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A comprehensive analysis of word usage in the 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 U.S. Presidential Debates.

Dark Matter of the English Language—the unwords

Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find.
—William Shakespeare

unnames

These are names generated from the US Census list of names using a char-rnn recurrent neural network.

The names generated by the network appear neither in the list of names nor in a 479,000 list of English words. The names may be words or names in another language, however.

1 · First names that don't exist — for girls

Your friends discouraged you from naming your first daughter "Ginavietta Xilly Anganelel" but you didn't listen. When you named your second daughter "Nabule Yama Janda" everyone wanted to know what your secret to having such successful children was.

Below, for each word length 3—12, I show the first three alphabetically first names for each letter of the alphabet (i.e. you'll see up to 3 names that start with A, then with B, and so on).

— 3 —
Bei
Cac
Cau
Cea
Daa
Deu
Dua
Edz
Ele
Elu
Fea
Fri
Fwa
Hea
Hhi
Hil
Ied
Ien
Ili
Jea
Kau
Kec
Kee
Ldo
Leb
Lel
Maz
Mec
Meo
Nie
Nin
Nir
Oro
Ota
Ous
Reu
Ric
Ron
Seu
Sia
Sid
Tix
Tuu
Uan
Uid
Uma
Vad
Vea
Ved
Wie
Wil
Wol
Xai
Xon
Xua
Yka
Yra
Yua
— 4 —
Aaya
Abal
Alil
Bbhy
Beli
Bery
Cani
Caro
Ceen
Daee
Dayn
Deen
Eann
Ebha
Edel
Gori
Guda
Hael
Hari
Hedh
Idek
Idla
Iedr
Joga
Joon
Jora
Kace
Kade
Kaed
Laan
Laha
Laia
Mada
Madi
Maga
Nado
Nian
Niea
Olce
Olly
Olta
Phry
Pide
Pird
Qisy
Qoly
Qone
Rari
Rary
Rasy
Sabi
Saes
Saly
Tany
Tary
Teta
Ucte
Uida
Ulay
Vatt
Vean
Veel
Wada
Waid
Waie
Xiem
Yama
Yamn
Ybil
Zibi
Ziun
— 5 —
Adree
Adyla
Aleca
Babyl
Balbo
Balma
Caccy
Cadda
Cadve
Dadel
Dader
Dadia
Eddra
Ededr
Edela
Fibee
Fleei
Freyn
Gelan
Guita
Hacie
Haela
Haiko
Idale
Idena
Idome
Janda
Jerly
Jolme
Kaaly
Kacee
Kachy
Laala
Lacee
Ladie
Maala
Mabie
Macia
Nayle
Nelli
Nenke
Olako
Olise
Olmee
Payna
Phaci
Pisha
Qinsy
Qolee
Qrain
Raane
Racey
Racie
Sacti
Sacul
Sacuy
Tabbr
Tabuy
Tabyn
Uanga
Uayda
Uelon
Vaale
Vadia
Vagda
Wagwa
Walyg
Wanne
Xilly
Xiwda
Xuibp
Yabuy
Yahye
Yalag
— 6 —
Adeley
Alelee
Aliena
Babela
Bajbie
Balbie
Caccye
Cacell
Cachel
Dadela
Dakith
Dalina
Edalla
Edelah
Edella
Feliey
Felike
Felkai
Garlee
Geldie
Gildey
Haishe
Haline
Haryll
Idelig
Idelle
Idolie
Jaccey
Jatqie
Jomauo
Kaceey
Kacele
Kacely
Laceie
Ladira
Ladita
Maarae
Maarla
Maarle
Nabule
Nadera
Naelee
Olchee
Olisha
Olonde
Pamber
Parell
Pionga
Qoesha
Qoleen
Qolmon
Rabina
Rabymi
Racain
Sachie
Sacola
Sacree
Tafbie
Tamima
Taraci
Ulieta
