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Finding just the right name for your daughter is exciting, but it can also be challenging and a little overwhelming at times so we’ve done some of the work for you. If you’re looking for a name that’s a little different, check out our list of 60 beautiful, rare, unusual and original baby girl names.

Pretty and Unique Baby Girl Names

If you’re looking for a pretty name, one of these unique baby girl names might fit the bill:

Annalise. This name of German origin is a combination of Anna and a short form of Elisabeth, ‘Lise’. It can also be spelt Anneliese, but the simpler form is more popular in the UK. Whichever form you choose, it’s a simple, pretty and unique name for your baby girl.

Brigitta. This name is best known as the Scandinavian, German and Dutch variant of Bridget, and this more exotic form of a popular girls’ name certainly has a feminine ring to it. Interestingly, the name actually dates back to the ancient Celts of Ireland and originally meant ‘high goddess’. This name could be perfect if you’re looking for a more exotic baby girl name that still has a familiar ring to it.

Charmaine. Although the name's exact meaning is unknown, it’s thought that Charmaine could be a combination of the word ‘charm’ and the suffix ‘aine’ from the girls’ name Lorraine. If you happen to be having twins, both of these wonderfully original names could make super twin girl names.

Genevieve. This uncommon girls’ name dates back to mediaeval times, but its origin is uncertain. It possibly has Gallic, German and Celtic elements. It’s also the name of the patron saint of Paris, and it certainly has a vivacious, continental flavour.

Lillia. This pretty name has Latin origins and means ‘lilies’. It could be an inspired choice if you’re looking for a flower name with a twist.

Lucinda. This name dates back to the 17th century, when it started to be used as a variant of Lucy or Lucia (meaning ‘light’). The name features in several works of literature, including Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Will it become a part of your family’s story, too?

Micaela. This is a feminine form of Michael, a Hebrew name that means ‘Who is like God?’ It has plenty of alternative spellings, like Michaela or Mikaela – just pick the one you like best because whichever way you go your girl will stand out from the crowd with this name.

Priscilla. This is a feminine form of the Roman family name Priscus, meaning ‘ancient’. It appears in the New Testament, and was also the name of a Roman empress.

Talulla. This melodic-sounding name has Gaelic origins, as a traditional Irish name born by two saints. However, like many names it may have entered our language from several different sources, including the Native American Choctaw word for ‘leaping waters’.

Cute and Unique Baby Girl Names

Any of these names would be a cute choice for your beautiful baby girl:

Calista. What could be a better name for your gorgeous daughter than this name that comes from the Greek Kallistō, which means ‘most beautiful’?

Candace. This rare name comes from Latin and means ‘pure’ or ‘sincere’, but it’s also mentioned in the New Testament as the name of an ancient dynasty of Ethiopian queens.

Filippa. This regal-sounding name is the Greek, Italian, Russian and Swedish spelling of Philippa, the feminine form of Philip – which means lover of horses. But of course, you don’t have to be a fan of equestrian sports to like the sound of this unique baby name.

Gale. This unique name is English in origin and means ‘merry’ or ‘jovial’, although as a girls’ name it could also be a shortened version of Abigail. It’s often chosen for boys as well as girls, so if you don’t know your little one’s sex yet or you would prefer a gender-neutral name, this might be one to consider.

Gillian. The feminine form of Julian is based on Julius, the name of a Roman emperor and a saint. You could pronounce this with either a soft or a hard G.

Harlow. Once more common as a family name, the gender-neutral first name Harlow comes from Old English and means rocky hill. It’s a perfect choice if you want your daughter’s name to exemplify steadfastness and strength.

Letitia. In Latin, this pretty name means joy or happiness. It’s also the name of a saint revered in Spain. So, if you’d like your little one’s life to be full of good cheer and contentment, then this name could get her off to a wonderful start.

Odette. Originating from French, this name is the diminutive of Oda, and means ‘wealthy’. If you’re a ballet fan, you’ll recognise it as the name of the leading character in ‘Swan Lake’ – but of course, you don’t have to be into theatrical dance to like this sweet-sounding name.

Phoebe. This name comes from the Greek Phoibos, which means bright or radiant. Phoebe is a name for the moon goddess Artemis in Greek mythology, and there’s even a real moon called Phoebe orbiting the planet of Saturn!

