Girl Names That Start With O
Girl names that start with O are highly fashionable right now, with attractive O-starting options like Olive, Opal, and Ophelia all rising rapidly up the popularity rankings, while still retaining their quirky charm.
O names for girls are particularly popular across the pond in Britain: along with current #1 girl name Olivia, other popular O-starting picks in the Top 1000 for England and Wales include sweet Scottish Orla, sassy Ottilie, and sophisticated Octavia.
In the US, O names remain relatively rare, with only Olive, Ophelia, Oakley and Oaklyn joining Olivia in the Top 500 girl names in recent years.
Along with Orla and Ottilie, other original O baby names for girls include chic French options Odette and Oceane, fresh nature names Onyx and Ochre, and geographical picks Odessa and Olympia.
Here, our full collection of girl names that start with O. You may also be interested in our lists of Boy Names That Start With O, Unisex Names That Start With O, or our full list of Baby Names That Start With O.
Description:Ophelia is a beautiful name that has long been hampered by the stigma of Hamlet's tragic heroine—for whom he seems to have invented the name—but more and more parents are beginning to put that association aside. There is also a gutsy Ophelia in Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 Uncle Tom's Cabin, which seems to have had some influence on baby namers at the time.
Origin:English, from Latin, nature name
Description:Though greatly overshadowed by the trendy Olivia, Olive has a quiet, subtle appeal of its own -- and is now enjoying a remarkable comeback. Olive is one of only four girl names starting with O on the US Top 1000. Cool couple Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen chose it for their daughter, reviving the name to stylishness, and now Drew Barrymore has a little Olive too, as has country singer Jake Owen.
Description:Octavia began as the Latin, then Victorian name for an eighth child. While there aren't many eighth children anymore, this ancient Roman name has real possibilities as a substitute for the overused Olivia; recommended for its combination of classical and musical overtones. It was chosen for his daughter by Kevin Sorbo.
Description:Opal is on the verge of a repolishing, following other jewel names like Ruby and Pearl. A Top 100 name during the first two decades of the twentieth century, the opalescent Opal has a good chance of coming back as another O-initial option.
Description:The Annie Oakley connection makes this a bit more girl-appropriate. Oakley has the dubious honor of belonging to the 'brand' names baby club- after the Oakley sunglasses. This name made it into the Top 1000 for the first time in 2013, one of only four girl names starting with O to rank that high. We're definitely keeping an eye on this chart-climbing choice.
Origin:American invented name
Description:Oaklyn is one of the oak-related names moving up the popularity charts, along with sister Oakley. The suffix lyn means lake in Welsh so you can think of this as meaning oak lake. The spelling Oaklynn is also found.
Origin:American invented name
Description:Many names relating to oak as in the tree are becoming more popular for baby girls, including Oaklynn, which may mean "oak lake" or may just be the tree name with the popular lynn suffix appended. Oaklyn is also found.
Origin:Variation of Oakley, English
Description:Oakley is one of the truest unisex names for babies, achieving a 56-44 gender distribution, favoring girls. Oaklee is 80% female and may serve as a clearer identification of sex, if that’s what you’re interested in.