Looking for a new/unique Girl name

My husband and I are looking for a new/unique girl name.  We love unisex names especially.  Here are some we have come up with:

  • Elliott
  • Paysen
  • Chayse
  • Braelynn
  • Brylie
  • Britton

Any new suggestions or middle name ideas to go with these names?


By Guest (not verified)
July 6, 2012 9:13 PM





Of your list I only like Elliott and Britton, and suggest a non-unisex name for the middle, such as Elliott Rose or Britton Rose.



By Guest (not verified)
July 6, 2012 9:13 PM





Of your list I only like Elliott and Britton, and suggest a non-unisex name for the middle, such as Elliott Rose or Britton Rose.


July 6, 2012 9:27 PM

I really wish if people were going to make rude comments (i.e. guest at #1) about peoples name choices they would at least do it under a registered log-in. This site is generally respectful to people, even if we don't always agree on name choices.

I'll admit I don't love androgynous or surnamey type names so I am not a huge fan of most of your choices October Baby.

However, I don't mind Elliott (still prefer it for boys) but at leeast it's not too creatively spelled. Paysen seems made up to me. Paisley would be a nice alternative and is also not very common.

Chayse might have pronunciation issues. Is it Shay-se or like Chase?  

Braelyn seems very on-trend. I don't think you'll find you are being all that unique if you pick any Brae or Bree name. There are lots of variations on a theme in this category.

Brylie isn't too bad. Do you like Bryony? Very similar, an established name and not at all common in the US. Brylie does seem like an updated version of Kylie so I can see the appeal. Plus, Br names are very hot right now.

Britton is also quite nice. It seems you like the Br sound.  I think Britton could read male and it might get misspelt Britain but the sound is nice.

With regards to wanting something 'unique'. Do you actually want unique? In which case you might be struggling because even the most obscure name gets some use. Or, do you want something uncommon and a little unusual? Maybe check out the  lower half of the top 1000 names (and the beyond 1000 data) and see what names appeal to you. Remember to look at alternate spellings. Some names are commonly spelt 4 or 5 different ways and are actually more popular than the seem.

Some suggestions I thought of for you:

















There are quite a mix of styles in the above list, but I thought some might appeal to you.

By EVie
July 6, 2012 9:53 PM

Hmm. So, I'm afraid that you'll probably find that the commenters on this site are not the biggest fans of made-up/creatively-spelled names, or of boys' names on girls. There was a thread recently in which someone was asking about Charleigh vs. Elliott for a girl, and unfortunately, the feedback was pretty uniformly negative. Hopefully, though, people will be more polite than the first commenter.

A lot of people want "unique" names, and so they invent something new or come up with a new way to spell an existing name. Unfortunately, just because you came up with something on your own doesn't mean that other people didn't get there first. If you look at the actual numbers, you'll see that none of the names on your list are unique ("unique" meaning "one of a kind"), and some of them are not even all that uncommon, especially if you combine variant spellings. Below are the number of girl babies born in 2011 for each name:

  • Elliott (200), Eliot (23), Elliot (295), Elliotte (26), Elliet (14), Elliette (72), Eliette (5) [Total = 635]
  • Paysen (10), Payson (115) [Total = 125]
  • Chayse (49), Chase (69), Chaise (8) [Total = 126]
  • Braelynn (389), Braelynne (11), Braelyn (729), Braylin (87), Braylynn (85), Braylen (43), Braylyn (38), Braylinn (17), Braylon (14), Braylynne (8), Braylan (6), Braelin (14), Brailyn (60), Brailynn (54) [Total = 1,555]
  • Brylie (148), Brylei (20), Bryley (13), Bryli (10), Bryleah (5), Brylee (769), Bryleigh (280), Brylea (15) [Total = 1,260]
  • Britton (103), Brittyn (37), Brittan (15), Brittain (11), Britten (10), Brittin (8), Britain (28), Brityn (17), Britan (5), Bryton (14) [Total = 248]

If I had to pick one of these, it would be Britton. I personally really dislike made-up names and creative spellings, which rules out Paysen, Chayse, Braelynn and Brylie, and I also don't care for traditional boys' names on girls, which rules out Elliott. I don't mind surnames on girls, though—I don't see why boys should get a monopoly on surnames when they belong to both genders. Britton falls into the surname category for me. It's not my style, and the number of alternative spellings floating around out there would bother me, since you'll be constantly having to spell it for people and deal with mis-spellings. Still, the spelling is probably the most intuitive of the set for most people (perhaps tied with Britain), and it's also the dominant spelling, with the other variants being much rarer. It also has a nice, crisp, clean feel to it that I like. So that's my vote. Good luck with your naming.

