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Bad Girl Names

  1. RebelHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Meaning:

      "rebel"
    • Description:

      Asking for trouble. Rebel Wilson is a hilarious Australian actress who puts a female spin on this contemporary badass baby name. Still, we think this name is truly gender neutral – though hardly neutral in any other way. Rebel is undoubtedly one of the edgiest girls' names starting with the letter R.
  2. YolandaHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish from Greek
    • Meaning:

      "violet flower"
    • Description:

      Yolanda conjures up visions of midcentury films like "Yolanda and the Thief," complete with gauzy veils, harem pants, and invisible navels. Iolanthe, with the first syllable pronounced the same as in Yolanda, is a softer version, but most modern parents would opt for the English Violet.
  3. ZuleikaHeart
    • Origin:

      Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "fair"
    • Description:

      Zuleika is a high-wire act of a name that might appeal to the intrepid baby namer, Like most 'Z'-starting girls' names, it projects a cool, strong aura, as exemplified by the character in Max Beerbohm's satirical 1910 novel, Zuleika Dobson, a heroine so gorgeous that the entire student body of Oxford University committed collective suicide at the sight of her.
  4. WilderHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name and surname
    • Description:

      The name Wilder is still used more than 90 percent of the time for boys, but it's being used quietly for girls too. Along with the rest of the Wild and Wiley family, it's one of the hottest baby names starting with W. Certainly giving your child of either gender such a, ahem, wilder name is setting them up for a certain kind of character and future.
  5. FuchsiaHeart
    • Origin:

      Plant and color name
    • Description:

      A plausible color name, it was chosen by the singer Sting as a middle name for his daughter, after a character in the Gormenghast fantasy trilogy, of which he's a big fan.
  6. SativaHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      If you live in a state where marijuana is legal (or maybe even if you don't), you might know that Sativa is one of the major strains of weed. And yes, 12 baby girls were named Sativa in the US in one recent year, versus 29 for Indica, the other strain. Sativa is said to produce a more energetic and creative effect, while Indica makes you feel calm and dreamy. Sativa is not a name you would choose if you envisioned your daughter going into law enforcement.
  7. IndicaHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "of India"
    • Description:

      The calming variety of marijuana, used as a baby name every year since 1992.
  8. CalamityHeart
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Description:

      Although this name literally means disaster, the use of Calamity as a descriptor of Martha Jane Cannery, aka Calamity Jane, was meant to signal that she was a good person to have in troubled times. Calamity Jane was well regarded as a frontierswoman and nurse, someone who was said to be extremely generous and compassionate to the sick and troubled.. Calamity's connection to the American West gives this a roguish name a sort of windswept charm about it. Indeed, the most controversial aspect of this name is its connection to the frontier wars that led to the dispossession of Native American peoples.
  9. BlazeHeart
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "fire"
    • Description:

      A hot name, though perhaps not in the sense you want for your baby. About 20 times as many boys as girls were named Blaze in one recent year, perhaps because it can be seen as a spelling variation of the classic male saint's name Blaise.
  10. DashHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      For a boy, Dash is usually short for Dashiell, but as a girl's name it just stands for energetic--and also the stores run by the Kardashian sisters..
  11. CayenneHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      Spicy.
  12. MadonnaHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "my lady"
    • Description:

      There's only one. Okay, two.
  13. EgyptHeart
    • Origin:

      Place-name
    • Description:

      Ever since Little Egypt practically invented the belly dance in the 1890s, this name has had a suggestive aura. Astonishingly, Egypt is now among the Top 1000 names for girls in the US. Cairo is a related option.
  14. DiabloHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "devil"
    • Description:

      Diablo Cody, self-named (she's really Brook Busey) screenwriter of Juno, singlehandedly helped popularize not just her heroine's name and her own but all o-ending names for girls. You don't need us to tell you that it takes a brave parent, in every way, to name a baby Diablo. Diablo is one of the Spanish baby names that diverges furthest from the well-paved camino.
  15. JazzHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      Musical choice that may be a short form of Jasmine or Jazlyn, or might stand on its own like this or as Jaz, the spelling used by tennis duo Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi.
  16. BohemiaHeart
    • Origin:

      Place or word name
    • Description:

      More a concept than a place -- or a name.
  17. FlameHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      Beware: Flame is the kind of name used by women named Fran when engaging in endeavors they'd just as soon their parents weren't aware of.
  18. FlairHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      Beware: extremely high pressure, high-expectation name.
  19. PistolHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name
    • Description:

      Pistol is one of the new names that entered the lexicon in the US in 2013, when it was given to nine babies of each gender. Call it an equal-opportunity badass baby name with an unfortunately violent image.
  20. BabeHeart
    • Origin:

      Word name or diminutive of Barbara
    • Description:

      You can call your baby "babe," but don't name her that.