It’s a common baby name dilemma: You love a name like Cora or Lila forever, holding it close as your own special secret choice, and then bang! Right when you’re finally in a position to use it, you discover it’s become a trendy new favorite, vaulting up the charts.
What are more unusual baby names that may relate to trendier names but are more distinctive?
Here, drawn from our new book The Nameberry Guide to Off-the-Grid Baby Names are ten girls’ names that offer some of the feeling of today’s most stylish names but are more adventurous.
Avalon – If you like Ava and Adeline, but want a name that’s more unusual, you might love Avalon. Avalon is the name of a mythical island paradise – literally, “island of apples” — that offers a fresh take on several trendier girls’ names. And okay, so it’s also a car name, but so are Mercedes and Portia.
Cordis – Cora is getting popular and while Cordelia may have fallen off the Top 1000 in 1950, perhaps she’s too elaborate for you. Cordis is a more androgynous, brisk choice with a similar romantic heart-related meaning.
Electra – Love the El names, from Ella to Eleanor to Eliana? Then you might want to go all the way to the energetic Electra, which may have a tragic literary history but still means shining or bright. Just don’t reduce this mythic beauty to the cute-but-quotidian Ellie.
Viveca – Vivian and Vivienne may have become celebrity baby name favorites rising in popularity over the past few years, but Scandinavian relative Viveca remains relatively untraveled yet carries the same uplifiting life meaning.
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