____________.

  • WendyP

    The only one worth reviving is Willow. The rest seem old and boring….

  • xyz

    Ugh! Please reconsider.

  • picked

    Actually the people who dismiss you as having too starnge a name are probably not worth knowing.

  • picked

    I had an aunt Gertrude.

    I quit clicking. Why don’t they just make a GD list?

  • chelsay

    why does Bertha make me giggle? hee hee hee

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  • Andy1

    My mother’s name was Marleta. I have never heard it other than on her. Anyone else ever heard it?

  • Belva Delaney Gurr

    Names are my pet peeve, having a different name in a class where everyone else is a Judy/Julie, Ann/Anna, Mary/Marie/Maria, Beth /Betty or Shirley/Shelly made me feel an outsider even tho I grew up with them. My mother’s mom was Gladys Belva, my mom was Verma Gladys – her dad’s mom was Ellen Hasseltine and Momma was supposed to be Hassie but she was glad she got Gladys!!! G’daddy’s brother married a Gladys and they had a Gladys, glad it ran out before it go to me!!! My dad’s mom was Marie Louise so I got Belva Louise!! Daddy wanted sons but had 3 girls, Jean Marcelline was after my dad and g’father Marcellous Harvey (on the men’s side we have 5 generation of M H Parkers) Alice Jo was after g’gr’mothers Lila Alice and Claire Josephine. When I became a mom, I put a lot of thought into my 2 sons’ names, my husband’s initials were REB and we wanted to keep them the same – 1st was Randall Edward, born sleeping, then Ryan Edan and Robert Eric. When I was 16 I said I would never name my child Eric, then I told Ryan he as getting a baby brother he said he wanted to name him after his friend – you got it!!! Now I have a g’son Zachary Eric!!

  • Kristen

    I have a 5 yr old daughter named Madelyn (Madeline) and it seems to be very popular in Ohio…not sure why that name was on the “lost” list! I also have a daughter named Addison (7) and a 4 yr old little boy named Jack

  • praveen kumar

    Nice article and here provide some more names Baby Girl Names Starting with J

  • Joyce

    I knew that I would find my name on this list. The only women I see with my name are 70 and older.

  • June

    I hate sites that you can’t just READ right away. What is the point of getting us here and making us click everything?

  • Christine

    Ethel is worse than Gracie LMAO…. Poor Ethel SMDH…. I’d change my name when I got older.

  • Chris(ty)

    I grew up Christy. There were tons of us. Christy, Christi, Christie, Kristy, Khristy, Kristi, Kristie and those are only the more common spellings. I shortened my name to Chris because less girls go by Chris but now I had all the Christopher’s in my class to contend with! My children, Kieran, Anastasia and Matthew-Jeffrey love their names. Kieran is the only one in our town. Anastasia is one of two in our town. It’s hard though because they are both in color guard and BOTH go by Annie so they call mine “A” and their last names start w/the same two letters. Matthew-Jeffrey is the one and only!

  • Bobby Kenis

    I am a middle school teacher (students born around 2000). “Madeleine” is one of the MOST COMMON names among my students. Maybe it’s regional?

  • Carolann

    I was born in 1982 and I am Carolann. Most of my life everyone has called me Carol besides two ex boyfriends and my father called me Carolann. All throughout school never had another classmate that was Carol or Carolann (and I went to School in Florida and then in Maryland). When people meet me the first time the usual comments are “Oh I have an Aunt Carol” or “Oh like the little blonde girl from that movie Poltergeist?”

    When I was younger I didn’t care for it, mainly because I felt “unusual” having no other peers with that name. Now that I am almost 31 I love my name. =)

  • Briana

    Im naming my daughter Navi Rose, or Navi Rain. I think the name “Navi” is so pretty. & NOT common.

  • ☆Niki *·.▪✧.º·+*♪ º☆

    ‘Estie’ is a nice way to make a not so cute name better

  • nevermore

    what a tedious way to present information. Interest lost due to bad web design.

  • daddybcat

    Do they count extra page hits for the 15 times you have to click through this to read them all? Why can’t they just put it all on one page? It’s not like it’s multiple paragraphs for each name.

  • Brian Odom

    You forgot about the Heathers. The nursing homes will be overrun with them. And think that’s bad? Think of the music! Gone will be all the Glenn Miller big band stuff and the nursing home will be rocking with 80s music. Then it will go to the crapper 20 years later when hip hop, pop, and rap replace that. You’ll be hearing Britney Spears, Beyonce, and Eminem in the nursing homes…

  • Brian Odom

    Blah blah blah… You always vowed you were going to change, and you never have. So stop your whining. You don’t give one plausible explanation at why you hate it. Sharon was a popular name in the 60s. My name is Brian and it was a very popular name in the 70s. My wife is Sharon and her best friend is Brenda. My brother is Jason (as it screams 70s).

    And you go ahead and do the same thing by naming your kids dated names for their era as well. You got a nice feminine name and you gave your kids names from their era. At least your mother had the decency to spell the name correctly and didn’t give you a mumbo-jumbo name that you must continue to spell. I have a cousin Ashlye (born in the 80s) that must do this.

  • Rosemary Foxx

    How about Melody. Not to many of those around.

  • Beryl

    I totally agree with Haddi. Whoever wrote this never grew up in the 50’s. My mother’s (Mary Margaret) friends were Gladys, Blanche, Violet (We kids use to refer to her as Violent), Opal, Eunice, and Betty.

  • OttoDog

    A gentleman I know in Dallas with the last name “Dick” named his poor daughter the first name on this list.

  • stoshie

    It is interesting how names come and go in popularity. A few years ago you couldn’t turn around in any school at any level without bumping into a “Kristen” or a “Kirsten” or some variation on those names.

  • brebay

    Madeline, or at least Madalyn, has been crazy popular for years. The rest are pretty awful. I have a friend who has a baby girl in 1896, named her Roseanne. Everyone thought it was beautiful and unique…until 1989…

  • effinayright

    My favorite nonce name for a female is Exkresha.

  • catherine

    Except for Madeline and Willow, I can totally understand why these name are no longer popular.

  • Cash1969

    Truth is, I still hear a lot of those names being used today. But they are Chinese immigrants. Never noticed it before, but pretty much ALL of the Chinese American women where I work have traditional American first names. Often, they are somewhat similar to their original Chinese name but not always.

  • Nick

    You lift brah?

  • Wendy

    what about the name Waverly?

  • Meredith

    Gitana is Spanish for gypsy

  • Meredith

    Nothing wrong with being named Gay … or being gay! Got kind of a one-track mind thing going on there, huh, Alan?

  • Natalie R

    I’m a Natalie Renae who has Victoria Rose and Julie Anne. Nothing too unusual, although I didn’t go to school with any other Natalie’s until college. Victoria is named in honor of her great-grandmothers and Julie’s middle name comes from a grandmother. Her first was the only one her dad and I could agree on.

  • Conni

    Jennifer was the most popular Girls name in the 70’s and Michael e most popular Boys. Michael has topped the Charts for about 34 decades. My son is a Michael too, I love this name! Not Mike I never called him that.
    My name is Constance {Conni} and I only knew one in all the years growing up and I love that! It’s a common but not common name :}

  • Isadora: My daughters name and it dosen’t even rank in the top 1,000. Even though the VERY similar Isabella is in the top 5.

  • LuckyOne

    Let’s hear it from Henrietta, Alice, Irene, Gladys, Harriet, Barbara, Deborah, Bertha, Karen, Jeanette, Yvonne, Monica, Doris, Martha, Susan, Gail, Suzanne, Mary and Delores

  • Saphi

    Vintage names you don’t hear anymore? They are all names that you hear, maybe not so popular as to have 4-5 others with the same name in every grade. I know people with all these names of varied ages.

  • Me

    These names went away because they suck. What about pretty vintage names such as Valerie, Katerina, Camille, and Cecilia.

  • Pelican

    I wonder where “Apple” ranks…

  • Edith Springer

    dumb article

  • Judy

    I was born in 1942 and always had 2 or 3 Judith Ann’s or Judy in my classroom and there were other Judy’s in other grades and classrooms.

  • Paula

    My daughters married last name is Lovett and ,she asked her father (my Husband) what he thought a good first name would be for her daughter who was due in a month—he said…Ugotta……..

  • JDL

    Our daughter Esther Rose (or Estie for short) is a cutie !!! Esther was my wife’s grandmother…and little Estie is named for her….

  • Lori

    He did indeed name his only daughter IMA. There was no 2nd daughter though, just someone started a joke about Ura…

  • Ethel Chadwick

    Hey now…my folks named me Ethel – I was born in 1954. It’s an old name but hey, at least I’m unique!!! And I’m very young at heart!!!!

  • frogeeman33

    how about tubby

  • frogeeman33

    WHO died and left u boss

  • frogeeman33

    how about CURLY,LARRY,MOE

  • frogeeman33

    should have named her enama

  • SuZQ

    That’s a terrible thing to say, Laurie. Nothing wrong with Floretta–and maybe she loves that she is named after someone in a creative way.

  • Bernard

    I know people with nearly all names listed. I would guess Cybele was shoved aside for an alternative spelling like Sibyl. Hattie is really a nickname for Harriet. I bet Leona lost altitude with the little people because of Helmsley.

  • darlingrats

    i wonder where my first name which is Darlene and my middle name being Kay ranks.. i know Darlene isnt a common name. and no joke..1 time we lived on Marlene drive.

  • darlingrats

    Willow is Will and Jada Smith’s daughter’s name.the son’s name is Jaden, so they named each 1 of their kids after them, the son after mom, the daughter after dad.

  • Jonathan Reid

    I hear these names all the time!

  • Sue

    I like the name Lydia. It’s my granddaughter’s name.

  • Allen Pape

    Talk about humorous. There was Governor Hogg of Texas that named his daughters, Ima Hogg and Ura Hogg.

  • Sue

    My Tiffany was born in 76. It was years before we met another Tiffany but there’s been a many a time that I’ve regretted naming her that. My other daughter is Margaret ( my Mother’s name) and she absolutely hate it so she goes by her middle name.

  • Rhonda

    Sharon is a nice name. My favorite cousin was named Sharon and I had another cousin named Brenda. Both were wonderful, loving, and caring women. We lost Brenda to cancer and Sharon to a blood clot in her lung. The whole family misses these awesome ladies.

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  • Lu

    This is crazy! I know people with every one of those names, and I know 11 women named Joyce, a couple of dozen women named Ann (or Anne) easily, several Anitas – this list seems totally off base!

  • SG F

    They couldn’t just put all this info on page?

  • Melanie Berlas

    Interesting. I would have thought at least a few of the following names would have been in the list: Viola, Violet, Sabrina, Esther, Eleanor, Francesca, Gwendolyn, Phyllis, Francis, Basil, Penelope, Conrad, Byron, Michaela, Darlene, Vivienne, Jameson, Jezebel, Frederick, Cary (for boys), Alvin, Lloyd, Arthur, Leslie (for boys), Matilda, Grace, or Jeremiah.

  • Anona-Miss

    LOL–I wondered how long it would take for this conversation to totally abandon children’s names and get to slavery and racism. Warming up when they started saying certain names are ghetto.

  • Anona-Miss

    Sounds like Claude Russell Bridges who changed his name to Leon Russell. By the way (people with ‘uneek’ spellings and everyone else-have you seen the name of this board? LOL at first I thought it was ‘discus’ like the thing you throw…

  • Margarte’s daughter

    National would have been great for a boy–and if he didn’t see the humor, it’d naturally be shortened to Nate anyway *grin*

  • Margaret’s daughter

    Yes, Brenda (cute name), I understand exactly what you mean by hard and soft names. Melanie, Carrie, Emily, Jamie sound like soft names. Nancy, Brittany, Chris–sound hard, but I couldn’t say why. What’s funny are the names, you know their parent’s were hippies if you are talking to Skye, Sunshine, Rainbow or River. Oh, and ‘Blue and Harmony! I’ve met at least one of each.

  • Margaret’s daughter

    My mom always said the thought long and hard about what to name us because being teased about your name is no fun for a kid. So, growing up as one of the five (yes 5) ‘Kathy’s on our block alone, sent me to social security on my 18th birthday. I did a simple swap of my first and middle names and it was GREAT! I had two very close friends in high school with the same name as me, being the ‘skinny Kathy’ sucked. Now to the important part–any girl with the name Gladys, Erma, Berha, Edna, Fannie,,,is going to get it! The only problem is that they sound old, the names themselves are fine but children have little imagination when your name has also been the same word for your ‘backside’ or Lucy’s best friend. Be careful new mothers!

  • Sharon

    Lera is my aunt – DOB 1943. Elyria is my grandmother 1920 DOB, she was Hortense’s (Horty) and Lillian and Dottie’s sister. Elfie Meredith of Lawrenceville Va was in her 90’s in 1986 – maybe an 1890 DOB. Mabel was the free slave that was slightly younger that share her childhood and always remained faithful to Mrs. Meredith up until she died in ’87. Awesome names. Riley was never to be used as a girls’ name. It got hijacked.

  • Firestar

    We named our daughter Madeline Sophia <3

  • Kendra

    My soon to be daughters name is Texas Rose <3

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  • Sir_K33tanz

    Could be worse. Like Eunice. Or Esther (Ester)

  • Willie Shotwell

    I have a daughter named Ruby. It was a family name on both sides, and I love it.

  • ms20

    Cant the names just be listed on one page? instead of having to keeping page after page after page??

  • Kashen, last name Kerry

  • whatever4andnomore

    Funny to see my mother’s name (RoseAnn) on this list. You never know what will be popular names. 22yrs ago my oldest daughter’s name, Savannah was never heard of especially in a non southern state. My 11year old was named Heidi and you just dont hear that name among girls her age today. As for boys, I have yet to hear of another Garrison and well, I don’t think Ryan will ever stop being popular. You gotta go with what you like and aviod the trends.

  • 1TimothyABear2

    ‘Pancake’ as a girls name isn’t used quite as often as it used to be.

  • Clyde Barrow

    I like the name Loretta Kyle.

  • Jethro

    Th8is website really sucks. There is so much crap trying to load at one time it takes my fast connection forever to load.

  • M Collins

    Exactly! Those are some old names and enjoyable to say today, thanks.

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  • UtahSoccerMom

    We named our daughter “Isabella” nearly 19 years ago, thinking we’d chosen a vintage and rarely used name. Little did we know a movie character would rocket it to number 1. lol! Oh, well, we were still ahead of the trend. 🙂

  • Mrs. W

    Where does Ola come in?

    Or Ada?

  • Anesha Johnson

    Marie is my middle name taken from my mom….well you cleared that nice….May God Bless Your Beautiful Family

  • LD

    As a matter of fact, no, my old GF is not my wife. I suggested Lorraine as a name for my daughter because I like the name, not because I am still crazy about an ex. FWIW, my ex hates the name Lorraine.

    When my wife and I were discussing names, I suggested Lorraine and expected that it would get shot down in flames. She liked it and informed me that it is her sister’s middle name. I then told her where the name came from and she still did not have a problem with it, but said any other name from an ex was not under consideration.

    My daughter likes the name it because it’s French and her mother likes the fact that it is a family name. I like the fact that my daughter has a simple, classic name that you don’t see very often and I get to tell a clean, fun story in mixed company.

    BTW, I have to ask, what is your middle name? I might have more kids and I can use a new story.

  • rmwayne

    What’s wrong with names like Sharon or Brenda? I’ve seen a lot worse. And I sure like those names a lot better than all those girls names nowadays that sound like they oughta be somebody’s last name.

  • Carol

    How about Carol, it’s an old name…it also happens to be mine 😐 LOL

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  • Anesha Johnson

    So let me get this straight…you named your precious, heavenly daughter a middle name from an old gf…….So is the old gf your wife now? If not, what woman would go for that?….If it was that serious why didn’t you just have a child with the old gf…..Please help me understand this….I’m not trying to be rude but this sounds ratchet….

  • Cat

    I’m surprised they didn’t list Hazel, you never hear that name anymore, either.

  • Mine is the original spelling of Pamala – Greek for “Honey”. However, it drives me nuts to have to spell it for everyone, have just about everyone mispronounce it and spell it wrong after I tell them how to spell it. An English author in the late 1800’s named a character Pamala, but spelled it wrong and it caught on.
    My daughter had nine other girls in her class in first grade. She was the only girl not named Meaghan or Krystall.

  • I was expecting some unique names, not JOYCE or JANET.

  • Terry

    I am named Terryl Lynne. Terryl is the feminine for Terrell. Just call me Terry!

  • g_mantwo

    I know 5 Emilys right now at work.

  • Pamela

    Most of these names are not that uncommon or no longer used. My moms (Shirley) sisters are Mayfrey, Dorothy, Naomi, Bertha. All born between 1910-1940. That’s what I call vintage and no longer used. I’m a Pamela born in 1962. There were 2 Pamela’s in high school with me and I worked with one more a few years ago.

  • Cool name.

  • How about Gertrude, Esther, or Mildred??

  • aar

    Would one say, “The dog wagged it is tail?” Then don’t say, “The dog wagged it’s tail.”

  • Lori

    Couldn’t read the article, was too distracted by the improper use of the contraction, it’s.
    Next time, remember it’s is a contraction for it is, it is never used as a possessive.

  • Booboobear

    I don’t mind some of these. I actually think Hattie is really cute, plus better and less great-grandmother sounding like some of the more popular old names today: Ava, Sophia, etc). The ones I really hate are the last name/unisex names every second girl has (and shares with every 4th/5th boy): Taylor (yuck), Madison, Jordan, Mackenzie, etc. Almost as bad are the Mc Names (Mckayla, McKenna, McKenzie, McCauley, etc)I think girls should have pretty, feminine, normal names, not stripper, not last names, not boy names, not made up names (Kinzley? WTH? Ainsley? Awful. )

  • booboobear

    You should gave called yourself Andi and let it go. Andrea Celeste is actually a pretty name, to me.

  • IsabellSophie

    Seriously??? How are you going to say Americans are “dumbed down” and tell someone else to do real research, then say Isabelle and Sophia are not as common. Aren’t both those names in the top 10 used last year??? WOW. You are a piece of work, aren’t you??

  • scrooge

    The neatest girl’s name I ever heard was “Aurora” (Goddess of the rainbow) and belonged to a very classy, dignified older woman.

  • Silversam

    I had a cousin “Minnie” who died at the age of 99 a few years a go. Her best friend from childhood “Elsie” was still alive.

  • jerrilynn

    Old fashioned names not mentioned are Gladys, Hortence, Mabelle or Mable, Harriett, Hazel, Clyde, Ivy, Louise, Myrtle, Leoma, Gertrude, Daisy, Violet, Leila, Tucker, Ginger, Fannie, Gardinia, Pearl, most of which are my relatives! Of course, the Brits have all kinds of names we don’t think about, i.e. Percivel, Clive, Basil, etc.

  • WadeCollins

    Laurie=mentally ill mean bit*h

  • James Brown

    Yes, but pronounced “Hey Seuss”

  • GailMarie123

    I’m a college instructor, and the worst name I’ve ever encountered is “Latrina.” Obviously named by someone who’d never been in the military!

  • Snufy

    I heard of a boy named Sue…

  • San

    How about Jesus?????

  • Wendy

    My name is Wendy and I never hear it anymore, unless you are around 40 like me. My grandmother was a Blanche–never hear that one anymore!

  • John Mayo

    If you dislike your name, then you should change it. You don’t own anyone an explanation either. I’m thinking of changing my last name, and I suppose my first as well. It’s your life.

  • John Mayo

    I especially like the name Lauren.

  • John Mayo

    Some of these names were pretty cool. I especially like Janet. For some of the names that are falling out of favor, there is a very good reason for this. Roseanne – what father would agree to name his daughter this? NO Father. Hattie – is a name for great grandmothers. Dorothy – clearly conjures up the Wizard of Oz. Leona – this name was already on the way out, and then TOTALLY ruined by Leona Helmsley. Joyce is a name for grandmothers. Georgia is a state in the south. It is also a former Soviet Republic and is fraught with problems. Why would anyone name their daughter Georgia. Also, the name reminds me of older women.
    Of course some of the most “up to date” girl’s names are absolutely terrible: Abcd (or Abcde) pronounced Absidy or A bay ca day. Horrible. Madison is a city in Wisconsin. Taylor is the job title of someone who makes clothing. McKenzie is an Irish surname. Naming your children after “famous people” or their daughters is pathetic. Destiny is not a name (unless YOU’RE an stripper). Also terrible, Jaden or Jayden for boys. Weird and not cool sounding. Not a cool name at all.
    Also, please use any (space) more (two words, not one) in the title of this article. Anymore is incorrectly used here.

  • You know why no one has these names anymore? Because they’re fucking horrible!!!

    Whenever I used to go out and have some random dude want to talk to me I’d tell him my name was Beatrice…. that’s about as unattractive as it gets. Or Agnes, Martha, Gertrude, Edna, Esther…

  • Erin Rooney

    Oh, how I can identify with Gertrude! The Irish tradition is to name the firstborn daughter after the paternal Irish grandmother; if that tradition would have been upheld, my name would be Gertrude right now. Erin was bad enough!

  • Erin

    Hi, my name is Erin, I am female 1/2 Irish. I had been on the boys classroom lists throughout 12 years of public school, told by teachers that my parents spelled my name wrong i.e. Aaron, that is was a boy’s name, had it pronounced Irwin and when corrected was told that I was pronouncing it incorrectly! I was made fun of all during my school years for my name that my Irish-American father thought was beautiful. I completely understand parents wanting to perpetuate their heritage and ethnicity but think back when you were in school and your classmates would take anyone’s name and make a derrogatory rhyme from it and how humiliating that was!!! I even had a bank customer tell me that my name was spelled wrong on my teller name sign and would pronounce it wrong on purpose because he thought it was funny even after having been corrected.
    I have two grown sons whose names are Mark and Matthew and no one ever mistakes them for having unusual names.

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  • thesparky1

    But on the other hand, never write off giving your daughter a good old name of Boadicea

  • thesparky1

    Do NOT name your kids from the list of frequently abducted list of names. Kaylee is the first one. How many “law for Kaylee”, “benefit for Kaylee”, or “The Kaylee foundation” do we need?

  • Andrea Spencer

    Please tell us that is a joke?

  • Andrea Spencer

    How would any of you like to be named Andrea.. not ANdrea but pronouced AUndrea. I had to grow up correcting or dealing with no one every saying my name correctly. I despise my name. Where my dad came up with it I do not know. Andrea Celeste and why my mom let him do it other than he was that much older than she was.. At least it’s the only bad thing he ever did. I was my daddy’s girl! haha

  • Alan

    Actually, being the male I am, I truly love the name Brenda. To me, it conveys sweetness, but I also think of it as being a sexy name for adult females. One name you’ll likely never find parents ever naming their daughter in the future is the name “Gay”…all thanks to the sodomites who preferred to be called referred to as something without a pejorative meaning. However, as time goes on, these invented names become synonymous with the one’s the were intended to replace and then become a pejorative in their own right. Another female name you’re unlikely to ever see again is Lesbia.

  • I was about to peruse the list until I realized that I had to load 26 individual pages for 15-20 words for one name and I gave up. I’m not loading 200 ads, with 26 auto play videos to look at a handful of names.

  • Latlu

    I love “vinitage” names and I wanted to name one of my daughters after my mother, but “Pamela” felt outdated and un-pretty (although my mother is beautiful). I don’t like the nickname “Pam” (cooking spray) or “Pammy” (ugg) either. We named our girls Juliette Rose and Rosalie Lenore. My maternal grandmother was know for her love of Roses, so both names honor her in that way. 🙂

  • Apostrophe

    Lost ITS momentum…it’s =it is

  • Louise

    I’m a Louise, 22 years old. Please, for the love of god, do not nickname your child Lulu. Louise is a distinctive, dignified name. Lulu is fluffy and nonsensical.

  • Bill Tomey

    my name is HEINZ,i was named fo 57 varieties

  • Lisa

    my names lisa, im 13? this came out on my 13th birthday hahaah:p

  • Weston

    I found it fun to go to a nearby old cemetery when I was in college (very peaceful there) and look at some of the old names on the headstones. My favorite: Parthina. Don’t think that one was too common, even in 1850.

  • What about GERTRUDE???

  • ===

    The young Michelles that I know of today (around 12-24 years old), are mostly Asians and Asian Americans. Michelle was the Brittany of its day, it was the hottest name in the 1950’s-70’s. But I always think that the name Brittany is hotter than Michelle, they were born around the 1980’s and 1990’s.

  • I have known people with some of those names in my life time.

  • PSAGuy

    Hey….where is Gertrude ??

  • Guest

    Named my daughter Georgia in 09 when she was born. L♥ve the name!

  • Andrfea

    my daughter and I are both Andrea and she has a daughter Evelyn

  • Christy

    My daughter has a long and unusual first name= Andielizabeth.. Now Elizabeth has been in our family for over 300 years.

  • Christy

    My middle name is on here. A family name passed down=Louise… My great grand mother had the same middle name

  • Christy

    My daughter’s name is Andielizabeth.. It’s a long first name but I thought it was pretty together. Elizabeth in our family go back over 300 years.

  • Thank you.

  • Ashley, Ashley, Ashley ……..
    Seems theres BILLIONS!!!
    My Lord!!

  • So, you think, Melanie, would be considered a *cute* name? Interesting.

  • jim

    My grandmother and her sisters were all born between 1900 and 1907. Their names were, Elsie, Emma, Bertha, and Helen.

  • Really? One page per name?

  • madmilt

    How about names that are totally unheard today, such as Mabel and Melba? And do you know of anyone in the world named Lucretia?

  • LD

    As a guy, I had to grow up with a girls first name and I can tell you it was not easy. Now I am in my mid fifties and sometimes it still can be a problem. I have done well, but my name did keep some doors closed.

    When it was time to name my daughter, I suggested Rebekah Lorraine to my wife. Rebekah is from the Bible and Lorraine is the middle name of an old girlfriend of mine. My wife gave her approval, so we ran with it. My daughter tells me that it has been a blessing for her that her name has not been something really weird and yet not very common.

    Folks, when you name your child, please, give them a decent, classic name without a really strange spelling. Also, make sure the given name will not cause gender problems with the companies and people they work with. Today, young people have it hard enough. Why make it worse?

  • Flipper

    I named my daughter Harietta Skankette Johnston. She ios now 42 and weighs 375 lbs.

  • I have a younger sister named Pamela Noel and she also named her first daughter Ciera Jalene, I thought that was rather unique.

  • Allan Richardson

    If you were Greek you would have a “patriotic” name, because Helen MEANS Greek in Greek (Hellene).

  • Allan Richardson

    To be fair, Scout was the nickname of the main character in “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. And Harper is one of those last names uses as a first name. Lee Harper would have been just as “normal”.

  • Allan Richardson

    Penelope is still popular among Greek Americans. It honors the faithful wife of Odysseus who waited 20 years for her husband to come home.

  • Allan Richardson

    Dacia was the Roman name of the province we now call Romania.

  • Allan Richardson

    There was one president with a first name beginning with A, and one with a first name ending in Z (Abe Lincoln and Zachary Taylor). The most common presidential first name is James (including Jimmy), and the second is John.

