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Dutch Baby Names for Girls

Dutch Baby Names for Girls
Dutch girl names have historically been overlooked by American parents, but as the world of possible baby names expands, more parents may begin to embrace Dutch names for their daughters. One of the top Dutch names in the US is Noor — which also has separate Arabic roots — a diminutive of Eleonora.

Along with Noor, the most common Dutch names for girls in the US include Hanna, Johanna, and Esmée. The most popular Dutch girl names in the Netherlands include Evi, Saar, Lieke, and Lotte.

Also included on this list are names such as Tess, Liv, Fleur, and Maud, which have origins outside of the Netherlands yet rank among the country’s Top 100 baby names. See below for our lineup of fashionable Dutch baby names for girls.

Dutch Girl Names

VeraHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian
  • Meaning:

    "faith"
  • Description:

    Vera was the height of fashion in 1910, then was for a long time difficult to picture embroidered on a baby blanket. Now, though, it has come back into style along with other old-fashioned simple names such as Ada and Iris.

KikiHeart

  • Origin:

    French nickname and Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "double happiness"
  • Description:

    Kiki is one of the Coco-Gigi-Fifi-Lulu bohemian-type French nickname names from the turn of the last century, which have endless energy and sparkle. Artist Kiki Smith is its most well-known contemporary representative, and Kiki was the inspiring heroine of Zadie Smith's On Beauty. Kiki can be a nickname for any name beginning with the K sound, from Katherine to Christina to Kayla.

LanaHeart

  • Origin:

    English diminutive of Alana
  • Meaning:

    "rock or handsome"
  • Description:

    Popularized in the 1940s by Lana (born Judy) Turner, today Lana is synonymous with American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey. Although it has been rising steadily since the early 2000s, Lana still sits in the popularity "sweet spot" – familiar, but not overused. Simple, sleek and seamlessly international, it makes a great choice.

FleurHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "flower"
  • Description:

    Fleur is a generic, delicate flower name that emigrated into the English-speaking world when John Galsworthy bestowed it on one of the Forsytes in his celebrated saga. More recently, there was Fleur Delacour, a French witch and the Beauxbatons champion for the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter.

RomyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Rosemary, Roma, Romana, Romilly etc.
  • Description:

    Austrian actress Romy Schneider seemed to be the singular bearer of this international nickname name until it found new style currency in the past decade.

SaskiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch
  • Meaning:

    "Saxon"
  • Description:

    From the first time we saw the name Saskia attached to a portrait of Rembrandt's wife (her full name was Saakje van Uylenburgh, but she was always called Saskia), we have found it utterly charming and wondered why it hasn't attracted more fans In this country--she's appreciated by the Brits, who have moved her to Number 392. Saskia is one of those names that's been used in Europe since the Middle Ages, but has never crossed the ocean.

LivHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse
  • Meaning:

    "life"
  • Description:

    The fame of actress and Aerosmith daughter Liv Tyler helped to infuse life into this short but solid Scandinavian name that was chosen for her daughter by Julianne Moore.

LinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic; Latin diminutive
  • Meaning:

    "tender"
  • Description:

    This pretty, succinct Arabic name is also commonly used as a nickname for names like Carolina.

AnoukHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch and French variation of Anna
  • Meaning:

    "grace"
  • Description:

    Anouk, made famous by French actress Anouk Aimée, is a singular name with a lovely sound and a Bohemian feel. Anouk Aimée was born as Francoise, but adopted the first name of the character she played in her debut film.

TessHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Theresa
  • Meaning:

    "to harvest"
  • Description:

    With its solid Thomas Hardy background, Tess has a lot more substance, strength, and style than most single-syllable names, with an efficient yet relaxed image.

LaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Russian, diminutive of Larissa or Larisa
  • Meaning:

    "citadel"
  • Description:

    This is an alternative to Laura or Lauren made romantic by Dr Zhivago, and badass by video-game heroine Lara Croft.

DemiHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Demetria or Greek
  • Meaning:

    "half"
  • Description:

    Demi appeared in the US as a baby name thanks to a single celebrity, actress Demi Moore, who put it on the Top 1000 throughout the 1990s. As her star faded, so did the visibility of the name, though now it is rising again on its own steam. It's popular in Europe, too, especially in The Netherlands. Demi may be that unusual name that's launched by a celebrity and then maintains its visibility all by itself.

AyaHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "colorful, bird, sign"
  • Description:

    Simple names have their appeal, but Aya, barely more than a breath, maybe be too simple. It debuted on the US Top 1000 in 2012.

SennaHeart

  • Origin:

    Botanical name; Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "brightness"
  • Description:

    Senna is a flowering bush common in the tropics, with bright yellow flowers. In herbal medicine, Senna has gained some notice as the active ingredient in so-called "dieter's teas," which works mainly as a laxative. While that is a less-than-savory association, Senna has a pretty sound and is a fresh entry in the flourishing botanical names genus.

