European Girl Names
Origin:Variation of Fenna, Dutch and Frisian
Description:Fenne and its phonetic version Fenna are vintage names enjoying a resurgence in The Netherlands, where both make the girls' Top 100.
Origin:Diminutive of Josefien, Dutch variation of Josephine
Description:Fien is a popular enough girls' name to make the Top 100 in The Netherlands. Dutch parents love nickname-names taken from the last vs. the first syllable of a name, like Sanne for Susanne or Lotte for Charlotte.
Origin:Basque place name
Description:Leyre is an important name in Navarre, Spain, as it is both the name of a mountain and an ancient monastery. It is derived from the Basque Leire, of uncertain origins. Both spellings currently rank among the Top 100 baby names in Spain.
Description:The feminine version of the newly-stylish Roman -- and the longer form of the also-newly-stylish Romy -- would make a girls' choice that achieves that near-impossible balance of being both original and fashionable. This variation is far superior to Romaine, which is too lettuce-y.
Origin:Dutch variation of Sarah, Hebrew
Description:Saar is a very popular girls' name in The Netherlands, where it's an abbreviated form of Sarah. The Dutch feminine Saar, pronounced sahr, is distinct from the Hebrew place-name Saar used for boys in Israel.
Origin:German, short form of Josephine
Description:Finja Is a Josephine nickname that ranks among the Top 100 girl names in Germany.
Description:Hilma is heard in Germany and the Scandinavian countries, and sometimes used as a shortening of Wilhelmina--though there are more appealing German names for girls. to be found. Hilma Wolitzer is an American novelist and the mother of author Meg Wolitzer.
Description:The exact origins of Tiril remain a mystery, but it is generally considered to be a name from Norwegian poetry. The heroine of Johan Sebastian Cammermeyer’s fantastical poem “Lokkende Toner” is Tirilil Tove.
Origin:Italian variation of Benedicta, Latin
Description:The saintly Italian form of the saintly Latin Benedicta.
Origin:German and Scandinavian form of Ivo
Description:This unisex nature name ranks among the most popular girl names in Norway.
Origin:Scandinavian version of Marie or Mary
Description:Majken, which is related to Maiken and Maike, is a popular name in Sweden whose variations are used throughout Scandinavia as cooler forms of Mary. Majken is virtually unknown in the U.S. and probably not bound for emigration.
Description:Xanthipe, also spelled Xanthippe, is the name of the wife of Socrates. Challenging for English speakers, it's also dramatic and alluring.
Origin:Dutch short form of Benedicta, Latin
Description:Benthe is a popular Dutch abbreviation of the feminine for Benedict.
Origin:Spanish, feminine variation of Emmanuel
Meaning:"God is with us"
Description:Manuela is one feminine form that's more energetic than the male original, and is worth considering if you're seeking an easily assimilated Spanish name.
Origin:Scandinavian, feminine short form of Ole or Olaf
Description:Oline is an old school feminization of the classic Scandinavian Ole or Olaf that is still popular enough to rank among the Top 100 girl names in Norway.
Origin:Norse mythological name
Description:Siv, or sometimes Sif, was the name of Thor's wife and is popular in modern Scandinavia. In Norse mythology, Siv was the goddess of fertility and agriculture.
Origin:Diminutive of Christina
Description:Not-so-attractive short form of a lovely name.