Unusual but not weird pretty girl names PLEASE!

(157 Posts)
Thisistheway Tue 24-Jul-12 12:52:59

Help me! Totally stuck on a name for our baby (we know she's a girl).

I'd like something unusual but not odd. Love pretty names for girls ending with a 'y' sound. If Lily or Millie were unusual names that's the kind of thing we'd go for.

We also have greek relatives so could use a Greek name but also no ideas here. Love flower names as well but can't find any unusual ones.

Can't have a 'r' sound though - i can say my 'rs' but never comfortable with them. So e.g. 'raphaela' would be out or 'primose' (not that I like primrose anyway but YKWIM).

If you're not already fed up of my list of requirements, can you please please give me some ideas?! Xxxxxxx

DawnOfTheDee Tue 24-Jul-12 12:53:44

Macy?

wishingonadream Tue 24-Jul-12 12:54:48

I know it doesn't end in a y sound, but I love Thea. Not met many of them and I think it is Greek

AThingInYourLife Tue 24-Jul-12 12:54:49

Juliet?

Aster?

wishingonadream Tue 24-Jul-12 12:55:10

I know it doesn't end in a y sound, but I love Thea. Not met many of them and I think it is Greek

reddaisy Tue 24-Jul-12 12:57:00

Annie
Stephanie
Jennifer (Jenny)
Penny
Kitty

But I love Orla at the moment.

jaggythistle Tue 24-Jul-12 12:59:32

Lois
Heather

not especially meeting your criteria, but i like them. blush

Twotumsellie Tue 24-Jul-12 13:10:34

we are having a girl too and she is going to be called Libby.

Its not very common either from what i can see x

shimmy0 Tue 24-Jul-12 13:14:58

Not y but similar sounding
Maisie
Julie

MadAboutHotChoc Tue 24-Jul-12 13:16:43

Liberty? (Libby for short)

Tilly? (Matilda for long)

Jilly?

Poppy?

Daisy?

Rosie?

Thisistheway Tue 24-Jul-12 13:18:37

Wow thanks for the quick replies and all your suggestions. Thea is the closest I think to what I'm after as is unusual and pretty so is my current fav.

Thisistheway Tue 24-Jul-12 13:19:25

Ooh Liberty is a good one too. Right that's 2 possibles!

Thisistheway Tue 24-Jul-12 13:21:06

I like Tilly and Maisie too but getting more popular I think?

Can't believe I like so many already, am pleased!!

CrazyRandomHappenstance Tue 24-Jul-12 13:21:34

Hebe? i loved this when i was pregnant but DH wasn't sure.

Mspontipine Tue 24-Jul-12 13:23:45

I love Aster too. DS could have been an Aster. smile

5madthings Tue 24-Jul-12 13:23:52

Thea is a lovely name that we would have used for a girl, but ds1 is Theo and by the time we had a girl (no5) we then couldnt use it as having a theo and thea would have been odd, we also like thalia smile

befrazzled Tue 24-Jul-12 13:24:03

Esme

Mintyy Tue 24-Jul-12 13:24:55

Zinnia

OBface Tue 24-Jul-12 13:25:21

We have an Ophelia which is Greek.

Or maybe Aurelia?

Mspontipine Tue 24-Jul-12 13:25:32

Hedy? as in Single White Female?

ibbydibby Tue 24-Jul-12 13:27:19

Cecily

Posy

Nellie (does it need to end "y" or just sound like it so could end "ie"?

Romilly

redrubyshoes Tue 24-Jul-12 13:29:17

Bonnie

Cassandra is Greek and often shortened to Cassie.

NarcolepsyQueen Tue 24-Jul-12 13:30:24

Amelie

OBface Tue 24-Jul-12 13:30:34

Cecily is on my list should I have dd2. Also like Romilly

hellymelly Tue 24-Jul-12 13:33:05

I love Hebe too. Athena?

Thisistheway Tue 24-Jul-12 13:41:46

There's a few lovely ones but the 'r's' are a problem for me. So Romilly and Cassandra wouldn't work sad

I know an Esme, Amelie and Cecily so also out.

Bonnie I really love but....our surname would make them a laughing stock.

Liberty still current fav, followed by Thea.

MagdalenaAlec Tue 24-Jul-12 13:43:35

Zelie (pronounced ZEE-lee) is on my MN list, it is an old (medieval) form of Soline/Solenn and means "solemn" (http://babynamesworld.parentsconnect.com/meaning_of_Zelie.html) . I find it very pretty and it should work well pretty much everywhere.

Another idea: Isis - as an alternative to Iris, avoiding the "r" sound.

Thea, Thalia are fantastic choices too.

redrubyshoes Tue 24-Jul-12 13:44:19

Leonie

Pasiphae Tue 24-Jul-12 13:46:16

Thisbe, Ianthe, Xanthe, Cleophee, Cleone, Leonie, Adelie, Zelie/Azelie, Dorothy, Clemency, Delphi, Eulalie, Eugenie, Iphigenie, Ophelie, Octavie, Flavie, Ivy, Ione, Nancy, Sally, Lidie, Elsie, Sidonie, Elodie?

threeleftfeet Tue 24-Jul-12 13:46:27

Xanthe

threeleftfeet Tue 24-Jul-12 13:46:33

Elodie

tothesea Tue 24-Jul-12 13:46:38

Sadie

Sylvie

threeleftfeet Tue 24-Jul-12 13:46:57

Cross posts Pasiphae!

threeleftfeet Tue 24-Jul-12 13:47:45

Ottilie

threeleftfeet Tue 24-Jul-12 13:48:37

Naomi

threeleftfeet Tue 24-Jul-12 13:49:15

Phoebe

Charleymouse Tue 24-Jul-12 13:50:46

Kizzy
pretty, unusual, ends in a 'y' sound

Hebe
more unusual flower shrub name

Fillybuster Tue 24-Jul-12 13:51:26

I love Xanthe (and it gives you the 'y' sound at the end)

Erin

Libby

Thea

Antonia (Toni)

Cassie

PatriciaHolm Tue 24-Jul-12 13:52:04

Emilie/Amelie?

mandylifeboats Tue 24-Jul-12 13:52:26

Bethany
Eloise
Penny

lambethlil Tue 24-Jul-12 13:52:30

I've always liked Justine, honest!

rainbowsprite1 Tue 24-Jul-12 13:53:06

Ivy

banyan Tue 24-Jul-12 13:53:43

Genevieve? Can be shortened to Evie, Vivvie, Vievie as well as Genny/Jenny if you want the y sound.

ShowOfHands Tue 24-Jul-12 13:53:48

I love Josephine and you can use Sephie, Posey, Josie and Phin as nns. All good.

Thisistheway Tue 24-Jul-12 13:53:57

Seriously didn't think i'd get so many good ideas thanks

I now actually have a list!

I like Liberty, Thea, Delphi, Xanthe, Leonie, Flavie and Ottilie.

bucketbetty Tue 24-Jul-12 13:55:33

I love Cecily and Lila and Alberta (gertie or bertie) oh and Betty.

Xiaoxiong Tue 24-Jul-12 13:55:35

How about Zoe? That's relatively uncommon, ends in an -y sound, and it's actually Greek.

threeleftfeet Tue 24-Jul-12 13:56:00

Lottie (short for Charlotte)

Ponders Tue 24-Jul-12 13:56:24

Hermione
Persephone
Penelope
Daphne
wink

threeleftfeet Tue 24-Jul-12 13:56:41

I like Zoe smile

I would have been a Zoe if my dad had won the baby-names discussion, apparently!

Ponders Tue 24-Jul-12 13:57:13

Chloe

Thisistheway Tue 24-Jul-12 13:57:27

Ooh Lila's on the list as well now.

Sadly I know a Zoe, Lottie and a Josephine

Ponders Tue 24-Jul-12 13:58:25

Phoebe

banyan Tue 24-Jul-12 13:58:43

Xanthe is fab. It does mean golden-haired though - which is why we didn't use it as our DD was very dark and still is. DS however would make a wonderful Xanthe grin

Ponders Tue 24-Jul-12 13:58:58

where I grew up there was a Phoebe whose dad was Greek

it was a very unusual name then (50s)

CheerfulYank Tue 24-Jul-12 14:08:33

Thalia
Louisa
Helena
Persephone (I know it has an R, but so many shortenings! Poppy, Eppie, Seffie...)

SuzysZoo Tue 24-Jul-12 14:10:22

Mahalia

threeleftfeet Tue 24-Jul-12 14:11:11

Estelle

Not a y ending I know, but I love the name smile

tothesea Tue 24-Jul-12 14:11:28

Dolly? wink

CheerfulYank Tue 24-Jul-12 14:19:43

Also:

Thisbe
Calliope (NN Callie, Calla)
Sylvia/Sylvie
Jocasta

Ponders Tue 24-Jul-12 14:22:54

oooh, Calliope made me think of Cassandra, which is lovely - but then I remembered the R problem sad

ElephantsAndMiasmas Tue 24-Jul-12 14:23:13

Athena and Artemis are both nice - I love Arty as a nickname. Or Ariadne and Ari.

Love Delphi as well, which is more of a place than a name, but if it works for Florence Nightingale it could work for your daughter!

Lucy/Lucinda

Lylee

Leonie is lovely too.

Ruprekt Tue 24-Jul-12 14:27:17

Ottilie

Clementine

Oriele

Persephone (pronounced Purseffohnee)

redrubyshoes Tue 24-Jul-12 14:29:30

Myrtle nn Tilly

mumeuro Tue 24-Jul-12 14:34:08

Nike grin (Greek goddess osf Victory)...

no seriously, I really like Ines, which does have a Greek connection as it's "the French and Spanish version of the Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Αγνη (Hagne), derived from Greek ‘αγνος (hagnos) meaning "chaste". Saint Agnes was a virgin martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The name became associated with Latin agnus "lamb", resulting in the saint's frequent depiction with a lamb by her side. Due to her renown, the name became common in Christian Europe, being especially popular in England in the Middle Ages." according to this website:

http://www.behindthename.com/name/agnes

mumeuro Tue 24-Jul-12 14:35:26

or what about Kalista = most beautiful in Greek, can be shortened to Kallie/Kali, etc...

monsterchild Tue 24-Jul-12 14:37:51

Didn't read all the thread, so sorry if repeating:

Daphne
Phoebe
Dorothy
Melody

Not really unusual, but not really common!

timetoask Tue 24-Jul-12 14:39:24

Mandy
Lettie (short for Leticia)

longjane Tue 24-Jul-12 14:45:06

Penny

redrubyshoes Tue 24-Jul-12 14:54:00

Abigail - Abbey

allchik Tue 24-Jul-12 15:07:59

Eleni?thats what Ill be calling mine if its a girl!...its Greek too x

redrubyshoes Tue 24-Jul-12 15:29:45

Kali is the Indian Goddess of Destruction.

mumeuro Tue 24-Jul-12 15:47:29

ok then make it Kallie...

Selks Tue 24-Jul-12 15:50:20

Celie

Jessie

Tilly

goldensands Tue 24-Jul-12 15:58:41

Lettice/Leticia nn Letty

TigerFeet Tue 24-Jul-12 16:06:43

Lottie
Was going to suggest Romilly but appreciate the "R" problem
Hattie

reddaisy Tue 24-Jul-12 16:08:39

Sally

fridakahlo Tue 24-Jul-12 16:24:31

Don't know why this popped into my head when I read the opening post but what about Magdala?
Could be shortened to Maggie or Dally possibly?

Thisistheway Tue 24-Jul-12 16:36:50

Eleni is lovely but a bit too close to MIL's name for comfort!

Magdala ls nice but not so keen on Maggie.

Do you think Leonie is pronounced 'Leo-nie' or 'Le-ah-nie'? I like the second way but got a feeling it's not meant to be like that.

What about Jolie as in, 'Jo-lie' or have I made that up?

redrubyshoes Tue 24-Jul-12 16:39:41

Lay-ohh-nee

Thisistheway Tue 24-Jul-12 16:40:00

Could Leahnie be a name or does that sound naff?

threeleftfeet Tue 24-Jul-12 16:40:23

The Leonie I know is Leo-nie. Very pretty name IMO smile

How about Leah?

Jolie - as in Angeline Jolie? It is a first name apparently, it means "pretty" in French, but the J is pronounced the French way - zhoh-LEE

Jemma1111 Tue 24-Jul-12 16:42:47

Jodie

Josie

Bridie

Carly

Hayley

threeleftfeet Tue 24-Jul-12 16:43:38

There are a few Leahnies if you google it.
I'm guessing it's a recent, made-up name - but I may be wrong. (It sounds like a made up name to me anyway!)

Not ending in the Y sound but if we ever have a DD then, although DS is all we really need smile
Tabitha,
Alice,
Erica
Elizabeth.

redrubyshoes Tue 24-Jul-12 16:44:39

Elowen

Thisistheway Tue 24-Jul-12 16:45:17

Leah's a bit too common (well, in the top 30 I think) but is a lovely name and would go well with surname. Though then I thought of old men 'leering' which put me off a bit!

Thisistheway Tue 24-Jul-12 16:50:36

All lovely names but still after more unusual ones - Elowen sweet but maybe too unusual for me. I'm not very easily pleased am I?!

I've a good list now though after starting with zero before I posted - current favs prob Leonie and Liberty. Think I'm starting to lean towards names beginning with L.

rezzle Tue 24-Jul-12 16:51:52

Tansy
Marley
Nia
Lacey
Tess (Tessa/Tessie)
India/Indigo (Indie)
Kya
Tallie (Talia)
Clea

Sorry, they don't all fit your criteria but you might like them!

redrubyshoes Tue 24-Jul-12 16:55:27

Lobelia

StillSquiffy Tue 24-Jul-12 17:04:53

When I met a 'Tiggy' (Antigone), I really really wished I'd thought of it for our DD.

minipie Tue 24-Jul-12 17:43:05

Chloe
Phoebe
Selene (pronounced Sell-enny)
Polly
Liddy (short for Lydia)
Sylvie

CheerfulYank Tue 24-Jul-12 18:27:07

I thought Selene was Suh-LEEN? I knew one that was; her mother thought she was French.

Mintyy Tue 24-Jul-12 18:30:48

What about Viola, as in the fabulous Shakespearean character? She is one fantastic feisty gal!

Pronounced VI-ola as opposed to Vi-OLA (which is an instrument).

Mintyy Tue 24-Jul-12 18:31:28

If you like names beginning with L then how about Lydia?

Mrspinkie Tue 24-Jul-12 18:39:53

Thea is the best one mentioned so far in my opinion! What a beautiful name.

Dollydowser Tue 24-Jul-12 18:45:05

I love the name Tansy, and it is also a flower.

mumeuro Tue 24-Jul-12 19:25:25

Lydia is lovely

grammar Tue 24-Jul-12 19:27:35

Willow

perplexedpirate Tue 24-Jul-12 19:33:06

Calliope? Poppy as nn?

Brodicea Tue 24-Jul-12 19:33:09

Freda or Freya?

Gugglebum Tue 24-Jul-12 21:01:48

Delia has a greek origin, and is one of my favourites. As for flowers, one of my closest friends has a little 14 month old Azalea, and her nickname is Zaley. Maybe one of those would work for you?

rhetorician Tue 24-Jul-12 21:15:16

well were it not for 50 Shades of Shite, you could have Anastasia (my dd2's name, born before the well known phenomenon blah blah); she has nn Annie - it's Greek, it's pretty, you can use it as an -ee name; it's unusual, it doesn't have an 'r' in it...

stillwaitingforthesummer Tue 24-Jul-12 21:38:46

Mairi?

Cremolafoam Tue 24-Jul-12 22:00:16

Cora
Chloë
Adela
Etta
Rosa
Shonagh
Molly
Connie

CecilyP Tue 24-Jul-12 22:05:37

Yes Cecily! What could be better?

Cremolafoam Tue 24-Jul-12 22:06:26

Lemoni

CharlotteWasBoth Tue 24-Jul-12 22:33:31

Melissa. No -y but it means bee in Greek. Cute!

LizieBennet Tue 24-Jul-12 22:38:13

Lisha

bucketbetty Tue 24-Jul-12 23:14:21

Ooh, I love ceeley, and ines. I knew a baby ines many years ago. Ceeley is so beautiful, I love the color purple.

creativepebble Tue 24-Jul-12 23:26:09

Oenone

Phoebe

Ottilie

mathanxiety Wed 25-Jul-12 02:44:30

Penelope
Theoni
Sophie
Natalie
Emilie
Ismene
Anastasie (French)
- Annie
Elodie
Hilary
Daphne
Nancy
Magaly
Kirsty
Eily
Eulalie

mathanxiety Wed 25-Jul-12 02:49:12

Eugenie
Jeannie

yelpol Wed 25-Jul-12 04:10:22

Holly

sashh Wed 25-Jul-12 05:20:20

Hebe - has the 'y' sound and is greek.

redrubyshoes Wed 25-Jul-12 09:29:32

Alethea

dillnameddog Wed 25-Jul-12 09:34:18

Thea is gorgeous. And Tansy is an unusual and pretty name that ends in -y

Leila
Stella
Liliah
Alexis
Nellie
Evangeline nn Evie
Talia
Xenia

redrubyshoes Wed 25-Jul-12 10:26:51

Georgia/Georgina/Georgie

HolofernesesHead Wed 25-Jul-12 10:33:11

Stella is a lovely name and means 'star'. If I were to hdvd another dd,, it'd be on my short list! Along with Anastasia (haven't read 50 Shades so am not bothered about that connotation! Anyway 50 shades will be forgotten in 6 months, as all badly written tripe is...)

rhetorician Wed 25-Jul-12 13:47:37

Holofernes - yes, I know it will. It was an old family name (it's unusual, but not unheard of in ireland); sure she will be subjected to some sniggers at some point.

