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.
The melodic Coralie, which means Coral, was given to only 38 girls last year. But parents newly enchanted by Cora and longtime fans of Caroline are looking to it as a new twist on those favorites. Popular in Quebec, there are characters named Coralie in two 19th century novels.