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

    Published 21 September 2022
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    For parents who don’t want to follow the crowd

    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”)

    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

    References

    Popular Baby Names. https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/limits.html. Accessed 21 Sept. 2022.

    Bradford, Siân. Baby Names in England and Wales - Office for National Statistics. Office for National Statistics, 17 Oct. 2021, https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/livebirths/bulletins/babynamesenglandandwales/2020.

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