Our conclusion: No matter how unusual they are by the numbers, these names are drawing considerable buzz. And that’s bound to translate over the coming years into usage for a lot more babies.
Besides their incipient popularity, these names share several appealing qualities. Most relate to nature, but in a fresher, less obvious way than the Lilys and Roses we’ve heard so much of in recent years. Many have deeper roots than they first seem, plus intriguing cultural connections.
And is it coincidence that four of the 11 start with the letter C, and seven contain the letter L? We don’t think so.
Our picks for 11 unusual girls’ names we see destined for stardom.
Cool girl name Waverly was used for a character on Friday Night Lights as well as The Princess Bride and also gets some appeal from the fashion for girls’ names that end in the lee sound – Ashley’s daughters, like the popular Kinley and Hadley. Television’s The Wizards of Waverly Place helped popularized it.