When parents are trying to decide what to name their baby girl, usually they have some idea of what they want-- and these glamorous girls’ names will check every one of those boxes. Easy to spell? Symbolic? Want a name that will bring forth memories of women who have been an embodiment of opulence and sophistication? These names are beautiful, classy, and timeless. They will set your little girl apart from the crowd, endowing her with a name that will only emphasize her grace and poise.
Any mothers out there who are huge fans of classic movies? Are the shelves in your house lined with titles like, “Casablanca”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, and “Some Like It Hot”? Does Netflix recommend old black and white films for your viewing pleasure?
This list is for a mama who loves glamour; who adores glitz. This is for the mothers who appreciate the iconic women that have enhanced cinemas and music throughout the decades, revealing the untamed allure that the most idealistic and beautiful stars possess. The following entries are names that are chalk full of tasteful charm and splendor. They will withstand the changing winds of time and adorn a baby girl with a label of distinction.
I am not sure if anyone hears this name and does not immediately think of Angelina Jolie the iconic feminist, actress, mother, and philanthropist. She embodies everything that women want to be and men want to be with; beauty, grace, sophistication, humor, and smarts.
Angelina is diminutive of “Angela” which means “angel”. It used to be that this name was equated with fragility and weakness, but because of Angelina Jolie it has taken on a lot more cultural significance. It reminds people of a multi-cultural family, of adoption, and of heart. It has also inspired many parents to seek out alternative means to become parents.
Your little one does not have to be just like Angelina Jolie, but naming her this gives her many positive qualities and traits to aspire to.
Eva, like “Ava”, is Latin and means “life”. It has been in the “Top 100 Girl Names” since 2009, and can be pronounced either E-vah or Ay-va. It has held its popularity without going over the top—there are many Eva’s out there but not so much that your child will be one of many in her school.
There are many famous women named Eva, including Eva Longoria and Eva Mendes. The name, although similar to its sister “Ava”, is gentler and softer. It implies romance in an old –timey, classy sense that modern names just cannot project.
Eva will make a dazzling name for your baby girl whether she decides to be an actress, a singer, a doctor, or an astronaut. Whatever she chooses to do, she will do so with style.
Harlow sounds to me like she has to be a movie star. This was one my own list of girls’ names and I kept crossing my fingers that I would have a girl so I could use it. (Spoiler alert—by the time I discovered Harlow, I had already had my daughter and my next two, though lovely, were boys. Loud sigh.)
Harlow is an English surname and it means “army”. It has grown in popularity over the last five years, but is still #420 on the popular girls’ names list.
This name is a good choice for parents who want their daughter’s name to have an impact; to be remembered. There still are not a lot of Harlow’s out there so your baby will be unique but still current.
Monroe is of Scottish origin and it means “mouth of the Roe river”. It is the name of one of America’s fifth president, James Monroe. But most of us will recognize this name as a shout out to one of the most iconic, glamorous women that has ever walked this earth—Marilyn Monroe. Her grace and beauty has enthralled a whole new generation of people, who have decided to pay homage to her by naming their daughters after her. (Why didn’t I think of this?)
Monroe is a really fresh way to give tribute to a symbol of femininity while also using her last name which bears a more gender-neutral stance. It has all the glitz of a Hollywood name with some grit—the perfect mix for many millennial parents.
Sophia is just about as timeless and classic of a name as you can get. It has been popular for approximately 13,938 years. As with any name, it goes through ebbs and flows of being extremely popular versus very common but right now it is currently ranked #4!
Sophia is Greek and it means “wisdom”. It has been the name of many famous and iconic women like Sophia Loren, Sophia Bush, and Sophia Vergara, This name has the grace of old Hollywood paired with a modern day flare that bridges together gorgeous women that spans decades.
If you want a name for your daughter that is trendy, this is a fantastic choice for you! Your little girl will be endowed with a history of great women who have proudly bore this name before her.
It should be no surprise that Victoria is on the list of glamorous names—it has been the staple of queens for generations. It exemplifies refinement and has a timeless quality that is very hard to find. I have never seen, heard, or met a Victoria who did not embody strength and class—it must be a requirement. Victoria is a great name for parents looking for something everlasting.
