If a woman is expecting a little girl, finding the perfect name can be equal parts exciting and daunting. That's not just because there are so many wonderful names to choose from, or because she has to take into account whether friends or family might already have similar names. But because she has to decide in advance of meeting this little person who she thinks they might be. A name is so personal, and can evoke so much meaning and character, that how can she possibly decide?
Well, if you're drawn to feminine names - those with an exotic flair, or ones that conjure images of poetry or nature, then the blossoming beauty a romantic girl’s names is just for you, and you’ve come to the right place.
Many entries on this list are classic names, having been passed down from generation to generation and culture to culture for centuries. Others are newly chic, enjoying a surge of popularity - thanks to the influence of social media. Even more are not on many parents’ radars, making them perfect choices for trendsetters looking to give their little girl a name that will stop people in their tracks. There are weighty and sophisticated names from Shakespeare and classic literature. Others have a touch of playful whimsy, evoking the quiet beauty of the natural world.
And whether they have roots in romance languages – like French or Italian – or are derived from the botanical world, whether they are lyrical four-syllable names that ring like music, or are short and bubbly, these beautiful romantic girl’s names are sure to make any heart flutter.
What better place to start a list of romantic girls' names than with a name that literally means Valentine?
This stunning Latin girls' name means strength, vigor, and health, characteristics you’d expect to see in a feisty, spirited little girl and future leader.
Four syllable names – especially ones that end in an A – are particularly popular right now because of their sing-song rhythm and the weightiness of their letter count, making Valentina a perfect choice for parents looking for a striking and musical girls’ name.
Past Valentinas have already set the stage. The first woman in space was Valentina Tereshkova, and actress Valentina Cortese was nominated for an Academy Award. And Salma Hayek loved the name so much that she gave it to her daughter, Valentina Paloma.
This delicate and whimsical French name sounds like springtime and birdsong.
Derived from the name “Amelia”, Amelie first started getting traction in North America thanks to the popularity of the French comedy Amelie, starring Audrey Taotou.
Amelie is bit of an oxymoron. It's light, airy and playful, yet its meaning is rooted in the word for "industrious." In that sense, it's the perfect name for a little girl who's a bit of an oxymoron herself: upbeat and feminine, yet steadfast and assertive.
It's also a perfect choice for parents who like the sound of names like Emily, Emma, and Amelia, but are hoping to steer away from monikers currently sitting steady on Top 10 lists.
Amelie was currently ranked 139th on NameBerry in 2017, and is even more popular in Europe, where it’s ranked 64th in England and 13th in Germany.
If ever there were a name to make you swoon onto a fainting couch, this is it. Elisabetta (pronounced El-EEZ-a-beta) is a stunning Italian name meaning God of Plenty or God is My Oath.
This exotic alternative to “Elizabeth” is wise and adventurous, graceful and sophisticated. We picture a little girl who loves tutus and tiaras as much as mud puddles.
Until recently, famous Elisabettas were mostly found in Italy: There’s model and Olympic swimmer Elisabetta Dessy, and TV personality Elisabetta Canalis. Of course, all this means is that it’s time this beautiful name crossed the ocean and made an appearance on Welcome Baby announcements in North America.
Plus, there’s some adorable nickname potential in the short form “Betta”. It’s too cute.
The author will admit that she's smitten with Brit lit, especially if it's Victorian. Which may be why Arabella has found a cozy spot on this list of romantic girls' names.
Arabella - which means "beautiful" - is a character in Thomas Hardy's tragic masterpiece Jude the Obscure. Arabella also played roles in Henry Fielding's Tom Jones, Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers, George Eliot's Felix Holt, and even in Harry Potter (which, yes, is not Victorian lit, but still worthy of inclusion).
But you don't need to be a bookworm to fall in love with this elegant, sing-songy English name, and lovely alternative to the more popular "Isabella".
And for parents influenced by the girl-power movement, they may also love that Arabella Mansfield was the name of America's first female lawyer.
This shimmering and beautiful unisex name literally translates to “moon," and has been slowly growing in popularity, thanks in part to the character of Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter series and Luna Garza from True Blood.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend chose this stunning name for their equally stunning daughter, as did actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Barden.
Despite its current uptick in popularity, this lovely Latin name was actually a top pick for American parents in the early 19th Century. It’s also an increasingly popular choice in parts of Europe like the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.
So for parents looking for a hip and stylish name, Luna might be just the name for you.
There's something luminous and elegant about this beautiful girls' name meaning "star". It’s perhaps a fresher and more unique alternative to the more popular “Stella”, with a lyrical beauty that balances any connotations to mysticism or the cosmos.
At the turn of the 19th Century, Estella was actually trendy option among parents of new baby girls, perhaps in due in part to the character Estella Havisham in Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations.
And while Estella may have dropped off the charts in subsequent generations (it currently it sits in 499th spot on NameBerry), it’s time this charming and romantic name saw a comeback.
Just in case you need any convincing, Aly Landry named her daughter Estela (with one L). We definitely think she was on to something with this beautiful, romantic name.
Colette is a charming, playful French and Greek name that's a shortened version of Nicolette, meaning "victory of the people." And for parents looking for romantic and feminine names, anything French is going to fit that mark perfectly.
Unlike other names that are romantic by virtue of being substantive and multi-syllabic (like Valentina and Elisabetta), Colette, is short and perky, yet no less feminine.
With a name that means “victory”, Colette is assertive and outgoing, bold and adventurous – a free spirit with a coy youthfulness. Actors Dylan McDermott and Constance Zimmer both named their daughters Colette. One of the main protagonists in the animated film Ratatouille was also named Colette.
This fresh and upbeat name was ranked 265th on NameBerry in 2017.
This flirty and sophisticated Italian girl's name is the feminine of Francis, and literally means "from France" or "free man."
Francesca is creative, intuitive and slightly seductive. We picture her being a dancer or artist, a world traveler with a love of language.
Francesca was the name of the protagonist in The Bridges of Madison County and was played by Meryl Streep in the film adaptation of the popular romance novel. Clint Eastwood, who starred alongside Meryl Streep in the movie, named his own daughter Francesca, as did Martin Scorsese, Jason Bateman, Ringo Starr and Erik Estrada.
This beautiful name is slowly gaining traction in North America. In Italy, its country of origin, Francesca is seeing a sudden surge in popularity. And we can see why.
It doesn't get much more romantic than Juliette, thanks to William Shakespeare and his tragic protagonist from Romeo and Juliet.
Juliette is a diminutive of the Latin name “Julie.” Typically popular in Italy and France, this energetic and stylish name actually means “youthful”.
The popularity of Juliette grew steadily from the turn of the 19th Century, peaking in the 1920s before seeing a slow and steady decline from the 1960s onwards. However, this romantic name is slowly climbing back up the charts, with a rapid increase in popularity starting in 2010, and is still on the rise.
Famous Juliettes include actresses Juliette Lewis and Juliette Binoche. There was also a Canadian singer named Juliette.
And for parents looking to add an even more unique spin, they may consider alternate spellings including Juliett and Julyette, or twists on pronunciation like Julietta or Julieta.
There's something exotic and dainty about flower names, and Lilianna is no exception. Derived from the Latin for lily, Lilianna is as pure and graceful as the flower for which she is named.
In fact, blooming names are becoming increasingly popular, perhaps thanks to celebrities who chose floral monikers for their little girls. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck named their daughter Violet, Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen named their little one Briar Rose, and Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis’ daughter is Lily-Rose.
Lilianna is particularly beautiful by virtue of being a four syllable name while also ending with an A, giving it a graceful lyricism that sets it apart from more traditional girl names.
So if you’re looking for a feminine and romantic name for your little girl, Lilianna checks all the boxes.
Chic and charming, Mirabelle is a fresher, more whimsical take on the more popular Isabelle or Isabella, and the more old-fashioned Annabelle - all of which are lovely names in their own right.
Double “L” names, as well as those ending in -belle or -bella are particularly popular at the moment, not just because of the Twilight series (in which the protagonist is named Bella), but because the suffix literally means "beauty." Mirabelle, in particular, has a chime to it that's reminiscent of bells.
Alternate spellings include Mirabel and Mirabell, and of course, parents who are particularly fond of names ending in A might choose to go with Mirabella or Mirabela.
A stately, graceful and lyrical name, Mirabelle is currently enjoying a spot in 509th place on NameBerry's list of most popular names for 2017.
This stylish, shiny Hebrew name means "fiery" or "ardent", and is quickly climbing the charts after a long bout of relative obscurity.
Seraphina (Sarah-FEE-na) is a bold and sophisticated name that rings in your ears like a jewel, with a captivating exoticism that makes this beautiful name so memorable.
This stylish moniker began getting some attention after Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck chose it for their second daughter (their first daughter being Violet - we think the two names pair perfectly).
Seraphina shares commonalities with other current top names like Isabella, Olivia, and Sophia, while offers a unique and timeless alternative for parents looking to break the trend and give their little a girl a name that will help her stand out from the crowd.