Ullena
Ulucie
Vadeta
Vandie
Vangia
Waghel
Wandie
Waydla
Xaique
Xillia
Xillie
Yaketo
Yameka
Yameso
— 7 —
Alenlis
Alissea
Alitina
Barelah
Barmeta
Batutie
Cacalla
Caccayc
Cacceil
Dalecee
Dalleer
Damelen
Ebeccii
Eeenera
Eeleere
Farleen
Ferreda
Fribben
Ganalel
Griagne
Gritana
Harlean
Hayceda
Hazbele
Iellina
Ienetka
Ilaberl
Jadquen
Jaqquil
Jaricia
Kaariko
Kabjine
Kacbely
Labelle
Labrice
Lagella
Maadite
Maadrae
Maadrie
Nachlee
Naqoena
Natolya
Ollisha
Oralore
Ouseino
Panelte
Paricel
Parlice
Qilonga
Qlianna
Qorinee
Rabette
Racelie
Racelle
Sacelie
Sacelle
Saciell
Tamarie
Tamarke
Tanetta
Ualacie
Uibelle
Uidelle
Valerte
Vanelte
Varneta
Waylena
Wazlein
Welrein
Yadalie
Yakkina
Yameshe
— 8 —
Aleretha
Allalera
Andeelia
Bamberah
Battynkb
Bererita
Caccelle
Cacellen
Cacelree
Dacheele
Dameline
Danmelle
Eetenere
Eethelie
Elaierle
Feairice
Gaannele
Gelneria
Geredita
Hacylone
Hecticie
Hedilaty
Iachelie
Ilabetth
Iladrita
Jacquine
Jaqqueyn
Jarandia
Kabrenee
Kacalyne
Kaccelyn
Laloytha
Langella
Lannelle
Maarmila
Mabylere
Macaline
Nadalena
Nadmelle
Nicodare
Orotenne
Parleeta
Parmicia
Permalis
Quettine
Rachilde
Racierda
Ramahele
Saaleych
Saccelle
Sacrania
Tasharia
Tathrika
Telmihha
Uuguetta
Uussuida
Uusuetta
Valtonda
Vassicha
Velleena
Wapreida
Willenee
Wilveven
Yaumette
Yeholaki
— 9 —
Anganelel
Bathueyna
Bealyakha
Berricone
Caccalren
Caleniqsa
Caraletth
Dalerisha
Dannerele
Dannestee
Eferwrace
Elaberosh
Elazrabia
Genelnice
Helmarita
Hemaricia
Ieanerise
Ilbebette
Ilgabella
Jatquelyn
Kacalenne
Kacelynen
Kamgellis
Lasheudde
Laverethe
Leelabyre
Macarelze
Macbalica
Maccarlie
Nompterla
Porpencia
Ramancina
Rarashera
Rebreatth
Saccellne
Sanelline
Sannadora
Thashinda
Tizkiqhie
Tuussoina
Ususuista
Uussautti
Uusseutta
Velletita
Vellotina
Velonette
— 10 —
Camalincia
Ccarleetta
Cceccindda
Deliqheeda
Elatoresha
Elisamerie
Elisebette
Ginavietta
Iimameline
Ilollinina
Ilsiebetle
Karestanet
Kariamarie
Lelagrelie
Lelerateta
Leleshella
Maccelline
Maceannica
Macquenina
Retaqyelle
Saraquetta
Shelolesne
Slengtetse
— 11 —
Cciccinelda
Cclarleette
Charleeetth
Elisazetlie
Elisebethle
Elizabeethy
Ikekzikeina
Ilizeblelle
Kimbhrresty
Lichiabetta
Liebetreide
Lieghellele
Mamiammalan
Marianceran
Mariasmarea
Sherleenene
Sisselletta
Smomuesssir
— 12 —
Chrresscetth
Cleddelcicce
Liablibabita
Libbibreciba
Lilaztameita
Mariatcarica
Sussandrdida

2 · First names that don't exist — for boys

You name your first child "Babton Laarco Tabrit". You name your second "Ferandulde Hommanloco Kictortick". Both see infinite success in life and you wonder why you haven't discovered neural networks sooner.

