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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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  • Marciana

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    Marciana is a cooler (much cooler) elaboration of Marcia.  Read More 

  • Marilla

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    Marilla is a real fitting in-standing out name, delicate and sweet, which began life as a short form of the flower name Amaryllis. Marilla Cuthbert was a character in L. M. Montgomery's Anne of G... Read More 

  • Maxima

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    Maxima -- or indeed any of the feminine Max variations such as Maxine -- just don't have the earthy-yet-stylish elan of Max. Name your daughter Maxima if you must, but just don't make her middle n... Read More 

  • Melisent

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    A venerable name closer to MELISSA than the original MILLICENT. Read More 

  • Meriall

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    A name found in 16th century marriage records, but still manages to sound like a modern, made-up elaboration of MERRY. Read More 

  • Mila

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    Mila is an appealing European short-form favorite shared by one-time "That 70s Show" starlet Ukranian-born Mila Kunis--more recently acclaimed for her work in Black Swan. Her full birth name is Mil... Read More 

  • Minerva

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    Minerva is the long-neglected name of the Roman goddess of wisdom and invention, the arts and martial strength--which might appeal to adventurous feminist parents. Minerva Pott is a character in D... Read More 

  • Mucia

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    The name of a high-born ancient Roman matrona who led a dramatic life--she was said to have had an affair with Julius Caesar--is similar to LUCIA, but not as attractive. Read More 

  • Nerilla

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    A character name that makes an appearance in Shakespeare's King Lear , Nerilla has hardly been heard in modern times. Read More 

  • Nicasia

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    An interesting and unusual member of the "Nic" family--far more distinctive than NICOLE or NICOLA. Read More 

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