Category: unusual names for girls

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Every TV season brings its own few unique character names, some that make interesting baby name possibilities, some that are just weird curiosities. Lately we’ve had the Game of Thrones crew, and from the futuristic The Handmaid’s Tale, Offred, Ofglen, Ofsamuel and Oferic stepped from the pages of Margaret Atwood’s novel onto the small screen.

With 450+ original series in production in 2017, (and, it seems, almost as many network, cable and streaming platforms), each show with a full cast of new characters, it’s almost impossible to keep up. But here are some of the quirkiest girl names we found.

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Unique Nature Names for Girls

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by Pamela Redmond

If you love nature names for girls, you have a world of choices beyond the obvious River and Rose.

The choices here live below the US Top 1000 baby names, yet are not so far out on the limb — like Apple, literally — that people will be shocked.

We looked for girls’ names that referenced plants and animals, the ocean and the sky. We also included names of places known for their beautiful natural features and times of year rich with natural qualities.

Some of these names, such as Clover and Ocean, announce their connection to nature in plain terms. Others, such as Acacia and Sedona, are more subtle.

All are worth consideration if you love unusual nature names.

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Sophisticated Names for Girls

By Abby Sandel

Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe on the arrival of their daughter, Iris Mary.

The Oscar-winning actor and his public relations executive wife chose a sophisticated, nickname-proof name for their first child. Iris has so many qualities expectant parents seek. It’s literary and glamorous, but not too much for a young child to wear. It’s nearly impossible to shorten Iris. And ecovintage Iris feels modern, but has history to spare, from the ancient world right through today.

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Very feminine names that were unusual and exotic a generation or two ago have risen to the top of the US popularity lists: I’m looking at you, Isabella, Sophia, Olivia.

So what’s the parent to do who loves this kind of elaborate girls’ name but wants something a lot more rare?

Some of the best choices in this style don’t even make it onto the extended list of American baby names: All the names starred below were given to fewer than five baby girls in the US in the last year counted.  And the others were used for only a handful of babies.

Is Cassiopeia or Petronilla too much name for a baby girl (or even a grown-up woman, for that matter)? Maybe, but you can always call her Cassie or Nilla and trust she’ll grow into her august appellation, at least by the time she’s 40.

And if you like super-feminine names for girls, why stick with the safe Gabriellas and Valentinas when there are all these exotic beauties out there?

Thirty rare, feminine names you might consider for your little girl are:

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Amazing Names Below the Top 1000

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By Pamela Redmond Satran

The hallowed Top 1000 baby names in the US end with Kai, given to 262 baby girls last year, and Rylen, used for 205 little boys.

But what about the baby names right below the Top 1000, hiding just out of sight but prime for plucking by the clever baby namer?

We chose 25 names for girls and 25 names for boys we found swimming just beneath the surface of the Top 1000.  These baby names strike the perfect balance between unusual and familiar.

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