Your Top 5 Girl Names!

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Let’s have some fun.

List your Top 5 girls’ names.  In order if possible.  With explanations for why you love them so much, if you like.

Your Top 5 might include names you’ve chosen for your own daughter or names you plan to use.  Or it might just be a fantasy list.

And if you can’t limit your list to just five, feel free to add some runners up.

Now, for your Top 5 girls’ names.

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Kendra1128 Says:

April 15th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

1. Kalinda/Kalynda (I can’t decide which spelling I like best), nicknamed Kali
2. Karalyn
3. Juliet
4. Magnolia, nicknamed Maggie
5. Krystal

chigley Says:

April 15th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

This one is hard! Ok if I have to narrow it down, here they are:

1. Vivien (my daughter)
2. Scarlet
3. June
4. Nora
5. Lila

lesliemarion Says:

April 15th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

An almost impossible narrowing-down feat!

1 Cordelia Elizabeth Marjorie: my red-haired daughter in heaven

2. Leslie: I do love my own name

3. Geneva/Neva: So fresh and adventuresome

4. Polly: cheerful and sturdy

5. Kitty: I am in love with this name

Of course, now I could list another 5 already! Fenella, Petra, Vera, Araminta, Madeira……

KaylaC Says:

April 15th, 2014 at 11:22 pm

1. Brianna Claire – my daughters name. Named after her father Brian and her great grandmother Clara.

2. Eden – I just really like it.

3. Lilah – really like it too.

4. Caroline – my mother’s name was Carol, she passed away 4 years ago.

5. Katherine – family name. Always thought it was classic and timeless.

Runner up- Artemis- would never ever use it. Maybe if I was more adventurous. But still a guilty pleasure.

tree_loves_eth Says:

April 15th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Petrea – I love my own name!

Deidre – my Nan’s name




ty13 Says:

April 15th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

1. Evie and Margot (have to tie since they are my daughters)
2. Caroline
3. Mila
4. Francesca
5. Faye

Mrs_Darling Says:

April 15th, 2014 at 11:30 pm

1. Sarah
2. Blythe
3. Elle
4. Madeline
5. Adair

MaryKathryn Says:

April 15th, 2014 at 11:34 pm

1. Calliope – I used to abhor this name, mainly because I didn’t know how to pronounce it and because I didn’t understand why everyone loved it so much. Now I know why; Calliope is a name filled with history, its melodic, and its unique. I’m so proud of this name and one of my biggest fears is it becoming popular.
2. Charlotte – There is an inexplicable beauty possessed within this name. I have often found myself returning back to this name as my favorite of them all, but at the moment its reigning in second simply because of its peak in popularity. I was born and raised in the Queen City of Charlotte, NC and I would love to adorn my daughter with a name that means something to me.
3. Juniper – I was once addicted to the Cartoon Network show “The Life and Times of Juniper Lee”. I marveled her as my heroine and diligently attempted to mimic her grace and kick-ass attitude. The name has stuck with me through the past 7 years since the show was canceled and I can’t help but to envision my future daughter on her first day of kindergarten proudly standing in front of the class introducing herself as Juniper, the girl not to be messed with.
4. Maggie – I adore this name. Maggie pulls at my heart strings. Maggie is a doe-eyed little girl with pig-tail braids drawing pictures in the garden while mom plants flowers beside her. Maggie always obeys and never argues. Maggie is sensitive, romantic, and clever. I tend to associate this name with my perfect daughter. Maggie is a classic, no Margaret. I think Maggie can stand alone and still bring such warmth. Whenever I hear this name it makes me feel good. (Except I do have a rather annoying and loud mouthed neighbor named Maggie, but I believe that is a minor detail that we can overlook)
5. Alba – I first heard this name while watching “The Time Traveler’s Wife”. I was shocked by the beauty of the name; you think you hear them all and then here one comes with a club to smack you in the head. Alba, did just that. As soon as I heard this name I wanted to name everything Alba. The rough A-l sound creates a rough exterior for the gentle b-a sound that accompanies it. The two rough and gentle combine to make a name reminiscent of one of the greatest bands of all time, and that doesn’t bother me one bit. Oh, and yes, I do plan on singing “Chiquitita” or “Dancing Queen” to her everyday.

mill1020 Says:

April 15th, 2014 at 11:41 pm

1. Elise* (daughter)
2. Laura* (me)
3. Isabel* (but probably wouldn’t use due to popularity/probable DH veto)
4. Anna* (daughter’s bff’s name; can’t use)
5. Audrey

Runners-up: Margaret/Marguerite/Margot, Clara, Amy, Linnea (Lindy), Lucy, April, Sarah, Celia…

LadyVanRaven Says:

April 15th, 2014 at 11:47 pm

In no particular order…at the very moment I’m in love with…


(Also loving Audrey, Azalea, Matilda, Rosalie and Calliope)

bearcub27 Says:

April 15th, 2014 at 11:58 pm

1. Edith nn “Edie”- I love this name, primarily because of its meaning, but also because it’s the name of a favorite patron saint, St. Edith Stein. She was a philosopher (I majored in that in college) and later converted to Catholicism, only to be killed in a concentration camp during WWII. She was a great writer and some of her writings have really influenced me. I’d love to bestow this on a daughter someday 🙂 Also, I’m a big fan of Lady Edith Crawley from Downton Abbey, too!
2. Elinor- I just love everything about this name, from the spelling (Sense and Sensibility is one of my favorites) and its vintage appeal. My sister has called dibs on the ‘Eleanor’ spelling, so I think it’s just a race to see who has the first daughter 😉
3. Lucy- great meaning, great saint, great characters (Lucy Pevensie, especially), and all around, sweet and I think it could age well.
4. Charlotte nn “Lottie”- Charlotte Bronte is a favorite author of mine and I definitely want to honor her in some way. The nickname Lottie would set my little girl apart from the hordes of Charlottes out there, but I wouldn’t mind calling her by her full name either 🙂
5. Honor- I keep coming back to this, in its many variations (Honora, Honoria, Annora, etc.), but I still like the original the best. It may seem like a high standard for a little girl, but it just oozes with class and sophistication to me! It might be more of a middle, though, but I think it makes a great first name.

LydiaHumphreys Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:04 am

1. Violet
2. Zoë
3. Iris
4. Hero
5. Catherine “Kitty”

sweetpeacelove Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:12 am

1. Willow
2. Lily
3. Rosalie
4. Hazel
5. Norah

wootz Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:14 am

Today, but not in order of preference so as not to totally out myself:
1. Alaka- happened upon this one recently and love it. An Indian name meaning A girl with lovely hair. I just like saying it. Affords nn’s Lake or Ali too.
2. Jane
3. Daisy
4. Marley
5. Francesca, nn Frankie

Runners up:

kacl Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:17 am


dylmar Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:32 am


Sandersc Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:37 am

1. Violet
2. Lucy
3. Maeve
4. Ivy
5. Annabel

Lynnsf Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:56 am

1. Savannah Elizabeth (my daughter’s name before it became popular)
2. Honor
3. Victoria
4. Winter
5. Augusta
Bonus: Catherine

Zoey_Walker53 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:04 am

Top Five Names For Future Daughters:
1) Opal,
2) Lavender,
3) Harmony,
4) Cecily,
5) Lucille “Lou”.

My friends refer to me as a “modern-day hippie”, minus the drugs part, which is evident in my naming choices.
Opal has been my absolute, all-time favorite for years now! I just love it! I love how it’s related to nature, it’s old-fashioned, and unique enough to be rarely heard.
Same goes for the beautiful and elegant Lavender (which is also my favorite color).
Harmony is a slightly different story. I mean, it fits with my personality and ‘hippie’ theme, but I also love it’s charm, meaning, and lovely sound.
Cecil is a family name, and Cecily is my favorite feminine spin on it. I love it’s dainty, lacey, and vintage vibe!
Same goes for Lucille–except I love the connection to Lucille Ball (an idoil of mine), and the soft nickname of Lou instead of Lucy.

Hannah-Banana Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:05 am

Top 5 because I would actually be able to use them for future daughters:
1. Tesla
2. Nova
3. Juniper
4. Temperance
5. Athena

Runners up:
1. Faedra (my daughter)
2. Freya (sounds too close to Faedra)
3. Linden (too close to my son’s name, Laikon)
4. Ruby (friend’s daughter)
5. Felicity (husband thinks it’s too old fashioned next to the kids)

Husband says are too ’90s’:

1. Ivy
2. Harmony
3. Charity
4. Roxanne
5. Willow

Husband says are too ‘out there’:
1. Zinnia
2. Bronwyn
3. Tallulah
4. Lavender

Television connections he doesn’t like:
1. Meredith
2. Coraline
3. Aria

ella17 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:08 am

Gosh…It is an ever changing list!
But for NOW in no order (including my runners up)…
1.Phoebe-Love the name but also the link to Greek history. A Goddess name. Who would not want to be named after a goddess?
2.Hattie-I adore this name. I love the vintage yet spunky imagery it gives me.
3 Matilda-Same reasons as above. I would call her Milly for short. So ‘old worldly’.
4.Priya-Such a pretty name. It is Indian-India was the first holiday my husband and I went to. A loose connection but I just think it is pretty. (Most pretty names to me are too frilly for me to use-I would definitely use this name though).
5.Reeve-Rolls off my tongue-One of the rare names I adore for both genders. I love the name but I don’t love the meaning. Nothing wrong with it just not very sparkly…Means bailiff from memory.
Runners up: Indigo (Indie)-A guilty pleasure though would use it if hubby allowed! Freya-I loved this name for the same reasons I gave Phoebe but cannot use it now.

angiemarylena Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:10 am

Adelynn Leanne- my brand new baby girl. Kind of prefer Adeline spelling but for pronunciation purposes went with alternate spelling.

Greta- Simple and sweet

Marigold- Heroine from one of my favorite childhood books.

Alice- Classic and beautiful

Gabriella- beautiful name and beautiful meaning.

jess181 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:31 am

Willow – can’t use it as our surname rhymes with it.
Indigo – same story
Ivy – will probably use this as we both love it and it’s got family history
Lucinda – for its wide variety of potential nicknames: Luca, Cinder, Indie as well as all the obvious ones
Sylvestra – love it and the nickname Sylva

Keyla Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:32 am

1. Tallulah
2. Luna
3. Leona
4. Aoife
5. Noor

Sko Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:45 am

1. Isla
2. Mimi
3. Clementine
4. Hazel
5. Gwendolyn

ThadsMom Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:49 am

1. Verity
2. Gloria
3. Sylvia
4. Vivien
5. Blythe

loverofnames86 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:50 am

1. Penelope
2. Heidi
3. Emma
4. Taylor
5. Catherine

cole21 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 2:11 am


Saffron_Rice Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 2:25 am

1. Caroline (I’ve loved it forever, and had two great-aunts with the name: timeless, classy, beautiful)
2. Serena (beautiful in look, meaning, and sound)
3. Miriam (gorgeous Biblical stunner that trips off the tongue)
4. Arabella (so lavishly frilly)
5. Marguerite (classic, regal, with a double meaning: pearl plus daisy)

1. Vivien (the Vivienne spelling is surplus to requirements!)
2. Juliet (ditto re the Juliette spelling)
3. Anthea
4. Gwendolen (this spelling, the authentic Welsh one)
5. Georgina

Runners-up to the runners-up:
1. Elizabeth (classic, timeless, with a wealth of diminutives)
2. Verity
3. Lavinia
4. Cecily (but hate its meaning)
5. Bronwen (not the inauthentic Bronwyn)

annabelle Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 2:30 am

Top five I would use in the U.S.

1. June
2. Lila
3. Juliet (nickname Jools)
4. Nina
5. Ruby

Top five I would use in Belgium

1. Sophia (not nearly as popular as in US)
2. Ava (same, plus I like the Dutch pronunciation better)
3. Alice (I like the French pronunciation that we use here)
4. Lucie
5. Louisa (nickname Lou or Lulu)

lizibet2 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 2:42 am

So difficult but here goes….
1. Violet Elsie – Violet after my Dad’s aunty and Elsie after my Mum’s granny. Violet is the only name that OH and I have always loved and agreed on. Nick name – Vi

2. Georgia Mae – Love the richness of this name 🙂 just plain old love it!

3. Emily Kate – OH loves the name Emily and I’m also very partial to it, a very high contender! Kate is after my Aunty who is unable to have children and she always wanted a girl called Kate. Kate is also a variation of a family name – Catherine

4. Phoebe Grace – love that it’s not that popular in the UK but everyone has heard of it.

5. Lucy Kate – Lucy is one of my MN and I adore it. Just gotta work on the OH for this one 😉

Runners up – Indigo Lily and Hermione (Mia) Grace

I would really love to use the name Emma but between my OH and I we know about 7 so may have to work it as a middle somehow!

Louarna Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 2:48 am


Sunshine Kid Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 2:52 am

Oooh, this list changes all the time (except Susanna) but currently it is:


sarishah Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 2:55 am

Livia – My favorite ~honor-thy-family~ choice with two great nicknames (Livvy and Liv)
Lykke – My current name crush, thanks to cool Swedish songstress Lykke Li

Elisa – family name with lots of significance
Eyre – for Jane Eyre

Lilea Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 3:14 am


1. Marilla. My ancestors were deep sea fishermen and I love the meaning ‘shining sea’. I also like that it includes aspects of all of mine and my husband’s grandmothers names- Mary, Mary, Ella, Margaret. Although a lot less popular Marilla also feels like more of a name and less of a smush than Mariella. It’s basically perfect.
2. Sophie. I love the meaning and the way it sounds with our surname. It evokes a sweet strength for me and I like that no one in my family or close friends has this name, despite it’s popularity.
3. Lily. My great great grandmothers name, my great grandmothers name, and the name of my grandfathers sister. Nickname bestowed on me by my friends. Minus points as it is the name of DH’s ex, so we wouldn’t use it.
4. Eleanor. Eleanor is such a timeless and beautiful name. I love the idea of Ella as a nn… or Nora! I think it would go perfectly with Sophie for sisters.
5. Katharine. I love all the spellings but most of all this one. I love nn’s Kate and Katy. My stepmom is just ‘Kate’ and I’d like to honour her in some way as she doesn’t have any children of her own. Bonus points for meaning. I like this with Marilla. Marilla Katharine or Katharine Marilla: pure shining sea… swoon!

jem Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 3:18 am

1. Beatrix
2. Clementine
3. Penelope
4. Cecilia
5. Eloise

marypoppins Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 3:20 am

1. Stella
2. Camilla
3. Betty
4. Matilda
5. Juniper

Sadly my husband has vetoed the first two, and Juniper is never gonna happen since my name is Jennifer. But the other two are down on our short list if the baby due later this year is a girl.