This beautiful girls' name is derived from the name Rosalinda, and is Latin for "beautiful rose." And honestly, how much more romantic can a name get?
This lovely name is rich in history and can credit its popularity in part to one of literature's best-known romantic playwrights - Rosalind being the name of the beautiful and love-struck heroine in Shakespeare's As You Like It.
This lyrical and sophisticated name obviously caught the attention of Uma Thurman, who named her daughter Rosalind in 2012.
Rosalind enjoyed its peak in popularity in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s, and is currently sitting pretty in 247th place on NameBerry's list of most popular names for 2017.
There's nothing quite as romantic as a lyrical girls' French name, and Vivienne hits the mark.
This lively, youthful name is derived from the Latin "vivus" - meaning "alive". It can also be spelled Vivien (and may be accompanied by the adorable nickname "Vivi"), but there's something sparkly and bubbly about this lovely name spelled with the double "n".
Famous Viviennes include British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. Rosie O'Donnell also named her daughter Vivienne Rose. And of course, there's Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
In 2017, NameBerry ranked Vivienne in 143rd spot for popular girls' names. Not too shabby.
Parents who love the name Isabella but are hoping for a less popular moniker for their little girl may find themselves falling in love with this charming Greek name meaning Gift of Isis.
It's the kind of name that would grow with a little girl, who could go by Izzy in her carefree childhood, and grow into Isadora as an adult. Isadora is chic and glamorous, worldly and wise.
Perhaps most notably, Isadora was the name of a famous dancer - Isadora Duncan. Icelandic singer Bjork named her daughter Isadora. And Isadora is also the name of a character in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
We think it's time this lovely, musical and romantic name enjoyed some time in the spotlight once again.
We love this bold and romantic name.
Fiery and passionate, exotic and stylish, Scarlett literally means red.
Famous Scarletts include, of course, the beautiful Scarlett Johansson, as well as the fiery and complicated Katie Scarlett O'Hara in Margaret Mitchell's novel Gone With the Wind. In fact, after the film version of Gone With the Wind was released in 1939, Scarlett saw a huge surge in popularity.
Sylvester Stallone named his daughter Scarlet (with one T), and actress Molly Sim and musician Jack White both have daughters named Scarlett. Rob Schneider and Mick Jagger both chose Scarlett as middle names for their daughters (Miranda Scarlett and Elixabeth Scarlett respectively).
This stunning name was ranked 51st on NameBerry in 2016.
Evangeline is a beautiful, musical name with some serious literary cred.
Perhaps most notably, Evangeline was the name of the main character in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's most famous poem "Evangeline", about an Acadian woman named who goes off in search of her lost love, Gabriel.
Evangeline was also a character in the book Uncle Tom's Cabin (although she went by the name "Eva"). Contemporary Evangelines include Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly, who starred in the TV series Lost, and more recently, The Hobbit.
This stately and graceful name means "like an angel" or "bearer of good news". Popular alternates include Evangelina and Evangelica, and of course, it can be shortened to “Eva”.
Evangeline has been surging in popularity since about 2002. In 2017, it ranked 240th on NameBerry.
Charming and feminine, Violette is a bubbly French name meaning - literally - violet.
Reminiscent of the musical name "Viola" (who was a character in Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night), Violette is a unique choice for parents who love floral names, but want to give their daughter a moniker that falls outside of current trends. Violet, in particular, has seen a surge in popularity thanks to Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck choosing it for their first daughter.
Pronunciations for Violette include VEE-oh-let or the more lyrical three-syllable VEE-oh-let-A (which could also be spelled Violetta or Violeta).
Violette was ranked 1,134 on NameBerry in 2018, up 255 spots from the previous year, which means this rich and beautiful floral girl's name will only increase in popularity.
This feminine and old-fashioned name with roots in French (where it means "daisy"), and Greek (where it means "pearl") is as romantic as they come.
A variation of Margaret, Marguerite enjoyed popularity in North American between 1890 and 1920, and is definitely due for a comeback.
Marguerite is the given name of Maya Angelou (her brother shortened her name to Maya), and writer Marguerite Duras is famous for several plays, movies, and novels, including L'Amant (The Lover).
According to SheKnows.com, people with this name have a "deep inner desire for travel and adventure, and want to set their own pace in life without being governed by tradition."
Exotic and feminine, Marguerite is a stunning choice for parents looking for a touch of romance for their little girl's name.
Sources: NameBerry.com, BabyCenter.com, SheKnows.com, BehindTheName.com