Some parents prefer to give their kids the names that are in the top 10, while others only want to pick one of the top 100 or 1000 names. Others still want no part in any of the popular names and would rather name their child an unusual name nowhere near the top 10,000 popular baby names.
According to BabyCenter, the most popular names currently used for girls are Emma, Oliva, Ava, Isabella, and Sophia. And, some parents are so concerned about their daughters fitting in that they would use those names for that reason.
That also means that there is a high chance that their daughters will have to go by their last names as well while they are in school since there will probably be five other girls with those names in their classes.
And, yet, there are a group of parents that can't stand the idea of having their daughters having the same name as many other girls. They won't even use a name that is in the top 100 or top 1000. These parents will only use names that are so rare that they are not likely to be used very often, if ever. Let's now take a look at 30 names for girls that are lovely but are super rare.
Whenever you think of the word bright, you literally think of either someone who is smart or you think of blaring lights or the sun. And whenever you think of the name Brightly, the same thought likely comes over to you. The origin of the word bright is from the Olde English pre-seventh century word boerht which means shining.
The name Brightly comes right from that term. According to BabyCenter, Brightly is a girl's name but a highly rare one. Back in 2015, only eight girls per million were named Brightly, and it has dropped since then to two per million girls ending up with that name.
However, if you like the idea of a sunny name used for girls no matter how unusual, then Brightly is a great option.
The one thing that parents want from their kids more than anything is for them to tell the truth, as honesty is always respected.
So, why not use a name that can help influence your daughter, to be honest, no matter what! A great name that has to do with honesty that has rarely been used for girls is Verity.
According to BabyCenter, Verity is of Latin origin and literally means truth. Verity sits at ranking #3,549 for the most popular name used for girls. Since it is way out of the top 1000 list, Verity is quite rare but it is a lovely idea if you like rare names for girls that have a positive meaning.
Names like Autumn and Summer are common enough for girls that these names are not considered rare since you hear these names used often enough. However, what about the word Season for a name? Season is of Latin origin which means planting or sowing.
According to BabyCenter, the name currently ranks at #12,079 of popular names used for girls. It is safe to say that the name Season is super rare, but you have to agree it is quite appealing as well because it sounds nice and is very different.
Whenever you think of the word bloom, you probably think of flowers. The term bloom comes from the Old Norse blom which means flower.
Bloom has been used as a name for girls quite rarely. According to BabyCenter, the name Bloom sits at #6,310 for the most popular names used for girls. Based on that alone, you can see how rare the name is.
However, according to the same source, Bloom has also increased in popularity 2,745 points from last year. Therefore, if this name begins to catch on, even more, it may not be considered to be one of the rare names around for girls!
Whenever your child or pet seems to be content, by laying around and appearing to be relaxed, the expression that comes to mind is that the baby or dog, or cat is as happy as a lark.
A lark as you know is a songbird, and it is also a name that has been used for girls, but quite rarely.
According to BabyCenter, the name Lark sits currently at #6,689 in the most popular name used for girls list. I personally think Lark is better used for a middle name rather than the first. However, that is just my feeling on it. There are many others around that would like to use it for the first name of their daughters.
The one name that many people would be shocked to learn that is actually a name being used for girls occasionally is Ever. That is just a word, but according to BabyCenter, Ever is not only a name used for girls but it currently sits at #2,241 in the popularity list of girl names.
Even though Ever is not in the top 1000, it is not all that far off. This means even though Ever is rare, it is not super rare either.
The popularity of the name may start to increase to the point that it will be within the top 1000 eventually. However, we are not quite there yet.
Surnames have been used as first names for girls for a very long time like Taylor. And, one of those names happens to be Sailor, which is an occupational name. However, the name Sailor is being used and used more for girls.
According to BabyCenter, Sailor currently sits at #1,285 for the list of popular names for girls. That means this name is not far off from the top 1000, which means once it enters that list- the name won't be considered to be all that rare anymore.
The other spelling variation is Saylor.
Whenever you think of anyone being named after the days of the week, the one name that may come to you is Tuesday, like the name of the actress, Tuesday Weld. Ironically, Tuesday is not even her birth name as it was Susan.
Whenever you think of babies being named after the days of the week, you may think of the fictional character who is part of the eccentric family, Wednesday Addams.
However, the name Sunday has been used for girls occasionally. According to BabyCenter, Sunday currently sits at the rank #5,393 of the list of popular names used for girls. I can see a religious family liking the name for obvious reasons. But, the turn off might be the idea of a name that represents the day before the least liked day of the week!
You may not think the name Marina is that uncommon. However, according to The Bump, Marina currently sits at #1,223 the list for popular names for girls. And, the name is Latin for from the sea or it means marine, literally.
It's also a very popular baby name in Russia, where it's way more often used than in North America.
Marina is apparently less common than one would think, and it is a really pretty name. So, if you want to name your daughter a name that is rare but not too out there- then this is an idea for you.
Color names have been used for a while and that also means that the name Indigo has been used for girls occasionally. According to BabyCenter, the name Indigo currently sits at #1,223 for the most popular names list used for girls.
The popularity of Indigo has risen 846 points from last year, which means it won't be considered a rare name anymore if it hits the top 1000 list. You better snatch it asap in that case!
However, because the name is still somewhat rare, I felt it was a perfect fit for this particular list. It's a lovely name but not quite popular- yet.
Plenty of parents are quite fond of nature-inspired names and this is why you have names of flowers and trees used for babies. Bodies of water can certainly be inspiring as well.
That is why Lake is a lovely feminine name and considering it ranks at #2,382 for the most popular names used for girls according to BabyCenter; it is a rare gem indeed.
The name Lake is beautiful but I think it works more personally better as a middle name. The name Lake paired with a more popular name can really make it stand out even more- an example would be Amelia Lake. I think that is lovely.
The rarest of all names listed here would most definitely go to Tannyn. Why is it so rare?
Because, according to BabyCenter, Tannyn ranks at #16,621 for the most popular names used for girls. This name is so far away from the top 1000, it definitely means this is a rare gem.
The origin of this name is not known, but it certainly has an appealing ring to it. It is speculated that Tannyn is a variation of the boy name Tanner, which is also an occupational name. But, that is just speculation. It may have been simply from someone who made the name up along the way. That also happens quite a bit!
A lovely name that is documented but is rarely used is Arcadia. The name is of Greek origin and means to offer peace and contentment. And, according to BabyCenter, Arcadia currently ranks at #4,584 in the list of popular names for girls.
However, Arcadia is slowly gaining momentum because the popularity has gone up 2,802 just over the past year.
A cute nickname which would be Cady could come out of Arcadia. This is a name you probably would have never heard being used 20 years ago, but today, more and more girls are ending up with this name- but not to the point where it is considered to be popular yet.
Hebrew or Biblical names have been somewhat appealing to many parents, and at the same time, many parents don't want to use the overly used Biblical names like Sarah, Rachel or Rebecca.
That is why the more unusual Biblical names like Rafaela are being used occasionally.
The funny thing is, I have a new nephew named Rafael, and the female version, Rafaela is definitely a rare gem. According to BabyCenter, Rafaela ranks at #3,220 for the most popular names used for girls. The name has also increased by 33 points since last year. That means a few more couples have caught on. Rafaela is Hebrew for God has healed.
Another rare gem is the name Cosima which means harmony in Greek, according to BabyCenter. It currently sits at #6,709 in regards to the most popular baby names that are used for girls.
Unfortunately, the usage of the name has decreased quite a bit since last year, meaning that fewer parents are using this name for their daughters.
However, if you want to use a name for your daughter that has a peaceful ring to it and has a positive meaning, don't write Cosima off just yet.
There is a bulk food shop not too far from where I live that is called Ambrosia. How do you feel about Ambrosia as a name for a girl? It is certainly unique, especially since it only ranks at #7,218 for the most popular girl name list according to BabyCenter.
Ambrosia is the Greek name for food of the Gods. It is a lively name, and who is to say that it won't catch on to the point that eventually it could end up in the top 1000 list?
For now, though, that is a ways off, so you can grab it for your own little one.
Augustina can really make you think of the month August, and it is a variation of Augusta as well. That is feminine of Augustus, and it is Latin for the exalted one.
According to BabyCenter, it currently ranks at #14,200 for the most popular names used for girls. It is safe to say this name is incredibly rare.
However, if you like month-inspired names like April, May, and June, and even September is a name that is being used, then why not think of Augustina as well as an idea?
When you think of the name Andromeda, you probably think of the Ethiopian princess or the wife of Perseus- or even the constellation! You probably would not think that many parents would be naming their daughters Andromeda, and you would be right. According to BabyCenter, Andromeda currently ranks at #2,536 for the list of the most popular names used for girls.
However, it is a matter of time before the name ends up in the top 1000 list because just over the past year, the popularity of Andromeda jumped up 533 points just over the past year. If you like rare names with a significant meaning, then Andromeda is a great idea for you.
Every child is a gift of God, and that is what the name Tanaquil means. Tanaquil is of Latin origin, and according to Nameberry, this name comes from the ancient Etruscan queen.
Even though Tanaquil is documented as a baby name that is used for girls, it is so rare that there is no ranking information on it.
You may think of the French ballerina, Tanaquil LeClerq as well whenever you hear of that name. That is because there likely are not many other examples to think of when it comes to that name.
Saffron is an extremely expensive spice that is used in many Middle Eastern and Indian dishes. And, in some cultures, the name is used more than in others.
For instance, In the UK, Saffron is more widely used than it is in North America. According to BabyCenter, Saffron ranks at #3,231 in the popularity list for feminine baby names.
However, it may at some point end up in the top 1000 because just over the past year, the popularity of Saffron went up 4,155 which is quite a bit! The name Sage that goes well with Saffron given that it is also a spice name is within the top 1000 at this time, which means Sage is not considered to be a rare name anymore.