CharlotteLouise Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 3:48 am

1. Clementine
2. Arabella
3. Penelope
4. Amelia
5. Georgina
Runners up… Lavinia, Annabel, Phoebe, Philippa, Luella

SunKissedChild Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 3:59 am

1. Matilda- I was obsessed with the movie “Matilda” when I was a kid, and as I resembled her and was roughly the same age, I thought she was amazing! She was smart and mischievous, and loved books- and was totally my hero. My husband loves the name Matilda as we are big soccer fans and the Australian women’s soccer team is called “The Matilda’s”, he thinks that maybe if we named our daughter Matilda, she might one BE a Matilda!

2. Florence- as someone who studied art, I always have dreamed of going to Florence and seeing the amazing art and architecture! To me, Florence seems like the most magical place on earth, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s in my favourite country either! I also love all the amazing nicknames, and only recently I found out that Florence is actually a family name, and my great-Aunt, and great-great Aunt were both named Florence.

3. Charlotte- I love the name Charlotte so much, it has been a favourite long before it became popular. When my husband and I were first dating someone jokingly asked us what we call our first born- we both instinctively said Charlotte, even though we had never discussed it before! My husband loves telling that story, and Charlotte is definitely his favourite name because of that.

4. Adelaide- I love Adelaide, nickname Ada, but as I live in Australia (which has the city Adelaide), I have always thought I could never use it. However, my husband has given his blessing so it may be a possibility!

5. Elizabeth- There are so many reasons I love this name. The remarkable Elizabeth Bennett in P&P, ALL the nickname possibilities, and the fact that my incredible Mum’s name is Elizabeth.

Corcorbelle Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 4:15 am





Eva or Vivian

kyemsma Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 4:18 am

1. Caroline
2. Catherine
3. Claire
4. Anna
5. Maeve

katekadleck Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 4:40 am

1. Annabel
2. Eloise
3. Stella
4. Violet
5. Mabel

iolite Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 4:53 am

1. Ottilie
2. Elva
3. Anouk
4. Violet
5. Pearl

shelly68 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 5:18 am

Ahava-Means Love in Hebrew

Eden-Garden of the Lord


Jacinth-Just like the way it sounds: like it’s spelled

Emberlynn-It’s cute. I could so picture it on a lil girl, and perhaps Ember as a woman.

Of-course these are all subject to change from week to week :~

Debs90 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 5:21 am


Kim W Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 5:23 am

1. Louisa
2. June
3. Frances
4. Elizabeth
5. Anne

nat108 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 5:28 am

1) Lotus- my fave flower and connected to my name (Buddhism- Tara holds a lotus & sits in lotus position on a giant lotus)
2) Tallulah- just love it
3) Jasper- beautiful stone, one of my faves
4) Noor- feels dark & mysterious yet means light
5) Fox- one of my fave cartoons as a child had a female character named Fox, loved it ever since

watermellie Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 5:29 am

Well, as of right now, they are:

1. Isabel Elysia
2. Lilac Madigan
3. Tessa Lucienne
4. Juliet Vivienne
5. Sylvie Clementine

Love them all, and could easily rattle off another five.

grackym Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 5:37 am

1. Eliza – all time favourite, never changing and great for all stages of life; sweet nns Ellie or Lizey
2. Nora – the perfect sister for Eliza, but hubby hates it 🙁
3. Lila – sweet name, however too close to Eliza
4. Maeve
5. Esther – vintage gem

ediect Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 5:52 am


trysaratops Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 6:03 am


jessamine13 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 6:30 am


CaseyRose Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 6:31 am

Annabel – loved for quite some time and might use one day. Annabel sounds like she could be a sweetheart and saucy all at once, which I appreciate.

Clio – appealing in sound AND holds great meaning! (glory, muse of heroic poetry)

Lucy – powerful, fun, pretty. my hero growing up was Lucille Ball & my favorite song was Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

Alice – classic, gorgeous.

tie: Beatrice and Clementine – the former my fiance is on board with, the latter I love for a first, but we’d probably end up using it for a middle.

honorable mentions:

livia Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 6:32 am

1) Saskia
2) Bryony
3) Amelie
4) Bronwen
5) Margot

Runners up: Isobel, Iona, Ava, Emmeline and Penelope

momto2 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 6:48 am


sarahasher19 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 6:58 am

Ayva ~ Ava

hermione_vader Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:07 am


kristennoel Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:14 am

Delaney Noel – I’ve been holding onto this name for a while now, Noel is my middle name and I want to pass it on, and I just love the name Delaney, we will see how long that love lasts!

Marta – love this one! Gets me to the nn ‘Matty’ that I want to use.

Tamzin – I’m a little worried that this will get her the nn ‘Tammy’ which I don’t want to use, but I just love the look and sound of it

Lucia – not sure which way I prefer pronunciation, but I love the meaning

Justine – a character in a book that is one of my favorites, and I think a Justine would be very independent

Runner ups:

Mavensmom Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:17 am

I’m super picky, only presently have a top 3

1. Maven – my daughter, still love it even though all of the Maeves are now making it sound trendy

2. Saoirse – means freedom, sounds lovely

3. Vienna- favorie Billy Joel song – although I do not like the sausage connotation so I probably would never actually use it.

Emilyjayne255 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:23 am


Michell Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:29 am


sorciereblanche Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:31 am

Ooh, this is hard.
1) Viola (my future daughter’s name, definitely. I like Estelle as the middle name, btw.)
2) Alice (my alias on websites and my blog)
3) Octavia (idk I just really like this name, probably because I recently rewatched Puella Magi Madoka Magica and it’s Sayaka’s Witch’s name.)
4) Rosaline (just liking it a lot lately)
5) Lucienne nn Lucy (Ahhh personal fave)
Runners up, basically my guilty pleasures that I’m not brave enough to use.
1) Miki, 2) Venetia, 3) Makoto, 4) Coralie, 5) Fiore

waiting12 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:35 am

1. Evelyn
2. Violet
3. Magnolia
4. Isla
5. Lorelei

Runner ups: Juniper, Natalie, Vera, Adeline

julylacs Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:38 am

1. Cora – the name we’ve picked out if our little nugget is a girl. It seems classy, confident, and independent. My husband said, “Cora sounds like the kind of girl who will move out at age 10.”

2. Fern – not only is it super adorable, but it would also be honoring my grandfather (Fernand). Too bad husband hates it.

3. Jane – simple and strong. I love all the literary connections!

4. Saskia – gorgeous, but I’d never be brave enough to use it on a daughter!

5. Violet – My second choice for a daughter; unfortunately husband is once again not a big fan.

liliawillow Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:41 am

I already have an Ella Rose but if we had more girls the top 5 would be

1. Emilie Kate: I love Emily/Emilie despite being insanely common. I prefer the French spelling. I’ve wanted a little girl called Emilie since I was little. Kate is after my mum who is Katherine but only goes by Kate

2. Charlotte Elise (nn Charley): Charlotte was my other childhood name & has also remained a favourite. It’s classic, beautiful and I love the nn Charley. Lottie is also a good option

3. Maisie Eireann: This honours my maternal grandmother who was called Margaret Ireland. I find Margaret too old fashioned and unusable but think Maisie is a gorgeous diminutive. Eireann is Gaelic for Ireland.

4. Aria Lily: no family connections, I just love both names and think they sound lovely together. Slightly put off by the TV connections of Aria which is why it doesn’t list higher.

5. Katherine Violet nn Katie or Kate. Katherine after my mum tho I do just love Kate independently. And Violet is such a pretty, classic name.

Runners up = Scarlett nn Ettie, Camille nn Millie, Everley, Ria, Esme & Elodie 🙂

Teresa Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:51 am


Elina Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:52 am

Just 5? Wow, OK, tough desicion.

Adelisa- a name I recently came across, but I absolutely love its charm and quirkiness
Genevieve- my mums name and I love it
Clara- I fell in love with it after Doctor Who’s newest character. Full of spunk and familiarity without being over used.
Georgina- my maternal Grandmother’s middle name. I would love to honour her through this name.
Josephine- the name of my favourite Little Women character who is full of great aspects that I would love any future daughter to have.

Runners up: Violet, Elsa, Oriana, Juniper, Victoria, Adelaide, Adeline, Kali and Amelia

Sweekune Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:56 am

My top six as I couldn’t decide!

Lilith- To me this is sleek, feminine and vintage but has a feisty and rebellious edge. I love the fact that the Lilith in Jewish dogma stood up for herself and refused to be subservient. OH likes it because it was the name of my character when we played the Borderlands video game together. Would have the nn Lily

Francesca- Just the sound of this name attracts me. OH and I love the Italian nature of this name and cute nickname Chesca.

Viola- I love Viola as the character from Twelfth Night. Also, the first flowers OH ever gave me were violets and I’d love to give my daughter a name that has that small personal meaning. Nickname would probably be Lola or Via

Azalea- Another flower based name that I adore. To me it’s spunky but feminine and I just love the gorgeous pink colour this name conjures up. Nickname would be Lea.

Coralie- Corals to me are like natural treasures, something that I would love to embody in my daughter’s name. It feel both old and fresh at the same time and I couldn’t define the name to a time period. It conjures up images of diving in tropical seas and relaxing of sandy beaches. Possibly Cora for a nickname.

Thalia- Again I just like the sound of this one. I would pronounce it TAH-lia but OH prefers THAH-lia so we’d need to work that one out. I wouldn’t use this name if I used Azalea and vice versa.

Lissie_Love Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:56 am

1. Stella (my daughter)
2. Everlie (my daughter)
3. Kate (my daughter)
4. Hattie
4. Elsa

really91 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:06 am

1. Juno
2. Beatrix (Bea)
3. Phoebe
4. Margo
5. Hazel

HoneyElise Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:14 am

1. Genevieve – I don’t think I know why it’s my favourite, but it is. It’s girly and pretty and it’s just one of those names that make you think of Disney princesses, you know? It makes me think of that anyway 🙂
2. Lia – Pretty and simple, and that’s pretty much what makes me love it. Plus it’s my best friend’s daughter’s name.
3. Raphaella – It’s just one of those names that will forever have a special place in my heart 😡
4. Jemima – My mother was Jemima and her nickname was Ducky because of Jemima Puddleduck 😀
5. Emilia – I just think it’s really pretty
And I’m adding a lucky number 6 😉
Frost – Don’t ask why, it’s kind of my absolute favourite! I name all my characters Frost when I write or play video games. It’s just beautiful to me.

rabbitmom Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:28 am

1. Aksara – my daughter’s name. It’s of sanskrit origin and could either translate as “imperishable, indestructible, fixed, immutable” or as a unit of graphemic symbols in the Indian writing system. I love that it sounds rather masculine.
2. Inaaya – this was also a strong candidate for my daughter’s name. It sounds beautifully feminine and has a beautiful meaning too. It’s arabic for “empathy”.
3. Celia – I loved the Cardigans’ song titled “Celia Inside” and pictured how cute it would be to be pregnant and wore a t-shirt with that title written on it.
4. Layla or Leia – i love the sound of Leia, but Layla has a more wonderful meaning.
5. Nithya – another sanskrit name with a lovely meaning (it means eternal)

elh Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:29 am

1. Holland (it’s a family name and my absolute favorite) – a strong, sophisticated girl’s name
2. Emily – classic, but unfortunately too popular. I’ve never met an Emily that I didn’t like
3. Magdalene – a little different/edgy with fun nicknames (Maggie, Magda)
4. Marin – can’t use because too similar to my name Erin
5. Norah – probably what we are going to name our little girl that is due in August. My husband has vetoed my top choices.

shanade213 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:29 am


In no particular order

miloowen Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:32 am

1. Caitlin (my daughter)
2. Louisa (my daughter)
3. Rachel (my daughter)
4. Helen (my daughter)
5. Martha (family name)

phoebesmom Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:37 am

1. Phoebe
2. Susannah
3. Blythe
4. Margot
5. Clementine

phoebesmom Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:38 am

^The first two are my daughters’ names. I’m hoping to get to use one more!

kmdharrington Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:43 am

In no particular order.

Katia (want to try and use this as a nickname for my name Katherine)

Knelli Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:50 am

1. Zelda Louise – In memory of my mom. Zelda because some of my best memories are of staying up late to play the game then skipping school the next day to go shopping. And Louise because it is her middle name.
2. Caroline – Its sophisticated/beautiful like Elizabeth but I could also see it on a girl who loves to play in the mud as well.
3. Mariposa – It means butterfly in spanish. I think its very pretty and girly. Plus the nn. Mari for a teen or adult would be nice. And Posy for a little girl is super cute.
4. Marlowe – When it comes to nn. I kind of make up my own. I LOVE Lola, but only as a nn. So when I saw this name I couldnt help but think of it like this.. Marlo… lo… lola…. I think if it was paired with something sophisticated and elegant as a middle it would be hip but also have an option for an adult who wants something more.
5. Maia- I LOVE this name. Its short and sweet. It works for a little girl, teenager, and a adult. Its just all around a good name.

Runners up:
Ruby – After my great grandmother

dragonflynv Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:54 am

Nadia Evelyn (daughter)
Phoebe Marina (daughter)

On deck for future daughters:
Susannah nn Sunny

AllisonMY Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:13 am

We wanted names of Scottish/Gaelic and Swedish origin.
My own girls:
1. Alanna (Scottish, meaning fair/beautiful. Rhymes with Bahamas).
2. Annika (Swedish var. of Anne, meaning grace. Rhymes with Danika)

Runners up:
3. Louisa: So badly wanted to use this one, but it was considered still somewhat fuddy duddy when I was pregnant with my youngest. Now it’s trendy. Hate to say I told you so. 😉
4. Anneliese
5. Mairi (an old Scottish name. Pronounced MAH-ree. I pushed, but my husband said nobody would ever be able to pronounce or spell it. Perhaps, but we had/have the same problem with Alanna and Annika. 😉

mickie86 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:18 am

No children yet, but dreaming of someday!

