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Here are some unusual girl names (all used under 100 times in the US in 2011) that fall into two categories: either super flowery and frilly, or super masculine.
I like the idea of pairing them up to make a balanced combination, taking one from each list and creating something unexpected yet well-matched. Sometimes, using an historically male name on a girl can be a pet peeve for many namers, but I, personally, don't see the big deal. Sometimes it works, sometimes it falls flat. I'll be posting a set with frilly boy names later in the week, too — just to even things up.
Very feminine —
Avila — from the Spanish place name Ávila, I can see this getting a second look thanks to the uber-popularity of Ava and Avery
Avonlea — fans of LM Montgomery will recognize this one as a made-up place name from her Anne of Green Gables series. I'd count it as another possible Ava-spinoff. Suffix "-lea" is always popular for girls (as "-ly," "-lee" or "lie," as well)
Fiorella — an Italian name that literally means "flower"
Goldie — this one's definitely on the upswing. A lovely "old lady" ready for a hipster comeback
Joie — the French word for "joy," I'm betting most of the Joies born in the US are pronouncing it more like "Joey"
Maybelline — if you can separate it from the cosmetics brand, I think this one is way too adorable. Pronounce the last syllable more like "line" than "leen," and you have a twee cowgirl name ready to go
Zahava — means "gold"
Very masculine —
Daryl — falls flat, for me, on a boy, but on a girl it sounds fresh and modern
Jules — I love Jude and Jules on girls
Parrish — noticed a football player in the Superbowl named Perrish. It's always been one of my favorite words and I think I prefer it on a girl
Rivers — (Adenoidal voice yells "Weezer rocks!") I've seen this one on girls a few times. Jason Schwartzman used it as a middle name for his daughter Marlowe, and this article mentions the fossil guy's young daughter, Rivers (her brother is Grey)
And some yin/yang combos —