As an expectant parent, one of the hardest decisions you have to make is not what kind of car seat to buy, or which crib to put in the nursery. Nope. The hardest decision will be what the heck are you going to call the baby?!? You are selecting a name that your child will have forever!
For some parents, bestowing a trendy moniker on their little princess is just as important as pushing her around in the most popular stroller on the market. But if you are a mom or dad who wants your daughter to stand out in the crowd of Olivias, Emmas, and Harpers that will undoubtedly be in her preschool class a few years from now, you are likely considering choosing a name for your little girl that isn’t too highly ranked on the Social Security Administration’s database of baby names.
To help make that decision a little easier for you, we have put together a list of 100 rare girl names and their meanings. This collection of unique and rare names for girls includes monikers from around the globe, alternatives to trendy three-letter or flower names for girls, and unique variations of some popular names. Hopefully, you will find something you think is as special as your little pink bundle of joy!
100 Rare Girl Names
This German name means “noble.”
In Greek, this pretty name means “whirlwind.”
Spanish in origin, this name is derived from alatz, the Basque word for “miracle.”
The meaning behind this Latin name is “winged one.”
With Hawaiian origins, meaning “brilliant” or “shining.”
This beautiful name, which means “dream” or “dreamer,” has roots in both Latin and the Bantu language of Botswana, Africa.
Perfect for a baby girl born in the winter, as it is a Welsh name meaning “much snow.”
This name means “sweet-faced” in Hebrew and “gracious” in German.
“Beautiful” and “radiant” are the meanings of this name (pronounced EE-fa) which is quite common in Ireland, but not so much in America.
Meaning “noble maiden,” this Welsh name was used for the princess of the elves in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
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The French feminine form of the Scandanavian male name Axel, which means “my father is peace.”
A name that has been used for boys and girls, it means “mighty warrior” in Hindi, and is also a variation on the Ashkenazik Jewish name Bailin.
A blend of the names Belle (which means “beautiful” in French) and Ann (a religious name of Hebrew origins meaning “grace” or “God has favored me).
Originating from the Greek word berylis, this cousin of Jade means “light green semiprecious gemstone.”
Of Welsh origin, meaning “fair-breasted” or pure of heart.
Pronounced Katrina, this Gaelic variation of Katherine means “pure, clear, chaste.”
Meaning “most beautiful,” it’s the feminine form of the Greek name Callistus.
This Welsh name means “love.”
Meaning “cinnamon,” it is a variation of the ancient Greek name Kassiani, who was a Byzantine musical composer and hymnographer.
A combination of the Welsh words cain (fair) and gwen (white).
This Old English flower name is a sweet alternative to Lily or Rose.
This Scottish name means “from the dales, the valley meadows.”
Of Greek and Latin origin, this girl’s name means “calf” or “to tame” or “gentle.”
Derived from the French surname D’Arcy, meaning “one from Arcy” or “dark one,” this name is fitting for fans of Jane Austen’s aloof Pride & Prejudice hero.
If you want your daughter to be a strong boss babe one day, this Russian name means “good ruler.”
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After the mountain nymph in Greek mythology whom Zeus often visited.
The Gaelic form of the Hebrew name Elizabeth means “pledged to God.”
It’s all the rage to combine names (Ella + Sandra) for a unique moniker for your darling daughter, but this one is also a twist on the name Alessandra.
Gender-neutral, this English name means “cheerful” and is also a surname meaning “descendant of Hilary.”
A variation on the spelling of Elowen, a Cornish name that means “elm.”
A Native American name meaning “solitary.”
The name of a minor goddess in Greek mythology, meaning “generous gift.”
Gender-neutral, this name is derived from the Latin fabula, meaning “to talk” or “tale, legend.”
Short and sweet with Irish, Portuguese, and Italian origins, meaning “wild or weaver.’
The name of the mother goddess or mother earth in Greek mythology, means “rejoicing.”
The Italian form of Justine, meaning “fair and just.”
Meaning “alert, watchful,” this is the Scottish variation of the more commonly spelled Greer.
Adapted from the English and Irish surname Hazley, which means “near the hazel tree.”
Nothing could be sweeter for your little girl than bestowing this term of endearment as her given name.
This Italian name is perfect for a smiling baby girl, as it means “cheerful.”
From the ancient Greek word ion, meaning “violet flower.”
Jamaican in origin, it is derived from the Rastafarian term that translates to “carefree” or “happy.”
A variation of Isabel, with French origins meaning “pledged to God” or “God’s promise” in Hebrew.
The Spanish origins mean “rockrose,” but this was also the name of the Hindu goddess of the household and happiness.
As Jessalynn, Jessa, and Jasmine all grow in popularity, this name of Old Persian and French origin meaning “jasmine flower” is a sweet alternative.
A German name meaning “lovable,” it is also the Scandinavian word for the month of June.
If you want your little girl to be a fierce warrior, this Japanese name means “sword.”