1. Aurora (My favorite princess name of all time!)
2. Francine (My newest crush “The 4 F’s” Fresh, Fancy, French & Feminine)
3. Juliet (My favorite literary name)
4. Calista (I love the beautiful sound of this name and Cali is the most precious nn!)
5. Mary (I’ve always love it’s classic beauty. It has a simple, calm, perfection.)

RiverDragon Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:22 am

Oh wow, ok well, in no particular order at all, they would have to be –

1. Ffion (daughters middle name)
2. Isobel
3. Kari
4. Martha
5. Emma

smiles1979 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:35 am

@kristennoel – very cool! 🙂

I too have the middle name of Noel and if ever have a baby and she’s a girl – I want to pass on my middle name as well….

Top 5…right now this is the order:

1. Coraline/Cora – I love both names…(Hubby and I love the movie – and I enjoyed the book too – and love the character!) The full name might be a little bit guilty pleasure/ too connected to the book/movie…but if so, then can always still use the shorter name and I love the meaning!
2. Freya – heard it on a tv show and really love the meaning and that it’s a little more ‘unfamiliar’.
3. Miranda – a little more familiar name, but still a pretty name.
4. Selene or Serena – can’t decide which one I like ‘better’. They both are pretty and have nice meaning.
5. Juliette/Juliet – while the story ends in tradedy the overall story is beautiful and I the name itself is so beautiful and always loved the 1968 movie version of the play….

Runner up….Ondine. This is such a gorgeous name but not sure I’d ever be able to use it….

smiles1979 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:37 am


smiles1979 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:37 am

*sorry for my typos!

SheFliesWithHerOwnWings Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:38 am

I don’t have any children yet but the way things are at the moment I’d be delighted to have 5 girls…

1. Matilda (Just like another poster said ‘Matilda’ is one of my favourite ever films and the little girl is just fabulous! I love that it’s a vintage name and has some super sweet nicknames available. I quite like the idea of Mattie for tomboy and Millie/Tillie for girly girl. It’s fairly popular in the UK at the moment but I don’t see it rising too much, besides I’ve only ever met one Matilda and she’s three years old.)

2. Beatrix (Not a name I would have considered 5 or so years ago – I would have thought too posh but in recent year it has shot up as a favourite. I love the nickname Bea, and Trixie could definitely grow on me too. Beatrix is fun with a bit of edge, while still being girly and sophisticated.)

3. Arabella (Long time favourite of mine, would probably be number one still if Bella/Belle weren’t so trendy! My best friend has decided on Isabelle so I’m beginning to doubt whether I’d actually use Arabella. It’s my favourite princess name – I seriously think every little girl would love to have this name.)

4. Persephone (I adore this name – I can’t think of a negative for it! It’s got some sweet nicknames; Percy, Seph/Sephie, Po etc. It’s my mom’s favourite name too, so that makes me like it even more.)

5. Pandora (Perfection – even if the ancient myth isn’t a story of happiness. I think Pandora is such a cool name but I’m just not entirely sure that I’d use it, mainly because of my partner’s concerns. I don’t necessarily look for “cool” names but this one is just something else – it’s fun, fresh, unique, interesting, girly etc.

My runner’s up would be; Clementine, Olwen, Adelaide, Winter and Jemima.

athena95 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:39 am

1. Athena (nn Attie)
2. Clara
3. Thisbe/Thisby (nn Bea)
4. Posey (nn to either Josephine or Persephone)
5. Wren

Runner ups: Sybil, Sylvia, Winslow (nn Win/Winna/Winnie), Reverie, Gentry

kalli813 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:53 am

1. Sophia Eleni (my daughter’s name)
2. Katerina / Katheryn Stamatoula (my name)
3. Alyssa
4. Anna
5. Lydia

My runners up right now: Elianna, Athena, Olivia, Evelyn and Alexia

grace_newgrace Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:55 am

This is very hard for me to do, my taste is always changing. These are the ones that have stuck with me, or keep coming back in some way:

1. Arwen-Beautiful and ethereal. Brings to mind the elven princess in Lord of the Rings.
2. Prosper-My favorite first letter for girls’ names is “P.” I really like the meaning and the “-sp” sound in Prosper. It seems to flow so freely.
3. Alethea-Another name that is just beautiful to me. And the meaning; “truth.”
4. Gwyn- This name has special meaning to me. I plan on using it for my first daughter. I think this was the first girl’s name I found that I actually liked more than a little bit. It took me a while to learn to like girls’ names.
5. Jane- Simply pretty. Old-fashioned. Heroine of my favorite book. Enough said.

Runners Up:

Top 5 newer fascinations of mine:

Pippin (nn Pip)

KianaKai Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:58 am

My current top 5:

Clementine (classic sounding, but not overused)
Lola (fun)
Beatrix (adventurous)
Violet (classic)
Moxie (fun, adventurous)

Runners up/unisex: Kai (my MN), Charley (I think it’s cute on a girl)

-Expecting in November 2014, gender unknown…

sharimsh Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:59 am

Evangeline, Madeleine, Anneliese, Veronica, and Josephine

I have lots of runners up. 😉

meyera4 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:00 am

1. Wilhelmina – nickname Willa or Minnie. This name can be found on my family tree.
2. Louisa – Street I grew up on and my parents still live on.
3. Adelaide – Nickname Ada. I always liked having a name that starts with “A” myself.
4. Rosalie – Love the nickname Rosie.
5. Evangeline – So so pretty to me. But there are so many Evie’s running around I don’t know if I could do it.

Bonus: I had a dream once that I named a daughter Mary Klaus (Klaus is my husband’s name) and called her Mary Kay. It’s not what I would ever have chosen on my own but ever since then I have loved the name! (Darn subconscious)

AprilRobin Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:01 am

1) Lillian (My daughter)
2) Laura (My daughter)
3) Lucinda
4) Rachel
5) Rosalie

Runner-Ups: Whilhelmina(nn:Willa), Agatha(nn:Aggie), Estelle(nn:Stella), Ada(nn:Addie), and Jemima(nn:Mim)

victoriavs Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:01 am

Emilia- My grandmothers 3rd name and also a name that many of my ancestors have had. It’s also very feminine and I feel like it would age great. I also like the nickname Mila for this name.

Gabriela- Love this name. I don’t know what it is but I think it’s quite timeless, romantic and feminine. It is also a name my great grandmother was named and further ancestors. I’ve always liked this name and when younger wished it was my name!

Camilla- I like how classic this name is and how elegant it sounds. I also love the nickname Millie and Mila.

Malina- This name means raspberries in Polish. I really like how it is uncommon (at least outside of Poland). I also love the meaning and how lovely and girly it sounds. I appreciate how it’s not super modern and not super old either.

Valentina- I don’t think this name is a perfect match for my surname but I absolutely love it! It’s a ‘V’ name to start with (which are less common than a,b,d etc names) also my name is Victoria. Furthermore it’s soo romantic and womanly and just gorgeous! The meaning is lovely too – healthy & strong.

Runners up- Alessandra – Classic and feminine it nearly made it in the top 5! Rose, Elsa, Olive, Isla, Adela, Alma, Alexandria, Vievienne, Vienna,Anna,Eva, Ava, Evia, Athena & Anthea.

As you can see I prefer names that end in the letter ‘A’.

CaribbeanQueen Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:03 am


melie Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:04 am

1. Imogen
2. Emerson
3. Ardyn/Arden
4. Paloma
5. Beatrice

frobskottle Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:06 am

1. Cordelia (nn Dilly)
2. Cressida (nn Cressa)
3. Araminta (nn Minty/Minta)
4. Xanthe/Xanthia
5. Ottilie/Ottalia

linvea Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:15 am

Lilah*- my daughter’s name. I fell in love with this name after I found it in the obituaries:)

Myra*- “long awaited child” this is my adopted daughter’s name

Elsie*- “God’s perfect promise” my other adopted daughter’s name

Hazel- just love this name but husband does not:(

Ivy- a beautiful girl I met has them name and I love it!!
I LOVE old lady names!

alexa400 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:25 am

Today it would be…..

Apolline- I love how feminine it sounds and the ties to Greek mythology without being too out right mythological.
Charlotte- despite its popularity I love this name, it’s classic, elegant, has a little bit of southern charm. And just perfect.
Holiday- I love the rhythmic cheery feel of this name, and I can imagine it on a little girl with Mar Janes on as well as a grown woman.
Marie- this name is often overlooked because of its popularity as a middle but I think it would make an fabulous first.
Rose- love that it’s both a nature name and a real classic name with a lot of history.

evh Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:25 am






all for the same reason of the feeling they give me

MGoins Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:25 am

1. Isla
2. Maeve
3. Evelyn (Nickname: Evie)
4. Claire
5. Audrey

Defie Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:28 am


hattie98 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:53 am

1. Lucy Isadora- I think Lucy is one of the most classic names there is! I just love it. I really like the name Isadora because it’s quirky and pretty but not nearly as common as Isabella.

2. Arwen Fiona- I just think Arwen is beautiful and uncommon and I love the girly sounding Fiona with it.

3. Daphne Rowena

4. Stella Felicity

5. Willow Jane

interndayna Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:55 am

Cordelia, Petra, Marceline, Ramona, and Cecily.

genevievemf Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 11:03 am

1) Jane
2) Imogen
3) Sybil
4) Frances/Frankie
5) Fiona

*Phoebe + Jemima

augusta_lee Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 11:05 am

In no particular order:


Spot #5 is where things get tricky. If Alice wasn’t totally unusable for me (combined with my last name, it sounds exactly like “Alexander”) she would win this spot for sure. With Alice out of the running, Jane and Faye are tied for fifth place. Sixth would also be a tie, this time between Juniper and Marigold (nn Maggie). Of course, I wouldn’t use Juniper OR Marigold if I already had an Iris…and lately Louise has been growing on me, in direct conflict with my long-adored Eloise. Decisions, decisions!

Madelyn Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 11:11 am

Juno, Paloma, Ofelia, Holiday, Garnet.

Runners up- Wednesday, Enid, November

marisarose Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 11:17 am

My favorite girl names aren’t actually on my list of names to use on my future daughters. I love them, but I wouldn’t use them, mostly because they are too “fad” or “ethnic” or hubs doesn’t like them:

1. Aria – have loved this since I was a teen. I am an opera singer and an aria is just a beautiful piece of music
2. Epifania – It’s the name of one of my great aunts. She “American-ized” it to Frances, but it is actually the Italian version of Epiphany.
3. Bomina – my great-grandmother’s name. She was an Italian Rom (gypsy) and it means precious love
4. Helena – I just love it. No rhyme or reason.
5. Elaine – The Lady of Shallot was Elaine of Astolat. “And there she weaved by night and day, a magic web with colors gay…” *shivers* 🙂

mLbrooker Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 11:21 am

1. Naomi- I think it sounds good on any age and will still be in use fifty years from now.
2. Phoebe- I have a slight Friends bias but I always picture a quirky, happy go lucky girl with this name.
3. Amira- It’s such a cool mix of sounds that I love.
4. Catherine- So elegant and classic, I love all of it’s nicknames.
5. Aubrey- One of the few trendy names I love enough to overloom it’s popularity, just so sweet.

mommaoftrolls Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 11:34 am

I have always loved(no specifc order):

5-Lucy, Catherine, Hazel…tied for 5th

I have 3 daughters whose names are not included on the above list. 🙂

LCMpdx Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 11:34 am

Iris – I love everything about this name – the sound, the imagery, the meaning – If only I could get my husband on board!
Eleanor – This is one that my husband and I do agree on, and if we ever have daughter I am fairly certain Eleanor will be some part of her name. I love the sound of it, and that it is a classic.
Louisa – Classic, feminine, soft and pretty. Louisa also gets bonus points because of Louisa May Alcott, author of one of my favorite books as a child.
Sylvie – Loved for it’s meaning and it’s nick-namey sound.
Jane – Pure, simple and classic – and I don’t find it plain at all!

MedbO Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 11:38 am

1. Vivienne- I love everything French
2. Alice- So beautiful and classic and I had two great aunts who were called Alice
3. Audrey- After my favourite actress Audrey Hepburn
4. Belle- Because it means beautiful in French and I love everything French and my best friend and mine’s favourite film Beauty and the Beast
5. Garima- Meaning Dignity in Sanskrit and after one of my best friends who died

potofgold Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 11:41 am

They change daily but today they are:
1) Arianwen – it looks and sounds lovely and is Welsh which honours my Welsh half. I can definitely imagine naming a future daughter this.
2) Anwen – this was my favourite until I found Arianwen, it’s so beautiful but I think Arianwen is slightly more beautiful 🙂
3) Hestia – Greek Goddess of the home and hearth which I think is so, well, warm and homely!
4) Calla – beautiful name and calla lilies are beautiful and have meaning to me because they remind me of my grandmother
5) Josephine – several great potential nns, it’s a sophisticated and elegant classic. Also, Joseph is a family name

arunciblespoon Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 11:56 am

Alice – This has been a favourite for a long time, short, sweet and classic with lots of literary cred.
Freya – Unlike Alice, this crept up on me recently, due to a certain obsession with the Vikings. Like Alice it feels sweet without being saccharine and cool without being obnoxious or weird.
Beatrix/Beatrice – It looks as good as it sounds, elegant and beautiful but for all its old ladyness definitely not stodgy or frumpy. I love the literary connections too.
Ophelia – A new love. A shame about its tragic connections, but its so gorgeous I find it doesn’t matter. It’s lyrical and pretty, all I can think about are the pretty Waterhouse paintings of her serenely floating down a river surrounded by flowers.
Layla – Lots of great music and literary connections and of course she’s so pretty and magical sounding. And I love it’s meaning ‘night’, we have the word lejla in my language, also meaning night. It makes me think of the Chagal painting with the lovers floating through the night.

The runners up: Lucy, Juno, Iris, Lyra and Penelope.

AnnieCL Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

1.) Summer–My all time favorite. I wish my husband liked it too!
2.) Saffron–I love spices and this one is different, but accessible as a name, I think.
3.) Julia–Such a pretty sound
4.) Hope–Optimism
5.) Zinnia–My favorite flower

civic1209 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Harper: This name is just so beautiful, it literally means a harp player which is very angelic.

Athena: Greek goddess of wisdom.

Phoebe: Just love the cute little girly ring it has.

