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The top baby names for girls in 2015 (that you’ve probably never heard of)

The hottest new baby girl names for 2015 were unique and whimsical. Whether it was switching up the spelling, searching out powerful girl names or finding some truly cool boy names that suddenly sound modern when given to a girl, find out which baby girl names got us talking this year.

Instagram filters as names

Social media has become so ingrained in our life, that we are now naming our kids after it. Admit it, you have thought about how cute the name Willow is as the filter turns your boring ol’ photo into a work of art. Other filter names that were popular in 2015 include Valencia, Juno, Amaro and Lux.

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Boy names make the coolest girl names

Some of the most popular “new” names for girls in 2015 aren’t new to boys, but sound fresh and fun when given to a girl. Celebrity parents Blake Lively and Mila Kunis jump-started this trend when they named their daughters James and Wyatt — and since then, parents have searched out cool boy names for their daughters. Some great examples of more traditional boy names that would be perfect for your daughter include:

Fantasy-inspired names

Thanks to the continued popularity of shows and films like Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games, fantasy-inspired names, such as Khaleesi, are some of the top picks for parents looking for a unique name. They have an exotic and otherworldly sound to them. Here are some of our favorite new names of the year:

  • Aranza
  • Zendaya
  • Naya
  • Avalynn
  • Azariah
  • Bria

More: Game of Thrones baby names are totally where it’s at

Cool, hipster names

Hipster names are cool and fun, with a unique edge. One of the hottest girl names of the year is Saylor. Kristin Cavallari named her daughter Saylor, while Liv Tyler named her son the same name, only spelled Sailor. Here are more seriously cool, new, hipster-inspired baby names:

  • Wilder or Wyler
  • Henley
  • Paisley
  • Nova
  • Journey
  • Petal
  • Scout
  • Delta

How do you spell that again?

This is a somewhat controversial baby name trend. Parents in 2015 loved switching up the spelling of names to make it their own, unique and new name. Whereas it can look cool on paper, be prepared to answer the questions: “How do you spell that again?” or “How do you pronounce that?” Here are some of the new baby girl names that had a spelling switch-up this year:

  • Ayva (instead of Ava)
  • Avah (instead of Ava)
  • Hadleigh (instead of Hadley)
  • Everleigh (instead of Everly)
  • Kynlee (instead of Kinley)
  • Maddison (instead of Madison)
  • Alisson (instead of Alison)

Last names as first names

This year parents were looking at last names as first names — and we love it. This is such a cool way for Mom to incorporate her own maiden name into her daughter’s first name, as well. Love this trend but not sure where to start? Look at U.S. presidents! For some reason, their last names make great first names. Here are some of our favorite “last names as first names” that are perfect for your modern baby girl:

Tell us: What do you think of the new baby girl names? Would you name your daughter any of these? Weigh in below.

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