40 Beautiful Girl’s First Names Forgotten Throughout The Years
The American actress Ava Gardner, who died in 1990, certainly contributed to making the name Ava one of the most popular names at the time.
However, the name dates back to medieval times and is possibly a variant of the name Eva. In Persian language, it means “voice, sound”.
Joyce means “merry”, or “joyous” in Latin.
Who will she be? A famous singer? CEO of a wellness company? University professor? Only time will tell.
Hattie is an English name meaning “estate ruler”. With such a name, one seems to be predestined for business success.
You might think real estate broker, but we’ll say real estate magnate or CEO. Think big!
The feminine variation of “George” simply means farmer.
This English name is currently quite popular, being the 223rd most given baby name in 2018 in the US.
Here is another great name: Leona, meaning “lioness” in Latin, is born to impress and dominate.
With such a name, it wouldn’t be surprising if she made her way to become a CEO, a renowned scholar or inventor.
Here’s a very sweet name: Pamela. It literally means “all honey”. Your Pam could be predestined to take care of others and develop innovative solutions for today and tomorrow’s problems.
A future doctor? Engineer? Specialist? Activist? Who knows.
Anita is the Spanish version of “Ana”, meaning “grace, unguided”.
It is not that popular today, but it’s still in the top 1000 most popular baby names in the US.
This cute combination of Rose and Anne, the French variation of Ann, is making a comeback within the hipster community.
It’s still not in the Top 1000, but it could be within the next few years. The trend is there.
Here is a name origin we don’t often see: Aramaic. Tabitha means “gazelle” in the language. Somehow we associate this name with academic success.
Tabitha could make her way far, past college, past university, past Ph.D.; maybe she’ll be a renowned professor.
Your little Bonnie will be “charming, pretty, beautiful”.
At least, that’s the Scottish signification of her name.
Dorothy is “a vision, a gift of God” if you were to believe the Greek signification of her name.
May she be the next UN general secretary, Nobel peace prize winner or world leader.
Louisa is a name from Latin origins that can roughly be translated into “famous warrior”, or “renowned warrior”. The name made it to the US Top 1000 most popular names in 2014, after an absence of 45 years.
With such a powerful name, your kid could be destined for power and greatness. A future attorney, maybe? President? Only time will tell.
Marguerite is French for “Margaret” or “Daisy”, which we’ve also put on our list. Marguerites are born for adventure, like the famous Saint Marguerite who set up schools in the Quebec wilderness in the 17th century.
We’ll add to that Marguerites are brave and bold, just like the famous author Marguerite Duras.
Baby Betty could be Baby Elizabeth; Betty is, in fact, the short version of Elizabeth, which means “pledged to God”.
Little Betty can only do great with such a name, making her way to college, university and, why not, her Ph.D.
Here’s yet another name that means “estate ruler”.
The name has consistently been in the 1000 most popular baby names in the US for the last 130 years, although it is closer to being number 1000 than number 1.
Odessa is a name from Russian and Greek origins. It is commonly associated with wandering, discovering and journeys in general.
Your little Odessa could explore the world, become a great writer or travel agency owner. Who knows!
Daisy is a girl’s name meaning “Day’s eye”. It’s very popular, being the 169th most given name in the US last year.
Daisys don’t seem to be predestined for anything specific. Astronaut, corporate lady, trading expert, professional fundraiser, optometrist… the sky is the limit!
Did you know Polly is a diminutive of Mary? That Mary itself means “bitter”? Interesting, right?
Anyway, Polly is a cute and short name that doesn’t seem to be associated with much, except maybe Polly Pockets. But people will forget about these pretty soon, no?
Delphine is a name of French/Greek origins meaning “dolphin”.
We can just picture a calm, yet creative child with such a name. A future scientist? Researcher? Artist?
This glorious name doesn’t mean to be explained.
With such a name, your daughter is definitely destined for great things. CEO?
Shirley means “bright meadow” in old English.
Shirleys seem to have endless possibilities if we just have a look at what famous Shirleys did: writer, diplomat, actress, singer, congresswoman, film director, activist, lawyer…
“Pure”. That’s what the English diminutive of Katherine means.