Lola: Short and sweet with a beautiful ring.

Willow: One of the few girl names that end with an “o” sound that are actually cute and feminine.

MamaHustin Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

1. Julianna–its ultra-feminine, classic, and from age 1 to 100 its just as great.
2. Catherine–Another classic, not gonna lie, I love Wuthering Heights.
3. Savanna–I would call her Savvy, and I love it…
4. Naomi–Its not as common but still I love that it means gentle and I also love the Japanese meaning, Nao(honest, correct, frank) and Mi(beauty).
5. Elizabeth–fit for a queen (as it were)–Liza or Eli, or Lizzy, Beth, All great variations…

these are my top name combos, probably never get to use any of them… I have three boys…

Julianna Grace, Catherine Nicole, Savanna Joy (Savvy J), Naomi Ruth, and Elizabeth Jade

Llumeneres Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

So hard to narrow it down! In no real order:

1. Florence
2. Leonore/Leonie
3. Eloisa
4. Mercy
5. Mabel (May)


alphabetters Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:46 pm


caty_beth89 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

1. Arwen (my daughter’s name and the only name my husband and I could agree was awesome.)
2. Flora (our angel baby’s name)
3. Imogen (the name I really wanted to use for Arwen. He really wanted to use Temperance. If we have another girl someday she will be Imogen Temperance.)
4. Calanthe (elegant, eccentric, and fun all at once)
5. Azalea (this would be a cool way to honor my granny who hated her name, but loved flowers and especially her ginormous azaleas.)

SeaZuno86 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Jane Cosima (Jane because it is sweet and vintage and has some fun nicknames, it also combines our mothers’ names, Cosima is a fun, unique middle name that combines our fathers’ names)

Fiona (I love it for its Irish vibe, it also starts with the first letter of my grandma’s name)

Evangeline (my fiancé’s favorite so I can’t help but love it, love the nicknames Evie or Eva)

Naomi ( sweet but not overly sweet, love the -ee ending without being over the top girly/childish)

Margo (I just adore the charm of Margo, unfortunately can’t use it because our last name ends in -o)

Runner-ups: Geneva, Louisa, Teagan & Vera

ekibbe Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Names I would actually use
1. Seren

I love Amelia but I can’t use it, too popular and too close to my name. Love Agatha and Prudence too, but those are too out there for my family to appreciate.

hannahgrace Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Iris- Definitely my favorite name, but I am worried about how popular it’s becoming. I like it because makes me think of a girl who is easy-going, strong, and just has it all together. Also, it doesn’t hurt that one of my favorite flowers is the iris.

Genevieve- It’s just a beautiful and strong name. It’s meaning is “woman of the people” which really goes well with my love of politics and helping people that I hope will be passed down to my kids. I also love some of the nicknames that go with Genevieve- Evie, Eve, Vi, and Ginny.

Julia/ Giulia- I just love how classic it is. I especially love the “Giulia” spelling, but since I’m not Italian, I’d feel like I’m trying to hard/posing. Also, I love the nicknames “Julie” and “Jules”.

Madelief- I don’t know if I would ever be brave enough to use Madelief because I’m not Dutch, but something about it just draws me in. Also, it means Daisy.

Elsa- I really like this one, and it’d be a nice homage to our heritage, but ever since Frozen came out, it seems to have gotten pretty popular and people would think I got it from the movie. I also love the nickname Elsie, which is a family name.

Other names that I love are Léa (would be my favorite, but there’d be pronunciation and accent issues), Eleanor (the perfect middle name), Vera (love the simplicity), Linnea (another acknowledgement to my heritage), Elowen (along with other -wen names), and Giada (just so pretty). I also love the nicknames Em and Emmy, but I don’t love any of the full names.

I love these names, but now they seem kinda trendy. : /

labelo Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

1. Margery or Margot (My favorite Margaret variations: I’d only pick one or the other, but my preference changes from day to day)
2. Leonie (unusual while still feminine and accessible)
3. Eleanor (TONS of great nicknames)
4. Camilla (it just seems so elegant and ladylike, plus I like the 3 syllables)
5. Isla (not super popular, yet sweet and on-trend)

Unfortunately, my husband pretty much hates all of my favorite names. He loves unisex and trendier names like Kennedy, London, Mackenzie, etc. We might compromise with Camille, which he prefers over Camilla.

orphanedhanyou Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:11 pm


orphanedhanyou Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Bonus: Neely (kneely), my cousin ^_^

epowell Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Georgia Emiline – My daughter’s name. Georgia because it’s a strong, southern, classic. Emiline because I myself am the 6th generation “Emily” in my family but my maiden name is very french so I picked a french version of Emily.

Magnolia Jane – Magnolia sounds good with Georgia. Strong southern sound. (We live in Texas and my brothers are Austin and Travis – very much Texas names and Magnolia is a town in Texas so it blends perfectly.) Jane because it’s an amazing classic, tons of literary connections, plus its the female version of John which is a BIG family name on both sides of my family.

Rainey Josephine – Rainey because it’s another wonderful southern sounding name. Actually my husband’s favorite. Josephine because my grandfather’s middle name was Joseph.

faithnamer Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:20 pm

1. Luna – Absolutely love this name! I love looking at starry night skies and the big full moon. It makes me so immensely happy and I would love to give this name to a future daughter because of the imagery that accompanies it.
2. Olive – I love the deep green color and although the food is not my favorite, I don’t even really think about it when I hear the name. I just see the beautiful color.
3. India – I know that this name is very controversial, but I really like it. When I hear this name, I picture the Festival of Colors in India with rich, bright hues and the name is just an explosion of culture and colors and happiness for me. I also LOVE the nn Indie.
4. Meadow – When I hear this name, I picture a beautiful meadow hidden in the woods with flowers everywhere and peace. It’s my happy place.
5. Echo – I really like that this name is kind of mysterious. There aren’t very many famous people with the name or connotations for me, so it’s kind of open for interpretation.

All together, these names just create an explosion of wonderful things in my mind and I love how they sound together and apart.

GigiGibbons Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Ava (dd 1)
Mia ( dd2)
Gemma (dd3)
Esme (I am loving Elsa and Esme but today Esme takes the edge)

Honorable mentions: Elsa, Fleur, Dulcea, Isobel, Hermione, Anneliese, Sybilla

GigiGibbons Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Stella and Lucia and Roma as well. I need a top 20?

emeraldiris Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

1. Matilda, nn “Tilly”
2. Beatrice
3. Sybil
4. Eleanor
5. Charlotte

Autumnwood24 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Totally agree with everyone’s comments – so hard to choose! Have had to categorise to make it a little easier!

Top 5 girls names I would actually use:
1. Eva
2. Mireille
3. Rose
4. Elsie/Elsa
5. Emmeline

Top 5 spill-over girls names:
1. Eirene (pronounced ih-ren-ay, and not like the name Irene i.e. eye-reen)
2. Katrina
3. Summer
4. Ivy
5. Marya

Name I would quite like to use, but don’t quite have the guts:
1. Ariadne (think it’s just a liiiiittle too out there)
2. Sansa (such a pretty name!- but forever connected with Game of Thrones)
3. Belle (two dogs in the family have had this name, so it’s out. Shame :P)
4. Poppy (again, pretty, but I’m not sure if I see this more as a dog name, or a ‘little girl’ name)
5. Astrid (only just started to like this one…I can tell, one of those ones I’ll probably fall out of love with later…no’s 4-5 in my lists nearly always change after a little while)

Soooo many other names I like…the list is endless, pretty much 😀

SerenaJayne Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

In no particular order:
Isolde- means “ice princess” it’s beautiful!
Calypso- means “she who hides” I could see a brown haired big brown doe-eyed girl with this name
Harper- means “harp player”
Branwen- meaning “blessed raven”
Aberdeen- really awesome name

Silver!! I love this name

Bonus: Angharad (more love), Elspeth (pledged to God), I could go on and on

lesliekav Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

I won’t get to use any unless life surprises us with a third child and it’s a girl, but here’s my list!

1) Elizabeth–would have been given to either of our sons had they been girls. Strong, elegant, timeless, beautiful, infinite nickname possibilities.
2) Caroline–my own middle name and similar timeless quality to Elizabeth. Sounds both light and substantial at once.
3) Louisa–would have honored my grandfather Louie
4) Maren–definitely more modern sound than my other favorites, but I find it so pleasingly simple and classy.
5) Eve–a finalist on my list before we found out our second was a boy. Timeless, simple and powerful, lovely to write.

Chrisco Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

#1 – Genevieve {w/ nickname Eve}; this name is beyond wonderful, in both French and English: )
#2 – Juliet; I love this name! It’s just pretty, and somehow beats Julie and Julia by a mile, in my opinion.
#3 – Boheme; I don’t know why I love this name so much, but I do.
#4 – Renée {my name} I love my name. {I wonder if that’s narcissistic, or just name nerd-ishness?}
#5 – Lidia; I really don’t care for the spelling Lydia, but Lidia just makes me smile : )

Honorable mention:

Gracia {w/ grey-shuh pronunciation}

vaness1 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Top 5 Names I would actually use:
1. June
2. Lucille
3. Nora
4. Elisabeth
5. Annie

Runners – up (I’m indecisive…):

reinholdbaby13 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 2:44 pm

*we find out in a few weeks if baby is a girl or boy. Hopefully I can get my husband in board with one if these!!

Inglis Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Hmm. That’s tricky!

1) Helena
2) Eliza
3) Mara
4) Maeve
5) Rowena

The fifth spot would actually probably be a tie between Rowena, Alice and June. I just can’t decide! 🙂

ClaireElise Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 2:56 pm

1. Matilda
2. Cordelia
3. Beatrix
4. Vera
5. Eleanor

Runners up: Daphne, Leona, June, and Adelaide

taylorbear Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

1- Corinne
2- Alethea (family name)
3- Nora
4- Vivienne
5- Lydia

Myosotis Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

1. Pandora
2. Evanthe
3. Beatrix
4. Phaedra
5. Perenna

Five is actually a tie between Perenna and Arabella, I just can’t decide. I love how all of them sound and look, and they’ve all got great positive meanings! And my favourites, but only as middles:

cgwaltney Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

1. Vivienne (Daughter’s name)
2. Gemma (Daughter’s name)
3. Bette
4. Willa
5. Tess

*Oh, to have more daughters so I could use the last three ; )

namesage Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

1. Selah
2. Willa (I can’t decide if I want this to stand alone or be a nn for Wilhelmina.)
3. Romy (Rosemary)
4. Lettie (I can’t decide if this should be a nn for Scarlett, Arletta, or Colette.)
5. Rosalie

WafflesAreDelicious Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

1. Rachel
2. Scarlett
3. Montana
4. Cobie
5. Mila

Runner ups: Gwyneth (nickname: Gwen), Katie, Selena, Kacey, and Ariana

JH Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

1. Juliette – Everyone knows it, but it’s not popular. It also means that same thing as my name (Jill) because they both originated from the same name, which I think is cool. I also really like Juliana, but since they’re so similar, I won’t list that as #2.

2. Alice – It was my maternal grandma’s name (and she was the best!!). Even though she didn’t like it, I love it! Ali is a super cute nickname. I won’t use it though because I named my son after my maternal grandpa and that’d be a little weird.

3. Virginia – Normal name, but not too popular. Cute nickname potential.

4. Rebekah/Rebecca – Cute nicknames, great history, not crazily popular.

5. Helena – Beautiful name and it isn’t very popular.

GenevieveReine Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Alice Genevieve
Audrey Eleanor
Ivy Arabella
Miranda Yvaine “Miri”
Deirdre Violet

loislane1222 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 5:32 pm

These are all candidates for a future daughter. I’m not 100 percent sure on the rankings, and I am sure they will change. But here we go.

1. Naomi — This strong Biblical name is also so melodic and peaceful. I like the associations with writer Naomi Wolf.
2. Lydia — Another Biblical gem, this name oozes ancient appeal. Also, I love, love, LOVE the nickname Lyddie.
3. Amelia — Selfishly, I’m unhappy this name is surging up the charts. I have always loved Amelia because it was the name of my childhood best friend. (She went by Amy, however … it was the 80s.) Amelia also works perfectly with our very German last name.
4. Estella — I have loved this name ever since I read “Great Expectations” and found out it meant “star.” Even if the Estella in the Charles Dickens classic was NOT a happy or a very nice character, I love the name. It’s classy but spunky, too.
5. Annabel — This is another gem I have loved ever since reading Edgar Allan Poe’s “Annabel Lee.” Whenever I hear “Annabel” I think of waves gently crashing on the sand … a peaceful summer evening. However, I don’t know if a future daughter would appreciate the Annabel Lee connection (uh, she’s dead and has a creepy husband). There is also a cow association with Annabel. I’m not entirely sure where that comes from, possibly an old advertising campaign.

mel_finch Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 5:35 pm

1. Beatrice: Beatrice makes me think of violin music, oil paints and overalls. I think it’s so lovely and down-to-earth, especially with nn Bee.
2. Matilda: I love the book Matilda by Roald Dahl, so this makes me think of a little girl who adores books. I’d use the nn Tilda rather than Mattie or Tilly.
3. Astrid: This reminds me of three beloved characters – Astrid Peth from Doctor Who, Astrid Ellison from Gone, and Astrid Farnsworth from Fringe. Also honors my Scandinavian(ish) heritage.
4. Susan: I just can’t shake the thought of a little Susan nn Sunny. I am completely in love with the timeless, cheerful feel of this name.
5. Agatha: I’m a huge fan of Agatha Christie’s books, and her name is beautiful. Definitely ready for a comeback.

Honorable mentions: Zelda (because of Zelda Fitzgerald), Clemency and Elspeth.

I’d love to see a boy version soon!

lawsonhaley Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

In no order, I’m doing a top 5 with middles, and 5 runners up.

1. Imogen – I love how it’s underused where I live, but yet, it feels so familiar, feminine and gorgeous. I can completely see myself with a little Imogen.

Combination: Imogen Daisy

2. Florence – Florence is a bit like Imogen for me, I’ve always loved it, and it feels so feminine and well known, yet I’ve never seen it used outside of the internet, or the United Kingdom.

Combination: Florence Emily

3. Aoife – Aoife seems so much prettier and lovelier than others that it sounds like (Eva, for example). I love it’s meaning and history.

