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30 Baby Names That Have Never Been Used In America Before

A name is the first gift, (after life itself!) that parents bestow upon their children. It is something they will have through the baby months, to the toddler years, teens and until they are the old folks with their own stories. It's forever!

When my parents named me Katrina, they didn't know any actual Katrinas. They never met anyone else named Katrina until I was in high school, and that's just how they liked it. When I grew up and started my family, my name aspirations were similar; to find a name that would feel unique to my child. I even found a book with statistics to accompany names so I'd know the odds of there being another Danika in our little town.

Unfortunately, the odds were off and another little girl shared my daughter's name, and they were even in the same grade. I had better luck with the other kids I named, like Keillor and Najilah. Although it sounds like Quinton, my son named Kwynton is the only boy with that spelling I've found thus far.

Why the quest to be different? I don't know; I liked never having to use my last initial to differentiate between myself and another girl in my class. I liked when my name was shouted from a distance that I could be reasonably sure the person was calling me.

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30 Hillyn

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Hillyn is a rare name indeed. Just how rare? According to names.org, the name has never shown up in the US Social Security Administration database. This database tracks names going back to 1880.

To determine what the name most likely could be traced to and its meaning, we can break down the name. We can look it up at etymology.com and discover that hill comes from the Old English hyll meaning, (guess what?) a hill.

According to behindthename.com, lyn or lynn comes from the Welsh word, lynn, meaning "a lake." Other sources state lin is a root, and it means "waterfall."

Put those together and you have a lovely picture of a lake by a hillside, or a waterfall tumbling down a hill. In fact, there's a sweet nursery motif for a new baby!

Hillyn is from what our research shows a name based in the UK region, so if that's something that matches part of your ancestry, you might be inclined to go for a name such as this.

If you have a relative named Helen you'd like to honor with a daughter's name, this is a way to customize the name and update it. Hillyn could be shortened to Hill or Lyn, or maybe Hilly, although that seems tricky for teasing purposed.

29 Najilah

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Najilah, as I mentioned, is my youngest's name. It is pronounced na-GEE-lah. And we call her, Jilah as a nickname. Najilah is an Arabic name and it means, "brilliant eyes." From 1880 to 2016, in the US there have been only 5 babies given Najilah as a first name. That's pretty rare and unique.

Interestingly, I discovered a few years ago that Al Najilah is a city in Egypt. My daughter thinks that's pretty cool, as a matter of fact.

The worst part of the name is that 9 times out of 1o, people say it wrong upon reading it, whether it be at the doctor's office or starting a new classroom. However, people always say it's pretty. It's quite feminine and there are other potential nicknames, as well. Naj, Naji or Lala are all possibilities. Nalah or Nala would work, too. An alternative spelling would be Najila.

Najilah works best with a simple middle name, because after all, it's supposed to be a name not a tongue twister or a vocabulary test. I wouldn't pick a middle name that begins with the vowel sound of /a/ or /e/. An uncomplicated middle name of a single syllable that begins with consonant would probably work best such as Belle, Shae or Dawn, for instance.

28 Razak

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Razak, according to babynamespedia.com, means "a devoted man," and is a Muslim name. It hasn't been on the name charts here in the US since 2007, and then it appears it was given to fewer than 5 boys. It's a rare last name, as well. In the 2010 US Census, only 482 people had the last name.

Razak is as a surname used mostly by ethnic groups that include Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and Asian people, as well as white folks. It's definitely not necessary to be of the Muslim faith to enjoy this name enough to give it to a son! However, if you are of this background, it's another name choice to consider.

The name has an unusual sound to our American ears, perhaps, but the /r/ sound coupled with the exotic sounding /z/ gives it an edge that seems on the rise in popularity these days.

Razak could be shortened to the more familiar to Western ears, Zak. Raz is a fun nickname, too. In 2007, it ranked at #10509 for baby boys in the US, so of course, quite rare.

Some more famous Razaks include Najib Razak who was prime minister of Malaysia until quite recently. Abdul Razak is a soccer player from the Ivory Coast.

27 Lissya

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Lissya is an rare name, and according to names.org, has never been recorded in the US Social Security records. However, if I were to offer an educated guess, I would say the likeliest name to link Lissya to would be Melissa. The name Melissa is originally from the Greek and has the meaning of "a bee."

According to History of Bees, bees have been an important symbol in many cultures around the world. In ancient Egypt they represented royalty and power. In the Jewish faith, Essene priests were referred to as bees for their tireless devotion to their religion and community. Bees were a symbol of love during the Renaissance, and the ancient Minoans were beekeepers and used bees in their art.

They have also been said to represent immortality and rebirth, and for that motif Napoleon used them in his royal emblems.

Ancient Greeks believed the Temple at the Oracle at Delphi was constructed by bees, and it has a beehive shape. Priestesses in Greece were often called Queen Bees.

Lissya could be pronounced lis-ee-uh, or lis-E-Ya, depending on the parent's preference. Liss, Lissy or Lia are all possible nicknames. Just avoid /s/ sounds to avoid a hissing sound.

26 Tane

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Tane is a Polynesian boy name meaning "god of the forest." Tane means "man" in Maori, according to behindthename.com. He was the offspring of the sky god, Rangi, and the earth goddess, Papa. Tane is given credit for creating man according to some sources, and the tui bird. It is pronounced TAY-neh.

Tane first appeared on the US name charts in 1875, and since 1880 there has been a grand total of 176 babies with the name. This makes it a very unusual name. In 1963 the most babies ever were dubbed Tane, with a total of 26 for the year.

Tane has a simplicity that is especially attractive, and a slightly exotic pronunciation that isn't too difficult, however. It could be shortened to Tan, Tany or Tani.

Tane Tinorau was a famed Polynesian explorer. Tinorau was born around 1827 in New Zealand and became a Maori chieftain. It's believed his parents were royalty as well. He was part of the Kawhia tribe on the North Island in the Tasman Sea. When leading a war party to subdue a neighboring tribe, he discovered a cave opening. The cave system became known as the Glowworm Caves. He saw the caves value as a tourist attraction and opened them up to the paying public. He and his wife, Huti, worked as guides to the caves, and worked to improve lives of their people. Tinorau died in 1905.

25 Safina

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Safina is found in African, Samoan and Mayan cultures. In Africa the name means "Noah's ark," while in other places it means "strong," while others believe it means, "pearl." In Mayan culture Safina is a warlord. Safina is also a surname in Denmark.

According to Baby Center, Safina is ranking at #3148 so far in 2018 for US baby girls. In 2016 the name reached its highest popularity in the US to date, with 14 baby girls given the name per million.

It sounds a bit like the name, Seraphina, which comes from the Hebrew meaning "fiery ones," which were angels described by the prophet Isaiah as having six wings.

Dinara Safina is a famous Russian tennis player. She was formerly ranked #1 in Russia, and has been a runner up in the 2008 French Open, the 2009 Australian Open and 2009 French Open. She got a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.

Carl Safina is a conservationist and writer. He won a MacArthur "genius" prize, both Pew and Guggenheim Fellowships and numerous book awards. You may have seen his special on PBS, Saving the Ocean. He also runs a non-profit organization that's dedicated to ecology through science, literature and action.

If those Safina's don't inspire you, let your own baby Safina inspire others and create meaning for the first name!

24 Keillor

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Keillor is my firstborn son's name. I wanted something unusual but not too snobbish or you're-gonna-get-beat-down-everyday-at-lunchish. I have a son Kyle, and another Kwynton, so we were looking for a K name. Keil is a German word meaning, "wedge," referring to an ancient tool.

As far as pronunciation goes, we pronounce it KEE-ler. Seems simple, after all Keith is a common boy name and everyone seems to know how to say the "kei" of that one. However, I often hear people say it as "kyler," which is reasonable. But a remarkable amount of people will guess the pronunciation as "killer." This is shocking to me.

My son looks Norwegian with platinum blonde hair, fair skin blue eyes and no tats or piercings. I look like, I've been told a writer or a teacher.

Do we look like the kind of people who would name their kid, "Killer?" I really don't think so.

Some books have stated that they think Keillor is related to seafaring implements or the trade of sailing. But that's still sort of unresolved.

