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Girls’ names used 50 times or fewer in 2016

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ABCFamily Fri 22-Sep-17 10:47:27

I often see people looking for unusual names, so I’ve made up a list of girls’ names that were used 50 times or fewer in England & Wales last year. Not all of them are to my taste, but I thought it was interesting.

Aisling
Allegra
Althea
Aster
Audra
Bridget
Bronwen
Bryony
Cassandra
Cecile
Celeste
Claire
Cordelia
Corinne
Cosima
Dahlia
Damaris
Delphine
Demelza
Dorothea
Elara
Elowen
Estelle
Fiona
Georgiana
Hester
Imelda
Ingrid
Isolde
Jane
Jocelyn
Juliana
Juniper
Justine
Leonie
Lorna
Lucinda
Marianne
Marjorie
Maud
Melina
Miranda
Mona
Nadine
Nerissa
Noelle
Odette
Olympia
Opal
Oriana
Pascale
Ramona
Regina
Rhiannon
Romilly
Rosalind
Rosamund
Rowena
Sage
Sally
Samara
Sîan
Simone
Soraya
Sybil
Tamsin
Tansy
Thora
Ursula
Valerie
Vera
Viola
Willa
Winifred
Yasmina

The full data set can be found on the ONS Website. Boys’ list to follow.

SleepFreeZone Fri 22-Sep-17 10:48:35

I like Hester and my own name is on that list 😳

Love51 Fri 22-Sep-17 10:50:48

Claire? That used to be everyones middle name! I'm surprised it's 50 or fewer.

MammieBear Fri 22-Sep-17 10:51:50

I think the majority of them are usable

Fridgedooropen Fri 22-Sep-17 10:58:04

Just came to this after reading your boys' list. Again, some nice names here. Claire is probably due a revival but in 10 years or so when Clara has peaked.

TatianaLarina Fri 22-Sep-17 11:00:11

I'm liking Cassandra, Cosima and Viola.

n0ne Fri 22-Sep-17 11:28:01

One of my DCs is on there - nice smile

ItsNiceItsDifferentItsUnusual Fri 22-Sep-17 11:47:35

Really surprised at some of these, esp Viola.

WineAndTiramisu Fri 22-Sep-17 12:14:37

I thought Allegra was nice, but then I googled it, and it's the brand name for an allergy tablet, which has put me off it a bit...

And no medical person would ever use Melina... (melaena is the medical spelling if anyone needs to Google it)

Surprised at Sally and Fiona though!

TempsPerdu Fri 22-Sep-17 12:16:08

Some lovely names here - Aster and Viola are on our shortlist for DD1, who's due in December.

user1499786242 Fri 22-Sep-17 12:24:47

Love the name opal

SellFridges Fri 22-Sep-17 12:27:10

DD's name is on there. Always mention on here so I'm always surprised it hasn't got more popular. I generally like all of the names though!

megletthesecond Fri 22-Sep-17 12:28:27

Sybil is ace.

I think Serena Williams has, very appropriately, called her newborn Olympia?

queenofthedump Fri 22-Sep-17 12:39:38

I love loads of these! Just got to get dh to agree on something now which might be more of a challenge!

Names currently on my list are:
Allegra
Juniper
Noelle
Opal
Ramona
Sally
Tansy

MyBootsAreMuddy Fri 22-Sep-17 12:39:44

There are some fantastic names there, I'm surprised some are not more popular.

CiderwithBuda Fri 22-Sep-17 12:44:14

My name is on there. And my niece. And a fair few friends my age. I'm 53.

There are some lovely names on there due a revival.

starkid Fri 22-Sep-17 13:05:38

So many lovely names on here!
Mine's there, I'm waiting for someone to comment on it haha

pipilangstrumpf Fri 22-Sep-17 13:26:26

They’re almost all beautiful and SO much more interesting than the popular top 10 names!

Ionarocks Fri 22-Sep-17 13:44:53

Really surprised about some of them. I love Bryony and Valerie and know a little Marianne. I know of a baby Claire born in America so might be making a comeback there.

sunshinestorm Fri 22-Sep-17 13:46:44

Love Juniper and Elowen! There's some pretty names in there.

RaspberryIce Fri 22-Sep-17 13:52:42

Some lovely ones on there. My favourites are

Claire
Corinne
Dahlia
Delphine
Elara
Estelle
Georgiana
Jane
Juliana
Juniper
Justine
Leonie
Marianne
Marjorie
Miranda
Opal
Tansy
Viola

EduCated Fri 22-Sep-17 13:55:28

Really surprised by some of those - I would have guessed Bryony and Romilly to be much higher!

Smoliver Fri 22-Sep-17 13:58:39

Ailsa
Amethyst
Annaliese
Arabelle (which is odd when you see arabella at no. 90 on the list)
Azalea
Celestia
Celia
Clarissa
Clover
Cressida
Dawn
Dorothea
Emerald
Esmeralda
Fauna
Fawn
Gwendolyn
Hebe
Honor
Honora
Jane
Joyce
Kathleen
Leonora
Marigold
Maude
Minerva
Mirabelle
Miranda
Opal
Paloma
Priscilla
Tova
Tuva
Wendy
Winifred

ABCFamily Fri 22-Sep-17 14:23:20

I realised that I didn't take the Clare spelling into consideration, so I just checked it. Even when the data for the different spellings were combined, only 48 girls were called Claire/Clare. Bryony/Briony was similar at 49 girls when combined.

ItsNice - I was also surprised that Viola was so underused, considering the popularity of Violet, and celebrity namesake Viola Davis (not to mention the literary and musical connections). I think it's a really pretty name too.

meglet - yes, I think Olympia was the baby's middle name. Wonder if that will give it a boost in popularity?

PavoReal Fri 22-Sep-17 15:33:05

Thank you ABCFamily, some really lovely names. I'd love to have stumbled across this when I was expecting. DD's name is on there, although her twin brother DS is now top 100 for the first time.

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