Girls' Names With Gravity

For many parents, girls' names (and boys' names too) should carry more than an attractive sound and appealing image; they should have real history behind them. These names relate to a range of impressive personages, real and imagined, and also have both breadth and depth in terms of the meaning they convey. Inspired by a fascinating discussion on our forums, here are some girls' names with history and weight.
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  • Adele

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    Credit the award-winning single-named British singer for taking Adele from a quiet semi-retirement back into currency. Adele reentered the US Top 1000 in 2011 and has remained there ever since. ... Read More 

  • Agnes

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    Agnes, though it was the third most common English girls' name for four hundred years, has long been stuck in the attic. But now it looks like Agnes was so far out it's just about ready to come... Read More 

  • Alice

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    Alice is a classic name that's both strong and sweet, which got a big bounce via Tina Fey's choice of the name for her daughter. In the past decade Alice has jumped nearly 300 places in the... Read More 

  • Anna

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    Anna has become the dominant form of the Ann family, having been firmly in the Top 25 for years and only slipping in the past couple years. Anna offers a touch of the exotic and a bit more style... Read More 

  • Beatrice

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    Beatrice is back. Stored in the attic for almost a century, the lovely Beatrice with its long literary (Shakespeare, Dante) and royal history is being looked at with fresh eyes by parents (such as... Read More 

  • Cecilia

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    Cecilia, a delicate and lacy feminine form of Cecil, which derives from a Roman clan name, has definitely been rediscovered. The martyred Saint Cecilia was designated the patron of musicians,... Read More 

  • Charlotte

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    The name of the young Princess of Cambridge, Charlotte is the latest classic name to join Sophia, Emma, Olivia, and Isabella in a rise toward the top of the list, making Number 9 in the US this... Read More 

  • Claire

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    Claire, luminous, simple, and strong, with a barely distinguishable French accent, is one of those special names that is familiar yet distinctive, feminine but not frilly, combining historical... Read More 

  • Daphne

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    Daphne's origins may be Greek, but it's seen by Americans as quintessentially British—as in the Daphne Moon character on Frasier. It's reentered the Top 400 for the first time in decades... Read More 

  • Diana

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    Diana, the tragic British princess, inspired many fashions, but strangely, not one for her name. The classic and lovely moon-goddess name Diana hovered for years around Number 100, though now it's... Read More 

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