Baby Girl Names: Elegant, Exotic, Unusual

International names to make your own

by Pamela Redmond

If you’re looking for baby girl names that are unusual but not weird, international yet familiar, we’ve pulled together this list to suit your style.

All these names are below the Top 1000 baby names in the US. They hail from a range of cultures, from the Italian Flavia to the Irish Fia, the Hebrew Shira to the Arabic and African Aziza.

You may recognize a handful thanks to their star connections: Ilaria is the name of Alec Baldwin‘s Spanish-born wife, for example, and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds named their younger daughter Ines just last year. The African-born daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is named Zahara, and actress Uma Thurman got her name from a Hindu goddess.

Here, 31 baby girl names that are exotic, elegant, and eminently usable.

Which of these names might you use for a baby girl?

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9 Responses to “Baby Girl Names: Elegant, Exotic, Unusual”

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lesliemarion Says:

October 16th, 2017 at 11:34 pm

Some lovely names! Ilaria is melodic and I love Mairead, Saskia, Tamsin, Leonie, Neva, Cassia, and Flavia. Would love to be named any of these or have friends or students with these names. I teach high schoolers and am so very sick of all the boring names out there. I have great hopes for an upcoming generation of fresher names such as these.

BrittanyBrown Says:

October 17th, 2017 at 3:41 am


Theodora_Phoenix Says:

October 17th, 2017 at 9:23 am

I like Adela, Aziza, Fia, Mattea, Persia, Saskia, Uma, Zadie, and Zahara. 🙂

elifsu Says:

October 17th, 2017 at 10:46 am

I like Pallas and Keren from the list

Bobcat108 Says:

October 17th, 2017 at 10:55 am

I like Kateri, Persia, Seren, & Tamsin. Shira’s okay, but I prefer Shirin. Leonie’s okay, but I prefer the French spelling & pronunciation…although they’d never be used in the US (Léonie, Lay-own-ee).

LoveBugsMama Says:

October 18th, 2017 at 3:28 pm

I like Adela, Junia and Mattea. Such understated beauty!

paulapuddephatt Says:

October 18th, 2017 at 7:03 pm

Adela is lovely. I prefer it to Adele or Adeline, right now.

babygirlnames Says:

January 22nd, 2018 at 1:23 pm

very nice information thanks for sharing

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