Favorite girl names

list of girl names I like first and middle for possible future children
  1. Aileen
    • Origin:

      Irish variation of Helen
    • Meaning:

      "bright, shining light"
    • Description:

      Irish Aileen and Scottish Eileen may be pronounced the same way or Aileen can be pronounced with a long a at the beginning. While neither is particularly stylish, Aileen is slightly more popular and has reversed its downward slide to inch upward in the past few years, perhaps thanks to its stylish A beginning. Nicknames for Aileen include Isla, Ayla, Lee and Lena.
  2. Anahera
    • Origin:

      Maori
    • Meaning:

      "angel"
    • Description:

      This feminine name — simply "angel" imported into Māori phonology — is fresher than Angela and less Hollywood than Angelina.
  3. 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.
  4. Anita
    • Origin:

      Spanish diminutive of Ana; Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "grace; unguided"
    • Description:

      Once a Top 100 name, this Spanish diminutive of Ana still retains some of her Latin flair. A notable namesake is noted attorney Anita Hill, another is the great jazz singer Anita O'Day. Plus there's Disney cred via the lead human character in 101 Dalmatians.
  5. Anora
    • Anya
      • Origin:

        Russian diminutive of Anna
      • Meaning:

        "grace"
      • Description:

        Anya is a Russian variation of Anna, which came from the Hebrew name Hannah. Anya is the form found most frequently in Russia, Poland, and other East European countries, while Anja is the spelling usually preferred in Germany Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and The Netherlands. In the Hungarian language, Anya also means mother.
    • Arianell
      • Origin:

        Welsh
      • Meaning:

        "silver"
      • Description:

        This early Welsh saint's name is unusual and lovely, waiting to be discovered. Saint Arianell was a member of the Welsh royal family who was possessed by a spirit which was exorcised by Saint Dyfrig, who became Arianell's spiritual teacher.
    • Ariel
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "lion of God"
      • Description:

        Ariel is a male Biblical name, seen there as the messenger of Ezra, and also used as a symbolic name for the city of Jerusalem, while Shakespeare used it for a (male) sprite in The Tempest.
    • Aurelie
      • Origin:

        French variation of Aurelia, Latin
      • Meaning:

        "the golden one"
      • Description:

        Aurelie is the delicate French variation of Aurelia, one of the most improbable popular names of recent years. Both versions of the name are lovely, but it might be difficult to insist that Americans pronounce Aurelie the attractive French way rather than like plain old orally.
    • Anneliese
      • Arianell
        • Belle
          • Origin:

            Short form of Isabelle or French
          • Meaning:

            "beautiful"
          • Description:

            Belle has nothing but positive associations, from "belle of the ball" to "Southern belle" to the heroine of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. As if this weren't enough good things, Belle is also one of the most familiar and usable names that mean beautiful. Though it has been overshadowed by the Twilight-influenced Bella and longer forms like Isabella and Annabella, Belle has its own Southern charm and would make a pretty choice as a first or middle name.
        • Catherine
          • Origin:

            Greek
          • Meaning:

            "pure"
          • Description:

            Catherine is one of the oldest and most consistently well-used girls’ names, with endless variations and nicknames. The Catherine form feels more gently old-fashioned and feminine than the more popular K versions. Most stylish nickname for Catherine right now: Kate...or Cate, a la Blanchett.
        • 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.
        • Charlotte
          • Origin:

            French, feminine diminutive of Charles
          • Meaning:

            "free man"
          • Description:

            Charlotte, the name of the young Princess of Cambridge, is the latest classic name to join Sophia, Emma, Olivia, and Isabella at the top of the popularity list. It is now among the most popular girl names in many English-speaking and European countries.
        • Eowyn
          • Origin:

            Literary name
          • Meaning:

            "horse lover"
          • Description:

            A literary name created by J. R. R. Tolkien for a Lord of the Rings noblewoman of Rohan. Properly spelled with an accent over the first E – Éowyn – it would make an interesting choice for literature lovers or fans of names like Elowen and Evelyn.
        • Erika
          • Origin:

            Spelling variation of Erica
          • Description:

            This is a more spunky and Nordic looking variant of Erica, but the k also makes the connection to the beautiful flower less apparent.
        • Esther
          • Origin:

            Persian
          • Meaning:

            "star"
          • Description:

            Esther was derived from the Old Persian word stāra, meaning "star." In the Old Testament, Esther, originally named Hadassah, was the captured Jewish wife of the King of Persia who risked her life to save her exiled people from annihilation. This story is celebrated by Jews on the holiday of Purim, so that it has traditionally been given to girls around that time.
        • Evelina
          • Origin:

            English from French
          • Meaning:

            "desired; or water, island"
          • Description:

            A popular name in the Middle Ages, Evelina was eclipsed by Evelyn in the last century, but has a chance at a well-deserved comeback now, fitting right in with the other Ev-names. Like Evelyn, it derives from the Norman name Aveline.
        • Everly
          • Origin:

            English
          • Meaning:

            "wild boar in woodland clearing"
          • Description:

            Evokes 1960s brotherly close harmony. The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis named his son Everly Bear, and it is also an explosively popular choice for girls. We predict that all the "Ever" names will be one of the defining trends of the 2010s-20s.