Girl names

  1. Acacia
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "thorny"
    • Description:

      Acacia is an attractive, rarely used Greek flower name enhanced by its popular beginning-and-ending-with 'a'-construct, and is gradually beginning to catch on as a new member of the stylish girl names starting with A.
  2. Adalia
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "noble one"
    • Description:

      Luxurious and distinctive, with a biblical bacground--although in the Good Book,Adalia is a male.
  3. Adeline
    • Origin:

      French, diminutive of Adele
    • Meaning:

      "noble, nobility"
    • Description:

      Adeline has a lovely, old-fashioned "Sweet Adeline" charm, but has become so popular in the US under so many spellings and variations -- with Adalynn and Adalyn also popular -- that considered together it is far more popular than it first seems. Adorable nickname Addie is also pervasive.
  4. Agatha
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "good woman"
    • Description:

      Agatha until recently summoned up visions of martyred saints, mauve silk dresses, and high lace collars, but now that some dauntless excavators have begun to resurrect it, we're sure more will follow their lead. Actor Thomas Gibson used it for his daughter in 2004.
  5. Alice
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "noble"
    • Description:

      Alice is a classic literary name that's both strong and sweet, ranking in the US Top 100 and popular throughout the western world. Alice is derived from the Old French name Aalis, a diminutive of Adelais that itself came from the Germanic name Adalhaidis, which is composed of the Proto-Germanic elements aþala, meaning "noble," and haidu, "kind, appearance, type."
  6. Amara
    • Origin:

      Igbo, Sanskrit, Arabic
    • Meaning:

      "grace, immortal, tribe"
    • Description:

      Strong, attractive, and stylish, Amara is a true multicultural choice enjoying some popularity in both the US and the UK. In the US Top 1000 since the turn of this century, Amara has been holding steady in the rankings between overly popular and obscure.
  7. Amarinda
    • Amedea
      • Origin:

        Italian
      • Meaning:

        "lover of God"
      • Description:

        Feminine form of Amadeus popular now in Italy and ripe for export. Might also be spelled Amadea. The preferred pronunciation is AHM-a-DAY-a but it may also be pronounced ah-MED-ee-a.
    • 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.
    • Annalise
      • Origin:

        German, combination of Anna and Lise
      • Meaning:

        "grace and pledged to God"
      • Description:

        Variously spelled Annalise and Annaliese as well as several other forms, this is not a modern smoosh but a traditional German combo-name with a definite Heidi-esque feel.
    • Arianne
      • Origin:

        French, from Latin Ariadne
      • Meaning:

        "very holy one"
      • Description:

        Soft and delicate French name rarely heard here.
    • Astrid
      • Origin:

        Scandinavian
      • Meaning:

        "divinely beautiful"
      • Description:

        Astrid has been a Scandinavian royal name since the tenth century, and many people associated it with the Swedish author of the Pippi Longstocking stories, Astrid Lindgren. Astrid is derived from the name Ástríðr, which is made up of the Old Norse elements that mean "god" and "beautiful."
    • Augusta
      • Origin:

        Feminine variation of Augustus
      • Meaning:

        "great, magnificent"
      • Description:

        Augusta is a dignified name reminiscent of wealthy great-aunts, but with the fashion for both August and Gus for boys, Augusta could get some fresh energy.
    • Aurelia
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "the golden one"
      • Description:

        Aurelia is an ancient Roman name that's become a surprise hit in the contemporary world. A top favorite on Nameberry, it reentered the US Top 1000 in 2014 after a 70-year absence and continues to climb.
    • Austine
      • Aveline
        • Origin:

          French from German
        • Meaning:

          "desired; or island, water"
        • Description:

          Aveline is a name that's long been an obscure cousin of more widely-used choices, but may come into its own riding the tail of the megapopular Ava, which may derive from the same root.
      • Brielle
        • Origin:

          French
        • Meaning:

          "hunting grounds"
        • Description:

          Though it sounds so modern, Brielle is, among other things, a traditional Cajun contraction of Gabrielle, but it has now spread far beyond that community. Brielle is also the name of a historic seaport in the western Netherlands.
      • Brynn
        • Origin:

          Spelling variation of Bryn, Welsh
        • Meaning:

          "hill"
        • Description:

          Brynn outshines the original Welsh Bryn in the popularity stakes. This simple, brisk name might be seen as a combination of Bree and Lynn, an androgynous-sounding choice that especially in this spelling is not truly unisex: Brynn, for boys, is not even in the Top 1000.
      • Camila
        • Origin:

          Spanish variation of Camilla
        • Meaning:

          "young ceremonial attendant"
        • Description:

          The Spanish Camila, pronounced ka-MEE-la, is the fastest rising version of this ancient Roman name, but recent royal Camilla may have helped promote the British brand.
      • Celeste
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "heavenly"
        • Description:

          Celeste is a softly pretty and somewhat quaint name with heavenly overtones, which kids might associate with Queen Celeste of Babar's elephant kingdom. She's a light and lovely choice that's finally getting noticed.