Beautiful Girl’s First Names Forgotten Throughout The Years
Of Swahili origin, the first name Avania is not very common, but nevertheless, it is very pretty one. The meaning of this girl name, in English, would be “beautiful flower”, and it is actually a variant of the Kiswahili name Ayanna.
Some people believe that a person named Avania would have a great facility of persuasion, and this, without making any effort. This person would be expressive, optimistic, outgoing and inspiring. These are great qualities!
In the Middle Ages, Joyce was actually a surname derived from the Old French masculine name Josse, itself derived from the name Ludocus, a Latin form of the Breton name Judoc, meaning “lord.” This name originated with Saint Joyce (Judoc), a Breton prince and hermit who lived between the years 600 and 668. Saint Joyce was the son of Judicael, king of Brittany.
Who will she be? A famous singer? CEO of a wellness company? University professor? Only time will tell. However, considering the amount of women named Joyce who have accomplished great things in various professional spheres, she will definitely be destined for great things!
Hattie is an English name with Germanic origins meaning “home ruler”. Hattie is often used as a diminutive of the name Harriet, the English version of the French name Henriette, the feminine of the name Henri. Hattie has seen its popularity drastically decrease from the 60s, but is seriously recovering since 2011. With such a name, one seems to be predestined for success.
This name is also synonymous with great successes and achievements. Just think of actress Hattie McDaniel, who starred in the classic film Gone With the Wind, and who was the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award!
Georgia is the female version of the male name George. The origins of this name are Greek, coming from the name Georgos, which is from ge, meaning “earth,” and ergon, meaning “work.” So, Georgia means “farmer, earthworker.”
This English name is currently quite popular, being the 223rd most given baby name in 2018 in the US. There are a lot of famous people with this name. We only have to think of the American actress Georgia Engel, the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, or the British fashion model Georgia May Jagger, who is the daughter of music legend Mick Jagger and actress Jerry Hall!
Female version of the male name Leon, Leona is of Greek origin. This name, as you may have guessed, means “lion, lioness.” The Hebrew equivalent of this name, Leeona, means “my strenght.” A person named Leona would be very diplomatic and would have a great facility to avoid conflicts. Flexible by nature, she would be an excellent team player.
This name has seen its popularity plummet from the 50s, but it is back in force since 2010. With such a name, she is definitely born to impress and dominate. It wouldn’t be surprising if she made her way to become a CEO, a renowned scholar or inventor. She will accomplish great things!
Here’s a very sweet name: Pamela. This name was actually invented by the 16th century English poet, courtier, scholar and soldier Sir Philip Sidney for a pivotal character in his epic prose work The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia. Formed from the Greek words pan, which means “all”, and meli, which means “honey”, Pamela would mean “all sweetness”.
However, no one really knows the meaning that Sir Philip Sidney wanted to give it by inventing it for his character. Nonetheless, 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.
Of Hebrew origin, the female name Anita means “Gracious, Merciful.” Sometimes Anita can also be seen spelled differently, for example Ednitta. This name was introduced in Britain in the 13th century, but was especially popularized in the 14th century by the cult of St. Anne.
This name regained some popularity in the early 2000s. It is still not that popular today, but it’s still in the top 1000 most popular baby names in the US. It is quite common all over the world, but especially in regions that use Indo-European languages, namely Europe, South Asia and North America.
The English first name Roseanne is, as you might have guessed, a combination of the female names Rose and Anne, which is the French version of the first name Ann. It is also often spelled simply “Rosanne.” This name, having both English, Hebrew and Latin origins, therefore has different meanings depending on which country you are in, but the most common is “Gracious Rose.”
This name has unfortunately lost popularity since the 1980s, and that’s a shame because we think it’s so pretty! If you want a beautiful name for your little girl without it being too common, this is a great choice!
The female name Tabitha has its origins in the New Testament. Tabitha, also called Dorcas in this biblical canon, is a derivative of the Aramaic word ṭaḇīṯā, which means “gazelle.” It is a biblical name from Acts of the Apostles (Acts 9:36). Originally, in the Greek version, Tabitha, which means “gorgeous” in Greek, was a woman raised from the dead by St Peter.
There are several variations of the name Tabitha, for example Tabytha, Tabatha, Tabata, Tabathina and Tabea. This name was more common in 18th century New England. It became popular in the United States in the 70’s and 80’s, especially thanks to the character Tabitha Stephens in the comedy series Bewitched.
Deriving its origins from Hebrew, Arielle, which can also be spelled Ariel, Ariele or Ariell, means “Lion of God.” Its popularity has been fairly stable since the 1990s, when an average of about 400 girls out of 1 million are given this name. Could it be because of the 1989 movie Little Mermaid? This fact is, according to us, not to be neglected!
Still, in 2020, just in the United States, 346 baby girls have been named like this. It is also possible to “feminize” this name with the variants Ariela or Ariella, for example. Originally, Arielle, or rather its variant Ariel, was a male name, but in recent years, with the new spellings, it has become more of a female name.
The female name Celeste has its origins in the Latin language. Indeed, it comes from the word caelestis, which means “heavenly, celestial.” This name is so popular that it has made the Top 1000 every year, without exception, since 1880! And it shows no signs of losing popularity.
