Rare and Beautiful Girl's names

All these names are ranked below 500. However, they deserve so much better! Ranks are shown next to the names. A girl born today with one of these uncommon girl names is most likely going to be the only Astrid, Mae or Evianna in her class, but most will be able to recognize and pronounce the unusual name.
  1. AdelaideHeart
    • Origin:

      Variant of Adelheidis, German
    • Meaning:

      "noble, nobility"
    • Description:

      Adelaide is now heading straight uphill on the coattails of such newly popular sisters as Ava, Ada, and Audrey, and in the company of Adeline and Amelia. It was chosen by actress Katherine Heigl for the name of her second daughter.
  2. AdelynHeart
    • Origin:

      Variation of Adeline
    • Meaning:

      "noble, nobility"
    • Description:

      Adeline in all its forms, including Adelyn, is rocketing up the list, but we do prefer the original to the variations. Or you might consider varying it yet further to Adelia, Adele, or Adelaide. Or lengthen it to Madeline/Madelyn.
  3. AlaniHeart
    • Origin:

      Hawaiian
    • Meaning:

      "orange tree"
    • Description:

      One of those names you may not even be aware of if you haven't been paying attention to recent naming trends, Alani was given to more than 700 baby girls in the US in one recent year, to be the second most popular feminization of Alan after Alana. It's certainly the most modern-sounding female version of Alan.
  4. AmiyaHeart
    • Description:

      A possible variation of Amia and Amaya. It has charted in the U.S. Top 1000 for most of the 21st century.
  5. AnnalieseHeart
    • Origin:

      German, combination of Anna and Liese
    • Meaning:

      "grace and pledged to God"
    • Description:

      Annaliese is a distinctly German smoosh name that's found some popularity in the US, especially with the simpler spelling Annalise.
  6. AnnaliseHeart
    • Origin:

      German, combination of Anna and Lise
    • Meaning:

      "grace and pledged to God"
    • Description:

      Variously spelled Annalise and Annaliese as well as several other forms, this is not a modern smoosh but a traditional German combo-name with a definite Heidi-esque feel.
  7. ArabellaHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "yielding to prayer"
    • Description:

      Arabella, lovely and elegant, has long been well used in Britain and finally made it onto the American list in 2005. Its meaning may also be interpreted as "beautiful," thanks to -bella.
  8. AriellaHeart
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Ariel
    • Meaning:

      "lion of God"
    • Description:

      This variation of Ariel, with the extra-feminine suffix, has been on the rise in recent years and has now surpassed the original. The similarity to the name of the Little Mermaid gives Ariella a princessy flair. Ariella entered the charts in 2008, and has now risen into the Top 200. The cute nickname Ari is on trend as seen with the popularity of Ariana and Arianna, as are any girl names ending in "-ella", making Ariella a natural hit. Arabella is another name with the best of both of these trends.
  9. ArwenHeart
    • 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.
  10. AstridHeart
    • Origin:

      Scandinavian
    • Meaning:

      "divinely beautiful"
    • Description:

      Astrid is derived from the name Ástríðr, which is made up of the Old Norse elements that mean "god" and "beautiful." Astrid has been a Scandinavian royal name since the tenth century, and many people associated it with the Swedish author of the Pippi Longstocking stories, Astrid Lindgren. Related names include Asta, a diminutive used throughout Scandinavia, and Astride, the French form. Despite their similarities, Astrid is unrelated to Astra, a Latin name meaning "of the stars."
  11. AyanaHeart
    • Origin:

      Arabic or African
    • Meaning:

      "large eyes, or time, or beautiful flower"
    • Description:

      With diverse roots and meanings, Ayana is a cross-cultural possibility. Both Ayana and Ayanna enjoyed a spike of popularity in the 1990s, but have faded since then.
  12. AylinHeart
    • Origin:

      Turkish
    • Meaning:

      "of the moon"
    • Description:

      This Turkish name has some of today's most popular sounds, especially the -lin ending. However, it has a bit of traditional origin to set it apart from just being another trendy invention.
  13. AnaiahHeart
    • BeatriceHeart
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "she who brings happiness; blessed"
      • Description:

        Beatrice is back. Stored in the attic for almost a century, the lovely Beatrice with its long literary (Shakespeare, Dante) and royal history is being looked at with fresh eyes by parents seeking a classic name with character and lots of upbeat nicknames, like Bea and Bee.
    • BreaHeart
      • Origin:

        Spelling variation of Bria or short form of Breana
      • Description:

        Brea is another spin on the increasingly-popular Bria, another entry in the stylish Mia-Leah-Gia sisterhood. While Bria is on the charts with an arrow toward the top, Brea is used more quietly, maybe because the spelling makes the pronunciation less clear. Is it bree-a or bray (answer: bree-a).
    • BriellaHeart
      • Origin:

        Short form of Gabriella
      • Meaning:

        "God is my strength"
      • Description:

        If you feel, as many parents do, that Gabby or Gabi is too harsh a short form for the mellifluous name Gabriella, try Brie, Brielle, or Briella.
    • BrinleyHeart
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "burnt meadow"
      • Description:

        Brinley was a surprise entrant to the girls’ names list in 2009, coming in at Number 778; it has since risen to Number 337. We've also seen it spelled Brinlee, Brinlea and Brinleigh.
    • ChiaraHeart
      • Origin:

        Italian
      • Meaning:

        "light, clear"
      • Description:

        Chiara is a lovely and romantic Italian name that's familiar but not widely used here: a real winner. You might consider Chiara instead of Claire, Clara, Cara, or even Keira.
    • ElsieHeart
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Elizabeth via its Scottish variation, Elspeth
      • Meaning:

        "pledged to God"
      • Description:

        Elsie is a sweet vintage nickname-name turned modern star. After a 30-year hiatus, Elsie started climbing the US popularity list 20 years ago and is still headed for the top.
    • EverHeart
      • Origin:

        Word name
      • Description:

        Ever is a name we first heard via the now grown-up Ever Carradine, daughter of Robert. It's a truly unusual and simple name with an evocative meaning. Milla Jovovich and Paul Anderson chose it for their daughter.