Are you expecting a baby girl and looking for rare baby names?
Unusual names are such a big draw for parents. A standout name is attractive because it has bags of personality behind it and means the child is unlikely to have the same name as other kids in their class at school.
According to baby name statistics, a growing proportion of parents are choosing baby names outside of the top 100 most popular names!
Expectant mums and dads are partly motivated by popular culture, where shows such as Game of Thrones have introduced a whole new list of names. Some have been completely invented by the creators of the story, for example thousands of newborns were called Khaleesi during the show’s peak.
However some parents are also looking to baby names that have perhaps dropped out of favour in modern days. The old-fashioned baby name trend is a great one to look at if you are looking for a rare baby name.
If you want something unique for your baby’s name, I’ve got some beautiful, badass and unusual rare baby girl names to give you inspiration, and their meanings!
Uncommon baby girl names
If you want to find the most uncommon and rare baby girl names you can look at the full ONS list of names people gave to their babies. This can be downloaded from ONS right here – you’ll need Table 6 to see the full list of names.
This list will tell you how widely used your top choices of baby girl name were in the most recent year that data is available. Scroll to the end to find the least used baby names.
To help you out here’s a list of very rarely used baby girl names.
Just three or four babies were given each of these names in the UK! There are just under 1,000 baby names that were given to fewer than four babies each, so I have chosen one name from each letter of the alphabet.
Many on the list of the uncommon names are double barrelled first names, which is something to consider if you want a rare name.
You can find a list of double barrel girl names here.
Rare baby girl names
Here are some very rarely used girl names you won’t find on other baby names lists!
Meaning nobility or adornment, this is perfect for parents looking for a vintage baby name. It’s very similar to the name Ada, which has grown in popularity in recent years thanks to the old fashioned name trend.
After the rainforest.
This name means vision or dream, so it’s lovely if you have been dreaming of having your baby and finally are welcoming a baby girl!
A dreamy baby girl name that means dreamer.
This name means grace and kindness, which makes it a beautiful choice for a little girl!
A beautifully unique name meaning grace. It’s very unusual and rare, and could be abbreviated to Annie if you wish.
Meaning flowery or lady of the flowers.
Meaning life or beauty.
A lovely choice if you love the idea of shortening your baby’s name to Bella but want something more rare than Isabella. It means loving or graceful.
Meaning prayer or protection.
This cute nature baby name means great forest.
A nature baby name meaning eagle.
Meaning ash tree settlement or east town.
Meaning of the stars.
A Celtic name meaning island of apples.
A pretty and feminine name meaning “halo of light around the moon”. It’s perfect for fans for the celestial name trend which is set to be big in 2020.
The meaning of this name is “bringer of joy” which makes it the perfect name for a longed-for baby. Can be shorted to Bea.
Meaning she who brings happiness.
Meaning woodland clearing.
Like the colour.
After the pretty blue flower.
The name means carefree, and it’s also quite a traditional old English name so perfect for fans of vintage baby names.
I love this pretty, boho baby girl name! It means person of a bohemian nature.
I love this delicate Welsh girl name. It means pure of heart.
Meaning beautiful voice. Can be shortened to Callie.
An Irish/Scottish name pronounced kee-va. Meaning beautiful.
A name from Greek mythology.
A cute and delicate baby girl name meaning blind.
Meaning love. This name is common in Wales but rare elsewhere.
The name comes from the Spanish word for help. It’s a pretty name with strong popularity in France, but less widely used in the UK and US.
After the coral reef found in the sea.
Meaning kind maiden.
I love this cosmic-sounding girl name. It means order and decency.
A flower named after the botanist A Dahl.
Meaning friend, it’s also the name of a states in the US.
A very pretty name for a baby girl meaning “sweetness”. This also makes a lovely middle name.
Currently not a popular baby name but trendy due to the lead female character in series 1 of the Netflix show Bridgerton.
A Biblical name meaning delight or to flirt. If the meaning is not your cup of tea, ignore that and think about the name itself. It’s so unique and pretty, plus could be shortened to Lilah if you wish.
Meaning bard or poet.
A gender neutral name meaning reverberating sound. A great choice if you love mystical-sounding and boho baby names.
The name has grown in popularity in recent years but remains quite rare still. It means riches or blessed. Can be shortened to Edie.
Meaning pledged to god.
