Category: baby girl names
By Linda Rosenkrantz
I’ve long loved Lola, and lately I’ve been crushing on Viola and Finola–which inspired me to take a look at what other ola names there are, and was pleased to find that there are lots of options, coming from several different ethnicities. As opposed to the diminutive ina-ending, ola‘s long o-sound gives her a certain strength combined with femininity that is really appealing. So here come the ola girls:
Amapola—This rarely heard name is of Arabic origin and means ‘poppy’—in fact there was a hugely popular Big Band-era hit song called ‘Amapola, my pretty little poppy.” The Greek name Anatola is related to the ancient Turkish place name Anatolia.
Let’s have some fun.
List your Top 5 girls’ names. In order if possible. With explanations for why you love them so much, if you like.
Your Top 5 might include names you’ve chosen for your own daughter or names you plan to use. Or it might just be a fantasy list.
And if you can’t limit your list to just five, feel free to add some runners up.
What’s your favorite classic girls’ name?
In fact, when you tell us which classic girls’ name is your favorite, maybe you can also tell us why you consider it a classic.
Think you have to pick between names that are classics, with deep roots and centuries of use, and names that are unusual?
You don’t, as these classic girls’ names, all ranked below the U.S. Top 1000, attest.
Some were popular in recent years and are now sinking from view — Pamela, Jean — while others are rising stars we predict will soon appear on the official Top 1000: Imogen is a prime example, along with Mabel, the Margos, and Clementine.
That still leaves dozens of classic girls’ names that are neither coming into style nor sailing out but simply holding steady below the radar.
A note on how we chose the names: We did not include variant spellings of more popular classic names such as Emilee, and for the most part excluded short forms unless they have been traditionally used on their own. Our definition of classic embraces ancient names such as Phaedra and Keturah along with more recent widely-used girls’ names such as Maureen.
If you’re in search of a classic girls’ name that’s both traditional and unusual, consider these 100+ picks, ordered from those given to the highest number of baby girls in the U.S. in 2012 (Aurelia, at 250) to the least (Petal, used for just 5).
The very coolest flower names right now, we think, are a mix of the generic and the adventurous. We like names such as Petal and Posy that reference flowers in general without citing a specific species, along with a handful of adventurous varietals.
Our picks for the coolest flower names for girls: