Whether you’ve just found out you’re expecting, or you’ve left things to the last minute and need to decide on something pronto for a brand new arrival, choosing your child’s name can be an overwhelming task! While popular names like Olivia, Amelia and Isla are just as beautiful, if you’re looking for something a little more uncommon – but not unusual – continue reading for some inspiration.
This popular French name has been gaining attention from Anglophones since the 2001 French film of the same name. If you love the hugely popular name Amelia, which means ‘work’, the French version is a variation that’s just as pretty.
Introduced to Britain by the Normans in the 11th century, the name Adeline was extremely popular in the medieval times, before disappearing and reappearing again during the Victorian Gothic revival. It’s pronounced ad-a-LEEN in Europe and ad-a-line in the US.
Popular in the mid-century era, the name Nancy, which means ‘grace’, has a classic feel to it – perhaps it conjures up images of Oliver Twist, or takes you back to your childhood if you were fond of the Nancy Drew books.
You might not realise, but the name Sabrina is the Latin name for the River Severn – making it the perfect choice for babies native to the west of the country!
Another mid-century name, Rosalie had her comeback in the late 2000s thanks to a minor character in the Twilight films. The name comes from the French variation of Rose, perfect if you’re looking for a floral name with a twist.
With German origins, this pretty name instantly conjures up images of alpine maids on a scenic Austrian mountain backdrop. Heidi means ‘noble’, making it a great choice for moral, strong personalities.
The life and works of Frida Kahlo have inspired growing numbers of babies named Frida. Meaning ‘peaceful’, Frida is a popular choice in Scandinavian countries.
Popular in the 1960s, the name Edie is short for Edith, but in recent times it’s been used on its own. It means ‘prosperous in war’, making it a brilliant choice for strong, determined types.
If you’re hoping your new arrival takes after her name, Serena might be a good choice! It’s also easy to pronounce in most languages, so it’s good for international families.
If you love the super popular Olivia, but are after a lesser-used version, Olive is an extra cute variation. The olive branch symbolises peace, while an olive wreath is a symbol of success.
You can’t go wrong with floral names, but if you’re on the look-out for something other than the more common Rose, Daisy and Lily, Violet makes a striking alternative.
A particularly good choice for a first daughter, and meaning ‘life’, Eve is simple, classic and works at every age – ideal for traditionalists who want something that isn’t too frequently used.
Nina is another great name for international families, and although it is often used as a nickname, it’s lovely on its own too. It’s actually short for the Spanish ‘Antonina’, meaning ‘priceless one’ – we cant think of anything more fitting for our own daughters!
Fans of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will love this more dainty version of Helen, with Greek origins meaning a bright, shining light. A really pretty name if you want something both classic and delicate.
Although Coral has fallen out of favour in recent times, the French variation, Coralie, is an extra pretty take on the sea-based name.
Coming from the Latin word meaning strength and health, we can’t think of better attributes for a new baby. Valentina is a great name that works in lots of languages too.
If you’re looking for a virtue name that’s a little more unusual than Hope, Faith or Grace, consider Clemency for your sweet and merciful baby! Although it’s a British variation of the Latin ‘Clement’, it sounds almost French and a little exotic.
You might not realise but the name Sadie started life as a nickname for Sarah, which means ‘princess’. Although more popular last century, Sadie is slowly gaining more popularity in recent years.
Elodie is a strong name meaning ‘foreign riches’, giving it exotic connotations. Elodie is a variation of the Spanish Saint Alodia, however these days, it sounds like an updated version of Melody.
Given its meaning – paradise – it’s not surprising that Eden is gaining popularity. Short and simple, it’s a lovely choice for any girl – especially if she’ll have a long surname.