Names Ending in -ica for Girls

About a third of baby girl names today end in the letter a, and there's a subgroup of these that end in ica.

The top girl name ending in the letters -ica is still Jessica. Along with Jessica, girl names ending in ica and ranking in the US Top 1000 include Monica, Veronica, Angelica, Erica, and Danica.

If you're looking for multisyllabic names for baby girls that end in ica, here is our full selection. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.
  1. Veronica
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "she who brings victory; true image"
    • Description:

      The name Veronica projects a triple-threat image: at once saintly, sensuous, and strong. The name derives from Berenice, the Latin form of the Greek name Berenike "she who brings victory", with the spelling influenced by the Latin phrase vera icon "true image". Veronica was the name of the compassionate woman who wiped Jesus's face when he was on his way to Calvary and whose cloth was miraculously imprinted with his image: she is now the patron saint of photographers.
  2. Jessica
    • Origin:

      English, meaning unknown
    • Description:

      When Jennifer was ready to give up her throne, her crown was passed to Jessica, who reigned for not one but two decades; Jessica was the top name of both the 1980's and 90's, never sounding quite as trendy as its predecessor, maybe because of its classic Shakespearean pedigree. Jessica has declined a bit in popularity but is still a popular choice.
  3. Angelica
    • Origin:

      Italian, Polish, Russian diminutive of Angela
    • Meaning:

      "angel or angelic"
    • Description:

      Angelica is by far the choicest form of the angelic names -- more delicate than Angelina, more feminine than Angel, more modern than Angela. But though Angelica is so lacy and poetic, it lags behind the bolder Angelina (probably for obvious reasons).
  4. Erica
    • Origin:

      Norse, feminine form of Eric
    • Meaning:

      "eternal ruler"
    • Description:

      The straightforward Erica is a Norse feminization that was long associated with the complex, mega-popular character Erica Kane, played by Susan Lucci for decades on the soap opera All My Children. Used in Scandinavia since the early eighteenth century, where it was usually spelled Erika, it was in the Top 50 girls' list in the USA in the 1970s and eighties.
  5. Danica
    • Origin:

      Slavic
    • Meaning:

      "morning star"
    • Description:

      While Danica may sound similar to Dana, Danielle, and Daniela, Danica is not a variation. Danica, a delicate and unique Slavic name meaning "Morning Star," is synonymous with Venus in many countries.
  6. Monica
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "advisor"
    • Description:

      This saintly name--she was the mother of St. Augustine--plummeted after the double whammy of Lewinsky and the demise of Friends.
  7. Nica
    • Origin:

      Short form of Veronica, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "true image"
    • Description:

      More often spelled Nika, this is a well-used diminutive for the Eastern European Veronika, and there's no reason that the same principle can't apply in the West. It makes a venerated saint's name sound fresh and cute.
  8. Ludovica
    • Origin:

      Italian, feminine variation of Ludovic
    • Meaning:

      "famous in war"
    • Description:

      This Olde World name with a large measure of European style makes an offbeat possibility for the bold baby namer in search of interesting Italian names for girls. Currently very popular in its native Italy, Ludovica is an unusual path to all the great Lu nicknames, like Lulu and Lula.
  9. Frederica
    • Origin:

      Feminine variation of Frederick
    • Meaning:

      "peaceful ruler,"
    • Description:

      Frederica is an interesting possibility for the parent unintimidated by its old-fashioned formality, and who can appreciate the vintage charm and verve lurking inside its stuffiness.
  10. Amica
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "female friend"
    • Description:

      Amica is a word meaning girlfriend that is not often used as a name in Italy, but it would sound pretty and name-like elsewhere.
  11. Mica
    • Description:

      A flinty mineral name that puts a feminine spin on Micah, or short form of the biblical Michal.
  12. Dominica
    • Origin:

      Italian, feminine variation of Dominic
    • Meaning:

      "belonging to the Lord"
    • Description:

      Fashionably Continental and much fresher than Dominique, though it's been used since the Middle Ages. Dominica can be spelled any number of ways, from Dominika to Domenica, but we prefer this version.
  13. America
    • Origin:

      Place-name
    • Description:

      Given to children of both sexes as far back as colonial times, this carries a lot of baggage. However, parents continue to take the risk. Actress America Ferrera may be have inspired some families to choose the name. Ferrera's Honduras-born mother shares her unusual name.
  14. Vivica
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Viveca
    • Description:

      The attractive actress Vivica A. Fox has done a lot to add this version of the name into the mix.
  15. Federica
    • Origin:

      Italian, feminine variation of Frederick
    • Meaning:

      "peaceful ruler"
    • Description:

      Federica is the Latin version of Frederica, one of those formerly stuffy female names -- think Josephine and Eleanor -- that feels fresh and elegant again. And Federica has more energy without that first r.
  16. Indica
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "of India"
    • Description:

      The calming variety of marijuana, used as a baby name every year since 1992.
  17. Domenica
    • Origin:

      Italian feminine form of Dominic
    • Meaning:

      "belonging to the Lord"
    • Description:

      Much fresher and more energetic than Dominique.
  18. Jamaica
    • Origin:

      Native American place name
    • Meaning:

      "rich in springs"
    • Description:

      Among the least gimmicky, most appealing and colorful of all the names found in the atlas, Jamaica almost sings out the rhythms of the West Indies.
  19. Scholastica
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "scholarly"
    • Description:

      The 6th-century Saint Scholastica was an Benedictine abbess, and is the patron saint of education. In modern times, her name has been connected to various educational institutions. This clunky name probably works best on groups rather than people.
  20. Antarctica
    • Origin:

      Latin from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "opposite the north"
    • Description:

      Ed Sheeran put this continental place name on the map when he used it as the middle name for his daughter Lyra, born in 2020.