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Cool Girl Names from Ancient Cultures

There are so many ancient names for girls -- from Rome and Byzantium, from Olde England and Germany -- that deserve to be unearthed in the interest of cool. Here's a selection of worthy ancient names, from a range of eras and places.

  • Abelia

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    This feminine form of Abel is also a flower name and makes a distinctive alternative to the widely used Abigail. There is a similar name, Adelia, that is beginning to be rediscovered thanks to... Read More 

  • Aeliana

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    This female form of the ancient Latin Aelian has an appealing sound, though kids might have a hard time handling that initial "ae" spelling. Just remember that the "ae" is pronounced "ee" (think... Read More 

  • Albia

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    A rarely heard ancient Latin names for girls that has a not-so-appealing brand name feel. Try Alba instead.Read More 

  • Amica

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    Amica is a word meaning girlfriend that is not often used as a name in Italy, but it would sound pretty and name-like elsewhere.Read More 

  • Annia

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    An ancient Roman name that has never made it into the modern world.Read More 

  • Aphra

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    Aphra would make an interesting choice-- especially since it's the name of the first professional female writer in English, the seventeenth century's Aphra Behn. Born in 1640, she was a prolific... Read More 

  • Aquilia

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    This and two other female forms -- AQUILA and AQUILINA -- of the Roman family name Aquilius might live on in modern times. Read More 

  • Argentia

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    A shimmery ancient Roman name that could still shine today. VARIATION: ARGENTARead More 

  • Arria

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    The name of a woman who played a dramatic role in ancient Roman legend, it seems quite slight for modern use. Variation: ARIARead More 

  • Atarah

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    This name of a minor character in the Old Testament, also spelled Atara, has a softly pleasing sound. In the Old Testament, Atarah was a descendant of Judah. Read More 

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