American Names

Below the Top 1000, Part 29 (Girls)

Can you believe it’s only February?  It feels like April!  I’m not complaining…yet.

The U.S. name popularity data for 2016 won’t be released until May, but until then, the 2015 data is the freshest we have.  Sometime soon, I’ll sit down and tally my predictions for the new year.  In the meantime, I’d like to finish this post series.  Taking into consideration my long absence from blogging, I’ve decided to try posting these twice a week until May (or sooner, if completion comes before then).  Previously, I wrote these on a weekly schedule. 

A question for all of you: would you like me to continue posting lists of rare names like these for the 2016 data?  I’m thinking if I do, they’ll be more commentary-based. Fewer names, but more in-depth.  How does that sound?  

Anyway, the names! 

Today’s selection contains girls’ names used only 16 or 17 times in the U.S. in 2015, according to data from the Social Security Administration.  The SSA publishes information on the most popular baby names in America every year, along with almost every name used at least 5 times (very few exceptions). 

  • 17: Abigaelle, Adaia, Aeliana, Alura, Anaelle, Atziry, Belladonna, Betzabeth, Brave, Bruna, Carlene, Catriona, Chasidy, Contessa, Creedence, Cyleigh, Davie, Dove, Eh, Electra, Eleonore, Erykah, Farryn, Gabrianna, Gioia, Gladis, Harnoor, Heavyn, Holiday, Ikhlas, Indica, Jannatul, Jaylean, Josseline, Kherington, Klover, Lawren, Leiliana, Lilo, Lyrica, Maebel, Mahealani, Marifer, Maryclaire, Monzerrat, Nadyalee, Nardos, Nelle, Nydia, Oksana, Oreoluwa, Purity, Roseline, Ruthanne, Ruwayda, Sinclair, Skarlette, Talaysia, Vilma, Zayley, Zyanya
  • 16: Abcde (!), Ahlani, Akshita, Alannie, Alianys, Alishba, Alys, Ambrosia, Analeia, Andersyn, Anjana, Aolanis, Aphrodite, Arabel, Ariely, Astoria, Astraea, Avnoor, Basil, Candelaria, Carlotta, Carolann, Corabelle, Dilara, Eilee, Elianys, Elizabelle, Elona, Emmakate, Epiphany, Fable, Heavenleigh, Humaira, Isaura, Jaelani, Jamielynn, Jamiracle, Jordi, Katalia, Katja, Kaye, Kimberlin, Klaudia, Lilybeth, Lively, Lovella, Lynnea, Maeven, Mairany, Malillany, Maude, Meliana, Melrose, Memory, Mizuki, Nereida, Netanya, Nile, Nyx, Patsy, Rosaria, Roshni, Sable, Satori, Solace, Talulah, Temiloluwa, Tessla, Truth, Tuesday, Vincenza, Wrenley, Yakelin, Yari, Zaylin, Zenovia, Zephaniah, Zulay

What do you think of these names?  Any favorites?  Least-favorites?  Let me know in the comments! 

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9 thoughts on “Below the Top 1000, Part 29 (Girls)

    1. I too adore Nyx. Even though she’s from Greek Mythology, it still managed to catch my classics professors off guard when I mentioned that modern parents are using the name! That was a couple years ago, now.

      Nancy’s Baby Names has some great information about Abcde; this link ( should provide you with all the articles and data tagged with the name on her site. I especially recommend the article you’ll find if you scroll to the bottom, “Is ABCDE Really a Baby Name?”

      Eh was a more surprising find! ABCDE is such an urban legend that one expects to encounter it.

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      1. I try to avoid using the word “weird” when dealing with people’s names, for fairly obvious reasons. I prefer “distinctive!” 🙂

        Still, I love hearing my readers’ opinions, and our conversation may influence some future reader’s naming decision. I will say that barring a special reason (such as honoring a friend or relative), this isn’t a name I’d personally recommend to someone. Nonetheless, Abcde is a fascinating name!

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      2. Yes, I see the nature of your blog does prevent you from such judgments. I am not really a judgmental person either, actually. It is fascinating for me to read about all these names. I had no idea so many were in circulation!

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      3. I admit that every once in a while I do become judgmental about a name, but I hope that on that rare occasion, it’s with good reason. “Phelony” is an example of a name I publicly frowned upon, because I suspect that name might be harmful.

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