Europe is a continent full of history, charm and romance. Quiet European side streets boast some of the best cuisine the world has to offer. Ancient fountains offer the opportunity to whisper a secret wish. Winding highways are scenic wonderlands of quaint farmlands, shady trees and rolling emerald hills.
Parents of the world have the daunting responsibility of selecting names for their children. While searching for that special moniker that seems to have been made just for an impending arrival, moms and dads may want to venture across the sparkling Atlantic and consider names from a land filled with culture and fashion, acclaimed architecture and magnificent gardens. A plane ticket these days can get a bit expensive, and traveling by sea can be a little nausea inducing.
Allow us to instead bring the most gorgeous of European baby names straight to you. Stay in the comfort of your own home, in fact, don't even worry about putting your pants on if you don't want to. Pour yourself an espresso or some Dutch hot chocolate and nestle up in bed or on a comfy sofa. If you'd like, pull up a picture of the Eiffel tower or the leaning tower of Pisa on your device and throw on some Andrea Bocelli to help set the mood.
The following 20 names are top notch choices currently enjoying popularity in Europe. They are as classy as they are stunning, and sure to be the perfect choice for a parent experiencing a bit of baby name wanderlust.
Amelia is an exquisite, timeless choice for girls currently topping the baby name charts around the globe. Love for this name is especially strong in Europe, where it was the number 1 name chosen for little ladies in England in 2011, and has remained the number one choice for English baby girls to this day. It is currently in the top ten names chosen for girls in Scotland, Poland and Ireland as well. Presently, it is the 8th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States.
Amelia is a name of German origin that means work. Amelia Earhart is a heroine any little girl would be lucky to emulate. Amelia is actually the birth name of Minnie Driver, and Amelia Bloomer is an American woman's rights activist who is considered a champion for women. It has been speculated that bloomers were named in part for her.
Love Amelia? Other variations of the name include Emilia, Emelia, Amelie and Emily.
Aurora is a beautiful name of Latin origin that means dawn. It ranked 18th in Norway in 2015, and was just outside the top 100 for girls born in England in the same year. This stunning name is currently pretty popular in the United States as well, presently the 61st most popular name chosen for girls.
Not only is Aurora the gilded name of the Roman goddess of the sunrise. According to the myth, the dewdrops that settle on the morning foliage are her tears. Aurora is the official name assigned to the princess in Disney's Sleeping Beauty, although she also goes by Briar Rose. These two facts give this name added appeal and make it one any little girl will simply adore.
Rory and Aurie are two absolutely swoon-worthy nicknames that only make this name even more irresistible. Other names that may appeal to fans of Aurora include Arya, Ava and Avery.
Clare is a name of Latin origin that means bright, clear. Also spelled Claire, it's a vintage choice that is currently popular in Europe as well as North America. At present, Clare is the 650th most popular name for girls in the United States, and is up in popularity 106 places since 2016. The spelling Claire currently ranks 41st in the United States, up two places since 2016.
Saint Clare of Assissi was an Italian woman named the patron saint of television in 1958 due to her alleged gift of clairvoyance. Claire is the French spelling of the name, while Clare is the English version. Both spellings of this name are equally charming. Actress Claire Danes and writer Clare Booth Luce are two notable women with this name.
Similar names that may appeal to fans of Clare include Clara, Chiara (the Italian version of this name) and Clarissa. Whatever variation of this name parents select. it's clear that Clare is a winning choice.
Ida is a name of German origin that means industrious one. It also has English origins and means prosperous. Ida is a popular European choice at the moment, especially in Scandinavian countries: the name ranks 3rd in Denmark, 10th in Norway and 43rd in Sweden.
At present, Ida ranks as the 900th most popular name for girls in the United States, but has risen in popularity a whopping 459 places since 2016. It may be a name that becomes just as well-loved in the U.S. as it currently is in Europe in years to come. It was in the top 1,000 names for girls in the United States in the 1980s, then fell out of favor until it surged back this year.
Ida is pronounced both EE-da and AY-da. Either way, it is absolutely gorgeous. Similar names that are currently popular in North America and Europe alike include Eva, Ada and Alba.
