Everyone is in search of the perfect baby name when they are expecting. If you’re on the lookout for a girl’s name, you might find your winner on this list. You’ve surely heard all of these words before, but perhaps not as names. Who knew such cool and unique names could be inspired by everyday words?
Note: All ranking information can be attributed to the US Social Security Administration website.
This pretty girl’s name ranked #385 in 2015. It originated from the “Isle of Skye” off the west coast of Scotland.Skye was #368 the year prior so it’s moved up 17 spots. A less popular spelling variation is Sky but parents may find this too familiar. Somehow the “e” really transforms the name.
Another version of this name is Skyla. If you chose this name, your little girl would join the ranks of many other girls with popular names ending in “a”.
We think Skye is a winning name. It’s pretty and simple and would pair well with a lot of middle names. You also wouldn’t have to worry too much about your baby girl sharing her name with any classmates. She’d be unique in that right. We imagine Skye to develop into a real little adventurer with big dreams.
We couldn’t find many famous gals named Skye. Clearly the name hasn’t caught on with the masses and we’re ok with that.
Inspired by the olive tree, this baby girl name is undeniably cute. If you are looking for a unique baby girl name, Olive could be it. It has climbed from #990 in 2007 to #264 in 2015. Prior to 2007, it was nowhere to be found in the top 1000 rankings for baby girl names. While it has gained popularity, it still has ways to go to hit the top 100.
This name is so close to the popular name Olivia, which steals the #2 girl’s spot overall. It’s interesting that a few letters can really alter a name. Its very similar-sounding male counterpart is “Oliver”.
One of the most famous, but fictional, “Olives” may be the Popeye character Olive Oyl created way back in 1919. This Olive is so far in the past that it’s unlikely your little one would ever encounter the character unless you tell her about the cartoon.
Although Taylor could be used for a boy or girl, it is more popular as a girl’s name--It ranked in at spot #462 as a boy’s name. As a girl’s name, it has actually lost popularity since the year 2000 when made it into the top ten most popular girls’ names, stealing spot #10.ranking #76 in 2015.
It came about as an English surname for--you guessed it--someone who made clothing. We think Taylor will develop into a real little leader, paving the way for her younger siblings.If you are a fan of gender-neutral names, Taylor is a great pick.
When you consider famous people named Taylor, a number of males and females come up. If we focus on the women only, of course Taylor Swift is among the most famous celebs with this name. Taylor Schilling is another famous Taylor, lead character in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
This baby girl name is on the up and up! It rose from #509 in 2000 to #68 in 2015. In fact it climbed all the way from spot #509 in the year 2000. It is even more popular in Canada where it takes spot #36.
Piper was used as a surname for people who played the pipe. We are grateful that some of these historic and unoriginal naming conventions have actually sparked some great and unique names. If you didn’t know, you might actually think Piper was a nickname.
While there aren’t many famous Pipers, Piper Perabo, movie actress, comes to mind.
We suspect any Piper will be spirited and confident, keeping her parents on their toes, no doubt. We really think this is a great choice for a baby girl name for parents who want something that is on trend but still unique. It would pair well with most surnames.
Daisy is actually a nickname for Margaret. “Marguerite” is the French form of Margaret and Marguerite means Daisy in French. It’s quite an unconventional nickname so many people don’t associate the two names. Of course, when you hear the rationale behind the nickname it makes sense.
It’s a sweet feminine name that ranked #183 in the US in 2015. It’s actually less popular now than it was in the year 2ooo when it held spot #141 for baby girls. Unlike some of the “new” names you hear today, Daisy can be tracked back as a name as early as the year 1900.
You might need to be a little free-spirited to choose this name for your little one, but we think it’s a great choice – both unique and bold. Daisy isn’t a common name in the celebrity world by any means, but Daisy Fuentes (actress) is one woman with the name who has risen to fame.
Aurora cracked the top 100 in 2015, settling in at #79. This means that in 2015, there were 3,613 baby girl Auroras born in the U.S. It’s worth noting that this name has risen in the ranks leaps and bounds. In the year 2000, Aurora held the title of 488th most popular girl’s name - just to give you an idea of its trajectory. Ten years later, it settled in at #203.
An aurora is a luminous band of light in the sky caused by charged solar particles hitting the atmosphere. It’s quite a spectacle to behold. Your little Aurora will be full of energy no doubt. She may also find great inspiration in her name.
