Best Unusual Girl Names: Twyla, Thora, and Lake

By Abby Sandel

If you’re expecting a daughter soon, the new most popular baby names stats for the US might be getting a lot of your attention lately.

Every year, it seems like more rarities are discovered. Calliope, Mavis, and Poppy joined the US Top 1,000. Once uncommon choices like Ophelia, Thea, and Wren all climbed more than 100 places in the rankings. Plenty of reliable traditional names, from Charlotte to Margaret, also gained in use.

Does that mean they’re unwearable? Not at all! But for parents seeking something truly unexpected, finding a great name will take some digging. We’ve got the rarest of the rare names here. But plenty of choices are slightly more familiar, while still remaining uncommon.

If you’re determined to find a name shared by only a handful of children, this list of 50 unusual girl names is a great starting point.

Every one of these names was given to fewer than 100 – and often, many less – girls born in the US last year. It took 263 births for a name to make the Top 1,000 in 2016. These names don’t even rank in the Top 2,000.

Best Unusual Girl Names: Unexpected Imports

Abra, 12

Adira, 69

Elspeth, 18

Gioia, 25

Liesel, 51

Olga, 46

Zosia, 19

Best Unusual Girl Names: Word & Nature Names

Alaska, 51

Amaryllis, 47

Azure, 26

Cassia, 62

Gala, 55

Harbor, 67

Lake, 43

Maris, 60

Prairie, 16

Primrose, 59

Story, 68

Twyla, 27

Vesper, 55

Best Unusual Girl Names: Vintage Gems

Cecile, 24

Clarice, 43

Dinah, 54

Emmylou, 73

Marguerite, 76

Tilda, 13

Verity, 72

Best Unusual Girl Names: Tailored Types

Adair, 20

Camber, 25

Delphine, 45

Linden, 65

Linley, 74

Monet, 45

Best Unusual Girl Names: Short and Sweet

Coco, 60

Josette, 57

Joss, 17

Io, 16

Leda, 24

Lilou, 41

Nell, 69

Polly, 51

Posey, 36

Rue, 35

Thora, 21

Vail, 47

Best Unusual Girl Names: Elaborate Options

Amorette, 17

Arietta, 21

Cosima, 35

Elizabella, 42

Emmanuelle, 52

Evolet, 75

Isabeau, 19

Isolde, 19

Keturah, 48

Mirabel, 54

Nicola, 21

Novella, 39

Saskia, 27

Talitha, 43

Vivica, 16

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paulapuddephatt Says:

May 29th, 2017 at 12:34 am

Primrose, Delphine and Isolde are beautiful. Amabel and Rhiannon are also rare, and wonderful, and could be added.

Kara Says:

May 29th, 2017 at 2:07 am

I always thought Cosima and Saskia would be great sisters, and they’re both on the list. I even adore Coco as a nn for Cosima and it’s there too! I’ve also been loving Polly lately. Great list!

nuttymussel Says:

May 29th, 2017 at 8:06 am

I love Elspeth, and Liesel is nice but I prefer the Liesl spelling for some reason. Cassia and Story are cute, and Harbor seems like a more out-there version of Harper. I really like Marguerite, Tilda and Verity. Adair is nice. Joss, Lilou, Nell, Posey and Rue are all sweet, but I prefer them as nicknames. Arietta, Emmanuelle, Isolde, Mirabel and Saskia are all gorgeous.

caetano Says:

May 29th, 2017 at 8:12 am

I like the name Lake much better on a boy, plus the sound is quite masculine to me.
I also prefer the spelling Twila. The y spelling looks made up

lee_augusta Says:

May 29th, 2017 at 9:49 am

I know a Gioia and an Adira!

From this list, I love Cassia, Vesper, Adair, Delphine, Linden, Io, Leda, Polly, Arietta, Cosima, Isabeau, Isolde, Mirabel, and Saskia.

mill1020 Says:

May 29th, 2017 at 6:06 pm

Josette is kinda cool.

A friend of a friend named her daughter Io.

jtucker Says:

May 29th, 2017 at 9:41 pm

I love Isolde and Thora. They are just so lovely.

Chloe14 Says:

May 31st, 2017 at 8:37 am

I love Cassia, Lake and Thora! I think they are so beautiful!

Kate4hisglory Says:

June 2nd, 2017 at 1:48 am

I love Olga! I cannot understand why it isn’t more popular! It’s considered beautiful everywhere but the U.S! Think about how many models are named Olga!

I also love Dinah, it’s beautiful!

I would love to meet an Amy, and find out that her name is really Amaryllis!

Essa Says:

June 10th, 2017 at 4:40 pm

So many of these names are on my list, I love Elspeth, Gioia, Coco (although maybe more as a nickname), Polly, Thora (nickname for Theadora anyone? Erm… yes please!) and Cosima.

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