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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.



It is always interesting to check out what is happening in big metropolises.  The range is always fascinating. 

Today, let’s look at Boston.  There were lots of Irish names with several babies named Keira, Declan, Riley (for both) & Patrick. 


  • Abel
  • Achilles
  • Augustyn
  • Avonte
  • Beckett
  • Brady
  • Bruce
  • Camden
  • Cash
  • Charles
  • Clark
  • Deaglan
  • Edward
  • Finn
  • George
  • Hien
  • Jack
  • Jameson
  • Julian
  • Kellan
  • Kieran
  • Kiptyn
  • Langdon
  • Leo
  • Louis
  • Marvin
  • Milo
  • Nolan
  • Peter
  • Ralph
  • Ridley
  • Rocco
  • Shahak
  • Simon
  • Tighe
  • Timothy x 2
  • Tucker
  • Xavier


  • Alaina
  • Alexandria
  • Amaya
  • Aurora
  • Brielle
  • Brynn
  • Calliope
  • Catherine
  • Chanel
  • Claudia
  • Colby & a Colbi
  • Daisy
  • Delilah
  • Elise
  • Evelyn
  • Fara
  • Fiona x 2
  • Francesca
  • Genevieve
  • Giabella
  • Halle
  • Isla
  • Keeley
  • Laney
  • Leela
  • Maeve
  • Marin
  • Matilda
  • Nora
  • Phoebe
  • Rosalie
  • Sasha
  • Shealyn
  • Stella
  • Tessa
  • Trinitylee
  • Violet
  • Vivian
  • Yasmine

My favorites are Finn & Matilda. What are yours?

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