Children will potentially recognize this name as Queen Celeste from Babar’s elephant kingdom, but adults will associate it more with the hilarious comedian Celeste Barber. Your little Celeste could be a comedian in the making! If this name seems too popular for you, there are less common variations such as Celestine, Celestia or Celestial.
The female name Averill, which is also quite popular for boys and regularly found as a surname, has a different meaning around the world. For Anglo-Saxons, it means “born in April,” while for the English, this first name means “Wild boar,” or “Boar battle.” While this name was very popular in the early 1900s, its popularity has unfortunately been declining since the 1950s.
This name would actually never have made the Top 2000 in the United States, or even the Top 100 worldwide. However, there are several variations of the name Averill, including Averell, Averall, Avrill, Avril, Averel, or Abrill.
Stella is a beautiful feminine name. It has its origins in the Latin stella, which can be translated into English as “star.” Stella is usually derived from a medieval female personal name or nickname, but sometimes, for example, according to the translation of the word Dutch word ster, which also means “star,” the name Stella would be a habitational name derived from a house sign.
There are many variations of the name Stella, such as Estrella, Sella, Tella, Stelle, Sulla, Bella, Still, Sell, Stell, to name a few. We can notice a decline in popularity of this name in the United States from the 50s, but since the beginning of the 2000s, it is particularly on the rise. It would be in England that we find the most Stella!
The daisy is a very pretty flower, but we must admit that, as a feminine name, Daisy is just as beautiful, if not more! This name has its origins in the Old English word dægeseage, which means “day’s eye.” The name Daisy is also often used as a nickname for the first name Margaret, a derivative of the French version of this name, “Marguerite,” which is also the French word for the oxeye daisy.
The name Daisy became popular in the late Victorian era, along with several other flower names. In 2018, Daisy was still very popular, ranking 169th in the United States. Its popularity seems to be here to stay, as this name was also very popular in 1900 and 1940, when it ranked in the Top 200 favorite female names.
Of Latin origin, the female name Polly is said to have two meanings, either “little” or “humble.” Some believe, however, that Polly may actually be a derivative of the first name Molly, which is itself derived from the first names Mariah or Miryam, these meaning “sea of bitterness” or “long wished for child.” So if you’ve been waiting for your little girl for a long time, Polly could be the perfect name for her!
Polly is also often used as a nickname for Paula. Since the mid-1960s, the popularity of the name Polly has unfortunately been declining. The name is currently not in the Top 100 most popular names in the United States. However, other similar names are more common, such as Molly, Dolly, Carli or Hollie.
Some consider the female first name Delphine to be a French-speaking name derived from the Latin word delphina, which means “woman from Delphi.” Delphi, also known as Pytho, was once a sacred precinct that served as the seat of Pythia, the major oracle that was consulted before making an important decision during the ancient classical world. Others believe instead that this name is actually derived from the Greek and means “dolphin.”
The popularity of the first name Delphine has been fairly stable since the 1880s, ranking between 974th and 438th in the Top 1000 most popular female names. If you’re looking for something a little more exotic, you can always opt for the Spanish version of Delphine, Delfina.
Gloria is the English-language form of the Latin female given name gloriae, which means “immortal glory,” or simply “glory,” “fame,” “renown,” “praise,” or “honor.” Its popularity has been declining slightly since the 1950s, but Gloria still ranks in the Top 2000 most popular female names, being 1135th in 2021 worldwide and 578th in the United States.
There are also several names similar to the first name Gloria, for example Glory, Laura, Elora or Flora. Many famous personalities have the name Gloria; we can think, among others, Gloria Steinem, an American feminist activist, singers Gloria Gaynor and Gloria Estefan, and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt.
The female first name Shirley is of English origin, from the place-name Shirley, which is derived from the Old English elements scire (“shire”) or scīr (“bright, clear”) and lēah (“wood, clearing, meadow, enclosure”). Shirley was originally a male name, but it began to be used in the feminine after the English novelist and poet Charlotte Brontë used it for one of her female characters in her novel Shirley (1849).
The name Shirley can also be seen spelled Shirlee. Currently, it is not in the Top 100 most popular female names in the United States; in fact, it has been in decline since the 1950s.
Kitty is usually short for Katherine or Kathleen, but many still use it as a name in its own right. It would also be a diminutive of the names Kathy, Katey or Karen. Its popularity began to increase in the early 1900s, but has been declining in recent years. The origin of the name Kitty is English and would mean “pure.” Obviously, Kitty, in English, is also a word for a baby cat.
So Kitty could be the perfect name for cat lover parents! A little girl named Kitty would be more likely to share her fun loving joy and have very pure intentions. It is hard to imagine a Kitty who would be mean and selfish!
The feminine name Hazel, which obviously refers to the hazelnut tree, can also refer to the greenish-brown color often found in the human eye. While we love the name Hazel, we also love its nicknames, such as Haze, Hazy or Zelly!
The popularity of the name Hazel was very high before the 60s, and has definitely made a comeback in the late 2000s, like other color inspired names, such as Violet and Scarlett. The resurgence of this name could be due to the fact that many celebrities have named their newborns this way, for example, the couple formed by Emily Blunt and John Krasinki, or Julia Roberts.
