Are you tired of seeing the same baby names for girls on every baby name list online? We are too! If you’re looking for something different for your little lady, you’ve come to the right place. We decided to come up with a list of names that you have never seen before or, at least, haven’t come across in some time. Valuing individualism over conformity is something you might want to pass on to your child and unique baby names are a great way to start.
On your quest to discover a baby name for your child you’re probably going to come across a lot of bizarre or even made-up monikers. You don’t have to be that creative. Finding a name that thrives off the beaten path simply means choosing names that aren’t on trend or in the top 1000 names from last year. It’s not too hard. All you need is a little imagination and maybe a dive into a baby name archive. We’re here to help. We’ve discovered names for baby girls that we think absolutely shine without being overpowering. Here are 25 names for girls you haven’t considered yet!
Okay, so this name is actually in the top 1000 baby names in the US, but it’s not ubiquitous. Ailani is a gorgeous Hawaiin name that means “chief.” With a poetic sound, you could do no better with this name beginning with A.
With Latin origins and being the female counterpart to Cecil, Cecily is a strong and timeless name that’s fallen from fashion. We think it’s time for that change. The name has a unique meaning as well, it means “blind.” Sister names like Celia, Cecilia, Cicely, and Celest are also very nice options.
The Italian form of Cynthia, Cinzia is a breath of fresh air. The name has Greek origins and captivating possible meanings: “moon goddess” or “woman from Kynthos.” Cynthia is a top 1000 name for babies, so if you are into it, but want something with a bit more romance, go with Cinzia.
As of yet, only a handful of baby girls in the US have had the owner to receive the name Domino. It’s the ultimate cool-girl name and it deserves much more love. The name has Latin origins and means “master.” Designer and very posh mom, India Hicks chose the name for her daughter in 2007. We think this name will be a thing in a matter of years so get ahead by choosing it now.
Essie is a glorious vintage name that’s overdue for a comeback. It’s a pet form of either Estelle or Esther and means “star.” The name has both French and Persian origins and would be an excellent choice for your rising star.
In the Greek myth, Echo was a nymph whose unrequited love for Narcissus made her to fade away until all that was left was the sound of her voice. This Greek name might have somewhat melancholic origins, but it sounds completely fun to us (again, and, again… and, again…).
Indigo is a completely classic name that has a very current, contemporary feel. The name has Greek origins and means “Indian dye.” This refers to the prized, purplish-blue dye famed for its vivid and luxurious color. If you’re a Duke Ellington fan, you already know the “Mood Indigo” implications of this excellent name.
Jaslene had a moment in the early aughts, but it’s since, fallen from favor. The gorgeous name for girls is a form of Jocelyn a German name that means “member of the Gauts tribe.” We have no comment in regards to that very strange meaning, but we love the sound of this lyrical name.
Khari is a beautiful gender-neutral name that hails from West Africa. The name means “kingly” and it would be fit for your little princess (or prince). We love this name and thanks to its ease, we see it becoming a big hit in the US sooner rather than later.
Marisha is the Russian variation of Marisa. The name has Italian and Spanish origins and means “bitter.” Marisha is a splendid name that benefits from the “sh” sound.
Maridel is a Welsh variation of Mary and also means “bitter.” It’s another form of a name that it often gets confused for, Maribel. We love Maridel and find it a fun alternative to the omnipresent Mary.
Meira is an updated form of Mira and has origins and meanings in several languages. In Hebrew, the name means “light.” In Latin, the name means “admirable.” In Slavic languages, it means “world” or “peace.” In Arabic, it’s come to mean “female ruler.” And, finally, in Sanskrit, the name means “ocean.” If you’re looking for a universal name, this would be the one.
Another name for girls that’s popular in a number of languages is Neda. In Slavic languages, the name is used for a baby “born on Sunday.” In Persian, the name means “the voice.” In English, the name is considered a female form on Ned and means “wealthy guard.” And, there’s even a Neda in Greek mythology.
Nisi is a fabulous and fun unisex name for babies. The name has Hebrew origins and means “emblem.” In the U.S. in 2019, less than 5 girls were given the name, and less than 5 boys were given the name. This unique choice would be a bold move and we think you should choose it.
Another Hebrew name, Odelia is a blast to say but gives a strong impression. Odelia means “I will praise the Lord.” This name is incredibly popular and can also be found spelled Odilia. The name even belonged to a saint (Odilia of Cologne) who is the patron of good eyesight.
You’ll need to take a deep dive to get to the bottom of the name Rheda. The name has origins in Anglo-Saxon paganism and belonged to a goddess who was associated with the month Rhedmonth (March) of the Anglo-Saxon calendar. The name means “the victorious.”
Risha is another name that’s found in a number of languages and cultures around the world. For instance, in Nigeria, the name means “God is around.” In India, the name is associated with the “fawn.” In the UK, the name is considered a diminutive of Patricia and thus means “noble.” Risha is a truly versatile name with global appeal.
This dazzling jewel name doesn’t get as much play as Ruby, Pearl, or Diamond, but we like it even more. Sapphire has origins in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. The birthstone of babies born in September, Sapphire would be an excellent name for a girl born in early Fall.
If you’re after a completely charming Irish name, Shaleigh would be a great choice. Shaleigh, or as it is sometimes spelled, Shayleigh also has a fabulous meaning. The name means “fairy princess of the meadow” or “butterfly princess.”
Another arresting Irish name, Sheridan has such a strong feel to it and is also a name commonly used for boys. Sheridan means “searcher.” While we like this name for boys, we feel it gives a girl’s moniker a bit more edge.
You can spell this name in a number of different ways. Shoshana is contemporary and lends well to the nickname “Shosh.” Whereas, Shoshanna will let you call your little one “Anna” for short. And finally, Shoshannah is an uncommon one that gives you the option of calling her “Hannah.” The name has Hebrew origins and means “lily.”
Solara is a fairly new name that is an English variation of the Latin word Solaris which means “of the sun.” If you’re looking for a name with cosmic vibes that sounds similar to Sara or Laura, you’ve found it in this very imaginative name.
The fantastic name Thalia has been growing in popularity over the past several years and we decided to look for an alternative. We found the Native American name Tala. We’re very fond of this unfussy name which means “wolf.”
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If you’re looking to go beyond names like Hope, Faith, and Grace, Verity is an excellent underused choice. The Puritan virtue name, with Latin origins, means “truth” and, to be honest, we’re in love with it. You’ll occasionally hear the name in the UK but it’s seldom found in the US. What are you waiting for, parents? Choose this fantastic name
Zadie is a variation of the name Sadie and although it seems like a modern invention, thanks to the author Zadie Smith, Zadie is actually a very old favorite. It was a hot name in the late 18th century and remained in the top 1000 for 30 years spanning from 1881-1911. The name means “princess” and you can expect to see it more and more over the coming years.
There you go! 25 baby names for girls you haven’t considered yet. While a couple of these are probably familiar to you, you might not have mulled them as much as Olivia, Amelia, or Emma. We hope these names inspire you to choose a bold moniker for your child that’s not overly used.
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