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Calliop, Jag and Tintin: Here's a look at 20 unusual baby names from 2013 (20 items)

By , Deseret News

Dec. 11, 2013

Babycenter.com released its list of the top 100 baby names of 2013 this month, with Sophia and Jackson leading the way for girls and boys respectively.

Jackson bumped down the name Aiden, which had led on the boys' list for eight years, and Sophia continued its four-year streak as No. 1.

While many of the names on both the boys and girls lists take a more classic bent — Olivia, Emma, Charlotte, Elijah, James, Oliver, etc. — babycenter.com also highlighted some names that were not . . . quite so classic . . .

Here's a look at 20 names that made babycenter.com's 2013 "unusual" list, gathered from more than half a million parents and complete with the warning that each of the names was given to at least three children — "so it's not a fluke."

1 of 20. Anibal (boy)

The name "Anibal" ranked 967th in 1961, but managed to rank 430th this year, with 8 babies per million bearing the name. Around 4 million babies are born in the U.S. each year.

"Anibal" made babycenter.com's unusual boys' names list.

2 of 20. Blip (girl)

The name "Blip" ranked 430th in popularity this year, with 8 babies out of 1 million being graced with the name.

"Blip" made babycenter.com's unusual girls' names list.

3 of 20. Bright (boy)

From 4 babies per million in 2001 to 11 babies per million in 2013, the name "Bright" has been growing in popularity. Its high point came in 2004, though, when 13 babies per million were given the name.

"Bright" made babycenter.com's unusual boys' names list.

4 of 20. Cheese (boy)

"Cheese" landed on the most unusual names list in 2011 when 3 babies per million were given the name, but this year, at least 8 babies per million were given the name. With almost 4 million babies born in the U.S. per year, it turns out there will be more than a few children named "Cheese" running around.

"Cheese" made babycenter.com's unusual boys' names list.

5 of 20. Chevy (girl)

Although down from 2010 when 57 babies out of 1 million were named "Chevy," and 2007, when 52 out of 1 million were given the moniker, 31 babies out of 1 million were named "Chevy" this year.

made babycenter.com's unusual girls' names list.
1. BrentBot
Salt Lake City, UT,
Dec. 14, 2013

My wife and I are serving in a Mission Office. We encounter so many strange and counter-intuitive first names that we often make mistakes in addressing correspondence to Sister when it should be Elder and vice versa.

Please Utah parents give your children names which denote their proper gender!