An National Public Radio icon, Garrison Keillor who is also a bestselling author, particularly known for The Prairie Home Companion, was also a positive association.

The name ranked in 2014 at #12687, and the Social Security database states that since 1880, less than 5 children in the US have been given the name each year. Baby Center shows an average of 2 boys per million annually are given the name Keillor.

23 Masina

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Masina ranks at #8452 for baby girls in the US so far in 2018, which is a rise of over 3000 places. However, it's still a very unusual name here. Since 2000, it's averaged 2 babies per million in the US being named Masina. The boys' version ranks even lower at #12359. To give you some perspective on its rarity, the Social Security administration has only recorded 27 Masinas of either gender since 1880. It was first recorded in 1885.

It is a Samoan girl's name meaning "moon."

The only famous Masina is the actress with a surname of Masina, Giulietta Masina. Giulietta was born in Italy in 1921 and died in 1994. As a teen she lived in Rome with a widowed aunt where she discovered a love of theater. She was an award-winning actress and made over 32 films.

Masina is typically pronounced mah-SEEN-ah. Natural nicknames would include Sina, Masi or Mai. Masina is a pretty name, that is especially feminine in its sound. It would pair well with many names, including one or two syllable handles. I'd avoid pairing it with a middle name that begins with a vowel, however. It can be difficult for the ear to separate. For instance Masina Alise sounds like you are stuttering in the middle of the word pair.

22 Osain

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Osain is a Welsh name for boys, and its meaning is "little deer." This is a cute choice for those liking the word play, as he's certain to be a little dear as well. It'd also work well for those who love nature names, or woodland creatures.

In all the years since the Social Security administration recorded US names, they've yet to note an Osain among their roster.

This makes this Welsh first name a true rarity here. For those with Welsh or Irish roots, this would make a very cool name for a son.

According to nameberry.com, Osian is derived from the Irish name Oisin, with the same meaning, but a very notable history. The legendary Irish mythological and historical figure of Finn McCool was said to be Osian's father, and the goddess Sabh was his mother.

Oisin had his own fame, for being Ireland most noted poet as well as a war hero.

It is pronounced, and this is the tricky part, like with many Welsh names, as "OSH-een," or O-sheen. If you'd like, you could always spell it more phonetically if you dislike having to explain every time your son goes to a doctor, starts a new school year or has any appointments. The Irish pronounce the name UH-sheen.

21 Palila

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Palila is a Polynesian name, so it's found in Hawaii, Polynesia and Tahiti. It is pronounced pah-LEE-lah. The meaning of the name is "bird."

There's an actual Hawaiian bird named the palila, and it is according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, a finch-billed honeycreeper. It's a beautiful yellow bird that is on the endangered species list. In 1944 it was nearly extinct. It is found only on the Big Island of Hawaii, on the slopes of Mauna Kea. The distinctive bird is also known for its sweet song.

In 2016, the Palila Forest Discovery Trail was opened to the public. This mile-long trail is located in Mauna Kea's Palila Forest. The trail provides visitors a chance to see and learn about the highly endangered bird. It's believed that only 3000 of the birds are left in existence. But don't bring just any car to check it all out, as you need a 4-wheel drive vehicle.

Palila is a very rare name, having never shown up in the Social Security Administration name database, and never charted on the Baby Center names.

This is a lovely, feminine name that lends itself well to a number of nicknames. You could call a baby girl Lila, Pali or Pal, or Lily or LiLi.

20 Loke

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Loke is a cool, old name that sounds decidedly modern. It is most rare, with fewer than 5 people annually given the first name Loke since 1880 in the US. However, take a trip to Europe and you'll find plenty of Lokes in Sweden, where the name ranked at #58 in 2017.

Loke can be pronounced LOW-key or LOO-key or even LO-kuh. Since it's so rare, the parent can determine this without much argument or confusion.

It is short and sweet. Not prissy or fancy bits to this handle. Loke could be easily shortened to the god's name, Loki, or Lou.

