But there definitely are names that haven't been mined quite yet, and are worthy of a look. Check out these choices:
BABY GIRL NAMES
Irene was a top 20 name a century ago, but it's currently down in the top 700. It's a beautiful name with an equally beautiful meaning: peace.
Genevieve peaked at 82 a century ago, and it's definitely on its way back into prominence (it's about to break the top 200). It's a French name that means tribeswoman.
BABY BOY NAMES
Similar name Edgar, meaning wealthy spearman, has been on a slight uptick lately, after a period of slow and steady decline. With cool literary icon Edgar Allan Poe and Impressionist artist Edgar Degas as the most famous bearers, it could be a cool choice for academically oriented parents.
Want to take a tour through the entire Throwback Thursday series? Here are my picks: