Hello, Cutie! Rare Vintage Girl Names Ending in -ie
Girl names that end in "ie" hold an endless appeal. They're feminine, informal, and innocent yet spirited. Today’s chart-rankers include vintage-sounding names –– Sadie, Millie, Elsie, Annie, Hattie –– as well as ones with a more contemporary feel, like Ellie, Charlie, Kylie, Callie, and Hallie. Androgynous nicknames like Stevie and Frankie are a big trend in girl names, and two of the fastest-rising names last year were vintage revivals Billie and Birdie.
This style will be familiar to parents in Britain, where nicknames as full names are an evergreen trend, and Rosie, Bonnie, and Lottie are in the Top 100.
But if you're looking for something off the beaten track, there is a whole bunch of lost old-fashioned "ie" ending names for girls that could be ready for a renaissance.
Here are five such vintage charmers, plus a long list of others, that work equally well as nicknames or in their own right, and fit in with, yet stand out from today's most popular "ie" ending firsts.
Acie, a feminine version of today’s fast-rising male name Ace, debuted in the US charts in 1881... for boys. It is extremely rare for both sexes today – in 2021 it was given to only five baby girls. While truly vintage, Acie has a familiar ring; perhaps because its sound is heard in so many familiar names, such as Gracie, Kacie, Lacey, and Macy. Full name suggestions: Acacia, Acelynn, Anastasia.
The charming Essie is a Victorian and Edwardian favorite that was in the US Top 1000 from the 1800's to 1963. Given to only 42 American baby girls in 2021, Essie can be a nickname for the biblical name Esther as well as for Estella (Latin), Estelle (French), and Estrella (Spanish). Perhaps one day Essie will become the new Ellie or Emmy.
The spirited Kizzie, somewhat popular in the late 1800s but very seldom heard today, is both a biblical and a nature name. Kizzie is a diminutive of Keziah, a daughter in the Hebrew Scriptures who represented equality between sons and daughters. It also has origins in the cassia tree, which yields the fragrant cinnamon spice. With echoes of the classic Lizzie and the trending Kenzie, it can also be spelled Kizzy, as it was for the memorable character in the TV drama Roots.
The lilting Lulie, a one-time nickname for Eulalia and pronounced LOO-Lee, is a very rare entrance to the US baby name charts: it was given to five girls in 1936... and then five girls in 2018. But with the rise of "Lu" girl names today, from modern Luna to classic Louise, Lulie has an on-trend sound that makes it an appealing, original option as a nickname or a standalone.
Mossie may sound like a modern nature name but it was found in the US Top 1000 in the late 1800s and early 1900s, long before the eco-era began. Mossie has roots in the English surname Moss, meaning “descendant of Moses” — so it could honor a Moses, or an Amos. Names ending in "ossie" were in vogue at the start of the twentieth century. Dossie, Flossie, Jossie, Lossie, Ossie, and Rossie were all commonly heard in America, but the sound is rare in names now.
Top Girl Names That End in ie
Girl names that end in ie were hugely popular at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Over time, y became the more fashionable ending, then i, then more recently ey, ee, or eigh. Now ie feels fresh again, with many ie-ending girl names on the popularity list especially in the UK. Some favorites:
Uncommon Girl Names That End in ie
Here are more girl names with an "ie" ending that ranked in the US Top 1000 during the 1800s and 1900s. Any of them would be a sweet yet bold choice.