For most parents, landing on the right baby name can be an experience that’s all at once overwhelming, joyful, and tedious. After all, the final moniker is sure to impact and possibly even play a part in shaping the little one throughout life. So, it’s no wonder the pressure around finding the perfect name is so tremendous. At the same time, many parents want to go with a unique name that stands out in a crowd. Looking at an analysis of 325 million baby names recorded by the Social Security Administration from 1880 to 2007, researchers identified the percentage of babies given the most popular name or a name among the 10, 20, or 50 most popular for that year and sex.
Results showed parents were less likely to choose those popular names as time went on, instead leaning toward more unique options. Study researcher Jean Twenge of San Diego State University explained to LiveScience.com, “Parents are much more focused on their children standing out. There’s been this cultural shift toward focusing on the individual, toward standing out and being unique as opposed to fitting in with the group and following the rules.”
That said, it’s no surprise that some of the baby names rising in popularity are unique and even take unique names to the next level. Consider the fact that “x” names are on the rise, according to Laura Wattenberg, creator of BabyNameWizard.com and author of the Baby Name Wizard guidebooks.
“First, parents rediscovered every traditional name with an X, like Alexis, Xavier and Maximilian,” Wattenberg tells CafeMom. “Now they’re reaching out in bolder directions for that ‘X’ factor.” Whether they start with ‘X’ or simply have the letter in the spelling of the name — perhaps times two — these 20 unique ‘X’ factor names make the most of the 24th letter of the alphabet.