Unique Girl Names with Meanings | The 463 Rarest Names for Your Baby
I’ve deciphered lots of data to find the most unique girl names!
All the super-rare names on this list were given to 100 or fewer baby girls last year! That means they’re very unique and you’re unlikely to meet anyone with that name in your lifetime! Especially in the same age range.
First, we’ll go through the top unique baby names and meanings. Then, we’ll learn about cool and strong unusual girl names.
And finally, I’ve put together a gigantic list of all the names!
Unique baby girl names with meanings
The gorgeous and rare girl’s name Alaya means “sublime” in Arabic.
Ambrielle, a very unique girl’s name, may be a blend of Amber and Brielle, or it could be a feminine form of Ambriel. In Jewish and Christian mythology, Ambriel is an angel associated with Gemini and the month of May, and warding off evil.
The name Andromeda comes from an Ethiopian princess in Greek mythology. It’s also the name of a constellation and a galaxy.
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Aoife, pronounced ee-fah, means “beauty” in Irish. According to Irish legend, Aoife was a warrior princess.
Astoria, the feminine version of Astor, means “hawk.”
Avella may come from the Breton word avel, which means wind
Many Welsh names like Bronwyn sound totally unique and intriguing!
Carlotta, the Italian form of Charlotte, means warrior.
The Greek name Cassiopeia comes from a legend where Andromeda’s mother was changed into a constellation.
Cersei comes from the Greek word for “hawk.” It’s probably related to Circe, a mythological sorceress famous for turning Odysseous’s men into pigs.
Another Greek name, Demetria comes from the name of the earth goddess, Demeter.
Druscilla comes from the Celtic word for “strong.”
The unique girl’s name Edna means “pleasure” in Hebrew.
This name is a form of Eve, which means “to live.”
Hermione comes from the Greek messenger god, Hermes.
This rare feminine form of Ignatius makes a gorgeous name!
The melodic name Kerenza means “love” in Cornish.
If you love the name Olivia but are looking for something more uncommon, Liviana may be for you!
Did you know Lovisa is the Swedish form of Louis? It means “famous battle.”
Magda is one of the rarest girl names in the US. It comes from the name Magdalene, which means “tower.”
Sedona is a city in Arizona. It got its name from Sedona Arabella Schnebly, the wife of the first postmaster in the town. Her name may have been invented. Or it could be a variation of Sidonia or Sidony.
In Latin, Terra means “earth.” And Tara comes from the Gaelic word meaning “elevated place.”
Our final unique girl’s name, Zariella, is of unknown origin. It feels similar to Sara, Ariel, and Ella. But the Z at the beginning makes it a one-of-a-kind!
Cool rare names for girls
This short, cool version of Adriana means “from Hadria” or “from Adria,” which are two towns in northern and central Italy. They also share their name with the Adriatic Sea. I do feel that Adria invokes a pleasant Mediterranean vibe while still sounding normal and being totally unique! What a perfect combination!
This short and sweet name could be short for Alice and mean “noble.” Ala is also a boy’s name in Arabic and means “excellence,” and “elevation.”
Although Ambrose is traditionally a boy’s name, it makes a wonderful, cool, rare name for girls. It comes from the Latin word for “immortal.”
I love this unique version of Elizabeth! Like Elizabeth, Bethel comes from the Bible and means “house of God” in Hebrew. In this town north of Jerusalem, Jacob had a vision of a stairway.
A modern, hip take on Carmen, Carmina is used in Italian and Spanish-speaking countries. This name comes from the Hebrew word for “garden,” and carmen also means “song” in Latin.
Italian names like Cipriana often sound cool and foreign to English-speakers. And this one is very unique too! It comes from a Roman family name that means “from the island of Cyprus.”
This rare French name means “little thing.” You may know it from Les Miserables too.
Delphine is another place name, meaning “of Delphi.” In ancient Greece, oracles gave their prophecies at Delphi.
Fleur is French for “flower.” Although it is unique, it sounds classic and has a nature theme.
This more elaborate form of Gracia used to be common in Spain, but now has fallen out of use there. It means “grace.”
Take the classic name Irene and change the ending to an -a. You now have Irena, a well-known but little used name common in the Slovak region. It means “peace.”
This elaboration of Jolene or Joan, which means “God is gracious.” And in French, “jolie” means “beautiful.”
Kieran sounds similar to popular names like Kira or Karen, but actually comes from the Irish boy’s name Ciaran. It’s becoming popular for boys in the US but makes a wonderful, uncommon girls name too!
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Laurana is an elaborate form of the name Laura, which means “laurel” or “crowned with laurels.”
This beautiful and uncommon name comes from Mary, Marie, and Maria, which means “beloved.”
The unisex name Meridian comes from a Latin word that means “of middday, of noon, southerly.” This would make a wonderful name for any girl, but especially one born in the summer or middle of the day!
Noriella might be a variation or combination of Nora and Ella. This gorgeous name means “honor.”
Do you love the name Olivia, but want something less common? Olivette is a French form that is very unique!
The name Orianna may come from the Latin word for gold. In medieval legend, Orianna was the daughter of a king of England.
The unique girl’s name Ravenna may be a variation on the name Raven, or it could come from the name of the city Ravenna in Italy.