Loke has its origins in Norse mythology and is Scandinavian, Swedish and Danish. It probably is derived from Loki, the trickster god in Norse mythology whose mischievousness turned to evil eventually. Loki had the ability to shift shapes and even genders. He was a companion of Odin and Thor, but often caused them embarrassment when helping them. He is also considered a god of fire.

Fans of the Marvel Comic universe recognize the character as represented in the films and comic books by actor Tom Hiddleston, a former flame of singer Taylor Swift. Loki appeared in the films Thor, The AvengersThor: The Dark World, Thor Ragnarok and now Avengers: Infinity War.

19 Ffion

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Ffion is another obscure name here in the States, but in Europe it's more common. While it is typically rating about 5 or less baby girls in the US per million annually, in Wales it ranked at #25 for girls in 2016. According to Baby Center, Ffion is charting in the US at #3932 in 2018 for girls.

Ffion is pronounced EFF-eeon or FEE-on, and some even say FI-on. It is not related to the similar Fiona, (made famous by the animated film Shrek) despite close spellings. Instead Ffion means, "foxglove."

The foxglove is a beautiful garden mainstay, a cluster of tubular shaped flowers in shades of pink, white and lavender, or purple, yellow and red. It's said they symbolize either curing or killing, and come from fairy folk. It's believed when a foxglove flower is bent over, it is because a fairy is hiding within it.

The only celebrity with the name is Aimee-Ffion Edwards who currently stars in the TV show Peaky Blinders, and appeared in the miniseries, Troy: Fall of a City.

Ffion is a name that definitely only works with certain names, so a strong sounding German or Italian surname will likely sound oddly matched with it. Ffion has a soft, Welsh lyrical quality to it.

18 Selassie

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Selassie is an Ethiopian name meaning "trinity," and the last name for one of the most notable world leaders of the 20th century. Haile Selassie was born in 1892 and reigned over the African nation of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, with a notable absence during an exiled during WWII by the Italians who temporarily had control of the nation. He led the country to great reforms and was the first Ethiopian leader to visit Europe. He also led the nation to the League of Nations. Jamaican's Rastafarians worship Haile Selassie as they believe he was the second coming of the Christ, although Selassie (a Christian) himself rejected such claims.

Selassie is pronounced seh-LOS-ee. It could be shortened to Sela, Las or Sie. Although it is a male name, it is unfamiliar enough that you could potentially name a daughter Selassie.

I, in fact, nearly did name my daughter Selassie. I opted to instead give her the middle name, Haillee a feminized form of Selassie's first name, Haile.

Selassie is a decidedly unusual name here in the US. From 1880 to 2016, only 50 babies were given this moniker as a first name. The first time it was recorded in American record books was in 1936, according to names.org. The biggest year for the name Selassie was in 2016, when 7 infants were given the name.

17 Chrizanne

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Chrizanne is a combination name from South Africa consisting of Christine and Anne. It has not charted in the US, and the Social Security Administration records reveal no hits for the name. So it's quite a rare name.

For meaning, we look at the two root names it's made from. Christine is a Greek name meaning "a Christian."

Anne comes from the Hebrew name, Hannah, and means, "gracious; full of grace."

Anne, according to medieval church tradition, was the mother of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

It is pronounced KRIZ-an or KRIZ-anuh. It could be shortened to Chriz, Anne, or Annie, or Chrizzie. Another possibility would be Chriza. Maybe Riz for a sassy  nickname for a sassy little lady.

The name is made up from very familiar names,  yet is quite rare. This makes it stand out, but not in a weird way. It sounds so close to many common names so no one should find it a target the way many novel sounding names seem. It could be spelled Chrizann or Chrisanne for another set of options. Chrizanne is very feminine and has a lovely meaning, particularly for those who identify as Christian. (Or who have ancestry from South Africa.)

16 Ekene

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Ekene is pronounced, eh-KEH-nah, and is from the African people, the Igbo, of Nigeria. The meaning of the name is "praise." Ekene can be either masculine or feminine. In 2016, it ranked at #5179 for baby boys in the US, while at #16,431 for girls that same year. It is not currently charting here at all. That year was the high mark of popularity for the name, according to Baby Center, when 11 babies per million were given the name Ekene. Prior years averaged about 2 per year, from 2000 to 2016, again according to Baby Center.