Combination: Aoife Florence

4. Poppy – Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve thought the name Poppy would be so sweet on a little one. I love how spunky and lively it sounds, but I can entirely picture it on an adult as well.

Combination: Poppy Beatrice

5. Violet – I love how strong and classic Violet feels, and I love the imagery it brings to mind for me. Violet sounds so classy and elegant, yet fun and vivacious.

Combination: Violet Eloise

Runners Up:

Martha – Martha Imogen
Amelie – Amelie Sophia
Sophie – Sophie Annabelle
Ellie – Ellie Jasmine
Elsie – Elsie May
Esme – Esme Charlotte

shamrokk Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

1. Tesla (my daughter)-after my hero, Nikola Tesla, not the car! =oP
2. Malin- like Malon from Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time but with a more mainstream spelling like Malin Ackerman.
3. Isla- would have made a nice sibling name to go with Tesla, but waaay too trendy now.
4. Coraline-love the book/movie
5. Noelle- lovely name but sadly doesn’t go with my last name very well.

benotnormal Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 6:08 pm


(For this week anyway)

bananie21 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

1. Gabriella – I love the way it rolls off the tongue.
2. Elizabeth – A classic beautiful name.
3. Francine – A beautiful French and feminine vintage name.
4. Julianna – I love this combo because it’s a smoosh of both of my grandmothers.
5. Giavanna – As a fn it sounds gorgeous. I also love, love, love the nn Gia.

Looking forward to doing my top 5 boys!

PenelopeAnn Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

1) Juno. This is far and away my favorite name. I love the unexpected “o” ending on a girl. It has a million nickname options: June, Junie, Jo, Jojo, Junebug, Jujubee–some of those would just be family ones, obviously. I just feel like a Juno could be anyone she wanted to be and that’s inspiring to me.
2) Lyra. This is DH’s number one name. He wants it as badly as I want Juno, but we can’t use both names on a single child, because then only one name will get regular use. 🙁 We’ll probably end up using Lyra, and maybe use a middle name to get the nickname L.C…. I have a LOVE/hate relationship with it. I LOVE how much DH loves it…and I like it pretty well on its own…but it means POSSIBLY sacrificing Juno, which bums me out a smidge.
3) Calliope. We’ll never be able to use this because it’s too rhyme-y with our last name. But if we COULD use it, I like the nickname Calla.
4) Philippa. I think Flip would be a super cute nickname for a little Philippa.
5) Harriet. Too alliterative with our last name to use but this name is ever so sweet. It has the grandmotherly familiarity of names like Samantha and Ruby but less trendy so it still feels fresh.

J3VF Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 6:17 pm

1: Journey (pretty word/great band)
2: Chesney (cousin’s name)
3: Elwen (grandmother’s name; Ellie as a nickname)
4: Katara or Katana (couldn’t decide between the two)
5: Connor (something new)

My runner-ups are: Aurelia, Dylan, Juniper, Jubilee, Evanora, Tyler, Juverna, Andromeda or Andalasia (both nicknamed Andy), Nymphadora or Isadora (both nicknamed Dora), Aurora (nicknamed Rory), Arendelle (nicknamed Aren), Disney, Parker

BellaTheWriter Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

!. Felicity-Lissie
2. Margaret-Maisie or Mae
3. Mariana/Marina-Mitzi
4. Muirielle-Miri
5. Elisabeth-Ellie or Lissie or Betsy

Snowdrop4 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 6:34 pm

1. Flora

2. Rose

3. Rowena

4. Celia

5. Penelope nn Nell

Runners Up: Una, Iris, Maeve, Belle, Zara

ClaireDarling Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Eleanor/Elinor/Elanor – I’ve always loved this name. It just feels right to me. From historical and literary contexts to vintage nicknames, you just can’t go wrong with this name!

I love three syllable first names for girls. They make me swoon.

CharacterNamer Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:16 pm


Runners up: Morgana, Sadie, Athena, Elysia, Evelyn/Evelina, and Gwyneira (Mostly guilty pleasures)

mariemama Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:20 pm


jacquigirl Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

1. Sophie – so sweet, yet classic
2. Caroline – strong and feminine
3. Claire – so beautiful
4. Elinor – love the nn Ellie
5. Grace – LOVE

(Not in order)

auntanne1122 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

My favorite guilty pleasure since I was a little kid is Sheherazade. It has such a hard/softness about it. One that I’d never use though.

1. Claire – sophisticated
2. Mina – pure and cute
3. Francine – feminine and sexy
4. Esme – exotic and mysterious
5. Felicity – spunky and soft

Littlemeg Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

1. Cassandra nn Cassie: this is the name my DH and I decided to use for a baby girl

2. Phoebe: I love this name. It’s fun yet classical. Old but unique. Biblical yet mystical. It’s perfect but very vetoed by DH

3. Calandra nn Callie: I found this name in a book when I was young. Unfortunately I have a baby cousin named Kali, so I cannot use the name

4. Wren: I came upon this name recently and I just really like it

5. Mara: simple and beautiful

kodycorey Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

This is really hard. I cant put them in order but here are five favorites:


Runners up are: Emmalina, Linnea, Lacey, Bella, Karis, Sierra

Erin91 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:36 pm


southern.maple Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

This was actually really easy for me: Helen, Cora, Anne (Annie), Jane, and Edith. My top five rarely changes, and even when it does I always come back to these five.

KateMP91 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

1) Magnolia- I love the nicknames Maggie and Mallie. Magnolia feels young, and spunky, yet classic, and mature.
2) Shae- This is the first name I ever loved, when I was just a toddler. Every one of my dolls was named Shae. It still holds a special place in my heart.
3) Cora- I adore this nickname, but I am not sure if I have the same strong love for it’s longer versions, like, Coraline, Coralie, etc.
4) Rommely- This name is a long time favorite. It has character. I have loved it since I read A Tree Grows In Brooklyn during my early teens.
5) Luca- I prefer Luca on a girl. It is short and sweet!

inkonherfingers Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 8:58 pm

1. Adelaide – Saw it in a book years ago and never forgot its glorious elegance.
2. Lucy – My favourite children’s book character.
3. Katherine – I’ve just always wanted a little Katie. So composed and ladylike.
4. Elanor – A Lord of the Rings name that reminds me of everything fantastical and ethereal.
5. Elizabeth – It pains me that I can’t use this with Elanor because I never get tired of this classic name.

sarahbreems Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Top 5 Girl Names:

1. Autumn Elizabeth (my daughter’s name– she died right before birth, so I don’t get to hear or say her name often, but I still love it. Elizabeth was her middle name)
2. Arianna- love this name, but my husband does not. I pronounce it Ah-ri-ah-na
3. Violet- there is something so sweet about this name
4. Alana (or Alanna)- another name I love, but that my husband does not
5. Adalyn- this is new to my list, but I think it will stay

Name_Walrus Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Note: This is no particular order, and have a tendency to change. But at this moment, these are my favorites.
1. Theodora, nn Theo
2. Veronica
3. Matilda
4. Cordelia
5. Viola

Name_Walrus Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Side note: The two names that definitely seems to stick around are Theodora and Veronica. Don’t know why, they just stick out from the rest.

zelly Says:

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ashthedreamer Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

1. Isabelle “Bella/Issy”
2. Arianne “Ari”
3. Olivia “Liv(y)/Olive”
4. Violet
5. Catherine/Emmeline/Lillian “Kit/Emmy/Lily” (three-way tie!)

I never seem capable of deciding what a fifth favorite would be! The top four are set, but number five depends on the day. I think I like Catherine best with Isabelle, Arianne, Olivia, and Violet, but Lillian means most out of the three, and I just really love saying Emmeline! I would be so excited to have a little Emmeline–it feels so unusual, yet so familiar. I like it least with Isabelle, Arianne, Olivia, and Violet, ironically, though.

whatdoyoulove Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 9:49 pm

1. Claudia – my favorite name ever since The Babysitters Club, I always imagined Claudia being very beautiful
2. Susanna – my Mom’s name is Suzanne and this reminds me of her
3. Rosalie – I love the nick name Rosie
4. Alma
5. Carolina

abmccaslin828 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Honora (nn Noor)
Aiobheann (pronouned Eavan)

IsabelleMarie Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:18 pm


lovelynames Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

This is a near impossible task! Here is my list for today……

1. Hattie
2. Genevieve
3. Arden
4. Johanna
5. Story

stacielynne Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Anaelise……Yes, I like names that start with A. This list is names I would actually use.

Sky….are Names I love but wouldn’t be brave enough to use

Catlin…….. Are Names that I love but are to popular where I live

LV51sfan91 Says:

April 16th, 2014 at 11:15 pm

1. Lydia (Close to Olivia, which I love but is popular. A sweet Biblical and classic name.)
2.Brooke/Brooklyn (Honey’s Dad is from Brooklyn, NY. Works in baseball and we’re both Dodger fans. Also love that Brooke is a nature name. Sweet, simple and pretty.)
3. Audrey (sweet, classic, will never go out of style!!!)
4. Mackenzie (loved it since childhood and love Kenzie!!!!)
5. Natalie (pretty, like nn Nattie and Christmasy), Olivia (means peace, like Liv and Livie, old fashioned) Hope (the meaning of the word, need I say more. My hope is in the Lord.) Grace and Faith (see Hope.)

others: Caroline, Katelyn, Rachel, Willa, Violet.

kallos Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 12:08 am

1. Esther: soft and feminine, Biblical, Judy Garland’s character name in Meet Me in St. Louis (my beloved hometown)
2. Scarlett: pretty, main character in Gone With the Wind, starts with an “S” (same letter as my first name)
3. Dahlia: flowery, exotic
4. Snow: pure, innocent, enchanting, nature-y, plus a nod to one of my favorite Disney Princesses (I’d want it for a middle name)
5. Eloise: reminds me of my grandmother (Louise), just like the way it sounds

shelly68 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 1:52 am

New Favs…






erin279 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 5:10 am

My favourites for girls are

1. Aurora – love the Princess association, but also the Northern Lights association. Such a beautiful name.

2. Poppy – quite popular here in the UK, but I have never met any. Love most flower names, but this ones my favourite.

3. Arabella – haven’t met any Arabella’s in the UK, think it’s beautiful and a great substitute for Isabella – which is ever-growing in popularity.

4. Madeleine – my sister’s name, but I have loved it for years.

5. Olivia – my middle name, very popular I know, also the name of my best friend, would definitely consider naming my child this, despite the popularity, just to honour my friend.

Other names I like:
Ella, Felicity, Ruby, Seraphina, Iris and Phoebe

AriaL Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 8:09 am

This was harder than I thought!

1. Gemma (Emmy) – My dad’s name is Jimmy and think this would be a cute way to honor him in a way!

2. Piper (Pippa) – I just love how fresh and spunky this sounds. I imagine a teenage girl playing soccer and also a women in her thirties who is the editor for a fashion magazine. LOVE.

3. Eloise (Lola) – I love French names. I feel Eloise is beautiful and leads to a fun, youthful nickname.

4. Maeve (Evie/Mae) – Simple but still so, so gorgeous. I love the way it looks and sounds.

5. Finley – This is a bit more unisex than I usually like, but I couldn’t help but make an exception for this name.

Honorable mentions: Harlow, Zoe, Matilda & Rosalie

spotlightstarlit Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 8:30 am

The top four are easy to summon:


It’s that elusive fifth name that gets me. I have plenty of names worthy to fill the spot– Isobel, Phoebe, Rose, Esther, Dinah, Helena, Jemima, Marigold, Tigerlily, Zinnia– but which one would I choose if I have a fifth girl?

I can narrow it down to four again:


Isobel is just stunning, but would it bother my girls to be named Elizabeth (Betsey) and Isobel (Belle)? Both are traditional versions of my darling grandmother’s name, Betty, so I hope not.

Tigerlily honors my mother, whose nickname is Tiger and who almost names me Lily. Tigerlily was the first character I ever played on stage and my first novel was influenced by PETER Pan. People say its wacky, but I’ve seen it cropping up on more NB lists in the last year. NN Tilly is perfect alongside her sisters.

Rose is the name I wanted when I was young and I still love it. A Doctor Who companion, the woman who represents the survivors of the Titanic in pop culture, the flower, the scent, “A Rose by any other name…” Rose is a dream of a name.

Helena, a name that means light, leads to my favorite nickname Lena, my favorite “sister” of the pants, a Shakespearean name, regal, classic and yet still unexpected, Bonham-Carter’s appellation, another name you can’t go wrong with.

And I honestly don’t know which I’d choose.

But for today…today…I’ll go with…

Tigerlily, because I’m missing my mom and Tilly really does cap off the sibset.

Gwendolyn “Dolly”
Elizabeth “Betsey”
Beatrix “Trixie”
Tigerlily “Tilly”
Zora “Zora-Jane”

Lee1981 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 9:15 am


nlane825 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 10:56 am

Nora Adelaide
Tessa Anne
Eleanor Genevieve
Genevieve Etta
Josephine Adele

My husband and I want mn’s to be family names so all of these have meaning

libermama Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 11:52 am

I’m due with my EIGHTH daughter this Sunday, and though I’ve got a good idea of what her name will be, I always keep my options open, in case the name doesn’t fit the new little stranger. 🙂

Here’s my list for this new little one:

1) Fiona
2) Saoirse
3) Phoebe
4) Jemima
5) Blythe

Middle name possibilities include Temple, Lillie, Carroll, Joann, and Joanna.

