Aboriginal Names for Girls

  1. Vega
    • Origin:

      Arabic, Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "swooping eagle; meadow"
    • Description:

      Another astral name, this one relating to one of the largest and brightest stars in the heavens, is popular in Scandinavia and Spain, where it ranks among the Top 50 girls' names. Although still very rare in the US, we think it has serious potential to follow the likes of Luna and Lyra up the charts.
  2. Kylie
    • Origin:

      Noongar, Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "boomerang; narrow channel"
    • Description:

      Popular pop name, inspired by Australian singer Kylie Minogue. It was at its height in Australia in the 1970s and early 80s; often cited as a Noongar name meaning "boomerang".
  3. Araluen
    • Origin:

      Aboriginal Australian
    • Meaning:

      "water lilies; place of the water lilies"
    • Description:

      Araluen is a beautiful Aboriginal Australian place name, used in several sites, always connected to the dainty water lily.
  4. Mirin
    • Origin:

      Irish and Scottish, meaning unknown
    • Description:

      The 6th century Irish saint Mirin emigrated to Scotland and now is the patron saint of both the Glasgow suburb of Paisley and the game of football. Mirren is one modern spelling; the Cornish Merryn, best known as the name of the seacoast town St. Merryn, is also related. In all its forms, one of the most classic Scottish names for girls.
  5. Kirrily
    • Origin:

      Aboriginal, Australian
    • Meaning:

      "tree bark or leaf"
    • Description:

      Kirrily, which rhymes with cheerily, is a name that's uniquely popular in Australia. It originated in recent decades as an elaboration of several similar names – the European Kyra or Keira, the Maori Kiri which means tree bark, or the Aboriginal word kira which means leaf – plus the lee sound. Both Aboriginal actress Kirrily Nolan and Australian fashion designer Kirrily Johnston have helped popularize the name, which has spawned a countless number of spelling variations. Kirrily is one of the unique baby names to watch.
  6. Kyleigh
    • Origin:

      Feminine variation of Kyle or spelling variation of Kylie
    • Meaning:

      "narrow spit of land; or, a boomerang"
    • Description:

      Kyle is a Scottish male name while Kylie is an Aboriginal name meaning boomerang. Kyleigh might be seen as a feminine spin on Kyle or a spelling update of Kylie. A trendy choice longer on style than substance.
  7. Halima
    • Origin:

      African
    • Meaning:

      "gentle, humane"
    • Description:

      This Swahili and Muslim female name referring to the Prophet Muhammed's nurse. It is a popular name in Egypt and Somalia.
  8. Shoshanna
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Shoshana, Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "lily"
    • Description:

      Shoshanna is a variation of one of the best-known original Hebrew baby names for girls , the original of Susanna. This is the spelling used by Shoshanna Lonstein, a designer who creates the Shoshanna clothing line and also the name of one of the four leading characters on the TV show Girls, Shoshanna Shapiro.
  9. Ivalo
    • Origin:

      Greenlandic
    • Meaning:

      "sinew"
    • Description:

      This is a Greenlandic girls' name made famous when Princess Mary and Prince Frederik named their twin daughter Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda.
  10. Kiley
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Kylie
    • Meaning:

      "boomerang"
    • Description:

      Kiley is one of the more reasonable of the Kylie variations, which also include Kilea, Kilee, Kileigh, Kili, Kilie, Kylee, Kyley, Kyli, ad infinitum. Despite its similarity to the popular Riley, the high ranking Kylie will ensure that this choice comes with spelling confusion. For our part, we'd rather people stuck with the original Kylie, especially seeing as that is a Noongar Aboriginal word.
  11. Niley
    • Origin:

      Aboriginal
    • Meaning:

      "a shell"
    • Description:

      Could be seen as a stand-in for Riley, but not nearly as appealing.
  12. Elouera
    • Origin:

      Australian Aboriginal
    • Meaning:

      "a pleasant place"
    • Description:

      Elouera has potential for people looking for unusual versions of popular "Elle" names like Ellen, Eleanor and Ella. This Aboriginal Australian place name is filled with the mellifluous sounds that are in style at the moment
  13. Naretha
    • Origin:

      Aboriginal
    • Meaning:

      "a saltbush"
    • Description:

      As far-flung as the outback.
  14. Colba
    • Origin:

      Aboriginal Australian
    • Description:

      Colba is a name that is attested in records of the Nyoongar people of Western Australian. It's meaning is, unfortunately, unknown.