Below are the alphabetically first 3–10 letter male unnames for each letter. In some cases, no names of a given length were generated for a given letter.

— 3 —
Aad
Aan
Aar
Bil
Bre
Bry
Cas
Ces
Cfy
Daa
Dax
Ddo
Ede
Eey
Ele
Har
Hhe
Hib
Ial
Iir
Ilo
Jac
Jal
Jas
Kel
Kib
Kih
Lal
Lel
Lik
Mah
Meh
Mic
Nal
Nas
Ney
Oid
Oon
Ork
Phy
Pys
Roz
Ruf
Rus
Sas
Sih
Sor
Tes
Tey
Tih
Vay
Ven
Ves
Wal
Wil
Wol
Zes
Zin
Zon
— 4 —
Aado
Admo
Adve
Baan
Badl
Bame
Cald
Calg
Calo
Daad
Daal
Daam
Eard
Ebax
Edex
Farn
Felb
Fitk
Gaht
Gart
Gece
Haan
Haco
Hana
Iane
Idae
Ihar
Jaan
Jace
Jaci
Kaan
Khen
Kice
Laad
Laan
Laco
Maab
Madi
Mald
Nald
Nall
Nalo
Obby
Odan
Odty
Peit
Piar
Poct
Qide
Raal
Rady
Rael
Saag
Saan
Sach
Tacy
Tany
Tary
Vaen
Vaes
Valh
Waci
Waco
Wald
Ytih
— 5 —
Aanle
Aaton
Aaven
Baane
Baart
Baber
Cabis
Cailh
Caldy
Daamo
Daano
Daaro
Eamon
Earis
Eawin
Famry
Fandy
Farry
Gacon
Gahey
Galan
Hadel
Hagre
Hahan
Idail
Idris
Iirco
Jacer
Jadio
Jadus
Karry
Keris
Kewit
Laale
Laber
Lacko
Maaro
Mabin
Macia
Naado
Naalo
Nacal
Oaris
Ohale
Ohent
Palio
Paric
Pasky
Qebin
Qikel
Qitun
Rabey
Radey
Rafeo
Sacon
Sadne
Sadon
Tacie
Talet
Talie
Uusse
Vaeld
Valen
Valey
Wacer
Wadle
Wadne
Zilal
Zloyn
— 6 —
Aabird
Aareno
Aarhon
Babton
Badunt
Baduto
Cadlor
Cadron
Calime
Daapis
Dabron
Dadibo
Earrel
Earrre
Ebebte
Fabery
Faicey
Falcie
Gaarrh
Gadano
Galgon
Haares
Habide
Halero
Ienlir
Igamar
Iinbih
Jaalil
Jabron
Jabtan
Kebitt
Kelmar
Kibher
Laarco
Laarin
Laaron
Maccel
Maccol
Machel
Nablan
Nacell
Nalcer
Ohepto
Olerrh
Olisao
Paciul
Pakdon
Palero
Qicias
Qrekon
Qrikan
Rabwin
Raciad
Radlol
Saando
Saddon
Sagney
Tabrit
Tactan
Tadone
Ulande
Uoseol
Vachon
Vacors
Vadile
Waaren
Wabton
Wacerl
Xiklel
Zesian
— 7 —
Aabrado
Aarsado
Abarilt
Balnend
Barcick
Baricab
Caduuse
Caliulo
Callien
Daalius
Daarrol
Daarron
Eanondo
Earesle
Eddrias
Falbeus
Faloric
Farando
