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Elegant Alternatives to Charlotte

By Emma Waterhouse

Charlotte is one of the cool classic girl names currently rising rapidly up the popularity charts — it entered the US Top 10 in 2014, and then got a further big boost in 2015 thanks to the arrival of Great Britain's sweet Princess Charlotte. The elegant baby girl name Charlotte also ranks in the Top 10 in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Famous bearers of the name Charlotte from history and literature include Jane Eyre author Charlotte Brontë, Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth Bennet's level-headed best friend in Pride and Prejudice, and a kind and clever spider in E.B. White's Charlotte's Web.

Charlotte also appeals to parents looking for traditional baby names for girls, nickname-rich baby girl names, as well as strong girl names which are feminine, but not too frilly. If that's your style, but you'd prefer a slightly more uncommon baby girl name, this list is for you! Here is a selection of beautiful and unusual alternatives to Charlotte, which still share its classic and sophisticated appeal.

  • Adelaide

    Adelaide is now heading straight uphill on the coattails of such newly popular sisters as Ava, Ada, and Audrey, and in the company of Adeline and Amelia. It was chosen by actress Katherine Heigl... Read More 

  • Adele

    Credit the award-winning single-named British singer for taking the girls’ name Adele from a quiet semi-retirement back into currency. Adele... Read More 

  • Alexandra

    Alexandra, the feminine form of Alexander, fell out of the Top 100 for the first time since 1983 in 2015, but is still a popular choice. Strong, tasteful, and elegant, Alexandra maintains a chic... Read More 

  • Alice

    Alice is a classic literary name that's both strong and sweet, which got a big bounce via Tina Fey's choice of the name for her daughter. Alice has experienced a recent surge in popularity along... Read More 

  • Amelia

    Amelia is derived from the German name Amalia, which in turn is a variation of Amalberga. The root, amal, is a Germanic word meaning “work,” and in the context of female given names suggests... Read More 

  • Amelie

    Emily gets a Bohemian spin and a French accent when it becomes Amelie. This favorite among French girl names has been... Read More 

  • Annabel

    Annabel is a spirited name that embodies quirky British gentility, and is gaining increading favor in the U.S. in the wake of the mega-popular Isabel. Appearing in Scotland as early as the twelfth... Read More 

  • Arabella

    Arabella was used as a given name beginning in the 12th century with the birth of Arabella de Leuchars, granddaughter of William the Lion, King of Scotland. It is derived from the Latin... Read More 

  • Beatrice

    Beatrice is back. Stored in the attic for almost a century, the lovely Beatrice with its long literary (Shakespeare, Dante) and royal history is being looked at with fresh eyes by parents (such as... Read More 

  • Camille

    At one time just the sound of the name Camille could start people coughing, recalling the tragic Lady of the Camellias, the heroine played by Greta Garbo in the vintage film based on a... Read More 

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