Rarest baby names in the UK revealed – and there’s a couple becoming extinct that are sure to surprise you | The Sun

When it comes to naming your baby, many parents-to-be often seek a moniker that isn't too ‘common’ amongst friends and family.

But while some prefer traditional names, others opt for something a little more unique.

In fact, some go so far as to make up entirely new names to ensure that their little one really is one-of-a-kind.

New research from Play Like Mum has delved into the latest ONS data to reveal the top 100 rarest baby names in the UK for boys and girls.

The original list of 3,000 names consisted of the names which were registered just three times in England and Wales.

Included are some of the best and more unusual names, with many inspired by popular culture. 

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Antonietta – which has French and Latin origins and means “priceless” – was amongst the rarest baby girl names found.

Elke – pronounced “El-ka” – also made the list.

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It comes from German and Dutch origins and means “noble”.

In 2020 the gender-neutral moniker Marvel became the name choice for three babies and means to "wonder" or "admire."

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It just so happens to be the name of a male character in the Hunger Games series.

Saffi – meaning "Wisdom" – also placed in the top 50 and has close links to Sophie, so could be picked as a unique alternative.

The top 50 rarest baby girl names in the UK

Acer

Antonietta

Aphrodite

Aubriella

Beverley

Bloom

Boadicea

Cartier

Cheryl

Cyan

Delphina

Despina

Dorsa

Elke

Elleri

Fabiana

Fifi

Firdous

Flossie

Foteini

Fox

Georgette

Gray

Happiness

Hodo

Hooriyah

Israel

Ixia

Jersie

James

Julianne

Justina

Karabella

Lagatha

Loveday

Malibu

Marvel

Meeka

Oceanna

Peace

Pebbles

Red

Rehab

Royal

Saffi

Tasmin

Tennessee

Tuba

Zayla

Zuza

Meanwhile, it's been over a decade since Fifi and the Flowertots stopped airing on British children’s TV.

This may explain the decrease in popularity for the name Fifi, which derives from Spanish and French origin, means ‘Jehovah increases’ and is a common nickname for Ophelia, Phoebe, or Fiona. 

Elsewhere, several hyphenated first names made it onto the list including Daniel-James, which is the name of a Premier League football player.

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Drake – a renowned rapper and word meaning "dragon" or "snake" – was another rare boy baby name, as was Esteban.

Esteban is a Spanish variation of "Stephen" and means "crown" in Spain, suggesting a sense of regalness. 

Esteban is a Spanish variation of "Stephen" and means "crown" in Spain, suggesting a sense of regalness. 

The top 50 rarest baby boy names in the UK

Acen

Addy

Aristotle

Blessing

Brooke

Cloud

Corby

Daniel-James

Dariyan

Drake

Duran

Elison

Ennio

Esteban

Fitzgerald

Foivos

Glory

Icarus

Jesus

Kairi

Kleart

Laker

Lion

Long

Loyal

Ludwick

Majesty

Major

Neymar

Othello

Ousmane

Rebel

Reiko

Renelle

Sokratis

Solton

Spike

Stanislas

Takumi

Thorn

Tiano

Tinotenda

Turner

Uri

Vincentas

Vitaly

Wiley

Xabier

Zekiel

Zico

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