Firsts -- Girls

This list includes favorites, likes, and guilty pleasures. Fifteen words blah blah blah blah blah.
  1. Adelaide
    • Origin:

      Variant of Adelheidis, German
    • Meaning:

      "noble, nobility"
    • Description:

      Adelaide is now heading straight uphill on the coattails of such newly popular sisters as Ava, Ada, and Audrey, and in the company of Adeline and Amelia. It was chosen by actress Katherine Heigl for the name of her second daughter.
  2. Adelie
    • Alana
      • Origin:

        Feminization of Alan, Irish; variation of Ilana, Hebrew; Gaelic; Hawaiian
      • Meaning:

        "handsome, rock; oak tree; child; awakening"
      • Description:

        Alana, in all its various spellings, was at one time reserved for daughters of dads named Alan, but is now much more widespread. It came into prominence via model/actress/celeb spouse Alana Hamilton Stewart.
    • Alara
      • Origin:

        Persian, Armenian, Turkish
      • Meaning:

        "water fairy"
      • Description:

        The name of a beautiful water fairy in Turkish mythology, who has the power to grant wishes and mend broken hearts. Alara is also a popular name in Armenia.
    • Amelie
      • Origin:

        French variation of Amelia
      • Meaning:

        "work"
      • Description:

        Emily gets a Bohemian spin and a French accent when it becomes Amelie. This favorite among French girl names has been gaining notice here thanks to the charming 2001 French film Amelie; it entered the American popularity list in 2002 and is now solidly established in the Top 1000.
    • Amethyst
      • Origin:

        Gem and Color name
      • Description:

        As flower names become more unique, so can gem names move beyond Ruby and Pearl to names like Topaz, Sapphire, and Peridot. Amethyst, the purple birthstone for February, has never been in the Top 1000, but could have some appeal, joining similarly-hued Violet and Lilac, all of which make great names for Aquarius babies or names for February babies.
    • Anara
      • Origin:

        Kazakh, Persian, and Hindi
      • Meaning:

        "pomegranate flower"
      • Description:

        Anara is a name that strikes a perfect balance between simple and unusual. It's easy to understand and pronounce for a Westerner, and yet it's highly distinctive, used for only 24 girls in the US in 2021. A recommended and unusual nature option.
    • Annelie
      • Annora
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "honor"
        • Description:

          Annora is a noble name, a distinctive twist on its most essential form: Honor. Other variations to explore include Honora and Nora.
      • Anwen
        • Origin:

          Welsh
        • Meaning:

          "very fair, beautiful"
        • Description:

          Anwen is one of the simplest and best of the classic Welsh girls' names, more unusual than Bronwen but with the same serene feel.
      • Arrow
        • Origin:

          Word name
        • Description:

          Names that have not historically been names are not intrinsically gendered, so though we originally pinned Arrow as a boys' name, both starbaby Arrows that have been born recently have been girls. And with Arrow given to 60 girls in the US in 2015 and 94 boys, we call that a pretty decidedly gender neutral name. With its forward-moving, true-landing imagery, Arrow is one of the new inspirational names.
      • Atarah
        • Origin:

          Hebrew
        • Meaning:

          "crown"
        • Description:

          This name of a minor character in the Old Testament, also spelled Atara, has a softly pleasing sound. In the Old Testament, Atarah was a descendant of Judah.
      • Athalie
        • Origin:

          Hebrew and French
        • Meaning:

          "God is praised"
        • Description:

          An interesting cousin of Natalie (the 'h' is silent) found in the Louisiana Cajun community, Athalie is the name of a tragedy by classic French playwright Racine.
      • Audra
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "noble strength"
        • Description:

          Used primarily in Scotland, and represented here by singer Audra McDonald, the girls' name Audra has been overshadowed by the return of the classic Audrey. Audra may be to Audrey what Jenna is to Jennifer and Jessa is to Jessica: A variation that will rise as the original falls from favor, which may take another decade.
      • Aura
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "soft breeze"
        • Description:

          Aura is a New Age-y word turned name turned contemporary slang for karm. In Greek and Roman mythology, Aura was the Titan of the breeze and the fresh, cool air of early morning. But at odds with her peaceful, well, aura, the mythological Aura is a tragic figure, ultimately transformed into a fountain by Zeus.
      • Auralee
        • Aurelie
          • Origin:

            French variation of Aurelia, Latin
          • Meaning:

            "the golden one"
          • Description:

            Aurelie is the delicate French variation of Aurelia, one of the most improbable popular names of recent years. Both versions of the name are lovely, but it might be difficult to insist that Americans pronounce Aurelie the attractive French way rather than like plain old orally.
        • Auriel
          • Origin:

            Latin
          • Meaning:

            "gold"
          • Description:

            Auriel is a Roman name that was revived during the nineteenth-century craze for unique names. Could make an interesting substitution for the popular Aurora or Ariel.
        • Aurora
          • Origin:

            Latin
          • Meaning:

            "dawn"
          • Description:

            The goddess name Aurora has consistently been on the US popularity list since the nineteenth century, but has really taken off in the past 30 years. Aurora also enjoys remarkable international popularity, ranking in the Top 100 throughout the English-speaking world as well as in Italy, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, and several other European and Latin American countries.
        • Autumn
          • Origin:

            Season name
          • Description:

            Crisp and colorful, Autumn is the most popular season name now -- the only one in the Top 100 in recent years -- with Autumn's coolness only surpassed by Winter. Jennifer Love Hewitt named her daughter Autumn James.