    Would you settle for Hillary? Or (a long shot) Elizabeth? If we elect Warren in 2016 and the Queen of England is still alive, it might be the first time the two countries had heads of state with the same first names since 1783 (George and George)!

  • Allan Richardson

    A comedian (I believe Hispanic) made an interesting comment about Leonard Bernstein’s classic musical West Side Story. He said the balcony scene was not believable, because in a Puerto Rican neighborhood at that time, if you yelled up at an apartment building, “Maria!”, there is no way that only ONE girl would respond!

    Maria, or French Marie, is not uncommon as a man’s MIDDLE name. It means that he was probably born on one of the feast days associated with Mary.

  • Allan Richardson

    Leo Rosten in “The Joys of Yiddish” tells about Jewish boys who took a “goy” name to fit in in business, and says that so many Isaacs changed to Irving, an Anglo-Saxon name, that in time gentiles began thinking that Irving was a Jewish name! Isaac Baline wrote songs under the name Irving Berlin, and ended up writing the most popular secular Christmas song ever: White Christmas. Nathan Birnbaum became George Burns, etc. But today Jewish celebrities such as Tovah Feldshuh and Mayim Bialik are successful under their original names.

  • Allan Richardson

    And Oprah was intended to be Orpah, the daughter-in-law of Naomi who did NOT come back to Bethlehem as Ruth did, but her mother spelled it wrong and it stuck. I know an elderly white woman named Orpah in Florida!

  • Allan Richardson

    Parents of all races occasionally give their children “phony” names from another language, or from the Bible. Two fictional characters come to mind, Gomer Pyle and Hagar the Horrible, both male characters. The authors who created those names may not have been aware that Gomer and Hagar are FEMININE names in the Bible. Or they knew and were just having fun with them.

  • Allan Richardson

    I just followed a link to get here and it never occurred to me that the web site was specifically for black mothers. I was thinking “noir” as in the detective movie genre! For the record, I am a white father of a 28 year old son who has not found the right girl yet to give us a grandchild. If she turns out to be a black lady, we would be just as happy as if he chooses a wife of any other “race”, since (except for albinos) we are all different shades of brown, and all from Africa ultimately.

  • Allan Richardson

    Does anyone realize that the social accomplishments that made the “white race” dominant are the RESULT of mixing, genetically, socially, linguistically, and politically, about a hundred or more people who once thought of themselves as different “races” from Persia to Ireland? In other words, the white “race” CAME from mixing. Farmers and ranchers, as well as biologists, know that hybrid plants and animals are hardier and survive better than single breeds. So some more mixing will make ALL of us stronger.

    And just to be clear, all “races” came from Africa; some just left there sooner than others.

  • Allan Richardson

    The reason for black people owning slaves is that in some states, slaves who were set free had to leave the state in a certain time period or they could be re-enslaved; slaves whose grandparents became free in colonial times were not subject (at least legally) to re-enslavement, so they often “bought” their relatives to ensure that those relatives could not be picked up by strangers and sold “down the river”.

    The vast majority of slaves were in the south, owned by whites, and kept on plantations. A few were owned by other blacks or by Indians, and a few were kept in the north. The northern states being more industrial, and their farms being mostly small family farms, the abolitionist message had less resistance there. But the south’s plantation economy depended on slave labor. If the rich whites COULD have enslaved poor whites or Indians they would have. Blacks were originally imported for convenience, and a good way to make sure they did not run away was to prejudice the POOR white population against them. The fact that there were very few free blacks made the slave bounty hunter’s job much easier.

  • Allan Richardson

    Was that a rhetorical question? Just in case it was not, there was an actor in the 1940’s named Spencer Tracy. At least your uncle didn’t call you Dick after the comic strip policeman.

    Sorry to hear about the lady who named her daughter after a disease (must have figured she got both at the same time). I would imagine that an Italian restaurant named after its owner would not be too popular if his name was Sal Monella.

  • Allan Richardson

    The wife of Elijah Baley, the principal character in Asimov’s novel series starting with “The Caves of Steel”, was called Jessie, but it was not an abbreviation of Jessica as you might think, but of … JEZEBEL. In a flashback to when they met, their first conversation was about the irony of an Elijah and a Jezebel getting together!

  • Allan Richardson

    Rejoice in your name, Sharon! It comes from the Hebrew name of a flower, and is also a last name, with the accent on the second syllable, of an Israeli Prime Minister (and his first name Ariel is more commonly a girl’s name in America, much like British Robin and American Robin)!

  • Allan Richardson

    I believe Madelaine (in various spellings) is derived from Magdalene, the woman whose testimony started the Christian church (and was NOT, as far as we know, a prostitute or adulterous wife before meeting Jesus).

  • Allan Richardson

    I don’t care, I still love the Dorothy I married and the Dorothy who raised her!

  • Allan Richardson

    You don’t think a certain obnoxious celebrity has ruined the name Roseanne, do you?

    Actually, I admire her for her spunk. It’s not easy growing up Jewish in Utah and being called a Gentile and constantly checked to see if you have horns on your head (an actual Mormon myth about Jews).

  • Allan Richardson

    I remember the classic basketball song Sweet Georgia Brown, used as a trademark by the Harlem Globetrotters, and subsequently as warmup music (whistled) before every college came. Also, Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft sung it on stage in Polish at the beginning of their 1970’s remake of the Jack Benny 1940’s film To Be or Not to Be (performing just before the German blitzkrieg invasion, in Warsaw, to a fictional Polish audience).

  • Allan Richardson

    Anita may have been spoiled by the homophobic actions of Anita Bryant in Florida.

  • JudyKay

    I was named after a character in a book that my mother was reading when she was pregnant with me. I’ve never been unhappy with Judith Kay (gone by Judy all my life except for elementary teachers) and much happier than what my oldest sister wanted to name me, Sybil Caroline. My sisters names, Mabel Maxine and Mildred Nadine. In my 70’s and I still like my name best!

  • Calico

    I just wanted to read the list. It would take me maybe 10 seconds, but instead, it takes that long to reload each page just to read the next name. Were you trying to be annoying with this?

  • jackie

    My birth name is Jacqueline Elvira Kathleen Moreno. Jacqueline – after Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis
    Elvira – paternal grandmother’s name
    Kathleen – maternal grandmother’s name
    Moreno – of course my dad’s family surname
    Sobolowski – is my mother’s family surname
    Alvarez is now my married surname.

  • pianokeyz

    These aren’t very pretty names. How about real feminine vintage British names like Nicola, Lillian, Estella, Lydia, Genevieve, Isobel, Rosalie, Chloe, Amelia, Eugenie

  • pianokeyz

    We are fighting a losing battle. Even the “official” company communications where I work have “it’s” used as a possessive. So many people get it wrong these days that it’s going to become accepted. Might as well give up and save your energy for things like:

    “step foot” instead of set foot
    “point and time” instead of point in time
    “flush it out” instead of flesh it out
    “tow the line” instead of toe the line
    and spoken:
    “real-a-tor” instead of realtor
    Feel free to add your own bête noire.

  • pianokeyz

    Sounds too “hayseed.”

  • VegasNevada

    What about Birdie??????

  • but not spelled in these ways, of course!

  • so they get extra clicks on their page.

  • how unpleasant.

  • therealguyfaux

    Thank Superman, too.

  • therealguyfaux

    Identifiable as Jewish, since the name means “rabbi” in French– and of course, Yitzhak Rabin. They’ve turned it into a variant of “Rayburn/Raybourne” with that pronunciation (“Raybun”), but the spelling is the giveaway.

  • therealguyfaux

    “Blayze,” spelled “Blaise,” is a French name, not a particularly common one but hardly unknown (Blaise Pascal, the philosopher = “Better to believe in a God who doesn’t exist, than not to believe in One who does.”) That spelling with “y-z” is one I’ve only seen in Britain.

  • therealguyfaux

    Except that, in many parts of Africa well-Christianized or Islamified, the children get conventional names of saints, or names from the Koran. Plenty of Josephs and Marys in Africa along with Muhammads and Aishas.

  • therealguyfaux

    Although a name that means “Gypsy” in Spanish does carry with it certain connotations too, it must be said.

  • therealguyfaux

    Don’t forget the Amie’s and Aimee’s either (French for “friend”[feminine] and “beloved” [fem.], respectively). They had a head start on the re-spelling, though. I’m remembering President Carter’s daughter with that name being about that age then.

  • therealguyfaux

    How stupid can I be– how could I forget about all the Brittanys in the retirement villages in the 2050’s? My bad. (And the Brittanys and Tiffanys will still be using that expression then, and their young granddaughters named Lorenzia and Amelia and Juniata will say, “What does that mean, Granny?”)

  • Betsy

  • Janette

    ‘… transitioned to it’s shorter form …’

    It is ‘its’. It’s is the contraction for ‘it is’. Call me a grammar nazi, I deserve it.

  • Amy

    We had a lot of Jennifers too

  • Amy

    I was born n 1972 and apparently that was the year of the “Amy” because there were 10 of us in the same class. We had to get creative with spellings and such just to differentiate between us. The poor teachers! Can you imagine having that many students with the same name? I was named after my great-grandmother, so it was a family thing n my case… not sure about all of the others. But there were definitely times when it would have been nice to have a different name.

  • All the names you mention end in a vowel, which has a feminine (“soft”) sound. I do not like names ending in “y” or “ie” which makes the name sound childish. I had a dignified colleague whose mother legally named him “Sammy”, not Samuel. He hates it and goes by “Sam.” There is a Music Professor (PhD) at an ivy league University whose first name is “Honey.” Cute for a baby, embarrassing for a professional woman .

  • How about putting the names on one page…

  • g55rumpy

    no “Pearl”?

  • At least your name indicates your gender. As you can see, mine does not (to people who don’t know that there are both feminine and masculine spellings) and to this day I receive mail addressed to “Mr.”

  • People who name their children funny names to amuse themselves should at least try to make it amusing for everyone, including the children. This can be done with a bit of effort, though.

  • Anne Parks

    Both my first and middle names are on this list: Anne Louise. Oh well, I like being unique 🙂

  • “… since he was afraid of me with my raging hormones …”

    Hilarious, as is the Jodi Arias trial.

    You’d probably be bleating up a storm if a man made a joke about intimidating women. Women like you deserve to be alone.

  • Well, an abbreviation of my first name is on here, ‘Hattie’ & my mum was thinking of naming me Georgia, this list one those two names doesn’t work in my case. Nevermind. 🙂

  • Dwinmo w

    My name is Della after my mom. My husbands last name is Ware. When he proposed he asked me if I wanted to become a state. I thought it was cool. After a few years I started getting really annoyed with the jokes
    until I remembered I did this to myself & I love my husband. He has sooooo much fun with it.

  • Chefpaulo

    I know far more women named Ann, Dorothy and Janet that I do Gertrude, Fannie, Alma, Genevieve and (God forbid) Hortense. How do these evade the list?

  • Esther

    True. My family were Chinese immigrants too, and they all seem to use conventional names that rank in the Top 10 like Michael and Jennifer. I’m an Esther, which is less common, but still nothing out of the ordinary. I had classmates that were Pandoras, Prestons, Chambers, Eltons, Goldens, Lakes. I’m not sure how they got their unusual names but it was really easy to remember.

  • Esther

    Actually, Joyce is still in the Top 50. I know a baby girl who was born last year named Joyce.

  • I happen to agree with you about some of the -ahem- unique names that black parents are sticking their children with these days, but there are just as many white parents naming their children ridiculous things. Also, there is a 2011 rebuttal of that study that you may want to read – those numbers may have been crunched in a way that reached the conclusion they wanted to reach rather than reflect reality. http://arward.net/2011/06/mit-job-discrimination-study-is-a-fraud/

  • Lance Turner

    Ethel? And your wife thought Gracie was an old lady name. You have to be looking for that to be a joke.

  • helen willis

    I was named after a popular song, and my first name is now on the old-lady name list. Most people like my name and often tell me it’s beautiful. Names keep getting recycled, but choosing a weird or made-up name can embarrass a kid until he/she’s no longer a kid. One thing that kept us from hating our name so much was the use of terms of endearment. Mother shortened sugar to shug, which is common in FL. Honey was hon, and we played name games. May became May Day. People need to avoid being so serious about everything, but give your kid a fighting chance by avoiding cutsey names. When you get older, you can change your name.

  • James Brown

    I used to work with three Chucks and two Bob Whites (we used to call them Junior and Senior) in a department of about sixty people

  • James Brown

    I have a friend whose last name is Christ (rhymes with “fist”) …. She has a warped sense of humor and once told me they thought about giving their son a “Spanish” name 😮

  • Geneva

    My name is Geneva, which is a very old name. I love it now, at 38 years old, but HATED it growing up. I was named after my great grandmother. I was so proud when I learned that Blues legend, Muddy Water’s wife was named Geneva. She is the only other person I have ever known to have it. I do have very old people tell me they knew someone with that name as a child. lol Hope they made it to adulthood. lol

  • Ivy

    Our younger daughter is Ivy. She was supposed to be Iris but when I saw her I said to my husband ‘she looks more like an Ivy’ and since he was afraid of me with my raging hormones he said ‘sure’
    . She loves her name.

  • Dawn

    My daughter’s name is April and her husband calls her Ape. Hate him…

  • Dawn

    More Janes in England, i think.

  • nottydotty@cox.net

    Seriously…Ethel…lol lol lol

  • mine is sharon elizebeth as child i dident like it as adult it dosent bother me i had 50 years to get use to it,,,could all ways been name gertrude

  • fr0thing

    Dorothy is just plain awesome! I love that name.

  • Guest

    ETHEL over Gracie? I hope he is cute!

  • My Mother’s name == Muriel / nickname Mickey / Beautiful Person = Beautiful Lady

  • Lynette

    I had an aunt named Flossie Morene ! How bout that Sharon ? Your name doesn’t seem that bad now does it?

  • nottydotty@cox.net

    I never liked my name either…Dorothy…It’s just plan aweful…And just the other day while reading the latest births…Someone actually named their baby girl “Dorothy”…I feel so bad for the little one…Every one , once they get a certain age should be allowd to keep or change their name…I definately would have done so…

  • kitt

    only two names on the list i would even consider, hattie and willow. my sisters name leona she was given my grandmothers middle name and my grandmothers middle name was her mothers name so it is a family name.

  • firecrkr7480

    how about Betty? it used to be really popular in my grandmas day and age. I love my gma and am proud to be named after her, but took alot of crap over the name

  • RainmanRedSox’67

    Cleopatra and Pocohontas

  • stellabystarlite

    OK, there is no reason why there needs to be 15 pages to list 14 names. Fourteen names can be listed on a single page. Just so you can include graphics of baby blocks with letters on them? I know what a letter ‘A’ looks like. You can put them all on the same page. Anita, Louise, etc. Why the clunky layout? Ridiculous.

  • Anthony DuLac

    Yeah, there’s a reason most of these fell off the “popular names” list. They’re fairly bland or weird-sounding or (worse) ugly names. I do like Willow and Madelaine, though.

  • Marta Von Runge

    This was a horribly designed page. It took forever to get from one name to the other. I hate this type of crap!!!

  • DonDong

    How can you miss with that…?! One of the most enigmatic beauties with that “peekaboo bang”. You’ve got a worthy last name too. Not as nice as mine, but… ;p

  • DonDong

    Wonder if she looks like Hattie McDaniel…? Yeah, everyone’s gonna copy “Tori”.

  • DonDong

    That’s EXACTLY who I thought of. But, at least she was one of the more memorable “actresses”. And not just because of her name ;p

  • DonDong

    Actually that’d be a Detroit boy’s first & middle name:
    Shakes Spear Jackson
    ; 8 )B

  • DonDong

    That’s a doosey. “Saint Shanequa”. ;p

  • DonDong

    Yeah, that’s a good point. I really hate that. The socialists are really big on eradicating gender specific names & nouns. If my wife gave birth to another daughter, I’d name her “Actress”. Her full name would be
    Miss Actress Poetess Aviatrix Dong. No mistaking her for one of the boys. Actually my daughter’s name is Daphne. Looong story but she likes it. She’s 15.

  • NOT Plain Jane

    I actually thought I would find my name on here, given it is rather “old-fashioned” – Jane. When I was growing up, I was unhappy with it, but mostly because of all the Tarzan jokes and the Dick and Jane jokes (obviously, I was born in the early 60’s so those jokes were still somewhat relevant 🙂 ), as well as “Plain Jane,” “Jane Doe,” etc. Now I really like it. Classic, simple yet elegant. Mom did a good job after all. 🙂

  • olblue

    Why are you so hateful?

  • my mom was named sharon Joyce and my sisters each have that middle name. I lost my mom three years go.

  • Nick

    No more Betty’s!

  • rolise

    What about Ida, Minnie, Sadie, Florence?

  • ditchdigger

    I was born in ’44, a Mike, in 2001, I worked on an industrial job with 5 Mikes in the same trade. 700 men on the job, had a lot of fun with it.

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  • ditchdigger

    Many draftstock, saddle stock were named the same names, they were revered, because it was your livelyhood, families servival, there were no social safety nets.

  • ditchdigger

    This dates us, my list only scratches the surface and I missed yours, growing up with folks borne into the 1870s, to 1890s, English, Germans, Irish, spanish, native Americans.

  • ditchdiger

    That’s a compromise I could by into.

  • ditchdigger

    Penolepe, Gertrued, Helen, May, Ella, Grace, Josephine, Betty/Elisabeth, Dotty, Dorthy, Opel, Betty Joe, Bonney, Bunny, Caroline, Mable, Ginger, Ruth, Martha, Lucile, Patty, Audry, Burnice, Just a few in our family, only back to the 1880s.

  • corn29

    Moron, Would you like to browse the Detroit phone book and see how many Porshas there are… and it’s not because of Shakespeare.

  • sk8sonh2o

    dafuq did I wait for this pos

  • James Wiske

    Jesus, I like internet lists as much as anyone, but I’m not going to click 14 times to read 14 small blurbs.

  • Michael Todd

    Morgana, Peaches, Brunhilda

  • therealguyfaux

    Sadly, there was a porn star with that name. There may be many men of a certain age who will know that name in that context, but be discreet enough not to mention it, you’d hope.

  • therealguyfaux

    Mercedes was a girl’s name before the car– in fact, the car was named for the daughter of the manufacturer, Mercedes Benz. Although she was German, it’s a Spanish name, which means “Mercies,” and it is meant to honor “Our Lady Of Mercy.” Portia, spelled that way, is a character in Shakespeare.

  • therealguyfaux

    Poor Obama’s Mom, Professor Stanley-Ann Dunham. (She went by “Ann” professionally, when she published in academic journals.) How many people do you figure called HER “Stan’?

  • therealguyfaux

    “Leroy” and “Vernella,” though. Yes, there WERE a few white people with these names, but they tended in the main, in my experience, to be “black” names. The joke back then was that someone named Farnsworth Cleesthorpe Robinson III is probably not black, and Leroy Robinson is probably not white. (Mary- Margaret Browne not black/Vernella Browne not white).

  • therealguyfaux

    “Eve” and “Maeve,” right?

  • therealguyfaux

    Tyrone is a county in Ireland and was, until perhaps mid-20th C,. considered an Irish name, see Tyrone Power, e.g.

  • therealguyfaux

    Let me guess: people called you “Scout,” right?

  • Anosmia

    I’m a Jennifer and you are so right! I definitely associate it with kids born in the ’70s and ’80s. I was born in 1974 and there were more Jennifers than I could even count in my high school and college. Oddly enough, at my job there are only two of us.

  • Anosmia

    I think it wonderful that you were given a name that melded your grandmothers’ names together. It makes it very meaningful!

  • efells

    How about these – Irene, Veronica, Margaret
    Names of flowers in general – Rose, Iris, Violet, Daisy,

  • Steven Newman

    I would say perhaps one reason these names are not in favor as much is that girls are taking boys names [how about Shannon for one]..and also are using last names as first names. PS- I won’t mention Pres. Obama’s mother’s name. And i joke that my grand parents must not have been able to afford middle names as both my mother and father do not have middle names, My sister has Mae as a middle name. I don’t love my name other. Must be a Jewish thing even 2nd gen in US made so-so choice. Say all 3 of my names and it rhymes with my sister’s 3 names!

  • Steven Newman

    ..and to what Initials spell and to what possible nicknames would be likely.

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  • ida

    so my name Ida is now popular? lol!!!! I hear hardly anyone with ida

  • Should not be an issue what the sex of a person applying for a job is anyway. I think there are laws about that.

  • toinette jones

    my name is Toinette..I hated it as a child but love it today….it’s so pretty being pronounced in other languages…..

  • kellarNstink

    i wanted to name our daughter “Gracie” but my wife said no way, that it was an “old lady” name. Now our little “Ethel” is almost 5 years old..

  • Juke

    Sharon was an extremely popular name in the early 1960s: Sharon Stone, Sharon Gless, Sharon Case, Sharon Tate, Sharon Osborne, and about 10 girls in my very small school. Cheryl was also very popular at the time.

  • Vincent

    Regarding the name Carole over the years… http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/102842.html

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  • you dont hear Leigh, gracie, kristen, marion, ruth, mary, bessie, anastacia, victoria, vivian or martha.

  • corn29

    Don’t forget when they name their kids after cars too — Porsha, Lexus, Mercedes, etc.

  • LearnYourGrammar

    This list would be much better with proper proofreading. “It’s” is not the same as “Its”. Please pay attention.

  • daves

    It’s best to name your kid anything but Sheniqua, Latisha, Anferny, and the like. Resumes with names like that hit my shredder before I get to the last name.

  • am

    I did not name any of my children two of them a boy and girl and named after their fathers and the other a boy was named after one the us ambassadors at the time. But my rule was the name could not be more than 6 letters and it had to be easy to say. I hate these combined names that people are coming up with. I ran into a young man name QuinTez really! I’m guessing his parents names are Quintin and Shantez. LOL!


    My name caused me much grief in elementary school. My name is April, and kids called me apple, ape, maple, it happened all the time. Then they just had to know if I was born in April, and I was. Good grief! But that is not why my parents named me that. My dad just always liked the name. and said if he ever had a daughter, he would name her April.

  • Irenda jones

    my parents named me Irenda, a name which is not usual. I have been called Linda, Irene, Kendra,Renda, and was sent my certificate announcing that I was a” Hoosier Scholar” ,but they put Brenda! I hated my name as a teen, but as an adult I like it. it always bugs me that people compliment my name and never name their daughter after me???!!

  • Iliana Stevenson

    My name is iliana and I hated it when I was in school even though people thought it was beautiful reason being is that many people would just botch it and I just got tired of it so I started telling everyone to call me lily for short but today I love my name and even though they can’t get rite its my g’vt name and my mom picked it for me

  • Seriously?

    You used the wrong “its” every single time. Just thought you ought to know. It was kind of magical actually.

  • I named my first daughter Hypatia– a very old Greek name. I named her after Hypatia of Alexandria, the unmarried scientist/mathematician/astronomer who was murdered by a mob of early Christians egged on by Cyril, the Bishop of Alexandria (who was later made a saint by the oh-so-holy-and-right Church. There are a few people out there with the name Hypatia, but not many! I wanted her to carry the name of a strong, single, highly educated woman of science, and thought it a double bonus for her to have a name that would lead her to always have an understanding of what extreme religiosity can wreak.

    Upon hearing her name, people either immediately know who she is named after, or they ask if that is a type of flower.

    Thus far, my eldest doesn’t resent her name, although if we lived in a small town, she might. Her middle name is Gertrude, after one of her great grandmothers on one side and after one of her great great grandaunts on the other.

    My second daughter had a much more ‘normal’ name– Elsie– after my husband’s grandmother. For her middle name, though, I insisted on Theano, who was a mathematician, physician, and early child psychologist, of the Pythagorean school.

  • dobby

    I know a lot of people with these names. Including Pamela. They’re not really vintage.

  • callmeBob

    Willow? What about Meadow…?

  • Kay

    This article is annoying having to reload a new page for each name. It should have all been on ONE page that you can scroll down on.

  • Erin

    Actually, you hear all of those names all the time.

  • Cassandra o’troy

    i’m not going to read your article. would you like to know why? because instead of giving me a list of names to read, you are giving me ten pages to load. this is not necessary, and it is extremely annoying. this is electronic media, not paper. there is no need for one article to have all those pages, especially a list. i could scroll down whatever it is you have on all those pages much easier, and if you hadn’t decided on this stupid format, i would be doing that right now instead of writing this comment.

  • Faust

    How about we all worry what we name out kids and not what others have named theirs. So much anger and ignorance based on a choice that has nothing to do with you. If you don’t like someone’s name then don’t name your child that, pretty simple.

  • Candela Col.

    the fact that you consider the south to be racist, is enough. I live in the south, I am from Nyc and nothing racist has occurred. and I’ve been to the country where I am the only minority.

  • Candela Col.

    tell me of an unisex name in Spanish? I give you one Ariel. at the same time, why even mention Spanish names here? is irrelevant.

  • Candela Col.

    finally some sense was said to mariposa

  • Candela Col.

    I was replying to David.why are you attacking me when David was the first one to go off topic? yes black names aren’t the problem, is the behavior (not that all blacks are like this). i just can’t stand people feeling bad for those who refuse to help themselves. go on and give them your check.

  • January24

    I love the name “Lisa.” I predict it will never go out of style.

  • Interestesingyou mention Alisa wich is my name and in 40 years I have never known anyone by that name until recently and they both live in this small town I now live in and I have lived in 4 different states and many towns. I also believe that choosing a name for your child is personal and as long as they are not given a name that can truley haunt a child then it is fine no matter what.

  • I have heard names such as Blue, Snow these are the strangest names I have heard. I am certain you Sharon Shurley, being a social worker have heard worse.

  • jp fern

    please let those names die

  • Fuzzworth

    Possessive “its” does not have an apostrophe. When you write “it’s” you are writing “it is” you are not writing “belonging to it.”

  • Finally

    The point is that it’s true & it doesn’t help you get a job. So why would your parents set you up for having difficulty getting a job?

  • Finally

    Yeah, these unique names aren’t quite so unique when everyone is doing it. Most have to spell their surnames & now have to spell their first names. A big waste of time, but then again, that’s the way the country is heading, slow everyone down because I’m special.

  • marci

    I find it very interesting that Joyce is listed in this article! My 13 year old is named Joyce…after her grandmother.

    My other children have unique names as well. They are all either family names or names that are have very special significance to us. One of our children’s names doesn’t even show up on most lists!

    Even though they are unique names, they actually make sense…not like so many names today that just sound like total gibberish and have no true meanings.

  • My daughter’s name is Coreen Marilyn…..she has been to two different high schools in our twin city area and she is the only student in the area with that name 🙂 Her grandmother’s name is Coreen and her Great Grandmother’s name is Marilyn <3

  • Interesting spelling, we have a grand-son named Andru. Our daughter-in-law now regrets the spelling she gave him as there are no kids toys, clothing etc. with that spelling, just the conventional.

  • I appreciate your thinking. A tad of good humor is always welcome & sure to create a smile.