We weren’t able to find any celebrities with the name Aurora but we suspect it won’t be long before it catches on. It’s a really pretty name that just rolls off the tongue easily.
Dawn hasn’t ranked in the top 1000 names in the US since 2000 at which point it was #915. But we think it’s going to make a comeback. It’s strong, yet feminine. The word “dawn” can be defined as “the first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise”. This could be very inspirational to any little girl.
This girl’s name was fairly popular through the sixties and seventies, climbing to spot #14 in 1971, and then, for whatever reason, it rapidly lost its appeal. By 1990 – it held spot #360. Can you think of anybody you know named Dawn? We can but they are definitely in their fifties or sixties which just proves the popularity point.
Regardless of its popularity, we think this name is really nice. It’s definitely not the spiciest one on this list but it would definitely make your baby unique. There is a small risk that “Dawn” might be mistaken for “Don” when spoken, but gender-neutral names are all the rage right now anyhow.
From humble beginnings as an English surname meaning servant, the name Paige ranked #140 in the US in 2015. This means that in 2015, there were 2,278 baby girl Paiges born to Americans. This name is more popular in Canada where it comes in at spot #35.
This pretty girl’s name was actually more popular in the 1990s and early 2000s, which surprised us. Its most popular year was 2003 when it rose to baby girl name #47. Paige Turco and Paige Davis are two celebrities bearing this name.
Paige is a particularly great name because it goes well with almost any two-syllable middle name – think Paige Marie, Paige Ellen, Paige Suzanne… We could go on of course.
We think it’s quite beautiful in its simplicity. The name itself doesn’t come with any baggage. We think any Paige will be grounded and real, demonstrating flexibility in her approach to life.
Feed your inner hippie by giving your baby girl a name like River. Ranked #350 in 2015 for a girl. Ranked at spot #350 in 2015 for a girl, it still has a long ways to go to hit the top 100. Having said that, it has risen from #958 in 2000 to its current spot. Before that it was unheard of as a name. If it keeps this pace, it will hit #1 within five years. We can’t wait to see what happens!
River is seldom used in Canada but you’ll find it resonates a little more in England and Wales where it ranked at #383 for girls. River could also be used for a boy. It actually comes in at spot #244 in the U.S. in terms of boys’ names.
Bruce Willis and Demi Moore named one of their daughters River but we’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention River Phoenix, the late actor who died tragically at the young age of 23.
Your little girl can’t help but grow up sweet with a name like Hope. Hope is one of the virtue names. Ranking at #231 in 2015, she’ll probably be the only one with this name in her class. Its best year was 1999 when it ranked in at spot #143. This name is a little more popular in England and Wales where it secured spot #151.
Easy to spell and pronounce, there are a lot of reasons to consider Hope for your baby girl. The fact that it’s never been super popular is one reason to add it to the “maybe” list. She’d be original but nobody would think the name odd. It is, of course, derived from the English word “hope” – that feeling that a scenario will turn out in the best way possible. Your little one would likely be a die-hard optimist or the biggest contradiction.
Famous women named Hope include Hope Solo (soccer player) and Hope Davis (actress).
Ebony is a pretty and somewhat regal name. In 2015, it ranked at #961 for a little girl. It was much more popular through the late seventies to the early nineties. It peaked in popularity in 1982, coming in at spot #132.
This baby name is inspired by the ebony tree, which produces dense black wood. Its origins are ancient Egyptian. Ebony wood is most often used for ornamental items such as carvings, chess pieces, and instrument parts – like piano keys.
We all remember the song “Ebony and Ivory” made famous by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney. In the song, the piano keyboard represents a metaphor for the lack of harmony in the world. The song rose to #1 in 1982; the same year the name Ebony had its best year in terms of popularity. A coincidence? We think not.
Your little girl Ebony will be cool and self-assured, destined to be successful.
This name began gaining popularity in the last half of the 20th-century. Its most popular year was 2001 when it sat at #22 but in 2015 it came in at #189. This means 1,706 baby girl Destinys were born in the U.S. in 2015. It is considerably less popular in other parts of the world relative to the U.S.
It is Latin in origin and means to determine. It has a heavier feel than some of the other names on this list but it definitely sounds strong. We imagine a girl with the name Destiny to be vocal but thoughtful, strong but feminine.
Many popular baby girl names now end with the letter “a” – think Emma, Olivia, Mia, Sophia, etc. Destiny certainly bucks this trend, adding to its appeal.