July 6, 2012 10:32 PM

EVie, has gone and found the stats for you!

As I suspected Braelynn and Brylie are fairly on trend and with that many variant spellings you might not be as keen on them if you want something uncommon or 'new'. 

I agree that Britton is probably your best choice (although I don't mind Elliott) as surname type names seem to work quite well and won't seem as date-stamped.

I also thought of Brynn/Bryn? It's a Welsh boys name and Brynn is the female variant.

Also, with middle names I think something clearly feminine would go nicely with any of your options. Rose and Mae almost always work well. For example, Britton Rose or Britton Mae sound lovely. I think you could also do something a little longer like Isobel, Charlotte or Lila depending on how they sounded with your surname.

Some random example below:

Elliot Rose

Paysen Charlotte

Braelynn Lila

Brylie Annabelle

Britton Isobel

July 6, 2012 11:23 PM

How unique is unique? If we're talking truly unique, as in never-been-used, you'll have to buck trends even more than you already have (EVie's post demonstrates that.)

Brae/Bree/Bry-whatever is very much on trend. But there are a few ways to choose a name that isn't in use: Bretagne (the French spelling of Brittany, said Bray-TAHN-yuh), Brayska, Brizolie, Bryvin... It's possible, but you have to move out of the sounds you hear everywhere.

Part of the issue is once a name becomes unique, it is no longer truly unisex, because it has no sex at all--no one has used it, so it's not a boy's name or a girl's name until you place it on a girl. Now, certainly, it probably means that you want to avoid names ending in -a or -elle, and that makes sense. So it's hard to put a finger on something truly unique, and truly unisex at the same time.

I'll think of some more possibilities after a night's sleep. There's plenty of possibilities.

July 7, 2012 11:54 AM

I agree with previous posters that while your names might be more unusual, most of them sound very now.  If you are looking for unique, you might find yourself disappointed to find your little one in a classroom full of sound alikes.  

Britton is probably the best bet from your list.  I think Paisley might be more uncommon than Paysen (which is too close to Payton I think).  Chase isn't bad on a boy, but adding the Y makes it too close to chaise for me.  I agree with the previous posts about the popularity of the Bra/Bri/Bree style names.  If that's what you love then you should use it, just prepared for the fact the name isn't going to seem very unique.

You might want to take a look at the social security baby name website.  Perhaps you'll find something in the lower numbers that inspires you.


By mk
July 7, 2012 12:41 PM

I don't really consider any of those unisex, but I like Elliott the best. The only Britton I know is a boy, but I can see it working for a girl. I agree with those who say these aren't really unique because they are very trendy right now. For uncommon unisex names I'd look to ones that are lower on a name list, or ones that were popular in the past but you don't hear as often now, like Sydney, Dakota, Taylor, etc.

 Or if you are trying to avoid names considered very "girly" or "sweet"  you could go with something like one of the following:





Meredith (unisex name!)

Or a longer name with a short nickname:

Alexandra: Alex

Josephine: Jo

July 7, 2012 4:39 PM

i like Britton from your list. also how do you like Reese or Aidyn for a girl? i wanted to suggest September or Sapphire/a as an unusual name, but i don't know what month you are due.

July 7, 2012 4:40 PM

also Corey works great as a unisex name .

July 8, 2012 12:43 AM




These are my fav three from my list :)

By Guest (not verified)
July 8, 2012 1:44 AM

I love Corey! 

By Guest (not verified)
July 8, 2012 6:05 PM

Madden = famous football coach

Presley = Elvis and Lisa Marie 

Consider the associations and whether or not you'd like to saddle them to your child. There are many things in the world for which to name a child ... Football? Elvis? Really?? 




By mk
July 8, 2012 6:38 PM

Yes, really. Lots of people give kids names relating to sports and music. But yes, if you don't like having a particular figure assoicated with a name, you should reconsider it.

July 13, 2012 4:31 PM

A word of caution about Britton: I went to school with a girl named Britton (this was in the 70s-80s) and she was on the chubby side.  She was teased mercilessly by being called "Great Britton".  I know that virtually no name is tease-proof but I always wondered if life would have been a little easier for her if she had a name that didn't have such an obvious choice for weight-related teasing.  Just something to think about...