Meaning spark or low burning fire.
Meaning lake of help.
Pronounced ay-lee, this name means sun or radiant one.
Meaning shining or bright.
A cute gender neutral name meaning cheerful.
Meaning the living god.
Meaning hard working.
Meaning generous gift.
Meaning from the boar meadow.
A beautiful whimsical name meaning story or legend.
Meaning wild or weaver, it’s a lovely alternative to Mia.
A Greek name meaning rejoicing.
Meaning god’s gracious gift, this is a great choice for religious parents, but also a very pretty, feminine choice for anyone looking for a girly and rare name.
A Welsh name meaning white shadow. The name was made famous by the legend of King Arthur, however it is not a commonly used name today and is cool if you want a romantic baby name.
Meaning hazel tree.
A less popular alternative to Harriet. The name means little ruler of the home, which may be very appropriate for a newborn!
Meaning strength or power.
A Greek name meaning Indian dye and also after the deep blue colour.
After a violet-coloured stone.
A name similar sounding to Iris. It means carefree and happy.
Meaning pledged to god.
Meaning ice ruler.
Meaning little warrior.
Meaning rough or fierce.
A pretty fusion of the names Lilly and Anna.
Meaning alluring enchantress.
So many names are now inspired by popular culture! Love is a character in the second series of You on Netflix. While the subject matter of the show is not particularly baby-friendly, this is a beautiful and unique name!
The name means night in Arabic. You could change up the way it’s spelt, with options including Laila, Layla or Leila.
Meaning wise person.
A pretty floral baby name meaning golden flower.
It means sea of bitterness or sea of sorrow, so it’s not got the cheeriest of connotations. But it can also mean “wished-for child”. It’s a more unusual variant on the name Mary.
A vintage baby name meaning mighty in battle.
Meaning gracious and dear.
Meaning gracious or dear.
A pretty short name meaning sweet.
Meaning heavenly mist.
Meaning star or new.
A Latin girl name meaning new.
A sweet name meaning mountain goat.
A lovely variant of the name Olive, meaning olive tree.
This one derives from the Celtic name meaning golden princess.
Meaning prosperous in battle.
A great name for fans of surnames as first names. Can be used for a boy or a girl. It means park keeper.
A pretty choice for a baby girl!
After the type of rose. Great if you want a floral baby name.
A lovely celestial baby name meaning star.
The name means reborn.
This name is likely to grow a little more popular thanks to the character Rey in Star Wars, but it remains pretty rare and not so widely used. The word means king in Spanish.
Meaning man of Rome.
A shortened version of Rosemary. Made famous by the hit movie Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion.
Meaning pretty rose in Latin. Can be shortened to Rosa or Rose.
From the name Roxanne, meaning dawn of day.
Meaning beauty or flow.
Meaning princess, it can be shortened from the name Seraphina if you wish.
Meaning poetry or song.
Meaning seer or oracle.
A perfect name if you are expecting a winter baby.
Meaning little song.
A sweet word baby name that means tale.
Meaning loved one.
After the most laidback day of the week.
A two-syllable girl name meaning twin.
Meaning gift this name is a gorgeous and unique name. It’s perfect for fans of more old-fashioned baby names.
A nature girl name meaning meadow of the quivering aspens.
Meaning fair one.
Meaning friend or hill.
Meaning a small brown songbird. It’s of old English origin and such a simple yet delicate name!
An alternative spelling for Winter. Great as a December baby name.
A Greek name meaning golden or yellow.
Meaning evening star.
Meaning new house.
This pretty name means dawn.
What is the rarest name for a girl?
The rarest name for a baby girl is one that you create yourself.
It may be that you use two different names merged together to create a unique word – think Reneesme, the baby of Edward and Bella Cullen in the Twilight series which was a merger of Renee and Esme.
If you do not want to invent a name of your own, but do want to find a baby name that is not widely used (and certainly is not in the top 100 popular baby names) then you can check out this post for ideas or look at the annual statistics for baby names.
You can find out if your favourite baby girl name is widely used by inputting it into the ONS baby names explorer! It will tell you how widely used your top choices of baby girl name were in the most recent year that data is available.
Related post: Baby name trends for 2021
I hope you have found some inspiration in these baby girl names! You may also like the list of 50+ boy and girl names that will be trending in 2020 and this list of floral baby girl names.