Maja is a unique name, still largely unheard of and unused in North America, but currently quite popular in certain parts of Europe. It can be pronounced one of three ways: MY-a, MA-zah or MA-ha. This moniker is in the top 10 names chosen for girls in both Slovenia and Sweden, and is well-loved and often used in Germany and Norway as well.
Maja is a name of Scandinavian, German and Arabic origin: another form of the name Maya that means splendid or beloved. Presently, Maja is the 1,764th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States.
This lovely name is found in the title of a famous painting by artist Francisco Goya entitled "The Naked Maja." This name is strong yet feminine and an original choice for parents searching for a name that isn't overly used. Fans of this designation may also wish to consider the similar names Anja, Hilde or Freya.
Often used for boys, Logan is currently being used as a title for girls in both Europe and North America, and hales from the breathtaking land of Scotland. Logan is a Scottish surname that means little hollow. At the moment, Logan is the 215th most popular name chosen for girls in the United States, and has risen 52 places in popularity since 2016.
Logan is famously the name of Wolverine's character in the epic X-Men comics and movies. Actor Jason Mewes and producer Jordan Monsanto named their baby girl Logan in 2015.
Lolo or Lo are nicknames that would fit any spunky little girl. Lolo Jones, whose first name is actually Lori, is an American Olympian who specializes in hurdles and bobsledding. She is someone many small ones long to emulate, and is an example of never giving up and working hard to accomplish goals and aspirations. Similar names that may appeal to those who are loving Logan include Emerson, Teagan and Harper.
Lola is a sophisticated yet sweet name of Spanish origin that means strong woman. It is also a diminutive of the name Dolores that means lady of sorrows. Lola is presently a hit all across Europe. In 2015, it ranked 40th in England, 51st in Scotland and 87th in the Netherlands. In addition, it was the 33rd most popular name used for girls in Spain in 2014.
In the United States, Lola is currently the 156th most popular name for girls, and up 36 places since 2016. It's highly likely this name will follow the European trend and continue to gain popularity in North America. Celebrities love this one too. It's been chosen by Kelly Ripa, Chris Rock, Carnie Wilson, Charlie Sheen, Denise Richards and is a nickname for Madonna's daughter, Lourdes.
Those who adore the name Lola may also wish to consider other alluring names including Mia, Violet, Lyla or Layla. Lo is a possible shortening that is sweet and original.
Orla is a gorgeous Gaelic name that means golden woman or golden princess. It is currently the 29th most popular name for girls in Scotland. Orla is also a timeless classic in Ireland where it ranked as the 4th most popular name in the 12th century, and is currently making a comeback as the 74th most popular name for Irish girls. Orla is a beloved choice across the United Kingdom and ranked as the 106th most popular name for girls in England in 2015. In the United States this whimsical name is still widely unheard of, and currently ranks as the 4,874th most popular choice for girls.
Orla Quirk is the name of a character in the Harry Potter series, and the Irish king Brian Boru had three Orla's in his family, including a sister, a daughter and a niece.
Another Irish version of this name is Orlaith. Love Orla? Similar lilting designations include Bryony, Aine and Gayle.
Quinn is a stunning name of Celtic origin that means wise. It is one of the few names for a girl or a boy that begin with Q, and has surged in popularity for little lassies in recent years. The name Quinn is presently the 111th most popular name for girls in the United States, and is well-loved in many European countries, especially in Ireland and Scotland.
The spunky blonde cheerleader, Quinn Fabray on the Fox Network's hit show, Glee and Dr. Quinn on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman are two possible television characters that may have had an influence on this name's recent rise in use. Another possibility in Quinn's rise in fame is it's simply exquisite sound.
Love the idea of using a name that starts with Q and want some other names to consider? Some other possibilities include Quinta, Quilla and Queenie. Similarly spunky names that aren't quite so quirky include Piper, Reagan and Hadley.
Tanis is an obscure name of Spanish origin that means camp of glory. Although this name is virtually unheard of in the United States, currently ranking as the 15,764th most popular name used for girls at the moment, it is up in popularity over 2,500 places since 2016. It may be one to watch in the future.