Of Latin origin, the feminine name Constance comes from the word constantia, and as you may have guessed, means “constant,” or “steadfastness,” according to its Greek meaning as a male name. There are also some variations of this name, such as Connie, Constancia, or Constanze. The decline in popularity of the first name Connie, at one point considered outdated, has propelled the popularity of its full form, Constance.
Nevertheless, the first name Constance has been declining since the 70s, ranking 2905th in 2021. If you’re looking for a pretty name that your child won’t share with every other girl her age, though, this is a good choice!
Opal is a female name derived from the Sanskrit word upala, which means “jewel.” By the way, you will have noticed that opal is one of the many gemstones that exist, representing the birthstone of the month of October. If your baby girl is born in October, this would be a very appropriate name for her, so! Like other gemstone-inspired names, Opal began to be used in the late Victorian era.
From 1900 to 1920, Opal was one of the top 100 most popular names in the United States. It remained in the Top 500 until 1950. In 2010, 80 baby girls were named Opal. Even if Opal is losing popularity, it is still a very pretty name!
Paisley, which is a Scottish place name, but also a richly patterned Indian fabric, is a female name with Scottish roots that means “place of worship,” or “church, cemetery.” Also spelled Paislee or Paizley, its popularity has been growing since the early 2000s and has maintained its place in the Top 100 most popular names in the United States ever since. It even reached the Top 50 in 2015!
Its popularity would be due, among other things, to the emergence of the singer Brad Paisley, but also to the fact that the athlete Jennie Finch named her baby girl this way. Some names similar to Paisley are, for example, Kinsley, Hadley, Finley or Ainsley, but in our opinion, none of them can match Paisley.
A variation of the Greek name Melody, the female name Melodie “music, song.” It comes from the Greek words melos (“song”) and aeido (“to sing”). Would your baby girl be predisposed to become a musician or singer, then? Its peak popularity was in the 1950s; since then, unfortunately, it’s been on the decline. That’s a shame, because we love this name!
Melodie can be spelled like that, but there are also some variations, such as Melodi, Melody, or even Mélodie or Mélody. Overall, this name ranks 780th in the most popular names, ranking 453rd in the United States. It is in Canada that it is the most used, being 153rd.
The female name Everleigh has its origins in the English language. It means “from the boar meadow.” If this name seems a bit too complex spelled this way, know that it is also very often written in a much simpler way: Everly, Everlee or Everley. This name is very popular and is used all over the world. Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan named their baby girl Everly!
Its popularity has been increasing since about 2010, and reached its peak in 2020 with an impressive 2766 baby girls having received this name. It is also 28th in the Top 100 most popular names in the United States. His popularity doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon!
The name Genevieve, also very popular in its French version (Geneviève), is of Germanic or Celtic origin. It is said to come from the Germanic words kuni, meaning “kin, family,” and wefa, meaning “wife, woman.” Genevieve would therefore mean “woman of the race” or “woman of the family.” Other ways to spell it include Jenivieve, Genevive, Jenavieve, and Jenevieve.
The first name Genevieve experienced a dip in popularity in the 1960s, but it regained strength in the 1970s, and in the early 2000s, it experienced a meteoric rise that shows no signs of abating. In the United States, it is currently the 169th most given name to new baby girls.
Derived from the ancient Greek Kórē, the first name Cora is believed to be the Latinized version of that name. Originally, in Greek mythology, the name Cora referred to the goddess of Spring, Persephone, daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Cora would have changed her name to Persephone when she married Hades and became queen of the underworld. The meaning of this female name is “maiden” or “daughter.”
Some believe that Cora would instead find its roots in the Gaelic word cora, the comparative of cóir, which means “just,” “honest,” “virtuous” or “good.” There are, of course, several spellings of the name Cora, such as Corah, Kora and Korra.
Elaine, a more French-speaking variant of the first name Helen, is said to derive its origins from Greek and to mean “sun ray” or “shining light.” It can also be simply associated with the meanings “torch”, “beautiful”, “light”, “bright” and “shining.” In the myth of King Arthur, Elaine is the character who falls in love with Sir Lancelot. The resurgence of this name in the 19th century may also be related to Tennyson’s Idylls of the King poetry.
However, Elaine’s popularity has declined since 1950, but has been making a comeback since about 2010. It is currently ranked 3425th in the United States. Elaine can also be spelled Ellen or Ellayne, and there are several very similar names, such as Elayna, Aleen, Eleen or Elana.
The English name Blair, would have Gaelic Scottish origins. Many places are named Blair in Scotland, the name being derived from the Gaelic blàr, meaning “plain,” “meadow,” “field” or “battlefield.” This name could therefore mean “dweller on the plain.” While Blair is generally used as a male name in Scotland and Canada, it is often used for baby girls in the United States, making it unisex. It is also sometimes spelled Blaire.
In 2016, it was the 521st most given name for baby girls, while it was only 1807th for boys. Could its popularity be due, among other things, to the release of the movie The Blair Witch Project in 1999? In any case, it certainly didn’t hurt! Or maybe it was Blair Waldorf’s character in the series Gossip Girl that made her popular for young girls!
“Little Joan,” or “God is gracious.” These are the possible meanings of the female name Janet, of Scottish origin. It is also considered the feminine version of the masculine name John. It is the English-speaking variation of a name used all over the world in various ways: in French, it is called Jeanette; in Spanish, Juanita; in Russian, it is spelled Zhanet, and in Hungarian, Zsanett. Janet is also sometimes used as a diminutive of the names Jeanne or Jane.
The name Janet was very popular until the 70s—one has only to think of the popular singer Janet Jackson, born in 1966—but has been in free fall since. In 2020, it was ranked 3706th on the list of most popular names.
Eleanora is the Spanish version of the Greek name Eleanor and means, like the female name Elaine, “sun ray” or “shining light.” Similar maiden names would be, for example, Eleanore, Elenora, Eleonora, Elianora and Elleanora. The female name Eleanora was popular in the United States between 1914 and 1930, then nearly disappeared for more than half a century, only to return more popular than ever after 2010.
In 2018, there were 197 girls named Eleanora in the United States. In 2022, it is in Belgium that this name is the most popular, being part of the Top 50 most popular names.
Olivia is a beautiful name derived from the Latin oliva, which means “olive tree”. It would also be the female alternative to the male name Oliver. The name became very popular after William Shakespeare used it in his play Twelfth Night for the beautiful, sought-after heiress. Of all the baby girl names that begin with the letter “O”, Olivia is the most popular in the United States.
In fact, it has been one of the Top 100 most popular girls’ names since 1990. And this name is not only popular in the United States! It is also widely used in the UK, Australia, and Canada. Variations of Olivia exist in large quantities, for example Olyvia, Alyvia, Lyvia, Livia, Livie, Olive or Olivie.
In Greek, the first name Sophia means “wisdom”. This name was first known thanks to St. Sophia, widely celebrated by the Greek Orthodox Church, but was later popularized, in the Middle Ages, by European royalty. It is indeed a modern and elegant name. There is even a male version of the name Sophia, which is Sophus.
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. There are many variations of the name Sophia, such as Sofi, Sofia, Sofie, Sophie, Sophronia or Sophy. Since 2006, Sophia has been one of the Top 10 most popular baby girl names every single year.
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,” “feminine” or “petite”. There are similar names, such as Charlie, Lottie, Lotte, Carlota, and Carlotta.
Based on the Social Security Administration, in 2013 in the United States, the first name Charlotte was the 31st most popular. In the same year, it was literally THE most popular in Australia! It has been used since the 14th century and several royalty women over the centuries have borne this name. King Charles II of England had two illegitimate daughters named after him.
Of Latin origin, the female name Grace was first used as a reference to the phrase “God’s grace.” There is more than one meaning to this first name, for example “charm,” “goodness,” and “generosity.” In Greek mythology, the female name Grace is linked to beauty and joy. The name would be considered pure since in this mythology, the three Graces were considered to be the goddesses of nature.
It was in the 16th century that the Puritans are said to have begun using the name Grace, and then eventually introduced it to America. There are male forms of this name, including Charis, Grayson, or Grazio. Grace was one of the Top 20 most popular names in the early 1900s, but declined and came back into vogue in the 1990s.
Zoey, also often spelled Zoe, Zoe or Zoë, is a female name of Greek origin meaning “life.” For early Christians, however, the name Zoey did not just mean “life,” but rather represented eternal life. Other variations of this name exist, such as Zoí, Zoie, Zoee, Zoya, Zoi, Zoe and Zooey.
It is a very popular name around the world, especially in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and in the United Kingdom, but also in Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland. Since 2000, it is ranked every year in the Top 100 most popular girls’ names. This name is often used on screen, for example in the series Sesame Street, House of Cards and Firefly.
Aubrey is a Norman French derivative of the Germanic first name Alberic consisting of the elements alb, meaning “elf, supernatural being,” and ric, meaning “power, ruler of elves.” 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.
The first name Aubrey was very popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, but then fell into decline, only to become more popular than ever again in the early 2000s. Similar names would be Aubri, Aubree, Aubrie, or Audrey.
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! In 2014, Brooklyn was the 26th most popular baby girl name in the United States. It can also be spelled Brookelynn, Brookelynne, Brooklyne, Brooklynne, or Brooklynn.
Not surprisingly, the name Violet was inspired by the flower of the same name, and means “purple” in English. 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—which also means “purple” in Latin—, Violeta, Violetta or Violet.
For many cultures, the color purple is synonymous with royalty. Many might therefore consider the name Violet as a connotation of regality, leadership, strength, and grace. In 2020, Violet was ranked number 37 on the list of most popular first names.
Madelyn is an English first name derived from the French name Madeline, or even Madeleine, which ultimately derives from the Greeks and means “high tower.” In Hebrew, Madelyn means “woman from Magdala.” The French version of this name is quite common in literature, and it has been very popular throughout history, especially in the 1990s. His popularity has been on the rise in the United States since then.
Its popularity stems in part from the fact that it is derived from Mary Magdalene, a central character in the New Testament. Other spelling for the name Madelyn could be Madelynn, Madalyn, and Madilyn.
