Girl Baby Names: 50 Sweetest Sweet-Spot Names

Saoirse, Selene and Sylvie

by Linda Rosenkrantz

We recently posted a list of fifty boys’ names that we consider to be currently in the sweetest sweet spot—that is, instantly recognizable but not mega-popular—just the kind of fitting in/standing out name that many parents are looking for.  These were all found in the lower regions of the most recent Social Security list.

And now, as promised, it’s the girls’ turn.  Here are the fifty names we think are the best examples—again a mix of vintage treasures, international possibilities, place and nicknames (one of them, Frankie, actually earned a place on both the boy and girl lists).  All 50 of them were given to fewer than 350 baby girls across the country last year!

Here they are!


Which do you consider the sweetest of the sweet?

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Asherose Says:

February 24th, 2019 at 11:56 pm

all are very lovely names with one exception. I don’t like Sunny or her brother Sonny. To me they are just not names. While SUNNY is sort of okay, its relationship to SONNY spoils it for me.

grackym Says:

February 25th, 2019 at 3:13 am

Interesting! Frankie is number 49 here in Australia. I love Adele, India and Celia.

beynotce Says:

February 25th, 2019 at 9:00 am

Adele and Calliope are two of my favorite names. I also love Holland and India.

Babies123456 Says:

February 25th, 2019 at 10:05 am

Frankie is my favorite…it’s my kitten’s name! I also like Maxine, Calliope, Florence, Sylvie, and Sunny.

jpruitt76 Says:

February 25th, 2019 at 10:26 am

So many lovely choices here! My grandmother was Jewel so I am partial to that one. I really wanted to use it as a middle for my third had he been a girl.

I also love Ingrid, Annabel, Sonia, Claudia, Judith, Ramona, Danica and Susan.

Emisha Says:

February 25th, 2019 at 10:39 am

Selene, Adele, Annabel, Celia, Jewel, Luella, Belle and Estrella are the sweetest out of these to me, but I also like most of the others on this list. Really lovely!

epowell Says:

February 25th, 2019 at 11:30 am

I have to disagree on two counts of names on this list being “instantly recognizable”. I live in Texas by the way so I know that makes a difference. The first is, “Saoirse”. That name has two pronunciations to begin with. The actress making it popular pronounces it it the way you have it listed on this website but I think the other pronunciation is more popular and here in Texas neither pronunciation would be how the name was said 99% of the time. It is a beautiful name but it would be butchered here FOR SURE. More about the name here:

The other name is Calliope which is also lovely BUT I encountered someone with that name last month and she went by Calli because so many people had a hard time saying it. So although lovely names, I for sure don’t think they are “instantly recognizable” to the masses. Just my thoughts.

BluebirdBlossom Says:

February 25th, 2019 at 2:03 pm

My 5 year old is Sylvie so I obviously love that one. My other favorite of Florence! I just think there are so many great nicknames for it too. Frankie, Maxine and mavis are also very cute.

justthinkin Says:

February 25th, 2019 at 2:52 pm

Belle and Jewel are such underrated as mns. Danica is so approachable I’m surprised it isn’t more popular. Esperanza is a personal favorite of mine.

catcher5 Says:

February 25th, 2019 at 3:37 pm

Some of these surprised me. In my neighborhood there are two Hollands, an India, an Emmaline, and an Adele. 🤷🏼‍♀️

EvaThyssen Says:

February 25th, 2019 at 7:20 pm

I love Celia, Claudia, Florence, Ingrid, Judith, Louise, Marjorie, Mavis, Opal, Patricia, Susan, Sylvie and Vienna. I also like Annabel, Carla, Emerald, Holland, Magdalena, Maxine, Paola, Renée, Saoirse, Selene and Sonia.

ceestew Says:

February 27th, 2019 at 2:18 pm

Sunny was my grandfathers nickname growing up. He raised me and we were very close, I never thought to name a future daughter that, it might be my new favorite!

Sinclaiiir Says:

February 27th, 2019 at 7:33 pm

I wouldn’t consider Monserrat, Saoirse, Calliope or Esperanza instantly recognizable. As with the boys list, you’ve included names that aren’t very common, but because they’re known to you, you think they’re known to the general public.

Shamra Says:

May 26th, 2019 at 10:09 pm

Ingrid is lovely.
I do wish tho that instead
of Luella it was Luanna.

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