It is also a Slavic name that originated from the Spanish name Estanislao and means make famous. It was the name of a number of Slavic kings and three saints. The novel Babbit by Sinclair Lewis and published in 1923 features a character with this name.
Tanis is an old-fashioned title with a modern edge that may be the perfect pick for parents searching for something original yet historical. Tanis sounds much hipper than more commonly used, yet largely forgotten, names Janice or Doris, and may be one to snatch up before it catches on.
Anders is a name of Scandinavian origin and means strong, manly. It is derived from the biblical name, Andrew, and is a popular choice of parents across Europe. It entered the top 1,000 names for boys in the United States briefly in 2006, then fell back out the next year.
In 2010, this name found its way back into the top 1,000 and has been on the rise ever since. Anders currently the 544th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has risen a whopping 252 places since 2016.
Fun fact: Anders And is name for Donald Duck in many European countries including Denmark and the Netherlands. Andersson is the second most common last name for families in both Denmark and Sweden where Anders is also a popular first name. The nickname Andy gives this name a friendly alternative. In love with Anders? Similar choices include Henrik, Johan and Soren.
Arlo is an adorable name of Anglo-Saxon origin and means fortified hill. Historians believe it was derived from the Celtic word Aherlow, which means between two highlands. Others speculate it may be a shortening of the Italian name Carlo, and that Arlo has since become a name that stands all on its own.
It was the 102nd most popular name for boys in England in 2015, and is well-loved and often used for little lads around the United Kingdom. Arlo is presently the 658th most popular name for boys in the United States. Actress Toni Colette has a son named Arlo, possibly helping to bring this name into the spotlight and give it a boost in popularity. Singer Arlo Guthrie is another notable celebrity with this name.
Arlo is a friendly, strong name that is still largely under the radar in North America. Ezra, Rowan and Milo are similar names that fans of the name Arlo may also wish to consider.
Finn is a beautiful name of Irish origin that means fair or white. Finn is currently popular across Europe. In Germany, the spelling Fynn is a popular choice. It is currently the 119th most popular name chosen for boys in the United States, and has risen 19 places in popularity since 2016.
In Irish mythology, Finn MacCool is a powerful and wise warrior with supernatural abilities know for his generosity. Model Christy Turlington and actor Ed Burns chose the name Finn for their son, as did actress Autumn Reeser. Finn Hudson was also the name of an adored Glee character played by the late Cory Monteith.
Finn is at times a shortening of a variety different longer names, including Finnigan, Finley, Finlay and Finnigan, but also stands on its own as a strong and charming name. Fans of Finn may also wish to consider the names Owen, Emmett or Wyatt.
Harry is a diminutive of the name Henry and means estate ruler. It is also a shortening of the name Harold, a name of Teutonic origin that means army-power. Prince Harry is the younger brother of Prince William, and the son of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. He's a dashing and highly likable guy; this may have something to do with the fact that the name Harry is currently being widely used in many parts of Europe.
Other reasons? Oh, no big deal, but there's also the badass fictional wizard Harry Potter and the heartthrob One Direction singer Harry Styles that have people going gaga over this friendly designation.
Harry has been in the top 5 names chosen for boys in England for quite some time now, and is also a well-loved choice in both Scotland and Ireland. Harry was in the top 20 names chosen for boys in the United States from 1880 until 1918, but has since fallen in popularity. Currently, Harry is the 290th most popular name chosen for boys in the U.S., up 112 places since 2016.
Hugo is a name of Teutonic origin that means bright in mind and spirit. It is also the Latinized version of the name Hugh and defined as mind, intellect. Many European countries adore this name, and can you really blame them? It's charming, and it sounds strong and sophisticated at the same time.
In 2015, Hugo was ranked 55th for boys in England, 54th in the Netherlands and 6th in Sweden. In 2014, it was the 97th most popular choice for boys in Ireland and the number 1 choice for boys in Spain. It seems all of Europe is in love with this one. In the United States, Hugo is presently the 267th most popular choice for boys, up in popularity 75 spots since 2016.
Hugo Boss is a fashion icon who installs class and style into this name, and the fictional Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter series named one of their children Hugo. Love Hugo? Similar choices include Oscar, Theo and Owen.