Margery is a first name that means “pearl”. It can also be spelled Marjorie—which would be the spelling derived from the medieval variant Margery—, or Marjory, and this name would be derived from the name Margaret. This feminine name would have appeared in English following the emergence of the French version, Marjorie, itself coming from the Latin Margarita. The Persians have a different, but very interesting meaning for this name, namely “child of light.”
This name was especially popular in the Middle Ages and during the Tudor period, but it regained popularity in 1921. There are many variations of this name, including Marchery, Margeree, Margerey, Margerie, Marjerie, Marjery, Marjorey, or Marjori.
The female name Adele, which can also often be seen spelled Adele, is a simplified form of the name Adelheid, whose meaning is “noble kind or type,” which itself comes from the Old German words adal, meaning “noble,” and heid, meaning “kind or type.” Adele is also a language spoken in eastern Ghana and Togo by about 21,000 people. In the Germanic language, there is a male equivalent to the female name Adele, which is Adel.
Adel should not be confused with the Arabic name Adil, or sometimes also written Adel, which is pronounced differently and has a different meaning, namely “justice.” In 2011, Adele resurfaced in the Top 1000 most popular names, and has remained there ever since. Could the singer Adele have something to do with it? Maybe so…
Cleo is a gender neutral, but generally female name of Greek origin which means “glory,” or “to praise, acclaim.” It is said to be a shortened version of the name Cleopatra or Cleophus, among others. It is also considered to be an alternate spelling for the name Clio.
The name was most popular in between 1915 and 1926—probably thanks to the release of the silent film Cleopatra, starring Theda Bara, and the opening of Egyptian tombs—, before losing drastically in popularity, to be almost unused for almost half a century. Since about 2010, however, it seems to be making a comeback. Other first names derived from Cleopatra, such as Cleora and Cleola, have also made their appearance in the early 1900s.
Esther is a feminine name of Hebrew origin, meaning “hive, conceal.” It is best known for the Jewish queen Esther, the eponymous heroine of the famous Book of Esther. According to the Hebrew Bible, Queen Esther was born with the first name Hadassah (“Myrtle”), but her name was changed to hide her identity upon becoming Queen of Persia.
Esther could be a name derived from the Old Persian stāra, which means “star,” but some believe Esther comes instead from the name of the Babylonian goddess of love, Ishtar. This name is also found spelled Hester. The popularity of this female name dates back to the Reformation era in the 16th century in Europe and the British Isles.
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. There are many variations of the name Louisa around the world, for example Luisa, Lovisa, Ludovica, and Luigia.
With such a powerful name, your kid could be destined for power and greatness. A woman with that name would be an explorer who likes to connect with people. She would be a curious and impulsive person, free-spirited, who adapts easily to all new situations. She loves to travel and doesn’t mind going on adventures alone!
Marguerite is a French version of the first name “Margaret” or “Daisy”, which we’ve also put on our list. The first name Marguerite is also a derivative of the Latin and Greek word margarítēs, which means “pearl.” Marguerites are born for adventure, like the famous Saint Marguerite, who set up schools in the Quebec wilderness in the 17th century.
Furthermore, we have to add that Marguerites are brave and bold women, just like the famous French author Marguerite Duras, or even American author, poet, dancer, actress and singer Maya Angelou, in fact born Marguerite Annie Johnson. Some variations of this name are, among others, Magritte and Margueritte.
Of English origin, the female first name Betty has the meaning “oath of a God,” or “God is satisfaction.” Betty is actually a name that evolved as a diminutive of the names Bethany or even Elizabeth, to become a full name in itself. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Betty was also used as a diminutive of Bethania.
Sometimes you can see this name spelled Bettie, but it is quite rare. While the first name Betty experienced a decline in popularity in the 1970s, it has been enjoying a resurgence in recent years, thanks in particular to the character of Betty Draper Francis in the popular series Mad Men, and to the series Ugly Betty. We should also not underestimate the effect of the popularity of the late actress Betty White!
The female name Scarlett, also sometimes spelled Scarlet or Scarlette, comes, as you may have guessed, from the English word scarlet, which represents a bright shade of the color red. The color scarlet symbolizes courage, strength, joy, passion, and heat. In the Roman Catholic Church, cardinals wear scarlet because it is said to represent the color of the blood of Christ and the Christian martyrs.
The popularity of the name Scarlet increased tenfold when Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind was published in 1936, and then in 1939 when the film adaptation of the novel was released, because of its character Scarlett O’Hara. Since then, both in the United States and in England and Wales, this name is frequently used.
Willa is a beautiful girl’s name with roots in Germany. Willa is actually the feminine version of the masculine name William, which would faithfully mean “will, desire,” but also “helmet, protection.” Willa would also be a derivative of Wilhelmina, having first been used as a diminutive of that name. As for William, a very common nickname for Willa is obviously Will.
