30 Gorgeous Girl Names We Love
By Abby Sandel
Last year, we took a look at 28 names that our readers love. How do we know for sure? We’re lucky enough to have millions of visitors every month, and we maintain the Nameberry Top 1000 based on the most visited name pages.
Our Top 1000 looks an awful lot like the US Top 1000 – everybody loves Charlotte – but a considerable number of the most popular names on Nameberry will surprise. Especially the ones that don’t even crack the US rankings.
What names do berries love right now? Here are 30 more choices much more popular on Nameberry than in the US.
Nameberry rank: 152; US rank: unranked
The name of the adorable teenage vampire from the Hotel Transylvania series, voiced by Selena Gomez, is just one reason this vintage name is on the rise. It also combines the sounds of Mae, Ava, and Alice and carries a great nature name meaning: it’s a type of songbird.
Nameberry rank: 155; US rank: unranked
Persephone is a long-neglected Greek goddess name with ties to the seasons and the natural world. It’s no harder to wear than popular Penelope, and has gained in use in recent years, but, though high on Nameberry, remains outside the US Top 1000.
Nameberry rank: 157; US rank: unranked
Nameberry rank: 169; US rank: unranked
Like Persephone and Calliope, Hermione is another Greek name seldom heard in recent years. And yet, this is also the name of whipsmart Harry Potter heroine, Hermione Granger. It’s every bit as wearable as fellow HP name Luna, but much rarer.
Nameberry rank: 170; US rank: unranked
Isadora is often suggested as a substitute for Isabella. Famous bearer and legendary dancer Isadora Duncan gives the name an artistic vibe. It also fits right in with Nora and Cora, though for now, it’s seldom heard.
Nameberry rank: 177; US rank: unranked
The Latin word for light makes a spare, straightforward – and surprising – choice for a child’s name. It would do well for a son or a daughter, a first or a middle.
Nameberry rank: 188; US rank: unranked
If Millie is the next Molly, maybe Edie will replace Sadie. Another vintage nickname name, Edie is short for rising favorite Edith, also on this list. It’s also the name of Keira Knightley’s new daughter.
Nameberry rank: 192; US rank: unranked
Berries excel at discovering names that could be the next big thing. Aveline means hazelnut in French, though it actually has Germanic roots. Style-wise, Aveline gracefully mixes Ava and Adeline, with a touch of Evelyn, too.
Nameberry Rank: 96; US Rank: unranked
Nameberry Rank: 104; US Rank: unranked
We love ‘lu’ names like Lucy and Luna, and now Louisa is back in the US Top 1000. Why not Tallulah, made famous by show biz legend Tallulah Bankhead. Patrick Dempsey named his daughter Talula in 2002.
Nameberry Rank: 114; US Rank: unranked
Nameberry rank: 119; US ranked: unranked
After years of languishing in obscurity, Louisa is back in the US Top 1000. Can Louise be far behind? Worn by 1920s icon Louise Brooks, and BFF to Thelma in the 1991 movie classic, this name defines the “classic but seldom heard” category.
Nameberry rank: 129; US rank: unranked
This French form of Anne can trip up some parents: it’s an-nah-EES, emphasis on the third syllable. With literary ties and classic roots, this could make a bold but wearable choice for a daughter in the US.
Nameberry rank: 133; US rank: unranked
Nameberry rank: 134; US rank: unranked
Take Zoe, Chloe, and Penelope, add in a dash of Cadence and Harmony, and you’ll have Calliope – beautiful voice. One of the nine muses in Greek mythology, the name later referred to a type of steam organ.
Nameberry rank: 144; US rank: unranked
Nameberry rank: 146; US rank: unranked
Nameberry Rank: 57; US Rank: 461
Amara means grace in Igbo, though it also has meaning in Sanskrit, Mongolian, Italian, and even Esperanto. It’s a multicultural name that would wear well almost anywhere in the world. It’s catching on in the UK.
Nameberry Rank: 74; US Rank: 402
Zara feels like a just-add-Z twist on Sara, but it likely has Arabic roots, as well as ties to literature and a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta. It’s a modern name that doesn’t stray too far from traditional picks like Emma and Clara.
Nameberry Rank: 86; US Rank: 578
Nameberry Rank: 87; US Rank: 240
Nameberry Rank: 91; US Rank: 181
Nameberry Rank: 95; US Rank: 417
Berries are an international bunch, and our rankings reflect it. This Norse goddess name has been big in the UK for years. Lately, it’s crossed the Atlantic to catch on in the US, too.
Nameberry Rank: 102; US Rank: 360
With an uplifting meaning – luck or happiness – Felicity was an early American Girl doll, a popular 90s television character, and rising actress Felicity Jones, set to star in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. No surprise it’s trending in the US.
Nameberry Rank: 109; US Rank: 219
Nameberry Rank: 111; US Rank: 641
Nameberry Rank: 113; US Rank: 526
Nameberry Rank: 116; US Rank: 809
Nameberry Rank: 118; US Rank: 477
Nameberry rank: 148; US rank: 648
1940s favorite Elaine seems like it might be stuck in style limbo. Except that it fits right in with current choices like Elena and Eloise, making it seem fresh and interesting sooner than you might expect.
Are your favorite names more popular on Nameberry or in the US? Look them up here! And stay tuned for the upcoming boys’ list.
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on November 11th, 2016 at 3:04 am
My definite favourite is Florence, but I like Zara too!
on November 11th, 2016 at 3:39 am
Oh how I wish my OH would just amuse the idea of Mavis. I love it so much, especially with the nicknames Mavey and Mae. It’s not all doom and gloom though, as if we ever have a daughter, she’s likely to be called Edith nn Edie.
I also love Florence, Octavia, Isadora, Tallulah and Mabel.
P.S. Please do not bring back Elaine!
on November 11th, 2016 at 7:20 am
I have used Aveline, Juliet, Octavia & Felicity!
on November 11th, 2016 at 9:59 am
You could add most of my girls list to this.
on November 12th, 2016 at 4:44 pm
Several of these are among my favorite names: Lux, Octavia, Calliope. I’ve long loved Felicity, Juliet, and Amelie, and I love names like Edith and Louise primarily for their spunky short forms (Edie and Lou).
on November 13th, 2016 at 2:00 am
Hmm. I might add Millie to my list as a potential girl middle, due to my maiden name (Miller) and also my DH’s grandma’s name (Mildred).
Elaine is very “Seinfeld” but still pretty good.
on November 15th, 2016 at 11:35 am
I like many names here and know of some little ones with some too: namely Calliope, Juliette (I am surprised this is the more popular spelling as I prefer the simpler), Fiona and Cleo. I have long admired the Greek myth names like Persephone, Calliope, Cleo, and an glad to see their growing use. I see a lot of romantic names I like on this list, like Amelie, Emmeline, Cecilia, Aveline, which I would guess are more liked by moms than dads, thus their popularity here far above the SSA.
on December 8th, 2016 at 8:30 am
I prefer Florence.Kindly check out the meaning of this name http://www.suggestbabynames.com/meaning_of_african_boyname_mabili%20(ma-bee-lee).html
on December 13th, 2016 at 4:38 am
Eddie the one I prefer. Take a look at the meaning of the name Labaan http://www.suggestbabynames.com/meaning_of_african_boyname_labaan.html
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