Female Royalty Names

  1. Adela
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "noble"
    • Description:

      A vibrant variation of Adele, with a bit of extra flair from that "-a" ending. It could join the army of popular A girls' names, especially with its tie to the success of singer Adele.
  2. Adelais
    • Adele
      • Origin:

        French diminutive of Adelaide
      • Meaning:

        "noble, nobility"
      • Description:

        Credit the award-winning single-named British singer for taking the girls’ name Adele from a quiet semi-retirement back into currency. Adele reentered the US Top 1000 popular baby names in 2011 and has remained there ever since.
    • Alix
      • Origin:

        French
      • Meaning:

        "noble type"
      • Description:

        A chic and sassy French choice, popular in France but likely to be confused with the more prosaic Alex in English-speaking countries. Although sometimes used in the US as a variant spelling of Alex, the French name Alix actually derives from a medieval French form of the name Alice or Adelaide.
    • Amalia
      • Origin:

        German
      • Meaning:

        "work"
      • Description:

        Amalia is a widely cross-cultural name, heard from Italy to Romania, Germany to Scandinavia. The current heir to the Dutch throne is Princess Catharina-Amalia of Orange. It can be pronounced ah-MAH-lee-a or ah-mah-LEE-a.
    • Anabella
      • Origin:

        Spanish variation of Annabel
      • Meaning:

        "loving"
      • Description:

        We like all forms of this name—Annabel, Anabel, Annabelle, Anabela, and Annabella—so you decide how elaborate you want to get. Actress Sela Ward chose the Anabella spelling.
    • Artemisia
      • Origin:

        Greek, variation of Artemis
      • Description:

        You might think Artemisia is the feminine form of the name, but in fact the original Artemis is feminine too, the name of the Greek mythological goddess of the moon. Artemisia Gentileschi was an esteemed Italian Baroque painter, unusual in an era when not many women were acknowledged. Artemisia is also a genus of plants which include sagebrush and tarragon.
    • Bonne
      • Bona
        • Béla
          • Cleopatra
            • Origin:

              Greek
            • Meaning:

              "glory of the father"
            • Description:

              A royal name in ancient Egypt that's never quite made it to the modern world, though nickname Cleo is widely used. Other now-extinct Cleopatra diminutives, including Cleora and Cleola, achieved some popularity in the early 20th century when there was a crazy for all things Egypt-related as the ancient tombs were opened and artifacts displayed. In the US, Cleopatra became a popular silent film in 1917 starring Theda Bara.
          • Constance
            • Origin:

              English version of Latin Constantia
            • Meaning:

              "steadfastness"
            • Description:

              Constance is one of the more subtle of the virtue baby names, but still has quite a prim and proper image. One impediment to its revival has been the decidedly dated nickname Connie, though modern parents might well opt for using the strong and dignified name in full.
          • Cináeda
            • Drahomíra
              • Elvira
                • Origin:

                  Spanish
                • Meaning:

                  "white, fair"
                • Description:

                  Before there was the campy TV Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Elvira was the long-suffering wife of Don Juan, and remnants of those negative, gothic images still cling to it, though they are fading.

                  Other references include the romantic film Elvira Madigan, based on a real person, and the main ghostly character in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, as well as appearances in several operas.

              • Euphemia
                • Origin:

                  Greek
                • Meaning:

                  "fair speech"
                • Description:

                  Ancient martyr's name that, though not especially appealing, might still be mildly possible, especially for Anglophiles. It was widely used in early Scotland, but was overtaken by its nickname, Effie.
              • Fey
                • Origin:

                  Word name
                • Description:

                  Fey, for middle name purposes, could be thought of as a fey spelling of Fay. These days, however, Fey would be considered by most people to be honoring comedian Tina.
              • Furia
                • Germaine
                  • Origin:

                    French, feminine variation of Germain
                  • Description:

                    Linked to the early days of feminism via Germaine Greer, this saint's name feels neither French nor German enough.
                • Gisela