The popularity of this name has been declining since the 60s, and this, for about half a century, but has drastically recovered around 2010. Several celebrities have named their baby girl Willa, certainly helping with the resurgence of this name. We think in particular of the couple formed by the actress Sophie Turner and the singer Joe Jonas, but also of the actress Keri Russell and the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Ashlyn, a beautiful feminine name with Irish and Gaelic origins, is said to mean “dream.” It seems that another meaning exists for this name, which is “Meadow of ash trees.” In the past, this name was considered equally masculine and feminine, but nowadays it is usually given to girls.
It can also sometimes be seen spelled Ashlynn. Ashlyn would be a variation of the popular name Ashley, which in turn would come from the Celtic aisling, meaning “dream.” The popularity of the first name Ashlyn has reportedly been on the rise since the 1980s, ranking 1175th in the list of most popular first names worldwide, and 602nd in the United States.
The female name Ember is of British origin, and is said to mean “spark” or “burning low.” Ember is also said to be derived from the Old English aemerge, which has its root in the Germanic word aima, meaning “ashes.” In the English vocabulary, Ember is used to speak of the smoldering remnants of a fire that appear in the form of glowing ashes. More metaphorically, some associate the term with the remains of passion.
Ember is often considered a gender neutral name. It has been growing in popularity since the mid-1950s, ranking #432 on the list of most popular girls’ names in 2020. The first name Ember can also be seen with the spelling Amber, Amber or even Ambur, and several similar names exist, for example Kimber, which can also be spelled Kymber, Esther, Amberly or even November.
The female name Marleigh, an English variant of the name Marlee, would potentially come from Old English and mean “pleasant wood,” but it could also come from the word mearth, which means “marten,” which is a type of animal similar to the ferret. This name is also said to have British origins and would mean “marshy meadow.”
This name has gained lots of popularity since the 1980s, where only a few thousand people had used the name. In 2020, Marleigh was ranked #1373 on the charts of most popular first names. There are many similar names, such as Marley, Charleigh, Harleigh or Marlowe.
The female name Gwenyth is of Welsh origin, and is in fact a variant of the names Gwenith, Gwendolyn and Gwyneth. The meaning of the first name Gwenyth would be “happiness,” “fair bow” or even “blessed ring.” Relatively popular between 1920 and 1950, Gwenyth then fell into decline, but began to be used frequently again in the mid-1990s.
In 2020, it ranked 3828th on the list of most popular first names, having reached its peak of popularity in 2013, when it was given to 176 baby girls. While there is no known public figure with this name, everyone knows the actress with the closest variant of this name, Gwyneth Paltrow!
Adeline is a feminine name of French origin, considered as a diminutive to the name Adèle, coming from the Germanic root adal. Adeline would mean “noble” or “nobility”. Several variants exist for this name, for example Adelina, Adalyn, Adalynn, Adelyn, Adalene, Adeleine, Aada, Ada, Alina, Aline, Adelita and Alita.
Adeline is believed to have been introduced to England by the Normans in the 11th century and was a very common name in the Middle Ages before virtually disappearing until the Victorian Gothic era. More recently, Adeline suffered a loss of popularity between 1925 and 1999, but since 2000, it has come back with a vengeance, becoming the 63rd most popular name in the US in 2016!
The first name Chelsea, also commonly spelled Chelsey or Chelsie, comes from Old English and the most common theory about its meaning would be “chalk landing place,” coming from Calc-hyð, which means “chalk wharf.” The first name Chelsea appeared on the Social Security Administration baby naming data chart in 1969, ranking #708. During the 1980s, this name gained popularity, reaching the 15th most popular name in 1992.
The song “Chelsea Morning” by Joni Mitchell, released in 1969, is potentially not to be overlooked in the rise in popularity of the name Chelsea. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, named their daughter Chelsea in 1980.
Being considered a gender neutral name, Piper is of English origin and has the meaning “flute player.” It is also possible, sometimes, to see this name spelled Pyper. There is a legend about the Pied Piper of Hamelin, who was able to entrance and captivate children and animals by playing his flute.
In 2020, Piper ranked in the Top 100 most popular girls’ names in the United States, coming in at number 91. This name is also regularly used on screen, especially in the series Orange Is the New Black and Charmed. Also, the application created by the protagonist of the series Silicon Valley is called Pied Piper!
Coming from the Latin word novus, Nova is a very pretty female name that means “new.” While this name is relatively new and continues to grow in popularity, its definition couldn’t be more accurate! This name began to be used in the 19th century, reaching the Top 1000 most popular names in the United States in the late 1930s. Unfortunately, it later virtually disappeared only to re-emerge in 2011.
Then, in 2017, Nova earned a spot in the Top 100 most popular first names and has remained there ever since. Even in 2020, it reached the 38th position when it was given to 4,940 baby girls! Nova is also a very popular name in Sweden and the Netherlands.
Having Greek, Latin and Persian origins, the first name Aria means “song” or “melody.” In fact, its literal translation of the Italian word aria is “aria,” which is a musical term that refers to an elaborate vocal solo usually found in operas. In Greek, aria means “lioness,” and in Persian, it is considered a gender neutral name meaning “noble.”
In Greek mythology, Aria is a woman from Crete who had a child with Apollo, whom they named Miletos. Aria is also the name of a Roman martyr about whom not much is known. This name has been in the Top 100 most popular names since 2012, and we can’t help but think that the Game of Thrones series probably has something to do with it!
