Rare Baby Names

rare baby names in the U.S. currently

Want a baby name that’s not common, but also not unheard of? Here’s a list of 1,710 rare baby names — nearly a thousand for girls, and over 700 for boys.

What’s a “rare baby name”? Here’s how I define it: a rare baby name is one that’s given to roughly 50 babies a year. If you think about “50 babies a year” in terms of U.S. states, that would be like 1 baby per state, per year. (In real life, baby names aren’t distributed so evenly across the nation. This is just a way to get a feel for how uncommon the names are.)

The names below all saw usage in the 40-to-60 range in 2018 — the most recent year for which we have official U.S. data. (The 2019 data will be released in May of 2020.)

Click on any name to see its popularity graph.

Rare Girl Names

Rare Boy Names