Aug
10

Cool, unusual girls’ names: The best 100

Posted in Name my baby
by Lorain County Moms

nameberry.com

Our challenge this week was to bring you “cool uncommon baby names.” Our criteria: Scour the 25,000 names given to 25 or fewer babies last year and pick the 100 best.

Now we’re going to bring you the 200 best, 100 for girls and another 100 for boys (next week). These cool unusual girls’ names have deep roots, are attractive, can fit into contemporary life, yet are not on the brink of widespread discovery.

If you’d like to pore over the master list of girls’ names used in the U.S. last year (for five or more children, as per privacy laws), we now include it on nameberry (http://nameberry.com/blog/popular-baby-names/girls-names-2009). And true name nerds or obsessive name searchers can go here 9 (http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/limits.html) to download the entire zip file of all the names used every year stretching back to 1880. If you want to wade through the rosters yourself, we’d love to hear your picks for best undiscovered names!
But we warn you, the lists are monsters, and the further down you go on the list, the more names there are: There are 15,000 used for 25 or fewer girls alone. Here, what we think are the 100 best cool unusual girls’ names:

  1. ADIRA
  2. ALBANY
  3. ALBERTA
  4. AMABEL
  5. AMBROSIA
  6. ANNORA
  7. ANOUK
  8. ANTONINA
  9. AUGUSTINA
  10. AUSTEN
  11. BEA
  12. BELLAMY
  13. BIRDIE
  14. BLANCHE
  15. BRANWEN
  16. CAIA
  17. CARMELITA
  18. CELESTIA
  19. CERYS
  20. CICELY
  21. CIRCE
  22. CLEMENTINA
  23. CLIO
  24. CORIN
  25. CORNELIA
  26. CYRA
  27. DARIELA
  28. DESTIN
  29. DILLON
  30. DOLLY
  31. DOMENICA
  32. DOMINO
  33. EASTON
  34. ELECTRA
  35. ELEONORA
  36. ELIZABELLA
  37. ELSPETH
  38. FEDERICA
  39. FINN
  40. FINOLA
  41. FLEUR
  42. FRANNY
  43. GRACIA
  44. GRAY
  45. GUINIVERE
  46. HENRIETTA
  47. HESTER
  48. HONORA
  49. IONE
  50. ISOLDE
  51. JACINTA
  52. JEZEBEL
  53. KATHERINA
  54. KELLEN
  55. KIERNAN
  56. LAKE
  57. LANGLEY
  58. LENORE
  59. LEONIE
  60. LILIBETH
  61. LILOU
  62. LUCIENNE
  63. LUX
  64. MARLIN
  65. MARYANA
  66. MIREILLE
  67. NOE
  68. NOELY
  69. NOVEMBER
  70. OLYMPIA
  71. ONDINE
  72. PALMER
  73. PAZ
  74. PHILOMENA
  75. PIPPA
  76. RAFAELLA
  77. SABRA
  78. SAFFRON
  79. SASKIA
  80. SIDRA
  81. SINEAD
  82. SNOW
  83. SPRING
  84. SYBIL
  85. TAJA
  86. TALLY
  87. TANA
  88. TANSY
  89. TEMPEST
  90. TESSIE
  91. TORIL
  92. TRIXIE
  93. TRUDY
  94. TRUTH
  95. TULIP
  96. VALENTINE
  97. VERENA
  98. VERONIQUE
  99. VITA
  100. ZANDRA

Nameberry (http://nameberry.com) is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of 10 bestselling baby name guides, including the newest, “Beyond Ave and Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby.”

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