So, you’re having a girl! Aside from the multitude of tasks you must accomplish before she arrives, you’re now faced with perhaps the most daunting task on your pre-baby to-do list — choosing a name. Because your daughter will (most likely) be identified by this moniker for her life, you want to find one that’s sweet and endearing enough for a baby, but one that she won’t roll her eyes at when she’s a teenager (or a “threenager” in some cases.) And, in some cases, you may want to find a totally unique baby girl name.
Look, there is nothing wrong with choosing a classic girl’s name. After all, these are the monikers that stand the test of time. But do you really want your daughter to be one of five Rebecca’s in her class? Not to mention, going with a unique baby name helps instill the idea that individuality is kind of awesome.
Still, picking a unique baby name isn’t easy. You want it to stand out enough that people think it’s cool, but not so much that they mock your choice. To aid in your search, we’ve compiled a list of unique and beautiful baby girl names that you won’t find on top ten most popular lists.
Classy, yet unique, this name derives from the Italian word allegro, a musical term meaning upbeat or to play with joy. It’s the perfect, less known replacement for the more common name, Joy.
This moniker is a lesser known form of the name Ariana, and is also the Cretan goddess of fertility. This is a great choice if you’re aiming for classic yet unexpected.
Originally associated with the mythical daughter of the Greek deity Zeus, Cora has gained popularity with the success of Downton Abbey. The matriarch of the Grantham family is both beautiful and headstrong — all things you want your daughter to be.
If you couldn’t have a baby with Ryan Gosling, having a baby that shares a name with his daughter is a close second. Esmeralda comes from the Spanish and Portuguese word meaning emerald.
Short, fiery, and a little bit sassy, this name would be the perfect match for your little firecracker. It could be short for Emberly or an alternative to the much more popular Amber.
A Latin name meaning flourishing or prospering, Florence is more than an Italian city. Several iconic woman share this moniker including the founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale and musical badass Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine.
An elaborate, unique version of the more popular Grace, this name has been used for both boys and girls. So if you’re looking for something unisex and unique, Gracen could be the name for your girl.
Culturally a masculine word, Hero of Greek mythology was actually a woman. What better way to empower your child?
A unique alternative to the tried and true Jessica or Jasmine, Jessamine is an earlier Persian spelling of the jasmine flower.
Meaning beautiful or peaceful, many millennial moms know this name thanks to the talented Lana del Ray. Not a bad namesake if you ask me.
Among the top five most popular Scandinavian names, Linnea is a beautiful name reminiscent of Swedish flowers.
The Norse word for life was made popular in America by actress Liv Tyler. You can use it as a nickname for Olivia, or let it stand on its own as a more catchy, unique name.
Originally a Scottish boy’s name, Paisley has become more feminine thanks in part to the floral pattern with the same name.
Adventurous and down-to-earth, this name meaning bright fame would give your little girl a name to match her spunky personality.
Meaning little redhead, this moniker was almost unheard of until Brooke Shields used it for her little girl in 2003.
Pronounced SEE-uh and meaning victory, this strong name became popular thanks to the Australian songstress behind “Chandelier.” But don’t worry. Naming your child Sia doesn’t mean she’ll be swinging from the ceiling anytime soon.