One of the biggest baby name stories this week is The Week’s look at the least popular baby names in the U.S. from 1880 through 1932.

While such monikers as Handy, Spurgeon, Icy, and Toy, culled from the bottom rungs of the Top 1000, are indeed hilarious, it may be sobering to consider the baby names that were equally unpopular back then that went on to win widespread favor.

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Names that were given to only five babies at the end of the 19th century, right down there with Spurgeon and Icy, include many of today’s hotties:

1880                Natalie                        Hudson

1881                Madeleine                   Lincoln

1882                Iris                               Griffin

1883                Juliette                        Blake

1884                Arabella                      Tyler

1885                Rosemary                    Sebastian

1886                Susannah                     Reed

1887                Maryann                     Brady

1888                Karen                          Gregory

1889                Miley                          Kyle

1890                Willow                       Weston

1891                Stephanie                    Wyatt

1892                Beatrix                        Tobias

1893                Lake                            Hayden

1894                Erin                             Tucker

1895                Penelope                     Colin

1896                Courtney                     Jonah

1897                Maisie                         Casey

1898                Holly                           Dane

1899                Ariel                            Jason

All this while choices like Gladys and Bertha, Clarence and Earl pranced around at the head of the popularity lists.

But you don’t have to go so far back to find such baffling gaps in baby name taste.  In 1972, tens of thousands of babies were named Heather and Tammy, Scott and Chad, instead of Adair and Coco, Sienna and Liv, Atticus and Finnian, which all languished at the bottom of the list given to only five babies each.

Of course, these names that sound cool 50 years later were joined down in the baby name dumps by such choices as Cachet, Candle, Classie, and Marijuana for girls; Friend, Kaiser, Lemon, Master, and Mister for boys.

And what about today?  Names given to just five girls, the lowest number counted, in 2012 include the following 20 choices:

Anthea

Atlanta

Bette

Cherith

Comfort

Disney

Frederica

Garland

Goodness

Heartlynn

Jersei

Lunette

Money

Murray

Nessiah

Perpetua

Petal

Rosary

Rye

Thai

Names at the bottom of the boys’ list in 2012 include:

Bart

Egbert

Elite

Fitzpatrick

Iggy

Jerusalem

Lotus

Lucifer

Messer

Million

Moss

Munro

Newt

Osric

Pacer

Poe

Romance

Sabbath

Sabre

Zytaevius

So which will be the Sebastians and which the Spurgeons of the future?  That’s a decision our grandchildren will make.

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