  • What a load of poo.

  • Laura

    My name is Laura, It’s very common name and I hate it. If you hear a name Laura you don’t really think anything. If you hear something unique – you either like it or dislike it but it’s special. And I want to be special. My mom wanted to name me Lauriana (I have no idea how to write it) It would be special enough for me, but instead of that- just Laura. Boring.

  • Kelli

    I’m Kelli, born in the 70’s. Not “vintage”, but not terribly common these days. My mom thought she was doing me a favor by spelling it with an i instead of a y. After 30+ years, I’ve finally stopped correcting people and allow the misspelling of y. My middle name Nicole seems a lot more used, especially as a middle name.

    When I saw someone name their son “Jonythyn” in the 90’s, I knew we weren’t in Kansas anymore.

  • Just a guy

    Doing genealogy, I kept running up against women’s names that I had never heard of, such as “Content”. With a little research I found that two of them are still in use (top 1000) today, “Charity” and “Patience”. The others?
    Electa (I wondered if this wasn’t a variation on the Greek, Electra)

    Pleasant (“what a pleasant name you have”)

    Most of these names were used in the 1600s and 1700s.

  • JoanieT

    My name is Joan, I’m 31. Joan is an old uncommon name. Every Joan I’ve met (which hasn’t been many) we’re in their 80’s. I hated my name when I was little. But now I love it. I’m always the only Joan around 🙂

  • Erika

    My name is Erika, spelled with a “K”. I like my name and i am glad that my mother cared enough about me to give me a name at all.

  • Lori

    Tori Spelling has a daughter named Hattie…I imagine its popularity will increase.

  • No Veronica? Tut tut! Hahaha

  • I’m a “Sharon” as well – Sharon Linda to be exact – my sister passed away a year before I was born – “Linda”. I was always pleased I had a somewhat different name but not “odd”. Of course, my uncle called me Sherry from day one. . . and then the family called me Sher. So I was only called Sharon in school.
    But as far as names go? So what? After what all our parents went thru to raise us, they could have called us whatever they wanted to, and it would have been appropriate!

  • It says “Joyce” in the Janet item. Also, how about a “View as one page” option?

  • Lee Warthen


  • Ghislaine boles

    My name is Ghislaine (pronounced Jillane) and I have had my ups and downs with this name..I was born in London and my mother found it in a French newspaper..I really love it and have had humorous times with it being mispronounced..Gasoline was my favourite..I have been called Giselle, Jocelyn, Christine..the list goes on..but I really love my name and proud of it… 🙂

  • Phillip

    I think that is a cute name for a girl. Honestly.

  • caitengl

    I have an aunt (who is in her 50’s) names Ann Leona. That’s 2 of the names on the list! 😀

  • I recommend —

    Fart Nugget McDingleberry

    or the classic —

    Scrotie McBoogerballs

  • yeah – “vintage” or just OVER – lol – why live in the past? Find some new beautiful names – if you want to honor your grandparents, fine, but think about what your child has to go through in the FUTURE.

  • therealguyfaux

    So I’m watching The Talk one afternoon, and Julie Chen is telling how she has a sister whose “English” official government name (as opposed to a traditional Chinese name used in the family) is “Gladys,” and how her mother didn’t realize it wasn’t a particularly common name for American girls at that time. Sara Gilbert then offers that she would have killed for an “unusual” name like Gladys– “Do you know what it’s like, having about every third girl in your class in school having the same name? ‘Sara/h!’ ‘Which one?’ Sarah Palin, for heaven’s sake– every girl in the sixties and seventies was named Sarah! I’d have been the only ‘Gladys’– and I would have preferred that!” My experience was that in the seventies, every little girl was “Jennifer.” Imagine a nursing home around 2060, with all the Tiffanys that will be there. It runs in cycles.

  • Mis Anthropy

    A child’s name can say how trendy, cool and creative you are, but why should it?

  • disqus_icbV9gWg72

    I cant believe u hated ur mom for calling you “Sharon”. I have always liked that name and agree that Brenda is much worse!

  • They are forgotten names becaue they sucked then and they still suck now. I wouldn’t burden a child with any of them. “HATTIE” ??? Really????

  • I was expecting to see names like Dorcas, Hortense, Mildred, Agatha, and Agnes.

  • Being a retired social worker, I can honestly tell you that I have heard much much much worse names than Floretta. I wish I could tell you some of them, but it would be unprofessional. Just trust me on this one. Floretta is NOT that bad!

  • My name is Sharon too. I never liked it very much, but it did go nicely with my last name which was Shurley. In fact, after getting divorced, I took it back. My Mom allowed my brother to name me, and he named me Sharon after a girl he was dating at the time. I was almost named “Linda,” but they broke up. LOL! The name I have always wished I had been named is Debbie. All in all, I guess most of us wish we had been named something other than what we were.

  • yep, Debbie

    Debbie. Can you say ‘1950’s ??

  • Joel Manna

    ITS ITS ITS – Vintage spelling.

  • sydney

    ahh these are a lot of old white lady names. Leona & Willow are kinda cool. AND I think no one should ever name their child “Hattie” or “Carol(e)”

  • Rich Yan

    How about “Blanche”? Is anyone using that one anymore?

  • Jada

    I am 32 years old, and biracial. I love my name first name, Jada. Now and days though people are always asking me how to spell my name. I have 3 children and I named them Alexis, Samantha, and Nathan, nothing out of the box crazy.

  • gradyphilpott

    What is unique about any of these names?

  • DuBois

    “Willow” deserves a comeback.

  • themanbeyond

    Laurie Sheridan, shame on you! lol Floretta is actually a pretty name. It can be seen as a variation of “Florette” which means ‘little flower’.

  • I stopped reading when I realized I’d have to click for each name.

  • 20 .Marjorie
    21. Virginia
    22. Lenore

  • Ethel and Gertrude – the two spinster sisters in their 80s that lived next to me when I was a kid in the ’50s. Also, Hazel, Marjorie, Beulah, Ima, Claudia. Mabel – guarantees you employment in a diner.

  • Forces you to see more ads.

  • Why do you have to have each one of these on a separate page, forcing me to page through them? That takes a lot of time.

  • Laquesha

    Strippers you once knew?

  • Laquesha


  • We named our daughter Maile. It’s a Hawaiian name (my husband is half Hawaiian), so no, we didn’t make up the spelling, but it’s mispronounced all the time, and we get asked often, “Oh, like Miley Cyrus?” ::face-palm:: I’m sure Maile will run into some frustrations, but I don’t regret giving her the name we did. It suits her, and though unique, it has family history behind it. Besides, by the time she’s in grade school, the kids her age won’t even know who Miley Cyrus is. 😉

  • inca

    Gia, Giana,and many other girl’s names starting with Gia or Gi are Italian.Gitana sounds Italian.Very pretty name. smile…

  • Deelia

    Ruthie Hawkins, you should not be creating any content that has to do with writing. So many errors on so many pages, and there was only a sentence on each page! Ugh and a slideshow to boot.

  • Mildrid (or Millie), Jessie, Beth, Martha, Beatrice, Agnes, Tony (or Toni)

  • schmendric

    How about “Viola” meaning either the flower of that name or the musical instrument slightly larger than a violin.

  • annoyed user

    Slideshows are such terrible UX experience, especially when you’re clicking not to see a photo, but a few words. A single page view should always be an option.

  • Just Saying HI

    One of twin daughters name is Nova. She gets it from her great gandmother. 🙂

  • I was actually mildly interested enough to click the link to this story. I cannot stand these advertising gimmiks that make you click page after page of advertising to get to the point. I do not. nor ever will know the 10 worst names, except I know yours and will never click a link again.

  • Lydia H

    I like your name – it sound Italian.

  • missianne

    My almost 13 year old is named Tillee; she’s only ever met one person with that name, and the woman was in her early 80’s in 2003.

  • Gender neutral names for girls is all the rage right now – Ainsley, Saylor, Riley, Delaney, Avery, Morgan, Reagan. Just met a Douglass the other day who was a woman in her 40’s so I guess it’s not really new.

  • Actually, most of the people I know with those names are not girls, but are in their 20’s 30’s or 40’s. Today’s girls are being named gender neutral names like Ainsley, Saylor, McKenzie, Riley, Delaney, Sydney. No more stupid than flower names like Rose or Lily. Or virtues like the pilgrims did: Patience, Chastity, Prudence, etc. There will always be name trends, they just change over time. I think the names from the 50’s are pretty unattractive like Larry, Gary, Duane,Patricia, Barbara, but that ‘s just my opinion and if I was a parent back then , I probably would’ve loved those names.

  • I like your name and your kid’s names. But the point is that minority children with fairly standard names might at least have a chance to get to an interview to show off their appropriate manners, clothing and speaking skills. If their resume reflects an obvious “minority” name and gets tossed in the trash, they may not even get that chance to break the stereotypes that too many racist people still hold. Just sayin… Why stack the deck against them?

  • But that is the trend for girl’s names now – former surnames. I loved Sydney, Avery and Delaney when I was pregnant, but dad said no so we agree on Paige. I guess Sullivan sounds a little more boyish than girlish, but that is also common. Names like Riley, Chance, Saylor that could be either gender. I think it beats the old grandma name trend of Madeline, Hannah, Evelyn, etc

  • I think Chanelle is very pretty. I have a white friend named Chantel and when speaking of her have had others assume she is black. So silly! I used to hate my middle name June until I realized 95% of the girls I grew up with had Ann or Marie. By the time I was 18, I appreciated that June was a little more unique

  • People are just that stupid. I like the name Somer no matter how it is spelled! I feel sorry for anyone names Jennifer in the 70’s or 80’s – there were only 3 or 4 of them in each class of mine in elementary school!

  • Esmerelda. Hilda. Murgatroyd. Next time one of my pregnant friends mentions the old lady names they are considering, I’ll throw a few of these suggestions at them, Ha ha! Although a good friend of mine DID name her daughter Clara…

  • One of my favorite students ever was named Alberta and she is probably about 16 now. Also my best friend Erin was given up for adoption shortly after birth. Her birth mother named her Alberta, but her foster mom who adopted her changed it to Erin. I don’t think it’s so bad! Once knew a nun named Sister Elmerine.

  • Actually, Phoebe is making a comeback. I don’t care for it and not sure where it ranks on popularity charts, but I know 2 little girls myself with this name.

  • That would explain why 95 % of the girls in my class had Marie or Ann as middle names (I always thought is was so so boring)! I was also raised Catholic, but apparently my godmother gave the thumbs-up to Kelly June.

  • Same thing for my 5 yr old niece Kirsa – never see her name on anything, since it is made up. We got her a special monogrammed beach towel!

  • A friend of mine named her 5th child Aoife. The others are Keegan, Keely, Shay and ? I can’t remember. Obviously an Irish theme there!

  • Had a teacher named Earl and his wife was Charmaine – they blended it for their daughter and named her Charyl. But she probably has had to go thru life explaining that she is not Cheryl… LOL.

  • There is a baby name book out (can’t remember the title)that lists popularity of top 10 boy and girl names by decade. Was really interesting. And I agree about the old woman names. I can’t stand any of them – Sophia, Madeline, Isabella, etc. They all sound like nursing homes names to me, no different than Bertha and Gertrude. Ugh.

  • My middle name is June. It was also my mother’s middle name, Jaqueline June. I hated it as a kid, but as I got older and realized that 95% of my graduating class had Ann or Marie as middle names, I was glad to actually have a name that had some thought or tradition behind it. I did NOT carry it on with my daughter Paige, however – LOL.

  • I used to work with a man named “Dana”. THAT must have been frustrating. I feel bad for men whose names became feminine over time – like my name Kelly. Or Carol, Tracy, Jodi, Loren, etc.

  • The book “Blink” or “The Tipping Point” (can’t remember which since I read them both) by Malcolm Gladwell devotes a whole chapter to hiring discrimination based on ethnic names. Generally, ethnic or minority children with more standard names fare much better in school and in finding employment. No opinion, there are many facts and research to support this. Also, more educated parents tend to name their children more standard names and names with more standard spellings. Which would also correlate with why their children do better in school and at finding jobs. And many black names are not African – they are African AMERICAN. It started in the late 60’s and 70’s and they may be part of our US black culture, but they have no link to anything African. Before that, black names were not very different from white names – Sharon, Linda, Gary, Michael, etc.

  • Jen,

    Most countries DO require their students to learn English. And sometimes a 3rd language. And they don’t complain about it, it is just a fact of life, like Math and reading. Rather than feel disgusted, get busy learning. No one is forcing you, but if you want to stay competitive, you need to stand out from your competition

  • theresa

    i gave most of my kids biblical names Sara Daniel Aaron Samuel except one Shane,they all like there names except shane went through a faze and wanted to change his name to Seth lol

  • Emm

    This is stupid. All of these names are still in the top 100, so they’re still more popular than many other names for girls.

  • i named my youngest daughter Willow

  • My name is Mariel. I have actually met one other in my long lifetime. the other one went by the nickname “Mel”. I hated my name for not being easily understood, but now I sign it as a person who can be identified by one name alone.

  • Maddalena Janelli

    I’m sorry to inform you that Italian has no silent vowels, so both male Andrea and female Andrea are pronounced exactly the same. We have to meet the person in order to guess the appropriate gender.

  • Brenda

    Thanks, Laurie.

    My name is Brenda and I have never been hated it but haven’t really like it either. I think there are “hard” names and “soft” names. LIsa, Melissa, Kim, Alisa, Sarah, …I think of those as soft names. I’m not sure if that makes sense to anyone but me.

  • Beatrice, Beulah, Harriet, Eunice, Ramona, Merriam, Guinevere, Claudia, Grace, Bernadette, Eleanor, June, Deborah.

  • Dorothy

    Dorothy Louise, Michael James, Sean Patrick and Russell William. Guess how old we are?

  • Jack N. Beanstalk

    My last name is Parkes. I was thinking of naming my children Yosemite and Yellowstone Parkes. You know someone would though.

  • Joe

    Today girls are names after substances such as amber or crystal or after cities such as Chelsea. How stupid.

  • Centurion

    why have beautiful names when you can pretend you are more important than everyone else in the world and Name your daughter BLUE IVY, SCOUT, BALUBULA, , APPLE, CyNAMMON POPTART, Ringabell. cause those names sound really cool

  • SCB

    I am a genealogist, and I question your information about “Willow” as a common name. For trees maybe, but in many hours of microfilm I have yet to see even one “Willow.”

  • blueturtles

    They do it so they get more linking for SEO, and for more ad views.

  • cloud_buster

    I don’t think “unique” means what the author thinks it means.

  • mickeymat

    I did not read the article due to page turning requirement.

  • Mlle.Winter

    Said the woman named Laurie. zZzZ
    What a horrible way you were raised.

  • KevinP

    Madeline and Madelyn are both in the top 100 girls names as of May of 2012 according to this source: http://baby-names.familyeducation.com/popular-names/girls/

  • Jean-Louise

    I’m named Jean-Louise! (After TKAMB) and I love my name!

  • Just Me

    I knew a girl named Gay back in the 1970s, and I always wondered why her parents named her that. We were born in 1958 in the deep south where there were lots of Pamelas and Sharons, so I guess we’re behind times.

  • Jen

    The point is you say people in other countries CAN speak more than one language and that’s great…. My point is they are not FORCED to do so…do u get it? I would have to ADAPT if I moved outside of the United States..true?? Te natives of that country aren’t adapting to me!! So I do not find it necessary to adapt to someone who doesn’t speak English, they should adapt to live here! Get it???

  • Quit using the wrong “it’s” all the time, mommywhatever!!! If “it’s” can’t be replaced by “it is” in the sentence, don’t use the apostrophe!!!

  • So if he was raised by black people, he wouldn’t have turned out “intelligent, well spoken”? Most black people are law-abiding citizens, just like most white people and most people in other races as well. “No offense” but you’re an ignorant, racist fool.

  • Projecting much? Nothing she said in her comment was racist, but you project racism on there. You’re just looking for an excuse to justify your own prejudices.

  • You’re very ignorant. Most everyone I’ve met from outside of North America can speak SEVERAL languages. In a lot of other countries, many people, especially in the cities, DO speak English. And people here in the US cry when we have to learn something other than English – cry me a river. Adapt or die.

  • This is a country of immigrants. Being white doesn’t make it YOUR country. If everyone else should go back to their countries, so should you.

  • i hate these articles where you have to “turn the page” or click “next”…I lost momentum at page 7 (Willow). Learning the remaining girls’ names didnt seem worth it to me to continue clicking ‘next’…give me a single paged article you can scroll down to the end any time.

  • JT

    “Its” not “it’s”

  • Panda Rosa

    My own name “Ann”, has a twist, When I was in school, back in the ’60s, seems every other girl had Ann or Anne as a middle name; wonder if that’s still the case. “Ann” is good as a middle name, it does seem to go with a lot of first names.

  • Freedom1967

    the reason is these are all gay names…

  • Hazel is another that is not very common any more. In fact I know of no Hazels today.

  • I named my children what I wanted to name them and support any parent’s right to do the same with their own children. However, one still has to wonder about the intelligence of someone who looks at a word such as “Asshole” or “Shithead” and sees a nice name (Ah-shole-ey and Shah-tade). If you are their child, you will likely face many more life-altering challenges in childhood that just being named badly.

  • my first name is Sonja ….. I am constantly called Son-Ya or So-nia
    It is pronounced exactly as spelled pronounced with the JA as god forbid JA

    And my daughter’s name is Brandy….. everyone want to spell it ending in I or EE

    and my youngest Granddaughter is Scotlyn… everyone wants to call her ScotLAND

    I don’t consider these anything difficult so how come even simple names cause issues….

  • whynotv2

    Madeline must be making a come back. One very dear friend’s little girl is Madeline (she’s 3) and 2 of my co-workers have daughters named Madeline (1 and 4 years old). I’m surpised another “vintage” name isn’t on here…Mildred (Millie).

  • NashvilleDad

    We weren’t trying to be unique with “Eloise” in 1998, but it seems we were.

  • Amanda Reckenwithe

    Personally, I like lovely names like: Secretia, Tarnisha, Rosiola, Klamidia. Herpeez, Vulva, Anoxia, Pretendra, Carnauba, Hydrangea, Darvon, Seealice….Oh, yes, kids with those names, WILL get hired… AT BURGER KING….

  • rocklesson86

    My parents are from Ghana. They wanted use to be able to get jobs so they gave use American names and Ghanaian middle and day names..

  • rocklesson86

    My parents are from Ghana. Although are middle names and day names are traditional Ghanaian, are first names are traditional American names except one of my sisters. My name is Joanne. I was named after my grandma who was named Joanna. I have brother named Steven. One sister named Agatha. One more sister named Akpene.

  • greasycat

    I’m Ruth. Have spent my entire life hearing people say: “Oh, Ruth was my great-grandmother’s name.” Thanks for the old lady name Mom & Dad. My grandmother however did have a truly antique sounding name. She was Mamie. Like Mamie Eisenhower. Always makes me think of old lace when I hear that name.

  • chuk a spear

    except you spelled it wrong

  • chuk a spear

    you are naming her after a famous 50s stripper

  • chuk a spear

    having a unique name can be a plus

  • chuk a spear


  • chuk a spear

    how about bulah,,mergatroid pr bruenhilda,,or the all time best my eigth grade teacher MAGNAHILD,,all 310 pounds of her,,down there deep frying now

  • Try a really original name, like one in a native/Original american tongue. You’ll have to learn to pronounce it first…

  • If you’re going to have page load times of 15 seconds, DON’T HAVE SLIDE SHOWS! I only made it to number three before hating this site and never coming back. Why do that to your users?

  • knottymama

    I love unique names, but there is nothing unique about screwing up the spelling! Especially when thousands of other moms are replacing “C” with “K” and any vowel with “Y.”

  • knottymama

    I see your point, but is Jamal REALLY an overly unique name, or is it just that you expect a Jamal to be black?

  • GinnyGinnGinny

    If you think I’m going to click this false advertising money-generator and identity-tracker ten goddam times so that you can lie to your advertisers as to how many readers you have in order for me to read a list of ten items that could easily have been presented on a single goddamn page… you are simply goddamn mistaken… Mommy. :-/

  • xve298

    You miss the point. Ghetto spellings do impact how people get treated He might not like having to spell his name ten thousand times.

  • xve298

    I have no problem in Asia everyone pronounces it perfectly but in the US forgetaboutit.

  • Jalek

    A list of ten names, an article 11 pages long?
    Web design is just ridiculous these days, go back to email spamming.

  • Steven Resnick

    Maybe it’s because a majority of those names are awful.

  • Mollie-Beth

    Try having the name “Mollie-Beth”. No, Beth is not my last name, it’s not my middle name, and no, I did not choose that name as a nickname. It’s a daily struggle to get people to understand that my actual legal first name is “Mollie-Beth”.

    Personally, I like the older names.

  • 1me1

    And bashing a nationality is staying on topic?

  • Eversince I was in sixth grade, in 1965, I had dreamed of calling my daughter Moriah. I never had a kid. And if I had, she’d be stuck with the name of another one of those tiresome divas.

  • jo71

    I am wondering why I’m seeing all of these comments saying that “Landon” is a unique name. Between friends’ kids and kids my daughter’s elementary school, I know at least 10 Landons…all under the age of 8.

  • Saven

    1) I don’t think that names that were “big in the 90s” count as “vintage”

    2) Willow became “Willa”??? I know a ton of Willows, but the closest I’ve ever heard of a Willa would by Willy Wonka.

  • Julie

    This is too annoying. I’m not flipping thru 11 pages for a list.

  • Sharon is not all that bad; your mother could have named you Bertha or something. Brenda is not a bad name either; kind of cute I think.

  • Wow, your spelling of Eunique is original. So much nicer than the way sasha’s mom spelled it.

  • Good point about black people. Lakisha and Jamal aren’t bad names; but I saw a black guy on some talk show who named his two sons “Mister” and “Master” I mean please…

  • Poor thing – what a horrible name Floretta. Your mom did you a great disservice.

  • Do you even understand the question you asked? My husband and I made our lists before reading yours. Here’s mine, made up of true vintage names.

    John came up with only 3 but they were better than yours:

    We’re disappointed, your list sucks.

  • Flora

    “it’s” is a contraction of the words “it” and “is” … “its” is the possessive case of “it.”

    I wish the internet’s “professional” writers would learn some basic grammar and punctuation, and stop spreading stupid.

  • emj

    My my grandmothers names were Beulha & Zella sounds like a palm reading gyspy on the other hand i’m glad I wasn’t named Beulha (bless her heart)

  • Maquinna

    The names are out of common use, that’s all. I don’t think they’re even all that old. Even the word ‘vintage’ is misleading…it doesn’t mean old at all. It just means ‘of a particular time period’, but you then need to define what that time period is (e.g. 1950s vintage, 19th century vintage, etc.). Most egregious, however, is using the term ‘unique’, which I imagine must be the most overused, misused word on the planet. Unique means ONLY ONE EXISTS. There isn’t any other! Please stop using this word and use a word that means what you mean, such as ‘unusual’, or ‘uncommon’. Some people will roll their eyes at this, but if you’re going to talk about names, which are words with meaning (and important words at that – after all, they are carried by an individual for their entire life), then you need to appreciate what ALL words actually mean!

  • breed7

    Very sad that MommyNoire isn’t intelligent enough to know the difference between “it’s” and “its,” as she uses the incorrect one multiple times. People who have the writing skills of fifth-grade children should not be writing for public blogs.

    MommyNoire, please do the world a favor and keep your uneducated ramblings to yourself.

  • How about the name Clara? I’ve always hated being named this. I don’t know anyone else named this. When I was in school in the 70s I was the only Clara.

  • Sara

    Speaking of being unable to spell, the authors and editors of this article REALLY need to learn the difference between it’s and its.

  • Lola

    other than Hattie,these names are still not ancient,some are still pretty common,I was expecting to see names like Myrtle,Blanche,Gertrude,Pearl,Agnes,Prudence,Lottie…now most young people have probably never heard these.

  • Oblio

    Maybe if you just listed the names instead of putting us through the page loading junk for each name….. I might have gotten past the first 3 names.

  • Dont Bare at all

    1999? Could it be that after Roseann Barr come into play…..

  • not to mention many of them are just ridiculous, same for white people spelling a name with weird spelling just to be special. It just makes it trite and especially burdensome for the poor kid to have to repeatedly tell someone that their name of Cindy is spelled Cyndee. I mean really…and that’s a more normal one. So dumb.

  • E.A. Blair

    “…as the name slowly transitioned to it’s shorter form, Willa.”

    “…as the name slowly transitioned to it is shorter form, Willa.”

    Sounds like somebody should go back to grade school to learn the difference between “it’s” and “its”.

  • genia

    My name is Genia(its pronounced Gina).I have to correct everyone that says my name if I ever have to spell it out to them.I dont know why my mother spelled it that way. But as I have grown older and had lost my mother at an earlier age Ive learned to appreciate it.Everytime I write my name I have to think of her.I wonder if maybe she didnt do that just for that reason.I am 45 and have daughter of my own.She is expecting her 1st child and we were looking for baby names so this is how we came across this site.We wanted to get some input on peoples opinions on certain names.By the way her name is Whitney.

  • Dani Renee

    Well, I’m pregnant right now,and have decided my baby if it is a girl will be named Lillian Lee. I think it is classic and cute. My name is Danielle, but have been called Dani for as long as I can remember. I have also seen a babies named Merconium and Placenta , poor kids. For those that don’t know what Merconium is, it is the name for the first poop a baby takes.

  • dee kay

    Thanks mom and dad!

  • Dee Kay

    A few years ago, it was dead president’s last names for girls, kinda stupid. Now it just plain weird or dumb names.

  • Groundwork

    How could anyone NOT know that Marvin is Marvin? Great name – IMHO!

  • Groundwork

    Interesting. I’ve been noticing the naming conventions for several years now…and what I’m kind of zeroing in on here is that – in a push to give our children ‘unique’ names that will set them apart from others – sometimes this may work to a certain disadvantage. By that I mean – when one sees a name that is obviously tweeked to be SO unique as to be different – and, sadly, often spelled in an atrocious manner, so off-the wall of any conventional names, it just may serve to demean the goals of the mother… By that I mean that if the person on an application (or whatever) has a name that defies spelling/logic conventions, that may not serve to the applicant’s (your kid’s) advantage and so on in other situations. Just observing here.

  • Floretta

    Syringa is the Latin word for the plant genus we know as the lilac.

  • Floretta

    So change your name; petition the court and make it legal or just assume a new name. Use your middle name if you prefer. I had an Aunt Sam – whose real name was Mildred. She’d been called Sam since she was a toddler and nobody could remember why.

  • Floretta

    LOL I would have spelled it Laurie.

  • Floretta

    “Andrea” in the Engish speaking world is a female name; in Italy and Denmark it is masculine, They both originate from Greek Andreas.

  • Floretta

    We were looking for a solid, uncommon but not “weird” name for our son when he was born 30 years ago – and we both liked Kyle. My own moniker, Floretta, is an amalgam of my maternal grandmother’s first and middle names (Florence Loretta.)

  • My name is Marica but everyone always sees it and thinks it is Marcia in school i always spelled it Marika and people would usually get it right i used to hate having to tell people how to say my name but i got used to it. My mom named me after a really close family friend as a surprise to her she loved it but told my mom she should have spelled it with a K also because she had the same issues as a child but to this day besides her i have only known one other person by that name (spelled with a c just like mine) she was a Russian exchange student in high school. it is nice to have a unique name but it also sucks sometimes… when i am at any place that asks for my name (like restaurants and coffee shops…..) i always give them my middle name, you really can’t screw up Rose.

  • Unfortunately, we live in a world and a country, where people are judge because of their name and the sound of their voice (studies have been shown that if you sound black, you might not get an apt. etc). But I feel that if you are confident in your abilities, nothing will hold you back. Condoleesa Rice is a perfect example.

  • NM2000

    Money grab.

    One page would serve the consumer better, but 10 pages means you get to load 10x as many ads and charge advertisers for the hits/clickthroughs, even though no one paid any attention to the ads past page 1, if that. You’ll notice a lot of the web works this way these days, but only until people stop clicking the “next” button. But, since 90% of the people complaining about it still did click all the way through the list, the company will keep formatting things this way to drive revenue.

  • wendy jones

    Exactly. Giving a child a weird spelling makes the parent look uneducated (to me). Kaycee (instead of K.C.), Mahkenzee, etc. is just silly. Gimme a break.

  • Incredulous

    Really? “Sharon” makes you hate your mother? It is all relative, I suppose. Have you ever thought about what millions of foreign-born Americans go through on a daily basis?

    None of my business, of course – but, here are my two cents: Be proud of your name.

  • shanah

    okay who cares if a name is spelled unique my name is shana but spelled shanah so with does it matter how your name is spelled. its your name no one elses so gtfooh!!

  • Shanah

    well my name is shana but spelled shanah doesnt make my parents dumb just different!

  • MsYvone

    actually, I know a 7 year old Hattie, Willow and an 8 year old Madeline.

  • Annoyed

    So annoying to have to click to 11 different pages to read what could have been done on a short 1 page story. And the popups and video ads make the site even more annoying.

  • Jen

    That’s right…Pure Stupidity and ignorance!!! It is sad to see our country decline… Travel outside of the United States and see if other countries force their natives to speak our language….NO they do not, It disgusts me to know that I will not be hired for a job because I am not fluent in Spanish…Are you kidding?!!!! I live in the United States, not Mexico!!!! Why am I force to learn a 2nd language?? Why aren’t they forced to learn English????

  • Jen

    Yea why don’t u just name them ‘Poop’…. That would be unique wouldn’t it???!!!!

  • Jen

    That’s exactly what I was saying…. Does adding a ‘y’ make your child more ‘unique’? Hardly…My son’s name is biblical, and I did Not choose to spell it in some FReakish way!!! His name is spelled Jacob, nothing fancy but he is definitely unique, no matter how it is spelled!!

  • Jen

    Is the world really boring because of how you spell a name??? Are u kidding me??? I never knew that the way you spelled a name made the world more exciting!! It’s pure stupidity!!

  • Jen

    Yea I agree… What are parents thinking when giving their children “special” spellings for a certain name… Do u think ‘Landyn’ will like that when he is 75 years old??? Landon is a very nice name, quite unique without having to add the ‘Y’ to it!! I named my kids Jake and Jenna….didn’t find it necessary to spell differently… Should I have spelled it Jakob to make him feel special? Nope…Poor kids!!

  • Pair O’ Dimes

    Oh, and why use vintage names when you can make up your own. You know, like Shaniqua or Neselba. Or take a more common name and really screw around with the spelling, like Jenniegh. And of course, don’t forget the 2000s fad names like Brittney, Taylor, et al.

  • Pair O’ Dimes

    Go figure out why Roseanne fell out of favor. It wouldn’t be a TV sitcom, would it???

  • I dont see anyone with my name unless they are aliasing Cynthia.

  • Ken

    Screw you and your slideshow too.

  • denilu

    If you do not like your first name (or its spelling) go yo court and change it! I wish that more people would change their last name or at least simplify the length and spelling. No one needs an 18 character log alphabet soup name. I do not care what country the name comes from or the family tradition behind it. If a person cannot know the spelling (at least fairly close) upon hearing the name, then it needs to be simplified. Lastly, what is up with girl babies being given the boys name “James”m with only a spelling difference. Is this a gender bender idea?

  • esther, opal, estelle, bernice, hazel, paulette, maxine, bertha, priscilla, marion, gladys, peggy… now there’s some names you just don’t hear anymore… I don’t know who writes this stuff, but they need to do better research

  • jak86

    Actually, Isabelle and Sophia are incredibly common names right now. The names on this list are not unheard of, but anyone would have to admit you don’t see many new babies being named Pamela or Joyce these days… not that it doesn’t happen, just not often… Notice how they included the ranking on many of them… It shows that they really aren’t that commonly used today… You may know someone with each of these names, but my guess is they weren’t all born recently. No need to get offended by a list of names… No one said they were BAD names, just less common today than they used to be.

  • Cornelia and Julia

  • jaxgal

    My name is Sharon and the entire time growing up I always HATED it and hated my mother for naming me such a crappy name. I only knew 3 other Sharon’s growing up. I had always vowed I was going to change my name as soon as I got old enough. I hated the way it sounded and was embarrassed to tell people what my name was. Thank god she didn’t name me BRENDA like she had first wanted to !! WHen I named my kids I picked a bunch of names and weighed them carefully for how they sounded and how well they went w/our surname ( which is Irish). This was in the mid-80s… I came up w/Lauren Ashley and Ryan Patrick. No weird spellings or names that would be too “trendy”. I just picked a nice feminine and a nice masculine name that they wouldn’t be ashamed to have.

  • Christine

    *DISCLAIMER: If my comment offends anyone, please don’t take it so personally. Besides, the truth should never be considered ‘offensive’.
    I’ve never, in my almost four decades on this planet, heard of so many odd first & middle names for females in a modern country in the 21st century, as I have living in the SOUTHERN United States… Plus, the double word first names (for girls AND boys!) are rampant here. They never shorten it to just the first word in public, not even their close friends & family..& no one else should try to, either! Appearance/image is often times everything to many southerners.
    I’ve heard (omitting capitalization here): mary elizabeth, mary grace, mary claire, mary linda, mary catherine, sarah katherine, sarah grace, anna katherine, anna grace, anna claire, catherine anne, emma grace, emma catherine, laura elizabeth, laura katherine, lacy jane … UGHH! Clearly, the list could cont. for miles… & Surnames as first &/or middle names for girls in the south I’ve heard thus far consist of: ayers, ames, blake, townsend, landon, reed, ainsley-(maybe it’s the pretentious sounding undertone–but that one really annoys me!), blakely, kinsey, rangeley (yuck!),tinsley, henley, greer, mckinley….
    Besides not liking the conformity & commonality of it, I also simply don’t get it. But then again– I thought ‘The Stepford Wives’ was just comical/horrific science fiction…That is until I moved to the south & discovered it’s not fiction at all. It is REAL.

  • Is the webmaster too stupid to put these all on one page?

  • FarmerTom

    Why does this clunky website make you click through 10 pages when all the information could easily have been put on a single page?

  • Beverly

    LOL, not it isn’t! I wasn’t being critical of your choice, by the way. I hope it didn’t come across that way.

  • yeah i know, but jean louise isn’t something that rolls off the tongue, is it?

  • PeriSoft


    Naming your kid after a bank – now *that’s* cruelty!

  • lisa.leisa.leesa.leasa.lissa

    Sasha, Your name is not the usual but it’s not rediculous either. “Eunique” is the way I would have thought it should be spelled, but I wouldn’t know because Its so Unique that I have never heard of it before. Anyway, you shouldnt include your name in the above comment about mixing educatio with stereing. Sasha actually does sound more educated, soft & serene compared to say, Shanté /which would commonly be spelled with “C H”. Your name also seems to reflect a it of fun, flirlirtiness but als some responsibility too. 😉

  • Amy

    My grandmothers name should be on here. There is not too many people that have that name and none since the early 1900’s. Same goes for her middle name. Alberta Alice! My daughters name is uncommon as all get out as well Jeslyn

  • Fred

    Vintage names have to be ugly names like: Maude, Hermoine, Hortense, Gertrude, Madelyn, Florence, Ida, Eugenia, Bertha. Now those are names that should be taken off the books before some dumb girl resurrects them and ruins a childs life. Lets add: Orville, Wilbur, Herman, Clede, Claude, Justice, Jonah and Albert.

  • redscot

    I agree that no-one should be discriminated against because of a name, however it does get ridiculous, I work in an emergency room and I have met La-a pronounced Ladasha, Vaginae (figure that one out), My precious(a boy!) My king, and many others equally odd it MAY be cute for a baby not so much for an adult.

  • I named my pet black widow “3. Mary-Alice”, shortened to Malice.

  • Beverly

    Scout’s real name was Jean Louise. Scout was a nickname.

  • Lady Fairfax

    Tell your writers to review the spelling of the possessive word “its” (meaning “belonging to it,” as in “its shorter form.” The word “it’s” means “it is.”

  • Ronald Bryan Domingo

    Advertisements <— one word answers ftw

  • DonDong

    Please… what’s your name?! ;p

  • DonDong

    You mean the WOMAN explode if you get their name wrong. If you screw up the insurrance, you can’t blame anyone.

  • DonDong

    You must mean “fame”, Sapp.

  • DonDong

    You’re right, Cora. ;p

  • DonDong

    “Somer” must mean “great sense-of-humor” in Scandanavian. Once, working at the circ desk of a library, I was registering a very nice woman whose name I thought was “Jane”. So I’m keying in her name: J, a, n… and at the top of voice she yells, “JAYNE WITH A ‘Y’!”. And I noticed from working that job that women are like THAT with their name. This is coming from someone named, uhg, “donald”. Did you ever axe your father WHY he preferred that spelling? BTW, the Frances/Francis’s of the world have it worse, I think. For Aaron’s name, succinct pronounciation is important. Or when axed his name, you can always say “It’s Aaron, with two a’s.” Take care, Somer. ;p

  • DonDong

    I kind of like it. Could have been worse. They could have named you “Brittney”, or “Tiffany”, or “Rebecca”. ;p

  • DonDong

    I like “Alexandria” better. Were you named after the city?

  • DonDong

    Maud? Clara? Tallulah…?! ;p

  • DonDong

    My pet peeve, too. I end up just reading the first page. ;p

  • DonDong

    That’s a great name. I’m a writer & I used that name for one of a set of twins. Never guess her sister’s name! ;p Beats “Brittany” anyday! No offense. ;p

  • I named my daughter Nola, you dont here that often.

  • kzoboe

    Why couldn’t we have had the option of just reading this on a list? so slow to load…frustrating

  • Gertrude? Doris? Penelope?

  • Dacia

    Wow, there seems to be a lot of animosity on a page about baby names…. If we’re naming babies, shouldn’t we be coming from a happy place when reading this article? My name is quite unique. Dacia. I have had to spell, spell again, pronounce, and pronounce again my whole life. But you know what? I wouldn’t change my name for anything. I don’t understand why so many people get mad at having to spell or pronounce their names – aren’t there so many worse things in the world than having to correct someone on your name? And if you think my first name is bad, it doesn’t hold a candle to the difficulty of my last name. I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a great ice breaker when meeting new people, and I’ve received compliments on how different and beautiful my name is my whole life. Raise your kids to be proud of who they are, and their name won’t even matter. 🙂

  • Just1brain

    Everybody that knows someone named ” Elsie “. raise your hand. I do.

  • my husband had grandparents name Ola Fay, Buck, and Edward Oswald.

  • My name is Alexandria…. please name another Alexandria you know. All the other girls are named Alexandra. So many people think my name is Alexandra

  • opps sorry harrison that wasn’t meant for you! i love your name btw. i plan on naming my daughter a very masculine name: Scout, from TKAMB. she’ll probably have similar problems that you had growing up. i hope she doesn’t hate it too much, haha. i decided i was going to name my daughter that as soon as i finished reading the book. so at least her name will have meaning 🙂

  • I used to hate that i had a unique name; now i completely love the fact that my mother had the gull enough to name me something so unique for her time. my name is Gitana and i get complimented on it all the time. if you’re an uncultured puke you’d think my name was ghetto, something my mother made up. i hated those who rushed to those kind of conclusions based on their racist behavior. It’s sad that shakira had to make a song about my name for people to recognize that it really does have meaning.

    i had more discrimination from black people than i ever had from white people. whites thought it was pretty, kind of european sounding. blacks would laugh and think i was just another black girl with a ghetto name. somehow it’s horrible for a person to deny someone a job because their name is hispanic but it’s okay for someone to discriminate against someone because their name is african american? when are we going to stop abandoning our culture just to fit in? you mean to tell me that because my last name is jenkins and not hernadez then my mother doesn’t have the same freedom to use Gitana? i swear, we continue to hold ourselves back. why should they hire us if we think it’s okay for them to over look us due to our namesake? name your kid whatever the heck you want to. giving them a boring name is one of the most horrid things you could do. name him Lackidazi’cal or whatever you want to. no one should be able to treat you a certain way just because of a stinking name.

  • fillameana

    hey, my name Ummabana and im
    white. my nick name is ana. my parents were hippies

  • cecil91

    How about Hortense? Naw, she looks pretty relaxed to me.

  • Snippy 4 a reason

    My name is Somer(pronounced Summer) Take it from someone w/ a “uniquely” spelled name, it sucks. From always wanting things like the little personalized license plate for my bike, to having EVERY BLEEPING PERSON call me So-mer(even though no1 mispronounces somersault or Somerville). Some relatives still spell it like the season and I even had a teacher ask me on the 1st day of 11th grade Spanish class “what did the nurse at the hospital not know how to spell?”, mortifying me while all the kids thought it was the funniest thing ever! I have thought about changing it but it was my late father who wanted it spelled that way(and btw named my sisters Jennifer & Nicole-thanks dad!) so in honor of him I keep it, and continue 2 suffer.
    Ps: what is with ppl spelling my husbands name ERIN, when he is clearly a man and spells it AARON? R we spelling them both ways for either sex or are ppl that stupid?

  • Willow is DEFINITELY coming back into popularity. I know of 2 babies in my area with that name — and this can’t be the only area where it’s coming back! 🙂

  • Perhaps the reason for the discrimination is racism to begin with, in which case the racism would show up at the interview phase even with the more familiar names. When people read “Shaniqua” on their resume, of course they’re going to think “black woman”, and some are probably going to discriminate based on that, unfortunately.

  • Really Sasha….a Masters Degree and you still can’t spell. Shameful!

  • When I see a name obviously misspelled, I assume the person does not know how to spell.
    Mostly black parents, spell their children’s names differently. They”sound” them out, with different letters. A lot of people ask me how to spell my name, Virginia. Stupid?

  • ilovetwat

    Yeah he feels special alright. LandYn is not cute.

  • ilovetwat

    Don’t torture your children with your dumb name choices. THEY are the ones that have to live with it. I’m not surprised though, I see that you have an inappropriate “i” in your name. That’s not how you spell B-R-I-T-T-A-N-Y.

  • ilovetwat

    Thank you for saying this. Nowadays black names make my stomach hurt.

  • Curly

    What about Ethel? Edna? Edith? Hortense? Drusilla? Adra? Inez? Myrtle? I would think these would be incredibly less popular than Joyce or Janet.

  • Isha58

    In Italy, Andrea IS a boy’s name. FYI

  • deerie


  • deerie

    I bet that one TV show killed this name for little girls!!

  • This list could have been put on one page. Much less time consuming. This trend of have to move thru multiple pages for one short article is annoying.

  • Problem is,
    Roseanne Barr ruined Roseann
    The wizard of Oz ruined Dorothey
    The Rocky Horror Show ruined Janet

    Lona Helmsley ruined Leona

    The names haven’t been gone long enough to be appealing!

  • Well lets, see there’s Oprah Winfrey, Kobe Bryant, Condoleeza Rice, Halle Berry, Thandie Newton, Shaquille O’Neal and a little known fella called Barrack Obama… must I continue?

    Yes, CLEARLY having an unusual name has held these poor folks back.

  • SharonUC

    My name is Sharon and I’m 33 years old. Although my name is not unique and has no variations in the spelling I get called Shannon at least once a day… I just politely correct them because it’s not a very common name and most of the Sharon’s that I meet are in thier 60’s or 70’s. I think it’s kind of funny. 🙂

  • Katie Bowen

    1. Sally-Mae
    2. Barbara-Jean
    3. Mary-Alice
    4. Sarah-Jane
    5. Lou-Ann
    6. Sadie
    7. Margaret
    8. Betsy
    9. Nora
    10. Elizabeth
    11. Bernice
    12. Esther
    13. Roxanne
    14. Anneliese
    15. Miriam
    16. Daphne
    17. Danica
    18. Bianca
    19. Penelope
    20. Patricia
    21. Prudence
    22. Piper
    23. Phoebe
    24. Paige
    25. Pearl
    26. Philippa
    27. Philomena
    28. Anastasia
    29. Jocelyn
    30. Meredith
    31. Camryn
    32. Alexandra
    33. Leila
    34. Annette
    35. Janine
    36. Michelle
    37. Hannah
    38. Cassandra
    39. Laura
    40. Caroline
    41. Lillian
    42. Louise
    43. Sylvia
    44. Clara
    45. Cindy
    46. Martha
    47. Myrtle
    48. Harriet
    49. Arabella
    50. Rosalie

  • You folks who worry so much about unique names sound like scared little sheep.

  • renee

    Where’s Gladys, Myrtle, Edith, or Ethel on this list? People are naming their daughters Violet, Vivian and Agnes again so those are not included. Willow, Hattie and Madeline shouldn’t be on this list. I know many Madelines and 2 Celebs just named their babies Hattie and Willow.

  • slandp

    Stop bullying people because they spell a name different. Grow up and get over yourself. Its so sad that people get put down for spelling a name the way they want no one will make fun of them. That is just dumb people on this site who think their opinions matter.

  • None of these names are “unique”. Unique means the only one.
    All made up spellings do is make the parents feel special and look illiterate.

  • jared jared

    the Bible is always capitalized! ask your english-as-a-second language teacher

  • jared jared

    its obvious the non-whites are the most racist,they are just never called on it…at ALL.whites are the only ones not allowed to have a racial identity.blacks frequently say they vote for black candidates because they are black,with no reaction.if whites said the same there would be a media firestorm.

  • jared jared

    so he’s racist for lamenting his country being taken over by foregners legal and illegal,that noone wanted or asked for.amazing how anti-white this media/government/country has become that some foreigner can come here and lecture US on how we should act and feel.the only reason his kids”won’t have a good future”is because of you invaders.and let me be clear:we whites won’t get trampled,you swarthy mutts will.go back to your own mudhole countries and quit feeding off us.

  • JS2008

    “Most people,” really? My 13-yr. old son’s name is Landon…spelled with an “o” like found in baby name dictionaries. Since his birth, I have met at least a DOZEN other children, same name, same spelling. 99.99% of the time, we don’t have to spell it out to people. And it is still a unique name, because he is a unique child. There is no one else in the world like him. And switching a traditional spelling to a “y” does make the name feminine.

    Also, our other 3 children have classically-spelled names. No issues there, either. And *gasp* each of them are unique as well! Didn’t take messing with the spelling to achieve that!

  • ann

    It took me 10 minutes to read about 20 sentences. Good job mommynoire for wasting all of my precious time trying to sell me crap I dont want to buy!!!!!!!!!!! Wont be coming back to this ad trap.

  • Daphne Odora

    You are an utter fool if you think grammar doesn’t matter.

  • Daphne Odora

    What about the men? You forgot the men!

  • Daphne Odora

    What is it that makes people think that citing themselves as an example – ONE example out of 100, in this case – proves their point?

  • Daphne Odora

    Syringa (Latin) is also the genus for Lilacs.

  • Daphne Odora

    No, Breayne, you are not *proof*; you are *one* example. Statistics (in this case) would constitute proof, not a single example.

  • sasha uneek

    People mispronounce my first name more than my middle name and that is annoying!!!! NO matter how many time I say my name, they say it incorreclty so I just roll with it…so no..1 out of 10 ppl mispronounce my middle name. 9 out of 10 ppl mispronounce my first name.

  • Daphne Odora

    But how happy are you with people constantly mis-pronouncing it (Un-eek) and misspelling it? Sasha is a common enough name (sorry!) that it is highly unlikely that you were ever discriminated against based upon your name; however, if your name had been L’Uniquiella, it may have been another story. It has been my experience that many people with uncommon names (or sometimes those with slightly uncommon names that the owners wish were *more* uncommon) like the focus of attention on themselves that comes from being in the position of correcting others. P.S. Glad to see you are ignoring the silly message boards in favor of focusing on your education!

  • Daphne Odora

    Andrea Bocelli is Italian. Andrea is a masculine name in Italy.

  • Mary

    People giving their kids crazy names nowadays should stop & think if they would want to go through life with that name.

  • Betsy

  • megareddi

    why do i have to click ten pages of advertising just to see a stupid list. sell ad space on stories worth reading not curiosity content.

  • I agree with your comment about feminizing the name, but you misspelled moniker, and it’s dumbing down, not dummying down.

  • toasttee

    That just means that white people are still very racist…they wont hire lakisha or jamal because they know they are black. Educate yourself. Or would they rather employ apple or rainbow?

  • lilly berstein

    Good point.

  • lilly berstein

    Ha!!! This is so true Haddi, this is a great comment. These names aren’t odd and I’m weary of “dumbed down ” Americans as well.

  • cu1

    I always had to spell first and last name as both are unique and require spelling. I also have to repeat myself at least once or twice when introducing myself to others. People quickly lose thier patience and lose interest. Some outright get angry at “having to put up with it” instead of being able to make acquaintences with peope who have “normal” names. So, thank you for not putting your children through that!

  • CU1

    I got the double wammy as a child. My dad went out drinking with his friend and they both came up with a “unique” name for me when I was being born. Then, as I was born late in the year, I was entered into Kindergarden as soon as I was age eligible to begin school. I was always the youngest in my class and vastly outnumbered by children older than me at a time in a childs life when name and age are key in socializing with other children. I was deemed an easy target for bullying and got into trouble as a young boy for acting out and beating down other children. And do you know what? Even today as an adult I get the same treatment from other adults during hiirings and promotions. So, when I hear that parents want to make their children unique, I say thats nonsense. Its themselves they want to make unique for the immediate gratification of bragging rights about their new baby’s name. In my case it was alcohol laying the foundation of what I would be facing my entire life. Where other parents “drunkeness” comes from with some of these names is just as bad.

  • Heather

    My name is Heather and I get asked how to spell it ALL the time.

  • Jenny

    Click on “Unpopular” and it takes you right back to “VIntage” Messed up website.

  • Andrew

    I’m happy that i called my daughter Orchid.
    She loves it and it’s very unique.

  • tarheelcoin

    I can think of a lot of other vintage names for girls. Annette, Marian, Beatrice, Gail, Janice, Rhonda, Amelia, Christine, Christina, Clare, Esther, Maureen, Irene, among many others. I like all of them better than so many of the names used today. Two in particular that I find just plain irritating for some reason are Madison and Bella – maybe it’s because they’re both so overused.

  • Haddi Brown

    First off these are not uncommon nor Old names I personally know at least one of each , this list must have been written by a very young person that lives in city full of parent’s that give thier children oddball names. Second off how did Landon, landyen, land whatever get to be the center of discussion on a GIRLS name list. Truly goes to show how “dumbed Down” Americans are getting to be. At least do some real research before posting topics you know nothing about. Isabelle, Sophia, Rosa, even Nelly are much older and not as common. Try at least staying on topic ppl.

  • Cora

    All the names on the list are less “vintage” than mine … Cora

  • sane

    Most of you need some kind of counseling…and a life. Stop trying to control others…leave your meaningless opinions to yourselves.

  • I did the math once – according to pronunciation conventions for American English, there are over 2,200 possible spellings of the name Kaitlyn. Only a tiny percentage of these will actually be seen, but they’re possible.

  • A lot of the “black” names (Tyreke, Jamal, Iesha, etc) are actually derived from Arabic names. Many of the Africans brought over as slaves were Muslims, and even today, there are many black Muslims in the U.S.

  • 1_SPJ40

    So did a few Indians, and the hand full that you are trying to state an argument over were in the more northern area states..not the south!! The south had that “property” sewed up by the millions!! Some of us do know “our” history. And you’re mistaken, it was not common..blacks weren’t even considered human none the less “considered” capable to own property…where did you get the “very common” stuff from? Denial much?

  • 1_SPJ40

    Ahem..don’t forget…Apple, Rumour. Scout?

  • rose, sandy, michele, diane, debby, gold digger

  • abcdefg98988

    Brenda was common in the 1930’s until the 1960’s. Most Brendas I know of who are teenagers and 20-somethings are mostly Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.

  • karla87

    *common DOESN’T have to be ugly or plain

  • karla87

    The general conclusion that I have come to (and it has been proven by posters here and by people in general) is that people are closeminded and awfully stereotypical. Providing children with “unique” names is giving them a hurdle in the hiring process that many aren’t able to overcome because of HR individuals that have their heads up their butts. If you were to review a list of the CEOs of the Fortune 500 companies, the top earners are, consistently, those with common names (the names being boring might just be correlated and not the cause, but if I can remove one obstacle on my child’s path to success I would be more than happy to do so). Note that common has to be ugly or plain. Maybe having a common name indirectly provides children with an inner desire to stand out on their own merit vs. those who stand out on the merit of their name?

  • Anita Sapp

    Barack Hussein Obama…. If you’re destined to greatness doesn’t matter your color or your name you will get there

  • erf

    exactly. The system needs to change, not the people who miss out on equal opportunities. Your child shouldn’t have to HAVE a boring culturally neutral name just to have basic American rights and respect from others. Also, “the y is effeminate”…it almost sounds as if being feminine or perceived as feminine is looked down upon as shameful. Surly not! /sarcasm. Get over yourselves, people.

  • Hector schwartz

    Really? Fuckin 10 clicks for your stupid list? Go to hell

  • deljwright@hotmail.com

    What if David, John, Anne and the like are not “family names” for you? Names that may sound unfamiliar may be very old in other cultures and/or languages…

  • joe

    As a pharmacist for 35 years, we don’t fill your Rx till you walk in and confirm. People explode if you misspell their name or put the Rx on the wrong account with wrong insurance or coverage. We have to ask the correct spelling three times even on simple names because people explode about anything now

  • Erin

    I don’t know where you got your info on Madeline, but I know A LOT of Madelines under the age of five. It is ridiculously popular. Everywhere you turn, there is another Madeline.

  • Juanita Gordon

    What do you think “ETA” stands for…I’m just curious because it makes no sense how you have it preceding your example that…by the way, also doesn’t make much sense. I know of several successful men named Jamal.

  • Juanita Gordon

    I agree 100%

  • Juanita Gordon

    At 18yrs old and with a hundred bucks you can change it. My dad gave himself a middle name…well, he changed his first name and moved his given name to his middle name. Now thats unique…

  • Frustrated

    Reading your articles on my phone is a painful process because you keep asking us to press Continue as you present content too slowly.