And, for fun, the names and ages of my other daughters:

1) Morganne Natalie (20yrs.)
2) Bonny Dianne (15 yrs.)
3) Dierdre Marie (12 yrs.)
4) MacKenna Elyse (8 yrs.)
5) Grayse Dawn (7 yrs.)
6) Avalon Noelle (5yrs.)
7) Eryn Mildred (3yrs.)

mulme944 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

1. Amity- has been my favorite name since childhood. I love its strength, simplicity, and lovely meaning (“friendship”). I also love that it stems from the Latin, as does my own first name.
2. Ada Scarlet- DH loves this one. As for me, I like Ada, but it’s a little too simple for my taste on its own. So I would use it as a double barreled name, paired with another name I love. I like Scarlet because it references scarlet cloth, and my life is all about sewing and textiles. It also honors my grandmother Charlotte.
3. Thisbe- how underused is this name! It’s sound is gorgeous and has a similar vibe to Phoebe. To me it’s a Shakespearean name that strikes the right balance between unusable and overly common. I prefer it pronounced as TIZ-bee.
4. Florence- honors a grandmother. It also has such a positive meaning. I would use the nickname Flora or possibly Flossie.
5. Dorothy- honors another grandmother. It’s fun to say aloud, gives lots of nicknames, and I think I would use Dolly as a pet name. I also like Doris, always have, but I think it’s image is still a little too clunky to actually use it in this generation. So Dorothy it is.

megan7410 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

I’ve been having a really hard time figuring out girls names. I’m just very newly preggo, and my hubby and I are already set on TWO different boy names. They are so perfect I highly doubt they’ll change.
But girls names? Please. It’s been killing me!
This is what I have so far, but seriously, this is probably going to change!
(in no particular order)
1. Coralee Georgiana – my husband’s middle name is Lee and I don’t like Coraline, but Coralee just has something to it. Also, DH absolutely hates Georgiana (George – ee – ahna) but I love it so much!
2. Sybil – I think my husband will never ever let me use this name, but I love love love LOVE it so much. Don’t have a middle name candidate yet
3. Elfine – middle name either Elizabeth or Anne. I don’t like Delphine or Delfine, just Elfine. Husband recently got sort of on board with this one, I’m just not sure I’m all the way there!
4. Minerva – no middle name yet. It is a family name, way back, which is cool. I love that it starts with an M and is definitely not one I’ve heard on a real person (you know… books excluded lol). Hubby again says… no.
5. Esme – I love this name, only problem is it’s a bit too popular for me (as in, it’s in the top 1000). But I think it’s just so classy and beautiful.

Runner’s up – Cordelia, Antonia, Rosalee, and Lavinia

zalazala Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 3:24 pm

First of all I love my name, Zoë. I think my parents did well to choose it for me. I love that it means “life” and that it’s not too common. I went to two different primary schools as a child, and I was the only Zoë in either of them. There were two others in my secondary school, which still isn’t many.

These are names I’d consider for a daughter, if I’m lucky enough to have one. I seem to like names ending in A a lot, maybe because my name has an EE sound at the end and I’d like there to be some contrast.

– Vita. I think it’s so sweet that it has the same meaning as my name, it’s a little way to bond them even though they’re so different. My niece is called Violet though, and so we’d probably end up with them both having Vee as a nickname. Teeny bit confusing.

– Laila. I just love the way it sounds. I prefer this spelling to Layla, somehow an “i” looks more grown-up than a “y” to me.

– Nola. Again, I just love the sound of it. I’ve never met anyone with this name, so I’m pretty sure a little Nola would feel quite individual, like I did as a child. I find it much prettier than Lola, which I just hear too much.

– Anina. This is one I’ve just started to really like. I think it sounds more lively than Anna, which is very pretty but is one that everybody knows. It’s a bit fiddly, having 3 syllables, but Anina could go by Nina or Annie as a nickname; I like Nina in particular. Plus it’s another unusual one, and I’ve never met an Anina.

I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s favourites! I love all the different styles around here.

Mia42 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Elsa- I love this name because of its meaning (pledged to god) and that it has German history plus I just like the sound of it.
Bridget- I love Bridget because of Saint Bridget and how cute the name is. Also I like its meaning strength or exalted one.
Eve- I love Eve because it so beautiful, simplistic, and it means life. Plus it’s from the Bible.
Hazel- I love Hazel because it is gorgeous and it’s a family name.
Josephine “Josie”- I also love Josephine because it’s a family name and it’s pretty.

everhart51410 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Lyralei (lie-ruh-lay) – a name that came to me in a dream… I adore it and hope to name a daughter this one day.

Tzipora – my guilty pleasure name… I love it and have no idea why.

Jezebel – for some reason I like the “bad girl” reputation this name has but my mother would literally die if I ever used it.

Lilith – I have loved this name since I was a child, however, I have a three syllable first name rule so I may never use it.

Saveika (suh-vay-kuh) – this is the surname of someone very important to me that seems like a beautiful unique girls name.

ilovenames89 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

1. Livia
2. Elorah
3. Junia
4. Genevieve
5. Cassia

katie_k9100 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 8:55 pm

1. Lucienne “Lucie”- my daughter
2. Emmanuelle “Ellie”
3. Coraline
4. Lorraine
5. Camilla

gabbygrace1915 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

1. Mary Alexandra
2. Hannah Ruth
3. Audrey Karoline
4. Olivia Rachel
5. Evelyn Hope

All middles plus Mary and Evelyn are honouring 😀

TdDzwife Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

1. Olivia
2. Violet
3. Isadora
4. Emmeline
5. Marley

Although, if you ask me tomorrow they will probably change.

explorach1 Says:

April 17th, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Dahlia- nn Dolly
Muriel- nn Muirie
Matilda- nn Tilda

Oh, and Ivy, Cara, Chloe, Olivia, Helena…
Narrowing then down is hard!

lalala__lauren Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 12:39 am


With runners up:

encore Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 1:02 am

1. Linnea
2. Stella
3. Anastasia
4. Tessa
5. Cheyenne

scientisms Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 2:02 am

1. Jasper (nn Jazz)
2. Djuna
3. Nevada
4. Rhiannon
5. Neoma (means new moon)

Honourable mentions: Freya, Saskia, Magdalena, Salem, Phaedra, Euphemia.

Erinm Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 7:15 am


hermioneameliastyles Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 7:24 am

1. Ella
2. Amelia
3. Hermione
4. Isabella (Bella)
5. Madeline (Maddie)

rainierloner Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 8:41 am

I spent a lot of time thinking and adding and eliminating my list of top girls’ names, and here it is:

1. Adelaide
2. Phoebe
3. Felicity
4. Charlotte
5. Imogen

The honorable mentions go to Hazel, Maeve, Emmeline, Josephine, and Beatrice.

MillieMM Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 9:15 am

1) Rose
2) Elsa
3) Alexandra “Allie”
4) Arianna “Annie”
5) Adelaide “Addie

DotDraper Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 9:57 am

1. Philippa
2. Margot or Marguerite
3. Beatrix
4. Imogen
5. Josephine

jamee29 Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 10:45 am

1. Juliette
2. Colletta
3. Francine
4. Nicolette
5. Delphine

asray416 Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 11:22 am

1. Amelia–middle name–Simone
2. Henley–we love this because its a throwback to my maiden name (Henretty) and my husbands middle name (Lee) (middle name–Blair)
3. Ixora–our favorite band, Copeland, just named their new album this and we thought it sounded different and pretty. (middle name–Jade)
4. Vera–this was originally our #1 choice, but we still love the shortness of it.(middle name–Eisley)
5. Isla-again we like short names, but this one is soft!(middle name–Paige)

22belaine Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 12:50 pm

1. Delia
2. Jael
3. Sadie
4. Hadlie
5. Lyra

VeritySilver Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

1. Barbara-family name, and I’ve always liked it. I know most people would think otherwise though.

2. Alice-I just love it so much. It’s so pretty, and it fits an adult and a little girl.

3. Mattea-adaption of a male family name, plus it’s italian, and I’m italian, so it’s a heritage name too.

4. Mary-adaption of a namesake. Plus it’s not very common any more and it’s so beautiful

5. Renée-a relatives middle name.

jame1881 Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

1. Roisin
2. Louisa
3. Anwen
4. Melanie
5. Not sure…Violet, Eva, Nora…

s_lr Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

1. Lily- I have always loved this name but have shred away from it because of its popularity but its so lovely it’s just a minor detail I will have to overlook :-). It’s so fresh and youthful but still substantial. I also love Susanna, but prefer Lily over it any day.
2. Willa- I love the effortless balance between strength and gracefulness this name embodies. The meaning, “resolute protection,” is so badass. I also like that it seems somewhat familiar yet unique thanks to brother name Will/William.
3. Eilidh- Although this name brings up major pronunciation problems where I live, I can’t get over how much I love this name! Not only does it honor my heritage, it’s meaning, “bright, radiant,” is so ethereal and beautiful! I also love the vowel heavy phonetics Eilidh carries. This being said, I don’t think her name would do well in the States.
4. Cora- This is my mothers name and I absolutely love it. If I don’t use it as a middle name, it will definitely be used in the middle name spot! The meaning “maiden” isn’t my particular favorite, it just seems too flimsy. However, I think this name sounds much more grown up than some of my other favorites.
5. Pearl- This name has significance to me, as it honors my grandmother. I actually can appreciate the quiet, vintage vibe this name gives off, because I picture it on a loud ‘n proud woman. Although some say its clunky, I definitely think its a name the girl wears, it doesn’t wear the girl! (Does that make any sense?!) I am attracted to its simplicity and its femininity.

Some runner-ups include Jemma, Ruby, Roisin, and Posy.

cstarr4 Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Mary Jane

haileyhair Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 11:48 pm

1. Jubilee 2. Wren 3. Melody 4. Evangeline 5. Bellatrix. But I also like the names Shadow, Guinevere, Bernadette, Marlow, Corinne, Galadriel, Eowyn, and Marzia.

chi1127 Says:

April 18th, 2014 at 11:58 pm


nightpilgrim Says:

April 19th, 2014 at 12:51 am


Runners Up:
Fiorella, Marguerite, Juliana, Leona, Gwendolen

freddiethepink Says:

April 19th, 2014 at 5:26 am

1 Trudy
2 Tallulah
3 Antonia
4 Esmeralda
5 Winifred

MerryMooMoo Says:

April 19th, 2014 at 10:34 am

1) Avia

2) Asa

3) Ogien

4) River (Middle name Sirvat..)

5) Bhoomi

Runner ups are Rhys, Willa, Alessia and Daenerys. 🙂

tori101 Says:

April 19th, 2014 at 1:51 pm

I have loved reading through everyone’s favourites! So many swoon worthy choices.

My favourites always change especially with girls but at this precise moment they are

Rosalie (Rosalie Helena Jane) – she’s has a lovely fresh sound, feels light and screams femininity. I adore her nicknames Rose, Rosie, Rosa and Lee.

Eleanor (Eleanor Juliet Laura) – so many people have shown love for this choice (as well as the similar Elinor) she’s regal and classy. She also has a range of delightful nicknames such as Elle, Ellie, Ella, Laney, Lea. Eleanor is beautiful.

Cordelia (Cordelia Elizabeth Katie) – I love Cordelia; she’s intriguing, unusual, fresh has gorgeous Shakespearean connotations. Again I also love her nicknames Cordy, Cora, Delia and Lia.

Rowan (Rowan Filomena Ann) – I love the dusty southern vibe of this choice. This name seems to scream Louisiana and I love it!! Even though Rowan isn’t normally a choice I would use as you can tell from the likes of Rosalie & Cordelia I prefer very frilly Princess names, I just can’t stop loving this name.

Caroline (Caroline Alexandra Grace) – Number five was difficult to be honest. If I had five girls I wouldn’t use Caroline because in sibling sets I wouldn’t want each name to have their own initial, so I wouldn’t use Caroline and most likely use Ophelia or Evelyn. But Caroline does beat Ophelia & Evelyn today. She’s such a classic, sounds elegant, and similarly to Rowan has a southern vibe which I adore. I also love the nicknames Carrie, Carly, Caro etc.

: )

1soccer020 Says:

April 19th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I love names… a lot. As a writer, I like to have unique but wearable names, so I’m always looking. These are my current top fives.

No particular order:

Camilla (Milla/Millie)- This name is flowery but not TOO flowery. It’s unique and classic and has 3 cute nicknames. (Cammy is the third, I just prefer Milla and Millie.) It feels very wearable for all stages of the kid’s life.

Valerie- This name is another of my long-time faves. It is just beautiful sounding with a hint of retro. It makes me think of Springtime for some reason. I don’t know, but this one is just really pretty. It has a nickname too: Val.

Hazel- Hazel always felt kind of like an old-lady name until I read “The Fault In Our Stars”. Now, since I have a role model to link it to, I have broadened my horizons to include it. I believe it sounds like a practical, no-nonsense name with a nature-y definition. It is just a really lovely name all in all.

Olivia- A beautiful name for all types of women (from athelete to author to actress) with cute nicknames: Ollie, Liv, Via. It’s practical with a bit of flair. A little too popular for my usual taste, but a beautiful name all the same.

Lorraine- Odd pick compared to my previous ones, but it’s a cute retro name with a cute nickname: Lo or Rae/Ray/ or Rainey. It is not found very often in kids these days, but I think it’s totally a wonderful option that should be more popular than it is.

Honorable Mentions: Carlie, Stella, Kathryn, Isla, Lizbeth, Tegan/Teagan, Rosalie, and Lillian


1soccer020 Says:

April 19th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I love names… a lot. As a writer, I like to have unique but wearable names, so I’m always looking. These are my current top fives.

No particular order:

Camilla (Milla/Millie)- This name is flowery but not TOO flowery. It’s unique and classic and has 3 cute nicknames. (Cammy is the third, I just prefer Milla and Millie.) It feels very wearable for all stages of the kid’s life.

Valerie- This name is another of my long-time faves. It is just beautiful sounding with a hint of retro. It makes me think of Springtime for some reason. I don’t know, but this one is just really pretty. It has a nickname too: Val.

Hazel- Hazel always felt kind of like an old-lady name until I read “The Fault In Our Stars”. Now, since I have a role model to link it to, I have broadened my horizons to include it. I believe it sounds like a practical, no-nonsense name with a nature-y definition. It is just a really lovely name all in all.

Olivia- A beautiful name for all types of women (from athelete to author to actress) with cute nicknames: Ollie, Liv, Via. It’s practical with a bit of flair. A little too popular for my usual taste, but a beautiful name all the same.

Lorraine- Odd pick compared to my previous ones, but it’s a cute retro name with a cute nickname: Lo or Rae/Ray/ or Rainey. It is not found very often in kids these days, but I think it’s totally a wonderful option that should be more popular than it is.