In Hebrew, this name means “victorious” or “crown”—fitting for your little princess.
A cousin of Karen, stemming from the Cornish word for “love.”
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Meaning “brave one” or “the warrior” in Hawaiian culture, Keiko is also a common Japanese name for little girls, meaning “happy child.”
Persian in origin, this name means “shining,” “glowing,” “radiant,” and “beautiful.”
If Alexandra is too common for your taste, consider this version of the Greek name which means “defender of men.”
If Lucie or Lola are too commonplace for your taste, consider this name with Latin origins meaning “one whose birth was illuminated by daybreak” and German origins meaning “warrior maiden.”
Derived from the Latin matricalis, musicians might like this name which means “song for unaccompanied voices.”
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This Irish name means “pool” or “lake”—a great choice for parents who love the sea!
A common occupational surname in France, England, and Scotland, taken from the French mercier, meaning “merchant” or “shopkeeper.”
A Japanese name that means “sacred house,” this name is similar to Mia or Maya.
This is the Spanish spelling of the more traditional name Natalia, which means “birthday of Christ” or “born on Christmas Day.”
An old-fashioned English name meaning “bright, shining one,” this name can stand on its own or be a shortened nickname.
Meaning “like a cloud,” it is a variation on Nephele, the ancient Greek goddess created from a cloud by Zeus who became the mother of the Centaurs.
Derived from the African Mende language, this sweet name actually means “sweet.”
Another cute option for water-loving parents, this name has Greek origins and means “from the sea.”
Derived from the Latin word novus, meaning “new” or “new one.”
A variation of the Irish name Una, which itself comes from uan, the Gaelic word for “lamb.”
This Native American word means “great spirit” or “magical power” in the Iroquois nation.
With Latin, Italian, and Spanish origins, this name means “sunrise” or “dawn” and is a sweet alternative to Aurora.
The diminutive form of Ottilie, a name with German and French origins that means “prosperous in battle.”
As floral names like Poppy, Daisy, and Posey grow in popularity, this less common flower name has Greek origins meaning “praise giving” and symbolize wealth and honor in Chinese culture.
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A feminine form of Peter, which comes from the Greek word for “stone” or “rock,” this name is popular in Slavic countries.
An alternate spelling of Kiana, this Persian name means “gracious” or “soft” or “silky.”
A common Irish surname meaning “fit, shapely, strong,” this cousin of Quinn has several spelling variations for you to customize it further.
Arabic in origin, this name means “leader” or “chief” or “princess.” It also has Hebrew ties, meaning “rose” in Yiddish.
“Compassion” and “forgiveness” are the meaning of this name of Egyptian origin.
A surname with Scottish and Irish roots meaning “little redhead,” it also has an Arabic origin meaning “a river in paradise.”
“Entertaining companion” is the meaning behind this Arabic name.
This Muslim name (also spelled Siara) means “holy” and “pure.”
“God is gracious” is the meaning of this pretty Scottish name.
It could be used as a nickname for a longer moniker, but this Old Norse name meaning “victory” can join Fia and stand up next to the trendy Gia, Lia, and Mia!
A Scandinavian name meaning “new victory” and a variation of Signe, the twin sister of Sigmund in the epic Norse mythology story, Saga of the Volsungs.
“Sunshine” is the meaning behind this Spanish name.
Meaning “little song,” literature lovers might appreciate bestowing their baby girl with this name, derived from the Italian word sonetto.
The patron saint of Western Norway, meaning “sun gift.”
This pretty name has Slavic roots as a short form of Tatjana and also means “to mention” or “to name” in Arabic.
Meaning “twin,” this name is a shortened form of the Hebrew Thomasina.
The Goddess of comedy in Greek mythology, meaning “to flourish.”
Thanks to the Hamilton song “Dear Theodosia,” this Greek name meaning “giving to God” has been gaining popularity as an alternative to Theodora for a girl nicknamed Teddi.
A Celtic name that means “gem of the sea.”
A virtue name among Hope, Faith, or Grace, derived from the Latin word veritas, meaning “truth.”
A variation of the name Vienna, which itself was inspired by the Austrian capital city, this name is also a shortened version of Vivienne.
Meaning “small town,” a variation of the French name Vilette.
“Blessed peace” is the meaning behind this name of Welsh origin.
Of Greek origins, meaning “golden or yellow.”
A different spelling for Zoe, meaning “life.”
A name with Spanish and Arabic origins meaning “beautiful.”
This name means “small butterfly” in Arabic, and “seagull” in Aborigine.
From the Native American Choctaw Nation, meaning “believes.”
An alternate spelling to Sadie—which means “princess” in Hebrew—this name also has Arabic origins and means “prosperous.”
Of Spanish origin, this beautiful name means “princess” and has a similar sound to the more popular Graciela.
This African name—which means “to give thanks”—has grown in popularity thanks to the singer-actress.
Of Polish origin meaning “wisdom” and closely related to the Greek name Sophia.
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