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In "The Importance of Being Earnest," Oscar Wilde wrote, "I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays." Though that quote is more than a century old, it rings true as ever when it comes to naming kids in the 2010s. Used to be, you'd have an elementary school class full of Matts and Mikes and Jennifers, and maybe one or two kids with truly unique names. These days, every parent strives for originality when naming their new arrival. So how can you be original in an age when originality is the norm?

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1. Rex

It seems like names for both boys and girls are getting longer and longer. So if you are going for unique, why not push back against this trend? Clocking in at only three letters and one syllable, Rex packs a punch for its small size. Maybe it's because it calls to mind the most feared of all the dinosaurs. Or maybe it's the "X" sound rolling off the tongue when you say it. Either way, your son will probably be the only Rex in his class.

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