Ekene has a strong, ethnic sound to it, and a musicality to that sound. Ekene could be shortened to Ken, Kene or even Eke. Some may opt for Kenny, even.

The Social Security Administration statistics, however, show a total of 35 US babies being given the first name Ekene between 1880 and 2016. So, a rare name no matter who or how it's sliced.

According to namespedia. com, Ekene was found as a first name 347 times in 14 countries. The biggest chunk are found in Nigeria, followed by the US and the UK.

Ekene Emigo is a famed Nigerian soccer player, as are Ekene Okereke and Ekene Ikenwa. Ekene should not be paired with a middle name that has strong /e/ sound to it to avoid sounding rather like a doorbell.

15 Tadala

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Tadala can be a boy or girl's name, although only the girl version has charted at all in the US. The girl version is ranking at #8569 currently, which translates to 7 per million. This is a considerable jump, because for many years the average was 2 per million in the US.

The name is pronounced ta-DAH-la. Nicknames could include Tada, Dala or Tady. You could also call the child Daly or Tala. Some of those nicknames seem especially feminine so I'd be pickier if they were for a boy. I would avoid choosing a middle name that's longer, especially of 3 or more syllables. It would just be too much of a mouthful.

Namespedia.com states they found Tadala as a first name 11 times in 3 countries and 23 times in 6 countries as a surname. The three countries where it was used as a first name were the UK, India and New Zealand. Tadala didn't show up in any of the nearly 6 million records of the Social Security Administration.

Tadala is a Chewa name, from the Bantu language group. The Chewa people today inhabit Botswana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Tanzania. The name means, "we have been blessed."

14 Akiara

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Akiara is pronounced ah-KEY-ar-uh. It is a unisex Japanese name that means, "a bright person," according to momjunction.com.

Akiara has many of the elements of more popular modern names such as Kiah, Kyah or Kirah. Akiara could be shortened in numerous ways including Aki, Kia, or Kiara, as well as Kira, Akira or Kiki.

Interestingly, Akira and Akiara mean the same thing, "intelligent, bright person."

Akiara is extremely rare. It is not found in the 5,838,786 records in the Social Security database.

If you'd prefer a slightly less unusual choice, you could go with the shortened Akira. Akira is also a gender-neutral name, but is found slightly more often in the US for girls. Babycenter.com states that thus far this year, Akira ranks at #1827 for boys, while it's coming in at #1033 for girls. That means about 145 baby girls in America per million were named Akira last year.

According to namespedia.com, the first name Akira was found in 43 different countries at total of 3882 times. It was found mostly in the US, followed by Japan, then Brazil. The remaining countries it was more rare, and pretty evenly divided between Canada, UK and Australia, as well as Russia, France and Indonesia.

13 Aerden

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Aerden has a familiar feel to it due to its similarity to more well-known popular names such as Aaron, Arden or Aron. Aerden is probably related to the Old English word,  eorðen or the Dutch word aarden, both of which mean "made of clay; earthen."

Aerden is an incredibly unusual name so pronunciation would be a parent's choice, as it really always is, but no one would be able to argue with you since whose heard of another Aerden anyway? I'd guess it would be said ARE-den. Or alternatively, AIR-den.

Another possible spelling would be Ayrden, or maybe even Airden. The first record found in the Social Security Administration database for Aerden was in 1895. It's estimated that fewer than 5 Aerden's have been born annually since then in the US.

Aerden could feasibly be for either a boy or a girl, especially due to the name's rarity, no one could have a tendency to think of one sex over another.

Aerden could be given a nickname of Aer, Den or Deni, or Aery or Aerd. Since Aerden is so rare, your Aerden will have a blank slate to write upon. The name does sound like an old English garden type of name that conjures up visions of lavender and hedgerows.

12 Tamsie

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Tamsie is most likely related to the feminine name Thomasina, as a nickname for that name. Thomasina is the female form of Thomas, which means, "twin."

Tamsie was first recorded as a first name by the Social Security Administration in 1883. Between 1880 and 2016, it has been recorded fewer than 5 times a year in the US.

