Some rare, offbeat, and unheard of A names that I’ve seen recently in birth announcements. My favorites off this list are Allifair and Atlas. What are yours?
ACHILLES: Another Greek Mythology name that was used over 100 times last year. Achilles is known for his valor and manly beauty and that pesky problem with his heel, but I still get a little chuckle every time I think of someone calling Achilles to dinner.
ADDIE: Although not in the Top 1000, Addie is far more popular than her ranking because she is used as a nickname for Addison & Adelaide.
ALCINA: Italian poet Ludovico Ariosto used this name for a mistress of alluring enchantments and sensual pleasures in the 16th century Orlando poems. She is also a sorceress who rules over a magical island in Greek Mythology.
ALLIFAIR: A old timey name used occasionally in the late 19th century. The most well know seems to be Allifair McCoy, who was killed in the Hatfield-McCoy feud. There’s also a mystery writer named Alafair Burke.
ALSTON: A surname, plus a place name with several cities in Canada, United Kingdom, and the United States bearing the name.
AMETHYST: The birthstone for February used as a given name.
ANNALEE: This smoosh of a name is just below the Top 1000, but given the popularity of Anna names, I see her being on the list next year when the stats are released. ANNABETH is also being used.
ANNESSAMAY: Cousin to Renesmee.
ANNORA: With Nora breaking into the top 200 (currently at #159) more parents may turn to this name.
ARBOR: A nature name. Do you like this better for a boy or a girl?
ARLIS: This old-fashioned name is almost gone. He was used just six times last year. Do you think it could have a resurgence or will he soon be gone for good.
ARNES: A last name used as a rare first.
ASLAN: Fans of The Chronicles of Narnia
ATHEN: Athens without the ‘s’. This fits right in with Aiden, Braden, Caden, & Jayden, but without the popularity.
ATLAS: A celebrity baby name, a Greek Mythology name, & a book of maps.
AUGUSTINE: With August and Augustus being used, maybe Augustine will get some action. It can be used as a boy or a girl’s name.
AVERIEN: With the name Avery being taken over by the girls, someone thought of Averien.
AYELET: Hebrew name meaning “gazelle”.
Other A names I’ve spotted are ALISETTE, ANETH, ARMIA, ATSLAN, & AVEYA for girls and ANDELSON, ALANO, ARTEZ, ATHIY, & AYRITXEL.