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Unique baby girl names and meanings

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Unique baby names for girls

Are you looking for a unique baby name for your girl? No doubt you're busy picking out the most fashionable nursery accessories and layettes for your little one, but when it comes to choosing her baby name, some parents are less interested in popular names and instead seek out something a bit more unique or unusual. Let us help you find the perfect unique baby girl name!

Traditionally, choosing a girl baby name has involved everything from naming them after a close relative or friend, to researching a name with a specific meaning or specific heritage. When it comes to finding a unique baby name, many of the same rules apply. You’ll likely spend some time thinking about the origin of the name as well as the meaning, and focus on the sound and feeling the name has.

Names specific to girls tend to be soft and soothing in tone. You may find that some of the more unique names take on a more unusual sound or spelling. Recent surveys have found feminine names continue to remain popular often starting with a vowel and ending with an “a.”

Subtle changes

You may have a certain name on your short list of considerations already. A simple alternative in changing a fairly common name into a more unique name for a little girl would be to alter the spelling.  A few examples of popular names for girls with alternate spellings include:

Emily: Emilee, Emmalie, Emely
Madison: Maddison, Maddyson, Madyson, Madisyn
Abigail: Abigael, Abigaile, Abaigeal, Abagail, Abigale, Abbigail, Abigayle
Chloe: Chloey, Khloe, Khloei, Chloie
Ashley: Ashely, Ashlie, Ashlee, Ashly
Alexis: Alexus
Alyssa: Allyssa
Taylor: Tayler, Teighlor
Brianna: Breahna, Bryanna, Breana
Lauren: Lauryn, Laurynn
Kayla: Kailah, Kailiah, Kaela, Kaila, Keyla, Kaylah
Jessica: Jessika
Natalie: Natalee, Natali

Two for one

You may find it difficult to choose between several names. Especially if you and your significant other are creating separate baby name lists. One way to compromise on a name as well as choose a more unique baby name for a girl is to combine two names into one. 

For example, some of today’s most popular girls’ names and transformed into a distinctive name by adding to them.

Emma
Emma-Lee
Emma-Lise
EmmaLeaha
Emmaline
Emmalyn

Ava
Avagail
Avalee
Avalon
Avalei
Avarona

Grace
Gracelyn
Graceland

Anna
Annabel
Annabella
Annabelle
Annaleigh
Annalise

Exotic baby names

Technology allows us to connect with people around the world almost instantly, and although we may not be in close proximity we’re able to tap into other cultures, getting to know their language and traditions. You may discover your unique baby names by searching by a specific origin.

Search for origins from Irish to Spanish and everything in between with our Advanced Baby Name Search.

You can also check out the article, Exotic Baby Names and Meanings , to help you find the perfect unique baby name.

You’ve got it backwards

Rearranging, adding and taking away letters to create a new name is fairly common. Most recently, flipping or spelling a common name or word backwards has become a popular way to create a unique name.  Keep in mind most names are difficult to flip, as they don’t create names when spelled backwards, and some create common words you wouldn’t consider for a name. For example, the name Mia backwards becomes Aim.

Examples of names that have worked when spelled backwards include:

Heaven = Nevaeh
Aileen = Neelia
Ariel =  Leira
Jaden =  Nedaj
Norah  = Haron
Iris =  Siri

Get help

Sometimes the idea of creating a unique name is easier said than done. Often what might seem like an interesting twist on an original name turns out to more awkward then rare.

If you’re having trouble getting started check out articles such as, 10 Creative Ways to Find the Perfect Baby Name, which will help you get your list going. 

Interactive quizzes like the Name That Baby Quiz are great tools to help gather everything from your hobbies to your likes and dislikes to help generate of names that might be a good fit for you and your little one.

Why not join our message boards to get advice and baby name suggestions from other moms? Join our Baby Name Message Boards today!

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