For anyone who was a young teen in the 1990’s, it is also the name of a really important Spice [Girl]—Victoria Beckham. She was not the most popular Spice Girl during their reign, but has since become the most successful. It does not hurt that she married the hunkiest soccer star ever to kick a ball—David Beckham. But I’m getting off subject…
Ava is of Latin origin and it means “life”. It is considered to be a variation of the name “Eve”.
Ava began its swift ascent into popularity over a decade ago, when celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman named their daughters such. But Ava did not stop there—it kept climbing all the way to the top ten baby girl names and was at #3 in 2016.
You may liken Ava to another Hollywood starlet—Ava Gardner, who was named by the American Film Institute as one of the “25 Greatest Female Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema”. She was nominated for countless awards and spent the entirety of her adult life appearing in successful films. She was true Hollywood glamour, and naming your daughter Ava will instill in her a sense of antiquity.
Vivienne is from Latin origins and it means “life”—what a beautiful meaning to bestow on a baby girl in the beginning of her story! It can also be spelled more simply as “Vivien”. However you choose to spell it, the name is pure glamor and class. Your sweet little baby will be lucky to given such a beautiful and elegant designation.
Vivienne is subtle and understated, and is a great choice for parents who want a traditional sounding name that is not widely popular. It is surprising that this name has not taken off, seeing as it the one of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s kids’ names. (Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt and her twin brother, Knox Leon, are the youngest of the Jolie-Pitt family. The rest of the siblings have amazing names, as well.)
If we are making a list of glamorous names, Charlotte cannot be left out. Charlotte has so classic that it came into style two hundred years ago and never left!
The most famous, modern-day Charlotte is the Princess Charlotte of Cambridge who is literal royalty. The world was waiting with baited breath for the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge to release her name and when they did, it did not disappoint.
Charlotte is French, a diminutive of "Charles". It sits in the top ten of the most popular baby girls names of 2016, comfortable in the spot of #7. It has made its way up and down the list, but never strayed far from the pinnacle.
If you are looking for a timeless and classic name for your baby, this is the one for you!
Ah, just as its name implies, Grace is a beautiful addition to any family. Its meaning is from English heritage and their meaning is a virtue: “simple elegance or refinement of movement”.
Grace has been around for a long time, but it was made most famous as a name on the beautiful superstar, Grace Kelly. She was an icon of talent and magnificence. Grace was extremely well educated and had a successful career in film. Grace married Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956, and upped her already celeb-status to that of a real life princess!
For parents wanting to name this baby girl a classic name that comes along with history and great meaning, than Grace is the name for you! It will fit a baby, toddler, little girl, and someday an exquisite woman.
Tiffany is Greek and it means “God’s appearance”. Wow, what a way to start off life with a meaning like that! It sits at #558 on the popularity list, which means that while still prevalent there are not 8,000 Tiffany’s wandering around the preschool playground.
Tiffany sounds to me like royalty—this is the name for a little girl who is going to command people’s attention. If you are sensing that your little fetus has a feisty, vivacious personality than this would be a name that suits her. Tiffany is also the name of one of the most iconic jewelry makers in America—who have been operating since 1837. You may recognize their signature teal boxes, also known as “Tiffany blue”. Women have swooned at the sight of their luxury pieces—specifically their diamonds.
Veronica is Latin and is means “she who brings victory; true image”. (Not a bad meaning for you baby girl’s name, eh?) It is #414 on the popular girls names lists, which means that it is not rare but it is definitely not crazy popular—which is great if you are looking for something a little bit more understated and unusual.
Also—there is a show called “Veronica Mars” which has the most loyal fans you will ever meet. If you have never watched this, you must. This show became a cult classic after it went off the air, and was a huge stepping stone for everyone’s favorite actress, Kristen Bell.
For any fans of the show or of the actress, Veronica is a great name to pay your respects.
Clara is of Latin origin and means “bright, clear”. It one of the most quintessentially vintage-chic names in existence.
There was an American actress named Clara Bow who was very popular in the 1920’s. She starred in silent films, which some would argue is one of the hardest genres to act in. She became the poster girl from the Roaring Twenties and was looked at with lust and intrigue. Her name mirrored back her professional image of sophistication, class, and eloquence.
If you are looking for a name that is not complicated but has depth and significance, this is a solid choice for you. It is easy to spell and to pronounce, but will not be found at the top of any modern charts.
Clara will you give you everything you are looking for.