According to namespedia.com, Tamsie was found in 2 countries, the US and the UK, for a total of 43 times. It doesn't rank in any years including this one at babycenter.com.

There are no big celebs or figures from history with the first name Tamsie. A Tamsie Thomas is on Internet Movie Database as a visual effects artist, with credits on films such as Jason Bourne, the upcoming Adriftand TV series such as Doctor Who, Victoria and Upstairs, Downstairs. ''

Tamsie is a cute name that could be shortened, if desired, to Tams or Tam. It has the sound of a nickname already, however, which technically it is for Thomasina.

There was a 1963 film, The Three Lives of Thomasina, and for those Motown fans out there, Tammi Terrell's real name was Thomasina Winifred Montgomery. Thomasina was also a Beatrix Potter character, and Thomasina Winslow is a blues singer.

Other variations on the name could be Tamzie, Tamsen or Tamsey, in addition to Tommie, Tamzin or Tamzey.

11 Kwynton

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Kwynton is the name of one of my sons. His name was chosen first of all to balance out the number of kids in our family that start with K versus starting with D. Kwynton is simply a modernized spelling of Quentin, but the meaning remains the same; fifth son. He was in both his birth and adoptive family, so it seemed a natural choice.

The name Quentin is from the Latin, but from English tracing it may mean "from the queen's manor."

I wanted a K name, but I also wanted something unique and modern. I opted to change the spelling, and as a music lover, I always admired the name of one of the famed Marsalis family, Wynton.

Wynton was born in 1961 in New Orleans, and came from a very accomplished family. He began playing trumpet at age 6, and by 14 he was playing with the New Orleans Philharmonic. He is one of the most Grammy-winning musicians of all time, scoring wins in both jazz and classical categories. He is also the first jazz musician/composer to win a Pulitzer for music.

We call Kwynton one official nickname, and that is Kwyn. His teasing nickname as a child was "Kwynifred." His brother Keillor had the nickname, Kiwi, so go figure!

10 Evka

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Evka is a Slavic name, specifically a Czech version of the Latin name Eva. Eva came from the Hebrew name chavah which means, "giver of life; life."

Evka is a unique sounding name, because it sounds both old-world and modern simultaneously, so it's definitely a name befitting both a baby and a grandmother.

According to namespedia.com, Evka is found in 8 different countries a total of 58 different times. The country that had by far the most girls with this name was Russia, followed by Serbia, Slovakia and Croatia, then to a far lesser extent, the US, UK and Australia, as well as Mexico.

In 2015, according to Baby Center, the name charted in the US for baby girls at #16,032. That was a drop of over 6000 places from the previous year. It is not currently on the list.

Every year since 1880, when Social Security began tracking names, less than 5 Evka's a year have been born in the US. The first Evka was recorded on April 4, 1884, however.

Evka is a short name, but it has some hard consonants that take some breath, so it's not a slippery, whispery name. Thus, although short, it will likely be a name others want a nickname for. Some obvious choices would inclue Eve, Evie or Eva.

9 Lonan

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Lonan is an interesting and rare name. The Social Security Administration has only 10 instances of the name recorded in its database, stretching from 1880 to 2016. According to namespedia.com, Lonan as a first name was found only 12 times in 5 different countries: USA, Ireland, and India, as well as Norway and the UK.

Lonan is from the Zuni people, a Pueblo Native American tribe now centered in New Mexico. The meaning of the name is "cloud." The Zuni originally lived in what is now New Mexico, Southern Colorado, and Utah, dating back more than 1000 years.

That's a cool enough name there, but wait there's more! Lonán is also an Irish name, meaning "little blackbird." There was a St. Lonán in the 6th century.

Depending on whether you want to identify with the Irish or the Zuni version of the name may affect how you pronounce it. Should it be Native American, it would be pronounced LOW-nan, and if Irish,  LUW-nan. Subtle, but different sounds.

Lonan doesn't scream a need for a nickname, but should you desire one, you could go with Lo, Lonny or Loni. Maybe Nan or Lolo? It is all your choice, because this name is so rare, no one can really argue with you.