  • Susan garton

    i hate that i have to hit page after page just to read one paragraph. cant it all be on one page? its annoying and will keep me from reading more articles on this page.

  • J Cool

    There should be a web site that lists the information that is scattered over several pages showing one tidbit at a time like this one does. It takes a long time to go to a page for each name. And this website hangs up, too.

  • I also spelled my son’s name Landyn. We have a theme with Y’s in our kids names so we stuck with it. Landon is pronounced Lan-dun. We pronounce his name Lan-den. Its unique and I like it

  • I spell my son’s name Landyn too 🙂

  • Ebony woman

    Well if my kids future employer will not hire them because of their “ethnic” name, they will have a field day when they show up to the interview black, lol. Its OK. We will survive. Jamiah, Laylah and Jailynn (made up names and/or spellings). Just remember my daughters may be your kids employer one day. I will make the note to tell them to throw all “normal” name resumes in the trash. Remember, my ancestors names, language and traditions have been destroyed, so I am starting my own. For the record, my name is Nichelle. Love my name!!!!

  • cece

    Have never known anyone named Willow so would not call it vintage but how about Anastacia, Johanna, Molly, Mae, Agnes, Frances, Margaret, Catherine, Anna, Elizabeth, Joan, Virginia, Selma, Sarah, Imogene, Estelle, Alice, Julia, Harriet and June.

  • navynurse

    Its true. I’m black and even I wonder what type of background does Quantinayea or Da’savion come from. Sounds ghetto to me so its hard to understand how this person wasn’t raised ghetto. Tyler and Nicolas are my sons names and those aren’t cheesy names.

  • Rixie 4

    I can top all of these. My first name is Rixie. It dates back to the late 1800’s. All the first born daughters in my family for 5 generations have had that name even though it is now almost unheard of. We each have our own middle name, which we go by, that is a more common name for our generation. I think that is the key to saddling your kid with a unique name. Make sure they have one “normal” name that they can use just in case they are not thrilled with being unusual.

  • Truely Exclusive

    I use to not like my name buut now I wouldn’t change it for nothen in the world. I don’t know if I’m the only one but it ain’t to many out here!!!! Truely it is!!!!

  • How about a name You really don’t hear a lot. Anniece. My Moms name. She doesn’t find a lot of people who share it. You say it kind of like Ann Niece (best way I can explain it *laughs*)

  • Leona was my grandmothers middle name and now it;s my niece and my daughter middle name. I almost made it my daughters first name but Brooklyn Leona sounded better then Leona Brooklyn. Ann is my middle name.

  • unicorncloud

    There is a typo on the last page! It says “Joyce” instead of “Janet”. Thanks for the article

  • kokoloni

    “Marian” is very, very Catholic (“of the Virgin Mary”) and likely slipped along with Catholic Church membership. It’s also a guy’s name in Eastern Europe–sophisticated traveling parents might sense a gender issue.

  • kokoloni

    I think the “plant species” names are becoming rare breeds, at least in the US (someone should check about garden-happy Britain…). Violet? Rose?

  • kokoloni

    “Lillian” sure wasn’t helped by Lillian Rearden in *Atlas Shrugged*.

    A previous responder mentioned “Myrtle”. Same thing? Harry Potter….

  • kokoloni

    There’s a prominent musician in NYC named Ethyl (yes, spelled like the chemical). My mom knew her somewhat. IIRC there were science or math teachers in her family; not really sure though. Anyway, I used to mispronounce the word for the hydrocarbon as EE-thyl when I was a kid, and mispronounced Ethyl (person) identically. I thought it was cool to be named after a chemical!

  • kokoloni

    Ann was a very common middle name before the last few decades, with a good reason. Roman Catholics are restricted to saints’ names. However, a Catholic child can be baptized with a non-saint name if a second, saintly name is attached: Kimberley alone is not OK, but Kimberley Ann is acceptable. Ann (or Anne) was the commonest “attached” name as it is short, starts with a vowel (so blends with almost anything before it), and was the name of Jesus’ grandmother (cf. Joachim and Anna).

  • kokoloni

    And Kunegunda, like the female saint. I think the French spell it Cunegunde. Hmmm, how are the name trends going in France?

  • kokoloni

    I’ve heard of Asian kids named Quantum and Rhythmia. Quantum (male) was an MIT undergrad, while Rhythmia was a student at a top-tier music conservatory. I think these names have the *opposite* signaling effect as blacks’ Shaniqua and Dontavious: they say “serious parents raising disciplined kids skilled at difficult tasks”. The Asian surnames, of course, help a lot.

    I knew a Mainland Chinese guy whose name in Chinese sounded a bit strange, even to my US English ears. Turns out, both his parents were aeronautics professors at Beijing University. His Chinese given names meant “dedicated to aeronautics”. (Yes he did study Aero, seemed happy with it, and did a thesis on air traffic control.)

  • kokoloni

    Sarin is a real name, except it’s a girl’s name. It’s Cambodian. Just a coincidence w.r.t. the toxic gas. Though, maybe your redneck didn’t know this.

  • Khrissondra

    my name is ultra unique, but my jobs aren’t down upon because of my name because my work ethics are unquestionable. I’ve never had any problems besides everyone loves my name.

  • Your grammarian friend

    Like “hers” and “theirs” the possessive word “its” has no apostrophe. “It’s” means “it is” and that is its only meaning.

  • A lot of people on here seem to miss the fact that, even if you spell a name the “ordinary” or “traditional” way, a lot of other people don’t. So even the person with the ordinary spelling will be asked to spell his/her name. Can’t get around it. I went from an unusual surname to Murphy, and I’m always asked to spell it. (And, yes, I know that there are other ways to spell Murphy.)

  • Coryn

    I don’t know if my name is vintge…. But you Coryn isn’t a common one and its commonly spelled Corrin.

  • Mike

    My name is Michael and it has been since 1975; however, many have struggled with the spelling (i.e. reversing the order of the ‘a’ and ‘e’). While I used to hypothesize that regional educational deficiencies we’re the culprit I now have a greater understanding of the diseased human mind. People are stupid! Enough said.

  • Tim T

    I’d say Roseanne Barr has a lot to do with why the name Roseanne isn’t any higher on the list anymore !

  • Clownboat is an underrated name. As is Slapnuts.

  • SuperbaddMcLovinn

    Im black and my children Have normal Names. Morgan, Mahogany, Brendan and Aaryn.

  • Cyndi

    Betty? Rita? Florence? Colleen? Shirley? Linda? Dolores? Mmmmm

  • Anita

    I can’t believe my name (Anita) is on the list!

  • sasha uneek

    funny….my name is sasha which is russian but bc im black apparently i will not recieve the same treatment in education or out in the field but yet i have 1 degree now will have a masters in 3 months and my name had nothing to do with my education…therr is a reason i ignore silly message boards…names are names who cares if u change the spelling to make it more unique..im glad my mother spelled my middle name uneek instead of unique!

  • sasha uneek

    i agree!

  • sasha uneek

    my name is sasha uneek and i am black as u call it and have a bachelors in communications and will have my masters of education in 3 mos…so yeah what do u have to say to that?!

  • Aiyisha Centeno

    My name is Aiyisha. I have never had a difficult time finding employment nor any difficulties with educational opportunities because of my name. But on the other hand i gave my children pretty easy names (Aidan, Morgan and Anneleisse) and misspellings run rampant!

  • black mother

    Well my name is ralohn im 22 my daughters names are raylynn and rayven and yes we are black there named after my grandfather Raymond o presley
    he was the first black officer that move to detective and private investigator in Minneapolis Minnesota and when my girls get older and they ask were or how i thought of there names im gone tell there just that!! Your named after a great man

  • dmed33

    Why not just get back to good old fashion names. My entire family throughout generations (even today) have been using old fashion names. But then that is my family.

  • brandi

    Look at all you busy-bodies, passing judgement on names…YOU are the problem, not the namers.

  • Micheala

    you forget that when you name these children ”unique names”. they miss out on getting stickers with their names on them at tourist shops. 😉 “super star” does not always cut it. ;))

  • MarvinB7

    My name “Marvin” is not common today, but maintains the common spelling. Yet people repeatedly misspell it and I have to correct them. The spelling won’t kill the person. I personally don’t care for the ‘unique’ name spellings. Spelling isn’t an art form, it is a science. Why make using language more difficult?

  • Vivian

    What about their, there and they’re?? And…to, too and two. The one that bugs me the most…your and you’re!!! But there is something that I cannot stand more than the misuse of words, it is runon sentences. People nowadays DO NOT know how to use proper punctuation!!! I feel that I have to take a breath when reading something that has NO punctuation!!! Do people honestly talk like that too?? I don’t think so.

  • Carl Lambur

    Maybe, but out of the schools that my girls have attended, I only heard of one other Fionna. Aoife, Maebh and Fianna have never popped up at these schools…all are Gaelic, even thought we are Irish and Scottish. Needless to say, they go by their nicknames around their friends. 😉

  • Carl Lambur

    Being a Scot, and married to an Irish lass, I defered to my wife for the naming of our two sets of twins. The first set: Fiona and Fianna…the second set: Aoife and Maebh. That ought to give someone in this thread a migraine, lol. The English teachers had no problems…the others, my daughters’ just went with nicknames. BTW, we live in southern Mississippi!

  • This has got to be one of the most poorly written “articles” I have ever read. Does anyone proofread?

  • coop1003

    My name is Breayne and I am a 34y/o black woman. I am proof that your point is baseless. There is nothing wrong with having a unique name, if everyone was named Michael and Mary, we would live in such a boring world.

    Also, I have read the stats years ago regarding “ethnic” names and the hiring process. However, don’t you think that speaks more of the small-minded individuals doing scanning these resumes than the names attached to them?

  • Mdouglas4545

    My daughters name is Madeline and she is 7, she loves the name and we never pondered spelling it unconventionally like Madelyn or Madelynne. However, let the parents be creative. While I do think its a little much to name a girl name Ashley , Ashlee or Ashlye, that’s for the parents to decide. However a name like annandreonna (saw it the other day) seem a little overboard to me. You don’t have to be plain and basic but give the kid a fighting chance at least. – Matt, spelled Matthew

  • Pro- Strong family names

    What happened to honoring past relatives with incorporating family names such as David, John, Anne – no one seems to do that anymore – there was always a legacy or a sense of respect for our ancestors. That’s seems to be a lost tradition.

  • lou

    Sorry but your Landyn is not the only one, just google the name.

  • leela.farnsworth

    Syringa’s parents are most likely Russian. It is the Russian word for lilac.

  • Until I turned 18 and needed my birth certificate to get my first job, I hated my name Gwendolyn. There were only two people in my hometown with that name, and believe it or not, one was a man! Well, when I got my birth certificate — I was aware that I was a foster child — there was no first name, only a last name. The first name was left BLANK! I found out from social workers that I was abandoned in a hospital and the nurses gave me the name Gwendolyn. I guess I don’t have to tell you that after that my name was special, even though I have shortened it to Gwen.

  • Iza Koon

    I LIKE

  • whatsinaname

    So would this mean that the “ghetto” and “white trash” names being given to kids today will be the “regular” names of their kids’ generation – and, therefore, “normal”?

    although I do agree that complicated name-spellings can be rough on kids….

    what drives me crazy is when everyone seems to be naming their children the same thing – like when Emma was the baby on “Friends,” then suddenly that name became the most popular – because of a TV show and people’s apparent lack of individuality. Emma was my grandmother’s name and considered “vintage” until this happened. (but at least the name Emma doesn’t lend itself to variations in spelling)

  • Vivian

    My name is Vivian…so many people cannot spell my name. I have to spell it for them. I do it like this: Vi vi an. If I do not spell it out in such a manner, I get my name spelled in all kinds of weird ways. I personally like it spelt, Vivean. In my opinion, if you sound out my name, it should be spelled that way. LOL.
    Yesterday, I was at the DMV and the woman that was behind the desk told me I had a beautiful and unique name.
    A name I think is beautiful and not heard too often: Penelope (Penny). Just sayin’.
    Have a great weekend all…

  • frankblank

    Why do you need eleven pages for eleven names? Your readership incapable of handling more than a couple words per page? Or are you ramming ads down their throats and wasting a lot of time doing it?

  • Zyxomma

    The spelling of my “real” name is unusual, so while still in public school, I spelled it the “normal” way — that is, the way everyone else spells it. I now spell it the way it appears on my birth certificate. Anyone who doesn’t like it can lump it.

    To Brandi, there’s nothing wrong with French names, unless they confuse clueless Americans. A former neighbor of mine named one of her sons Etienne, which is French for Steven. Unfortunately, people actually believed she’d named her son after the ubiquitous cash machine, ATM, because her son’s name is pronounced a-t-ENN. She was miserable about it.

  • Alana

    *either way

  • Alana

    But I must say there’s nothing wrong with having a common name if you love it thats all that matters it’s not everyone else’s decision to decide for one person that they do not love they’re own name in my opinion both original/unique and common names can be beautiful names people that name they’re kids with original names sometimes think that kids with common names are weird either everyone thinks differently and if you don’t like your name you can always just change it if it really bothers you that much

  • Alana

    My name is spelled Alana and nobody says it right, they say it like you say Elaina and my name should be so easy to say but I’ve only had like two teachers in my life say it correct. I have a unique first, middle and last name. I still love my name most kids/teens could care less about having to correct their name. I love having a name that a lot of other kids/teens don’t have i want to be an individual and not have to be called Brittnay P. or Brittnay M. because they’re like 50 billion other people with that name. Today in society kids want to be unique and there’s nothing wrong with having a different name. In other words kids/teens don’t want to fit in because of they’re name name has absolutely nothing what so ever to do with where they go in life or what they do with it it’s their own decisions that decide that by the way I’m only fifteen so I would know what kids/teens think. In fact I have friends who have names that are common and they wish they had unique names.

  • Harrison

    My name is Harrison, and I’m a girl. It used to really bother me when I was younger that all my elementary school teachers thought I was male until they met me, it made me really insecure about myself and dating and whatnot; but now I really do appreciate my name and how different it is for a girl to have. Not to mention my middle name is Reed. And you would NOT believe how many people will spell my name Harison, Harryson, etc. It’s just a part of life. I’d choose my name over any other.

  • Tess xellye • a month ago

    If we’re talking about unfortunate names, white parents are hardly blameless. I’m talking to you, people who abuse spelling to call your kids things like McKenzee or Breayanna.

    You’re 100% correct; whites in America can be just as guilty for shaming their kids with dumb or wretched names. I heard of a white girl who was named “Syringa.” GTFOOH, were her parents serious?

    I also read about some white woman who immigrated to the States from France; she got married in the US and had kids. She ended up giving them these complex and hard-pronouncing French names. Um, this is America, lady, an ENGLISH-speaking country. You want your children to grow up here and be able to have appropriate names that can get them jobs and prevents them from being teased and mocked by his or her peers during elementary recess.

  • BadD KitTy

    Eh? lol 😉

  • LittleMissCantBeWrong

    Yeah, it’s not like they have the internet in Europe or anything.

  • David Fox

    One female name that is unlikely to be used again in the foreseeable future is “Gay.”

  • Lynne

    My name is Lynne and my whole life I’ve had it misspelled. I received my college diploma in the mail from a so-called top-notch university. Yep — there it was: “Lynn” on my diploma. I’d say to parents — save your kids the irritation and go with a commonly spelled name.

  • Lorrie

    I agree…….my name is Lorrie. At work, it never fails….they spell it Lori…..and they know it pissed me off!!! Lololol

  • Oops

    There was a woman in the company directory where I previously whose name was Chlamynia. Fact.

  • Malcolm XXX

    My name is Shaniquia Shabazz Ali King

  • Meeka

    I made up my daughter’s name by combining my name with another that was way overused (in1983), with a middle name from my best friend. Her name was unique when she was born: Jessilyn Rose. Within five years I began to hear the name Jessilyn used all over the west coast, spelled several different ways. Now she is 30, and proud of her “different” name, even though there are probably thousands of young women with this name by now. Unique doesn’t always mean weird or unusual. Sometimes it means a new trend.

  • well that was boring. I personally know people with every one of those names (including my daughter).

  • what’s-in-a-name

    Wow…people can be so mean. It’s mostly sad that it’s becoming less and less surprising when topics like this rapidly dissolve into insults and arguing. Who cares what someone’s name is? What does that have to do with the person themselves, let alone how it’s spelled truly effecting their personality or actions. It’s meaningless.

  • Colette

    I do use a fake name for superficial things, Chris, nice & easy. My name is Colette, not hard if you live in France! But Americans don’t get it, ever…. Claudette, Paulette, Colleen… even for people who know me!

  • swampwiz

    My grandmother, born in 1913, was named Dorothy.

  • cynthia

    My daughter’s name is Tamara and she constantly had to correct people on the pronunciation, Ta-mar-a not Tam-ra. Just a I’m Cynthia try people always try to call me Cindy. I’m used to correcting people and they are right, it won’t kill you.

  • Edris

    My guess is “back in the day”, there were even fewer ways to spell the more traditional names (some of your examples of Catherine/Katherine – I would bet if we could look back at census, there would be fewer variations – maybe two?) I grew up with a very unusual name, my grandmother’s name, and as a nearly 50 yo adult, and esp. since she passed, I now embrace it. But growing up with it – and even still, it was a MAJOR DRAG. I am constantly having to repeat my name (and I go by a nickname which is more common than my given name but still very uncommon in my generation); I am constantly having to spell it. My mother felt terrible and it was a strange twist of events that led to my having that name (the name she chose for me was very simple and lovely; my grandmother and father apparently co-conspired, LOL, and came up with the idea of naming me after my grandmother.) I have one child – a daughter. Her name is Jenna. My mother is Jean; my mother in law is Jenny – I nearly spelled it Jeanna, which is one more unusual way to spell it but more like my mother’s name. But I took a poll, and asked my friends – “When you see this name, what do YOU think it is?” They ALL replied Gee-nah. No one questions Jenna – no one has trouble remembering how to spell it. What does happen is because of all the unusual spelling of names out there, people no longer feel safe just assuming it’s the good ol’ phonetic way, so often still ask, to be sure. My point is – it DOES matter. Unless you have grown up with a name you don’t like, because it IS so unusual (as a child, you are not as connected with it’s ties to history, culture, or ancestry); difficult to pronounce, spell, etc., you can’t truly appreciate what a person goes through when given an unusual name. I am speaking up on behalf of us all.

  • Edris

    You almost expect such things from artists, particularly famous ones – they’re almost given carte blanche to be eccentric, because they ARE eccentric.

  • Unkown girl


  • Patience

    My name is Patience and I am constantly asked to spell it… an actual WORD from the dictionary. Very annoying! Other than that I love my name…

  • Whatev_from_Bossip

    I know; at least Landen, but I hate illiterately-spelled names. If he is still young, perhaps they can make it good old Landon.

  • NoDiffFromU

    Well your parents wanted to be “different” and choose on of the most common girl names around but spell it Britainy. Why would they do that to you? Just waited till you hit 30 or so–you will be so sick of spelling it out you might wish you were a Brittany.

    And why does your child need a name to feel special? Fact is most kids are ordinary-we love them and they are special to us but we have so many kids feeling they are special that entitlement has become the norm.

  • MaddieMoss

    There’s a difference? Look at little Savannah’s post above and tell me she doesn’t swing from a pole for a living.

  • ftcmom

    I named my son Bryson thinking it was unique. Well he grew up with another Bryson at his school, a year younger. But to watch his face when he looked at objects that had kids names on them and see the disappointment at not being able to find his name EVER…… I don’t think I’d do it again.

  • TailerRileeNichy

    Linda is a dinosaur now, isn’t it?

  • crosstown

    I made my comment before realizing you had made a similar observation. I agree in that “Landyn” is somewhat effeminate. Not good.

  • crosstown

    “Landyn” seems effeminate….

  • Hoosier

    He is from ITALY! You do not hear the *A* At the end.
    A girl’s name is pronounced, An-drE-a.
    NOT An-dre!
    3 syllables vs 2!

  • Hoosier

    No, it just makes YOU a SELFISH MOTHER. Congratulations!

  • Hoosier

    Here is History that was NEVER taught in school. Blacks OWNED black slaves. Oh, yes they did! Now, WHY isn’t that taught in school just like WHITES owning slaves? WHY? Think about it, then google it. Very common! !

  • Hoosier

    Could it PARTIALLY be due to RAPPERS and their so-called names?? Lord have mercy!

  • Hoosier

    A BOY whimpering/crying should not spend his life with his name spelled in FEMININE sense. Save HIM a little grief in a cruel, cold world! L A N D O N.

  • Hoosier

    I have never heard of my name. Ever.
    One thing that’s certain, when I hear this name, I know for a FACT that it is ME that is being spoken about. My name is;
    Delynn (Duh-lynn) said quickly, NO pause and the E is NOT long sounding.
    created by my loving mother who passed away att age 47, twenty six years ago. U Brain tumor. The ONLY thing that EVER defeated my Mom. Have a nice weekend.

  • Jay

    all the kids with the wierdlky spelled names are screwed when it comes to buying one of those tiny license plates with the names on em….. Just sayin.

  • Vrod D

    I gave each of my kids unique names, Abra(pronounced Abracadabra), Amadeus(for a middle name), and Ozzie(first name). I love each of their names.( no, I wasn’t on drugs when I named them)

  • Grammar Police

    “It’s” is not correct in the possessive form. eg – “My dog wags ITS (no apostrophe) tail” is correct. “It’s” is correct only when used as a contraction for “it is.” (“It’s raining.”) If you’re going to write a blog, try and use proper English. Thanks.

  • Traveler118

    I liked my son enough to name him Sue.

  • Bletk

    As a teacher, I’d say odd spellings are for the parents. Kids only care when their teacher and peers can’t pronounce it. Or, after 6 months of being in the same class their teacher spells it wrong. What’s wrong with the teacher we ask? Well, she probably has kamden and kamdon in her reading group and after the billionth bandaid, has a lapse in memory. Don’t make our job harder

  • Paulette

    Who ever thought an American President would have a first name of Barack? I’m waitng for an American President with the first name of Bertha; truly a vintage name. The rest of these names have just been retired from use.

  • Hey readers! How does it feel, to come here and realize you are being used as a clicker for mommynoire to bolster advertising revenue?

    Instead of providing a 10 name list so you could read, be informed and move along, you get to click next 10 times so the ads can refresh and they can earn a hundredth of a penny, lol.

  • A legitimate effort to improve things needed.
    Affirmative action has always been a joke. You should hire someone because they are qualified not to fill a quota.

    Teena and LaTron shouldn’t get preferential treatment.

  • She is just another misguided obama voter.

  • There should be a discussion about so called unique names vs stripper names.

  • No but black people do the
    Majority of misspelling names.
    In school they also teach you to properly spell a name.


    It’s = it is. Seriously. Every time.

  • Eric

    Who edited this drivel? “It’s” with an apostrophe means “it is.” It does not signify possession. This is more than just a mere typo, as it’s happened throughout this list.

  • Beverly

    Thought I would see Beverly on the list. I’ve never met another Bev.

  • That’s not my name!

    Yeah and then when he makes a phone call and has to identify himself-to anybody…the gas company, his bank, whoever-they will mispronounce and ask him to repeat his name three times before they get it right. I actually considered using a fake name for this very reason, and the reason that you stated above.

  • That’s not my name!

    Yeah but his name is normal for males in his culture. I once knew an Italian guy with the same name. It really does depend on your culture.

  • alex

    So you’re saying Hattie at #993 is more popular than Ann at #996? That can’t possibly be correct

  • Erin Nelson

    Lost my interest after click #2. I shouldn’t have to burn through my data plan to reload ten pages because you guys want extra click through counts. I won’t be back to your site.

  • scouse66

    No, but Frances was my Gran’s name and I love it. If I had a little girl I was going to name her after her. Either Frances or Franchesca.

  • deb


  • I found it a bit aggravating. I have always been into names, and I clicked on the link to this site.

  • shen

    Why do you need a slide show to present a list of 10 names… this is absurd

  • It is also a Greek name. There are the actresses Melena Mercouri and Melena Kanikaredes (sp).

  • I just wrote that myself. Placenta has actually been used as a real name.

  • There was an actual person who named her daughter “Placenta”. You should see some of the names on the Censuses on Ancestry.com. There were a few females named Vagina of all things. I am not kidding.

  • My daughter’s name is also named Maya. I always have people asking me to spell it for them. That was the spelling that I have always known it to be. For example, the author Maya Angelou.

  • Yes, that is a very popular name. It is even in the top 100 names for girls.

  • Thank you. You are absolutely correct Gitchy.

  • Serai 1

    Sure, if you’ll say hello to Coprocephaly for me.

  • Serai 1

    You know, her post wasn’t nearly as nasty and insulting as yours.

  • Serai 1

    Of course. Because the human race just sprang fully formed out of the ground. Our ANTECEDENTS lived on Pangea. There’s this thing called “evolution”, where all species are connected by deriving from common ancestors. That’s what’s meant when it’s said “we came from Pangea”.

  • Serai 1

    Ahaha. I see you’re not Hispanic. In Spanish, “melena” means “a thick, full head of hair”. It’s used to describe women’s hair. So if the child was born with really thick, beautiful hair (which happens, especially among Latino kids), then it’s a perfectly fine name, if a bit unusual.

  • Serai 1

    “Dotty” is a traditional American name, but I don’t think many girls would find it a dignified one.

  • Serai 1

    Well, bully for you. What do you want, a cookie?

    The problem is simply that Americans (meaning white Americans) are very wedded to the idea that their way of doing things is the “normal” and “right” way, and everyone else in the world is Doing It Wrong. Sorry, honey, but that viewpoint has held sway long enough. This isn’t White Guy Rules Country anymore – get used to it.

  • Serai 1

    Well, she likes it. Her brother hasn’t changed his name, either. So maybe your opinion is just your opinion, eh?

  • Serai 1

    A “regular name” is whatever the speaker’s parents’ generation were naming their kids. That holds no matter what era you’re talking about – what I’m used to is “normal” and what those DANG KIDS are doing is stupid and weird.

  • Serai 1

    Aw, poor baby. Can’t stand the facts of history. Nobody else has done this to America, kiddo. We bought our decline with our stupidity, short-sightedness and selfishness. Just like every other empire.

  • Serai 1

    Oh geez, this racist crap again. Yeah, yeah, it’s so awful that an effort is made to try and make things better. Go cry in your beer, sugar, don’t cry here.

  • Serai 1

    YOU capitalize the world “bible”. Not everyone else does. And I’m sure there are many people in the world who would think your name is ridiculous, too.

  • Serai 1

    Maybe if people didn’t use insulting terms like “ghetto names”, it wouldn’t be such a problem, hm?

  • Serai 1

    Just out of curiosity, are you aware of how insulting it is to tell someone you’ve never met to “calm down”? It’s condescending and rude.

  • Serai 1

    Fine. But you’re just going to make it look like your kid’s mother couldn’t spell. If that’s your idea of a good time, knock yourself out.