Roma also shares its name with a city in Italy- Rome. I love this easy to pronounce, short and sweet name, and the fact that it’s very rare makes it even more appealing!
You may be familiar with the name Sabriel from the heroine in Garth Nix’s 1995 fantasy novel also called Sabriel. While it’s very unique, it feels familiar since it sounds similar to Gabriel.
This rare name comes from the tansy flower.
The unique name Twyla could come from the word twilight, or the French word etoile, which means “star.”
While actress Uma Thurman is well-known, this name is not used often in the US. Uma means “flax” in Sanskrit, and it’s another name for the Hindu goddess Parvati.
While the name Viona feels rare and unique, it also seems familiar since it sounds like Fiona and Viola. It may mean “fair” or “violet.”
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Strong unusual names for girls
Here are the top 20 strong, unusual names for girls. Each name was only given to 100 or fewer baby girls in the US last year.
Both Agata and Agatha are rarely used in the US. They are derived from the Greek word that means “good.” However, they definitely feel like strong names- personally, I connect them with the agate stone. And any connection to the earth builds a feeling of strength.
This name comes from the Greek word aster, which means “star.” The strong “st” sound gives Astra a solid feeling.
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In Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time, Aviendha is a beautiful and strong warrior. Even if you aren’t familiar with the series, this name invokes strength!
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The name Bernice feels sturdy yet feminine! It has its roots in the Greek words for “bringing victory.”
Another earth-based name, Beryl refers to the clear green precious stone. It used to be common in the US in the late 1800s, but is almost unheard of today!
Did you know that Caledonia is the Latin name for Scotland? This name may actually mean “tough person.” This is the perfect unique, strong girl’s name!
In French, Cordelia means “heart of a lion.” And in literature, Cordelia is one of King Lear’s daughters in Sharespeare’s famous play, as well as a character in the epic poem “The Faerie Queene.”
Cordelia has plenty of nickname potential too, such as Cor, Cory, Delia, Leah.
On its own, Eowyn sounds like a strong name. And when you pair it up with the character from Lord of the Rings, you get the perfect namesake!
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Did you know that Georgette comes from the word meaning earth or farmer? These names inspire strong and steady confidence.
In Welsh, Gwyneth means “fair, blessed.” The unusual letters in this name give it a unique feeling though it can be difficult to spell!
This feminine form of Helios comes from Greek mythology. Helia was a daughter of the sun god Helios.
Hester comes from the latin form of Ester, which means “star.” And Hestia comes from the Greek word for “hearth” or “fireside.”
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Liesl is a strong-sounding German form of Elisabeth. It’s quite uncommon!
Names like Leoni and Leora come from the word leo, which means lion. They’re perfect for someone with a strong, fierce personality.
In JRR Tolkien’s novels, Luthien means “enchantress.” It was the true name of the elf Tinuviel.
This invented name comes from the Italian word for “marchioness” or “wife of a marquis.” While it isn’t used as a name in Italy, it makes a great feminine form of Marquis, Mark, or Marcus.
The Irish and Scottish name Moira means “fate” or “destiny” in Greek. And in Irish, it’s a form of Mary, which means “beloved.”
Nicolina is a variation on the classic Italian name Nicola. It means “victory of the people.”
While Reggie is often a nickname for Regina (or Reginald or Reynold for boys), it can be used as a name on its own too. It means “queen” or “wise ruler.”
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The gorgeous Arabic and Turkish name Sabah means “morning.”
Sebastiana, a female form of Sebastian, means “venerable.” It has quite a few options for nicknames, including Seb, Tiana, Tina, and Tia.
Does the quiet strength and peace of California’s redwood trees inspire you? Sequoia comes from the Latin word meaning to follow, which relates to the seeds of the tree. And, it pays homage to the Cherokee polymath Sequoyah who created the Native American writing system.
While everyone knows actress Sigourney Weaver, her name is extremely rare! It actually comes from a minor character in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby.
The ancient Greek name Theodosia means “giving to god.”
Did you know the name Ursula means “little bear?” You might know it from the constellations Ursa Major, and Ursa Minor. And, Saint Ursula was a legendary princess of the 4th century.
This Italian, feminine form of Vincent means “to conquer.” It’s beautiful, foreign, unique, sounds strong, yet easily pronounced!
Zita or Zeta means “happiness” in Hungarian. It’s also the last letter of the Greek alphabet.
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Even More Unique Girl Names
All of the names below were given to 100 or fewer baby girls in the US last year.
The names in bold were given to 50 or fewer girls.
And the names with bold italics were given to 10 or fewer girls.
If you choose a name from this list, it’s unlikely that there’s another child with that name in your entire state! And it’s unlikely your child will meet someone with the same name in their lifetime.
If you’re looking for the most unique and rare girl names, you’ll definitely find a few you’ll like here!
Unique girl names A-C
Rare girl names D-K
- Joliet, Joliette
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Rarest girl names L-P
- Mirabelle, Mirabella
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Rare girl names Q-Z
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These unique girl names range from normal to totally out there. I hope you’ve found lots of ideas that suit your naming style and preferences.
Resources for finding unique girl names
- The US Social Security Administration shares data on baby names each year going all the way back to the 1800s!
- I use Behind the Name for researching name meanings and popularity
- Reddit’s r/ namenerds provided facinsting feedback on these names!