8 Kaliska

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Kaliska is a beautiful and unusual baby girl name that comes from the Miwok Native American group, that was centered in central California. According to http://factcards.califa.org/cai/miwok.html, the Miwok numbered 9000 in 1770, and by 1910, they were reduced to 670. The Miwok classified every person and thing as belonging to either land or water, and their name choices reflected that.

Kaliska means, "coyote chasing deer." It is pronounced kah-lee-skah. It has lovely, lyrical sounds within it and could easily be shortened to Kali, Liska, Lissa or Lisi. Or perhaps Kaska or Kalis would work more to your liking.

Kaliska has a very modern sound to it, and is very feminine as well. Anyone with Native American roots, particularly Miwok roots, should be interested in this name. The Miwok children often had ear and nose piercings that were adorned with flowers, as a little factoid for those interested.

Kaliska has been recorded in the Social Security Administration database 30 times since 1880. Namespedia.com found the first name 26 times in 5 different countries. Kaliska was found with an overwhelming majority in the US, as well as Canada, Brazil, and Australia, as well as Russia.

The Baby Center website had it charting in 2016 at #16434, which means about 2 or 3 per million births in the US.

7 Takoda

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Takoda is another Native American name, this time taken from the Siouan word,  dakóta meaning "allies." It is taken from the name given to the Plains tribes of the Sioux and the Dakota.

It now has a lovely meaning, "friend to all." Isn't that just a wonderful sentiment for a newborn to have bestowed upon him?

Takoda is probably the least rare of these rare names in the list, with over 1000 babies given this as a first name since 1880, according to the Social Security Administration. The highest usage of the name was in 1998 with 104. Namespedia.com found it only 6 times, in the US and in Russia.

So far this year, Takoda is ranking at #4939 for baby boys according to babycenter.com.

6 Nalaia

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Nalaia is a lovely, ultra-feminine baby girl name that comes from the Basque region of Spain and France. The meaning is "one who is desired." Perfect for a long-awaited daughter!

Basque culture is a unique one, and the Basque people are unrelated to other people groups in Europe. They were centered primarily in the Pyrenees and around the Bay of Biscay. The Basque language while similar to Spanish, has a history completely independent of other European languages. The Basque people of Spain have long fought for autonomy within Spain, according to britannica.com.

Nalaia is mostly likely pronounced nah-LAY-ah. Or Nahl-yay-ah. Possible nicknames would include Laia, Nal or Nally, as well as Lia or Nala.

Of the 5,838,786 records of the Social Security Administration, not one instance of Nalaia was found making it super unusual. It hasn't ever charted on the Baby Center name website, either.

While a unique name, it does share a phonetic link in its sound with more popular, common names such as Lia, Aaliyah and Laya. For that reason, while it's a highly uncommon name, it won't sound weird to anyone's ears.

There are no famous Nalaia's either, so your Nalaia has a blank slate to write her life upon without any negative connotations, or supremely difficult shoes to fill.

5 Eth

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Eth is an Irish name meaning "fire." It is also a type of letter in the runic Anglo-Saxon alphabet, representing a /th/ type sound. The letter is written ɛð in the upper case, and  Ð in the lower case.

Eth is pronounced with a short /e/ so it's pronounced just as it is written. Eth also appears to be a place name in Scotland, the "land of Eth," or "isle of Eth" appears to be the same place now referred to as Tiree. It's an island also with the nickname, Sunshine Island, as it has the sunniest climate in the British Isles. It is a small island of only 12 miles long and three miles wide.

Eth is a very short name, so a nickname will necessarily be longer such as Ethy or Ethie. It is a very Irish/UK sounding name, and due to its brevity, some people may think you've left off the "an" from Ethan. However, for those who like to pick rare names, that's just a part of the journey through life with an unusual name.

Eth currently ranked in 2017 in the US for baby boys at #8873 and that comes out to 6 babies per million named this unusual choice. Namespedia.com found Eth in 10 countries a total of 143 times as a first name. It is overwhelmingly found in the US, followed by India, Brazil, and Australia, as well as Mexico, Canada and France plus South Africa and New Zealand.

4 Tullia

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Tullia is a lovely, feminine name that is traced to a couple different sources. First, it is an Irish name meaning, "peaceful."

It is also a Roman name that has an illustrious past. Servius Tullius was the sixth king of Rome, and was responsible for legislation that divided society in to 5 classes. Later, in around 63 BC, one of Rome's most celebrated orators was consul in Rome; his name was Marcus Tullius Cicero, according to britannica.com.

According to babycenter.com, Tullia ranked at #10,352 in 2016. While the first Tullia was recorded in the US in 1877, from 1880 to 2016 there have been 16 babies with this name according to the Social Security Administration.

Namespedia.com found the name 1005 times in 15 different countries, with the vast majority of Tullia's being found in Italy.  Next came the US, UK and France, as well as Sweden, Australia and Germany.

Famous people named Tullia include Tullia Ciceronis, daughter of Cicero, Tullia d'Aragona a poet, and Tullia Minor was a Roman queen.

Tullia could be shortened to Tulli or Tully. Those with either Italian or Irish ancestry could find plenty of middle names to go along with the first name. Tullia could also be shortened to Lia, if desired.

3 Avidan

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Avidan is a Hebrew name, and means "father figure; God is just." It is different and rare, yet doesn't sound too "out there."

Avidan is a solid name that has a definite Old World charm and with the nickname choices, can be made to fit a family's tastes. It is rare without being weird.

According to the Social Security Administration, there have been 50 Avidans born in the US between 1880 and 2016. Baby Center ranks it at #10,197 for 2018 for US baby boys, which is about is about 5 per million. The first Avidan was recorded in the US on January 1, 1942.

Namespedia.com found the name 108 times in 8 countries, with the most being found in the US, Israel and Sweden, with the rest in Chile, France and Denmark. Other countries with Avidans include Australia and India. However, Avidan is a much more common surname, with it being 237 times in 12 countries.

Avidan is a masculine name but it could be used as a girl name if desired, since it's so unusual. It could be shortened to Avi, Avie or Dan, as well as Danny or Av.

Asaf Avidan is a famous Israeli singer and songwriter.

2 Erith

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Erith is a lovely Hebrew name meaning "flower." It is pronounced according to most sources as EAR-ith. I imagine a case could be made for saying it AIR-ith as well, so like most rare gems, it's a parent's prerogative.

The name is feminine and may appeal to people who love names such as Erin, but want something more original sounding. Nicknames could include Eri, Rith or Erithy.

Erith is not and has never charted in the US, per BabyCenter. However, Social Security Administration records indicate that fewer than 5 babies per year have been given this name. It was first recorded on April 5, 1884.

Instances of the name Erith were found a total of 62 times by namespedia.com, in the US, UK and Chile, as well as in Brazil. It is more common as a surname, actually as it was found as a last name 102 times in 7 countries.

Erith Jaffe-Berg is listed at Internet Movie Database as a film producer. Erith is also a place name, for a town located in southeast London in the borough of Bexley. It is located on the banks of the River Thames.

Erith is a character in Robert Jordan's fictional, Wheel of Time.

1 Bothan

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Bothan is a Scottish name that means "from the stone house."  It is actually a variation of another Scottish name, Bothain, which has the same meaning. A bothy is a small building, such as a hut, that is open to the public and left unlocked.

Bothan is pronounced BAW-thin, but of course, it being so infrequently heard, if you prefer a different pronunciation like BO-thin, you could do so without argument.

How rare is Bothan? Namespedia.com found no instances of it being used as a first name anywhere in the world. As far as its usage as a surname, they found the name 14 times in the countries of the UK, the US and India, but the majority were found in the UK.

According to names.com, none of the nearly 56 million records in the Social Security Administration database contain the name Bothan. These records go back as far as 1880, by the way!

So Bothan is a very rare name, yet it has a somewhat familiar sound and may appeal to those who like names such as Bo, Nathan or Jacob. It sounds sort of Old West in its language. Nicknames could include Bo, Than or Both, as well as Bothy.

References: Names.org, Namespedia, Behind The Name, Etymonline, Baby Name Wizard, Baby Name Guide, Nameberry, Momjunction, BabyCenter, World Atlas, IMDB, Biography, Etymology Online, and FWS.gov.

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