You may be surprised to learn that the name Pippa is actually a feminine version of Philip or a variation of Philippa, which is Greek for a horse lover.
You may also not have heard the name Pippa before hearing about the fact that the former Kate Middleton has a sister with that name. I have to say that was the case for me.
Even though Pippa is considered to be rare, it is on its way for being not so rare because it ranks right now at #1,564 for the most popular girl name list according to BabyCenter. In a decade from now, it may be within the top 1000 list.
If you are looking for a rare and an honorable name to give to your daughter, then Annora is a great possibility. Annora is Latin for honor, and right now, the name ranks at #3,549 for the most popular name that is used for girls, according to BabyCenter.
If you choose to use this name for your daughter, then some ideas for middle names are Willow, Nova, Ella, or Adelaide.
There is no evidence that the popularity of this name is rising, but it is absolutely classy and beautiful- most definitely a rare gem.
Whenever you hear of the name Bluebell, you may think of a flower or the daughter of Ginger Spice. And, even though flower names like Rose and Heather have been used for centuries- and are not exactly rare, some flower names are rare indeed. And, Bluebell is certainly a strong example of that.
According to BabyCenter, Bluebell currently ranks at #8,907 for the most popular names that are used for girls. However, don't let that number fool you. At one time it was even rarer because, over the past year, the popularity of Bluebell went up 10,134 points.
But, it's still a rare gem, considering that seven baby girls per million are being named that approximately nowadays.
Malou is one of those rare names that are a combination of two short and very common names. That is because Malou is a combination of Mary and Lou, which is quite creative.
Even though some parents are using the name Malou for their daughters, it is still incredibly rare. Malou currently ranks at #7,386 in the list of the most popular names that are used for girls, according to BabyCenter.
Back in 2013, Malou was more popular than it is now. According to the same source, 21 per million baby girls were being named Mailou back then. This year, only nine per million babies are ending up with that name.
Nephele is definitely a name that is associated with Greek mythology, considering that Nephele was the goddess of clouds. Zeus created a cloud which became Nephele, and Nephele also became the mother of centaurs.
According to BabyCenter, the name is so rare that it only currently ranks at #14,200 for the list of the most popular names that are used for girls.
However, believe it or not, the name is becoming more popular now than it did before considering the ranking actually went up by 4,844 points over the last year. It is rare, but very slowly catching on.
When you are thinking about names that you want to use for girls, and you prefer to give a daughter a rare name, you will want to consider a name that has a joyful meaning.
And a name like Letitia is definitely fitting. Letitia is of Latin origin, and quite literally means joyful. According to BabyCenter, Letitia currently sits at #8,934 on the list of the most popular names that are used for girls- which is a clear indicator that it is a rare gem.
Therefore, if you are thinking of names to use for a daughter and you don't want her to be named a name that is in the top 100, then Letitia is definitely a name to add to your list of potential names.
Venus is associated with the planet, as well as with love. Coincidentally the planet Venus is also considered the planet of love as the name originates from Roman mythology.
According to BabyCenter, Venus currently sits at ranking #1,827 in the list of the most popular names that are used for girls.
Additionally, the popularity of Venus increased over the last year by 242 points. My feeling is that the popularity of the name has increased due to the tennis champ's influence, Venus Williams. Before she came into the picture, it was a name that was hardly heard of other than in science class during grade school when you were learning about the solar system.
If you like rare feminine baby names that have a strong ring to it, then Bellatrix is an idea for you. Bellatrix is of Latin origin, and it means warrior. According to BabyCenter, Bellatrix currently sits at #6,734 on the list of the most popular names that are used for girls.
However, according to the same source, the name is rare as it is, and it even dropped further by over 2,000 points over the last year. Maybe many parents think that the name represents pressure since it is associated with being a warrior and no one wants to put that kind of pressure on their kids. However, if you like the sound of it, then you can add it to your list of possible names to use for a daughter.
If you like rare names that are full of life and have a joyful meaning, but you prefer to use a name that is not overly rare, then what do you think of Sunshine?
According to BabyCenter, Sunshine currently ranks at #1,757 in the list of names used for girls.
Since it is not quite near the top 1000, Sunshine is most definitely unique but not overly unique.
That is because Sunshine was actually popular in the hippie era during the 1970's, as it actually ranked at 536 in 1975, according to Nameberry. However, it is slowly making a comeback, thanks to the influence of a character on Glee.
A rare name that sounds nice but doesn't have the most appealing meaning is definitely Mosley.
Mosley is English, and it means beat bog or mouse clearing. And according to BabyCenter, Mosley currently ranks at #8,475 in the list of the most popular names that are used for girls.
According to the same source, the name's popularity has even dropped somewhat over the last year. Like I said, Mosley sounds nice, and it has an appealing ring to it- and would be interesting for those who love rare names. However, the meaning behind Mosley could be a turn off for many aspiring parents.