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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  • Octavia

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    Octavia began as the Latin, then Victorian name for an eighth child. While there aren't many eighth children anymore, this ancient Roman name has real possibilities as a substitute for the overused... Read More 

  • Paccia

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    Many parents these days are responding to names meaning peace, and this is one of the more unusual ones (more often heard as a surname). Pronounced PACH-ee-a, it relates to such other peaceful name... Read More 

  • Palantina

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    The name of one of the 35 tribes of ancient Rome, virtually unknown in the modern world Read More 

  • Perpetua

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    Perpetually unwieldy.  Read More 

  • Persis

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    Parents seeking a distinctive New Testament name might consider this one. Adopted by some Puritans in the seventeenth century, Persis was used in the William Dean Howells novel The Rise of Silas La... Read More 

  • Phillida

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    Phillida is a "Masterpiece Theatre" appellation, proper to an almost comical degree yet might make an original way to honor an ancestral Phyliis. Actress Phyllida Law is the mother of Emma and Sop... Read More 

  • Placidia

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    Derived from an ancient Roman name, this is best known in its male form Placido, thanks to the tenor. Read More 

  • Prima

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    Will assure your daughter she's numero uno.  Read More 

  • Quintia

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    Like Quentin, Quintin and Quintana, Quintia was once reserved for the fifth child in a family, but now would make an interesting choice for a child coming anywhere in the birth order. Read More 

  • Rufina

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    Might be too close to "ruffian" and "rough."  Read More 

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