MajaHeart

  • Origin:

    German, Slovene, and Scandinavian form of Maya; also, Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "splendid"
  • Description:

    Whether you pronounce it my-a, ma-zha or ma-ha, Maja is an intriguing choice. Sometimes associated with Goya's famous painting "The Naked Maja." As a cognate of Maya, it's a Top 10 name in Slovenia and Sweden and is also popular in Germany and Norway.

JohannaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God is gracious"
  • Description:

    Johanna is the version of this name used in Holland, Germany, and Scandinavia. The extra h makes Johanna a slightly more dignified version of Joanna.

IsaHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "strong-willed"
  • Description:

    Isa is a name unto itself but might also be a short form of Isabel or Isadora. With the new popularity of Isabel and Isabella and even Bella, Isa may become more familiar.

FayHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "fairy"
  • Description:

    Fay, also spelled Faye, who had been napping quietly since the 1930's, has, like cousins May/Mae and Ray/Rae, sat up and started rubbing her eyes, ready for a mini-comeback, especially as a middle name. In 2014, Faye hopped back onto the US Top 1000, though Fay is used much more quietly as a first name.

ElinHeart

  • Origin:

    Swedish variation of Ellen
  • Description:

    The Elin variation makes an old favorite sleeker and more modern. Elin came to prominence via the ex-Mrs.Tiger Woods. It entered the US Top 1000 in 2010, though it's now in danger of dropping off.

MaudHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Matilda
  • Meaning:

    "battle-mighty"
  • Description:

    Maud, lacy and mauve-tinted, was wildly popular a hundred years ago, but has been rarely heard in the past fifty. Some stylish parents are starting to choose Maud again, especially as a middle. Maude is another spelling.

    As a British royal name, Maud was the daughter of the youngest daughter of King Edward VII and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, who went on to become Queen of Norway. As a lively young girl, she was given the boyish nickname of Harry.

ElkeHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch, German, and Frisian, diminutive of Adelheid
  • Meaning:

    "noble"
  • Description:

    Though she has long stood on her own, Elke has many longer cross-cultural connections, to the Dutch/German/Scandinavian Adelheid and Alice and the English Adelaide, as a feminine version of Elkanah and as a Yiddish form of Eleanor.

JunaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of June, month name
  • Description:

    Juna, a variation of the newly stylish month name June, was introduced in the U.S. by actor Bradford Anderson, who chose it for his daughter, whose middle name, Meredith, is the name of Anderson's New Hampshire hometown.

EleonoraHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, German, Dutch, and Polish variation of Eleanor
  • Description:

    Makes a serious name frilly and feminine, which, depending on your viewpoint, might be a good or a bad thing. In this case, we vote good.

BoHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse nickname ; "to live"
  • Meaning:

    "to live"
  • Description:

    This tiny but punchy name has multiple origins. It stands strong alone, but could be short for numerous names including Bonnie and Bodhi. In Mandarin Chinese, Bo means "wave".

SanneHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch, diminutive of Susanne
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Sanne is hugely popular in the Netherlands, but almost unknown here — which makes it an interesting prospect for the parent in search of an unusual name. Pronounced sah-na, Sanne is in keeping with the Dutch taste for nicknames plucked from the middle or end of a name vs. the beginning, such as Bas for Sebastien or Bram for Abram.

ElifHeart

  • Origin:

    Turkish and Arabic, first letter in the alphabet
  • Description:

    This is the Turkish form of Alif, the name of the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. Actor Natalie Portman gave another spelling to her son, Aleph. In Turkey, Elif is unisex but especially popular for girls – it's been a Top 5 choice there since the early 1990s. Elif can also mean "slender", from the Turkish phrase elif gibi, literally "shaped like Elif."

IlseHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch variation of Ilsa
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Pronounced with two syllables, as if spelled Ilsa, Ilse is popular in The Netherlands and may rise here with cousin Elsa.

BibiHeart

  • Origin:

    French, Persian, or diminutive of Bibiana
  • Meaning:

    "toy; delight; lady of the house; life"
  • Description:

    A spunky nickname name for parents with showbiz aspirations for their daughter.

LotteHeart

  • Origin:

    German, Scandinavian diminutive of Charlotte
  • Meaning:

    "free man"
  • Description:

    Lotte is a short form of Charlotte and a name used in its own right in Scandinavia as well as Dutch- and German-speaking countries. It’s unlikely to catch on in the US, where even Lottie hasn’t reached its full potential. Unisex Charlie will remain Charlotte’s nickname of choice for the foreseeable future.

FennaHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch and Frisian
  • Meaning:

    "peace"
  • Description:

    The vintage Fenna, an old lady name making a comeback in the Netherlands, originates in Friesland in the northern part of the country, where the Fries language is spoken. Rhyming with Jenna, it's both rare and familiar and could conceivably enjoy wider usage in the English-speaking world as well. Fenna is a Top 20 girls' name in the Netherlands.

HannaHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Hannah
  • Description:

    This simplified version is not nearly as popular as the original (it also destroys a perfectly good palindrome), and has been on the decline in recent years.

RomeeHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Romy, English, German, Dutch
  • Meaning:

    "rosemary"
  • Description:

    A variation of Romy often seen in the Netherlands. Dutch model Romee Strijd is a notable bearer.

MalouHeart

  • Origin:

    Combination of Mary and Lou
  • Meaning:

    "bitter; renowned warrior"
  • Description:

    This charming name, popular in France and the Netherlands, has not traveled to the U.S. yet but would make a modern way to honor grandma Mary or Louise, or as a perfect short form of Mary Louise. Or, with the growing fashion for nickname names, it can stand perfect well on its own. One of several similar variations — Lou, Lilou, Louane — in vogue in Europe.

MaritHeart

  • Origin:

    Aramaic
  • Meaning:

    "pearl"
  • Description:

    An unusual and straightforward name with an attractive Scandinavian accent; a royal name in Norway.

BrittHeart

  • Origin:

    Swedish, contracted form of Birgit
  • Meaning:

    "high goddess"
  • Description:

    Brisk but rather brittle. Britt Eklund was a Bond Girl in the 1974 The Man with the Golden Gun. Britt is a contracted form of Birgit, but be aware that it does come with the strong possibility of being confused with Bret/Brett—or as a shortening of Brittany.

NoviHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Nova, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "new"
  • Description:

    This Nova-offshoot is hot in the Netherlands, where it was recently one of the fastest-rising names of the year. It could eventually see great success in the US as well, however, it was only given to 14 American girls at last count.

LiseHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Elisabeth, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Lise is most often found in the U.S. as the second half of the hybrid name Annalise.

MiekeHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch variation of Marie
  • Meaning:

    "bitter"
  • Description:

    A Dutch version of Marie - this is a cute name that has potential.

LivaHeart

  • Origin:

    Danish
  • Meaning:

    "variant of Lifa"
  • Description:

    In old Norse mythology Lifa/Liva is one of only two people that are destined to survive Ragnarok (Nordic armageddon) and will therefore be the parents of a new race of man.

CatoHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch diminutive of Catharina
  • Description:

    Cato may have risen to new prominence in the English speaking world as an ancient Roman boys' name, popularized by The Hunger Games. But in the Netherlands, it's most widely used as a short form for Catharina and other forms of Katherine, ranking close to the Top 100, higher than any formal variation of the name. Cato for a girl is a cute idea and a fresh way to shorten the ubiquitous Catherine.

MadeliefHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch, '"daisy"
  • Meaning:

    "daisy"
  • Description:

    Madelief is an uncommon name but not unheard of in the Netherlands, where 123 girls were called Madelief in one recent year. With its soft sounds and similarities to all those "Madeleine" type names as well as names ending in "eef/eev" sounds (Aoife, Eve, Genevieve), Madelief has potential in English-speaking countries to be a fresh and pleasant change from Daisy, Margaret and Madeleine.

MetteHeart

  • Origin:

    Norse, variation of Margaret
  • Meaning:

    "pearl"
  • Description:

    This is a Scandinavian variant of Margaret, and is pronounced MEH-teh or MET, rhyming with jet.

JetHeart

  • Origin:

    Mineral and word name
  • Description:

    Though this may be thought of as a short form of the legitimate name Jetta, that one's gone to the cars. This sounds more modern if a bit supersonic. In the Netherlands, it's Number 149, originating as a short form of -ette ending names such as Henriette and Mariette.

SilkeHeart

  • Origin:

    German diminutive of Cecilia or Celia
  • Meaning:

    "blind one"
  • Description:

    Also spelled Zilke, Silke is a common short form for variations of Cecilia and Celia found in Germany. Pronunciation is silk-uh.

DaniqueHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Danica
  • Meaning:

    "morning star"
  • Description:

    This Danielle/Monique hybrid offers a new twist on an old favorite.

PuckHeart

  • Origin:

    Literary name
  • Description:

    Puck, the mischievous sprite of Shakespeare, is a unisex name given more often to girls in The Netherlands and is also the name of one of the moons of Uranus, discovered in 1985 and named Puck for the Shakespearean figure.

EsmeeHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Esme
  • Description:

    Esme and by extension Esmee have gotten more popular in the US in recent years, but that extra e can confuse an already-confusing pronunciation, especially if you start adding accents.
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