Rare girls’ names – as unique as each individual child2 minute read
In our recent article, The Top 5 most popular Baby names of 2021, we introduced to you some of the names we’ve seen more frequently making their way through our Top Secret Database. Rare girl’s names however are also very much on trend and there are some beautiful and quite inspirational ones out there.
When our customers create their very own personalised children’s books we get to see a huge variety of beautiful and sometimes very unusual names. In this article, we’re taking a closer look at some of the more unique names that have come our way with our baby book, ‘Welcome to the World’.
Rare girls’ names – our top picks
The meanings behind the names
Willow – The name Willow is of English origin and means ‘willow tree’ and ‘freedom.’ It was derived from the Old English word welig, meaning ‘willow.’
Zaida – Zaida is of Arabic origin and means ‘prosperous’ or ‘fortunate’.
Riley – The name Riley comes from the Old English ryge leah, meaning ‘wood clearing.’ It’s also an adaptation of the Irish last name Reilly. Another meaning is ‘valiant.’
Ocean – Similar to Willow, Ocean is a name inspired by nature. It literally means ‘ocean’ and has its roots in French and Latin.
Norah – Norah is a varation of the name Nora. In its Latin origin it means ‘dignified’, in the Greek version of the name it has the meaning ‘The bright one; honor; light’.
Maiya – Maiya is derived from the Latin meaning ‘nurse’ or ‘great’, ‘Maiya’ is a spelling variant of the English name ‘Maya’.
Aurora – Anyone who’s watched Sleeping Beauty will be familiar with this particular name, but did you know that the name Aurora is of Latin origin and means ‘dawn.’?
Rare girls’ names – which initial to choose?
A large majority of girls’ names begin with the initials M, E or L. They also – interestingly – have a tendency to end with an ‘a’. One reason for this is that ‘a’ was the ending for the female form of Latin names, and so this has passed down to some derivatives of those names. Also interestingly, female names are more likely to be of a French or Latin origin than male names