What's in a name? Well, for some parents it's all about the expression of individuality, and thanks to the internet, it's easier than ever to find a name that's as fresh and unique or classic and familiar as you want it to be, almost instantly. If you're you're expecting a little girl of your own soon, and still in need of a name for her, this list of the most unique girls names of 2017 that you’ve probably never heard of might inspire your kid's future moniker.
As the recently released Baby Center's list of unique baby names for 2017 reveals (compiled from a list of 500,000 entries from parents who had a baby in 2017), name inspiration can come from vastly different time periods, languages, and counties of origin. It's kind of wild when you think about just how long some of these names have been in existence. Your newborn daughter could share names with someone who lived hundreds of years ago. Names that have existed in Latin form for thousands of years, as well as names that likely originated in the last century or so, are all listed here for your consideration.
But there's one thing that binds all of these names from such diverse origins, and that is their place in the modern world. Even if they're based on names or words that existed ages ago, all of these names are perfectly fitting on any baby, today and any day.
From Chekov stories to Audrey Hepburn movies, the name Anya appears in all sorts of creative works. And it's no wonder that the Russian diminutive of the name Anna comes up in art from time to time, as noted by Nameberry. It's a simple but totally gorgeous name.
For a nature-inspired name with a little bite, look no further than Briar. Aside from its reference to a thorny part of a plant, the name also brings to mind Briar Rose (AKA Sleeping Beauty) from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. It's an uncommon, beautiful name.
This is another beautiful name that's unique and meaningful. A name of African-American origin, Imani means "faith," according to She Knows Baby Hold. It would make a gorgeous moniker for any baby.
I love the simplicity and elegance of this name. For three letters, it packs in a lot of potential meaning. According to Nameberry, Kai may mean "sea," "forgiveness," "willow tree," or "food" in different languages. Awesome, right?
This name has an especially sweet story. According to Behind the Name, Nayeli means "I love you" in Zapotec. Could there be a more fitting sentiment for your baby girl?
Here's another name you don't see every day. According to Baby Center, the French name Remy has slowly increased in popularity since last year. It can be used for both girl and boy babies.
This is a name derived from the Bible. According to Nameberry, Selah likely means "to praise" or "to reflect." Whatever its exact meaning, the name is lovely.
This is the perfect name for a vibrant, lively baby. According to Oh Baby Names, Viviana means "alive." It's a beautiful name with a powerful meaning.
OK, this name proves that the world needs more names that begin with the letter Z. Zaria refers to the Arabic word for flower, as well as the name of a city in Nigeria, according to Baby Name Wizard. Plus, it just sounds awesome when spoken aloud.
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