Outlandish Girl Middles

To me, the middle spot is for going wild and using a name you otherwise couldn't up front. Here are some of my favourites for girls!
  1. Arwen
    • Origin:

      Literature, Sindarin
    • Meaning:

      "noble maiden"
    • Description:

      Arwen is well known as princess of the Elves in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. The author took inspiration from Welsh for many of his character names, and indeed Arwen and its masculine counterpart Arwyn do have a modest history of use as legitimate Welsh names, deriving from the -wyn suffix ("fair, blessed") plus an intensifying prefix.
  2. Azura
    • Brynja
      • Ceridwen
        • Origin:

          Welsh
        • Meaning:

          "beautiful as a poem"
        • Description:

          Celtic goddess of poetry, though less-than-poetic name.
      • Cerys
        • Origin:

          Welsh
        • Meaning:

          "love"
        • Description:

          Common name in Wales that's all but unknown in the U.S. Certainly an attractive choice ripe for export. In the UK it sits at Number 330.
      • Corisande
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "chorus-singer"
        • Description:

          Corisande is a very unusual, haunting choice, with the aura of medieval romance--it is found in early Spanish romantic tales, arriving in the English-speaking world in the nineteenth century.
      • Delyth
        • Origin:

          Welsh
        • Meaning:

          "pretty and blessed"
        • Description:

          If you like soft, lispy Welsh names like Gwyneth, consider this out-of-the-ordinary one.
      • Elestren
        • Origin:

          Cornish
        • Meaning:

          "Iris"
        • Description:

          Less known than other Cornish beauties like Demelza, Elowen and Kerensa, Elestren is a pretty Cornish botanical name ripe for wider usage.
      • Elowen
        • Origin:

          Cornish
        • Meaning:

          "elm"
        • Description:

          A beautiful modern Cornish nature name that is rapidly picking up steam in the States: even spawning variant spellings like Elowyn and Elowynn. In its native region, it wasn't widely used as a name before the twentieth century, when the Cornish language was revived. A (currently) unique member of the fashionble El- family of names, it has a pleasant, evocative sound.
      • Embla
        • Origin:

          Norse
        • Meaning:

          "elm"
        • Description:

          In Norse mythology, Embla is the equivalent of the Bible's Eve. With a lovely nature meaning, Embla is one of the most popular girl names in Iceland.
      • Endellion
        • 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.
      • Erinna
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "spring or hero"
        • Description:

          Erinna was an ancient poetess from the island of Telos near Rhodes. Only fragments of her poems remain, which were reproduced in Bergk's Poetae Lyrici Graeci (published in 1900).
      • Etain
        • Origin:

          Irish
        • Meaning:

          "jealousy"
        • Description:

          The Etain (or more properly Étaín) of Irish mythology was a beautiful fairy turned into a fly (or in some versions, a butterfly), by a jealous queen. The insect Étaín fell into a glass of milk and was swallowed by yet another queen, then reborn as a beautiful maiden. Its pronunciation is similar to the number eighteen.
      • Ferelith
        • Origin:

          Scottish
        • Meaning:

          "true sovereignty"
        • Description:

          Ferelith is an unusual yet deeply-rooted Scottish girl's name, also found in ancient Ireland and drawn from the Gaelic Forbhlaith or Forbflaith. While it went through a period of dormancy after the Middle Ages, there are some modern women named Ferelith, including actress Ferelith Young and Princess of Denmark Anne Ferelith Fenella Bowes-Lyon.
      • Fionnuala
        • Origin:

          Irish Gaelic
        • Meaning:

          "white shoulders"
        • Description:

          This lovely Gaelic name, very popular in the Emerald Isle, has inspired a whole host of diminutives (including Nuala and Nola) and variant spellings, from Finola to Finula to the Scottish and English Fenella. In Irish legend Fionnuala was one of the four children of Lir who were transformed into swans for 900 years.
      • Guinevere
        • Origin:

          Welsh
        • Meaning:

          "white shadow, white wave"
        • Description:

          Guinevere was the name of the beautiful but ill-fated queen of Camelot, for so many years eclipsed by its modern Cornish form Jennifer. Today, Guinevere could be a cool possibility for adventurous parents intrigued by this richly evocative and romantic choice.
      • Illyria
        • Origin:

          Greek place-name and feminine variation of Illyrius
        • Description:

          Illyria can trace all its varied associations to the name of an ancient place in the western part of the Balkan peninsula, also called Illyricum. Its inhabitants, conquered by the Romans in 168 BC, were called the Illyrians. Its mythological ancestor was Illyrius, a demigod and son of King Cadmus and the goddess Harmonia.
      • Kerensa
        • Origin:

          Cornish
        • Meaning:

          "love"
        • Description:

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

          Irish
        • Meaning:

          "grey lady"
        • Description:

          An old Irish saint’s name and the name of a lovelorn poetess in Irish folk legend. Liadain is another variation.
      • Lillemor
        • Origin:

          Scandinavia
        • Meaning:

          "little mother"
        • Description:

          Lillemor is a relatively recent coinage in Scandinavia, where it was most popular in the 1930s and '40s, especially in Sweden. As such, it is considered rather dated in Scandinavia, but it would certainly make a fresh choice for lovers of "Lily" names abroad — although the "Lil" in this case actually comes from lille "little".