When you think of the name “Destiny”, you can’t help but think of the female R&B group “Destiny’s Child”, popular in the nineties.
Joy is a more traditional name than others on this list. It almost cracked the top #100 in 1974 (settling at spot #109) but came in at #436 in 2015. It has been used as a given name as far back as the early 1900s. It’s quite fitting when you consider the emotions surrounding childbirth.
It is nice in its simplicity with no confusion about how it came about. It is inspired by the English word “joy” but ultimately came about from the French word “joie” of the same meaning. This everyday word can only mean a happy baby if you choose it for yours.
It also makes a perfect middle name if you are on the search for one. There are many names that Joy would sound great after. In particular, it would be great following one of the uber-popular girl names ending in “a”.
Famous Joys include Joy Bryant (actress), Joy Fielding (author), and Joy Behar (TV show host).
Lace hasn’t ranked in the top 1000 girl names in recent history. It’s an English name that was derived from the surname “Lacey”, associated with French Norman times.
Your baby girl would be one-of-a-kind with a name like this. In fact, “Lacey” could be a cute nickname for your sweet pea. This name (Lacey) actually ranked in at #480 in 2015 so it’s another alternative for you that is a little more mainstream than Lace but is still very unique.
Of course, we know the word “lace” to represent a finely woven fabric used to adorn garments, tablecloths or doilies. Grandmas and lace often go together in peoples’ minds. But we don’t expect a baby called Lace to be dated and dowdy, rather we think she’d be clever and quick, as well as fun and confident. Don’t let the over-emotional “Lace” of last season’s Bachelor in Paradise TV series give this name a bad rap.
Holly ranked at #189 in 2015 and we bet it’s going to start climbing! This means that in 2015, there were 650 baby girl Hollys born in the U.S. It was quite popular in the seventies and eighties when it cracked the top 50 in 1978, coming in at spot #48. It lost its appeal through the nineties and later but we aren’t sure why.
This name is more popular in Ireland where it ranked at #21, Scotland (#31) and England (#39). It’s not on the radar in Canada at all. It is of course a name inspired by the holly tree.
The celebrity world gives us Holly Hunter, Holly Marie Combs, and Holly Robinson Peete.
Holly is cute and lively name, very fitting for a busy, rosy-cheeked girl. Plus we think it’s cute and lively and very fitting for a busy, rosy-cheeked girl. Plus, we think any little Holly will exude confidence. If you settle on Holly for your baby girl and are looking for a middle name, we think Holly Joy is pretty awesome.
Melody came in at spot #148 in 2015. in the U.S. as a whole. This means there were 2,168 baby girl Melodys born last year to Americans. The name is serene, calming, and beautiful. It’s similar to Melanie, of course, which is more popular. A cute nickname for your baby Melody could be Mel.
Although this name has never been super-popular, it appears to be climbing the ranks. For example, in 1999 it was ranked at the 436th most popular girl’s name and has been gaining each year since. It is more popular in the U.S. than in other parts of the world.
Melody has been around as a girl's name for some time but hasn’t gained mass popularity. It’s unique but not weird and could be a great choice for new parents.
As an “everyday” word, melody is of course associated with singing and music. There’d be an unwritten expectation that any baby girl named Melody could at least carry a tune.
This name was in the top 100 between 1974 and 2012 but ranked at #130 in 2015. This means that 2,485 baby girl Trinitys were born in the U.S. in 2015. It was nowhere on the radar as a baby girl’s name before 1974. For whatever reason, it seems to be losing favor now – perhaps just because the trend has passed in favor of other names.
A majority of the trendy girl’s names now end in the vowel “a”, whereas Trinity, of course, does not. But we think this is a great reason to consider it. Your baby girl would be more of a standout with a name like Trinity.
It has natural religious connotations but can also simply symbolize the union of three things. As a result, it has a spiritual angle but can easily adapt to the times. Regardless of your take, any girl named Trinity will be headed for greatness.
Jewel seems naturally fitting for a precious baby girl. It is less popular now than it was 100 years ago, narrowly making the top 1000 names in 2015 with a ranking of #887. This means there were 308 baby girl Jewels born in the U.S. in 2015. Its best year was 1904 when it settled in at spot #198.
The name is familiar to many due to the famous singer named Jewel who ditched her surname to rise to fame with her unique given name. There isn’t a natural short form so this isn’t a good name for folks who are dead set on a nickname.
