Ancient Girls 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.
    • Adelina
      • Origin:

        Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Slavic variation of Adeline
      • Meaning:

        "noble, nobility"
      • Description:

        Adelina is back in the Top 1000 after an absence of nearly a century, thanks to the meteoric rise of her sister name Adeline -- along with Adelaide, Adele, and Ada. Some parents choose Adelina because they want to get to cute vintage nickname Addie, but others favor it as a slightly more unusual form of this sweet vintage girls' name. A lot of attention was focused on it recently via the women's figure skating gold medal winner at the Sochi winter olympics--Adelina Sotnikova.

        While Adeline is usually pronounced in the U.S. with a long i in the last syllable, to rhyme with mine, Adelina is pronounced with the long e sound at the end, as in 'lee-na'.

    • Aeliana
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "sun"
      • Description:

        This female form of the ancient Latin Aelian has an appealing sound, though kids might have a hard time handling that initial "ae" spelling. Just remember that the "ae" is pronounced "ee" (think Aesop's fables).The Annals of Aeliana is a children's fantasy series by Ryan Watters. The meaning is uncertain but is thought to derive from the Greek helios, which means sun.
    • Aemilia
      • Origin:

        Roman
      • Meaning:

        "rival"
      • Description:

        Aemilia is the Ancient Roman spelling of the popular Emilia and family. With Emilia and Amelia so popular, this version, while authentic and attractive, will only create confusion without adding real distinction.
    • Aeron
      • Origin:

        Welsh
      • Description:

        Tolkien may have been inspired by this unisex name of a Celtic goddess of war. Welsh poet Dylan Thomas named his daughter the variation Aeronwy. With goddess names so hot for baby girls, this ethereal choice is one to consider.
    • Agathe
      • Origin:

        French variation of Agatha, Greek
      • Meaning:

        "good woman"
      • Description:

        Agathe is a hugely popular name in contemporary France, even if it's English-speaking counterparts have not yet warmed to the usual English version, Agatha. The French pronunciation is sure to trip up non-French speakers.
    • Aikaterine
      • Alba
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "white"
        • Description:

          Alba is quietly making a behind-the-scenes comeback, perhaps thanks to actress turned baby-product mogul Jessica Alba. Last on the Top 1000 a century ago, the name was given to nearly 200 baby girls in the US last year. Alba might be tomorrow's successor to Ava and Ella. In Spain, Alba ranks among the Top 20 girls' names. Alba is the name of a character in The Time Traveler's Wife.
      • Alda
        • Origin:

          German
        • Meaning:

          "wave"
        • Description:

          Alda's brother name Aldo has been a mainstay of the U.S. popularity chart for decades now, and the related Alden is soaring up as well. This version has never really caught on. (Maybe it's the association with Alan Alda: great actor, unlikely namesake for a little girl.) However, there is possible hope now that Alba and Alma are on the rise. Aida and Arden are more familiar alternatives.
      • Alexandra
        • Origin:

          Greek, feminine form of Alexander
        • Meaning:

          "defending men"
        • Description:

          Alexandra fell out of the Top 100 for the first time since 1983 in 2015 but is still a popular choice. Strong, tasteful, and elegant, Alexandra remains a chic modern classic with a solid historic pedigree.
      • 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.
      • Ambrosia
        • Origin:

          Latin, feminine form of Ambrose
        • Meaning:

          "Immortal"
        • Description:

          Ambrosia combines some of the more whimsical qualities of more popular Aurora and Isabella, with a heavenly meaning.
      • Amelia
        • Origin:

          German
        • Meaning:

          "work"
        • Description:

          Amelia is one of the hottest girls' names, a successor to the megapopular Emma and Emily. Amelia, which spent several years at Number 1 in England, is now comfortably ensconced in the US Top 10.
      • Amelina
        • Origin:

          Old German form of Emmeline and Amelia
        • Meaning:

          "work"
        • Description:

          Now that the range of names including the modern Emmeline and Amelia -- relatives of each other, but of neither Emily nor Emma -- has become so fashionable, the original root name Amelina is also due up for reconsideration. A lovely, delicate choice, its main disadvantage is that it sounds like a modern elaboration rather than the original name. And perhaps that it will be so often misspelled and mistaken for other forms of itself. But it is a lovely name with deep roots.
      • Anastasia
        • Origin:

          Greek, feminine variation of Anastasios
        • Meaning:

          "resurrection"
        • Description:

          Anastasia is the feminine form on Anastasius, a Greek name derived from the word anastasis, meaning "resurrection." It was a common name among early Christians, who often gave it to daughters born around Christmas or Easter. There are handful of saints named Anastasia, including the patron saint of weavers.
      • Aoife
        • Origin:

          Irish Gaelic
        • Meaning:

          "beautiful, radiant"
        • Description:

          Aoife, pronounced EE-fa, is derived from the Irish word aoibh, meaning "beauty." Aoife was borne by several different heroines of ancient Irish legend. In one tale, she was the fiercest woman warrior in the world and enemy of her twin sister, Scathach.
      • 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.
      • Asta
        • Origin:

          Norwegian
        • Meaning:

          "divine strength"
        • Description:

          This Scandinavian name was made famous in English-speaking countries as the name of the dog in the "Thin Man" series. Danish actress Asta Nielsen was another famous bearer. Asta can be considered as a short form of Astrid or Augusta.