Let’s talk about a rare boy’s name. Really rare. A name that isn’t ranked in the current top 1000, or even the top 2000. A name rarer than Theophilus, or Dinero, or Supreme. A name like Brad.
Among grown men, of course, Brad is hardly a curiosity. It was a top-100 name in the 1970s, as well as a nickname for the perennial hit Bradley. But the name has fallen out of use and has all but vanished.
We don’t talk much about names like Brad. Most reports on name trends focus on the top names, or what’s hot and new. We seldom hear about what babies are not named, barring a dramatic news-driven shift like the demise of the name Isis. Yet all the while, whole generations of names are quietly slipping away, leaving us with a skewed perception of what an “ordinary” baby name is.
Brad is just one of many names that most of us still hear as “ordinary,” but that have become statistically extraordinary. To help reset our perspectives, here are 14 more boys’ names that have become surprisingly rare—and some of the names that now outpace them.
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