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.
Cyra, which may be pronounced sigh-ra or seer-a, is the newest spin on Keira and Cara. Cyra also relates to also-fashionable brother name Cyrus; both have Persian roots and mean “throne.” There was also a fifth century saint Cyra. Only 19 girls were named Cyra in the U.S. in 2011.