These Unusual Baby Names Are About to Become Popular

These Unusual Baby Names Are About to Become Popular

#10 Wells

Notable as an English surname, it’s been gaining in popularity over the last 12 months. A pregnancy guru named Rosie Pope uses it as a nickname for her son, highlighting the name among pregnant women. There is also a character named Harrison Wells on the TV series The Flash.

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#9 Saskia

Some have pegged Saskia as the next big baby name in the US, despite only a handful of girls being given the name this year. The name has never ranked in the top 1,000 in America. Saskia was the nickname for Rembrandt’s wife, who was the subject of many paintings. It is a Dutch name that may mean “a Saxon woman.”

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#8 Neo

Neo is not a popular name – yet. Naming experts note that certain syllables seem to catch on like wildfire, and the sound “eo” is certainly doing that. Neo did not catch on over 15 years ago with the character from the Matrix, but another name from the movie was quite popular at the time: Trinity.

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#7 Theodosia

Theodosia, Theodore and Theodora are all poised to make a comeback. The names were once quite popular and offer a variety of nicknaming opportunities: Theo, Ted, Teddy, Theora, and Thea are all shortened versions of the name.

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#6 Zephyr

Many are turning to Greek mythology for names. The most recent rarity is Zephyr, who was God of the West Wind. Zephyr is more common in Europe. However, in 2015, tech pioneer Sean Parker used it for his son. Zephyr may be moving up along with one female variant, Zephyrine. For those who love rarity take note: not one girl in the US was named Zephyrine last year. Meanwhile, Zephyr Teachout is a candidate for the US House of Representatives.

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#5 Kaiser

Blame it on “Teen Mom” star Janelle Evans, who named her son Kaiser. Although he goes by Kai, people seem more interested at the moment in giving their kids names taken from honorific titles: Barron, Kaiser, King, Saint and Duke.

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#4 Astoria

First it was Brooklyn, then it was Bronx, so now it’s time for… Queens? Not exactly. Another of the boroughs is getting popular though, which is why the neighborhood of Astoria, Queens is getting trendy and encouraging a new name. Astoria might also be inspired by the name of Draco Malfoy’s wife.

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#3 Leonidas

Leonidas has slyly made its way into the top 100 baby names. The reason might just be since it was the name of a Sparta warrior in the movie “The 300.” Leonidas is pronounced Leo-NY-das in the USA and lee-OH-nee-das in Europe.

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#2 Ragnar

There were 30 boys named Ragnar in the USA last year. Previously, there had been exactly zero outside of Scandinavia. What changed? Probably the TV show “Vikings” on the History Channel. Ragnar is a popular rugged character and that seems to have inspired a few new parents.

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#1 Lula

Lula is the natural successor to two sounds that people love: lu-lu and names that end in “uh.” There’s been Ava, Eva and Ella. And Lola, Luna and Lila. Tallulah and Lola became hot, especially amongst hipsters and celebrities, which means that Lula may be the next name to capitalize on the beloved “lulu” and “a” sounds. Besides, it’s also piggybacking on the extremely hip Lularoe Leggings.

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