Cool Girl Names from Ancient Cultures

There are so many ancient names for girls -- from Rome and Byzantium, from Olde England and Germany -- that deserve to be unearthed in the interest of cool. Here's a selection of worthy ancient names, from a range of eras and places, that make unique baby names for girls.
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  • Galla

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    Gala makes the name more festive. Read More 

  • Gaynor

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    Gaynor is an early androgynous name with a positive association, related to the Cornish megahit name Jennifer.  Read More 

  • Gwenore

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    A rather awkward combination of syllables--we'd recommend either GWENDOLYN, GWYNETH or GUINEVERE instead. Read More 

  • Hilaria

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    Hilaria, the ancient Roman form of Hilary also given to joyous festivals, is still used in Poland, most Americans would prefer to stick wih HILARY. The intriguing Italian version is Ilaria. Varia... Read More 

  • Honoria

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    This is an eighteenth century elaboration of Honor found in Charles Dickens ( Bleak House ) but rarely heard here and now. Read More 

  • Horatia

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    Has the fusty charm of recently excavated ancient Roman male names like Augustus and Magnus, which might just appeal to the fearless baby namer.  Read More 

  • Isolde

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    Now that Tristan has been rediscovered, maybe it's time for his fabled lover in the Arthurian romances and Wagnerian opera, a beautiful Irish princess, to be brought back into the light as well. ... Read More 

  • Jennet

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    It feels like a slenderized modern version, but Jennet actually has deep roots though too much similarity to all the outmoded Jan and Jen names to stage a major comeback anytime soon. Read More 

  • Jonet

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    A Frenchy name that doesn't exist in France, probably an attempt to create a classy feminine version of John or Johnny by rhyming it with Monet.  Read More 

  • Junia

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    Juno is hot, June is showing signs of a comeback along with other month and day names, whereas Junia, the name of the the first century Christian referred to by the apostle Paul as an apostle (and ... Read More 

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