Perfect P Baby Names for Girls: Poppy and Pauline
By Abby Sandel
The two biggest celebrity baby name announcements featured girl names starting with P, and both of those names are pretty unusual in the US. Designer Nate Berkus became the dad of a little girl with the P-starting name Poppy, and actor Vin Diesel became the father of daughter Pauline.
Could the celebrity baby names in the news inspire more parents? Are there even more great names starting with P that could catch on?
Let’s start with the celebrity baby birth announcements, and then move on to even more P names for girls packed with potential.
Poppy – Congratulations to designer and television host Nate Berkus and husband Jeremiah Brent on the arrival of their first, daughter Poppy. Flower power name Poppy has been wildly popular in the UK. In the US, the name remains relatively rare. Will the Brent-Berkus baby finally convince American parents to embrace this colorful flower name?
Pauline – Vin Diesel and Paloma Jimenez recently welcomed their third child, a little sister for Hania and Vincent. The new baby’s name? Pauline, in honor of Vin’s The Fast and the Furious co-star, the late Paul Walker. The seventh installment in the franchise, starring both Vin and Paul, was just released. The name choice is a moving – and timely – tribute. Here’s something else to note: the name Pauline was most popular back in the 1910s and 20s. If the hundred-year rule applies, it could be time for Pauline to make a comeback.
Polly – Molly has ranked in the US Top 100 in recent years. But what about Polly? Like Molly, Polly started out as yet another affectionate nickname for Mary. But while Molly has fared well, Polly is teetering on the edge of obscurity. The name was given to just 43 girls in 2013. It could be a way to honor a loved one named Paul or Paula, or just an unexpected retro choice for a daughter.
Persephone – Yes, Persephone is a long, extravagant name. But the same is true for Penelope, a mythological baby name that’s gone from unranked to the Top 100 in just over a dozen years. 167 girls were named Persephone in 2013 – a new high! – so it’s possible this name is catching on.
Primrose – Primrose is a botanical name and a character name from the young adult bestsellers-turned-blockbusters, The Hunger Games. Primroses got their name because they bloom early in spring – they’re the prima rosa, the first flower. It’s an unexpected seasonal name from the garden. A few dozen girls have been given the name in the US in recent years. Compared to some flower names – Azalea, Edelweiss, Bluebell – Primrose feels almost restrained.
Philomena – The current US Top Ten includes lot of long, lovely names. There’s Isabella and Olivia, Sophia and Elizabeth. Philomena would be right at home in their company. Television host Daphne Oz gave this name to her daughter in 2014, Philomena Bijou. They call her Philo for short. A saintly name and a poetic one, too, Philomena was last popular about a century ago – meaning that, like Pauline, this could be her time for revival.
Plum – Does Plum make you think of Gwyneth’s daughter Apple? Or does Plum suggest edible names that have gone mainstream, like Olive and Clementine? Writer Plum Sykes was born Victoria, but has long answered to her childhood nickname. It’s a bold first name, but could be perfect in the middle spot. The wildly named Moon Unit Zappa is mother to Matilda Plum.
Pippa – Back in 2011, a nice English girl named Kate married Will, the boy who will be king. The breakout star of the royal wedding was the bride’s sister, Pippa, born Philippa Charlotte Middleton. Pippa feels quirky and fun, but perfectly wearable at the same time. 107 girls were given the name in 2012, suggesting that the future queen’s maid-of-honor influenced some families across the pond.
Posey – Let’s end with a name that’s slightly botanical, almost poetic, and extremely rare. Also spelled Posy, Posie, and Poesy, the -ey ending is the most popular spelling. 26 girls were named in Posey in 2013 – a new high! Posey fits right in with Daisy and brings to mind indie actress Parker Posey.
Congratulations to Molly Sims on the arrival of Scarlett May, a little sister for Brooks. We were pleased as punch when Molly – and Maya Rudolph – talked about their love for Nameberry on Late Night with Seth Meyers earlier this year.
What are your favorite P names for girls? Are there others that should be on this list?
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on March 30th, 2015 at 3:44 am
Persephone is by far my favourite from the list, but I do quite like Pippa too (although Pippi trumps it). I seem to have quite a few P names (for both girls and boys) relatively high up my list.
Parthenope (I was so thrilled and a bit surprised to find out this was the name of Florence Nightingale’s sister. Florence and Parthenope is such an amazing sibset!)
