Girl Names for Baby #1!

  1. Adah
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "ornament"
    • Description:

      Adah is a biblical name twice over—one was the mother of Jabal and Jubal, the other was a wife of Esau. The latter Adah and Esau’s descendants settled in Edom and became the Edomites. Adah is unrelated to the visually similar name Ada, which is Germanic in origin.
  2. Ailsa
    • Origin:

      Scottish from Norse
    • Meaning:

      "elf victory"
    • Description:

      Ailsa is a traditional Scottish name for girls related to a rocky island in the Firth of Clyde called Ailsa Craig. It might make an interesting alternative to the outdated Ashley or overly popular Ella, and could also be thought of as a relative of Elizabeth or Elsa.
  3. Beatrix
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "she who brings happiness; blessed"
    • Description:

      Beatrix has a solid history of its own apart from Beatrice, with that final x adding a playful, animated note to the name's imposing history.
  4. Cora
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "maiden"
    • Description:

      Cora is a lovely, old-fashioned girls' that has been recently rejuvenated by its contemporary-feeling simplicity. In fact, Cora seemed headed straight for the top of the popularity list when the coronavirus pandemic somewhat weakened its appeal.
  5. Coraline
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Coral
    • Description:

      Coraline may not be original to Neil Gaiman's wonderful book of the same name, but it might as well be. Gaiman's young heroine Coraline Jones is constantly called Caroline but as a name Coraline is more distinctive and has a more mysterious feel. The 2002 novel Coraline was made into a 2009 animated film voiced by Dakota Fanning and nominated for an Academy Award.
  6. Claudia
    • Dahlia
      • Origin:

        Flower name, from Swedish surname
      • Meaning:

        "Dahl's flower"
      • Description:

        One of the flower names, used occasionally in Britain (where it's pronounced DAY-lee-a). It seems to have recovered from what was perceived as a slightly affected la-di-dah air. The flower was named in honor of the pioneering Swedish botanist Andreas Dahl, which means dale.
    • Diana
      • Everly
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "wild boar in woodland clearing"
        • Description:

          Sweet and stylish, with a sporty, energetic undertone, Everly is a name that ticks lots of boxes.
      • Felicity
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "good fortune, happy"
        • Description:

          Felicity is as accessible a virtue name as Hope and Faith, but much more feminine -- and dare we say, happier. The hit TV show did a lot to soften and modernize the once buttoned-up image of Felicity, and it got further notice as the red-haired Colonial doll, Felicity Merriman, in the American Girl series. A current bearer is actress Felicity Huffman.
      • Georgianna
        • Isla
          • Origin:

            Scottish place-name or Spanish
          • Meaning:

            "island"
          • Description:

            Isla is a hit name throughout the English-speaking world but hasn't found the same popularity in other western countries, perhaps because its spelling and pronunciation don't make sense for those whose native language is not English. Think island without the final two letters.
        • Juliet
          • Origin:

            English from Latin
          • Meaning:

            "youthful or sky father"
          • Description:

            One of the most romantic names, the lovely and stylish Juliet seems finally to have shaken off her limiting link to Romeo. In Shakespeare's play, it was Juliet who said "What's in a name?"
        • Lila
          • Origin:

            Arabic, Sanskrit
          • Meaning:

            "night; play"
          • Description:

            Lila is one of the girl names with a double l sound — Lila, Lola, Layla, Leila, Lily et al — that have caught on in a major way., Delicate yet dynamic, Lila has a slightly international flair.
        • Margo
          • Origin:

            French, diminutive of Margaret
          • Meaning:

            "pearl"
          • Description:

            Margo and Margot sound exactly the same, so why has the Margot spelling hopped back onto the Top 1000, outpacing Margo in numbers more than two to one? (Over 350 baby girls were named Margot in the most recent year, versus 150 named Margo.)
        • Matilda
          • Origin:

            German
          • Meaning:

            "battle-mighty"
          • Description:

            Matilda is a sweet vintage name that has been gently climbing the popularity list for the past 15 years, after a half-century slumber. The spunky children's book heroine Matilda is one factor in its rise, along with others of its class like Eloise and Caspian.
        • Norah
          • Origin:

            English, Arabic
          • Meaning:

            "woman of honor, light"
          • Description:

            The skyrocketing success of singer Norah Jones brought this spelling of the name onto the pop charts in 2003. As well as being a spelling variant of Nora in English, it's also an alternative transcription of the Arabic name Nura, from Nur/Noor "light".
        • Ramona
          • Origin:

            Spanish, feminine variation of Ramon
          • Meaning:

            "wise protector"
          • Description:

            Ramona is a sweet spot name – neither too trendy nor too eccentric. Kids will associate it with the clever Ramona Quimby character in the series of books by Beverly Cleary, also seen on TV. It was chosen by starcouple Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard for their little girl, who would be joined by sister Gloria.
        • Scarlett
          • Origin:

            English
          • Meaning:

            "scarlet, red"
          • Description:

            Scarlett Johansson is doing more for this sparky southern name than Scarlett O'Hara ever did. Since the turn of the 21st century, Scarlett has gone from an obscure literary name to one of the most popular girls' names starting with S, right after longtime favorites Sophia and Sofia.
        • Stella
          • Origin:

            Latin
          • Meaning:

            "star"
          • Description:

            Stella is a name with star quality and sparkle, that manages to sound both ethereal and earthy. Celestial but not otherworldly, it lands somewhere between the popular Ella and bold Seraphina.