Don’t want your baby to be the third Emma, Sophia, or Olivia in her class? You’re not alone: I made sure I picked names that weren’t anywhere near the top 10 for each of my daughters. The hunt for the perfect baby name may just be over for you. Check out the A to Z guide to the best unique girls’ names around.
This sweet French name means grace, and is associated with novelist Anais Nin, along with the popular perfume.
A feminisation of Brian, Brienne has drawn attention thanks to the heroic female knight from “Game of Thrones,” Brienne of Tarth.
Faith and Hope may have been the virtue names du jour for a while now, but consider this appealing and less commonly used pick instead.
This pretty French name means dolphin; and it makes a lovely alternative to popular names like Angelina and Evangeline.
This gem of a name means emerald in Spanish, and was picked by Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes.
This Norse goddess name means noblewoman; and it has been a fresh choice for new parents.
The US southern state makes a charming baby name for a daughter.
Harry Potter’s BFF has a charming old-school name that means messenger.
This longtime British favourite makes an exotic place name choice for parents across the pond.
This Biblical baby name was the name of a strong-willed Old Testament queen — and one of Bette Davis’ legendary film roles.
This exotic place name can be considered unisex, but it’s more popular for girls.
Lorelei sounds like a Hawaiian baby name, but Lorelei is actually a German name that means alluring.
The fragrant bloom makes a unique name choice — and a fun way to get to the Maggie nickname.
This pretty Greek name means “from the sea.”
The name of Hamlet’s tragic paramour was picked by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl for his daughter.
This lovely Spanish name name means dove; its most famous bearer is the daughter of artist Pablo Picasso.
An apple-like fruit, quince is often used in pie, and it makes a sweet and unique girls’ name.
Replace the more common Emily with this unique choice, which means “man from Rome.”
Wintry precipitation also makes a cool nature-themed baby name.
This variation on Teresa shares its meaning: to reap.
Ursula is one of the major constellations in the sky, and means “bear.”
Though it means violet, viola is actually a beautiful orchestral string instrument and the name of the heroine in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Actress Winona Ryder may be its claim to fame, but this melodic Sioux name could be a beautiful and unexpected choice for a 21st century girl.
“X” has become a hot initial, and Xiomara, an Aramaic word that means joyful, is one way to give your kid that X factor.
This exotic Arabic name has a lovely meaning: butterfly.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife and fellow writer has this name, as does a princess in an old-school Nintendo game.
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