It has always been a big responsibility to pick a name for a new little baby, but it seems to be an even bigger task today than it was 50 years ago. This is likely due to the age of technology, and this need everyone has to compete with each other. There are just countless places to find inspiration and ideas. It used to be common practice that children were given family names, names passed down through family members and legends. Now, there are countless websites (like this one) that will give moms-to-be a list that is catered to any kind of theme. This is not a bad thing, variety is the spice of life.
A lot of parents are looking for that special and unique name. The name that will make others turn their head and marvel at the creativity and elegance of the name. This may mean that we need to look overseas for inspiration. Names that are commonplace in other countries, are not so common where another mom lives. So, let’s go on a trip. Today we are going to travel to Italy, land that is rich in culture and good food to find some of the most elegant and beautiful names for a baby girl.
25. Annalisa We are starting off this list strong and we have a name that is sure to knock everyone’s socks off. The name Annalisa is a beautiful combination of the names Anna and Lisa, meaning that you have two built in nicknames to choose from. Everyone loves some variety. The name has no other place of origin or meaning. It is also not ranked when it comes to popularity, which normally tells us that it is not in the top 1000 spot. It is definitely a unique name west of the ocean.
24 Delfina If Daniela is still a little plain for you, then Delfina may be an amazing choice. It has a touch of grace, elegance and whole heap of exotic beauty. The name is of French and Greek origin and it means “dolphin.” The name is also the Italian version of the name Delphine. It is going to start sounding a bit like a broken record, but this is also a name that is not ranked when it comes to popularity. This fact is very important to a lot of people when they are thinking about a name, so it is a must to include here.
23 Eufemia It seems like we are getting more and more into exotic territory, but that is what brings a lot of these names their charm. The fact that they make us think of some far off and magical place. The name Eufemia does not have a place of origin and it means “well I speak.” If anyone has a daughter like mine, this is the perfect choice. This name is not ranked when it comes to popularity in North America, and it is not showing a rise or decline in popularity currently.
22 Orabella This name is perfect for anyone who wants something different than your average Isabella, while it still leaves you the option of using Bella as a short form. This name is the Latin version of the name Arabella and it means “beautiful altar.” Many people love Italian names because of the a-ending. This name is also not ranked when it comes to popularity, so it definitely won’t be confused with Isabella. Just be prepared for people to constantly think your daughters name is Isabella. That may happen for a while.
21 Alessa Alessa is not a name you hear very often, and that could be because it is related to its cousin name Alyssa. Which may be perfect, as one of the trends of today is to tweak the spelling of the name a little bit to make it even more unique. The name has no place of origin, but it does mean “defender of mankind.” Proving that we don’t need any men to save us, the women are here to save the world. The name is also not ranked when it comes to popularity, so it is absolutely one-of-a-kind.
20 Felisa Felisa is another name that is unique and uncommon. It is also one that sounds elegant and dainty. The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, it is actually not even recognized by a lot of baby name websites, so it is guaranteed to turn some heads. There is no place of origin for this name, but it does mean “happy, lucky.” A lot of people take the meaning of a name very seriously, as they feel it helps define who the person will be when they grow up.
19 Benedetta If mom and dad are looking for a name that is truly exotic and feminine sounding than this may be the one for you. The name Benedetta is of Latin origin and it means “blessed.” We know that we are truly blessed with our little girls, so it is a perfect meaning. The name is not currently ranked in popularity, and it experienced a decline of 25% this week alone, so it is no where near a ranking spot any time soon.
18 Ornella We are nearing the end of our list and we are coming to some of the most unique and beautiful names. The only downside to some of the more unique name is you may have to correct people when they try and pronounce them. This name is pronounced or-NELL-ah. The name is Italian in origin and it means “flowering ash tree.” The name is not currently ranked in popularity, but it did experience a slight rise this week. It also has the adorable nickname “Nell” which parents will love.
17 Carlita The name Carlita is beautiful and interesting. It is an interesting choice because there is not much information on this name. It has no place of origin and the only meaning listed for it is “man.” Which seems a little odd for a name that is meant for a little girl.The name is (not surprisingly) off the ranking charts, meaning it is not popular at all, but it did rise 199% this week. It is listed that it is a variation of the names Carol and Carly.
16 Imelda Imelda is a name that you won’t hear very often and will definitely start up a conversation at the local mom group. The name is of Italian and Spanish origin and it means “all-consuming fight.” We want our daughters to fight, to be tough and get through any challenges that face them. The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, and it experienced a dip of 24% this week alone. It is also the name of a Saint, which is an honour for any little girl to hold.
15 Jolanda This name is interesting as it can be pronounced two different ways. It can either be pronounced with the J or the J can be pronounced as a Y. It is all up to you, just be prepared to explain it to everyone you meet which may be the only downside of this name. The name is of Italian origin and it means “violet.” The name is also not ranked when it comes to popularity and it fell another 63% this week alone.
