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Girl Names Uncommon in the US

There are thousands upon thousands of girl names uncommon in the US that are well-liked and widely-used in other countries around the world. Restricting our search to the Top 100 of European countries, one the theory that almost every name from Asian and African cultures will be rare in the US, these are the girl names uncommon in the United States but heard on every street corner from Manchester to Minsk.

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  • Ainara

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    Ainara is among the Top 100 girls' names in Spain but used for fewer than 100 baby girls last year in the US. A distinctive nature name and member... Read More 

  • Ainhoa

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    Name of the French town where a vision of the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared, this name, virtually unknown elsewhere, is in the Spanish Top 100.Read More 

  • Alva

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    While the male Alva or Alvah relates directly to the minor Biblical character, the female version is more likely an anglicized form of Ailbhe. Best known as Thomas Edison's middle name, from the... Read More 

  • Amandine

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    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.

    A French diminutive of... Read More 

  • Amelie

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    This favorite among French girl names has been gaining notice here thanks to the charming 2001 French film... Read More 

  • Anaise

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    Anais, the name forever attached to the daring French-born American novelist and diarist Anais Nin, is unusual and exotic enough without appending an e, though some may think it clarifies... Read More 

  • Anouk

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    Anouk, made famous by French actress Anouk Aimée, is a singular name with a lovely sound. Anouk Aimée was born as Francoise, but adopted the first name of the character she played in her debut... Read More 

  • Aoife

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    Aoife, pronounced EE-fa, is very popular in Ireland, as it is here in the easier-to-comprehend Anglo forms Ava or Eva.

    Aoife was borne by several different heroines of ancient Irish... Read More 

  • Apolline

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    Apolline is a luscious French name chic in Paris and ripe for the plucking in the English-speaking world. Derived from the mythological name Apollo, the name may mean strength; Apollo was the god... Read More 

  • Assia

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    Assia is a Muslim name, best known in the Western world via tragic poet Assia Wevill, who was married to British poet Ted Hughes after Sylvia Plath and also committed suicide.Read More 

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