Baby naming is a tough business. You want the name you pick to suit the personality of your child while
exemplifying their originality. Family names are great as are old standards, but if you want your child to stand out, the best thing to do is seek out a rare name. Fortunately, there are a ton of unique names for girls to choose from.
When it comes to girls' monikers, the good thing is there are plenty of rare names to choose from. Whether you go diving into
classic literature or choose to take a name from another culture, you can find plenty of infrequently used girl’s names out there that might just be the right fit for your bundle of joy.
That said, when selecting a name, it is always important to check its meaning. While a name might
roll off the tongue beautifully to you, in its native culture it might mean “she who rips birds’ heads off,” and who wants their baby girl to go around as an avian murderess for the rest of her life? In short, do your research. Check for variations on spelling, and try it on for size. That’s right, just because your child is still in utero doesn’t mean you can’t talk to them like they’re already out in the world. So, give some of these rare girl names a try. Maybe baby will give a little kick to let you know she likes the name you’re working with. 1 Cora
Cora is thought to have come from Ancient Greek or Gaelic. Either way, it has a lovely sound and brings to mind beautiful coral gardens.
As you might have guessed, Fleur means flower in French. If your little budding baby feels like a brilliant bloom, this name might be the one.
Not to be confused with pixie, Pixley was originally an Old English surname. But why not try it on as a first name for your little sprite?
In Old French, Amiah means beloved. And isn’t that the perfect description for your baby girl?
The name Darby has a certain mid-century sophistication to it, but Nameberry reports that its origin is Irish
and it means “deer estate.” 6 Effie
In Greek, Effie means well spoken. If you’re hoping to raise a public speaker, here’s the first step.
The most famous Danica is Danica Patrick, a trailblazing professional race driver. And the name suits her. It comes from Latin meaning morning star. Your girl will have the star power to match the title.
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gender-neutral name, Greer is Scottish for watchful or vigilant. If you’re looking to instill stalwart qualities in your kid, Greer definitely works. 10 Waverly
How’s this for a descriptive name? Waverly (emphasis on wave) means quivering aspens in Old English. Name your girl Waverly and she’ll have a great cocktail party story for life.
There’s a good argument for naming every baby girl Ina after cooking goddess Ina Garten, but another good reason is that the name means, at least according to Scottish Girl Names,
“home” or “to entertain.” 12 Imogen
Imogen comes from Gaelic and means maiden. Maiden, you might want to know, is the old-timey word for an unmarried woman.
Typically a boy’s name, Larkin has gained a bit of popularity as a girl’s name and means rough or fierce in Irish.
Another boy name turned girl name (read: gender-neutral), Merritt is Irish for “boundary gate.”
Elodie is such a musical name, but it doesn’t have anything to do with a good tune. It means marsh flower in French.
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Brinley is a lovely sounding name, but its meaning is a bit harsh. It means “burned clearing” in Old English.
Sometimes a nickname for Virginia, Ginger, is, of course, a tasty flowering plant.
Harlyn comes from Old English and means “army land.” That might just perfectly describe your little fighter.
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You could use Lou Lou as a nickname, but why not skip Louisa or Louise and just go with this fun, whimsical title?
Opal is, speaking in scientific terms, a non-crystalline form of mineral silica. It’s also a beautiful gem that became a popular name at the turn of the 20th century.
In Greek mythology, Demeter was the sister of Zeus and goddess of agriculture. Demetria were considered followers of Demeter.
Constance derives from the word constant in Latin. The name is a great one for children who are steadfast.
Is your little girl entirely enchanting? Perhaps you should call her Lorelai, which means “alluring enchantress” in German.
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Though it’s hard to separate this name from the blockbuster pop star Enya, it might help you see it in a new light to know that in Gaelic it means “kernel.”
Fern is a sweet name that comes, of course, from the fern plant.
Here’s a fun one: Fay means fairy! At least that’s how the French once used it.
In Old Welsh, Isolde meant ice queen. Think how empowered your girl will feel when she learns that.
In Greek, Berenice means bringer of victor,y and that’s the kind of energy more girls need today. Agree?
Petra, as in photographer and director Petra Collins, is the feminine version of Peter. It as roots in the Greek word for “stone” or “rock,” so your little one will be a strong-willed one.
Another gender-neutral name, Ellery is an English name that means “cheerful.” How wonderful is that?
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The name Gaia comes from the goddess in
Greek mythology who is the personification of the Earth. The Roman equivalent is Terra, which is equally as unique and cool. 32 Kiko
A name of Japanese origin, Kiko is a feminine name meaning “happy,” “hope,” and “rejoicing.” Plus, it sounds incredibly cute.
The name Hollis is a gender-neutral name of English origin meaning “dweller at the holly trees,” which is sweet and vaguely elf-like. Plus, it has the built-in nickname of Holly.
A jewel name that also means “pomegranate,” Garnet was popular for both boys and girls a century ago. It instantly conjures up deep red hues of the jewel and fruit, and it’s definitely due for a comeback with other jewel names popular again (think: Ruby, Pearl, Emerald, etc.).
A name with Latin roots, Astra simply means “of the stars.” It’s a wonderful name for a starry-eyed girl, and it also sounds like the name of a cool main character in a sci-fi story.
What’s in a name? Everything sweet and special in your world. So choose carefully.
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This article was originally published on
July 11, 2021