One nice thing about the name is that it is recognized and used as a name in many parts of the world so it would have international familiarity if that were of concern to you. Regardless, it’s a solid and respectable name so we give it the thumbs up.
Rose is the short form of Rosie, Rosabel, Rosemary, or Rosalie but it is often given as a standalone first name as well. Inspired by one of the most fragrant flowers in existence, the name Rose conjures up all sorts of positive imagery. It would also make a very nice middle name.
Rose ranks at #166 in terms of popularity so she would likely be the only one in her class which might be appealing to some parents. It was actually a more popular name in the early 1900s when it rose (no pun intended) as high as #14 in the rankings in both 1911 and 1913. It is a name used in many countries throughout the world and is more popular in Ireland, New Zealand and France (among others) than it is in the U.S.
Famous people called Rose include Rose Byrne, Rose Leslie, and Rose Rollins –all actresses.
Robyn hasn’t been in the top 1000 since 2004. This is interesting because we feel like it’s more common than it actually is. The alternate spelling “Robin” is about as popular for a girl as Robyn with a “y” is, although Robin had wider appeal from the fifties through the seventies. It’s noteworthy that the name “Robin” is actually the medieval diminutive (or nickname) for Robert.
So at the end of the day, the name did not originate from the red-breasted bird of the same name but many people think of it that way. The bird may very well help to carry it on.
This name could also be used for a little boy but we think it’s better suited as a more feminine name. It ranked at spot #973 in 2015 for a boy.
Famous Robyns or Robins include Robin Wright Penn, Robin Tunney, Robin Givens, and Robyn Lively.
Faith has been in the top 100 since 1999. It came in at #91 in 2015. Its most popular year was 2002 when it hit #48. It is also popular in England but doesn’t resonate as well in Canada.
Faith is truly a virtuous name. It simply comes from the English word “faith” so your little munchkin would start off with the right footing. It can also be spelled with an “e” on the end. And if you chose this name for your baby girl, you may call her “Faye” for short, although Faith is pretty fluid in its full form.
One of the more famous Faiths of late is Faith Hill, the country superstar. married to Tim McGraw. Other Faiths who have climbed to fame include Faith Evans (R&B singer) and Faith Ford of Murphy Brown fame.Faith is a pretty and strong name, well-suited to someone who will stand her ground.
Crystal was #11 in 1983 but has since fallen out of favor. It now ranks at #550. One explanation could be that it was overused and people got sick of it. It was in the top 100 between 1971 and 1997. That is a long reign.
Another explanation is that Crystal is a popular name for strippers so that may be why it’s not so trendy for little girls today. But it’s pretty and simple so maybe we can bring it back again.
Crystal as an “everyday” word of course refers to the colorless glass often used in chandeliers or jewelry. Although it is often cut into the shape of a gemstone, it isn’t one.
Famous Crystals include Crystal Gayle, Crystal Waters, Crystal Langhorne, and Crystal Hefner. If your baby girl is called Crystal, you may call her “Chris” or “Christy” for short. Crystal also works nicely as a middle name.
This name is the female form of “Clement” which means merciful and gentle. Ranking at #891 in 2015, Clement has a long way to go to become popular. This means that there were 340 baby girl Clementines born in the U.S. last year. But if you are looking for something unique, this could be the one for you.
It’s more popular in France (#108) and England (#415) than it is in the U.S.
It’s definitely not a common one but we think it has a lot of appeal and would pair well with many one syllable middle names. Some might associate the name with “clementine oranges” and others with the “Oh my darling Clementine” song but neither of these associations are negative.
Ethan Hawke and his wife chose the name Clementine for their baby girl and we think it’s a very sweet choice. It definitely beats the name “Apple” which you’ll notice did not make it on to this list.
Sienna has hovered around #200 in the rankings since 2006 settling in at #229 in 2015. This means there were 1,429 baby girl Siennas born in the U.S. in 2o15.
Sienna is a color that ranges from yellowish-brown to reddish-brown.The color name came about as a result of the Italian city – Siena – because of the abundance of red-colored clay that exists there. Who knew? It has since been adapted as a name for a little girl.
The name Sienna is cute and bold. Your little Sienna will probably be a trailblazer.
Sienna Miller is one famous Sienna. As an A-list movie actress, she certainly can’t be denied.