Lana is diminutive of “Alana” and means “little rock”, “harmony”, or “concord”. I have been obsessed with the name Lana since I first discovered the music of Lana Del Rey. Her voice is like butter and she looks like a movie star from the 20’s who was transported into modern day. If you are not familiar with her music than go check her out now—and be prepared to be inspired.
There was an actress named Lana Turner in the late 1930’s. She was known for her role in “Love Finds Andy Hardy”, where she was famous as “The Sweater Girl” to every man who saw the movie. She embodied all of the glamour and beauty of her era, and naming your baby after her would be a nod to one film’s “greats”.
Alexandra is the female form of the name “Alexander” which means “defending men”. I love that the meaning implies that the person who holds this title will stand up strong for other people; what a lovely quality to bestow upon your newborn baby.
Alexandra has been an entry that has long graced the most popular baby girl names lists for over fifty years and yet it never got so popular that it became dull or over-used. It is unique and yet not surprising.
The strong elegance of Alexandra is perfect for parents who are searching for a simple but tasteful name that is a callback to the classics. It is also a great choice for those who love nicknames because it provides a variety of them including Alex, Lexi, Lex, Xandra, and Ali.
Audrey is English and means “noble strength”. This name sounds like royalty; it is soft and yet intriguing. Although we all know the name it is not overly popular—meaning your little Audrey would not be the third one in her Kindergarten class. If you want a name that harkens to old Hollywood than this is a great one for you.
Many of us will associate Audrey to the iconic British film star during Hollywood’s “Golden Age”; Audrey Hepburn. She was also a fashion icon for women across the world and looked up to for her humanitarian efforts. Audrey was bestowed several accolades including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and a Tony Award. She revered as one of the one of the greatest screen legends of all time.
If you love the throwback glamour names that are a little edgier and more unique, than Bette is a great choice for you! It is beautiful, short, and crisp. It is easy to spell and no one will forget your little girl’s stylish name.
Bette originates from the name “Elizabeth” which means “pledged to God”. It has vintage feel that reminds many people of the actress Bette Davis, one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood. Bette Davis pronounced her name BET-EE, while Bette Midler (another renowned, but more modern, actress) pronounces her name BETT.
However you choose to pronounce it, the name is homage to classic Hollywood and the days of charm and trendiness. It will give your daughter a name that stands out amongst the crowd but has historical context in film and acting.
Giselle sounds so graceful that even the pronunciation of it implies refinement—jiz-ELLE. Its origins are German (though it sounds French to me). Its meaning is “pledge/hostage”, which is kind of confusing because those are two very different things—but let it go. The same is gorgeous.
Regardless of its literal meaning, this is a name for the ages. Famous supermodel Gisele Bündchen has made this name’s popularity surge. This German/Brazilian celebrity has made headlines for her beauty, for marrying her NFL quarterback husband, Tom Brady. Giselle is a modern, successful and classy woman.
If you are looking for an edgy name that still holds the feeling of old glamour, than this name is for you!
(Also consider it is a middle name, as it goes very well with many others!)
Greta is of German heritage and is diminutive of Margarethe, meaning “pearl”. Although this name is known, it is not raging in popularity. So for those of you that are looking for something that is less trendy and more classic, this name will suit you well. In 2016, it was #632 on list of most popular girls’ names—still admired but more rare than some of our other entries.
Greta makes me picture a sweet little girl, sitting on a swing amidst a beautiful nature setting. Greta seems like she would be sort of a tom-boy who played in the dirt and loved to chase her brothers around the yard.
The name Greta is feminine, classic and yet has an edge that creates intrigue when spoken.
I adore this name!
Jude originates from the “Judith” but is a more modern and fashionable version. (Love to all you Judith’s out there—we are just putting a little twist on your lovely name!) Jude means “praised”, and she will be because if you have this name, than you are destined to be fabulous—nay--remarkable.
Jude was made most famous by the male actor Jude Law, but it has since morphed into a female’s name, as well. I love that it is soft sounding and quite simple, yet it sounds unusual.
For parents who want a name that you cannot shorten, this one would be a good fit for you! It is all the rage now to name your child a name that is gender neutral—and Jude is a beautiful, timeless choice.
Sources: Nameberry, Baby Center, Wikipedia, Dictionary.com, Biography.com
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