Prospective parents consider many things in naming their babies. But increasingly, they are looking for something unique that will set their child apart from the crowd. For parents who really want that special moniker, here is a list of names guaranteed to keep your child from being confused with anyone else . . . ever:
Allatta. Serbo-Croatian name given to a boy after a long series of girls, signifying "Now there will be someone to trim the grass."
Angibar. Taken from the old Sanskrit saying, "Hazi dar mat fa angibar nol," meaning loosely, "Whenever I want a drink, no ice in the refrigerator."
Arvent. Seen more and more in Western Europe. Means, "to whom God has loaned his beach house."
Bub. Not a very good name.
Cillehee. From the Ovimbundu proverb, "Cille hee, oi oi kalee," meaning, "If there is a finger in your ear, pray that it is your own." This advice is traditionally given to adolescent males as they prepare to enter manhood and is met with the ritualized response, "Chie, ena oi oi?" ("How come?").
Dania. Americanized form of the Swedish names Daniaj ("God is my judge") and Daniaja ("God is my defense attorney").
Filbinn. Russian development of the old German name Fahlbinn, meaning, "Everyone's friend except when you are short a few dollars."
Fo. Generally given to children who would have difficulty remembering a longer name.
Goerge. Name given by parents unable to spell George correctly.
Iri. Modern Hindu name derived from the minor god Iri. Rice farmers would pray to Iri when they wanted their son-in-law to stop borrowing their clothes.
Kanfeel. An ancient Hindu prophet believed to be either one of the 24 reincarnations of the god Vishnu, or his pharmacist.
Losa. Chinese name for a child born while the sofa is being reupholstered. The name is thought to bring the child good luck, or at least keep her from marrying a man who wears loud jackets to funerals.
Lusaltoes. The old Welsh term for a form of fungal infestation. Usually taken to mean that the child will grow up to embarrass his relatives at social gatherings.
Mangia. Hebrew name meaning "song" or "melody played with two spoons and a guava."
Quak. A complimentary Scandinavian name signifying that the person speaks the truth, though is prone to mumble.
Yetzelton. Derived from the fabled 8th-century ruler of Peru. He is said to have gone into the mountains in search of truth, only to be stepped on by a llama. The feminine form is variously Yetzeltonette or Yetzeltina, though no one has ever been known to have these names.
Free-lance writer John Covert's parents did not have a list like this.