Every parent wants to feel like they've got the perfect name for their child — unique and special but not too trendy. And hey, the process of changing a kid's name due to baby name regret is a pain (although it's definitely doable). That's why names from other languages and countries can be so excellent — they're often recognizable but still uncommon where you live, so your child won't have a dozen kids in their preschool with the same name.
With that in mind, we scoured the globe for our favorite girl names — and it was hard to narrow them down. The picks below offer a mix of sweet and strong, and there may well be a tie-in option with your family's heritage too.
Check out some of our favorite cool and exotic girl names, broken down by origin.
Irish girl names
Irish girl names have gained in popularity over the past couple of years — and we totally understand why.
- Aislin (pronounced "Ash-lin)
- Maeve (pronounced "mave")
- Aisling (pronounced "Ash-ling")
French girl names
As usual, French names are as gorgeous as French girls.
Next: Spanish girl names
A version of this article was originally published in August 2011.
Spanish girl names
These adorable Spanish names are still easy to pronounce.
Italian girl names
Italian girl names often have a melodic, feminine sound.
Girl names from Africa
There is no shortage of gorgeous names from various African countries. Here are just a few.
- Adanya (Nigerian)
- Bahati (Swahili)
- Eshe (Swahili)
- Kalifa (Somali)
- Ode (Nigerian)
- Oni (Nigerian)
Girl names from Asia
These names from India, Japan and China are just the beginning of what Asian languages have to offer.
- Ananta (Hindi)
- Apala (Hindi)
- Lian (Chinese)
- Bo (Chinese)
- Mariko (Japanese)
- Saki (Japanese)