By Linda Rosenkrantz
If you’re looking for a popular, well-liked girl name starting with E: no problem. An E name—Emily or Emma—has held the top spot for 18 of the past 22 years. And right now, there are 5 girls in the Top 15—in addition to the two Ems, there are Evelyn, Elizabeth and Ella, with Eleanor and Ellie not far behind..
But it’s very possible—if not probable—that you’d rather your E-initialed daughter not have to share her name with quite so many other girls. Well, you’re in luck, because there are many, many great choices—classics on the cusp of revival, interesting international picks, cute nicknames, even some nouveau arrivals, all yours for the taking. Here is a sampling of some of the best.
If you’re looking for a popular, well-liked girl name starting with E for your baby girl: no problem. An E name—Emily or Emma—has held the top spot for 18 of the past 22 years. And right now, there are 5 girls in the Top 15—in addition to the two Ems, there are Evelyn, Elizabeth and Ella.
But it’s very possible—if not probable—that you’d like your E-initialed daughter to not share her name with so many other girls. Well, you’re in luck, because there are so many great choices—classics on the cusp of revival, a variety of international picks, cute nicknames, even a nouveau arrival. Here are some of the best.
BEST CLASSIC GIRL NAMES STARTING WITH E
ELIZA—One of the most winning of the Elizabeth dimins, both stylish and spunky. Featured in, among others, Pride and Prejudice as Elizabeth Bennett‘s short form, My Fair Lady and Hamilton, Eliza is now zooming up the lists, #41 in the UK, and 131 in the US—yet doesn’t have an overused feel.
EMMELINE—A charming Em name still in the sweet spot, Emmeline entered the Top 1000 for the first time in 2014. Christian Bale chose it for his daughter in 2005; Brits associate it with famous suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.
EULALIA—A lilting double-L saint’s name with the lovely meaning of “sweetly speaking,” Eulalia was used by Faulkner in Absalom, Absalom” and more recently dby Marcia Gay Hardin for her daughter. Also up fior consideration: Eudora and Eugenie.
BEST INTERNATIONAL GIRL NAMES STARTING WITH E
EILIS(H)—This Irish form of Elizabeth or Alice, pronounced AY-lish or EYE-lish, as we learned via the Saoirse Ronan character in Brooklyn, is now tied to hot young singer Billie Eilish who took her middle birth name as her last.
ELODIE—Melodious and lyrical Elodie, though it hasn’t yet ranked nationally, is a solid hit on Nameberry, where’ it’s now #17. Elodie is the name of a young character in The Walking Dead series. Other enchanting French girl names starting with E: Edwige and Esmé.
ESMERALDA—This lovely Spanish classic meaning ‘emerald’ starred in Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and was the pick of Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling for their first daughter; it currently ranks at #377, #31 in Mexico.
MORE GREAT GIRLS NAMES STARTING WITH E
EFFIE –This vintage nickname for the old-fangled Euphemia reentered the contemporary world via the Elizabeth Banks character of Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games. It has an appealingly quirky, offbeat charm.
ELSIE—After a decades-long hiatus, Elsie is making a surprise comeback, now at #280 in the US, 22 in England and 72 in Scotland. Zooey Deschanel was in the vanguard of the revival when she named her daughter Elsie Otter in 2015.
EMBER –A surprisingly hot new entry that seemed to come out of nowhere, replacing the fading Amber. Ember came onto the Top 1000 in 2009 and quickly zoomed up to its present #209 after appearing in some animated series and video games.
ELLIS—This Welsh surname name is now being shared by the girls, debuting in the Top 1000 in 2015. Ellis Bell is remembered as Emily Bronte’s male pseudonym, and Ellis Grey was the mother of Dr. Meredith Grey on Grey’s Anatomy.
EVEREST—When George and Mellody Hobson Lucas chose this aspirational name of the world’s highest mountain for their daughter—a lofty twist on Everett—they created an engaging unisex option that other parents are already picking up on.
Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond Satran of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. In addition to contributing stories on trends and celebrity naming, she guides the editorial content and manages the Nameberry Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can follow her personally at Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.