Pretty in Pink: Lovely Names for girls like Lucy, Briar, and Calais
If last week’s baby name news was all about modern classic picks for boys, this week goes to the girls.
When I look at the list, I think this: we talk about names. We discuss their history and associations, their meanings and use.
But do we really fall in love with sounds? I’m drawn to the lilting l and the vibrant long a, the sharp v and the cool oo.
Read on for nine great sounding girls’ names from this week’s baby name news.
Noa – Nope, this isn’t a case of name-napping. Noa is the #1 name for girls in Israel. Noah is the masculine form – and in Hebrew, the ‘h’ isn’t silent. Noa fits right in with mini names like Mia and Ava, but she’s rare in the US.
Laiyah – Singer Monica and Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown revealed their daughter’s name at a baby shower last month. Laiyah Shannon has arrived! I love that she shares her middle name with dad. Laiyah seems like an elaborate spelling – did the couple go that route to differentiate their daughter from the Star Wars name Leia? Or were they inspired by the Arabic Aliyah?
Alba Violet – This one made the news when UK footballer Gareth Bale signed with Real Madrid. If he’s the next David Beckham, good news – their taste in names is just as headline-worthy. Thanks to Elea at British Baby Names for the tip.
Lucy Jude – Have you caught this sweet time lapse video by Danny Pier? Part-pregnancy journal, part-love song to Colorado, it documents Danny and Erin’s recent arrival, Lucy Jude. Lucy is the new Emma, a classic heard everywhere, but still completely fresh and charming.
Lydia – Genevieve Marie has a little sister! NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson and wife Chandra have welcomed a second daughter, Lydia Norriss. Lydia is one of ends-with-ia choices vying to replace Olivia in the Top Ten, along with Cecilia and Amelia. It’s a popular choice, but a pretty one.
Calais – If you’ve crossed the English Channel in a ferry, then you’ve gone from Dover to Calais. Calais is such a gorgeous sound, especially for a middle name. Long association with the Channel crossing means that Calais is familiar to many. For Real recently spotted Audrey Calais. It’s my new favorite place name middle, hopscotching over Jeremy Renner’s Ava Berlin.
Briar – Here’s another one that should work in our Lily–Harper moment: Briar. She has a fairytale vibe, thanks to Briar Rose, might serve as a way to honor an uncle or father named Brian, and manages to be both different and familiar at once – the hardest part about choosing a stand-out name, right?
Georgelle – There are names that start with ‘l’ and then there are those that end with the sound. This one was spotted by Eponymia among the names of Old Quebec. If the recent royal arrival means that we’re all considering George and related names for our children, I’d love to meet a little Georgelle.
Giovanna – We started in Israel, let’s end in Brazil – with an Italian baby name. Statistics from Santos, Sao Paulo list Giovanna as one of the ten most popular names for girls. She’s seen some use in the US in recent years, too. Giovanna makes for an intriguing mix of the familiar and seldom heard – a nice balance between Lucy and Georgelle.
What are your favorite names for girls? Do any of them share the elle sound or start with the letter L?
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on September 9th, 2013 at 6:28 pm
Comments haven’t been working–let’s see if they are now.
on September 9th, 2013 at 8:54 pm
I adore Briar
on September 10th, 2013 at 7:57 am
I have been loving l’s, especially vintage l’s, for quite some time:
Louisa (Lulie, Lulu, Lou)
Laura (Lally, Lolly)
Liza Jane (Lizzie)
Three greats for Jewish girls: Liraz, Litze, Liora
on September 10th, 2013 at 8:14 am
Oh, and Lottie (as a diminutive for a formal version)
on September 10th, 2013 at 9:14 am
Oh oh oh oh! Love Alba Violet!!!!!!! She takes my guilty pleasure — Alberta nn Albie — down a notch, making it perhaps a little more wearable! And Violet just makes it classy. AlBa reminds me of AlTa – which is a family name for my brother’s wife. Alta is my SIL’s middle name: a namesake to her late grandma, to which she passed down to her eldest daughter Ruby…. Wow, wouldn’t Ruby Alta and Alba Violet be an awesome sibset??
Sorry, I think that Georgelle looks like a typo of Georgette. And Giovanna is too close to the all-too-popular Gianna for me. It’s becoming the new “Ann” of middle names. (Maybe I just need to move out of New Jersey. lol)
on September 10th, 2013 at 10:16 am
*I’m with LuMary about Lavinia – that’s been a long-time love of mine <3
on September 10th, 2013 at 10:57 am
Long-time favorite, never grow weary of “elle” name: Noelle. How very pretty.
on September 10th, 2013 at 2:40 pm
Don’t tell everyone about Briar!
I have loved it since I saw the news correspondent here in Canada with the name.
Agree with the comment on Georgelle, love the concept but it does look like a typo unfortuntely.
on September 11th, 2013 at 9:02 am
I meant Leticia, not Letitia as among my favorite ‘l’s.’ I also forgot to add:
on September 11th, 2013 at 1:01 pm
I love so many ‘L’ names!!
However moving onto the nine names on the list I love…
Noa – having a Polish Israeli mother who grew up in Jerusalem, this name would be a great shout out to her. Noa feels fresh and cool. But I don’t know whether Noa would work in the UK.
Alba Violet – I adore Alba she feels really wholesome and has this adorable rural sound. I love how Alba works with Violet the name is just sweet.
Lydia – has grown on me a lot of recent. Lydia is a sweet choice, despite dodgy NHS sexual health advertising using this name. Lydia is just sweet.
Calais – I’ve been on that ferry it’s one bumpy ride!! I do like how this name sounds but I don’t know whether it’d be usable in the UK. What with Calais always being in the news due to illegal immigrants crossing the French/British border via Calais.
Giovanna – A have a love for Italian names and this is so exception from the rule.
on September 12th, 2013 at 7:42 am
Briar is one of my secret-favorites. The problem is, no middle name sounds as wonderful with it as Briar Rose!
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