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Choosing the perfect baby name is not easy. Suggestions come from everywhere, including: books, friends, relatives and even celebrities. Every parent wants to choose a name that’s fitting for their soon-to-be-born child. And if you’re having a little difficulty picking the right name, take a look at these 15 baby names that according to Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz on, are going extinct. If you pick one of these names, you’re baby is sure to have a very unique name! Scroll through, and enjoy!


siide view of young african woman playing with her baby

Alpha was once a popular female name. It’s the first letter of the Greek alphabet and the brightest star in every constellation. 

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  1. Michelle Manetti, I sincerely hope your job does not hinge on the number of comments you get. I could sense in your captions that you hate your job though…so this may be a good thing. Good luck either way! P.S. I like the way you wear your hair.

    • Hi John,

      Thank you for your comment and the compliment on my hair, I was trying something new that day. As far as hating my job goes, nothing could be further from the truth. I am going to be much more wittier from now on when I caption photos about baby names. You are my inspiration.

      Thank you,


      • BAM.
        Shut down.

        Way to go, Michelle. Sometimes we don’t feed the trolls and other times we put them back in their place (which is probably in a basement or library somewhere as he tries desperately to get attention, it doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad. )
        The JERK – it stings!

  2. Sondra, what an awesome name! I love all of these, but I would never name my baby Elmo. What about all the teasing they would get for being named after a puppet? :[

    • Hi Elisa!

      So glad you liked the list! Perhaps they won’t become extinct after all!

      Thank you,


  3. I’ve never seen or heard of a child with any of those names and I’ve been around quite a few years. Elmo is from Sesame Street and people are still looking for Waldo (Where’s Waldo?).

  4. Alpha was never very popular (at least in the USA). At it’s heyday it clocked in at around 160 out of every million girls or about the 336th most popular name in the 1800’s. Definitely an unusual name though. As far as a name that is rapidly going extinct, how about “Dorothy”? It was the 2nd most popular name in the US during the early part of the 1900’s. At its heyday there were over 14,000 per million births, today it clocks in at less then 100 Dorothy’s per million births.

  5. Most of these are awful and ugly, and you give too little or inaccurate info about them. Remus was a wolf, not a werewolf. Llewellyn is Welsh and would be a really odd choice for the Asian family you show it with. However, points for only choosing one name (Barbra) with screwed-up spelling.

  6. I was hoping to see my name on the soon to be extinct list. I hate it and wouldn’t want any other little girl to go through life with it. I wish I would have changed it when I was young! Don’t name your child Wanda!


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