Panthea (I love panthers too lol)
on March 30th, 2015 at 4:09 am
From the list I actually am finding Pauline quite lovely, which surprised me.
Other P names for girls that I like are, Primrose (I prefer in the middle) and Penelope.
on March 30th, 2015 at 4:12 am
My favourite P name of all time has to be Phaedra! I also like Persephone and Primrose.
on March 30th, 2015 at 5:23 am
Just about all the names on this list are lovely! I love P names for girls – my personal all-time favourites are Prudence (nn Prue), Piper, Phoebe, Paige and Padme, although I’m also starting to love Primrose 🙂
on March 30th, 2015 at 7:45 am
Plum is a guilty pleasure of mine! I love it but probably wouldn’t be bold enough to use it on a daughter!
on March 30th, 2015 at 8:17 am
I can’t believe I forgot Phaedra! And Phyllis!
on March 30th, 2015 at 9:52 am
My daughter’s name is Pepper so of course I think it should be included on the list 😉
on March 30th, 2015 at 11:57 am
I like Pippa (and Piper), and maybe Primrose. Penelope has unfortunate association for me, and so does Poppy ever since I heard it as a nn for grandfather. Pauline is nms; I prefer Paulette.
on March 30th, 2015 at 12:53 pm
I love Penelope “Penny”! I also like Philippa with the nickname Pippa.
on March 30th, 2015 at 1:03 pm
I have quite a soft spot for Paloma, Paolina, Parvati, and Petal. From the list though, Plum is my favorite.
on March 30th, 2015 at 2:29 pm
I’m not a huge fan of P named, but my longtime favorite, which I definitely think is going to last until I have kids, is Paisley.
on March 30th, 2015 at 3:08 pm
My favorite P names are Paisley, Parisa, Pearl, Penelope, Peony, Persephone, Piper, Pheonix, Plum, Poppy, and Primrose.
on March 30th, 2015 at 4:48 pm
I’ve always thought of Poppy as a nickname for Pauline.
on March 30th, 2015 at 5:40 pm
I like Poppy and Primrose from the list. I also like Pia/Piya and Paisley.
on March 30th, 2015 at 6:50 pm
I love Pauline and Polly.
on March 30th, 2015 at 7:21 pm
I love Poppy and Pauline 🙂 I like Priscilla, and ADORE Paula.
on March 30th, 2015 at 8:03 pm
I love Priya
on March 30th, 2015 at 8:27 pm
Palma and Pearl/Pearlie! Also, I know a lot of others aren’t a fan, but I like Perry for a girl. Maybe a nn for Persephone?
on March 30th, 2015 at 9:52 pm
My favorite P name from the list is Primrose, but my ultimate favorite P name is Perdita. Some other great P girl names- Phaedra, Phyllida, Piper, Pearl, Persis, Phoebe, Prudence, Petra, Paloma, Poppy.
on March 31st, 2015 at 2:14 am
Glad to see Pauline – would also like to see Paulina nn Polly. My favourite P name after Paulina is Pearl.
on April 1st, 2015 at 9:50 pm
We named one of our girls Phoebe:) Paloma was one of my favorites, to ok.
on April 2nd, 2015 at 11:18 am
My name, Patricia.
on April 11th, 2015 at 2:51 pm
Poppy, Patia, Priya, Pilar, Pixie, Pasha, and Pazia.
on April 11th, 2015 at 7:35 pm
on April 16th, 2015 at 6:15 am
What about PATSY, PAULA, Pam & Paola ?
on June 23rd, 2015 at 10:56 pm
I love P names except for the obvious peepee reference. If I had any guts I would have named my daughter Pippi, the worlds strongest girl. Now I may be getting way ahead of myself, but if I have another girl I will go with my hearts desire. Poesy has been on my list forever especially being a Giants fan, but using the more poetic spelling since I heart poetry. Poesy James nn P.J or Pippi for fun.
on October 29th, 2015 at 4:05 pm
Posey is one of my favorite names EVER! Poppy and Primrose are close at numbers 2 and 3 and Pauline has started growing on me
on June 20th, 2016 at 6:47 pm
Posy is one of my all time favourites.
Persephone reminds me of a strong, loving and caring woman, and Pauline is just really cute.
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