the ultimate girls name list

AN ECLECTIC MIX!
  1. Abilene
    • Origin:

      English from Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "grass"
    • Description:

      Abilene is a rarely used place name, mentioned as such in the New Testament, that combines the cowboy spunk of the Texas city with the midwestern morality of the Kansas town where Dwight D. Eisenhower spent his boyhood. Abilene is a much more untrodden path to the nickname Abbie/Abbie than the Top 10 Abigail.
  2. Adelie
    • 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.
    • Adessa
      • Origin:

        Finnish and Swedish, meaning unknown
      • Description:

        Adessa may be a Scandinavian variation of the place name Odessa.
    • Ahna
      • Origin:

        Spelling variation of Anna
      • Description:

        Want to be sure that people pronounce your baby's name the way you intend? Then choose a spelling variation like Ahna for Anna. Ahna is best known as the name of actress and ex-James Franco girlfriend Ahna O'Reilly. Pronunciation issues aside, we still prefer Anna.
    • Ainsley
      • Origin:

        Scottish
      • Meaning:

        "one's own meadow"
      • Description:

        While theoretically unisex, this surname name has been edging up the girls’ names list, perhaps originally as an Ashley substitute. One quality in Ainsley's favor: It's remained steadily popular -- but not TOO popular -- for more than 20 years now, ranking consistently around Number 400. That makes it stylish and familiar without showing up everywhere.
    • Aira
      • Origin:

        Variation of Air or Ara
      • Description:

        Aira is a light and airy name that is currently on the rise. Playful but concise, Aira made its debut in the England and Wales Top 1000 in 2022.
    • Alastrina
      • Albertina
        • Albertine
          • Origin:

            French feminine variation of Albert
          • Description:

            Albertine and Alberta are old-fashioned feminizations ala Geraldine and Roberta. This is the kind of name that sounds very dowdy until a hip celebrity chooses it, at which point we don't know how we missed its coolness all this time.
        • Alethea
          • Origin:

            Greek
          • Meaning:

            "truth"
          • Description:

            Alethea, the name of the Greek goddess of truth, came into fashion in England in the 16th century, in tandem with the virtue names. Alethea may find new favor now as one of the goddess names stylish for baby girls.
        • Alma
          • Origin:

            Latin
          • Meaning:

            "nurturing, soul"
          • Description:

            Alma is a somewhat solemn, soulful name that had a burst of popularity a century ago, then faded into the flowered wallpaper, and is now finding its footing once more.
        • Alondrah
          • Alvah
            • Alyena
              • Origin:

                Variation of Yelena or Helen
              • Description:

                One of the many international variations of the classic Helen.
            • 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.
            • Amaranta
              • Origin:

                Spanish and Italian form of Amarantha
              • Meaning:

                "unfading"
              • Description:

                Amaranta is the unusual and intriguing Latinate form of the Greek botanical name Amarantha, which connects to an eternal mythical figure. An excellent choice for the parent who wants an A name but wishes to move beyond the usual complement of names from Amelia to Annabel.
            • Anastacia
              • Origin:

                Greek variation of Anastasia
              • Meaning:

                "resurrection"
              • Description:

                Gorgeous name in any form, though the c may muddy the pronunciation.
            • Annica
              • Annora
                • Origin:

                  Latin
                • Meaning:

                  "honor"
                • Description:

                  Annora is a noble name, a distinctive twist on its most essential form: Honor. Other variations to explore include Honora and Nora.