Honorable Mentions: Carlie, Stella, Kathryn, Isla, Lizbeth, Tegan/Teagan, Rosalie, and Lillian


mallowd Says:

April 19th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Lovely names ladies and gents! Shout out @ella17 (I love Indigo and Freya) and @faithnamer (I love Luna, India, Meadow, and Echo)!
I like so many girls names but If I had to narrow it down to ones that have stood the test of time, the top five would be:
1. Isla has been a favorite of mine for a while, though I don’t like it’s jump in popularity, I still love saying it, it’s just so. darn. gorgeous!
2. Freya I think it’s fairly exotic, and overtly feminine sounding (along with the meaning)!
3. Tabitha it’s just cute and unusual
4. Lyra I have liked this since I saw The Golden Compass (I want to read the series) It’s absolutely spunky, and I have a love of “l” names
5. Seraphina same as Lyra, and just feminine sounding to me.

Recent contenders:
1. Winter so fresh and clean and brisk sounding, what’s not to love?!
2. Sparrow this one just sort of grew on me from a middle possibility to a first
3. Lark love the bird meaning, but also strong sounding, again w a “l”

katie_lou88 Says:

April 19th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Great blog topic! My family has a soft spot for French names, but I love anything frilly and feminine.

1. Francine (my daughter)
2. Briella
3. Colette
4. Allouette
5. Faustina

NaomiNY Says:

April 19th, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Top 5 first names:
Anna (AHN-nah)

Top 5 middle names:

frustratedauthor Says:

April 20th, 2014 at 12:22 am

I tend to like feminine names with spunky nicknames or vintage names.

Evangeline (Evie)
Susanna (Sukey)

kora Says:

April 20th, 2014 at 3:23 am

1) Lena ♡
2) Adrianna
3) Melania
4) Kornelia/Kora- my name and nickname
5) Anastasia

joaneymak Says:

April 20th, 2014 at 8:48 am

Joan – my daughter

mbrow222 Says:

April 20th, 2014 at 4:18 pm


I know DH would veto at leastb3 if these tho

MollyGirl Says:

April 20th, 2014 at 4:23 pm

These are my favorites, sorry there are so many.

Hannah Mariam

Maya Elisabeth

Ilana Arielle

Eliza Danielle

Eva Abigail

Zelia Feya

Shayna Rebecca

Rachel Leah

Talia Sharon

SparkleNinja18 Says:

April 20th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Adalyn Faith- Not entirely sure where this name came into play in my life but it’s hands down my favorite! I think it’s origin for me comes from a little girl who was in my dance combo class that I student taught for was named Adeline (I believe it was add-uh-line but she never went by her full name, always Addy). I’m pretty sure she helped inspire my liking for the name. At first I liked it spelled Adelyn but now I much prefer Adalyn.

Brooklyn Ruth- I’ve had a crush on this name since I was in sixth grade. It wasn’t until I met a little girl (another one of my students) named Brooklyn who was the sweetest little thing ever to walk that I really grew into it. It just kills me how many people see this name as being tacky though, because I don’t see it. I also dislike Brooke because the only Brooke I really associate with right now is really mean! Ruth is a family name, my mom’s middle name and my grandma’s aunt who practically raised her alongside my great-grandma.

Lila- I don’t have a set middle name for this, it changes everyday. I love Lila because it has so much meaning to me and it’s super cute! It works for a sweet little girl (or a rebel) and an adult. Lila was the name of my first jazz dance teacher and my first competition team for dance instructor. I just hate how popular it’s becoming next to Lily!

Avery Laurel- This has never been masculine in any way to me, actually very feminine. I am currently a freshman in high school in the U.S. and I have never met any boy named Avery. When I was in elementary school, I knew two girls named Avery. In library, when we read “Charlotte’s Web”, I was shocked to discover that Fern’s older brother was named Avery. My first thought was “Why does that boy have a girl name?” I hate it for a boy but love it on a girl! I hate Ava though, it’s one of those “Ugh, this again?” names. Laurel is after my best friend Lauren.

Sadie Caroline- I only started liking this name after reading a book series with a badass girl with the name Sadie. I hate Sarah and have since at least elementary school but Sadie is spunky and fresh as opposed to Sarah which is overdone and boring. Now, granted, I know several decent Sarah’s but Sadie is more my forte. Caroline is my middle name and also honors my grandmas who are both named Carol. (Weird, right? Ready for your mind to be blown? Both my grandpas are named James nn Jim! I have two sets of grandparents named Jim and Carol:) )

Runners up:
Ryan Emmeline- Boy names on girls isn’t everyone’s favorite but I really love how fierce this name is on a girl!
Britton Grace- Too close to Brooklyn for siblings but I still love the uncommon part of this name as well as the boyish spunk.
Maeve Liliana- Short and sweet! I’ve loved this since meeting a girl on my sister’s soccer team with this name. She was just the sweetest thing 🙂
Cadence- I love how sweet and melodic this name is. No middle name is decided but I really love this!

aranciaincinta Says:

April 20th, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Emmaline Lily – my sweet daughter’s name. Emmaline & Emma were in the family tree, but DH and I settled on the former for its beauty and uniqueness.

Phoebe Joy – Phoebe is a mutual favorite for me & DH for its Biblical origin, meaning, sound, and rareness (we don’t know any). Joy is my sister’s mn

Esther Rose – hubby’s favorite first name and a mn we loved for a first name but feel it’s too popular.

Beatrix Clair – Beatrice is a family name, but too old lady for me. Clair without the “e” for Debussy’s gorgeous piano solo (which DH wooed me with back in the day).

Chloe June – The most popular name on my list, but DH loves the name Chloe and so I figure if he were to have me + 5 other girls in the house to please, why not humor him???? June is our anniversary month and I think it’s a great oldie worth bringing back.

Others high on my list: Genevieve, Eloise, Ruby, Florence (Flora), Amelia, and Sage.

shelly68 Says:

April 21st, 2014 at 12:32 am

Eden Rosalioe

Emberlynn Dove

Phoebe Ildri

Jacinth Celeste

CharlotteDove1107 Says:

April 21st, 2014 at 12:14 pm

London Walker Rose
Harlow Winter
Locklyn Anna James
Noa Evangeline
Islay Walker Rose

(Anna is a family name, and James Walker is my late father)

tintri Says:

April 21st, 2014 at 9:25 pm


Runners up: Susannah, Marceline, May, Iris

Anana Says:

April 21st, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Louisa (nickname Lou)

fflurdelis Says:

April 22nd, 2014 at 10:57 am

Ruby-Tuesday (love the Beatles:) ) Leilah Megane(Opera star) Lia-Marie Amy Louisa( family names) Jasmine Ezara( Ezara means little treasure in hebrew) Runners up: Saffron(nn Saffy), Lula, Posy, Mila, Tallulah(nn Tallie) 🙂

erin2882 Says:

April 22nd, 2014 at 10:59 am

Genevieve Claire (daughter)
Caroline Eve
Juliette Nova
Colette Elizabeth
Madeline Jo

I guess I like french names 🙂

fflurdelis Says:

April 22nd, 2014 at 5:27 pm

*i meant the rolling stones oops

mln Says:

April 22nd, 2014 at 7:14 pm

1. Elizabeth — a family name, my daughter’s name
2. Anne — my daughter’s middle name
3. Catherine — so beautiful and classic
4. Margaret
5. Claire

Netta5187 Says:

April 22nd, 2014 at 11:10 pm

Penelope – classy and familiar, but not overused. It’s also Greek, which is where my Great-Grandfather is from.
Francesca – I have some Italian Ancestry too, and I really like how classy and sophisticated this name sounds. It also has strength in it.
Charlotte – Vey dainty and delicate sounding. A little overused, but would be really fitting as a middle name.
Arabella – Very sophisticated and feminine. It’s one of the rarer ‘bella names.
Tabitha – Really cool and retro, elegant name.

chellemma1 Says:

April 23rd, 2014 at 2:45 am

1. Catherine – my favourite name since I was much younger, also my granny’s name which makes me like it even more. It’s strong and classic and I think it would fit any kind of girl or woman.

2. Serena – It’s so pretty and feminine, I like that it will be familiar to most people but it’s not at all popular.

3. Eve – So classic and understated.

4. Clara – I started to like it because of the character in Dr Who but also Clara was a character in my favourite book as a child, Heidi.

5. Faye – I love it’s simplicity and it’s vintage feel.

Runners up: Lena, Paulina, Tessa, Jemima, Sheena, Christina, Diana

jessiemay Says:

April 23rd, 2014 at 7:07 am

Boheme- I just can’t shake it! It’s unusual, musical, wild, strong yet gentle and feminine… I love it. Bo is super cute also.
Nico- I love girls names that end in O for some reason. This one is so sweet and quirky.
Quinn- Short and sweet and perfect for any age I think.
Rumi- Well, I LOVE the poet Rumi, and I love how uncommon and mystical this sounds. Nickname Rue is gorgeous.
Dylan- I love the boyish charm of this one, and the Bob Dylan reference.

Runners up: Effie, Amaya, Sofia, Ever, Luca, Wren, Olive.

Leonoraa Says:

April 23rd, 2014 at 7:24 am

1. Josephina – The swedish form of Josephine. I really love this name, it’s classic and timeless but still unique
2. Lily/ Lillie – Can’t decide which spelling I like the most. I know it’s sooo polular right now, but I find it so beautiful.
3.Wilhelmina – Unusual, but still not made up and strange. Very elegant.
4. Victoria – Classic and strong, without beeing boring. But it’s quite used, so I probably won’t use this as first name.
5. Isabel/Isabelle – Beautiful and feminine

Runners up: Mabel, Anastasia, Adelé, Gwendolen, Leopoldiné, Antoinette, Elisé, Madeleine and Ophelia.

fairchild Says:

April 23rd, 2014 at 8:52 am

Constance “Connie”
Helena “Nell”
Matilda “Tilly”
Marguerite “Mae”
Rosemary “Romy”

I think they really all have the same great qualities going for them: a strong womanly name with a fun and sweet nickname. The meanings are great, they look pretty on paper and are lovely to pronounce.

Runners up: Jemima, Magdalena, Miriam, Rosalind, Temperance

senseandsensibility Says:

April 23rd, 2014 at 10:27 am

My list changes in every few months (except number one):
1. Berengaria Christina (hope that Berengaria will NEVER become popular, either in US or Europe!). Berengaria – a maid of a bear spear; Christina – after my beloved grandmother;
2. Franciszka Josephine – or Francesca to make it more international (or Frances or Francis) – after my great grandmother; Josephine – the french sound is just so romantic;
3. Florence Margaret – Florence is so beautiful, can use sweet ‘Flo’ as a nickname; Margaret is form of my mother’s name – meaning ‘pearl’;
4. Cecilia Eleonora – Cecilia is really romantic; Eleonora (or Elinor) sticks for me with an XVIII – century lady;
5. Valerie Leonarda – Valerie – it’s just beautiful, and besides it’s a main character in Red Riding Hood, as a nickname would use ‘Val’; Leonarda is german-based, and medieval.

I used to love Lena for, like 10 years, but it became extremely popular in my area 🙁 I’ve changed it for Lana, but it is hard to pronounce correctly as not all of my family speak English.
I know it’s 10 instead of 5, but couldn’t help myself 😉

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megzrulz57 Says:

April 23rd, 2014 at 2:29 pm

1. Iris – After the Goo Goo Dolls song aka my favorite song EVER
2. Jane – So in love with this classic name
3. Delaney – Cute name for a little girl
4. Layla – same as number 3
5. Eleanor – I’ve always liked my middle name more than my first name

Runner Ups
1. Arielle
2. Alaska (probably wouldn’t use this one)
3. Hazel
4. Delilah

zimarielee Says:

April 23rd, 2014 at 2:42 pm

1. Zion, my own name, holds a lot of importance to me
2. Joslyn, ever since I seen A Knights Tale with Heath Ledger I loved that name, I think it’s so pretty
3. Eden, no idea it just sounds so beautiful
4. Noah, it’s different and people would get just as surprised
5. Lilia, meaning lily, which are known as pure and perfection
6. Aurora, reminds me of the northern lights which are also beautiful

jc54 Says:

April 23rd, 2014 at 3:31 pm

1. Cameo (nn Cami) My grand daughter
2. Piper – My niece’s name
3. Francine – My future sister-in-law (Frankie)
4. Tessa – My future grand daughter
5. Millicent – Just adorable and a great, great grandmother

can90 Says:

April 23rd, 2014 at 4:56 pm

1. Adeline – with the long ee ending as the French say
2. Penelope – nn Penny
3. Francine (my little niece’s name) nn Cici
4. Evangelina – again with the long ee ending – nn Lena
5. Caroline (a little girl that I babysit)

I love ine endings with the long ee sound!

mrs_v Says:

April 23rd, 2014 at 7:29 pm

1. Anastasia – my FAVORITE but my DH HATES it.
2. Scarlet – classic/ sounds very feminine and lovely
3. Vivien -another classic
4. Evelyn – I don’t know what it is about this name it just strikes me as simple and lovely
5. Alice – cute

I also really like Cora and Margaret. They are very classic but don’t feel to old ladyish.

evergreen Says:

April 23rd, 2014 at 8:51 pm


auntanne1122 Says:

April 24th, 2014 at 9:35 am

1. Sophia – Love it even though it’s so popular!
2. Willow – So soft and fresh!
3. Francine – So vintage and just plain cute!
4. Ava – A class all its own!
5. Elizabeth – A true classic with so many cute nn’s!

malo244980 Says:

April 24th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

1. Ainsley
4. Hadley
5. Rella (family name)
And then there is Iliana, Sansa, Brynn,Gentry, and Teagan

alparado Says:

April 24th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

1. Daphne
2. Roxanne
3. Eliot
4. Fiona
5. Reagan

Heleen Says:

April 25th, 2014 at 5:08 am

1. Léa
2. Filou
3. Anna
4. Esmé (or Esmée)
5. Lucie

junebabie Says:

April 25th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

1. Cordelia – I’ve always thought it sounds regal & romantic (& Shakespearean!). kind of sad that it seems to be rapidly gaining popularity.
2. Rosie – not super original, but so simple & beautiful!
3. Arwen – a long-time favourite because of its whimsical sound & meaning; “noble maiden.”
4. Tamsin – I think it’s unique & spunky, but still feminine.
5. Evie (short for something more elegant, like Evelyna) – a cute, girly “nickname”; I’ve always liked names with “v” in them.

so hard to pick just five! here are my runners-up:
Leonie, Meadow, Desdemona “Desi”, Tabitha, Zipporah, Roxanne “Roxy”

ashleymarie521 Says:

April 25th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

1. Madeleine
2. Emmeline
3. Eloise
4. Annabelle
5. Julianna

nativoyoung Says:

April 26th, 2014 at 1:01 am

Miriam (oldest daughter)
Emeline (second daughter)
Harriet (third daughter)

Flannery (for baby on the way if it is a girl–but, sadly, my hubby hates it and I have no other girl names that I love)

If I had to pick a fifth: Vivian, Hyacinth, or Lavinia

VioletJune Says:

April 26th, 2014 at 3:01 am

1. Evelyn Kate (daughter)
2. Sylvie Elaine
3. Mary Jane
4. Vivian Anne
5. Hazel Taline

filiaregis Says:

April 28th, 2014 at 10:14 am

1. Ingrid Ruby – 1st daughter, twin
2. Erica Noelle – 2nd daughter, twin
3. Helena Matilde
4. Anouk Lisbeth
5. Maxima Juliette

rheannahb Says:

April 29th, 2014 at 10:45 am

This is a tough one as I am expecting my third girl.

