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Buried Treasure Names for Girls, From A to Z

January 5, 2024 namerology 4 Comments

Buried Treasure Names for Girls, From A to Z

January 5, 2024 Namerology 4 Comments

An alphabet of still-undiscovered names across the style spectrum

Antique treasure map marking a path from A to Z

It’s the ultimate baby name treasure: an undiscovered name. As name styles shift and expand, these hidden gems become harder and harder to find. But we’ve uncovered a trove.

Each of these 78 girls’ names is genuinely rare. None appear in the current list of the top 1000 names for American girls. Some are antiques that have yet to return to style, like Harriet. Others are brand-new like Sparrow, or imports that have yet to catch on here like Elowen. And a few are genuine mysteries, names that continue to fly under the style radar despite seemingly classic appeal. (I’ll let you find those for yourself.)

For a balanced selection, I’ve included three names starting with each letter of the alphabet: one with retro style, one that fits current trends, and one wildcard. (Check out the boys’ list, too!)

 ThrowbackContemporaryWildcard
AAltheaAmethystAriadne
BBettyBreezeBlythe
CCecilyCassiaClarity
DDeliaDoveDulcie
EEvelinaElleryElowen
FFernFiorellaFiadh
GGenevaGaiaGreer
HHarrietHartleyHonor
IIvaIlariaImogen
JJewelJunoJessamine
KKayKitKeziah
LLaviniaLaneLilias
MMinervaMikaMerritt
NNellNoelaniNandi
OOlympiaOrianaOrly
PPollyPerryPetra
QQueenieQuinleyQuinney
RRuthieRipleyRue
SSibylSennaSparrow
TTillyTovaTamsin
UUnaUnityUrsa
VViolaVerenaVerity
WWinifredWinryWallis
XXeniaXenaXolani
YYvonneYunaYael
ZZoraZiaZinnia

Read More: An Alphabet of Buried Treasure Boys’ Names

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  • holey
    holey January 10, 2024 at 9:47 pm

    Nandi, Quinney and Winry are totally new to me! I’d especially love to see Althea, Una and WInifred catch on.

    Not a criticism aimed at you, Laura: It kills me that in our culture boys get names like Hawk, Wolf, Tiger and Bear, while girls get names like Sparrow, Wren and Dove.

    • HungarianNameGeek
      HungarianNameGeek January 12, 2024 at 1:47 pm

      I met a baby girl named Starling a few months ago, so of course I looked it up. Turns out to be very rare but not unheard-of (like, a handful per million babies in the early 1900s) — for boys. Even in the more recent blips of usage, it appears to be perceived as masculine.

      • holey
        holey January 17, 2024 at 10:19 pm

        That was a good thought! I bet the use on boys is because it’s so similar to Sterling.

  • Jamie
    Jamie February 26, 2024 at 7:51 pm

    Some great names here! I’m especially drawn to Polly, which is a name I’ve always liked on fictional characters but very rarely see on people, as well as Imogen. (My soon-to-be new married name ends in an -a, so I’ve started stockpiling good names that don’t end in -a…)

    My first association for Unity is Unity Mitford, which is a shame, as it has a lovely meaning in itself. Maybe a few more famous Unitys would overcome the association.

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