Lemon's "Elle" Picks

  1. Arabella
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "yielding to prayer"
    • Description:

      Arabella, lovely and elegant, has long been well used in Britain and finally made it onto the American list in 2005. Its meaning may also be interpreted as "beautiful," thanks to -bella.
  2. Ariella
    • Bellamy
      • Origin:

        English and Irish from French
      • Meaning:

        "fine friend"
      • Description:

        Bellamy is a surname name with an admirable meaning and upbeat rhythm, similar to jovial choices like Rafferty, Barnaby and Willoughby.
    • Christabel
      • Eloise
        • Estella
          • Fiorella
            • Gisela
              • Giselle
                • Origin:

                  German
                • Meaning:

                  "pledge, hostage"
                • Description:

                  Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen undoubtedly gave this name a boost. The French pronunciation (jiz-ELLE) gives it a more graceful, balletic, gazellelike feel.
              • Isabel
                • Origin:

                  Spanish variation of Elizabeth
                • Meaning:

                  "pledged to God"
                • Description:

                  Isabel derived from Elizabeth in southwest Europe during the Middle Ages. It was originally written as Elisabel, but the first syllable was dropped as it spread across the continent. In Spain and Portugal, Isabel and Elizabeth are considered to be variations of the same name, but they are treated as separate names in other European countries and the US.
              • Mariella
                • Origin:

                  Italian and Dutch diminutive of Maria
                • Meaning:

                  "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"
                • Description:

                  Lilting and nearly unknown here, with the currently popular ella ending, makes a good Marissa alternative.
              • Mirabelle
                • Origin:

                  French
                • Meaning:

                  "marvelous"
                • Description:

                  If you're looking for a fresher belle name than Isabelle, Mirabelle is lovely, and we also like the extra flourish of Mirabella. And if you want a nature tie, Mirabelle is also the name of a delicate French plum.
              • Nell
                • Origin:

                  English, diminutive of Helen, Eleanor, et al
                • Meaning:

                  "bright, shining one"
                • Description:

                  Nell, once a nickname for Helen, Ellen, or Eleanor, is a sweet old-fashioned charmer that is fashionably used today in its own right. While Nell is perfectly in tune with contemporary vintage name style, it hasn't taken off the way some of its sisters have and so maintains an air of distinction. Use Nell or Nellie as a short for any name from Eleanor to Penelope or just name her Nell.
              • Noella
                • Rosella
                  • Description:

                    Rosella can be seen as a nature name (a rosella is the name of a variety of beautiful Australian cockatoos and an Australian flower) or a diminutive version of Rose.
                • Rosabel