Of English and Scottish origin, the name Etta, which is a diminutive of names such as Henrietta and Loretta, has the meaning “ruler of the home.” Currently, Etta is ranked #927 on the U.S. Most Popular Names list. During the last decades of the 1800s, Etta ranked in the Top 100 most popular names, but fell into decline and disappeared from the list in 1966. It wasn’t until 2018 that it resurfaced.
Similar to Etta are the names Ida, Ada or Thea. Etta James, popular singer who offered us, among others, the hit song “At Last,” has certainly contributed to the popularization of this name. Etta was also the nickname of Henrietta Bishop, a character in the popular TV show Fringe.
Derived from the Greek word Odyssey, Odessa is the female version of the male name Odysseus. Odessa means “long journey,” “wandering,” “quest,” “wrathful” or “angry man.” The Russian empress Catherine the Great is said to have named the Ukrainian port city Odessa after Homer’s Greek epic poem Odyssey, originally published in 1614.
This name was quite popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, but began to decline around 1940. However, it has had a resurgence in popularity since 2010. There are several names similar to Odessa, for example Nessa, Dessie, Anessa, Dessa, Adela or even Rosella.
Only true fans of mythology will name their children after something mystical. Aurora is one of those names that has a magical meaning behind it. Think of the North and South poles, and the lights that can be seen in the sky. Aurora is another name for these polar lights! Your daughter will be a light in your life, not only to you, but to everyone she meets.
The Latin meaning of Aurora is “dawn.” Other than your daughter shining brightly, she will also be a new beginning for you. The start of something wonderful and magical in your life.
Willow trees are known for their strength and stability. Willow trees grow quickly and make an impact on everything around them. Naming your daughter after the Willow tree not only will give her a sense of belonging, but will allow for her to be herself.
Willow comes from Old English and means “freedom.” Your daughter will strive for freedom in every aspect of her life. She will stand up for what she knows is right and for those who don’t have the courage to stand up for themselves. She will be strong, graceful, and full of life.
Your daughter will be the most beautiful thing that you have ever laid eyes on. From the moment that she is born, nothing will ever compare to her beauty. As she grows up, she will inherit all of the wonderful traits from her parents and continue to do better in life.
Naming your new bundle of joy Callista will further prove her beauty to those around her. This name comes from Greek origin and means “most beautiful.” She will grow up with more than just outer beauty, though. She will have a beauty that radiates from within.
Daughters are known for having a fierce attitude when they become teenagers. They are passionate about the things they believe in and feel as if everything they say is always right. Being a parent of a teenage daughter can be trying, but it will be worth it.
The name Seraphina comes from the Latin language and means “fiery.” If you give your daughter this name, she will have a strong passion for everything she does in life. When you feel like she is just being stubborn, remember that she will have this fierce passion and fiery attitude in every aspect, not just with you.
Some parents opt for names with a religious meaning behind them. No matter what the religion is, it’s safe to say that it will play a major role in their and their children’s lives. So, it only makes sense to give them a name with a powerful meaning behind it.
The name Eliza is a shortened version of the name Elizabeth. This name means “pledged to God,” but many parents choose to name their daughter this for reasons that are not religious. For example, there have been many famous characters in history who have the name Eliza. Parents want their children to be able to connect to those stories of the characters that they’re named after.
There are many names that come from royalty. Whether you want your daughter to grow up to become a real-life princess or not, some names just have an elegance to them that is hard to deny. Plus, naming your daughter after actual princesses will make her feel special.
The name Arabella comes from the 12th century. This was the name of the daughter of the King of Scotland. What little girl wouldn’t want to be named after the daughter of a King? It’s practically in the blood of little girls to fantasize about being a princess and living in a castle.
When your daughter is born, all you will see is pure innocence. She will have not spoken a word, not hurt anybody, and had never done anything wrong. Don’t you wish she could stay this pure baby her entire life? I mean, she’ll grow up obviously, but you want her to stay innocent and kind.
The name Catalina comes from the Irish language and means “pure.” Your daughter will live her entire life this way. All of your hopes for her to grow up innocent will come true when you name your daughter Catalina. It will be hard to hide from her true destiny.
When your daughter is born, you want her to be able to stand up for herself. You want her to be able to understand the difference between right and wrong and act kindly to others. While you might spend your entire life teaching her these things, it is up to her to act those ways. With a name like Alessia, she will have the best possible chance of being strong, independent, and respectful of others.
This Italian name means “defending warrior.” Your daughter will be strong, outgoing, and the love of your life. In 2016, this name made its way to the top 1000 girls’ names. Anyone who names their daughter Alessia will see firsthand how she stands up for her beliefs.
Don’t worry, unlike how the events played out in Romeo and Juliet, your daughter will live a long and fulfilling life. The chances of her falling in love are inevitable, but she will have a way to push through the heartache. You can rest easy knowing that your beautiful new baby girl will always stay looking young and beautiful.
This name represents your new daughter in the most accurate way. This name comes from the French language and means “youthful.” Aside from her appearance, she will remain energetic and youthful at heart as well. She will know how to have a good time while also remaining cheerful.
