Baby Names

18 Rare Baby Names That Are Gaining In Popularity

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Rare baby names can either go really right, or really, really wrong. There’s a fine line between unique and flat-out odd. But obviously, when you’re naming your baby, you want something special! Choosing a name for your baby is one of the first big decisions you will have as a parent. And there are a lot of ways you can go wrong. Like really wrong. A name sticks with your child and as much as we may want to ignore this fact, it is often a first impression marker. So choosing wisely is key — but you don’t want your kid to get lost in the crowd either.

There are a bunch of really amazing names that are about to hit it big on the baby name scene. These names will help your child stand out right now, because they’re not yet majorly popular. But they are about to be — or on their rise anyway. We picked out 18 that you might want to consider for your little one! These rare baby names are gaining in popularity, so get it while they’re still new!


Game of Thrones

Image: HBO / Game of Thrones

What better way to guarantee that your little girl will grow up to be a badass woman than by naming her after the Mother of Dragons? Daenerys is quickly becoming one of the hottest names for little girls, which makes sense when you consider how popular Game of Thrones is right now. And while she’ll never be able to escape the association with the show, at least she’ll always have a ton of cool merchandise to choose from, right? Plus, you can always name your girl Daenerys and call her Dani for short. Or Dragon Master! That would work, too.

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