  • Serai 1

    and several other studies have shown that that assumption is completely bogus. In fact, those “studies” you quote are no more than urban legend. There’s no difference in opportunity based on names. There is a difference in attitude on the part of people who assume that odd names affect people’s lives – like you.

  • flossmore

    Travon Demarcus Andreas Tyree Cleophis Delmonte Jones…..now that’s a name!

  • Sarah Wright

    I agree with you girl! I know a lot of white trash people who seem to love the name Neveah.

  • bucs79

    Just wrong about Madeline. There are multiple spellings. Each one might not be so popular but combined there are a LOT of Madelines in the 3-7 year old cohort.

  • Lyss

    Jardyne doesn’t even sound like jordyn or Jordan. I think we can at least spell the name so it sounds correct. My name is spelled Alyssa. I’ve had people ask me to spell my name my whole life too but it at least sounds correct.

  • Lyss

    Lol well there are black celebrities that give weird names too. Like blue ivy for example. I don’t think it really matters about the color i think its about the person and how they grew up and what they want to pass on from what they learned. Which could be something weird or something nice. But I do think we need to think about how our children will feel about what we name them. It not about us. I believe there are unique yet non embarassing names out there. They have to live with it not us so we need to make sure it wont be an embarrasment for them.

  • K

    These are not urban legends at all. My mother-in-law worked in Labor & Delivery, and there was a new mother that decided to name her kid Placenta. Other mothers would tell the nurse what their new babies’ names were, and when the nurses asked how those names were spelled, the mothers would respond, “I have no idea.”

  • V

    Four of these names (Joyce, Hattie, Pamela, Ann) are names I have heard and seen given to women under 30. I also know a 7 year old named Helen.
    I was going to name my third child Willow if it had been a girl.
    I was expecting names like Esther, Ethel, Clothilda…

  • A slideshow, for a list of 10 names? You suck.

  • Sidonie Rene’

    My name is Sidonie. Its said like Sydney. I like being asked how to say my name and I’m also a pre-med student in college. My sisters name is Angeleah. She’s in nursing school. We’re both 20. Having a unique name is fun as a kid. You never find a repeat of the same and you do, in fact, feel special.

    P.s. We’re both white.

  • gaufrette

    Janet means “God is gracious” and is also a lovely name. I share it. Congratulations to you and your lovely daughters!

  • gaufrette

    OK…Two weeks from today I turn 65, and now I find my name at the bottom of your list. Well, I guess my life is over.

  • No

    I thought everyone knew those were urban legends. These stories are frequently passes around as fact to mock and denigrate black people.

  • Warren Hardin

    Only if it was just the women. All men could be Tarzan. Introductions would be automatic. “Me . . .

  • Alexandra

    Having a unique name doesnt even mean you would have to spell it anymore than a regular name. My name is Alexandra and ive been called everything under the sun and it pisses me offto have a COMMON name snd still have to spell it. I named my first child Caden thinking how cute ive never heard this name before. No sooner did I bring him home I heard everyone was going for caden jaydin zayden hayden and then everyone started naming their kids those names. When I was deciding my daughters name I did an original name and trust me she WILL thank me for not sharing a name like “jessica” 5 other classmates. As long as you dont name your child something outlandish then a little originality goes a long way. And ive had nothing but compliments about her name thus far. Far more than my sons now very common name.

  • KD

    Really – these are “unique” names that you don’t hear anymore?… Maybe because most of them are like dirt sandwiches – balnd and horrible. And I’m pretty sure I know about 7 little girls named Willow – not so uncommon or unheard of. Who makes this crap up?

  • Erin

    Typo on last page – should say Janet, not Joyce.

    Also, “it’s” = “it is”. For possession, use “its”.

    For example, ” despite it’s popularity” basically says ” despite it is popularity”.

  • miss.ellie

    Laura ellen

  • disconnected55555

    But it will continually piss him off because people are too stupid to spell it correctly even when they are copying from another source.

  • disconnected55555

    Not worth the trouble to go through all the pages to give you more ad revenue.

  • My girls all got names that happened kinda spontaneously. Savannah because everywhere i looked i saw & heard things saying Savannah georgia. I liked it. Stevie Rae a girl after Stevie Ray Vaugn & Stevie Nicks. Raeanna because i told my friend Rhiannon after the song & she thought i said Raeanna, & i fell in love because Rae is my middle name. We call our childrens names at least a million times, so whatever u do u better love it!!! bethrae72@aol.com

  • sneemdream

    Andrea is a very common MALE name in Italy.

  • Drew

    My first name is Donovan. Donovan was my mothers maiden name and she always wanted to use that name if she ever had another boy. Early on she realized that people were starting to call me Donny or Don. She would correct them and say his name is Donovan, but people seemed to want to abbreviate. Rather than deal with correcting people over and over again she decided it would be better if I went by my middle name, Drew. That is the name I have used for 46 now. I have found that on those occasions where I have had to use my first name, people still tend to call me Don or Donny. There are a few people who know me and do call me Donovan and that is fine.

  • Disirae Brown

    Landyn, Landen, Landon, Landin, etc. It really doesn’t matter, like his Mother said; he makes the name, the name doesn’t make him! It’s 2013, and the most common names can be spelled several ways. EX: Jordan, Jordin, Jardyne, Jordyne. He will be asked uncountable times in his life how to spell his name, just like I have. Believe me, it’s not going to kill him.

  • Disirae Brown

    WOW.. Someone not getting “the same treatment” because of the spelling of their name, is a perfect example of STEREOTYPING and DISCRIMINATION! I was sort of agreeing at first, because i thought you were steering more towards Twaykieshia’s and Jamarerious’s. I know a lot of Lakisha’s and Jamal’s who are VERY successful in life, and have managed to accumulate wonderful careers! Lakisha and Jamal are nice names if you ask me. I think what you were really trying to say is that, parents need to start naming there children names that are more common in the caucasians race, so they can get treated better. Which again is discrimination.

  • Pamela Ann

    I’m a Pamela, and all the Pamela’s I ever meet are my age or older. Not only that, I am a Pamela Ann, two very unpopular names, apparently.

  • Frankie

    Question: Is mommynoire a website for African American mothers?

  • jb

    the ads on this article are absolutely insane. avoiding this site like a plague from now on.

  • Well my name is leandra. Pronounced leondra and ive never had a problem getting a job or.school. guys always thougjt it was attractive and by the way im white. Not only black people have unique names. Id hate to have 5 other people in my class with the same name as me
    My daughter same, she has a semi unique name that is becoming popular “tessa” but it’s not boring plain names

  • jhenry

    I can’t agree with Madeline. My 7 year old granddaughter has several friends named Madeline or Madelyn or Maddie. I am a Janet and there are no young Janet anymore! Also, I think Anna has replaced Ann.

  • Robert

    Pretty poor comparison as I’d imagine that some industries have a positive view of those mentioned minorities (even if they have a hard time spelling/pronouncing said name) as oppose to ‘black’ names.

  • Stephr

    You know what’s crazy? We all have our own children, that we’ve created, and birthed, and can name them whatever the h we want! The end. There will always be someone who doesn’t like a name, but until they’ve donated the goods, went through pregnancy, or labor with me I could CARE LESS!

  • JaneDoe

    I have a unique name (I’ve never heard it before, nor have I seen it anywhere in print). It has been a curse! A lifetime of repeating it, mispronunciations, and being called everything but my name! I’ve felt anything but special, more like invisible because no one can remember it. Parents, feeling “special” isn’t special!

  • Marjoriejean

    you women are ridiculous on here, this was an article about names and you are all picking at race,education and grammar. instead of being rude why don’t some of you make helpfull comments. I think landyn is a great name. my name is Marjorie spelt very normal and my whole life I have had to pronounce it and spell it for people. its at the fault of the person trying to write/say the name.

  • Amy

    The possessive form of it is its, not it’s (for example, “despite ITS popularity…”). This article contains many typos.

  • whatever

    How does this relate to vintage names?

  • KamJos

    We could teach kids instead to not laugh at people because of a name.

  • KamJos

    It’s a racist lie, she doesn’t exist.

  • KamJos

    La-a does not exist. Please stop spreading this racist lie.

  • KamJos

    Like any other kindergartner. Didn’t stop people from naming their kids Elizabeth and Ashleigh. If you’re that concerned about your kid learning to spell their name just name them “A”.

  • KamJos

    No you didn’t.

  • My grand-daughter due in May 2013.. Her name will be, Monica Kimberly!

  • Jim in Michigan

    Written by “Ruthie” Hawkins? I wonder where Ruth ranks, let alone “Ruthie”? Ruthie seems to have taken some names randomly and tried to make an “intelligent” story. Ruthie failed, but she hooked me. Shame on me.

  • Scarlet

    White people do it too. I heard a of a girl named Duvet because her parents wanted her to be a comfort to people. A duvet is a comforter cover. 75 percent of the world thinks our names are weird.

  • xellye

    ‘Spelt’ is also correct. However, -ed endings are more common in American English.

  • xellye

    Dr. Rice’s name is actually spelled Condoleezza, with two Zs.

  • xellye

    Love it! 🙂

  • digi

    Karen, Robert, Susan, Michael -us 4 kids growing up in 60’s and 70’s. My kids are Lauren and Mark 20 and 15 y/o very basic names. Had to spell both maiden name and current married name, why have to spell more?

  • xellye

    “Oriental”? And I’m the racist here?

  • xellye

    I’m a black woman reading MommyNoire.com, so that’s why I wrote about black children. Thank you.

  • BMarino

    I agree with most of these. While I do know someone with almost every name listed here, except for Hattie, I find some of these names are common among people that I know. For example, I know several women named Janet and two of them are in their 20s. I do know several Dorothys as well. And Madeline/Madeleine isn’t uncommon to me at all. I know a five-year old with that name. Names do go in cycles. I’m waiting for Deborah, Cynthia, Susan etc. to make their comebacks. I remember when Emma, Emily & Hannah were names for old women.

  • xellye

    And, honestly, I feel like Moon Unit has a far less silly name than her sister, Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen Zappa. 🙂

  • xellye

    As an economist, I encourage all of you to read this National Bureau of Economic Research paper by Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan entitled “Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination” (Link: scholar.harvard.edu/mullainathan/files/emilygreg.pdf) And for the record, Dweezil Zappa’s birth name is Ian Donald.

  • Well my wife and I are icebreakers I guess. Our first daughter is named Caroleigh. Grandma’s name is Carol and my wife’s sisters name is Leighann. We squashed them all together and that’s what we got. Our daughter is thrilled with the name. In fact we never gave her a middle name! But I have called her “sweetie” since she was a baby. I’m the only one she lets do that! 😉 Proud papa

  • sammi_lu

    Goodness, this is my first time checking out the MommyNoire site and out of three articles that I have read, most of the subsequent comments turn into racial debates that have nothing to do with the article. And here I thought I could find some reprieve from the trolling on MadameNoire..pfffff

  • MaddieMoss

    I count nine errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and syntax in your post. Anyone who relies on you for spelling advice is a damned fool.

  • MaddieMoss

    And I’m laughing that you fancy yourself educated, but don’t seem to realize that Andrea is a common Italian boys’ name. Italy is not the US, FYI. Princess Caroline’s firstborn has the same name, BTW.

  • MaddieMoss

    Wow, Landyn’s mommy sure does need to be the constant center of attention, doesn’t she?

  • JS7

    That’s right, countries tend to decay, decline, and disappear. Thanks for being a cheerleader for the decline of our country; you’re so “hip”.

  • JS7

    A name like that says “I’m just a kid, please don’t hold my trashy parents against me”.

  • JS7

    You are completely ignorant of language. The y *is* a traditional way to feminize a name in non-Romance languages. And Andrea Boccelli is from a country called ITALY (perhaps you’ve heard of it), where his name is a very common man’s name. If an ignorant person thinks something is “dumb”, chances are there is a good reason for it.

  • Kitisha, aka Heather on resume

    The sad thing is – most people are missing the real point! A name is the smallest piece of a resume. The racists who use an opinion about a name to weed out a candidate will also discriminate against the person when they show up, regardless of the name. I have experienced it. This name issue is equivalent to the hair, address, and other discriminatory factors that have nothing to do with skills and qualifications. White people need to stop this shit!

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    I love the name Laurel.

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    I live in California. There are a lot of Pacific Islanders, Asians, Latinos, Blacks, Whites, and everything in between. It’s not as big of a deal here.

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    X, pobrecita. The way it has been in this country for awhile is that anyone who pays taxes pays for the uninsured. This is not new sweetheart. And the more uninsured there are the higher insurance premiums are, and the more hospitals charge. I don’t think that government should handle healthcare either. But what does this have to do with names?

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    Spelt? By spelling words wrong, especially the word “spelled”, you negate your point.

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    I think it’s funny when someone thinks they have control over your life by denying you something. Every single time someone has done that to me, something better has come along. I believe that God is the only one that has control over my life, so it is laughable when little people do things like this. And almost always they saved me from taking a job that wasn’t good enough for me.

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    Willow and Piper are pretty to me. I’ve heard them before, not often though.

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    Africa is a very large continent with thousands of languages spoken. I doubt that your African friends know every language spoken in Africa. And Arabic is a widely spoken language in Africa so these names would be considered African as well.

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    The human race did not exist on Pangea.

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    Most typical names are very old, and have been spread and changed everywhere that the human race as migrated to. I think to worry about how someone spells their name is just stupidity.

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    Melena is a form of Melanie. It also means mane in Spanish. Many names have different meanings in different languages.

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    Troll much? “Minorities”-strike 1. “More opportunities”-Strike 2. You and your kids probably won’t have a good future, because you are competing for the same jobs as entry level immigrants, and because you’re racist, and because you still don’t understand that throughout history no country has stayed the same forever. You better roll with the changes or get trampled.

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    I don’t understand why people assign value to things. Don’t you understand that anything associated with blackness will be called ghetto? For example, on another website some racists were saying that Beyonce’s name was ghetto, despite the article stating that it came from her French heritage. Racists think a French name is ghetto because they are stupid and because it’s a black person that has it. It doesn’t matter what you call your kids. How many people think that the name Tyrone is ghetto? That name wasn’t made-up by blacks and isn’t from Africa. Live your life and be happy because people will hate you regardless. How about we talk about how many people with atypical names of any race are successful? Many famous actors have changed their names some to something unique, and some change it from anything ethnic sounding, typically Jewish.

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    What is a ghetto name? There’s no such thing. People assign value to things. What is a regular name?

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    The dumbing down of America has nothing to do with individual names. I would say assigning a gender to letters is dumb. In romance languages this does exist but there are still unisex names. And it only applies to names that end in a vowel. For example Mario or Maria. There is a blind opera singer named Andrea Bocelli. He’s doing quite well for himself despite having a name typical to women. Why wouldn’t a person concerned with the dumbing down of America use correct spelling or grammar, or even know anything about history or linguistics? I’m lol’ing at you thinking any name containing a y is feminine.

  • Mariposa Sedosa

    Many of the comments I’ve read are so misguided and sad. You do not need to conform to anyone’s standards. As time goes by in the U.S. or any country for that matter, it becomes more multi-cultural and tolerant of other cultures. Albeit slowly. (I.E. a melting pot) Many typical names are not even English. I’m not saying racism is even remotely gone, but this issue is an extension of it. Racists are not the only ones who play a role in racism, those on the receiving end do as well. Conforming to racist ideals will not get rid of racism. Employers will discriminate against you on so many levels before and after meeting you. I hope those of you that want to give your children “regular” names also teach your children to “talk white”, and live in predominately white well-to-do neighborhoods. As your zip code can also be a giveaway of your race. Why don’t you have them paint their skin white while their at it too? To use the word regular to describe names us just utterly disgusting. I hope that when you are conforming to “societal/racist” norms you don’t lose sight of who you really are.

    All American names have their origins in other cultures. Most typical names are actually Hebrew, Latin, Sanskrit, Arab, or African. Please for your own sakes study linguistics and anthropology.

    I think it’s funny that you guys want to give your kids normal names. I’ve been in classes with a couple kids with the exact same name. First, middle, and last.True Story! I was in a class with at least 3 Jessica’s before. I know plenty of people with “regular” names that hate them and go by other names. Not to mention kids always make fun of names no matter how typical. Regular names are forgetable. Unless you want your son to be known as Black Aaron. An interesting movie to watch is “10, 000 Black Men Named George.”

    And by the way. Why not teach your children to be entrepreneurs and create their own opportunities? Why not encourage them to get into fields where they are so indispensable that it doesn’t matter what their name is? Like engineering or the medical field. Interesting to note that the most educated immigrants in the U.S. come from India and Nigeria with many working in the afformentioned fields.

    p.s. I have an uncommon name. It is Latin, as in Roman. It has become somewhat more popular recently, but still is rare. It is not spelled as it is pronounced but interestingly enough most people pronounce it correctly. I have a friend named Cecilia and her named is mispronounced often.

  • Doug504

    I find this story interesting because it reminds us those who came before.

    My two grandmothers were Hazel and Cora. A multi-great grandmother was Eliza. An even earlier great-grandmother was Mindwell (and her sister was Patience).

    None of these are common names today. But they were real people who made real contributions.

    When I’m checking out at the grocery store, I look at the clerk’s name tag. At lot of the names are unusual to me. But I hope they are successful in life as Mindwell, Patience, Eliza, Cora, and Hazel.

  • Doug504

    I grew up in an area with a lot of people of Finnish and French Canadian descent. So spelling Heikkanan and Thibideau was no big deal for me.

    On the other hand, I have a simple 5 letter Anglo-Saxon last name that I almost always have to spell.

    “Mainstream” depends in part on where you come from. And having a simple first name doesn’t mean your full name is simple. “Tyesha Smith” may need to be spelled just as often as “Fred Hiekkanan”.

  • I agree with one point here..I have to call people in for interviews sometimes and wonder what in the world someone was thinking when they give their kid a name that is so unique you can’t even pronounce it. It makes it hard because you don’t want to offend them by saying it wrong. I wouldn’t say this is by any means confined to one specific ethnicity. My last name is walls and have to spell it ALL the time for people and they still say it wrong. So I don’t think it matters sometimes. My daughter though is half black and I named her Liberty, which I thought was unique and meaningful and hopefully easy to spell!

  • Ursula

    Grammar, not “grammer”

  • randy marsh

    white trash names

  • Nicole

    are you really cracking the grammar Wow get a life

  • My name is Chanelle… I am white and due to living in a southern state full of French culture and wracked with prejudice i used to get, Chanelle is a black name or it’s spelled wrong. For years i cursed my name for these reasons. Now at the ripe old age of 42 i hold my head high and remember that like my name i am as unique a person as my name is.

  • Guest

    I’ve never liked the name Tess. Every one of them that I met and know are mean. Theresa, a relative is really nice. The Tess thing is so phoney.

  • Supernanny

    Wow! Why is everyone arguing? So silly to be so rude to each other.

  • slandp

    Why is everyone so concerned with grammer? It doesn’t matter, and people I guess will always find a way to put others down even over the silly things.

  • how is madeline on here? it’s SUPER popular these days!

  • slandp

    Well half the people on here are nuts, it doesn’t really matter what your name is. My name is savannah and no one knows how to spell it. But my point is even if your name is plain and simple people will still ask you how to spell it or miss spell it so who cares. And landyn is not a girly name that’s how most people spell it.

  • Jill

    There weren’t any hominids on Pangea.

  • Jill

    For the record, I have to repeat and spell my name all the time, and my name really is, “Jill.” So…to heck with it. You might as well have a difficult to spell name…you’re going to have to spell it for people anyway. 😛

  • Jill

    If everyone was named, “Jane,” I’m sure it would not be at all confusing. 😉

  • MrsLayneStaley

    Well put!!!

  • shakerosalt

    This author is so wrong about the name “Madeline”. It is very popular today in all its spellings.

  • My children names are Journey-Lynn, Luxana Lin and Kira Lyn, they do not make the list or are in any baby book.

  • Mr.Peters

    I think ruthie hawkins doesnt proofread her articles. Terrible.

  • hatemyname

    Know what you mean my name is Brittany. 15 others in my graduating class alone. I am never anywhere where there isn’t one of us. Its god awful. And there are too many ways to spell it. Which is why I named my daughter Kansas, never met another one and maybe she won’t hate it as much as I hate mine.

  • Lisa is a wonderful name. I hope it wasn’t killed by The Simpsons. Sure beats my grandmothers’ names, Tinsie Willie and Hettye (Het-ee). My mother’s name, Thelma, is a name she abandoned at an early age in favor of her middle name, Deane.

    Eleni is a beautiful Greek name. I also like Sara and Connie, and most all of the ee names (Kathy, Cindy, etc.). Oh, and I love Linda.

  • erk10

    Actually, black people and minorities have more of an opportunity than white people because employers want to seem more diverse and don’t want people thinking their prejudiced again minorities. But whats sad is that half the people they hire can’t even speak English. And my mom is still unemployed? Pretty pathetic, just shows whats going to happen in the future for myself and children.

  • NT

    How about Melena ( means black, tarry stools-from gastrointestinal bleeding).

  • momof5

    My name is marilyn and I have 5 children and wanted to give them all uncommon but unique names so I named them sonya, lawrence, celeste, gage and nevaeh

  • DeeDee

    You are absolutely right Xellye. You were kind with your remarks. The tone was not racist and hateful.

  • Lizzy

    I happen to love the name I gave my daughter…I did it to keep her being a shy girl in school, its an ice breaker. Yes she will always have to correct peolle and spell it out for them but thats what I wanted. Her name is Evalena and conjunction of Evelyn and My great grandmothers name Lena. Its not Eva diva its Evah as in you wont ever forget her… and actually was a very popular name in the 1800s… p.s. im white and so is my daughter.

  • Racist people like you would not give anyone a chance anyway when you find out the person is black, so give me a break! I encourage my youth to start their own and NOT DEPEND ON RACIST HEARTLESS HATEFUL, PEOPLE LIKE YOUR RELATIVES!

  • geofferari franklin

    Airwrecka, shithead, and diarrhea are coming to the top

  • k vaught

    I like the name ‘Ruby’ listen, for a little girl <3

  • Love Life

    excuse my spelling:)

  • Love Life

    im african american and puerto rican and i have witnessed beautiful and absurd names from both cultures. my husband is half white and pacific islander and id say the same goes ti his cultures as well. what we chiise to name our kids is purely your own choice! what may sound good to you may not to someone else and vice versa. i personally say just be mindful to what we name our kids as they have to live with it. ALL cultures are beautiful and theres craziness in them ALL. Beyonce named her baby Blue Ivy. Courtney Cox named her kid Apple. Alicia Keys named her kid Egypt, and Alicia Silverstone named her son Bear Blue. Its a bunch of ridiculousness, regardless

  • Tina

    Tina. Never hear of girls younger than 35 with that as their first name, unless its a shortened form of Christina or the like….

  • Fedup

    His mother ‘feminized’ the name by spelling it with a Y. Dah!! At first glance I would think it were a female applying for whatever….
    Parents just don’t think of the repercussions their children face when carrying some of these monicers around all of their life. It all plays into the whole ‘dummying down of America’ that seems to have become epidemic!!

  • Jim

    You should meet my kids Visine and Nyquill: two beautiful names that mean “one who sees clearly” and “one who sleeps deeply with clear head.”

  • Let me go ahead and blow your minds. Picking stupid names is NOT unique to black ppl. I have met white Shaniquas with 2 white parents. Parents in other countries are naming their kids things like Ipod. Y are people so obsessed with policing black people and their decisions?!? If they were any other race it wouldnt be “ghetto” (which is a value judgement) and no one would be concern trolling about these black ppl with odd names getting jobs. How about we address racism, homophobia and sexism instead of how names will hold certain groups back bc i assure yu it is the prejudice behind the perception Of the one reading the name that needs to be questioned, judged, and accused of stupidity Not the one bearing the name

  • SouthernYankee

    Well my name is Dana Mone’t… When I am conducting business here in the South I am constantly asked how to spell my name, I respond “the traditional spelling” often times pple still don’t know what that is. Why are pple soobsessed with being unique that they obliterate a name? Your parents have to your name, you stand out by how you live you’re life as you mature and begin to live independent from your parents. I’m glad my parents gave me this name. Btw I’m black, 35, my parents lived I’m England for several yrs which is where i was conceived to this day they still say demographics had no influence on my name… I love them for being so progressive. I don’t have to deal with any bias on any application because of my name. And our son won’t either

  • AKBell

    I live in Alaska and Bristol Palin is the only Bristol I know of.

    Also my last name is Smith and I still get ask how I spell it 🙂

  • Spelling check PLEASE.

  • grammar pest

    You misused “it’s” a bunch of times.

  • :)

    My litttle boys name is Eryk. I think some people think I was trying to be unique but my husband is Polish and that is the Polish spelling. It looks really cool with his last name because it has a Y in it also:)

  • tha tspellingm akes it a girls name

  • Nana6

    My grand daughter’s name is Andice. This was her great grandmother’s middle name. Haven’t heard of anyone else with that name.

  • Frances

    FRANCES anyone named Frances besides me

  • Don’t forget Blanche and Phoebe! 🙂 Those are a couple of classic names from the late 19th and early 20th century that hardly ever appear today.

  • Maybe it’s just me, but none of these names seem very uncommon. Maybe they mean that new babies aren’t being named these names anymore?

  • AICS

    I’m sure Roseanne Barr killed Roseanne permanently

  • Jane Hawes

    Or Tagg….

  • Jane Hawes

    “Jamila” is actually Arabic. It does mean “beautiful.” It has a lovely sound, too, IMHO.

  • Jane Hawes

    My ex-husband used to say if he ever had a son he’d name him David Elijah, so if he became a lawyer he could go by David, or by Elijah if he became an evangelist….

  • Azziah christine hassan human

    It should not matter ,why African Americans or any culture a have different names ,why does this offend anyone unless you have racist intentions.maybe you are one those employers who uses this tactic to screen applicants.?why worry about it ? Go ask sarah palin her kids have stellar names.

  • shaniaw

    maybe all you white people should stop treating us so badly then. i’m half black with a unique name myself and while there may be incidents i havent had any real trouble. also its not just black people who have unique names. there is really nothing wrong with it and it is very ignorant for you to say such a statement. there is no diservice being done by parents. maybe people should just stop being so judgemental and racist and there wouldnt be these problems

  • Q

    Man…there are some really bored people reading this article.

    LaQueefa Strawberry

  • TXJ1123

    Try having a common last name, where even some of the more unique names are in the phone book several times over. try this on for size and search Joseph Michael Long … now with a name like that wouldn’t you want your kids to have a bit of a unique name? Unique doesn’t always equal funky spelling. Aidan Draco Long – pretty standard, Aidan hit’s the top 100 in the SS registery, but the name together means ‘little fire dragon’ . Then there is Alanis Isabella – seriously pretty name if I do say so myself, and despite nimrods wanting to say it with T’s that aren’t there the name is very strait forward.

    However both of them are asked to spell their names constantly because there are so many ‘unique’ spellings out there that teachers aren’t sure based off of word anymore.