Even though Sienna has three syllables, we think it can support a multi-syllable middle name. Try a few combinations out to see how nicely they roll off the tongue. We think this name is a sure-fire winner that is going to climb the ranks.
This name could be fitting for your baby since you’ll lose all of yours when she hits the toddler years. Patience was #987 in 2014 and didn’t make the top 1000 in 2015.
This name has never been super-popular but its best year was 2006 when it came in ranked at #578. This is another of the virtue names. The others include Charity, Chastity, Faith, Hope, and Prudence. You’ll find several of them on this list.
The virtue of patience is unparalleled in importance when dealing with relationships, especially with children. Patience is a pretty name that can’t help but evoke a calming and grounded feeling. It would be ironic if your little Patience grew up to be a firecracker but stranger things have happened!
We couldn’t find any celebrities with the name Patience that just goes to show you how unique it is.
Ruby is a more popular girl’s name than we expected, settling in at #83 in 2015. In other words, 3,433 baby girl Rubys were born in the U.S. last year. Ruby comes about as a result of the precious gem of the same name. In fact ruby is the birthstone of July babies, making July an envious birth month for that very reason.
It was quite popular in the first half of the twentieth century but it peaked in year 1911 coming in at spot #22. By 1946, it began falling off the radar. And now, for whatever reason, it’s making somewhat of a comeback.
Despite its high ranking it feels unique, especially given that we couldn’t think of anyone named Ruby that we know. It’s also quite popular in Australia, New Zealand and England where it settled in at spot #8, #11, and #15 respectively.
Famous Rubys include Ruby Rose (model), Ruby Dee (actress), and Ruby Stewart (model and daughter of Rod Stewart).
And here we come to another of the virtue names. That said, Charity is falling out of favor as a name, ranking at #970 in 2013 and not placing in the top 1000 girls’ names since then. It was slightly more popular in the seventies, eighties and nineties – topping out at spot #183 in 1975. Any Charitys born that year would be turning 41 this year.
Charity, in English, connotes kindness and self-sacrifice and altruism. girl names since then. A little girl named Charity can’t help but be generous and mindful of the weight her name carries, although we hope it wouldn’t be burdensome.
We think Charity is a very pretty girl’s name and reminds us of what human nature should be all about. It would pair very well with a one-syllable middle name like – Charity Jane, Charity Leigh or Charity Rose. You could even call her “Char” for short. Perhaps this virtuous name will make a comeback.
You’ll have to go a long way back to find Blossom on the top 1000 names list--all the way back to 1932. All that means is that we have a unique name on our hands. We think it’s a pretty girl’s name but remains an untested territory for most. It gets a little more action in England and Wales where it ranked at #446 in 2015.
We aren’t sure it will make a comeback, but it if you grew up in the nineties, you might remember a TV show named “Blossom”. It was named after its lead character and aired between 1990-1995. It focused on Blossom and her family adjusting to life after the mom left. We suspect your Blossom would have a much happier legacy.
We think any little Blossom would be full of life and energy, warming the room when she enters. No doubt she’d be one-of-a-kind.
Coral is a pretty color and a nice name that hasn’t ranked in the top 1000 since 1992 where it settled at spot #987. Its most popular year since 1900 was 1903 where it came in at an unimpressive #739. That said, it was more popular in the late 1800s. Its original heritage is Greek which surprised us a little.
Short forms could be “Cora” or “Cory.” Coralie is a slightly modified version of this name which is also really nice. Perhaps better suited as a middle name, it would go nicely with several other given names on this list.
We couldn’t find any famous Corals aside from references to Coral Browne – an Australian stage actress born in 1913. It just goes to show that the name is out of vogue now but could be poised to make a comeback. Your little one would definitely be unique with this moniker.
Harper broke the top 100 in 2011 and has been climbing in popularity since--rising to #10 in 2015. In other words, there were 10,241 baby girl Harpers born in the U.S. in 2015. It’s never been more popular than it is now and we don’t think it’s going to stop at #10.
Harper is also used occasionally for boys but it is much less common as a boy’s name. Still it ranked at #724 on the boy’s list in 2015. It’s also fairly popular in Canada and even more popular in New Zealand where it came in at #3.
It is English in origin and was originally given to those who made or played harps. Despite its humble beginnings, it’s very trendy now. Well known Harpers include Harper Lee (the American novelist) and Harper Beckham, the youngest child of David and Victoria. We think Harper is a nice choice. There is nothing dull about it.