Lorenzo is the stunning Italian variation of the name Laurence and means laurel-crowned or from Laurentium. Pronounced lo-REN-tzo, this name couldn't be any more irresistible if it was covered in chocolate syrup and served atop gelato. Seriously. It's that good.
The name Lorenzo is currently the 4th most popular name for boys in Italy, and in 2015 it was the 278th most popular name for boys in England and the 169th most popular choice in the Netherlands. At the moment, Lorenzo is the 154th most popular name for boys in the United States, up 22 places in popularity since 2016,
Notable men with this name include actor Lorenzo Lamas and merchant prince of the Renaissance, Lorenzo de Mici. We'd be remiss if we failed to mention that Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi recently named her son Lorenzo. Similar names parents loving Lorenzo may wish to consider include Sebastian, Leonardo and Dominic.
Lukas is a German variation of the name Lucas and means man from Lucanus. Similar to the biblical Luke, with a slightly more modern feel, Lukas is currently enjoying popularity in many parts of Europe. It is currently in the top 30 names for boys in Norway and the top 10 names used for boys in Germany.
Lukas was the 241st most popular name for chaps in England in 2015. In the United States, Lukas is currently the 148th most popular choice for boys, up in popularity 21 spots since 2016. Singer Lukas Graham, actor and good friend of Leonardo DiCaprio Lukas Haas and soccer star Lukas Podolski are all notable men with this name.
Lukas can be shortened to Luke for a friendlier feel, Kas is another possible shortening of this one that may appeal to some parents. Those who are swooning over the name Lukas may also wish to consider other lovely names with a similar timbre. These include: Derrik, Eliot, Holt and Filip.
Oliver is a classic name of Latin origin that means olive tree. This name is a darling in Europe at the moment, ranking as the number 1 name used for boys in England and also being used for many little men across Scandinavia. In 2015, Oliver was ranked 2nd for lads in Scotland, 3rd for boys in Norway, and 7th for Swedish boys. In addition, in 2014, Oliver ranked 25th for boys in Iceland, 40th for boys in Ireland and 47th for boys in Spain.
Presently, Oliver is the 8th most popular choice for boys in the United States, down 2 spots since 2016. Notable blokes with this name include director Oliver Stone, comic Oliver Hardy, the fictional Oliver Twist and the Harry Potter character Oliver Wood.
The Italian variation of this name is Oliviero, Olivier is the French version and in Spanish it's Olivero. Similar gorgeous names fans of Oliver may wish to consider include Liam, Ethan and Theodore.
Otto is yet another European stunner that ends in O and is simply stunning from start to finish. This one's a palindrome, meaning it's the exact same name whether it's spelled forwards or backwards. That fact in and of itself is pretty awesome, but this name offers so much more.
Otto is the name of Anne Frank's father. Anne famously kept a diary during her family's time spent hiding in a secret annex from the Nazis during World War 2. Her record has since been translated into 67 different languages with over 30 million copies sold thanks, in large part, to her father's efforts after the war. The Franks and their friends, the van Pels and Fritz Pfeffer, were eventually caught and sent to concentration camps. Out of all of them, Otto Frank was the only one to survive the war. Otto fought to keep the memory of his family alive, and to prevent anything like the Holocaust from ever happening again until his death in 1980.
Otto is a name of German origin that means wealthy. In 2015, it ranked 254th for boys in England and 77th for boys in Sweden. At present, it is the 559th most popular choice for boys in the United States.
Simon is a name of Hebrew origin that means he who hears or the listener. It's a biblical name that is a bit less well-known, but currently getting lots of love in Europe. In 2015, Simon ranked as the 114th most popular name for boys in the Netherlands and the 72nd most popular moniker for boys in Sweden. In 2014, it was the 40th most popular name chosen for boys in Germany. Simon is also often used in England, Denmark, France, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium.
In the United States, Simon is presently the 201st most popular choice for boys, up 55 places since 2016. Sarcastic judge on The X Factor Simon Cowell, The Mentalist star Simon Baker and Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon are a few notable mates with this stunning name. Simon Bolivar is a man credited with the liberation of Latin America.
Love it? Similar names include Isaac, Benjamin and Thomas.