Flora became a popular name in France when a girl named Flora helped Prince Charlie travel to the country. This name has been more common in European countries ever since. While the name isn’t as popular in the United States, it’s still a wonderful name for a baby girl.
The Scottish name Flora means “flower.” Your daughter will be delicate and full of life with this name. She will grow freely and you will grow with her. She will teach you the importance of individuality as well as blossoming into who you need to be. She won’t hesitate to be outgoing, just as long as you are up for the journey that she will bring to your life.
Do you believe in love at first sight? As soon as your daughter is born, you will believe. This is a special kind of love. This will be something that you feel deep in your soul. You won’t be able to hide the fact that you are so proud of the new life that you have just brought into this world.
Amanda comes from Latin origin and means “worthy of love” and “loveable.” This name is perfect for mothers to name their newborn daughters. She will be worthy of love to you, and to everyone else that she meets. She won’t be able to control the amount of love that she receives, but she won’t hesitate to give that love back to someone. You will no doubt love your daughter with your entire heart.
Eden comes from Hebrew origin and means the “place of pleasure.” In the Bible, Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. While the story of Adam and Eve has a not-so-happy ending, the Garden of Eden was the most beautiful place that they had been to.
Another meaning for this name is “delight.” Your baby girl will be a delight to you and to everyone that she meets in life. She will be a pleasure to be around, and people won’t be able to get enough of her radiant personality. Everything about your baby girl will be special, from the way that she thinks to the way that she interacts with others.
When your daughter is born, all you want for them is to be strong and healthy. Right? Parents want nothing more for their children than for them to be able to make it on their own, but some parents might have different definitions of “making it.” To some, that may be moving out and getting a job, and to others, that simply may be to make friends.
Naming your daughter Valentina ensures those desires. Valentina comes from Latin origin and means “strength” and “health.” Your daughter will have the strength to do whatever she needs to do, no matter what that is. She will also have health, whatever that looks like to her.
Angelina is a Greek name meaning “messenger” or “Angel.” Your daughter will be your very own little angel. She is a blessing, and she will continue to bless you for as long as you live. There is nothing better than new parents laying eyes on their perfect little angel!
Plus, she will have the same name as Angelina Jolie. What could be better than that? But if you don’t prefer to think of it that way, there is a wonderful meaning behind the name. All that matters is your daughter will be loved and grow up to become someone amazing.
The name Gemma was first introduced in Italy. This name means “gem” or “jewel.” Just like a diamond or a ruby, your daughter will be very precious—not only to you, but to everyone else around her as well. It will be hard for you to find something in your life that you admire as much as your daughter. Which is totally ok for parents.
Your daughter will be unique. She will stand out from the crowd. She will know when to speak up and will be set on becoming a person in the public eye. She will become an actress, model, or CEO. Whatever she sets her heart on, she will accomplish.
Felicity means “good luck.” If you wished to have a daughter, this is the perfect name for her. There is nothing that parents are more proud of than the birth of their children. Their kids are the light of their life, everything they do is for them now. They want their kids to be happy, healthy, and taken care of.
Your daughter knew that you needed her in your life. She knew that you had been hoping and praying for her, so she decided it was time. It was time for her parents to have luck in their lives, and she was the one who was going to do it. She will continue to bless those around her with luck for as long as she lives.
Rosalie comes from Latin origin and means “flower.” It can also translate to “beautiful rose.” Just like a field of sunflowers, your daughter will grow tall and beautiful. She won’t be afraid to be herself or to stand out.
Your daughter will be delicate, graceful, and beautiful. She will never back away from the truth and she will always find herself surrounded by other amazing people. She will teach you how to go with the flow while also staying true to yourself. There is nothing that your daughter will be afraid of.
For those parents who love the outdoors, this is the perfect name for their new baby girl. Some parents want nothing more than for their children to share the same love and passions as they do. Of course, they want them to grow up and find things they love on their own, but they want to make memories of doing things together with their children.
Dahlia is an Earthy name coming from Scandinavian origin and means “she who clings lovingly.” Your daughter will admire you more than anything. She will trust you with her life and continue to do things to please you. She will feel like she is never doing enough, even if you don’t ask for it. But you will never feel a love quite like the love of your daughter.
This name is of Latin origin and means “tranquil” or “serene.” Though there will be moments that don’t exactly feel this way. Teenage daughters tend to be obnoxious sometimes, but they will always love you, even if it doesn’t feel like it. There will be moments with your daughter that you will want to relive over and over again.
Overall, your new daughter will bring peace to your family and give you a sense of tranquility. Those moments that you treasure so much with her will never be able to be replaced. She will be the center of your world. Every time you think of her, you will be proud of who she has become.
All of your hopes and dreams will come true once your daughter is born. Nadia is a Russian name meaning “hope.” Your daughter will give you hope in all aspects of life. You will also hope for the best for her in life. It doesn’t matter what she does, or who she becomes, she will always be the most important person in your life.
Nothing will quite compare to her. Her hope will turn into passion, and that passion will blossom into something beautiful. Whether she ends up becoming an entrepreneur or a doctor, she will continue to do her best, and will not settle until she does.