Names With Cool Nicknames for Girls

  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. Arabella
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "yielding to prayer"
    • Description:

      Arabella, lovely and elegant, has long been well used in Britain and finally made it onto the American list in 2005. Its meaning may also be interpreted as "beautiful," thanks to -bella.
  3. Bettina
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Elizabeth
    • Meaning:

      "God is my oath"
    • Description:

      Bettina is a dainty ballerina version of Betty, that has not been heard much since its 1950s-60s heyday. Bettina appeared in the Danielle Steele novel Loving, and in real life as one of Grace Kelly's bridesmaids.
  4. Bridget
    • Origin:

      Anglicized variation of Gaelic Brighid
    • Meaning:

      "strength or exalted one"
    • Description:

      Bridget is the Anglicized form of Brigid, an Irish-Gaelic name that was derived from the word brígh, which means "strength."
  5. Bellicent
    • Blazena
      • Chelsea
        • Origin:

          London and New York place-name
        • Description:

          Chelsea is still being used, but it was much more popular a few decades ago--it peaked at Number 15 in 1992. Chelsea first entered the American consciousness in a major way via the character Jane Fonda played in On Golden Pond in 1981 and later of course was frequently in the headlines when Chelsea Clinton (whose name was inspired by the lyric of a the Joni-Mitchell-Judy Collins song "Chelsea Morning") became First Daughter.
      • Corvina
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "like a raven"
        • Description:

          Corvina sounds too much like a car model.
      • Faustina
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "fortunate one"
        • Description:

          A name with several distinguished namesakes: the wife of ancient Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, a famous Italian opera singer, and two Catholic saints--making it both substantial and unusual.
      • 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.
      • Felixa
        • Origin:

          Spanish
        • Meaning:

          "happy, lucky"
        • Description:

          The futuristic consonant x sets this apart -- for better and worse -- from all the other Felices, Felicias, and Felicitys.
      • Gertrude
        • Origin:

          German
        • Meaning:

          "strength of a spear"
        • Description:

          Could cute nickname Gertie, remembered as cute five-year-old Drew Barrymore in E.T., revive the long shunned Gertrude?
      • Jasmine
        • Origin:

          Flower name, from Persian
        • Meaning:

          "gift from God"
        • Description:

          Jasmine was derived from the Persian word yasmin, referring to the jasmine flower. Scented oil was made from the plant, and it was used as a perfume throughout the Persian Empire. Variants include Jazmin, Yasmin, Yasmine, and Jessamine.
      • Phaedra
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "bright"
        • Description:

          This name of a tragic figure in Greek mythology, the daughter of King Minos, sister of Ariadne and wife of Theseus, has a mysterious and intriguing appeal, and would make a dramatic choice.
      • Proserpina
        • Sapphire
          • Origin:

            Hebrew, Greek, and Latin jewel name
          • Meaning:

            "blue"
          • Description:

            Sapphire goes waaaaay beyond Ruby and Pearl. This September birthstone, occasionally used a century ago, might be worth a reappraisal, perhaps as a Sophie/Sophia alternative. Sapphire is the pseudonym of Romona Lofton, who wrote the book Push, which was turned into the movie Precious. Sapphire entered the Top 1000 for the first time in 2022, and is proving to be one of the freshest gem names for girls. Another intriguing variation is the lovely Sapphira.
        • 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.
        • Titania
          • Origin:

            Greek
          • Meaning:

            "giant, great one"
          • Description:

            This name of the queen of the fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream has a delicate, lacy charm similar to Tatiana's, but that first syllable could cause embarrassing problems.
        • Valerie
          • Origin:

            French variation of Valeria
          • Meaning:

            "strength, health"
          • Description:

            The name of a martyred medieval saint, Valerie has been on the popularity list since its earliest publication in 1880. Though it peaked in the 1960s, remaining in the Top 100 until 1988, it still doesn't sound terminally dated; the association with the word valor gives it a sense of boldness and makes it one of the special group of girl names that mean strong.
        • Wisteria
          • Origin:

            Flower name, from English surname
          • Meaning:

            "Wister's flower"
          • Description:

            A frilly southern-accented flower name yet to be planted on many birth certificates. In the language of flowers, the wisteria is a symbol of devotion. It is named for American horticulturalist John Caspar Wister.