Category: girl baby names

Baby Girl Names: Elegant, Exotic, Unusual

by Pamela Redmond

If you’re looking for baby girl names that are unusual but not weird, international yet familiar, we’ve pulled together this list to suit your style.

All these names are below the Top 1000 baby names in the US. They hail from a range of cultures, from the Italian Flavia to the Irish Fia, the Hebrew Shira to the Arabic and African Aziza.

You may recognize a handful thanks to their star connections: Ilaria is the name of Alec Baldwin‘s Spanish-born wife, for example, and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds named their younger daughter Ines just last year. The African-born daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is named Zahara, and actress Uma Thurman got her name from a Hindu goddess.

Here, 31 baby girl names that are exotic, elegant, and eminently usable.

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Sweet Girl Names With New Style Power

By Joe Satran

Nice girls don’t always finish last — at least when it comes to baby names.

Sure, many newly fashionable girls’ names are either tomboyish (Avery, Harper, Brooklyn) or opulently feminine (Sophia and Isabella). But a countervailing trend is starting to emerge. In the past few years, girls’ names with a distinctly sweet image have started to gain favor with discerning parents.

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Fresh Surname Names for Girls

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They love surname names, but can’t agree on the right one for their December daughter.

Erin writes:

We are expecting a little girl in December. We have two boys, Paxton David and Crosby Jordan.

We like surnames as first names, as you can see. For a girl, I like Emerson, Sawyer, and Greer.

My husband nixed Emerson, knows a family with a girl Sawyer, and is unsure of Greer.

His favorite is Davis. I don’t know if I’m 100% on board with Davis. What are your thoughts?

The Name Sage replies:

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Would you name your daughter after her dad?

Our Question of the Week:

Last week, Serena Williams introduced the world to her adorable two-week-old daughter in an Instagram post. The baby’s name, she revealed, was Alexis. A perfectly nice, normal name; popular, but not too popular, at Number 119. But here’s the unusual part: The newborn’s father is also named Alexis. And the new parents made the namesake connection explicit by giving the little girl the name Alexis Olympia Ohania Jr.

This isn’t completely unprecedented; our very own Name Sage wrote about a family that did the same thing two years ago. But it’s certainly unusual, and Serena Williams may be the highest-profile parent to name a baby girl after her father. She did tweak it by changing the middle name from dad’s Kerry to her very own Olympia, a name appropriate for the daughter of a winner of four Olympic gold medals. And, to avoid any confusion, Olympia is what she will be called.

But what’s your take on this idea for parents who don’t happen to be one of the greatest athletes of all time?

Do you think more parents ought to name little girls after their dads? And what about the boys? Could a baby boy be named after his grandma Jessie?

How about tweaking the dad-daughter name, say from Theodore to Theodora? And do you think the Jr. suffix makes sense in this case?

Let us know your answers in the comments, and continue the conversation on Twitter or Facebook!

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A boy name trend now hot for the girls!

girl names that end in er

By Linda Rosenkrantz

The er suffix has always been popular for boy names, in part because it’s such a common one in occupational surname names like Cooper and Hunter. But for girls—not so much. Of course Jennifer was the behemoth of the 70s and 80s, and borrowed-from-the-boys Harper is now #10 on the girl list. And yes, Esther is a biblical classic, and Heather and Amber have had their moments in the sun. But there is now a whole group of fresher er-ending girls’ names that are coming onto the horizon. Here are Nameberry’s picks of the 12 best:

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