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The weirdest baby name trends in history

By Christine-Marie Liwag Dixon


There is no doubt that unusual baby names are becoming more and more fashionable. While it might seem like bestowing a unique name on your baby to pay homage to something in pop culture (think Chardonnay or Katniss) is a modern phenomenon, today's parents don't have a monopoly on weird name trends. There have actually been a surprising number of strange baby name trends throughout history.

In some cases, parents tried so hard to keep things traditional that too many people ended up with the same name. In others, parents tried so hard to go to the other extreme with unique names that they saddled their kids with monikers even worse than Apple. After hearing about some of these name trends, you might think that celebrity baby names aren't so bad after all. From the Middle Ages to the modern era, here are some of the weirdest and wackiest baby name trends throughout history.