Ganunle
Garlard
Garleld
Haameno
Habrenc
Hacolly
Icoolse
Idonald
Iichoas
Jaendie
Jajuian
Jamemon
Kodavio
Korgell
Laarnel
Laarrec
Laarron
Maccalo
Machual
Machuel
Nabtumo
Nachale
Nacrole
Oimolan
Ollisee
Ormisse
Paberto
Palducb
Partiis
Quitius
Radlond
Radullo
Rafhard
Sacholh
Saconad
Sadriel
Tadrine
Tahinte
Taleris
Vacelle
Vagallo
Vailear
Wabbent
Wacivey
Wacvand
Zewrave
— 8 —
Aarnounf
Aarruleu
Actaniel
Balibhat
Baravile
Barrecco
Carelcic
Carkocce
Carlimas
Dalevice
Danilian
Dannello
Earrinto
Eberepto
Edcorton
Fadonocf
Farricco
Farrucco
Gaurlnih
Gegirald
Geraldro
Handerus
Harelcce
Heervert
Januipan
Jarcebph
Jemelton
Korancin
Laleaddo
Lalenicd
Lalinane
Maccelce
Macchely
Macconal
Nachaane
Nalaneil
Natcolal
Parlicco
Parreico
Peerriiy
Randlold
Rantozer
Rardollo
Sachasce
Sactonae
Sannaron
Talentin
Tavintey
Tavramen
Vernilve
Vernnche
Vewnelte
Wacellio
Waldrand
Walsaron
Ziliasen
— 9 —
Aldanoldf
Aldresdis
Ardindual
Barrkimad
Berganton
Blannicco
Carlercca
Carmencan
Cesrandis
Darriscce
Dauguslus
Daurullue
Edgaronte
Eeletento
Eleqaamou
Flandinco
Flilnendy
Frederico
Galrinand
Gerarmovo
Gilongelo
Hefarordo
Helaphhey
Heshalton
Jeenforue
Jeffersol
Jeopqhewy
Lannendan
Lanuullan
Larrinand
Marricice
Marridcce
Marrintan
Nathanaal
Oberverto
Qoaberucc
Rallisten
Rardusler
Rodaveral
Salcieley
Salvinten
Sanfirsey
Teliberel
Tewraslel
Thereqthe
Wiccelele
Willofvis
Wlintwell
— 10 —
Alfandrone
Atthaaneel
Brantisard
Castushart
Caucerucce
Ceduelcice
Eeverielti
Elerdrolde
Elverterth
Ferandulde
Flarericco
Hommanloco
Kictortick
Licoonicio
Llenelvind
Llindovinl
Nattonanal
Oriccoomon
Rarvondard
Renaldordo
Sawvarcsas
Wengortwen
— 11 —
Cadrielccar
Ccrickuctof
Charleulcse
Llantonlolm
Lunuslinzus
Micckelammy
Triddatrerd
Waldinawwan
— 12 —
Atteraniutta
Chaddoncccod
Dalictargcal
Hirolvistiot
Randoddondro