14 Lauretta Lauretta is a perfect alternative for those parents who like the sound of the names Laura and Lauren, but think they are a little too mainstream for their special little girl. The name is of Italian origin and it means “bay laurel.” It is actually the official Italian version of the name Laura. The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it did rise 15% this week so it may be slowly inching its way towards the top spot.
13 Lalia Lalia is a beautiful name that has an enchanted and floral sound to it. Perfect for any little girl. The name is of Latin origin and it means “speaking well.” Our girls will need to speak well in this world in order to let everyone know they will not be pushed aside.The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it is seeing a slight increase as each week goes by. There is a trend now with names that have two letter l’s so this one may be the one for you.
12 Mariella While we are on the topic of names with double l’s, this is another option for you and it is charming, sweet and elegant. It also has a lot of background to it. The name originated in Italy and Holland, and it is a diminutive of the name Maria. It is also the Latin version of the name Mary and Miriam and it means “wished-for child.” The name is not ranked in popularity, but it did rise 21% this week alone.
11 Nicoletta Nicoletta is a name that is full of charm, beauty and exotic flair and it may just be the name you were searching for. Nicoletta is a pet form of the Italian name Nicola, which means “victor of the people.” This is a 2-for-1 name, because Nicola is another great option. The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity meaning that it would truly be exotic sounding to everyone here on the western side of the world. Just be warned that you may have some mom friends who will want to steal your baby’s name.
10 Angelica We often refer to our little girls, and children in general, as our little angels. This is especially true when they are sleeping. If mom knows that she is going to feel this way about her soon-to-be baby girl this may be the perfect name for her. The name is of Italian, Polish and Russian origin and it means “angel or angelic.” In 2017, the name ranked in at #540 in popularity, but it is experiencing a slight decline right now.
9 Daniela The name Daniela is a classic all over the world, but did anyone know that its roots were in Italy? The ‘a’ ending is enough to make anyone assume. If you are looking for a name with a more Biblical meaning, this may be the one for you because it means “God is my judge.” The name Daniela does have a ranking, and in 2017 the name came in at #196. It is also rising, having gone up 30% this week alone. It is one of the more popular names on our list.
8 Elena If you were starting to get worried that all the names on this list were going to be exotic and very hard to spell, then this name should come as a breath of fresh air. The name Elena is simple, charming and beautiful. The name is the Italian version of the Spanish name Helen and it means “bright, shining light.” What a wonderful meaning. The name also ranked in at #67 in 2017, making it our new leader in terms of most popular names.
7 Frederica The name Frederica is obviously a feminine version of the name Frederick. The name has no place of origin and it means “peaceful ruler.” We want our little girls to grow up and rule the world one day, and I am sure most of us would want it to be in a way that brings peace, so this is a perfect meaning. The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity, but it did rise 33% this week alone. Showing that more and more moms are catching on to how adorable and classy this name is.
6 Gabriella Gabriella is definitely a name that people know, they just don’t hear it very often anymore. The name is the Italian feminine version of the name Gabriel and it means “God is my strength.” In 2017, the name ranked in at #68 so there are a lot of mom’s out there who know how precious this name is. The name Gabriella has been on the top 1000 list in the USA since 1984, until it entered the top 100 in 2000 and has stayed there. The name is well-loved because of the nickname Gabby.
5 Gemma One of the most common and popular names right now is Emma, so the name Gemma is a perfect alternative for parents who don’t want their daughters to share their name with a lot of other classmates. The name Gemma is Italian of origin and it means “precious stone.” In 2017, the name ranked at #255 so it is nowhere near the popularity that the name Emma is. Though it is rising, so parents should jump on this name now before everyone catches on.
4 Natale This is the first, and possibly only, name on our list that is classified as a unisex name. It would most commonly be used for little girls. The name has some origins in Latin and it means “birthday, Christmas.” Why not name our children after the most joyous and celebrated days of the year? The name is also not ranked when it comes to popularity for either a boy or a girl, so you are sure to have a unique name for a very special and unique child.
3 Tatiana The name Tatiana is sweet, sassy and very elegant. It will just roll off the tongue. The name is originally Russian but was derived from a Latin last name. If you have a little daddy’s girl, then this name may be perfect for you because it means “father.” A great way to pay homage. In 2017, the name ranked in at #700 in popularity, so it is one of the few on this list that is actually on the charts, though it did experience a slight decline this week.
2 Valeria If the name Valerie is too main stream and common for you, then you may want to go with the much more exotic sounding Valeria. The name is of Latin origin and it means “strength, health.” A good strong meaning for a little girl. In 2017, the name was ranked at #156 when it comes to popularity and it did rise 20% this week alone. It may not be long until this name breaks into the top 100. So, if you want the name to be one-of-a-kind it may be a good idea to pick it now.
1 Vanna The name Vanna is sweet and special. It is mostly unique because the name starts with a ‘v’ and those names are not too common right now. The name is actually the feminine form of the name Ivan and is considered a diminutive of the name Vanessa or Ivanna. The name has no other place of origin and it means “God is gracious.” The name is not ranked when it comes to popularity and it has not risen or declined in a while, showing that it is quite comfortable sitting at a unique name spot.