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Great Baby Names: 100 Unusual, Stylish Choices

If you're looking for a name with a lot of style but that's also unusual, here are 100 great choices. Warning: These names may not be quite as unusual in Park Slope as they are in Wyoming.
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Often I'll look up a name I think is attractive or stylish -- or even trendy -- on nameberry, and find myself shocked to discover it doesn't rank in the Top 1000. How is it possible that names du jour like Esme or Clementine, Tallulah or Wren doesn't make it into the pool of 1000 names that are chosen for 80 percent of newborn girls?, I wonder. Or that Theo and Gus are so far down the list from brothers Sam and Max, when it seems that every other baby I meet has one of these names?

The names on this list were below the Top 1000 -- that's the actual ranking on the left -- and were used for more than 100 babies last year. The actual number of babies who received each name in 2009 can be found here.

If you're looking for a name with a lot of style that's also unusual, here are 100 great choices. Warning: These names may not be quite as unusual in Park Slope as they are in Wyoming. And you may be hearing a lot more of some of them in the future. But in 2009, none was given to more than 270 babies total in the entire country.

GIRLS

1008. Pearl 1012. Winter 1016. Roxanne (Roxana is #1126) 1027. Willa 1045. Shea 1067. Laurel 1068. Mae (May is down at #2457) 1076. Adele 1092. Esme 1105. Anais 1108. Delia 1118. Aurelia 1134. Estella 1249. Antonia 1299. Mercy 1302. Gwen 1316. Chiara 1362. Cordelia 1372. Liv 1373. Mariella 1397. Geneva 1402. Arden 1404. Juniper 1423. Evangelina (Sister name Evangeline is up at #429, thanks to Lost actress Lilly.) 1445. Susanna (Susannah is way down at #2463, with only 77 girls receiving the name) 1450. Remi 1453. Thea 1482. Bryn 1545. Mabel 1577. Clementine 1599. Magnolia 1624. Faye (and Fay is much much lower) 1628. Louisa 1664. Wren 1678. Beatrix (though Beatrice has cracked the Top 1000 at 860) 1716. Darcy 1726. Keziah 1796. Isadora 1851. Maisie 1864. Viola 1920. Cecily 1924. Tallulah 1934. Octavia 1935. Ramona 1980. Magdalene 1982. Scout 2000. Flora 2016. Honor 2023. Allegra 2030. Dora

BOYS

1002. Edison 1005. Ulysses 1025. Simeon 1028. Taj 1029. Thaddeus 1035. Theo (shocked!) 1037. Turner 1047. Gordon 1057. Miller 1061. Bishop 1066. Lionel 1071. Langston 1079. Truman 1088. Hank 1105. Channing 1109. Hendrix 1114. Enoch 1115. Forrest (Forest way down at #2058) 1127. Keanu 1128. Lennox 1130. Augustine 1133. Colter 1134. Eamon 1157. Arlo 1165. Gannon 1185. Lachlan 1187. Abner 1214, Beck 1236. Clifford 1273. Judson 1284. Ewan 1313. Finnian 1322. Phineas 1325. Grey (Gray is even lower, at #1735) 1335. Bowen 1362. Gus 1371. Otis 1376. Magnus 1405. Harris 1414. Brooklyn 1425. Pierson 1428. Dashiell 1448. Foster 1487. Lazaro 1489. Zev 1491. Angus 1505. Linus 1519. Clint 1565. Eleazar 1586. Cormac