Want your newest addition to your family to stand out among the Emmas, Olivias, and Sophias? Opt for one of these unique, unusual baby girl names for your newborn daughter.

By Liz Steelman
May 10, 2017

If you’re looking for an unusual girl name for your anticipated bundle of joy, you’re not alone. Over the past few decades, there has been a noticeable increase in families choosing different and unusual names for their children. “Parents increasingly see name choices as a reflection of individuality,” says Laura Wattenberg, author of The Baby Name Wizard and baby name expert. “A unique name is chosen as a symbol of a unique, special child and family.”

But since everyone is looking for a “unique” name now, the search for a truly unusual find may be more difficult than before—especially if you’re expecting a baby girl. According to Wattenberg, girl names, historically, have tended to be fashion-driven whereas boys names have been more conservative. For example, while the most popular name has cycled out about every decade for girls, Michael has been on the top 10 names for boys for more than 75 years—with a stunning streak on top from 1961 to 1998. Because of this, there are simply more female names in the popular domain that seem normal to our ears than male names.

Additionally, many trending “unusual” names for girls skew masculine. So if you’re looking for something unique, unusual, but distinctly feminine, you might have to dig deep. Fortunately, we did the heavy lifting for you. We searched through the Social Security Administration’s 2015 database of baby girl names in search of stunning, yet unusual names. Our picks, below, were given to 10 or fewer newborn girls each that year—so there’s a slim chance she’ll have to share her unique name with anyone else.

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