Willow. The name of a graceful tree whose name has evolved over the ages from the Old English word welig. This name could be reminiscent of the tranquillity of willow tree branches swaying gently in the breeze.

Short and Unique Baby Girl Names

If you’re looking for a unique baby girl name that’s short and sweet, try one of these:

Enya. This unique and serene sounding name is the English form of the Irish name Eithne, which means kernel or grain in Irish. It’s also the name of a saint.

Fay. In Middle English, this short name means fairy. To make the name a little fancier, you could add an e to the end. Either way, it’s an adorable girls’ name with a cute meaning.

Fern. From the word for the plant, the name originally comes from the Old English fearn. It has a wonderfully natural, down-to-earth feel.

Greta. This is a short form of the name Margareta, which is derived from a Greek word meaning pearl. Just imagine calling your little one by this elegant name.

Iris. Meaning rainbow in Greek, this short name was also the name of the Greek goddess of rainbows and is the name of a flower. See even more great flower names.

Joni. This adorable name from the United States is a diminutive form of Joan, a name of Hebrew origin meaning ‘God is gracious’.

Kaia. This diminutive of Katherine, originating from Scandinavia, is another short name that will sound great – and maybe turn a few heads – when you call out to your little one in the playground or at the school gate.

Layla. In Arabic, this beautiful name means night. It goes way back – featuring in a set of romantic poems popular in medieval Arabia and Persia – but certainly hasn’t lost any of its exotic charm since then.

Lulu. Besides being a cute nickname or diminutive of Louise or Lucy, it might surprise you to learn that this pretty girls’ name has found its way into our language from various other sources too, including as the Arabic for ‘pearl’.

Maia. This name comes from Greek mythology and means mother. In Roman mythology Maia personified the Earth Mother. She was also the goddess of spring, which is why they named the month of May after her. There are several spellings, but Maia is one of the more unique variants.

Zelda. This is the short form of Griselda, which comes from the German words gris and hild, which mean grey and battle respectively. Although the meaning sounds a bit gloomy, the name itself doesn’t sound dull at all – there’s nothing dreary about a name that starts with the letter Z!

Uncommon Baby Girl Names

If you want to make sure no one else in your child’s class will have your little one’s name, consider one of these:

Allegra. This pretty name means cheerful or lively in Italian. It’s a beautiful option for a little girl.

Catriona. This Gaelic form of Katherine is a very unique choice (outside of Scotland and Ireland), and its melodic lilting sound is sure to turn heads.

Christabel. Combining the name Christina with the suffix “bel,” the name occurs in medieval literature. If you’re having twins, you might consider naming your daughters Christabel and Isabel, as these make a lovely pair.

Euphrasia. Meaning good cheer in Greek, this might be the perfect name for a new baby who has already brought so much happiness into your life.

Isolde. The roots of this name are uncertain, but in Arthurian legend, Isolde is an Irish princess who due to a love potion falls in love with her king’s knight. Although their story is tragic, this unique name girls name has a beautiful ring to it.

Joelle. Although this is the feminine form of Joel, which in Hebrew means ‘Yahweh is God’, you don’t have to be religious to choose this highly original girls name.

Nadia. Derived from the word for ‘hope’, this Slavic name sounds familiar yet exotic – a special name for the special little girl in your life.

Siobhan The Irish form of Joan, meaning ‘God is gracious’, this form of the name is much more unique.

Tabitha. This Aramaic name means gazelle. It also appears in the New Testament.

Thaïs. This beautiful and unusual girls’ name has Greek roots and means ‘beloved’. It’s also a name of a saint, and has been featured in literature and art, including a famous French opera.

Cool Baby Girl Names

If you’re looking for something really different or even unusual, then take a look at this list of cool names for your baby girl:

Avalon. This is the island that legend says King Arthur was brought to upon his death. If you’re a fan of myths and legends, you might consider this option.

Aviva. The feminine form of the Hebrew name Aviv, which means springtime. In this feminine form, it sounds very lively and fresh.

Chantal. Derived from a French surname, which is linked to a place name that means stony, there is also a saint with this name. Pronouncing it with an ‘sh’ sound gives this name a cool, sophisticated feel – a dash of true French chic.

Danica. This Slavic name means morning star or Venus, which is a pretty image to have when thinking about your daughter.

Isobel. This alternative spelling of the familiar name Isabelle – meaning ‘God is my oath’ – gives this old favourite a refreshingly cool twist.

