Category: Unusual Baby Names

40 Sleek, Modern, Rare Names for Girls

modern baby girl names

By Pamela Redmond

Nameberry loves vintage baby names, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love modern baby names too, names that are simple and sleek yet rare and distinctive.

These lovely creatures are standouts among the kree8tiv spellings and strange inventions that also rank among contemporary names.

Some of the girls’ names here do have deep history — Echo, Gaia, and Ione all have mythological roots, for instance —  but others are newly-minted. Think of them as classics of the future.

If you’re looking for a name for your baby girl that’s short, sweet, and unique, consider these excellent choices, all so unusual they’re below the US Top 1000 Baby Names.

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30 Great Names You’re Not Using!

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Let’s say your name is Jen or Mike and you grew up not so happily sharing your name with all the countless other Jennifers and Michaels in your world. So why would it be surprising for you to want to save your child from sharing a similar fate– maybe going so far as to avoid any name that appears in the Top 1000, even if it’s at Number 990.

Well, then this is the blog for you. I’ve found a surprising number of great names that were given to only ten (10!) babies across the whole of United States in 2016, so the chances of yours having to share one of these is infinitesimal.

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By Carrie Steingruber

Spending a day on the water is an ideal way to escape the heat — or find new name inspiration. Even landlubbers can appreciate the swashbuckling rhythm and symbolic meanings of baby names inspired by boats and sailing. Most of these nautical names are outside the U.S. top 1,000 but don’t feel out of place with today’s trends:

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Unusual Vintage Names for Girls

unusual vintage names for girls

by Pamela Redmond

We’ve been digging around in the baby name lists from the 1880s (around here, that’s called fun) and we’ve come up with dozens of rare and surprising names for girls.

These vintage names for girls go way beyond traditional choices like Mary and Jane that we think of as 19th century names. Many of these names are all-but-unknown today, while others are familiar yet unusual.

If you are looking for an unusual name for your baby girl that feels new and deeply-rooted at the same time, consider the names here.

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

I was recently reading an article about Noomi Rapace, the Swedish actress who starred in the original version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, then went on to play the lead in Prometheus, with a full slate of other English language leading roles on her upcoming agenda (as Amy Winehouse? Maria Callas?). And of course, being one of the berries-in-chief, I was naturally drawn to her name, the charming Swedish version of Naomi.

Which naturally led me to search for other wonderful Swedish names that are either underused or completely unheard of in this country. Here is a long list of some of the best; I’ve indicated those that are in Sweden’s Top 100—where Alice and Lucas reign in top place—and those that have made it onto the US Top 1000. Also note that some of these names are found in other Scandinavian countries as well.

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