Thursday, December 20, 2012

"Known but Not Common"

Some people like 'unique' names; some prefer solid classics. In my experience, though, most parents are searching for that elusive name that everyone recognizes but no one is using. This can lead two ways--a famous name that few use because it's inextricably linked to one figure; or, even more difficult, a name that is consistently underused. Never super-popular, but never out of style; it's the hardest sort of name to pin down.
But, of course, I have to try anyway, so here are names that have continuously been in the US top 1000 for the past 80 years, but have never broken the top 100 (yet! Asterisks indicate names that are more popular now than they've ever been).

Boys:
  • Abel*
  • Abraham
  • Alfredo
  • Alonzo
  • August
  • Avery*
  • Blaine
  • Brooks*
  • Bryant
  • Byron
  • Calvin
  • Clark
  • Clay
  • Clayton
  • Clinton
  • Conrad
  • Cyrus
  • Dallas
  • Damon
  • Davis
  • Dexter
  • Donovan
  • Duncan
  • Edgar
  • Eduardo
  • Elias* [as of 2015, Elias is now in the SSA Top 100]
  • Elliot*
  • Ellis
  • Emmett*
  • Enrique
  • Ernesto
  • Everett*
  • Felipe
  • Felix
  • Francisco
  • Grady*
  • Graham*
  • Grant
  • Guillermo
  • Harley
  • Harrison
  • Hector
  • Hugh (okay, I cheated here; it did fall from the Top 1000 for one year--2008)
  • Israel
  • Jasper*
  • Jean
  • Jefferson
  • Julio
  • Julius
  • Kendall
  • Lane*
  • Lincoln* [as of 2014, Lincoln is now in the SSA Top 100]
  • Malcolm
  • Manuel
  • Marcel
  • Mario
  • Marshall
  • Maurice
  • Miles*
  • Morgan
  • Moses
  • Nelson
  • Noel
  • Orlando
  • Oscar
  • Pablo
  • Preston
  • Quentin
  • Rafael
  • Ramon
  • Raul
  • Reginald
  • Reid*
  • Ricardo
  • Roderick
  • Roland
  • Roman*
  • Ross
  • Ruben
  • Rudy
  • Salvador
  • Saul
  • Sidney
  • Silas* (fell from the Top 1000 for 1967)
  • Simon
  • Solomon
  • Sterling
  • Terrell
  • Thaddeus (fell from the Top 1000 for 2009)
  • Toby
  • Vaughn
  • Wade
  • Wilson
  • Winston
  • Zane*

Girls:
  • Adrienne
  • Alma
  • Aurora* [as of 2015, Aurora is now in the SSA Top 1000]
  • Bridget
  • Camille*
  • Carmen
  • Cecilia
  • Celeste
  • Celia
  • Claudia
  • Corinne
  • Daphne (fell from the Top 1000 for 1938)
  • Elisa
  • Elise*
  • Elsa
  • Genevieve
  • Georgia
  • Gwendolyn
  • Helena (fell from the Top 1000 for 1992)
  • Hope
  • Iris
  • Ivy* (fell from the Top 1000 for 1946)
  • Joy
  • Juliana (fell from the Top 1000 for 1936)
  • Lena
  • Lucia*
  • Marina
  • Mercedes
  • Meredith
  • Miriam
  • Nina
  • Nora* [as of 2013, Nora is now in the SSA Top 100]
  • Priscilla
  • Rosa
  • Sonia

(I probably should have expected this, but I'm totally shocked by how much longer the boys' list is than the girls. Holy crap!)

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