  • Don’t forget the name Floy…… Very popular in the 20’s…. started in the 1700’s

  • aircraftmech

    Hopefully any female name ending in ‘sha’ won’t make a resurgence in my lifetime..

  • aircraftmech

    Who wrote this article, a third grader? Or was it one of those keen ‘journalistas’ from the libtard left?
    Anyhow, it sucked.

  • My sister’s name is Joyce Leona….lol

  • I_said_first

    Your a teacher! Correct?

  • Luke

    Helen? Mary? I feel dumber for reading that list.

  • stef

    Spread over 10 slowly loading pages? After Roseann I gave up.

  • Randy Hoffman

    First the headline: What is “unique” about these names? “Unique” means “one of a kind”, not “unusual” (much less “out of fashion”). Second the article: It’s roughly a dozen sentences long and is still full of typos (“it’s” for “its”, “Joyce” for “Janet”, etc.); how did it get published, and more importantly how can *I* get paid for posting material this thin?!

  • Yeah, when I think of some of the names and spellings(mispellings) that white folks (particularly white celebrities) give their children. Remember MOON Zappa?

  • It’s fine to be unique, but don’t give your child a false sense of self-esteem.

  • Christian

    I know of a girl (about 15 years old) that has the name Imu Nique (Pronounced I’m unique)!

  • Christian

    Wonder where Faye (or Fae) falls in the list?

  • Jekyll

    pronunciation can be an issue with unusual names as well. For example, you may want people to pronounce your name “Shithead” as shi-theed” — but they could get it wrong.

  • “Janet: another uncommon girls name, Joyce comes in at #951 despite it’s popularity in the 1930′s.”

    Hmmm. Let’s hear it for editors!!??? huh? The name is Janet.. yet you are talking about Joyce…. what?

  • Come on, now. The possessive of “it” is “its,” not “it’s.” This error occurs TWICE in this article. This is really sloppy.

  • Jamie Karlsen

    Landyn with a y is just awful for a boy. Why don’t you put him in dresses too? That is the girliest spelling of a boys name since a boy named Sue.

  • Jade

    Remove your child(ren) from subsidized schoolcare and raise and educate them yourself, and solve both problems at once.

  • Mickey

    The misuse of it’s for its makes me cringe. Unprofessional.

  • J

    Grammer check PLEASE

  • Hmm. Interesting. Upthread, Southern Mom spelled it La-a. It’s an urban legend or just a really stupid joke that people keep repeating.

  • That is an urban legend. Unless there are a whole lot of little girls named La-a and twins named Orangejello and Lemonjello scattered throughout the country during the last couple of decades. The real names people are using nowadays are weird enough. There’s no reason for people to perpetuate the fake ones.

  • Jet

    Funny someone lied to you. Iesha is not a Swahili word. Nope. Isha pronounced with an “e” means finish. Maisha means life but its frequently used as “good life” or “life sucks”.

  • This feature seriously needs some editing.

  • disqus_Lzp2BYTDVb

    gah! – pls get ‘its’ right — not it’s, which means it is or it has!

  • JustSaying

    I work in a pharmacy and can honestly say that I see a lot of crazy names. I don’t care what race you are, stop putting 10 vowels in a kid’s name! All I can think of, when I see these 12 – 13 letter ‘unique’ names with apostrophes and hyphens, is how in the world do they expect their Kindergartner to write all that!

  • Hal Soffman

    No need to put an apostrophe after the numbers ….1900s ….plural not possessive.
    1900’s – no
    1900s – yes

  • EddieInFL

    Hilda, Myrtle, Leona–all aunts of mine; and Gertrude, Harriett, Mildred–3 more aunts. Then cousin Camille, sister-in-laws Audrey and Marge.

  • Southern Mom

    Surely everyone here with any common sense knew what Xeyelle meant. My mother-in-law is a school teacher who had a child named La-a. Pronounced Ladasha. I kid you not. Another set of twins were named Orangejello and Lemonjello. This is what she was referring to. I am all for unique, but this is just wrong.

  • Agate KaLee

    To All of you…..try explaining that your Mom’s name really is Ralph. It was a blast……..Name her Sue!

  • Sadie would be old, these names are not that old.

  • Nunya Beeswax

    Pam is a name of a nonstick cooking spray. Dammit, Janet! My stepbrother named his daughters: Sullivan, Brooklyn and Monroe. I weep for all three.

  • Tardar Soze

    Frank Zappa was ahead of his time naming his kids Moon Unit Zappa and Dweezil Zappa.

  • Priscilla

    Well my kids names are unique and there’s not a damn thing wrong with either one of them. Rocky is in college with a 3.5 gpa and Lacee is in 8th and has never made anything other than an A. So just because of the spelling of her name is different makes no sense. Get over yourselves!!! Urg!!!

  • bud42

    Mothers and fathers should give very serious considerations to the names they give their child, especially since they are the ones that don’t have to go thru life with a difficult moniker! Reading some of these posts, I can see who has the ego trip, the mothers/parents!!!

  • ChinaGirl

    My best friend’s name is Dhani, and while others (including him) see it as unorthodox, I think it’s a beautiful name, and it fits him well. So don’t throw away the “strange” names just yet. Many people commenting here were. -_-“

  • Tracy_Andersen

    Then there was the black mother that wanted to name her daughter Chlamydia. The Doctor tried to explain, and talk her out of it. Don’t know how it went.

    Also, my name, Tracy, is 75 years old on me, and WAS exclusively male. Now I get asked for the spelling, most common variant is Tracey, but often it is feminized to Traci and it bugs me that it is now almost exclusively feminine.

    Then had an uncle that called me “Spencer.” Can you guess why?

    Oh well, such is “progress.”

  • Choosing a good name is very important. In Biblical times they named their children names representing aspects of their character. Check out Hosea for example his wife a prostitiute named Gomer. And God told him to name his kids some crazy names as example to Israel for turning away from Him. Whatever you choose make sure it has a good meaning! Like me for example I am Esther – superstar! Lol

  • Brilliance

    So does this mean is shouldn’t name my kid Brilliance? I can call him/her Brill for short and also, they’ll automatically be considered smart by anyone they ever meet…..cause after all, their name is Brilliance! I mean, wouldn’t you want to work with a Brilliance? Imagne that name on your BA – Brilliance McGee. Oh, and i’m positive children will NEVER give someone with a name like that a hard time growing up.

  • Tylan. proud dad

    We are in America if anyone hasn’t noticed. It is white America no matter if we have a biracial president. If u have a name that’s not English origin at some point u will be asked about your name get over it. I’m black and my kids are biracial….Isaiah Malik and Nessiah Victoria. I didn’t give a damn about what the American government would think about my babies name or anyone else.

  • Lisa

    Black, black, black… No personal offense, but too much too long. I read that research also & it failed to address that the classic name does not a future make. I’m Appalachian American, where’s those poor white studies on “Janet?”

  • bonniesituation

    Madeline? A name that just finished being Tryndeigh? Not a name “you don’t see around.”

  • bonniesituation

    Speaking of Blade, at least one person bearing that name is the son of a figure skater (Josef Sobovcik).

    My pet peeve is Krey8tv spellings. Plus, the mommeigh who insists, “I want my K’cayte-Lynnn to stand out” is overlooking the fact that some will call out “Caitlyn” on the soccer field and five heads will turn. Let the child stand out based on intrinsic worth.

  • bonniesituation

    Everyone loves a grammar nag.

  • bonniesituation

    And all his life he will have to spell it for people. But it’s still the same name.

  • notech

    My all time favorite girls name….Le-a. I kid you not some woman in the US named her daughter that. She stormed the school one day to inform the girls teacher…the DASH is not silent.

  • My name is Serina and my name has always been misspelled,mispronounced I aways hated my name til I was an adult and realized not many have my name. Nurse misspelled it. My mom bewitched fan

  • PernRider

    My name is Anne, and while it is (regardless of this list) rather common (there were over half a dozen others in my graduating class of 180! And I’ve always had at least one coworker with it as well … ), I’ve had to spell it AND had it mispronounced all my life (hint: THE “E” IS SILENT!!!) When I had children, I swore they wouldn’t have to deal with that, which is WHY I gave them more unusual names: my eldest is Candace (named for her late aunt), and she’s the only one in her school. My middle is Aithne (mispronounced Gaelic, it’s AITH-nee, English phonetic), which means “fire”; she goes by Nene (Nee-nee) to make it slightly easier, but she loves her name … even with forever having to correct the spelling and pronunciation. My youngest is Alessandra (ah-less-AHN-dra), long for Lessa, which is what she goes by, from my favorite series of books. I constantly have people commenting on their unusual names, asking the meaning, etc. Never once have ANY of them expressed dismay at their names, although granted they’re still young. But they (and many others!) can still use their middle names: Lynn, Katrine (or Kate), and Skye.

    But more important to us all than others’ perceptions of them are the stories of why I chose their names, why they were given to them … and how well they fit each of them. They’re gifts to my daughters, which they’ll carry for their lives. And yes, they stand out … but so do my daughters.

  • Actually, we are all derived from the single continent called “Pangea” which was made up of every continent on earth before they divided into separate continents. Good point tho.

  • I named my daughter Tessa. I get compliments on her beautiful name all the time, but it is a rare name.

  • Florida 85

    There are now women with the name Sussudio, which is the title of a cool #1 hit by Phil Collins.

  • LargoL

    When I was in school, it was a HUGE fad to have prefixes like “La” or “De” before every name. Only one or two blacks had names without prefixes and there must have been over 100 in each grade level in a school population of way under 1,200 students. Examples: “DeShawn, LaKeisha, DeMarcus, LaTonya, LaCedric.” Don’t those parents realize how similar they make the names sound?

  • disqus_TWWyODDXrt

    Interesting story, but PLEASE, you used “it’s” instead of “its” over and over. How hard is this? “It’s” means “it is.”

  • Mia

    I’m not quite sure why Madeline and Willow are on that list… I know at least a dozen Madeline’s and a lot of Maddie’s/Maddy’s. I also know multiple Willow’s.
    Oh, and don’t forget Lois, Bertha, Augusta, Gladys, Greta, and Wendy! 🙂

  • pilly53

    Not really. My husband has a very unusual first name. The only one in the country as near as we can tell. He’s a captain at a major airline. I suggest you learn to try and pronounce unusual names and get over it.

  • Heather

    When I was pregnant with my first baby, my mother gave me advice on names. Not the name itself, rather a pointer for the children as they grew. She told me once I picked out the possibilities, go into a toy store and go to the area where the little license plates, cups and placemats were that had the child’s name on it and to try to go with that spelling. That way, little things like that would never have to be special ordered, rather could be picked up quickly as a small gift or stocking stuffers from others. I thought she was crazy at the time, but turns out she was right on with that. Also, it’s only become appropriate to ask a spelling of ones name recently, so when enrolling children in daycare, school, wherever, they would automatically be given the traditional spelling anyway. Some people can get kind of crazy, but it is their child and as such, they’ve got the right to spell the name any way they choose.

  • You got a stray Joyce mixed into your Janet there, damn it… Janet.

  • Ann is the middle name of both my wife and my mother. Almost creepy…

  • xellye-is-a-fucking-idiot

    “I wish parents would realize they’re doing a serious disservice to their children…”
    I fixed it for you. I know a Caucasian family whose children are named Blayze and Talon. I have a Caucasian friend whose son is named Jaken. My husband works with a Caucasian man who is dating a Caucasian woman named Abcde (Yes, ABCDE, the first 5 letters of the alphabet, pronounce “Ab-kah-dah”.)

    I know a Black family whose daughter is named Brittany. I think you made a blanket statement about black families that just isn’t true. Parents of every race and back ground are naming their children more “you-neek” names every day. Please be more educated when you post in public forums, it just makes you come off as an idiot.

  • jazzyred2000

    My name is Joan and im black. My children are Walter and Patryce. My grands are Janay, Jordan , Jaiden and Jasper. Do not stereo type. We are individuals

  • in the name

    We are derived from the mother land Africa so whatever race you think you are…. think again we are all connected so love each other. and let these theories of names derived from this country or that one go. they are all derived from the human rac e .mankind had to give each other names to make distinctions be kind to other for they are your bothers and sisters

  • momof4

    I never owned any black people!!!!

  • Mary Celeste

    I agree. Why in the world do black parents have to name their child Tawanda, LaToya, Latomba, Keisha, etc. This will not get them an interview. And it is tough enough being black and getting an interview! White parents may give them silly names a.k.a. Apple but this is not going to stigmatize their chances. Don’t be so defensive about those unusual names. It’s true what xellye said. Take some time to do some research about naming a child Latomba before passing judgement. Blue Ivy is a dumb name but her parents are multi-billionaires, their daughter will never have to work.

  • Bridget

    The errors in this piece are out of control. It’s like 20 words a page and you guys couldn’t get the spelling and grammar right? Please do better.

  • A friend of mine named her daughter Willow as well. I thought it was fairly popular.

  • Meanwhile, I’m getting Diana. And, true story, I had a teacher in high school that called me Donna for half the year. I thought I was just hearing her wrong until she wrote me a pass for the nurse.

  • How about Florence, Edith, Rita, Phyllis, Nina, Thelma, Marjorie and a few others.. these names listed are certainly not at the top but list was too short

  • Jake

    It’s = It is. It’s not the same as its!!

  • Ouida

    I looked for my name since it was more given at the early 20th century late 19th. I’m named after my grandmother: Ouida. I’ve always had to spell it. Endured almost 60 years of mispronunciation in great variety. Am the only one in the world with the addition of my last name. And though I wasn’t thrilled with it when I was younger, I like it now. It suits me and I enjoy being unique in name. (We’re all unique in personhood). It’s the pen name of an 1800’s author. Her niece could not pronounce Louisa, so Ouida . I think names are ordained.

  • bORIS


  • Abbey Crawley

    Prudence Mable Myrtle Thelma Nancy Betty Pearl Martha Cora Hestor Maude Donna Bessie Margaret Marjorie Doris Mildred Shirley Francis Jean Janine Matilda Millicent Hazel Violet Cora Lavinia Ethel Edith Isobel

  • its is possessive, it’s is the contraction for it is

  • grammar with an a

  • Many, many whites use non-standard grammar and spelling. With reality shows and the media less likely to clean up the their words or spelling, it has become painfully obvious that even white college graduates are sorely lacking in these areas. Other whites use high “falutin” language-between you and I, literally for everything and incorrectly, myself, use well when they should use good and so much more trying to sound educated or high class. TV journalists, professional writers, TV presenters and those who should speak and write better do not.

  • Actually, with so many cultures in this country, the ability to spell a name is not a valid point, in my opinon. My doctor’s first name is Talal, a Persian name. His last name is even more difficult. We have people from all over the globe and will encounter many legitimate names from other cultures. My problem is with parents who make up names or spellings or who hear words they do not know the meanings of -whether black or white. Leukemia sounded pretty to a parent who would not change her mind even after hearing that it meant blood cancer.

  • J Kirby

    What about Alpha, Ethel & Bertha?

  • Your children’s names are not overly unique. You must admit some of these deliberately misspelled names or names that are allegedly African are not. I have some African friends who laugh at this last contention and say they never heard of any of these name origins, They are simply made up to be unique. Be unique and do fantastically well in school and make a name for yourself in the world.

  • Regular white parents do the same. Problem is that black applicants already fight racism and discrimination. Why give yourself an unnecessary hurdle? Besides, some of those names are just ridiculous and and “white trash names” go on the list too. Note: Bible is capitalized. Thats is that’s. I do not understand what the modifiers many and some have to do with the issue.

  • Apple, Genesis, Meadow, Tree, Pilot, and more unpronounceable and more illiterate and made up spellings also complete the list of white names these days for white parenst.

  • kym

    I get it i pick a name for my little girl and look at all the spelling for it and picked the lest common one and know i wish i hadn’t because no one ever says her name right it”danica” but we pick to spell it “danicka”

  • Chuck

    I wish people had enough sense not to inject race into the discussion. Bad taste in naming children is hardly restricted to one particular group or another. And most of the black people I know have names like Valerie, Cathy, Paul, etc… So you’re generalizing a lot with the assumption you’ve made about that group.

    If you want to make life easier for people with what you consider to be unusual names, maybe you can just start by being less judgmental about them yourself. Setting an example of open-mindedness is more effective than suggesting people they must simply adapt to prejudicial standards.

  • Chuck

    I am disappointed to see that some people have injected race into this discussion. It’s completely uncalled for given that occasional bad taste in naming children is hardly restricted to one particular group or another.

    Personally, I’m not as bothered by unusual names as much as by the flagrant misuse of the word “unique” when people simply mean unusual. The title of the article sounds particularly ignorant… To say the names are “vintage” and “unique” is a completely contradictory statement.

  • BadDkItTy04

    Well are you caryn? karin? karen?

  • drilbit

    C’mon ppl, please take breath and calm down. No need to be disrespectful to one another.

  • Jessica M

    Tell Ruthie Hawkins that when “its” is a possessive, it does NOT have an apostrophe. “It’s” is a contraction for “it is.” We do not write “hi’s” :”her’s” “their’s” for “his”, “hers”, or “theirs.”

  • EvanCowit

    What people seem to miss is that it’s not YOUR name, it’s YOUR CHILD’s name. You get to tell people what a unique name it is. He or she will spend his or her entire life spelling it and explaining it. I remember Bette Midler saying that she wanted to give her daughter a “unique” name but didn’t once her husband explained that she wouldn’t be a 50 year old with a name like “Fifi Trixibelle,” her daughter would.

  • GreyK

    And you’d know this how? I hope we haven’t met, you seem like a jerk. Karin is Scandinavian, I’m told. Were you thinking nameslike mine, derived from Catherine, were Asian in origin?

  • Lisa

    my name is Lisa, and i’m eighteen!

  • Paul

    It’s spelled “grammar.” Poor effort!

  • Im Black and my name is uncommon. And I did go by my initials for a few years, but i still had to go to interviews… Its silly to believe that my son will not be discriminated against if I name him Brenden Michael, because that wont change his skin tone when they see him. Its the same racism whether they read your name or see your face. Studies should have showed that by having a unique name is synonymous with bein Black so the name isn’t the issue the picture the name gives the employers is… but ‘A rose by any name will be just as sweet’ (Shakespeare) so a negro by any name will be just as black.

  • skybella

    I named all three of my children unique names that they love. Atlantis a girl,Harley a girl, and Dallas a boy. They all love their names. They love that they go to school and don’t share a name with others. To be different and unique is important to them.

  • Zjitterbug

    What’s in a name? Our name does not determine who we will become, who we are now, or what we are. What we achieve, for good or bad, however, can become associated with a name in some people’s minds or in certain circles. It is up to us to “make a name” for ourselves. Hopefully the name our parents give us will be a positive influence in this. We can let it be a stumbling block, or a stepping stone. Even a plain, easy to say & spell name can turn out to be a stumbling block for some. Why do you think so many celebrities reinvent themselves with snazzier names? As far as these name and education “studies” sited go, it’s amazing what statistics will tell you when you have a goal in mind at the beginning of a study. Sadly, many, many times statistics aren’t even used and applied in the proper way. At least that’s what my Biologist husband who has loads of expertise with statistics and data modeling tells me. Me, I’m just a retired Navy health care provider with a daughter named Nerissa – Greek for “born of the sea or sea nymph.” Her father, my first husband, is a retired Sailor too. My name – Sherry. Easy right? Wrong. Very few people spell it correctly. Last names, forget it. Parents, just give your children the foundations they need to make something of themselves to get an education, whether it be from college or a good trade school. Teach them to be thankful in all things, to be honest in all their dealings, to always be willing to serve others, to hold themselves accountable to making right choices, to avoid greed, to choose a healthy lifestyle, to treat others with the same respect they expect to be treated, to hold their heads high despite whatever circumstances life dishes out, to love fully and unconditionally, to avoid harboring hate and grudges, and if so inclined, pray always, especially for their “enemies.” These are the things that will make their name mean more than just the “baby book” meaning. They will be remembered for the good in the world. Isn’t that what we all want?

  • Rowena

    So much talk about names. My name has always been a curse and a blessing…Rowena. I wanted my daughter to have an uncommon name also, so I named her Mira. It means Wonderful in Latin. People have always assumed I am black, when actually my name is ancient Welsh. Both mine and my daughter’s names come from books, mine from Sir Walter Scotts Ivanhoe and my daughter’s from book by Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb. At the end of the day, success or lack thereof, cannot be blamed on a name.

  • BadDkItTy04

    Yeah…O.K. Sam, you can give them encouraging words while your ordering your value meal.

  • BadDkItTy04

    Yeah..chances are they are not misspelled as much as the other “unique” names that are out there.

  • BadDkItTy04

    Yeah…chances are you are not from Europe….

  • Wow , I hope Teagan is spelled right. This name is Irish and means beautiful

  • le’0bama pew

    33. LaSquisha
    34. LaTon
    33. LaRicha
    34. LaDestiny

  • Ashamedofsociety

    Are you people listening to yourselves?!? Sad and rediculous. It is no wonder children do not know how to act or behave anymore. Smh! Pitiful.

  • BadDkItTy04

    Well…Landon is not a common name, but then put the twist on it and spell it different to make him feel special? I don’t think Landyn would have thought twice about why his mom needed to spell it different because she wanted him to feel special…I’m sure Landyn will truly enjoy spelling his “special” name over and over not to mention endless corrections from it being mispelled…I’m sure he does feel special.

  • BadDkItTy04

    I understand what you are saying xellye.

  • TeachMe

    I’m in the education field, and in the most recent years, I have seen a surge of unique names. The two names I will never forget are Asterisk (*) and Comma (,) and their Mother Taequila. They were the most wonderful family, I have ever met. Taequila’s daughters were well behaved, courteous, polite and some of the smartest young ladies I have ever taught. It’s been several years, but I do hope to hear of these young ladies doing well in their communities. I will never forget them for the impression and thier character. Their unique names is a bonus 🙂

  • Cess

    I am African American and I think xelle was right. Many black people tend to name their kids ethnic names. I have two boys and there names are Preston Alexander and Blake Miles. My motto has always been that names should look great on a resume.

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  • joesmom

    What about the famous actress that named her child “Apple”? What has/will that child endure while she is attending school!!!

  • Vicka

    In Alaska it’s common to name your child something unique. Apparently they don’t have naming problems like people in the lower 48s. Bristol, is in fact, a common name.

  • brittany

    I am a white woman and I believe it doesn’t matter what you name your child if you truly love the name you naming him or her. Having a unique name is an advantage for me in the world. I love the unique aspects of different people. People don’t have the right to judge someone because of their name it’s not that persons fault they have it. I embrace the unique people and names!!!! Shows creativity!!!

  • Black Parent

    Here we go again….white man taking away our ability to name our black children. I agree that some black parents should be careful in naming their children but make sure the unique name has a meaning…My daughter, Iesha, is a graphics designer – her name means life in Arabic and Swahili. We don’t have to name our children your people’s name to make it easier for you – slavery is over now get over it.

  • @ Sam – or maybe the parents could have not given their child a name which limits their chances of success.

  • @ oh my – if YOU do the research, you will find out. Don’t question what DZ wrote – just look it up.

  • @ vickie ~ unfortunately, someone named Bertha will not have the same opportunities as someone named Jennifer. Names have meanings, (well, except for the made-up ones,) and they give people an idea of who they are dealing with – without having met them. If your name is Abcde, or Heaven spelled backwards – people will have a preconceived notion of who you are. Your name is your ambassador – parents need to think of that before saddling their children with a real clunker of a name.

  • @ George – those unfortunate children. How tiresome to go through life having to spell your name. Over and over and over again because your parent’s wanted you to have a unique name. Parents: go to court and get your name changed to something unique – don’t burden your children with your issues.

  • @ Steve, a person who uses poor grammer is not making an effort to communicate effectively. (That is why we have dictionaries.) Calling someone a name because they are concerned about someone’s lack of communication skills does not make them toilet paper.

  • Sally Jones

    So sad that people have to turn every issue into a race war.

  • x

    I don’t look at Obama for his color, but for his record, and the first four years SUCKED! What has he done to turn our country around? Nothing but send us deeper into recession. Bush was bad enough, but Obama made things worse! My paycheck has gotten smaller now because of an increase in taxes! And since you are a nurse, tell me why I have to bear the cost for someone else’s health problems when I’m keeping myself healthy? Mandating health insurance takes away my freedom of choice since I now can’t afford to pay even my basic health insurance for routine doctor’s visits and emergency care. Explain how Obama made things better because I’m not feeling it.

  • x

    You’re being racist yourself and it’s showing in your remarks. I bet you tend to consider interviewing more applicants that share similar ethnicity with you than those that don’t.

  • x

    That’s a blanketed statement and it’s wrong. You think the CEO or the whole company is looking at resumes? Of course not. HR is looking at resumes and if that person is racist doesn’t make the company one, too.

  • x

    Yea, I have a problem with this… IT WAS A USELESS AND ASININE POST! Who gives a rat’s hiney about your life or the lives of your kids. If you had to post that, then the legitimacy of your kids should be called into question as you sounded like you have doubts as to who the father is. Get DNA tests if you have doubts.

  • x

    Really? Why don’t you show those studies to the people from China, India or other Asian countries. They seem to be doing quite well getting into schools and being hired.

  • Elizabeth

    How about MANY black celebs giving their kids dumb names? Blue Ivy? Really? I do know quite a few black people with normal names who have named their kids normally as well, but more & more we are seeing ghetto names. Why do people do this to their kids? So counterproductive.

  • Just don’t let your kid’s initials spell something unfortunate.

  • …and Sarah Palin’s daughter.

  • How about Track, Trig, Bristol, Willow, Piper…Palin?

  • Me too, and I’m very grateful and relieved he won.

  • We can’t all move to Hawaii.

  • You can legally change it.

  • I heard of a Latrina once.

  • Seriously, this listing could be on just one page.
    When I was a kid there were two elderly spinster sisters next door, Ethel and Gertrude. Must be at -10,000 and -10,001 in popularity now.

  • B Mcc

    a name is not just a word. unfortunately, labels do represent value. name’s = label = value. choose a name that fits. honor the name given to you

  • B Mcc

    Rebecca deserves to be on that list. its a fact

  • minz

    Hey Live in Hawaii and the are Hawaiian names Oriental names Samoan names and names from about every country of the World =- get used to it ! I read a lit of intolerable information Here. I my self am from Hungarian decent. PS some hawaiian names are several lines long. Live with it!

  • AnonEmus

    Hey Sasha. I’m thinking that the “genuine concern” is blind. Let’s teach our kids to MAKE the world we live in, by challenging them to consider there is even more to someone than their interesting and unusual (or wonderfully resonant “regular”) name. The white celebrity children will only be “held back” because they are celebrities.

  • gbnana

    Leona’s a black name?

  • maya

    I have to spell or explain my Indian name frequently, its really not a big deal. I certainly would not be grateful if my parents had named me something white American mainstream (or as you call it, “dignified”) for my own convenience.

