Here we go....
Meaning: "I am with God"
I recently read about this name via a blog hop that I joined in on and oh my goodness, it is gorgeous! It can be pronounced like Leah or Lye-uh. It makes a stunning alternative to the very popular Leah and it has a much better meaning! Beautiful sound, beautiful look, beautiful meaning, beautiful name!
Kerenza is a beautiful Cornish name with a lovely meaning and a snappy sound. I'm surprised it's not more popular. I've featured it in two previous articles: Valentine's Names and Calendar Names. Keri, Ren, Renzi, or Renza would all be cute nicknames.
Meaning: One who acts as an anchor
Wow, what an awesome find! What a strong meaning! It might be especially appropriate for the daughter of a sailor. Akira has a modern, trendy feel but it's still a solid name and not over-used. It could be an alternative to Aaliyah (#36).
Elowen is another lilting Cornish name. It's absolutely beautiful but not too many people have caught on to it yet. You could get the very popular nickname Ellie from Elowen or the less common option Wendy but Elowen is just stunning on its own.
While this lovely Dutch name's meaning might leave something to be desired for your average person, if you have Saxon heritage it might be a good way to pay tribute. If the somewhat brazen nickname Sassy isn't your style, Kia would also be a great choice. Kia, by the way, would be a beautiful stand-alone name and is also not in the top 1000.
Meaning: from Elysium
With Alicia, Alyssa, and Elissa all being pretty popular, I'm surprised Elysia hasn't caught on. Elysia would make a good alternative to these more common names and it also has its own uniquely beautiful sound. You could get the nickname Ely or Ellie from Elysia or the more distinct Lys.
Zaira (pronounced ZY-ruh or ZARE-uh) is a modern looking and sounding variation of the timeless classic Sarah. Sarah is at #48, Sara at #154, and Zara at #482 but Zaira is not in the top 1000. I particularly like the ZY-ruh pronunciation. If Sadie is a nickname for Sarah, Zadie or Zaidee could be a nickname for Zaira.
Meaning: new victory
Signy doesn't fit into my normal preferred style of names but its meaning and sound really appeal to me for some reason. Given Sydney's popularity, I think Signy would be a nice alternative that still fits right in.
Meaning: sweet speaking
Eulalie (Yoo-LAY-lee) has an enchanting sound and a lovely meaning. Other forms of Eulalie are Eulala and Eulalia. Eula (YOO-luh) and Lalie (LAY-lee) are gorgeous nicknames, though I might change the spelling on the nickname Lalie to something like Laylie to make it easier to understand.
Meaning: "Lord, have mercy"
Kyrielle (Kee-ree-ELL) is a shortening of the phrase "Kyrie eleison", meaning "Lord have mercy". As a noun, a kyrielle is a French form of poetry that originally focused on praising God. Kyrie or Elle would make gorgeous nicknames.
Meaning: region offering peace and contentment
Arcadia is a beautiful, sophisticated sounding name with a lovely meaning. There are also great potetial nicknames for Arcadia such as Cady, Ari, Aria, or Dia.
Meaning: light of God
What a beautiful name with a beautiful meaning! It also has the added advantage of the fashionable nickname Ellie. Lia or Ora might also be nickname options.
Meaning: most beautiful
Meaning: glade by the lake
Meaning: with healing power
Meaning: leaping waters
Tallulah is a celebrity name (Tallulah Bankhead) and a celebrity baby name (Tallulah Willis) so plenty of people have heard of Tallulah but it has yet to catch on. Tallulah has the fashionable double 'l' sound without starting with L. I prefer the nickname Tally to Lu or Lula or Lulu.
Mirabelle sounds old-fashioned and familiar but given the popularity of other Bella names, it still feels usable today. "Marvelous" is a fantastic meaning, too. I think the nickname many modern parents would gravitate towards would be Bella but I'd prefer Belle. Mira is also a gorgeous option!
Well, there you have it! Twenty amazing, unique girls names! If you're looking for a name that's beautiful and unique but still has meaning, I hope you've been inspired by these 20! My favorite names from this list are Liya, Kerenza, Kyrielle, Callisto.... Actually I really, really like a lot of these names! Thanks for reading and God bless!
What are your favorite names from this list? What other uncommon baby names do you like? Let me know in the comments!