How to pick a name for your baby nobody else has! Expert reveals the 10 rarest choices for new parents – including Hester for girls and Ajax for boys
- Nameberry’s CEO has shared rarest names overlooked by parents
- Pamela Redmond says Hester, Lorcan and Bee will set your child apart in 2023
- It comes as names such as Gladys and Neville are facing extinction next year
As if the prospect of becoming a parent wasn’t daunting enough, the first decision you’ll ever make for your child is also one of the biggest.
It is, of course, small matter of baby names – something which arguably sets the tone of your child’s entire life.
Earlier this month, a study by Pregnacare revealed that names such as Brydie, Gladys, Edmond and Neville are facing extinction in 2023.
But if you don’t fancy using any of these old-fashioned monikers to make your child stand out, Nameberry’s CEO Pamela Redmond has revealed the 10 rarest names that are often overlooked.
The expert told FEMAIL: ‘It’s difficult for parents to settle on a name because a name says so much about your personal and family identity.
Nameberry’s CEO has revealed the 10 rarest baby names that are often overlooked by parents – from Lilac to Ajax
‘A name signals your feelings about your family, your cultural heritage, your style, your desire to fit in or stand out in society.
‘And a name is a one-time decision that lasts for your child’s entire life – at least unless they decide to change it!’
Here Pamela shares the unique monikers that were used by less than 25 US-based parents in 2021, according to the world’s largest baby name website.
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Fewer than five girls
It features in one of the most famous books in American literature – but Hester has fallen out of fashion in recent years.
Urging bookish parents to make the most of the rare moniker now, Pamela said: ‘The heroine of The Scarlet Letter has a fresh modern image thanks to the hot new novel Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese, which reimagines the book from Hester’s point of view.’
It might have started out as a boy’s name that translates as ‘man of Rome’ in Latin – but Romilly is now used for girls too.
She noted: ‘Emma Thompson used it as her daughter Gaia’s middle name in 1999.’
Beatrice is one of the most traditional names in the world – but if you want to give it a modern edge, Pamela suggests shortening it down.
The expert said: ‘This spelling turns the short form of Beatrice into an on-trend nature-themed name.’
While the ever-popular Violet recently appeared on the University of Birmingham’s list of 50 ‘most beautiful’ sounding names, Lilac is a much more unique alternative.
Pamela said: ‘Color names are cool and so are double L names [like Willow or Ella]. For a different spin on the popular Violet and Lila, try Lilac.’
Since 2010, Otis has climbed 285 places in the Office of National Statistic’s rankings – and its influence is reflected in the female version too.
Pamela said: ‘Otis is on the way up for boys thanks to Sex Education, and this female version is trending for girls.’
It has French origin meaning ‘prosperous in battle’.
Although it has a traditional heritage, the expert says this unique moniker still appears to some younger couples.
Pamela said: ‘Z names are cool for Gen-Z, and this variation of the New Testament Zebediah is zippy.’
Pamela said: ‘An Irish name meaning little or fierce, this was the name of several ancient kings.’
An increasingly rare moniker, Nameberry notes that 13 baby boys were given this name.
Jude Law and Sadie Frost famously used this Irish name for their son in 1996 – but despite this, it’s continued to be a rare moniker.
According to Pamela, just 18 parents named their sons Rafferty – which has Irish origins meaning ‘abundance and prosperity’ in 2021.
It’s most commonly associated with the 22nd President of the United States Grover Cleveland.
However, a mention in Lena Dunham’s Girls reimagined this traditional moniker for a younger generation.
Describing how it was given to 23 boys in 2021, Pamela said: ‘When Lena Dunham’s character used Grover for her baby at the end of Girls, it gave a cool modern image to this old school presidential name.’
He was one of the classical Greek heroes who battled on the fields of Troy – but Pamela says Ajax is a name that isn’t being utilised enough by parents.
She said: ‘Atlas is popular, but this strong Greek hero name is fresher and has a trendy x ending.’