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20 Fresh Baby Names Not In the Top 20

When the Social Security Administration released the 2012 list of Popular Baby Names last week, no one was really shocked to see Sophia and Jacob in the #1 spots. In fact, none of the names were shockers at all. Playgrounds and classrooms have had a sea of Aidens and Olivias, of Noahs and Emmas, for years now. And while these names are all in the top spots for a reason (they’re lovely names, of course), they’re beginning to sound a bit tired and old.

Perhaps what’s of more use than the Top 20 spots are the names that fall further down on the list names that are so good for so many reasons, not least of which is the fact that they’re less often used.

If you’re looking for a fresher sounding name and don’t want your kid to be one of the 4 Masons in his class, why not consider any of these 20 fresh baby names that didn’t make the Top 20?

  • It’s All in the Name 1 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    Click through to check out 20 awesome baby names that didn't make the Top 20 list!

    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Sloane 2 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    This is a great and catchy one-syllable girl's names that has crossed over from the surname world. And its meaning is killer too: raider. 

    SSA Ranking: #480

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Asher 3 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    This is a great option for those drawn to the name Aidan. It has that same soft yet solid sound. Its meaning: fortunate, blessed, happy one.

    SSA Ranking: #108

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Lana 4 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    I'm a big fan of Lana. It's short, pretty, and strong with an awesome meaning: little rock.

    SSA Ranking: #442

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Leo 5 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    Leo almost made it to our short list for the twins, but it got cut somewhere along the way. I love its length and quick sound, but its meaning is meh: lion.

    SSA Ranking: #134

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Monica 6 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    How great is Monica?! It's snappy and sassy, without being obnoxious. And it has a cool meaning: advisor.

    SSA Ranking: #434

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Sawyer 7 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    I adore this name, but it got axed from my list when my cousin named her baby Sawyer (who, btw, is adorable!). In fact, I like this name so much that I'm totally okay with overlooking its not-so-great meaning: woodcutter. 

    SSA Ranking: #147

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Daphne 8 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    Daphne was the name of our twin girl, so needless to say, I'm a big fan of this name. Its meaning: laurel tree.

    SSA Ranking: #420

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Silas 9 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    How cool is Silas? I mean, c'mon. What's not to love here? Okay, so maybe its meaning is not the greatest (wood), but its roots are pretty awesome: Silas is based on Sylvanus, the Roman god of trees.

    SSA Ranking: #161

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Talia 10 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    I really like the name Tallulah, but I think it's just a bit much. Talia, though, is a great and wearable name for a girl. Its meaning: gentle dew from heaven. Great, right?

    SSA Ranking: #388

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Harrison 11 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    My naming friend is going to kill me for including this one! It's the name of her second son and she wishes it wan't climbing in popularity even if it is fairly uncommon because I'm sure she'd rather not have this idea planted in any to-be mom's heads. Its meaning: son of Harry.

    SSA Ranking: #181

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Miriam 12 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    Miriam is just such a pretty name, and its meaning is up there as far as great meanings go: wished-for child. 

    SSA Ranking: #314

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Blaise 13 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    Blaise is about as fresh-sounding as it gets! I'd just love to know a little boy Blaise. This is another name whose meaning I'd totally overlook because of its otherwise all-around awesomeness. Its meaning: to lisp, stammer.

    SSA Ranking: #918

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Phoebe 14 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    I love everything about this name: its letters, its sound, its history, and its meaning. Phoebe has roots in mythology, the Bible, and in Shakespearean work. Its meaning: radiant, shining one.

    SSA Ranking: #303

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Drew 15 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    SSA lists this name as a boy name, but it really could go either way if you can forget its meaning: manly.

    SSA Ranking: #282

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Iris 16 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    Iris is a lovely name and I'd use it in a heartbeat, but its s-ending sounds too hissy with my last name. This is obviously a flower name, but it's also a Greek name that means "rainbow."

    SSA Ranking: #282 (right with Drew!)

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Tate 17 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    I know a guy and a lady with this name, and I like it for both! It's such a strong, one-syllable name with a great meaning: cheerful.

    SSA Ranking: #391

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Nora 18 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    Nora is another name that just makes me swoon. It's so lovely. But my spouse thinks it sounds like "a mousy, boring librarian." Whatevs. It's great. Its meaning: light. 

    SSA Ranking: #107

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Atticus 19 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    Another killer name with a not-so-fabulous meaning (from Greece, that's actually its meaning: from Greece). But with its awesome literary roots, Atticus is golden nonetheless. 

    SSA Ranking: #410

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Josephine 20 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    My cousins' grandmother on the other side had the name Josephine, and talk about an incredible woman! I've always had a soft spot for this moniker. Its meaning: Jehovah increases.

    SSA Ranking: #160 

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

  • Russell 21 of 21
    20 Fresh Baby Names

    Russell is another great name that my spouse just cannot get behind (out of fear of the nickname Rusty). But this name is just SO cool. Its meaning: fox-colored.

    SSA Ranking: #426

    Name Ranking: Social Security Administration 
    Name Meaning: Nameberry
    Original Photo: iStockphoto

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