Kitty seems to be a name for a sweet person, one that will do good around her. Medical field? Education? NGO?
Hazel comes from the Hazelnut tree.
It is currently the 42nd most popular baby name in the US.
Constance is of Latin origin, meaning “steadfastness”.
We might not know what the future holds for Constance, but if we are to believe her name, she will be consistent and dedicated to what and who she loves.
Opal means “gem” in Sanskrit.
Opals were believed to be Zeus’ tears in ancient Greece, that’s quite precious!
“God’s gracious gift”; that’s Janet for you.
Who will she be? Will she help people? Work in the health or medical field? NGO field?
The Spanish form of Eleanor is back!
The name is of royal origin and combines elegance and style. Baby Eleanora is born for success.
Olivia is a beautiful name derived from the Latin “oliva”, which means “olive”. The name became very popular after William Shakespeare used it in his play Twelfth Night.
However, the name is believed to have existed in England since the 13th century.
In Greek, the first name Sophia means “wisdom”. Traces of this name date back to the 4th century, but first became popular in Britain thanks to the German House of Hanover in the 18th century.
Some works also brought it back into fashion in the second half of the 1700s, then the Italian actress Sophia Loren made it popular again in the 1960s.
Female form of the masculine first name Charlot, diminutive of Charles, Charlotte has French origins. While Charles means “strong and virile” or “vigorous”, the feminine version means “free man” or “petite”.
It has been used since the 14th century and several royalty women over the centuries have borne this name.
From the Latin “gratia”, the beautiful first name Grace often refers to divine grace, the Christian concept that defines the divine influence that operates on humans in many religions.
It is a virtuous name that inspires wisdom, faith and respect.
The name Zoey is of Greek origin and is a modern variation of the spelling Zoe, which is actually a translation of the Jewish Greek name Eve. Zoey means “life.”
As far as is known, the first woman to bear this name, with the spelling Zoë, however, would be the Byzantine empress Zoë Porphyrogenita.
Aubrey is a Norman French derivative of the Germanic first name Alberic consisting of the elements alf, meaning “elf”, and ric, meaning “power”.
Aubrey was originally spelled Aubrée and did not have the same etymology, being rather derived from the Germanic Alberada and Albereda. Originally, the name Aubrey was more of a male name, but the Americans made it common for women too.
Unlike many of the names on this list, Brooklyn does not have such a deep history or meaning. Rather, it is simply a combination of the name Brook (or Brooke), derived from an English nickname meaning “one who lives near a brook”, and the suffix -lyn, which is very popular in modern American names.
Despite its more ordinary history, the first name Brooklyn, which can also refer to the eponymous borough of New York City, is absolutely beautiful!
Not surprisingly, the name Violet was inspired by the flower of the same name. Like almost all other flower names, its popularity varied greatly between the 1880s and 1910s in the United States, and even in the years that followed.
Derivatives of Violet exist in other languages, such as Viola, Violeta, Violetta or Violet.
Madelyn is an English first name derived from the French name Madeline, which ultimately derives from the Greeks and means “woman from Magdala or high tower”. The French version of this name is quite common in literature, and it has been very popular throughout history, especially in the 1990s.
Its popularity stems in part from the fact that it is derived from Mary Magdalene, a central character in the New Testament.
Margery is a first name that means “pearl”. It can also be spelled Marjorie.
This name was especially popular in the Middle Ages and during the Tudor period, but it regained popularity in 1921.
Adele (or Adèle) is above all a simplified version of the first names Adelheid and Adelaide. It is a derivative of the German Adel (“nobility”), or adal, which means “noble”.
This name was first given to the youngest daughter of William the Conqueror, born in 1062.
Cleo is a name of English origin which means “glory”. It is a shortened version of the name Cleopatra.
The name was most popular in the early 20th century, but regained popularity around 1917 with the release of the silent film Cleopatra, starring Theda Bara, and the opening of Egyptian tombs. Other first names derived from Cleopatra, such as Cleora and Cleola, have also made their appearance at this time.
The first name Esther would possibly mean “star” in Persian. This first name has been used mostly since the Protestant Reformation.
In America, Esther gained popularity after President Grover Cleveland named his daughter after her in 1893.