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Romantic Baby Names for Girls

There has been an upturn in the use of romantic baby names for girls in recent years -- think Isabella and Sophia. Some of these romantic baby names are classic, some are popular, but we're also including several names here that are more unusual. Here's a list of girls' names that have a romantic image and feel.

  • Juliana

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    Long common in Europe, the elegant and regal Juliana, also spelled with two n's, has invaded these shores, in tandem with the more classic Julia. There were several early Saint Julianas and Queen... Read More 

  • Juliet

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    One of the most romantic names, the lovely and stylish Juliet seems finally to have shaken off her limiting link to Romeo. In Shakespeare's play, it was Juliet who said "What's in a name?" ... Read More 

  • Kenna

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    Kenna is the Scottish version of Kendra, both of which are feminine versions of Kenneth. Used in the TV show Reign for one of the supporting characters.Read More 

  • Lara

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

    As a place name, Lara is a state in Venezuela.

    In mythology,... Read More 

  • Lilliana

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    While Lillian is the English version of this elaborated flower name and Liliana is the authentic Spanish or Portuguese spelling that's pronounced the same, Lilliana is a hybrid spelling that... Read More 

  • Lissa

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    Lissa might be an abbreviation of Melissa, but it's more substantial in its own right: Lissa is the name of a supreme mother goddess in African mythology and an Arabic symbol of rebirth. Read More 

  • Lucinda

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    Lucinda, an elaboration of Lucia created by Cervantes for his 1605 novel Don Quixote, is a pleasingly pretty alternative to Lucy. It was subsequently used by Moliere in his play The... Read More 

  • Magdalena

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    Magdalena is a pretty name forever associated with the fallen-yet-redeemed Mary Magdalen; often heard in the Hispanic community. But forward thinking parents are reviving Magdalena along with... Read More 

  • Maia

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    Maia is one of those light, ethereal girls' names with mystical overtones and mythical roots. In Greek legend, she was the fair-haired daughter of... Read More 

  • Mariella

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    Lilting and nearly unknown here, with the currently popular ella ending, makes a good Marissa alternative. Read More 

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