girls

  1. Calantha
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "lovely flower"
    • Description:

      Another of the new Greek-accented Cal- names.
  2. Cressida
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "gold"
    • Description:

      Cressida is a pretty mythological and Shakespearean heroine name much better known in Britain than it is here — an imbalance the adventurous baby namer might want to correct.
  3. Gaia
    • Origin:

      Greek and Latin
    • Meaning:

      "earth mother; rejoicing"
    • Description:

      The name of the Greek mythological earth goddess and universal mother; actress Emma Thompson stated that she was attracted by its ecological element, so other "green" parents may want to follow her lead.

  4. Greta
    • Origin:

      German, diminutive of Margarethe
    • Meaning:

      "pearl"
    • Description:

      Greta is an Old World name long tied to the iconic Garbo. Along with other Old Hollywood glamour names, Greta seems to be showing slight signs of a comeback; it was chosen by David Caruso and by Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline for their daughters.
  5. Ivetta
    • 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.
    • Lila
      • Origin:

        Arabic, Sanskrit
      • Meaning:

        "night; play"
      • Description:

        Lila is one of the girl names with a double l sound — Lila, Lola, Layla, Leila, Lily et al — that have caught on in a major way., Delicate yet dynamic, Lila has a slightly international flair.
    • Lucia
      • Origin:

        Italian, feminine variation of Lucius, Latin
      • Meaning:

        "light"
      • Description:

        Lucia is a lush, rich Latinate equivalent of Lucy, popular in Spain and throughout Latin America and also a cross-cultural favorite. You might be surprised to know that Lucia has ALWAYS ranked among the Top 1000 girl names in the US, though she's really taken off only since the turn of this century.
    • Luna
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "moon"
      • Description:

        The name of the Roman goddess of the moon, Luna is derived straight from the Latin word for moon, luna. Luna may be the name most likely to surprise someone from an older generation by its Top 10 status in the US and its widespread international popularity.
    • Melia
      • Origin:

        Greek mythology name, diminutive of Amelia, or Hawaiian
      • Meaning:

        "ash tree; honey; work; plumeria"
      • Description:

        This is a rich, melodic shortening of the popular girls' name Amelia that can stand on its own. There are several figures in Greek myth named Melia, most notably a daughter of Oceanus. The Meliae are nymphs associated with trees.
    • Oceana
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "ocean"
      • Description:

        If you're a lover of the beach and sea, and want a name that relates to the largest body of water, there are several variations you could consider.
    • Olive
      • Origin:

        English, from Latin, nature name
      • Meaning:

        "olive tree"
      • Description:

        Though greatly overshadowed by the trendy Olivia, Olive has a quiet, subtle appeal of its own -- and is now enjoying a remarkable comeback. Olive is one of only four girl names starting with O on the US Top 1000. Cool couple Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen chose it for their daughter, reviving the name to stylishness, and now Drew Barrymore has a little Olive too, as has country singer Jake Owen.
    • Olympia
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "from Mount Olympus"
      • Description:

        With its relation to Mount Olympus, home of the Greek gods, and to the Olympic games, this name has an athletic, goddess-like aura, making it the perfect Olivia substitute.
    • Ottilie
      • Origin:

        German, French
      • Meaning:

        "prosperous in battle"
      • Description:

        Ottilie is trending in the UK, where the pronounced T helps the name sound pretty and delicate, rather like Amelie and Elodie. Ottilie is less popular in the US, where many Americans pronounce it as a near-homonym for "oddly".
    • Ottoline
      • Origin:

        French and English, diminutive of Ottolie
      • Meaning:

        "prospers in battle"
      • Description:

        Curiously appealing, in a hoop-skirted, wasp-waisted way, Ottoline has recently entered the realm of modern possibility, especially since Sienna Miller chose it as the middle name of her daughter Marlowe.
    • Piper
      • Origin:

        English occupational name
      • Meaning:

        "pipe or flute player"
      • Description:

        Piper is a bright, musical name that entered the list in 1999, one year after the debut of the TV series Charmed, which featured a Piper, and it's been a consistent riser since. Piper Kerman is the memoirist whose prison experiences provided the basis for the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
    • Quinn
      • Origin:

        Irish
      • Meaning:

        "descendant of Conn, chief leader, intelligence"
      • Description:

        Quinn is one of the first popular Irish unisex surnames, a strong and attractive choice on the rise for girls but still popular for boys. Quinn was used for about 3000 baby girls and 700 boys in the US last year.
    • Romilly
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "citizen of Rome"
      • Description:

        Originally a surname deriving from the Roman twin Romulus, this attractive name was introduced to the English-speaking world as a first name by painter Augustus John who used it for his son. Romilly John became Admiral of the Fleet in England.
    • Xanthe
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "golden, yellow"
      • Description:

        X marks the spot in names these days, usually at the middles or ends of names, but here is one that puts it squarely up front.