Solange. The French form of the ancient Roman Sollemnia, which means ‘religious’. Of course, you don’t have to be religious to choose this beautiful name.

Raquel. The Spanish and Portuguese form of the Hebrew name Rachel, which means ewe. Although the meaning isn’t that appealing, the name itself has a cool, fresh feel.

Yesenia. This name comes from Jessenia, a type of tree in South America. For a sassy name, consider this one for your baby girl.

Zenaida. This is a name derived from the name of the Greek god Zeus. It was also the name of a saint. Your daughter probably won’t meet anyone else in school with this name.

Unique and Powerful Baby Girl Names

These names not only have a powerful sound to them, they also have strong meanings:

Aaliyah. This is the feminine form of the Arabic male name Aali, which means high, lofty or exalted – what better name for the little girl who you worship?

Arabella. The roots of this name are debated. It may be a Norman name derived from the word for ‘eagle’, another theory is that it originates from the Latin for ‘yielding to prayer’, while other sources suggest that it’s simply a version of Annabel. Whichever is correct, this name certainly radiates strength and beauty.

Ashanti. This is the name of a people residing in southern Ghana. It most likely means warlike in the Twi language, invoking images of strength and power for your daughter.

Athena. Athena – daughter of Zeus – was the Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare as well as the patron goddess of the capital of Greece. This is a name that’s brimming with courage and strength, so it’s a great choice if these are qualities you’d like in your little one. Check out these other baby names from Greek mythology [https://www.pampers.co.uk/pregnancy/baby-names/article/greek-mythology-baby-names] if this style of name appeals to you.

Berenice. The Latinisation of a Greek name that means bringing victory, Berenice also appears in the New Testament as Bernice. The name is powerful as well as feminine.

Devika. In Hindi, this name means little goddess, the perfect name for your little one.

Patricia. Meaning ‘noble’, this dignified-sounding girls’ name first become popular in Scotland in the 18th century before spreading to England. If you like the sound of this timeless classic, check out some more old-fashioned baby names you’ll love.

Sarai. In Hebrew, this name means ‘my princess’. This was Sara’s original name in the Old Testament. Another terrific option for your little princess.

Thekla. From ancient Greek, this unusual name means glory to God. It was also the name of a saint.

Valencia. The name of cities in Spain and Venezuela, it comes from the Latin word valentia and means brave or strong. The name sounds powerful while still sounding feminine and romantic.

More Rare and Unusual Baby Girl Names

In case you still haven’t found the perfect name for your daughter, these are some more unique baby girl names to consider:

Fionnuala. An Irish name that means white or ‘fair shoulders’, it comes from an Irish legend of a girl being transformed into a swan.

Jolene. This name was created in the 20th century by combining ‘Jo’ with ‘Eileen.’ It’s a great modern choice for your daughter, while still being relatively uncommon.

Katya. This is a cute diminutive of Ekaterina, which is Russian for Katherine. It means ‘pure’.

Kiera. This is the English version of the Irish name Ciara, which is based on the masculine name Ciar, meaning black. Once it was given to babies with a dark hair or complexion, but today it could suit your little one whatever her colouring.

Kirsten. It’s the Scandinavian version of Christine. The I is often pronounced as ‘ee,’ which makes this name sound unique.

Larisa. The origins of this pretty girls’ name are a little obscure, but it could be derived from the ancient city of Larisa – meaning Citadel – in the Greek region of Thessaly. It’s also the name of a Greek saint. You could pair this name with Melisa if you’re having twin girls and like the idea of rhyming names.

Olive. Olivia is currently a very popular name, but Olive – an understated and charming alternative – has been making a comeback lately.

Sinead. This is the Irish version of Janet, meaning ‘God is gracious’. In this form, the name could come across as much more unique.

Thalia. In Greek, it means to blossom and flourish. In Greek mythology it’s the name of one of the muses: The goddess of comedy and idyllic poetry, to be precise. So, if you’re hoping your little girl will have a way with words and a great sense of humour this could be an ideal choice.

Zaynab. In Arabic, this unusual baby girl name means ‘beauty’ or ‘grace’. It’s also the name of a fragrant flowering tree. What a pretty way to honour your daughter with this name.

Need More Inspiration?

Haven’t found the right unique name for your baby girl on our list? Try our Baby Name Generator for even more name inspiration. Or, throw a baby naming party so that your loved ones can help you find the perfect unique baby name.