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Best One-of-a-Kind Names for Girls

Unique names that nobody (yes, really!) is using for baby girls in the US include the following, all ranking below the five-baby cutoff necessary to make the Social Security extended list in 2019.

Among the coolest one-of-a-kind girl names are vintage gems such as Leocadia, Ottoline, Effia, and Zephyrine. Other totally unique girl names include hot international choices Madelief, Lowri, and Petronilla, and nature names Freesia, Quarry, and Plum.

Among these truly unique girl names are many classic choices as well as new and unusual name ideas. If you want a truly unique name for your baby girl, any of these are excellent suggestions.

One-of-a-Kind Girl Names
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IantheHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "purple flower"
  • Description:

    Like Violet, Lavender and Lilac, Ianthe is a purple flower name. Chosen by the poet Shelley for his daughter, Ianthe has a poetic, romantic, almost ethereal quality. In the ancient myth, she was the daughter of Oceanus, supreme ruler of the sea, and also a Cretan woman so beautiful that when she died the Gods made purple flowers grow around her grave.

ZephyrineHeart

  • Origin:

    Feminine variation of Zephyr, Greek
  • Meaning:

    "west wind"
  • Description:

    Zephyr may not be a name often heard in the U.S., but its variations are used throughout Europe. Zephyrine, a cousin in sound and feel if not in fact to such lovely names as Severine and Seraphina, has distinctive possibilities.

AcanthaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "thorn, prickle"
  • Description:

    Acantha is one of the unique baby names in the stylish mythological category that also might count as a flower name. In Greek mythology, Acantha was a nymph beloved by Apollo. An unusual and attractive choice that could make a creative way to honor a grandma Rose.

MorwennaHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "waves of the sea"
  • Description:

    Morwenna is an ancient Cornish name now being revived in Wales. It's been heard in the British series Doc Martin and Poldark.

CereliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "relating to springtime"
  • Description:

    Cerelia is a melodic and unusual choice, perfect for a child born in April or May. Another version is Cerella.
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NepheleHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "cloudy"
  • Description:

    An enchanting ancient Greek name belonging to the Greek goddess who was created from a cloud by Zeus and so became goddess of the clouds and mother of the centaurs. The name Nephele is not widely known but as among modern parents become used to Phoebe, Penelope, and Persephone, it may become one of the ancient Greek goddess names that's back in the mix.

BluebellHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name from English
  • Meaning:

    "blue bell"
  • Description:

    Bluebell is one flower name that is used very quietly. Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell joined her former Spice Sisters in creative baby-naming with this adventurous -- some might say outlandish -- choice. Distinctive and charming? Or better suited to a farmyard animal? Your call.

AphraHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew, variation of Aphrah
  • Meaning:

    "dust"
  • Description:

    Aphra would make an interesting choice-- especially since it's the name of the first professional female writer in English, the seventeenth century's Aphra Behn. Born in 1640, she was a prolific dramatist of the English Restoration.

PlumHeart

  • Origin:

    Fruit name
  • Description:

    British-born novelist Plum Sykes has taken this rich, fruity name out of the produce section and put it into the baby name basket. It's more appealing than Apple, more presentable than Peaches. The French equivalent, Prune, is very fashionable there but would not fly with English speakers.

ThalassaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "the sea"
  • Description:

    A pretty, rarely used Greek name, Thalassa is the ancient personification of the sea, particularly the Mediterranean, who is sometimes considered the mother of Aphrodite. In 1991, a newly discovered moon of Neptune was dubbed Thalassa.
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OttolineHeart

  • Origin:

    French and English, diminutive of Ottolie
  • Meaning:

    "prospers in battle"
  • Description:

    Curiously appealing, in a hoop-skirted, wasp-waisted way, Ottoline has recently entered the realm of modern possibility, especially since Sienna Miller chose it as the middle name of her daughter Marlowe.

ElunedHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "idol, image"
  • Description:

    Exotic and mysterious, Eluned's beauty and intelligence were legendary in Welsh legend; she was the handmaiden of the Lady of the Fountain in a Welsh Arthurian romance, who had a magic ring that made the wearer invisible. Pronunciation is usually similar in emphasis to Eleanor, but with ned instead of nor at the end. However, it's sometimes also pronounced el-LIN-ed or even shortened to Luned, the sounce of Lynette, in Tennyson's Gareth and Lynette.

DecimaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "tenth"
  • Description:

    In the days of huge families, this name of the Roman goddess of prophecy and childbirth, and one of the Fates, would be saved for bambina number ten. Now it might be used for a girl born in October, the tenth month.

AmandineHeart

  • Origin:

    French, diminutive of Amanda
  • Meaning:

    "much-loved"
  • Description:

    This fragrant, almond-scented name has hardly been heard in this country, which is a pity--we've loved it since John Malkovich used it for his now grown daughter.

PerditaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "lost"
  • Description:

    A Shakespearean invention for an abandoned baby in The Winter's Tale, Perdita's sense of loss has always been off-putting to parents. But her image was somewhat resuscitated by its association with the appealing canine character in Disney's One Hundred and One Dalmations.
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DiabloHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "devil"
  • Description:

    Diablo Cody, self-named (she's really Brook Busey) screenwriter of Juno, singlehandedly helped popularize not just her heroine's name and her own but all o-ending names for girls. You don't need us to tell you that it takes a brave parent, in every way, to name a baby Diablo. Diablo is one of the Spanish baby names that diverges furthest from the well-paved camino.

OlwenHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "white footprint"
  • Description:

    Olwen is a Welsh favorite, the name of a legendary princess in what is believed to have been the earliest Arthurian romance, and in fact one of the first recorded examples of Welsh prose.

ParvatiHeart

  • Origin:

    Sanskrit
  • Meaning:

    "the daughter of the mountain"
  • Description:

    This Hindu goddess name is very popular in India. The goddess of love, fertility and devotion, representing female force, Parvati is the wife of Shiva and the mother of Ganesh. There is a Harry Potter character named Parvati Patil, a twin sister of Padma..

SidonieHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "from Sidon "
  • Description:

    Sidonie is an appealing and chic French favorite that is starting to attract some American fans as a fresher alternative to Sydney. Also spelled Sidony, Sidonie was the birth name of the French novelist Colette.

    In the old form Sindony, it was a common name in Tudor period England, the 'n' being dropped in the seventeenth century, leading to Sidony, Sidonie and Sidney.

RhonwenHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "slender, fair"
  • Description:

    The delicate and haunting Welsh Rhonwen is still a rarity in the U.S., where her English version Rowena is better known, but would be a lovely choice for any parent in search of a name that was both unusual and traditional, classically feminine yet strong.
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LeocadiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "splendid brightness"
  • Description:

    Leocadia marries a mix of sounds: the strength of a lion, with a rhythmic Latin ending.

MelisandeHeart

  • Origin:

    French form of Millicent, German
  • Meaning:

    "strong in work"
  • Description:

    This old-time fairy tale name is rarely heard in the modern English-speaking world, but it's so, well, mellifluous, that it would make a lovely choice for a twenty-first century girl--a romanticized tribute to an Aunt Melissa or Melanie.

CiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Cynthia
  • Description:

    What's Cia short for? Cynthia or most any other C-name. Stylish in its sleek Mia-Nia minimalist feel, but may remind some of the Central Intelligence Agency.

AtalantaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek mythology name
  • Description:

    Atalanta was a beautiful mythological maiden who refused to marry any man who couldn't beat her in a footrace -- quite a role model. This myth is found in Ovid's Metamorphoses and later in Swinburne's Atalantis in Calydon.

PomonaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "apple"
  • Description:

    This name of the Roman goddess of fruit trees is also associated with a suburban town in Southern California.
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KerensaHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish
  • Meaning:

    "love"
  • Description:

    Kerensa, forever exotic, is a romantic Cornish name spelled with an 's' or 'z', the most modern of the Karen family. Kerensa (or Kerenza) has ties to the Welsh Cerys.

DaffodilHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name, from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "asphodel"
  • Description:

    Yes, though it seems so extreme, girls were actually sometimes given this name a century ago; now it is so uncommon it would make a strong springtime statement. Biggest obstacle: the nickname Daffy.

EndellionHeart

  • Origin:

    Cornish place and saint's name
  • Description:

    Endellion is the name of an early saint who was a daughter of King Brychan and goddaughter of King Arthur whose life is commemorated by the Cornish village of St. Endellion. This intriguing ancient name was brought into modern usage by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who used it as one of the middle names for his fourth child, a baby girl.

ElettraHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Latin Electra
  • Meaning:

    "shining, bright"
  • Description:

    Less electric and melodratic, more serene, than ELECTRA

SignyHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian
  • Meaning:

    "new victory"
  • Description:

    Signy — also spelled Signe — would make another distinctively offbeat alternative to Sydney. Signy appears in Norse mythology as the twin sister of Sigmund.
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KalindiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi, variation of Kalinda
  • Meaning:

    "sun"
  • Description:

    Kalindi is a lovely, rhythmic name refers to one of the seven sacred rivers of India.

PomelineHeart

  • Origin:

    French, related to "apple"
  • Meaning:

    "apple"
  • Description:

    A rarely heard--even in France--name, most prominent as the third name of Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and granddaughter of Grace Kelly.

FuchsiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Plant and color name
  • Description:

    A plausible color name, it was chosen by the singer Sting as a middle name for his daughter, after a character in the Gormenghast fantasy trilogy, of which he's a big fan.

