Babies (Photo: Courtesy of Nameberry)

Way down at the very bottom of the official US Popular Names List are those baby names given to only five children each year.  The Social Security Administration doesn’t publicize those names given to fewer babies because of privacy concerns.

Most of these rare names are “creative” spelling variations of popular names (Izebella and Jacub), inventions like Jayly or Axtin, or international names largely unknown in the US.

And then there are the outliers, both wonderful and truly terrible.  The beautiful names with deep history that for whatever reason are flying way under the radar, and the invented names that seemed to someone (or five someones) like a good idea at the time….but really, really aren’t.

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Here, the best and worst of the names given to just five babies in the US in the most recent year counted:

The best:


  • Calixta
  • Clementina
  • Eugenie
  • Eulalie
  • Frederica
  • Hyacinth
  • Jessamy
  • Letitia
  • Sunniva
  • Thisbe


  • Amyas
  • Baird
  • Benen
  • Chaplin
  • Christo
  • Frazier
  • Inigo
  • Robertson
  • Thoreau
  • Wyn