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Alphabet Week: A-D

This week I will cover 26 boys and 26 girls that are considered rare.

Ashwin: a Sanskrit name meaning “light,” and possibly Anglo-Saxon meaning “spear.” As a given name it has been used since 1977 in the U.S. always rare, it was given to 56 boys in 2017.
Amellina: a Spanish and Italian variant of Amelia meaning “rival.” This name is very rare, with no statistics.

Brynja: a Norse name meaning “armor.” Pronounced BRIN-yah, this name has been used since 1993 in the U.S. but is very rare, given to only 7 girls in 2017.
Bedivere: a Knight of the Round Table, his name means “birch man.” This name has not been used in the U.S. despite its chivalrous vibe, along with the possible unusual nicknames Bev, Bear, or Biv.

Csilla: a Hungarian name meaning “morning star.” It was created by the Hungarian author Andras Dugonics in 1803. Pronounced tCHEE-luh. This name was only used 5 times, in 1961.
Cain: a Bible name with a negative story, this Hebrew name meaning “acquired” was liked enough to be in the top 1000 since 2009.

Darklis: a Romani name that may have come from Dorcas, and is unused and exceptionally rare.
Donnan: a Gaelic name meaning “dark brown.” This was the name of a saint associated with Eigg island in Scotland, from the 17th century. This name is not used in the U.S. it is pronounced like a shorter version of Donovan.

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