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120 cute, rare, and unique girl names and their meanings for your baby

For parents who don’t want to follow the crowd

Unique baby girl names

You’re expecting a baby soon. You know you’re having a girl. You’ve got your hospital bag packed and the nursery decorated. There’s just one thing left to do (besides giving birth, of course): Choose a baby name. It’s not always an easy decision, which is why many parents every year go into the hospital not knowing what they’re going to call their baby girl.

Everyone has different criteria for what they choose. Some are after a cute baby name; others want a trendy name that’s doing the rounds culturally for their newborn. Many want something timeless. But one of the most popular choices is a unique baby name — something uncommon that will stand out. It’s easy to see why; you want your child to feel like an individual throughout school and the rest of their lives. Why wouldn’t you want to give them a name that’s as unique as they are?

With that in mind, we dig into the latest baby name data available for the United States (2021) and the United Kingdom (2020) to pull out some of the rarest unique girl names around right now. We highlight some of the best short baby names for girls (if pithy is your thing), some uncommon names inspired by nature (if you need that kind of zen in your life), and also some of the prettiest, unique names that most people just haven’t discovered yet. 

Quick! Pick one before everyone else finds them! (And if it’s unique boy names you’re after, we’ve got that covered too.)

Short and unique girl names

Short names don’t always equal unique names, right? These ones do! We compiled this list using names that were given to fewer than 100 baby girls per year. Are there any unique baby girl names here that stand out to you?

  1. Isra
  2. Tia
  3. Kaia
  4. Nala
  5. Dua
  6. Iona
  7. Mae
  8. Noa
  9. Romy
  10. Yara
  11. Gia
  12. Alys
  13. Mara
  14. Coco
  15. Sana
  16. Joy
  17. Elsa
  18. Naya
  19. Ruth
  20. Ines
  21. Gaia
  22. Roma
  23. Sia
  24. Una
  25. Ayda
  26. Dawn
  27. Arlo
  28. Nell
  29. Gigi
  30. Dora

Nature inspired unique girl names

For our picks of the best unique, nature inspired names for baby girls, we chose from all the ones that don’t currently rank in each country’s list of top 100 most common baby names. Plus, we share name meanings for the ones that don’t have a self-explanatory link to nature.

  1. Storm
  2. Sage
  3. Daphne (meaning “bay tree”)
  4. Hazel
  5. Autumn
  6. Cordelia (meaning “daughter of the sea”)
  7. Talia (meaning “dew” or “to bloom”)
  8. Clementine
  9. Juniper
  10. Sylvie (meaning “from the forest”)
  11. Wren
  12. Acacia (a type of tree)
  13. Bloom
  14. Coral
  15. Fleur (French for “flower”)
  16. Clover
  17. Fern
  18. Jade (a natural gemstone)
  19. Blossom
  20. Fawn (meaning “young deer”)
  21. Azalea (a type of flower)
  22. Pearl
  23. Savannah (meaning “treeless plain”)
  24. Nova
  25. Ocean
  26. Flora (meaning “flower”)
  27. Lark
  28. Tallulah (meaning “leaping water”)
  29. Briar (meaning “brambles”)
  30. Delta (meaning “mouth of a river”)
Unique girl names

Most uncommon, rare, and unique baby girl names

Here, we share some of the more rare names for baby girls in the United States at the moment. To appear in this list, each name has to have been given to fewer than 50 babies born in 2021. If ultra-uncommon is your thing, this is the list for you.

  1. Annalie
  2. Ellora
  3. Valentine
  4. Adelie
  5. Renae
  6. Emmanuella
  7. Cyra
  8. Roya
  9. Astoria
  10. Jemima
  11. Odelia
  12. Pandora
  13. Starla
  14. Ginny
  15. Seraphine
  16. Britta
  17. Enid
  18. Misty
  19. Sephora
  20. Emmeryn
  21. Maribelle
  22. Zoella
  23. Saffron
  24. Astella
  25. Cicely
  26. Kiernan
  27. Araminta
  28. Bronte
  29. Xana
  30. Gold

Pretty, cute, and unique girl names

To appear in this list, fewer than 50 babies had to have been given these names in the United Kingdom in 2020. Are there any unique baby girl names here that you think are pretty enough to give to your daughter?

  1. Ettie
  2. Marla
  3. Ingrid
  4. Joni
  5. Dulcie
  6. Alexia
  7. Marlowe
  8. Cecilia
  9. Paloma
  10. Shiloh
  11. Olympia
  12. Valencia
  13. Posie
  14. Leonora
  15. Birdie
  16. Noelle
  17. Saira
  18. Isadora
  19. Adrianna
  20. Suki
  21. Opal
  22. Blair
  23. Dusty
  24. Tegan
  25. Sloane
  26. Odette
  27. Eloisa
  28. Dove
  29. Joelle
  30. Delphie
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