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Feminizations of Male Names

  1. AbeliaHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "sigh, breath"
    • Description:

      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 the trend for all names Adel- related.
  2. GiovannaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian, feminine variation of Giovanni
    • Description:

      Like Galilea and Livia, one of the Italian names that fashionable American parents—with or without Italian roots—have started to choose for their daughters. It has endured ups and downs since entering the popularity charts in 1991.
  3. PaulaHeart
    • Origin:

      Feminine variation of Paul
    • Meaning:

      "small"
    • Description:

      Paula still seems somewhat stuck in the era of duo Paul and Paula bopping out the song "Hey, Paula." Two pronunciations are possible—the English "PAW-la" and the Portuguese "POW-la."
  4. MartinaHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "warlike"
    • Description:

      Tennis-related name popular throughout Europe that's never caught fire here.
  5. MatteaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian, from Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "gift of God"
    • Description:

      This pretty, international feminization of Matthew was chosen by Mira Sorvino for her daughter, Mattea Angel. As the Spanish Mateo and the Italian Matteo become more popular for baby boys throughout Europe, the English-speaking world, and the Americas, Mattea is sure to get wider recognition. And as Theo and Thea have become fashionable names, Teo and Tea are rising too.
  6. FernandaHeart
    • Origin:

      Feminine variation of Fernando, Spanish and Portuguese version of German Ferdinand
    • Meaning:

      "bold voyager"
    • Description:

      Fernanda is very popular in the Latino community, with a lot more charm than its male counterpart. The standard nickname is Nanda, and variations include Ferdinanda and Fernandina.
  7. LovellaHeart
    • Origin:

      Feminine of Lovell
    • Meaning:

      "wolf"
    • Description:

      Lovella is most likely a feminine variation on Lovell, a surname. While it feels one of the invented-yet-antiquated girls' names, has the obvious attraction of containing the word "love" within it, as well as the opportunity to use "Ella" as nickname.
  8. NicolaHeart
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "people of victory"
    • Description:

      Nicola, an elegant Latinate feminization of Nicholas, has long been standard issue for English girls but for some reason has never voyaged across the Atlantic, which we consider a pity, especially as Nicole's standing has waned.
  9. PaulinaHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish, feminine variation of Paul
    • Meaning:

      "small"
    • Description:

      More stylish than either Paula or Pauline, it was given a glamour gloss by model Paulina Porizkova in the nineties.
  10. FredericaHeart
    • Origin:

      Feminine variation of Frederick
    • Meaning:

      "peaceful ruler,"
    • Description:

      Frederica is an interesting possibility for the parent unintimidated by its old-fashioned formality, and who can appreciate the vintage charm and verve lurking inside its stuffiness.
  11. MilanaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian
    • Meaning:

      "from Milan"
    • Description:

      This makes Milan sound like less of a place, more of a name.
  12. RafaelaHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish and Portuguese version of Hebrew Raphaela
    • Meaning:

      "God has healed"
    • Description:

      Spell it Rafaela (Spanish), Raffaella (Italian), Rafaela (German), or Raphaela (Hebrew), this is a euphonious and lovely name with a dark-eyed, long-flowing-haired image, which is, like Gabriella and Isabella, beginning to be drawn into the American mainstream.
  13. DanielaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian and Spanish feminine form of Daniel, Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "God is my judge"
    • Description:

      This Latinate feminine form of Daniel has ranked among the Top 300 girls' names in the US for more than 30 years.
  14. LudovicaHeart
    • Origin:

      Italian, feminine variation of Ludovic
    • Meaning:

      "famous in war"
    • Description:

      This Olde World name with a large measure of European style makes an offbeat possibility for the bold baby namer in search of interesting Italian names for girls. Currently very popular in its native Italy, Ludovica is an unusual path to all the great Lu nicknames, like Lulu and Lula.
  15. EugenieHeart
    • Origin:

      French form of Eugenia, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "wellborn"
    • Description:

      Eugenie enjoyed a major dusting off when Fergie and Prince Andrew chose it for their daughter, restoring a patina of royal sheen it hadn't had since the time of Napoleon III's glamorous empress--who spent much of her life in England. It was also borne by Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, after whom Prince Andrew's younger daughter was named.
  16. CharleneHeart
    • Origin:

      Variation of Caroline or Charlotte, feminine form of Charles
    • Meaning:

      "free man"
    • Description:

      Charlene is a Charlotte variation that, along with similar names like Arlene and Marlene, spiked in popularity in the 1940s and fifties, reaching a high of Number 100 in 1949. Most parents today would prefer one of the note classic versions -- or even nickname Charlie.
  17. EmmanuelleHeart
    • Origin:

      French, feminine variation of Emanuel
    • Meaning:

      "God is with us"
    • Description:

      The female version of Emanuel could become more prominent, though for some it still carries a steamy image dating back to a then sensationally erotic French film. Singer and Shameless star Emmy Rossum's full name is Emmanuelle.
  18. EdwinaHeart
    • Origin:

      Feminine variation of Edwin
    • Meaning:

      "wealthy friend"
    • Description:

      Edwina may still be taking tea in the parlor, but we can see her joining friends like Matilda and Josephine for a comeback, especially if pronounced like Edwin rather than Edween.
  19. FaustineHeart
    • Origin:

      Latin, feminine variation of Faust
    • Meaning:

      "fortunate one"
    • Description:

      Faustine has a positive meaning, although the association with the character who sold his soul to the devil may be off-putting. This name is among the Top 100 girls' names in France, but was given to fewer than five baby girls in the US last year.
  20. NoeliaHeart
    • Origin:

      Spanish, feminine variation of Noel
    • Description:

      This name of an admired Puerto Rican pop singer has been picked up by hundreds of Hispanic parents.