InduHeart

  • Origin:

    Hindi
  • Meaning:

    "moon"
  • Description:

    Indu is truly unusual, but shares sounds with more popular choices like India and Indigo. Other moon names to consider: Luna, Serena, Io.

FreesiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name, from German surname
  • Meaning:

    "Freese's flower"
  • Description:

    A really exotic, free-feeling flower name for the parent who wants to move far, far beyond Rose and Daisy. Named for German physician Friedrich Freese.
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CapucineHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "cowled monk"
  • Description:

    Capucine was a chic French actress half a century ago and has been one of the most fashionable girl names in France in recent decades, although it is on the decline there now.

JocastaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek, meaning unknown
  • Description:

    Jocasta is a mythological name fashionably used in England, but mostly ignored here. She was the mother of Oedipus, King of Thebes, whom he (oops) unwittingly married. If you can ignore that small error in judgment, you'll find an interesting and attractive J name that's neither overused nor terminally dated.

MalouHeart

  • Origin:

    Combination of Mary and Lou
  • Meaning:

    "bitter; renowned warrior"
  • Description:

    This charming name, popular in France and the Netherlands, has not traveled to the U.S. yet but would make a modern way to honor grandma Mary or Louise, or as a perfect short form of Mary Louise. Or, with the growing fashion for nickname names, it can stand perfect well on its own. One of several similar variations — Lou, Lilou, Louane — in vogue in Europe.

AthalieHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew and French
  • Meaning:

    "God is praised"
  • Description:

    An interesting cousin of Natalie (the 'h' is silent) found in the Louisiana Cajun community, Athalie is the name of a tragedy by classic French playwright Racine.

LowriHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh, from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "laurel"
  • Description:

    This unusual and appealing form of Laura is popular in sections of Wales.
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JonquilHeart

  • Origin:

    English flower name, from Latin
  • Meaning:

    "reed"
  • Description:

    Jonquil is an unusual flower name that is less outlandish than Daffodil and less common than Daisy. It just might appeal to parents seeking a singular botanical option.

    Unlike most flower names, Jonquil wasn't introduced until the 1940s, and saw some usage in the U.K. during the forties and fifties.

MadrigalHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "song for unaccompanied voices"
  • Description:

    Madrigal might be a pretty and highly distinctive choice for a child of a musical family--or for the parent looking for a less conventional path to the nickname Maddie than Madeline or Madison . Definitely more striking than Cadence or even the increasingly popular Aria.

CalicoHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Description:

    A word name with fashionable o-ending that has associations with both the homespun fabric and the mottled cat. Alice Cooper named his daughter Calico decades ago.

FiferHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish occupational name
  • Meaning:

    "piper"
  • Description:

    Fifer is a musical name that fits in seamlessly with the likes of Harper and Piper, but is much more unusual. It's also a Scottish demonym, referring to an inhabitant of the historic Scottish county of Fife.

UmekoHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "plum-blossom child, patient"
  • Description:

    Unfamiliar Asian choice that can work for a parent in search of something really different.
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CelieHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Cecilia
  • Meaning:

    "blind"
  • Description:

    Attractive, underused name made famous by the heroine of The Color Purple. Still, if you're going to go to Celie, why not go all the way to Celia or Cecelia? You can always use Celie for short.

GraniaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, variation of Grainne (gran-ya)
  • Meaning:

    "grain of corn"
  • Description:

    In addition to being the appellation of an ancient grain goddess, this name was also borne by two mythic Irish figures, one of whom was betrothed to legendary chieftain Finn MacCool, the other the brave sixteenth century pirate Grainne Ni Mhaille— known in English as Grace O'Malley-- whose name passed into poetry as a symbol of Ireland. Grania is popular in Ireland and possible here, especially in this Anglicized spelling.

KirrilyHeart

  • Origin:

    Maori or Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "tree bark or leaf"
  • Description:

    Kirrily, which rhymes with cheerily, is a name that's uniquely popular in Australia. It originated in recent decades as an elaboration of several similar names -- the European Kyra or Keira, the Maori Kiri which means tree bark, or the Aboriginal word kira which means leaf -- plus the lee sound. Both Aboriginal actress Kirrily Nolan and Australian fashion designer Kirrily Johnston have helped popularize the name, which has spawned a countless number of spelling variations. Kirrily is one of the unique baby names to watch.

LottaHeart

  • Origin:

    Short form of Charlotta or Carlotta
  • Description:

    This nickname-name is very popular in Germany, though Lottie is still the preferred version in the US. The problem, of course, is that you'll have to put up with a lotta jokes. See?

UndineHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "little wave"
  • Description:

    Mythological water spirit with the more common spelling of Ondine, heroine of an Edith Wharton novel.
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