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Centuries ago, William Shakespeare wrote: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." While it's true that your baby will grow into a unique individual regardless of his or her name, new parents often like to search for baby names that are uncommon, so the name will stand out from the crowd. With a little help from eMedTV and BabyBuilder, you can create a list of uncommon names that even old Bill would be proud of. So have at it!

Uncommon Baby Names Defined

The word "uncommon" is defined as unusual, infrequent, or special. So, an uncommon baby name is simply a name that isn't found within the top 100 baby names for the past few years. Uncommon names don't have to be new or unique -- in fact, many uncommon names were actually quite popular many years ago. For instance, the name Laura was very popular in the 1880s but now isn't even in the top 200 most popular baby names.
As you consider what to name your baby, you may prefer a not-so-popular name, but at the same time want a name that people will still recognize (instead of asking, "Is that a real name?"). With eMedTV's online resources and a little persistence, you'll find the right name for your baby in no time!

Finding a Baby Name That Is Uncommon

Many soon-to-be parents hope to find an uncommon name for their baby. In most cases, parents don't strive to give their newborn the same name as their neighbor's baby!
There are a number of resources available to help you choose an uncommon name for your baby. These include:
  • Lists of names throughout history
  • eMedTV's Uncommon Baby Names feature
  • BabyBuilder's Top 100 Baby Names, year by year.
Historical Names
One method to find an uncommon baby name is to look at names throughout history, such as those used in your great-grandmother's generation. For instance, the name Roberta was popular in the early 1900s, yet is relatively uncommon now. (Just think -- Bobbi could be such a cute nickname!)
Be mindful that some of these names do cycle up and down in popularity. Take the name Sophia for example; it was popular in the early 20th century and is now once again extremely popular in the early 21st century.
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