American Girl Doll Names

  1. Cecile
    • Origin:

      French feminine form of Cecil
    • Meaning:

      "blind"
    • Description:

      Cecile is a fairly common French saint's name, scattered throughout classic French literature--in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, in Balzac's Cousin Pons, and Zola's Germinal.
  2. Elizabeth
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "pledged to God"
    • Description:

      Elizabeth is one of the most popular girls' names of all time, the female equivalent of James or William. Yet Elizabeth has so much going for it—rich history, broad appeal, and timeless style—that no matter how many little girls are named Lizzie, Eliza, and Beth, you can still make Elizabeth your own.
  3. Emily
    • Origin:

      Feminine variation of Emil, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "rival"
    • Description:

      Emily may have dropped somewhat in the current standings, but it was the most popular girls' name for over a decade because it appeals on many levels: Emily is feminine, classic, simple, pretty, and strong. Emily is Number 1 among Gen Z names. It also has those nice literary namesakes, like Emily Dickinson and Emily Brontë.
  4. 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.
  5. Ivy
    • Origin:

      Botanical name
    • Description:

      The quirky, offbeat and energetic botanical name Ivy is enjoying a deserved revival, propelled even higher by its choice by high-profile parents Beyonce and Jay-Z for daughter Blue Ivy. Ivy is also traditionally used at Christmas, make this one of the perfect names for December babies.
  6. Jess
    • Origin:

      Short form of Jessica
    • Description:

      Unlike Bess or Tess, rarely used on its own.
  7. Josefina
    • Origin:

      Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish
    • Meaning:

      "god will add"
    • Description:

      Sweet and bright international form of Josephine, used in many European countries with various pronunciations of the initial J. A notable bearer is Josefina "Joey" Guerrero, a Filipina spy during World War II.
  8. Julie
    • Origin:

      French from Latin
    • Meaning:

      "youthful, sky father"
    • Description:

      Wildly popular in the 1960s and '70s, Julie is no longer anywhere near as stylish as the name's longer forms. Try Juliet, Juliana, or even the more grownup Julia.
  9. Kailey
    • Origin:

      Variation of Kaylee
    • Meaning:

      "laurel, crown"
    • Description:

      Kaylee meets Hailey.
  10. KANANI
    • Kaya
      • Origin:

        English, Nordic
      • Meaning:

        "pure"
      • Description:

        One of the currently trendy Kaia-Maya-Mia family, deriving either from an elaboration of Kay or an alternative spelling of Kaia, a Scandinavian diminutive of Katarina.
    • Kiersten
      • Origin:

        Variation of Kirsten
      • Description:

        Kiersten is the version of Kirsten you use if you really really really don't want anyone to mispronounce it as ker-sten or kris-ten. But they probably still will.
    • Kit
      • Origin:

        English, diminutive of Katherine
      • Meaning:

        "pure"
      • Description:

        Kit is a crisp, old-time British-accented unisex nickname that sounds fresh and modern today. Kitty is another so-retro-it's-cool nickname.
    • Lanie
      • Lindsey
        • Origin:

          English surname meaning "Marshlands of Lincolnshire"
        • Meaning:

          "Marshlands of Lincolnshire"
        • Description:

          Lindsey is one of the few truly unisex names (rather than being a name that has changed genders). Over time the "ey" ending was usually reserved for women and the "ay" ending reserved for men, and that tradition has continued
      • Marisol
        • Origin:

          Spanish, contracted form of Maria de la Soledad
        • Meaning:

          "Mary of Solitude"
        • Description:

          Marisol is a favorite Spanish name for girls, and an excellent candidate to cross the culture line, a la Soledad and Paz.
      • Mckenna
        • Origin:

          Irish
        • Meaning:

          "son of Kenneth"
        • Description:

          Mackenzie begat McKenna - a catchy but very trendy choice. While the Mc or Mac prefix means "son of," this is much more popular as a girl name in the US, peaking at #177 in 2002.
      • Mia
        • Origin:

          Italian word name or Scandinavian short form of Maria
        • Meaning:

          "mine or bitter"
        • Description:

          Mia is an appealingly unfussy multicultural name that has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the charts and is now firmly among the ten top girl names. Mia has surpassed its mother name Maria as the Number 1 girls' name starting with M.
      • Molly
        • Origin:

          Diminutive of Mary, Hebrew
        • Meaning:

          "bitter"
        • Description:

          Molly is one of the original nickname names, ALWAYS ranking among the US Top 500 girl names since statistics began, in 1880. Molly peaked in 1991 only to rise just as high again in 2011, and though softening retains a good measure of popularity and charm.
      • Nellie
        • Origin:

          Diminutive of Helen, Eleanor, et al
        • Description:

          This ready-for-revival nickname name recalls the old Gay Nineties and bicycles-built-for-two era. In the US, Nellie is one of the most popular unique girl names, lying just beneath the Top 1000. About five times as many baby girls are named Nellie in the US today as shorter form Nell.