20 Abandoned Baby Names No Other Kid in Class Will Have

20 Abandoned Baby Names No Other Kid in Class Will Have
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Choosing a baby name is one of the most high-pressure tasks every new parent faces: Whether mom or dad is looking for something unique (but not too unique) or trendy (but not too trendy), it can be tough to strike a balance. What's an expecting couple to do? Well, we've got everyone covered. It's easy to check out the most popular names of the moment, but what about the least popular? You might have heard of some outrageous baby names, such as Pilot Inspektor or North West. But we promise these picks are closer to Chandra and Nat -- different, but not too different. It'll give your little one the space to shine without putting them in a lifetime compromising position. And yes, they're all perfect for the playground right now, too.

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For parents who don't want a bunch of kids in class to have the same name as their kiddo, coming up with the a unique moniker can feel like major pressure. But baby naming experts from Nameberry recently compiled a list of names that no parents are using at all -- and we mean it. Not one single child in the US was given any of these names in 2016. Not a one! That totally gives parents free reign to claim a name for their baby no one else is likely to have. Parents-to-be looking for a little something special in their baby name search should check out these 20 picks from the list of most-maligned monikers today that could deserve a little more respect (or not!). 


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  • HUMPHREY

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    Apparently there weren't a lot of Bogart fans naming babies in 2016 because Humphrey was not a popular choice -- even though it has a pretty cool meaning ("peaceful warrior"). 

  • CIRCE

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    From Greek mythology, the goddess Circe had some pretty cool powers -- such as the ability to transform people into animals! (Guess that would actually be a pretty scary trick for a baby to play.)

  • LUDOVIC

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    Derived from the French and old German Louis, Ludovic means "illustrious fighter" -- but that's a bit of trivia you'll probably never need to know because nobody's naming their babies Ludovic anymore, according to Nameberry.

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  • DIABLO

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    Maybe the reason why you don't hear Diablo too much is because it means "devil" in Spanish? (Even though, let's face it -- all babies act like little devils from time to time!)

  • PLACIDO

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    It was a successful moniker for the "King of Opera" Placido Domingo, but the Italian form of the Late Latin name Placidus (meaning "peaceful, calm") doesn't get much love these days -- at least not in the US.

  • CHANDRA

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    A Sanskrit name meaning "illustrious, eminent," Chandra enjoyed a brief period of slight popularity in the 1970s but seemingly went out of style with bell bottoms and pet rocks.

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  • NAT

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    Short for Nathaniel ("gift of God"), we think Nat is actually pretty cute ... but apparently we're in the minority. (Although maybe some families are using it as a nickname.)

  • PERDITA

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    We secretly like this one because Perdita was the name of the mother dog in 101 Dalmatians, but maybe the meaning -- "lost" -- is a put-off for some parents?

  • BARD

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    A common surname, Bard has a romantic, poetic sort of connotation ... but alas, romance must be dead. 

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  • THADDEA

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    The female form of Thaddeus, Thaddea has never ranked among the top 1,000 names in the US. (Um, no surprise there.)

  • PUCK

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    Maybe nobody reads Shakespeare anymore or maybe Puck from MTV's The Real World (remember him?) really turned everybody off to the name -- maybe both?

  • FRANNY

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    Old-fashioned Franny (think Salinger's Franny and Zooey) just isn't up to modern-day moms' standards. It's a nickname for Frances, which you don't hear too terribly often either.

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  • SPIKE

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    Despite the fact that notable movie directors Spike Lee and Spike Jonze have this name (not to mention Snoopy's cousin), not too many boy babies are getting this one on their birth certificate.

  • HESTER

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    All the rage back in the 1880s, Hester won't be showing up on any personalized backpacks anytime soon. Maybe The Scarlet Letter had something to do with this drop in popularity?

  • GULLIVER

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    You'd think that maybe someone would want to name their son Gulliver to inspire a lifelong love of travel, but ... nope.

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  • NORTH

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    Despite the millions of Kim Kardashian fans walking the planet, North is not a name noncelebs have much interest in using. (Maybe it only works if your last name is West.)

  • KERMIT

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    Sure, it's a frog's name, but Kermit is also a form of the Irish Gaelic Diarmaid ("without injunction, a freeman"). Guess the frog part is a dealbreaker for most parents!

  • WINSOME

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    You win some, you lose some ... but Winsome hasn't won any baby name popularity contests in recent years. (Or any years, to be fair.)

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  • MINGUS

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    Considering the fact that Norman Reedus and Helena Christensen have a son named Mingus, it's surprising that more Walking Dead fans didn't steal this idea -- but not even Daryl Dixon can sell this one.

  • ZEPHYRINE

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    Cool names that start with the letter "Z" are hard to come by, but even that lack of options isn't enough to make parents choose Zephyrine.

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