Another one - not Greek, but ticks the other boxes, is Saskia - the name of Rembrandt's wife - Dutch I think, and very very pretty

rhetorician Wed 25-Jul-12 13:49:38

Stella is lovely, actually - and you can go all literary with it if you want (Astrophil and Stella)..

creativepebble Wed 25-Jul-12 23:00:02

Esme

sandyrose Thu 26-Jul-12 06:22:01

Athene

Thisbe

Both lovely names from the Greek mythology.

SkinnyVanillaLatte Thu 26-Jul-12 06:37:00

Anemone (Annie)

Inertia Thu 26-Jul-12 06:39:37

Callisto, Callista or Calliope shortened to Callie as a nn covers the Greek and ie ending bases.

redrubyshoes Thu 26-Jul-12 14:27:42

Mary

CunningDisguiseNeeded Thu 26-Jul-12 15:18:02

Kizzy
Pepper
Carly

catus Thu 26-Jul-12 15:21:42

Astrid. Love it.

catus Thu 26-Jul-12 15:27:05

Zita.

HolofernesesHead Thu 26-Jul-12 16:36:57

Astrid is beautiful! I'd still go for Stella though.

redrubyshoes Thu 26-Jul-12 16:38:21

Fernanda

HolofernesesHead Thu 26-Jul-12 16:46:09

That's quite unusual, isn't it, Ruby? In my mind the associations are with Ferdinand and Isabelle (Spanish monarchs of Way Back When), and the equally historically important song by by Abba.

redrubyshoes Thu 26-Jul-12 16:51:10

Fernanda Grey was the main character in one of my favourite books - Frost in May by Antonia White.

HolofernesesHead Thu 26-Jul-12 17:03:47

Oh yes! I read that a long time ago. It's a very good book!

PeshwariNaan Thu 26-Jul-12 19:29:30

I love Ivy.

BulletProofMum Thu 26-Jul-12 19:33:58

Delilah

TabloidTart Thu 26-Jul-12 21:01:16

Posy
Bessie
Lizzie
Dolly
Loulou

hubbahubster Thu 26-Jul-12 21:22:56

Tansy.

Best flower name ever and unusual to boot!

sununu Thu 26-Jul-12 21:27:45

Nepheli (rhymes with Ellie) I think is a really pretty Greek name (meaning cloud)

jollydiane Thu 26-Jul-12 21:38:39

Annabel

XXMerganaXX Sun 21-Jul-13 12:41:31

Hestia
Melina

Hobblethwaite Sun 21-Jul-13 12:58:04

Aiofe?

ThirtyLove Sun 21-Jul-13 13:00:40

Lydia? (My DD2 is a Lydia so am a bit loathe to suggest it lol). It's Greek in origin, unusual but not wacky.

I think we like similar types of names!

JulesJules Sun 21-Jul-13 13:30:57

Both my dds names have been suggested!

I love Leonie, have known two - one I was at school with who pronounced it Lee-on-ee, and one I knew at university who pronounced it Lay-on-ee. I was at school with a Leanda, although I think it's usually Leandra (also Greek)

Cassia
Saskia
Larissa
Lila

intheshed Sun 21-Jul-13 17:40:40

Polly

Molly

Daisy

Iris?

Turniptwirl Sun 21-Jul-13 19:31:07

This thread is a year old, OPs dd will already be named I'm sure!

worm77daisy Sun 21-Jul-13 19:39:17

Felicity

MortifiedAdams Sun 21-Jul-13 19:43:08

I have a Meg, which I think is rare and pretty and a bit cool.

Next dd (if the bump is a girl), will be Olive.

UnrequitedSkink Sun 21-Jul-13 20:57:14

I wonder what she actually used in the end? OP - WHAT DID YOU GO FOR?!?!

hurricanemum Thu 25-Jul-13 22:38:31

Tansy is an unusual but pretty IMO flower name

chocoholic05 Thu 25-Jul-13 22:41:36

Indigo?

I have a willow! She's beautiful!
Also love
Thea
Athena
Zinnia

HappyJustToBe Thu 25-Jul-13 22:55:46

Hoping to fine out what you chose, OP!

HappyJustToBe Thu 25-Jul-13 22:56:32

Find - birthday drinks grin

Clearlymisunderstood Thu 25-Jul-13 22:58:35

Phoebe?

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now