One letter’s worth of MPs with rare first names (and a geography lesson on top of it all!)

I’m quite interested in names and have like ten baby name books, though as I’ve said before it’s unlikely I’ll ever have a child of my own. This week’s list is for MPs whose first name did not appear in the Social Security list of top 1000 names given to babies the year they were born. Some of these people were born out of the country and have foreign names, which explains why their names don’t appear on the Social Security list; I include them anyway though.

I include names where it’s on the list for the opposite gender, but not for the MP’s gender. Like, for example, I’ve got a couple of missing men on Charley named Lynn. I also include variant spellings of more common names. (I had a coworker once whose name in official documents was “Mcalla.” She had it spelled “M’Calla” on her nametag. It wasn’t pronounced Mc-Alla or Im-Calla, but like the quite common name Mikayla/Makayla, which is itself a “creative” spelling of the original name Michaela. Zounds.)

Some of these names SOUND common, because indeed they were at one time, but weren’t at the time the MP was born. Like, the name “Carol” was ubiquitous in the forties and fifties. It isn’t on the top 1000 list today and probably hasn’t been in a decade at least.

Because this list would be extremely long if I did the whole site, I’m breaking it up, like I’ve done with the state capitals: I’ve only done MPs listed under the letter A. (The number of Charley Project MPs with B surnames is twice as large.) I may do more lists from other letters in the future.

There are some assumptions here — I didn’t check every name. I assume that a name like “Andrew” or “Maria” was popular every year, and I assume a name like “Ganignunt” wasn’t on the list at any year. but there might have been a few times where I was wrong. This list also only has people whose year of birth I am certain of, so a lot of cases that might have qualified are excluded.

(I have said before that I really wish NamUs would include DOBs. Besides the LostNMissing site, and the Nebraska State Patrol database, they’re the only major database I can think of that does not do this. It’s not just an annoyance, either, it is an actual deficiency. Cause a number of times I’ve put up a NamUs case, and then later on I find out the DOB, and it turns out the listed age on NamUs was off, sometimes by several years. I’ve noticed Nebraska has the same problem with occasionally inaccurate ages. Oh well. Can’t do anything about that.)

Fawn M. Abell
Rozlinn Rochelle Abell
Breiton S. Ackerman
Kellisue M. Ackernecht
Dervish Adili
Amparo Aguilar
Essaidy Ahmed
Saif Sayed Mohammed Ahmed
Ganignunt Aiemsakul
Deion Tremayne Akemon
Vyacheslav Arjkadyevich Akopov
Zabullah Alam
Babette Nadine Alberti
Estefania Alegre
Raed Nayef Al-Farah
Amina Ashraf Al-Jailani
El-Jahid Forever Allah
LaMoine Jordan Allen
Runnon Sedick Allen
Nickan Almasi
Iman Almetnawy
Yousef Almetnawy
Hanan A. Al-Nahardy
Zemleh Al-Nahardy
Patrece Lashelle Alston
Zeynel Altintas
Laning Snow Andrews
Bettina Minnie Antone
Giannina Maria Colonna Aponte
Yeritza Aponte-Soto
Trudy Leann Appleby
Lucely Aramburo
Betsy Araque
Anastacia Marie Argentova-Stevens
Aqueda Elizabeth Arias
Iputuadrian Ruiz Arta
Rhea Immaculate Arul
Romaldo Astran
Kali Soleil Athukorala
Issam Ibrahim Atieh
Sarkis Avetisian
Lizbet Avalos Angeles

For myself, I would like to say that one totally unheard of, possibly never used by anyone everywhere ever, name I like is Nauru. Nauru (pronounced na-u-ru) is a tiny island nation in the South Pacific. I heard of the country and thought it would make a great name, and babies are named “London” and “Paris” and “Brooklyn” and “India” all the time; why not?

Nauru is only 8.21 miles in size and has a population of less than 10,000. Due to global warming and rising sea levels, it might not be around too much longer, and it has a pathetic history and is a terrible place in which to live. (See my Cary N. McDaniel and John M. Gowdy’s book Paradise for Sale: A Parable of Nature, the book I read for Nauru for my around-the-world challenge. It’s a very sad story.)

But I think the name sounds so unique and beautiful, for both a boy or a girl, but probably a boy would be better. It’s relatively easy to spell, and he/she won’t have to deal with three other kids in the same classroom with that name, unlike the poor kids named Michael in my sixth grade class. The only problem is probably most people, without meeting my little Nauru, would assume he/she was black. Also they might think it’s pronounced “Nor-u” which is what I thought until I found out otherwise. Anyway, I don’t know I’d name my kid Nauru if I had one (certainly I wouldn’t if Michael had any say in it), but I really like the name.