3 · First names for girls with common suffixes

Here are first names for girls with suffixes common in girls names. I took the top 30 suffixes from girls' names in the training set.

—ana
chelana
elitana
gritana
helana
illiana
kariana
lilgilliana
maryana
niana
orana
pilliana
ramana
seelana
ticiana
villiana
wismiana
—ann
clerann
eliann
helann
katiann
lidiann
meahann
qulann
raruann
suelann
vopann
—die
cdendie
daudie
elrdie
geldie
hlladie
iladie
kadie
lielteredie
madedie
nandie
reudie
sicedie
uudie
vandie
wandie
—dra
cciddra
deendra
elindra
heidra
iedra
kilodra
lecedra
maidra
ridra
seandra
toudra
wondra
—een
bettheen
chereen
deen
eeleen
farleen
herreen
kaileen
lilleen
maggeen
qoleen
shaneen
—ell
cacmell
deell
hwell
iduell
kaccell
lilichalell
maccell
ortell
parell
rathell
saciell
wgell
—ena
aliena
berriena
cilfena
dellena
elilena
hillena
ilgena
kamena
lillorarena
mailena
naqoena
quena
rareena
seerena
tilena
ullena
velleena
waylena
yatena
—ene
auusene
cildene
deene
elebene
ilsene
kamaene
liabene
maryalohene
oolene
rrasene
sherleenene
vellene
—ina
alitina
bertina
cearina
deshina
eleaina
hellina
ikekzikeina
jattina
kaitina
leefina
mairina
nillina
quelina
racuina
samaina
tathina
vellina
wina
yakkina
—ine
bettine
cancine
drerine
elosine
helline
ine
jerline
kabjine
lilggelline
maryamoline
nolline
quettine
robine
shamine
troraine
uutine
velline
yorine
—ita
berita
caurita
dinita
ellita
geredita
hennita
iladrita
karita
lealita
mareita
nilita
quelita
ruunita
shamita
utauita
velhita
—lee
alelee
baylee
cearlee
dellee
elillee
garlee
heellee
iselee
kacqlee
letilee
mabylee
nachlee
qolee
shellee
varlee
—lia
andeelia
bellia
carolia
dillia
elellia
hiedlia
ilolia
kacelia
lilliamolia
macelia
neelia
pulia
qulia
retulia
shellia
tibelia
ulia
vellia
xillia
—lie
anelie
bellie
cacelie
daulie
elisazetlie
hellie
ineslie
kacelie
lisabretlie
macelie
nillie
pulie
qudelie
racelie
sacelie
ullie
vellie
xillie
yadalie
—lla
claricellla
elsifesesella
helella
ililla
kacella
lagella
marilla
neella
ricella
sanella
wllla
ylla
—lle
allaserisadlelle
cacelle
develle
enelle
helelle
ilizeblelle
kacelle
ligziblelle
maryammelle
nicelle
ouelle
racelle
sacelle
uibelle
verlle
wiville
—lyn
chellyn
eluulyn
hellyn
jarolyn
kacelyn
lerlyn
macelyn
rolyn
sharlyn
vellyn
—nda
alinda
celenda
doronda
elianda
helanda
illanda
janda
karenda
larinda
madinda
revinda
saranda
thenda
uinda
velanda
wenda
yanda
—nia
calenia
dorinia
ellania
hhenia
ilgania
kayronia
lalonia
milania
rodenia
satania
villinia
winia
—nie
celenie
denanie
eelenie
fonnie
ironie
katinie
lavonie
maranie
nie
qunanie
rotenie
sumanie
virlinie
—nna
banna
croenna
deenna
ellinna
heenna
illianna
karanna
lavenna
milanna
nonna
qlianna
rmaenna
simanna
tonna
vinna
—nne
conjesconne
denanne
elranne
ilianne
jonne
kacalenne
leranne
marimanne
norienne
orotenne
roeanne
soranne
taranne
veanne
wanne
—ora
cickora
denora
elanora
hidora
jora
leenora
malora
rora
shomora
vora
—rie
batrie
caderie
delorie
elegrie
flarie
henrie
kacrie
laverie
maadrie
nicrie
rasarie
saderie
tamarie
urie
verrie
—sha
berisha
celisha
delosha
eliesha
hilisha
illisha
karesha
lalosha
mayesha
nilsha
ollisha
pisha
qoesha
ratesha
salesha
tatisha
venisha
wilsha
yysha
—sie
alisie
belsie
chessie
deossie
ellisie
kissie
leessie
melssie
nossie
rissie
shassie
tinsie
urusie
virsie
yasie
—ssa
bessa
celessa
ellissa
issa
kassa
lelessa
manessa
rrussa
sonyssa
uuussa
vaussa
yussa
—tha
aleretha
beritha
chritha
dardaetha
eleitha
hemetha
ilsetha
kimotha
lissettetha
melitha
outha
plodetha
ritha
sanotha
uucatha
—tta
cametta
denetta
elvatta
ginavietta
hiletta
ilzetta
jontta
lichiabetta
marltta
nometta
pinetta
qudetta
roxetta
sisselletta
tanetta
uudetta
vawetta
wudtta
—tte
cclarleette
dolette
elvette
hillette
ilbette
jolette
lieshibette
marette
prelette
rabette
samatte
timrette
velonette
yuutte

4 · First names for boys with common suffixes

Here are first names for boys with suffixes common in girls names. I took the top 30 suffixes from boys' names in the training set.

