The hallowed top 1000 baby names in the US ends with Kai, given to 262 baby girls last year and Rylen, used for 205 little boys. But what about the baby names right below the Top 1000, hiding just out of sight but prime for plucking by the creative聽baby namers?

We chose 25 names for girls and 25 names for boys we found swimming just beneath the surface of the Top 1000. These baby names strike the perfect balance between unusual and familiar. The names are ordered from most to least聽popular, which are your favorites?

GIRL Baby Names

creative baby names

1.聽Brisa

2.聽Noor

3.聽Ellery

4.聽Vienna

5.聽Amaris

6.聽Poppy

7.聽Arden

8.聽Charity

9.聽Cecily

10.聽Flora

11.聽Ramona

12.聽Tess

13.聽Larissa

14.聽Anais

15.聽India

16.聽Sylvie

17.聽Ophelia

18.聽Delia

19.聽Maren

20.聽Frankie

21.聽Zelda

22.聽Roxanne

23.聽Sally

24.聽Elodie

25.聽Shea

BOY Baby Names

creative baby names

1.聽Garrison

2.聽Otis

3.聽Briar

4.聽Abner

5.聽Cormac

6.聽Boone

7.聽Octavio

8.聽Bishop

9.聽Robin

10.聽Denver

11.聽Harris

12.聽Slade

13.聽Stone

14.聽Alistair

15.聽Campbell

16.聽Edmund

17.聽Keller

18.聽Torin

19.聽Fox

20.聽Linus

21.聽Mac

22.聽Shepherd

23.聽Gus

24.聽McCoy

25.聽Tobin

Are you a fan of any of these lesser-used baby names? Let us know your fave in the comments.

This post was originally published on Nameberry聽by聽Pamela Redmond Satran