  • CatsMom

    Here are some thoughts on creating your own variation or spelling of a name. Firstly, it looks as if the parents are uneducated and don’t know how to spell properly. Secondly, a person with a “unique” name may have to spend an entire lifetime telling people how to properly pronounce the name. Thirdly, it’s obvious what you are doing, trying to be unique, and because everyone else is also trying to be unique, no one really is. Fourthly, in a decade or two, the unique name will be just as odd and unattractive as some previously popular names are now, maybe even more so. Need I go on?

  • Brittainy

    There’s nothing wrong with being unique.. If I like the name I am gonna put my own twist on it.. To make my child feel special.. At the end of the day school stats and job stats can’t lie.. My sons name is Landon but I spell it Landyn .. He is the only one.. We should stick together and let our kids know we make the name it doesn’t make us…

  • Joseph H

    You’re logic and reasoning is very biased. You have no meaning not importance to me. If I thought like you, that means you’re stupid and worthless. He the point? Stop battering people for choosing a unique name for their child because they want their child to have a one of a kind name since their child is a one of a kind gift to them. For the record, I am a white 21 y/o male with a 15 month old daughter named aaralyn.

  • Joseph H.

    Hi, I’m white. And those names sound beautiful. No matter what race, the name you decide for your child Gould not be judged upon any other persons opinions. Every culture is unique. We’ve all derived from different backgrounds. That’s a big and ignorant issue in America as well all over the world today. We must accept differences, an as we do, differences will turn into interesting uniqueness.(-:

  • nope

    Please get an editor. Wow.

  • Tolerant

    Wow! Get a grip people; this is what’s wrong with America! We are all from different cultures, have different beleifs, religious and non religious but we are all human and have no right to judge somebody by a name!! Or anything else for that matter. It’s called tolerance and acceptance of who we are and the difference we have! In the end everyone’s S*** stinks, we all have a purpose and put our pants on the same way so…what’s in a name?!! That’s not for us to judge!
    Peace Out!

  • Carbon copy

    Worst names- Mike and Emma

  • ouija1969

    I don’t agree with this being a racial discussion. I have worked in schools for many years and have seen some ridiculous names in every race! Jeh’pur-dee, jurnee, and don’t forget that there have been people naming their kids Hashtag! If you want your child to be respected as they get older and not get made fun of for all of their lives…….don’t be a moron and really think before you brand these children as a laughing-stock for the rest of their lives!! Unique is one thing, ridiculous is another!

  • Lena Johnson

    Wht do I never see Lena on a list? I was named after my great-great grandmother and think it’s a beautiful name.

  • MY G .Grand mother was named “Jemima ” passed down to the family but missed us….but found itself on a bottle of syrup ….

  • Sam

    How is and “ie” ending “stripper-suited”? These names are actually fairly normal and common, grow up.

  • jeanster3

    I know people with all those “antique” names, except Hattie. Hattie (short for Harriet) is the only real vintage name included.

  • We are also judged by judging other people , asswipe.

  • Sasha

    Xellye never said “ALL black people” anything so calm down (or “ghetto” names for that matter). And the comment was out of genuine concern in preventing blind prejudice in an unfair world where however “stupid” the name, white celebrity children most likely will not be held back for it.

  • Jeremy

    So i didnt want to get involved in this discussion but when I saw this i couldnt resist. You are correct Obama is half white. But where was his dad? Obama was raised white. Thats part of the reason he is intelligent, well spoken, and actually.got into office. Plus all the ignorant.assholes voting just cuz he was black
    …and their mortgages would.be paid. Another crock of.shit. Everyone knew what change stood for. What you will have in your pocket after his ass.gets out of office. Or change…the one that will happen in the next four years when our military is weaker then.ever. be an educated democrat, i can respect that. but to the ones with their.head so.far.up their.ass tell them.its not a hat. you are a small.percentage in your race with being educated. No offense.but its true. more likely.to.go to jail then college. thnx

  • These names, I swear..

    How on earth do you pronounce that?! I’d guess Tawna- kwon’ shonda? Is that right? Friggin’ ridiculous, imo. What’s are her siblings names? Hondashondakwondajuanitaneequa? An’ ShawnKwondre Abdullah-Al Prince Matchabelli?

  • SFR

    is eng? loox liek buncha gobbledygook 2 me.

  • Poppa

    If you really believe that Obama over came this statistic, then why did he attend school under the name “Barry Santoro”?

  • I hate to mention this but if you have an “unusual name”, just change it. As an HR person, I get resumes all the time which have their “common name” on it and when they get hired, I find out their names are completely different. Personally, I have named all my kids ethnically Jewish names, they can choose different names as they get older and decide what they want to be called.

  • JX5

    African American: is that supposed to be a statement of your race or nationality? FYI African American is not neither a race nor a nationality.

  • GreyK

    My name is Karen, also spelled with a C, also Karin and Caryn. European names have variants too.

  • Frederick Schenk

    Bosses come and go. Jobs pay rent.

  • SFR

    The “type [of blacks]” that vote[s] for Obama.. Hmmm… I’m white and I voted for Obama twice. Does that blow your tiny mind?

  • SFR

    I wish people would stop using girl names ending in derivatives of “ayla” or “aylie”, e.g., Ailey, Bailey, Hailey, Kaylee, Kayla, Kylie, McKayla, Miley, Riley.. Nothing says “I’m not to be taken seriously” more than being given a DIY-spelled name that sounds eternally childish, stripper-suited, and has the sophistication of a bottle of ranch dressing.

  • Donna Linderman

    Awful names!! So many beautiful and interesting ones let off entirely: Wilhelmina, Maude, Maribelle, Lillian, Iris, Priscilla, Georgina, Evangeline. Who created this list?!?!

  • Apples&Oranges

    I’m black and my name is Maia (pronounced like Maya). All of my relatives have completely “normal” names (Marie, Juliet, James, to name a few), so please don’t stereotype like that.

  • IrvingT

    Plus, the original article misspelled “its” at least twice.

  • Tivalee Needham

    WOW!!!! I jus happened on this site an strted readin posts my name is Tivalee would n e one like to guess my race by lookin at my name I mean were passin judgment so y not huh?am I smart,dumb fat skinny black white poor rich judge me by my name.

  • awful names

  • uggg. they are as bad as Bella or Bertha

  • i love Deirdre

  • prince albert in a can… sorry.

  • my poor husband is named Vance and can never find mugs or trinkets with his name.

  • I love the old names. i want to see more May’s (an aunt of mine), June’s and Veronica’s (another aunt).

  • Susan (snore) I would have loved to have been named Starr 😉

  • i didn’t know Willow was such an old fashion name. I only know of one Willow and she was a character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer 😉

  • I thought I read somewhere that in France you can only legally give your child a “Christian”(read Biblical) name.

  • my niece just had a baby named Ainsley and we are a “white” family. my mom’s name, Lois, seems odd but it was hugely popular when she was born. Thanks to ‘Family Guy’ for naming a character, Lois. I was named an incredibly popular (for the time) boring name, Susan. I’ve changed it to Susanne (with that spelling) to give my name a bit of pizazz. Yes, I always have to spell it for people… no z’s

  • what about Lois? My mom is named Lois and apparently it was a very popular name for 1920 to 1940.

  • PlainBrown

    But it would be better if the person COULD get a job without ignorant, narrow minded racists. Why should one be limited to only certain places of work?

  • ginnymo

    Unique names are a creative expression of ALL CULTURES. The pity is how many people judge a person by a name.

  • PlainBrown

    This is interesting. We are debating whether or not people are mistreated or discriminated against according to their names by insulting and name calling each other. Can’t we attempt to educate each other without the insults? The best and fastest way to get someone NOT to listen to you is to insult them while telling them something.

  • PlainBrown

    But it doesn’t mean they are NOT a teacher.

  • Anaelissa

    Cchildren Your child have a name from another language which have a meaning. These made up names doesn’t have a meaning. That the problem. As for these famous and rich people they can afford to be choose odd name.

  • Leigha7

    Ruth sounds cute to me, but that’s probably because I associate it with Ruthie from Seventh Heaven, or Kit’s friend in the American Girl books.

  • Leigha7

    You may notice that some of the entries include numbers. Every year, the Social Security Administration compiles a list of how many babies were given what name in the previous year, then ranks them from 1-1000 by popularity. The last name on this list, Janet, is ranked as #951 for 2011 (the current list, since 2012 won’t be posted for a few more months). If you look at the more detailed list, you’ll see there were only 267 girls given that name in the US in all of 2011.

    So when they say “names you don’t hear anymore,” they mean names that are really uncommon now. To be fair, they messed up on a couple (Madeline is in the top 100, for pete’s sakes), but most of them are, in fact, rarely used nowadays.

    In case you’re curious, #1000 is Damaris, with 250 girls being given that name. #1 is Sophia, with 21,695 (in case you were thinking a few hundred isn’t a small number).

  • Leigha7

    Ella is extremely popular right now. It was 12th most popular girls’ name in 2011.

  • Leigha7

    Definitely. It’s in the top 100 most popular on the SSA list, and that’s not counting all the various spellings of it.

  • Leigha7

    The SSA says there were 1,546 girls born in 2011 with the name Willow. That makes it a lot more popular than some of the other names on this list–there were only 267 Janets, 263 Pamelas, and 262 Joyces.

    On the other hand, there were 21,695 girls named Sophia (the most popular name for girls in 2011), so Willow is still very far behind in comparison.

  • jenn

    I recently helped deliever a baby named Tahnaqueahnshanda. If it takes you four attempts to spell it correctly for the registration, maybe it might not be a good idea

  • Valerie

    Also Bayleigh and Kortnie.

  • African Americans are not the only races that have unique names …Apple= white parents, Rocco = white parents , Sparrow =White parents … Many Latino parents name their kids strange names also .. one favorite one is Maria Jesus Jose ( the trinity)= can be for girl or boy , Napoleon , even Shakespear !!! And even our own president has a different name Barack and apparently it worked for him .. A name is just that a name .. I already posted earlier but it rubbed me the wrong way .. I hate people who just judge others without even knowing them or because of disabilities and in this case cause of their color and name .. completely outdated in this day and age .. Grow up ..

  • You left out Hortense and Gertrude.

  • Cindy

    Older Pamela’s are often excited to meet my 4-year-old by the same name. She is the only Pamela under 25 I have ever known. 🙂

  • Cindy

    As the mother of a 4-year-old named Pamela and a 3-year-old named Mary, I really enjoyed this article!

  • I think the only ones who can name their kids unique names are living in Hollywood .. ie Sparrow, Apple, Livingston , Rocco .ect ect. if we had named our kids those names they might get teased … I do agree with people needing to think about what you name your kids We may love the name but they are the ones who will have to live with it .. When my sis was gonna have my niece she went through a list of them and seeing if anything negative rhymed with them .. She settled with Mollie Ruth ..2 very old names Mollie after her Aunt Molly who died young and Ruth after her Great Grandma Ruth . The name fits her perfectly

  • Are you kidding ? A name will not get you into any locked doors Education and Good family values will … To say that just because you have a Unique name then connect it to a certain race is OUTDATED AS THE NAMES ON THIS LIST !! We wonder what your name might be cause it certainly did not get you into the door with manners ..

  • bec

    I love creativity in the naming of a child..my 3 are Vance Ke’ale ,Brody Joseph, and Lily iwa’lanI..im white ,myoldest is not..my other 2 are

  • bec

    I love creativity in the naming of a child..my 3 are Vance Ke’ale ,Brody Joseph, and Lily iwa’lanI..im white ,myoldest is not..my other 2 are

  • Judy M

    So many grammatical errors and typos in this post.

  • Yeah, try to file that lawsuit. And, if this destroyed your faith in humanity, you’re were on the edge anyway. Do yourself and your kid a favor and give them an easily spelt and pronounced name.

  • It’s an unconscious bias and it occurs when the name is hard to pronounce as well. If a recruiter has fifty resumes from qualified people, some of them are going to throw out any resume that is going to take a little more effort including having a hard-to-pronounce name.

  • You were absolutely right to call out the poster on failing to use a qualifier in her post but this comment was overly defensive, imo.

  • Lars

    Barack went by Barry in school

  • Brandy Weis

    I disagree 100% with the idea that having a unique name is a disadvantage. Unique personal names are a creative, positive, valuable expression of African-American culture. Having a common, generic given name, one that is devoid of original thought and essence of identity, is a great burden. I pity those whose name is William, John, Jacob, Sarah, Mary, etc. Those names are cliches—they are boring, overused, and meaningless.

  • Maammmmm

    Please learn the difference between “its” and “it’s” before you post anything else.

  • fledgling

    You’re correct Bern……I was in HR for 30 years and the above described practice (however wrong) is rampant in America. The owners routinely culled out 3 types of resumes before getting down to more in-depth considerations: “made-up black names”, muslim names, and front page typos. Can’t get more racist than that, but it is reality.

  • What bout ora its different and it my first name and I am named after my great aunt ora

  • Reggie

    Name your children what ever you want…this is STILL America.

  • jasmbee80

    I would have to agree, I worked in Hr and people were screened out for difficult or bizarre names … I personally wish my mom piked something more common not Jasmin .I have had generalized stripper comments and I hate trying to prove myself thanks to a name unfortunatly people assume they can guess who I am. My parents are hispanic but really does that matter, if I cant get past the resume stage with this name in some companies.

  • Apollonia

    Jane is another name you just don’t see much anymore. (“Plain Jane”—ouch!) Jennifer and Marian have probably slipped, too.

  • Rona Eileen

    Well, I named my African-American son Chad Michael…hmmm…

  • grumpycarrie

    We named our daughter Willow and before it was popular. She’s 13 now. I got some strange looks at the time but now I get told I was ahead of the trend. For us, we chose the name because it was simply beautiful and we hope that our daughter can have the same characteristics as her name safe and be very strong yet very flexible, beautiful and graceful.

  • Keith

    Our not are… J/S

  • Sam

    If an unusual name keeps someone from getting an interview, perhaps that saves that person
    from working for ignorant , narrow-minded racists. This could be a real advantage .

  • spirit

    I totally. Agree w/you. I’m white! (Lol)- who cares what color. This is America “melting pot”

  • Erasmus

    Maybe , You don’t hear them anymore . That doesn’t mean no one does. I have no idea why journalists and editors this headline style ,but it not insults reader’s intelligence, but casts doubt on that of the writers and editors.

  • Mw

    You need to worry about your own race naming their babies, because they be coming up with some ghetto unique names for their kids as well

  • DC-area mom

    Are you kidding? There are tons of kids named Madeline today!

  • Laura

    Correction for number 10: The name is Janet, not Joyce. Also, the possessive form of “its” does not use an apostrophe. You might want to proofread next time. Mistakes like this make your website look unprofessional. This is an interesting article nonetheless.

  • M

    Any person who says something like this is hateful and obviously their mother (who apparently gave them the most perfect non-ethnic name) never taught them that if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all. People who think like this are proof of racism even if they think they’re not a racist person. Also, companies who are just passing over applications because of the name are breaking the law. Equal opportunity is all I have to say. I would also like to thank this bigot for showing me how awful people can be and destroying all faith I had in humanity. Do the world a favor… Do not have any children… We need to weed your genes out of the pool. If you do have kids, I hope they grow up to have open minds and open hearts and kids with ethnic names just to piss you off.

  • stuckup1

    Edith, Bernice, Helen, Sally, Betty, Beth, Candace, Fern, MaryJo, Josephine. I found a lot of girls named “Jessie Ann” and “Williamina” or “Wilhelmina” in my family tree. The Wilhelminas were all known as “Minnie”. Lots of girls named “Augusta”, too, they were known as “Gussie” or “Gustie”.

  • stuckup1

    I have a daughter named “Laurel”, and a young woman I met recently thought that was a boy’s name. Had a hearty (Hardy) laugh over that one!
    I had an uncle (actually a second cousin, but much older than me) nicknamed “Vien”, prounced “VEEN”. His real name was unbelievable, and he was a junior to boot. His daughter was named “Vienna”, I always thought that was nice, AND it put a stop to the silly name.

  • Huh?!!?

    I work in HR for a Top Well known company and we do not discriminate as you shouldn’t. I am black and my name is Arabic, also hard to pronounce and yet I work in HR…hmmmm

  • Sai

    What companies do this because my name is “ethnic” and I work in HR for one of the Top 100 Companies. Stop being a racist and don’t judge someone before you get to know them.

  • “Overly” unique? I think this person is disadvantaged.

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  • slyboots2

    it’s barely even an article in the first place. Having each name on a separate page is such a desperate page view increaser.

    Also, article author: names are unique (meaning only one, singular) only if they belong to a single person. What you mean is ‘unusual’.

  • Guest

    only if you go first, idiot.

  • slyboots2

    wtf is wrong with you?

  • I have a sister named Jann, her daughter is Kellee and her granddaughter is Sydnee. None of them ever has their name spelled correctly by others who hear them. When kids look for name souvineers they never found those names with that spelling.
    People with names with unusual spellings and pronounciations get passed by because people don’t want to be embarrassed by saying or spelling them wrong. As I’m Pamela Cahoon it happened to me often. I got very creative pronounciations of both.

  • Pamela is passe? When I was young both my first and last names were often mispronounced. If my mother had been awake when they asked what my name was I would have been Mary Blanche after my grandmothers. I would have been called Blanche. Thanks, Dad. Now Blanche is a really old-fashioned name!

  • JD

    Hilarious I don’t have a problem with a bigot as long as they have a valid point, but rarely is that ever true. I’m not a fan of Obama, gasp……SURPRISE, but to say that blacks that voted for Obama are incompetent is mind boggling when you factor in BLACKS only account for 13-15% of the entire U.S population!!!! factor in the prison population who can’t vote, factor in the racist South where a felon isn’t allowed to vote and you are down to about 8-9% of the black population who are eligible to vote, now what does this mean? Common sense would dictate the only way Obama could have been elected is with the overwhelming support of none other than white society, ironic huh? The sad part is a minority ethnic group mathematically could never vote a president into office by themselves, but when a person is blinded by the racial hatred of someone’s skin color still in 2013, that part of comprehension isnt present in the brain.

  • Moses

    Thank you.

  • Moses

    We are also “judged” by our proper use of grammar.

  • John

    Say hello to Jumbalaya for me…

  • John

    You mean Escalade isn’t
    Becoming????goes good with my babies daddy…..

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  • Tara

    I…am…speechless! My dear, look down deep in that prejudiced little heart of yours and evolve. I am Black, working on my second degree, I am 26 with no children and graduating from Nursing school next year as a Dean’s list student. And a Democrat who voted twice for Obama (secret: he is half white!) I endured 8 long years of Bush but somehow Obama is the problem? I’m sure you are old and set in your ignorant ways but the world is changing and there will be less ignorant, intolerant people consuming all of our oxygen…in other words…Victory!

  • Bern

    Vickie, how old are you? What world do you live in? Obviously you are not smart enough to know that racism is very much alive and it may start before your child is even given an opportunity to interview for a job, college interview, etc. Studies have shown that discrimination starts when employers sift through applications and see applicants with names like Shaniqua, Darniqua, Lakisha, and on and on. YOU ARE ELIMINATED BEFORE YOU GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVIEW BEFORE AN ENTIRE PANEL WHERE YOU CAN GET A FAIR(ER) CHANCE. In other cases, you are identified by your address. Be smart!!! Besides, there is NOTHING glamerous about those ‘MADE-UP’ AND MEANINGLESS NAMES.

  • mrs. Knight

    Jennifer …Kimberly …
    Laura …Deborah those were common names u don’t hear either

  • whatintheworld

    ALL is an ignorant statement in itself… The KKK use logic like yours to degrade others. Did blacks make them up? Racism is real, whether you admit to it or not doesn’t change its existence….What do pants on the ground have to do with a name? Did you intend to go off topic?

  • oh my

    Do these studies take into consideration teachers aides, tutors or other students who aren’t so prejudice? It takes a village to raise children not just a parent or a teacher. Obama seemed to be able to over come the statistics. As many other “ethnic” named children have. Does it also accurately number the amount of educators that look past a name?

  • sad

    Why can’t the people above commenting above you post a comment as educated and open minded as yours? *Sigh* Sad that these moms will pass on their ignorance and intolerance. Would be nice if people would choose to educate themselves on the many different aspects of an issue, instead of narrowing their focus…

  • Candela Col.

    you needed that list to know the meaning? that’s so obvious.

  • Candela Col.

    really? all the racist problems I have heard come from blacks accusing everyone for their own incompetence ( not all blacks but the type that votes for Obama). If you see a black or white kid with his pants on the floor, what would you think?

  • S Reed

    It’s ignorant discrimination. Thank God President Bush did not do that to Condoleeza.

  • S Reed

    Those two separate celebrities don’t speak for the entire human race. Gtfoh

  • Lyndaloo

    Wow ! What a feed my name is Linda gladly at #12 .I’m african american and my daughter name is Hailey Marrisa it’s a shame that even at her school they’ve never seen a black girl named Hailey! *toblindtoopenthemind*

  • One you forgot and I have always believed was the most ugly name ever given to a child is Alberta, which is my name. I know in the late thirties there were names that were prettier but my parents must have not wanted me to stick me with this horrible name.

  • I_said_first

    And any one who would do that is “Stupid” and shouldn’t be a teacher.

  • choctawbabe

    The grammatical and editing errors by the author made this article barely readable. I’m typing this comment from my phone yet I have still managed to communicate in correct English. Please take a little pride in your work…

  • Miss Drea

    I’m African American, and I’m thankful my parents gave me a “normal” name (Andrea). Ask anyone who works in HR and they will tell you they do look over the resumes with “ethnic” names.

  • DZ

    This is exclusive if race btw.

  • DZ

    It isn’t preventing them from getting the education, it’s the subconscious bias an educator will likely have towards the child. Whether they mean to or not the bias works like this: “Stupid” name = “stupid” parents = “stupid”genes = “stupid” child. The “stupid” children do not get the same treatment as the other kids which can be disadvantageous to their educational experience. This has been studied and documented I suggest a google scholar search if you’re interested.

  • JD

    While I wholeheartedly 150% agree that blacks should cease and decist in naming their kids god awful names, a name by itself isn’t the root of the problem in relation to the extreme prejudice that blacks experience in this country on a daily basis.

  • My name is Starr, I am Caucasian. I grew up being called ‘Twinkle’, I had that song sung to me more times than I care to think about!! When new teachers would call me Stan, the whole class would laugh. (The two r’s when written in cursive, look like a ‘n’) . I named my children John, Bobby and Chris. No one should have to be embarrassed by their name!

  • Bonnie

    Sophia is an oldie that made it to number 1 this year. My grandmother was Sofia. They both look good.

  • Rachel

    This was painful to read. Does anyone edit their work anymore?

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  • Gitchy

    Excuse me! Im black & my sisters, brother, & I all have bible & regular names. in school they teach you to refer to things as “many” or “some” so that you won’t group everyone into something thats not true. How about MANY white celebrites that give their children stupid names? Not ALL black people give their children ghetto names

  • Tempiest

    Really!!!! A lot of African Americans aren’t judge by there names!!!! We are judge by are skin color!!!

  • Bella

    Other oldies but goodies: Ida, Verna, Millicent, Louise, Eloise, Helen, Ella, Blanche, Doris.

  • oldskool2

    My daughter’s name is Lydia! 🙂 My other daughter is Geneva. I think your daughters names are lovely.

  • Donna! Yes. My name dates me. But I still love it. The 20-somethings at Starbucks often write it on the cup as Dana.

  • LT

    What you’ve written is so racist and misinformed. And it’s so obvious that you’re an American as well.

  • old_schoolin

    My daughter’s name is on that list!!! This should make my wife happy to hear. The meaning of her name fits her personality well, “lioness”. She’ll be 2 in a couple of weeks.

  • Danielle

    Oh and just in case you have a problem with this too…my kids are by the same man..my husband. And he didn’t marry me because I was pregnant ..pregnancy came way after we married

  • Danielle

    Well im African American…and my first daughter’s name is Jamila which her uncle who is half persian named her. It means “beautiful”…and my second child’s name is Janet. And I’ve met other races that gave there children “overly unique” names. So be careful with what you say.

  • clyonesse

    Very sloppily written –

  • Vickie

    And so did Will and Jada

  • Vickie

    What the hell does a persons name have to do with their education. That is ridiculous. If whether black, white or purple and someone chooses to name their child every letter in the alphabet, why should that keep them from getting the same education as someone named John.

  • Cactus

    Yes, but there are multiple ways of spelling more “traditional” names, too: Ann/Anne, Sarah/Sara, Mary Ann/Marianne/Marian/Marion, Catherine/Katherine/Katharine/Catharine/Kathryn, Claire/Clair/Clare, Megan/Meghan/Meggin/Meaghan/Meghan, Sean/Shaughn/Shaun/Shawn, etc. I do think people need to put some thought into what they name their children, but I don’t think “Tyesha” is more difficult than “Meaghan.” Nevermind that there are unfamiliar “ethnic” names from non-English cultures which many Americans would find baffling, but may be an important symbol of cultural heritage for the child or its parents.

  • Hollie

    I named my daughter Willow Jean. My middle name is Ann and I have another daughter with the name Lydia Lorraine.

  • cd12

    My first & Middle name are on your list 🙁 am I really that old???

  • genxer

    You are so on point. I spoke with a “Tyesha” on a “customer service” line recently. She was very put out when I asked to spell her name. Parents in general do not think when they are naming children. Give your child a name that is dignified and mainstream. That was on the advice of my late father and to this day I am glad that I listened to him. My child doesn’t have to spell her name or explain what it is or why I chose it. And she is grateful.

  • Tess

    If we’re talking about unfortunate names, white parents are hardly blameless. I’m talking to you, people who abuse spelling to call your kids things like McKenzee or Breayanna.

  • GS

    I don’t find it to be a racially motivated lapse of judgement. I know of a very redneck “Sarin” whose idiot father intentionally named him, yes him, after the toxic gas. Then there is Blade. Let’s not forget Mr. Zappa’s Dwezzel or MoonUnit.

  • xellye

    I wish black parents would realize they’re doing a serious disservice to
    their children by naming them overly unique names. Several studies have
    shown that individuals with those types of names don’t get the same
    treatment for educational and career opportunities. I would like to see
    more Joyces and Leonas to ensure young black people are getting the
    opportunity to at least get their foot in the door. The world isn’t
    perfect and it may be unfair, but there’s no need to make life any more
    difficult for black kids.

  • catherineinpvb

    Well; Ann still used; at in ‘conjunction’ with another name/double name. And still; a few little Madeleine’s running around. But yes; no ‘Joyce’ or ‘Leona’s (not that there were ‘that’ many to begin with). ‘Martha’ is another, for sure; where if you have ‘one’. . .she is probably the only one – not only in her class; but probably entire school/neighborhood/town. – under a ‘certain age; at least. Love that name, actually; ‘old’ but cute; and today; seemingly extinct. (Ruth is another oldie; and now rarity; and while ‘not bad’; not so cute.)

    Meantime; a great MO for advertising. . .

  • Grammargeek

    “Its” not “it’s.” “It’s” is a contraction for “it is.”

  • Sayga

    How about Deirdre?

  • Willow is a very popular name for girls in my area. And Pink named her daughter Willow.

  • Allyce

    14- Sharon

    15- Vivian

    16- Lisa

    17- Tracy


    19- Anita