—ain
llain
mwain
—and
arand
bryand
clevand
damand
edwand
flinand
gergand
jerand
lenand
manmand
nand
olkand
romand
tranand
vavand
wacvand
—ard
anbard
berkard
delard
edmard
gegard
ledard
mard
omard
rafhard
vilvard
—bie
bobie
cobie
esebie
—den
carden
denden
fleinden
lyden
sihden
thanden
wasden
—die
andie
berdie
deldie
elfordie
ferdie
herdie
jondie
ludie
rondie
vibordie
—don
aldon
beydon
crandon
dandon
erdon
gowandon
handon
jusdon
laldon
mardon
natdon
pakdon
rodon
saddon
trasdon
waldon
—ell
arrell
cerrell
danell
feeriell
garnell
jamell
korell
lunell
mivell
nacell
ranell
sywell
vapell
warnell
—ert
berert
clfert
demert
edbert
felbert
gorert
herert
krert
lalert
mert
nadlert
olert
porvert
rusfert
terert
vivert
—iah
jomiah
—ian
arrlian
bian
colian
dalian
eddian
glian
havian
jarian
lanian
malian
nian
standian
tonian
vian
zesian
—ick
barcick
carick
darick
farrick
kictortick
marrick
tenbick
vick
—ius
autius
danius
elius
ius
judsius
lalius
muqtius
quitius
succius
—ley
aley
belley
carley
deley
eley
gorley
herley
jarley
lalley
malley
raley
sanley
therley
vyulley
wanley
—lie
alalie
barlie
callie
deslie
elvarlie
fallie
garlie
hallie
iylie
julie
klie
lallie
marlie
naqolie
ronilie
serlie
terlie
wurlie
—lin
allin
balin
caslin
dalin
elilin
graanllin
jaslin
kimlin
lanlin
malin
navarlin
pamlin
solin
terlin
valin
waslin
—lly
carlly
elly
hacolly
lylly
mally
nally
pelly
whenlly
—man
alman
benman
deuman
eliman
garman
helman
jorman
lanman
malman
oman
raman
souman
treman
—nce
athance
brance
clence
darrince
erance
ferrance
girance
harence
jeronce
laonce
mrence
nalince
ronce
syance
trince
warrence
—ney
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couney
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freney
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lanney
ney
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tcauney
viunney
wanney
—nie
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bednie
cernie
dennie
eernie
ferrinie
joanie
lannie
nie
taunie
vonie
warnie
—nny
dounny
flinhnny
jonny
lionny
stanny
tenny
vanny
wonny
—ord
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deford
elmord
felord
heltord
lamord
randord
selbord
weldord
—rey
arey
crey
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edrey
frorey
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marrey
orrey
rarey
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—ron
addron
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cadron
dabron
eron
gelaron
hevaron
jabron
laaron
mamron
narron
parron
randron
sarron
tetron
verron
warron
—rry
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cerry
deerry
eeterry
farry
jeerry
karry
maerry
naverry
teerry
varry
warry
—son
arusson
clason
elson
jasson
lenson
trasson
—ter
abter
benter
cester
danter
eeter
fradter
helter
lelter
mitter
santer
tulter
vibter
wenter
—ton
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babton
camton
darton
eenton
farton
gilton
haston
jocton
lanton
malton
nanton
phaton
ronton
salton
taston
valton
wabton
—vin
avin
balvin
darvin
evin
farvin
garvin
javin
lalvin
monvin
olvin
sevvin
travin
vervin
wavin

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