These are the rarest baby names in the UK at the moment

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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Photo credit: Tatyana Tomsickova Photography - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tatyana Tomsickova Photography - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

For lots of parents-to-be, the most important brief on the 'what to call my baby' agenda is that the name has to be rare. Particularly for people who grew up in the 80s and 90s, and who were one of numerous Emmas/Jessicas/Sophies in their class, there may be a subconscious (or very conscious) desire to pick an unusual name for their child that no-one else is likely to have.

But tracking down rare baby names is a tricky business. We're flooded with information about the most popular names (avoid Oliver and Olivia if uncommon names is your thing) but it's harder to work out the monikers hardly anybody is giving to their child.

To help you out, we have dug into the depths of the ONS' (Office for National Statistics) most recent data, for babies born in 2019, to find out what was on the lower end of the popularity scale. These aren't names that have dropped in popularity so to speak, but are names that are simply more unusual by definition, or have a unique spelling of a familiar-sounding name.

In 2019, there were just over 3,000 names that were so rare, they were only given to 3 babies in England and Wales that year. Because 3,000 unusual baby names would be a long old list to plough through, we've picked one from each letter for the alphabet for boys and for girls, to get your creative baby naming juices flowing.

Photo credit: FatCamera - Getty Images
Photo credit: FatCamera - Getty Images

Here goes:

The rarest girls baby names in the UK:

  1. Aphia

  2. Blanche

  3. Celestia

  4. Dominique

  5. Edeline

  6. Floella

  7. Genie

  8. Harloe

  9. Ismay

  10. Jessa

  11. Kirsten

  12. Lela

  13. Mildred

  14. Nicolette

  15. Odessa

  16. Piya

  17. Quin

  18. Romana

  19. Soliana

  20. Teal

  21. Umi

  22. Vala

  23. Winnie-Rose

  24. Xara

  25. Yohana

  26. Zeeva

The rarest boys baby names in the UK:

  1. Alexi

  2. Bart

  3. Cheston

  4. Dermot

  5. Eliah

  6. Finian

  7. Griffith

  8. Hadrian

  9. Itan

  10. Jones

  11. Kiefer

  12. Lorenz

  13. Mortimer

  14. Nash

  15. Orien

  16. Pete

  17. Quaid

  18. Raiff

  19. Scout

  20. Tobiah

  21. Usher

  22. Vance

  23. Wilbert

  24. Xavion

  25. Yotam

  26. Zhi

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Photo credit: Gutzemberg - Getty Images

And just in case you were interested in the rarest names from the years before, in 2017 and 2018, for some more inspiration - we've left those ones right here:

The rarest girls baby names in 2017:

  1. Adalaide

  2. Breya

  3. Clemmie

  4. Delphie

  5. Eugenia

  6. Franca

  7. Geneva

  8. Hennessey

  9. Israella

  10. Joules

  11. Kinley

  12. Lorie

  13. Meriel

  14. Noomi

  15. October

  16. Prue

  17. Quincy

  18. Reeve

  19. Sunday

  20. Tulip

  21. Umi

  22. Vayda

  23. Wahida

  24. Xyla

  25. Ysabella

  26. Zephyr

The rarest boys baby names in 2017:

  1. Axton

  2. Bowe

  3. Colm

  4. Denby

  5. Emory

  6. Ferris

  7. Grae

  8. Hansel

  9. Iden

  10. Jacobus

  11. Kent

  12. Lowan

  13. Mathis

  14. Niles

  15. Osten

  16. Phileas

  17. Quintus

  18. Reese

  19. Sairus

  20. Thibault

  21. Ugo

  22. Volkan

  23. Whittaker

  24. Xan

  25. Yonas

  26. Zayde

The rarest girls baby names in 2018:

  1. Aubriella

  2. Brienna

  3. Cadie

  4. Demetria

  5. Edwina

  6. Forest

  7. Gessica

  8. Hendrix

  9. Indra

  10. Juna

  11. Kensa

  12. Lissy

  13. Maura

  14. Nessa

  15. Orchid

  16. Petal

  17. Quynn

  18. Rosabel

  19. Sawyer

  20. Tansy

  21. Uzma

  22. Verona

  23. Waverly

  24. Xiomara

  25. Yanna

  26. Zyla

The rarest boys baby names in 2018:

  1. Arco

  2. Bane

  3. Carey

  4. Dougal

  5. Elwyn

  6. Falcon

  7. Godfrey

  8. Hart

  9. Inder

  10. Jade

  11. Kass

  12. Lancelot

  13. Morley

  14. Nero

  15. Otter

  16. Psalm

  17. Raff

  18. Stanton

  19. Tidus

  20. Vir

  21. Walt

  22. Yonathan

  23. Zante

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