DD1 is Charlotte Kathryn
DD2 is Maia Irene

Top 5 for number 3 are currently (in no particular order):
1. Johannah
2. Audrey
3. Veronica
4. Victoria
5. Elizabeth

I also love Beatrice but my husband hates it. I might also consider Hannah instead of Johannah but I don’t know…

STLmama225 Says:

April 29th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

This is way too hard and my list is always changing but…

Susannah “Zuzu” (my baby in Heaven)
Charlotte “Lottie”

Runners up: Annabel, Jane, Josephine, Elizabeth, Matilda, Tabitha, Esme

kittykate928 Says:

April 30th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

1. Fiona
2. Bethany “Beth”
3. Elizabeth “Lizzie”
4. Beatrice “Tris” or “Bea” (Love them both)
5. Eliza or Elise “Ellie”
And because it’s way too hard to only pick 5:
Runners Up: Charlotte “Charlie”, Ellena (Pronounced Ell-in-ah), Elinor, Madeline “Maddie”

marshmallow1207 Says:

April 30th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

1. Remi Olivia (A lot of people argue that this can’t be a girl name, but I like it for a girl. I also like Emmy Olivia.)
2. Brynn Bellamy (I don’t normally like name combos that start with the same letter, but I adore the flow of this.)
3. Isla Sage (Two of my favorite names of all time, mixed with honoring family, and it’s pretty perfect.)
4. Lorelei Mabel (I know a little girl on instagram with this name and I am totally smitten.)
5. Charlee Faye (Charlie is way too common now for a girl name, but I do love it. )

And I have a soft spot for Everly Iris, which is what my boyfriend really wants to name our future daughter.

SeraVera Says:

May 1st, 2014 at 8:35 pm


Oh my gosh, there are just so many…… I used to hate the name Dakota but it has grown on me……. After reading a book with the name Vivian in it, i instantly fell in love with it. I have always loved Bree, and oh! I forgot! I love the name June!

Mickie9 Says:

May 2nd, 2014 at 4:47 pm

1. Eloise
2. Camille
3. Sophie-Anne
4. Jasmine
5. Amelie

mountainsky Says:

May 3rd, 2014 at 9:56 pm

1. Imogen
2. Bryony
3. Claudia
4. Minerva
5. Oona
6. Althea

**in no particular order**

Schickler Says:

May 6th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

I’m really enjoying reading this list. So many of my very favourite names appear. My Top 5 Girl Names changed from when I was daydreaming to when I actually had to consider things like surname, popularity, kids/people I know, aging well. My daughter’s name was never on my list, but it suits her and we love it (it does appear above but not too many times so I’m happy.)

So my Top 5 Girl Names list will be the names I scribbled in my daydream notebook years ago 🙂
1. Lily
2. Beatrice
3. Genvieve
4. Holly
5. Delilah

ToNameAFlutist Says:

May 6th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

1. Ashima
2. Caitlin
3. Brooke
4. Galina
5. Natalie

What percentage of these names are well-known rock climbers’ names?

ashschneider86 Says:

May 6th, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Libby (my daughter’s name)

ladyglitterati Says:

May 6th, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Niamh- Such a pretty-looking name, and with a great meaning too!

Evangeline- It sounds like a much more refined, elegant version of Angela or Angeline

Nora- This would be the perfect middle-name complement to Evangeline, or you could make this short for Lenora or Elinora or something like that. Either way, sounds very modern but fun.

Vera- Just very intelligent and sharp-sounding.

Coraline- Like Evangeline.

Koshka Says:

May 11th, 2014 at 11:51 am

1. Katya
2. Karamel
3. Misty
4. Anna
5. Storm

mommax2 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 9:31 am

Favorite names I wouldn’t use for different reasons

1-Talitha this was my great grandmas name and its my cousin’s name. She goes by Ty.

2-Audrey after my favorite actress, Audrey hepburn. I have a cousin with the name.

3.Poppy I have a friend with a two year old named Poppy.

4-Aubrie My grandpa’s name but I think its more feminine.

5- Abby too popular

Five favorites I would use or have used

1-Dara (my daughter)

2-Alabama I love place names!

3-indianna I prefer this spelling



a few runners up include Georgia, Kolbie, Briar, Memphis, Charlie, Tuesday, January, Peony. I could go on for days!

timmay Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 8:36 pm

1. Lennox- Nox or Lenny as nn.
2. Micah- very pretty with mn Olive.
3. Aurora- nn is Rory, always had a thing for Irish names.
4. Blake- fun, interesting and good name for a tomboy.
5. Tatum- guilty pleasure of mine, not brave enough to use it though.

lcd1912 Says:

May 14th, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Girl names are hard for me…I really only have two that I LOVE:
1. Maeve Josephine
2. Violet Mairead
I also really like:
3. Isla Marie
4. Lilah Jane
but they wouldn’t work in the same sibset obviously
5. Lucy Kiera?

Skvleeuwen Says:

May 15th, 2014 at 8:36 am

These are my stand out three favourite names:
1. Mila
2. Indigo
3. Harper
After these, I couldn’t choose an order. Here are some other names that I really like:
Poppy, Ruby, Aria, Clea, Willow & Molly.

indiesummer Says:

May 17th, 2014 at 3:13 am

1. India
2. Willow (1 & 2 are a draw)
3. Shiloh
My newly kinda faves, but not like the above
4. Coco (husband would never allow this)
5. Skye
Other likes but too common or just not right for me: Lily, Harlow, Indiana, Lila, Harper, Luna

morgannalucia Says:

May 17th, 2014 at 6:53 am

In order:

1. Quinn
2. Audra
3. Rhiannon
4. Lilith
5. Adalin

I think if if I was to have a girl i’d probably name her Audra Quinn and call her Quinn, I just don’t like the way it sounds with middle names as a first.

numomma Says:

May 17th, 2014 at 8:04 am

1. Luciana (lulu or Luci for short)
2. Lucia
3. Milania
4. Chloe
5. Sofia

marshmallow1207 Says:

May 17th, 2014 at 9:16 am

1. Violet– Favorite since I was a child.

2. Remi– My boyfriend won’t okay this one, but he does like Emmy so I may settle for that.

3. Bellamy– The “Bella” trend with a little extra sound on the end. Very confused as to why this isn’t more popular, but glad it isn’t!

4. Hollis– I can just picture my little girl being a sweet little hiking, coffee drinking, movie buff, monogram-lover just like I am with this name.

5. Klara– It’s just a super sweet, classic name. I feel like it’s a “safe” name, you can’t go wrong. And I think the K makes it more exotic looking.

The almost-made-the-top-fives:
Fallyn, Vivienne, Brynn, Elliana, Everly, Carrigan, Lula, Norah, Lorelei. Too many names to choose from!

Fhalei Says:

May 17th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Valentina – Very romantic and feminine sounding.
Rochelle – My middle name.
Skylar – This name has a bit of spunk to it
Raina – I have loved this name since I was a child.
Valetta – My aunt’s name.

hjlily Says:

May 20th, 2014 at 9:49 am

Florence – favorite place on earth, very special to my boyfriend and I
Sienna – simple and beautiful
Ivy – short and sweet
Penelope – so many cute nickname options
Darcy – my favorite book is pride and prejudice

kitchi1 Says:

May 20th, 2014 at 6:32 pm

* Gladys – This was my great-grandmother’s name. Although I never met her, no one ever had anything bad to say about her. Incredibly nice, and funny, too. Also just love this name.
* Hazel – Ever since I first heard this name, its been one of my favorites. It’s my cousin’s name. I so badly want to use it as my stage name, but since it’s my cousin’s, I guess I shouldn’t.
* Agatha “Aggie” – I used to think this name was ugly, but I heard an Agnes at Hershey Park, and ever since then it has grown on me. I used Agatha for a sim, and fell in love with it, haha. Then, I used Aggie for a different sim, and loved that, too. Thinking of naming my future dog this!
* Hattie – As soon as I heard this, I fell in love, haha.
* Sally – Just like this name.

Thegratiana Says:

May 21st, 2014 at 9:14 am

1. Ada
2. Esme
3. Briony
4. Chelsea
5. Bonnie

Stitchingchica Says:

May 25th, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Ok, I’ve been struggling for months & I think this article has helped me figure out some names for my baby girl on the way! So fun to read.

Middle name: Christine. Long running middle name for my maternal grandma’s family, was my mother in laws first name (she died 1 year ago). Decided before we were pregnant.

First names (not yet approved/vetoed by DH)
1. Sophie (chic & classic, our son is named after his great great grandpa, this would give our daughter her great great grandma’s name (from different families)). Husband prefers Sophia but I think it’s too popular & overly princessy in comparison. Nn Soph.
2. Violet. DH think it sounds too much like violent.
3. Mae/Maeve/Maebel. That ae makes my Norwegian heart sing.
4. Solveig (pronounced Sol-vay). Will never use but again, Norwegian.
5. Brooke. Our safe name but probably will avoid using as our last name starts with a B.

Charlie, Emma, Elliot, Julia/Julianna (niece with that name already), Joanna, Caitlyn/Cate, Amelia

Chloe14 Says:

May 27th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

OMG I love to many names at the moment my top 5 would be:
1) Brenda – Its such a beautiful old-fashioned name and its a TV show character who I love.
2) Shannen – Its so stunning with this spelling variation. Its really popular over here in the UK and it’s a celebrity’s name that I love.
3) Heather – My dads dog who passed away (in memory of her) and a celebrity who I like with this name.
4) Carol-Anne – We both have the name Carol in the family and the same with Anne it’s a pretty name when you put them together and a movie character I like.
5) Saoirse – Its such a pretty Irish name and the name of a celebrity I like.

amf0224 Says:

July 6th, 2014 at 7:03 pm

I love SO many girls names its crazy. My favorite girl names list has 65 names! If I have to narrow it down…

1) Analeigh – I love love love this name so much! Its feminine and pretty. Ever since I was watching America’s Next Top Model and a contestant had this name, I just adored it. This is one of my favorite names!
2) Arabella – Arabella means yielding to prayer and has a Latin origin. Its so lovely and elegant; it has been well used in Britain. The name definitely grew on me, I now love the sound!
3) Lilliana – Oh, such an elaborate flower name! It has a beautiful sound and I prefer this spelling with the three L’s. I love Lily, but this is a more unique alternative.
4) Annabelle – Annabelle means loving and is the French version of Amabel. Its such a charming name and sounds a bit Southern. I love its sweet sound and its overall cuteness. Plus, an adorable little girl at my dance class has this name so I love it even more now!
5) Seraphina – Seraphina means ardent and fiery, so I think the meaning is pretty neat. I never thought I’d love this name and then I saw it on Nameberry! It just grew on me! This name was inspired by the highest ranking angels, and who wouldn’t want their daughter to be the best little angel!

Other names I love are Amanda because its my name of course, Celestia, Annabeth, Lily, Avery, Ariana, Aria, Carmindy, Elizabeth, Wren, Lila, Mirabelle, Mirabella, Annabella, Leila, Layla, Scarlett, Juliette, Sophia, Willow, Lillian, Hazel, Natalia, Ruby, Rosalie, Violet, Harmony, Ella, Clover, Clarissa, Larissa, Valentina, Annaliese, Anya, Caitlyn, Adania, Alice, Alessandra- See there’s just SO many names!

shi91 Says:

November 7th, 2014 at 5:11 pm

My list First and middle name

1. Hazel Elizabeth
2. Athena Rae
3. Dahlia Rose
4. Zara Nicole
5. Vera Josephine

Honorable Mentions that I still consider (Random Order)
Hazel Rose, Teal Sophia, Teal Victoria, Jade Olivia, Vera Juliet, Vera Cecily, Grey Elizabeth, Grey Alessandra

Jessyendofstory Says:

January 8th, 2016 at 7:10 pm

Natalie – Oldest daughters name
Everly – Youngest daughters name
Norah – I feel it’s too common
Aurora – Don’t think my husband likes
Kiera – My dogs name

lankfordbm Says:

January 8th, 2016 at 7:14 pm

1. Lucy (my great-aunt’s name. and I have an obsession with I Love Lucy)
2. Jane (I’m really into classic, old-timey names)
3. Elanor (I’m really into classic, old-timey names)
4. Charlotte ((I’m really into classic, old-timey names)
5. Ila (biblical – see the story of Noah)

I also love Esther and Ruth (both are biblical in origin and very classic!)

Raes_Of_Sunshine Says:

January 8th, 2016 at 7:21 pm

Top 5 Girl’s names:

1.) Seraphine – I have been nursing a major name crush on this French number since watching a movie about the life of French Primitive artist, Seraphine Louis.
2.) Agatha – I love the charm of this name. The meaning, Good Woman and the nickname, Hattie puts this one high on my list.
3.) Jemima – biblical, fun to say. “A” ending without being frilly.
4.) Emmeline – a beautiful, endearing, underused classic.
5.) Edith – This name has become a favorite of mine recently for similar reasons to Agatha. Underused classic with cute nickname potential: Edie and Eddie.

FionaHadley Says:

January 8th, 2016 at 9:20 pm

1. Lily
2. Rose
3. Beatrice
4. Felicity
5. Daphne

Autumn Skye Says:

November 16th, 2017 at 4:11 pm

I don’t have any order but here are my top five names.

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