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25 Baby Names That Guarantee She Will Be Spunky

One of the most important decisions a parent can make is what to name their child. It’s crucial to pick a moniker that will set the stage for their kiddo’s life. Studies have shown that a person’s name can determine everything from career options to what sort of mate they will attract. That’s a lot of pressure for mom and dad to come up with just the right one.

If you’re looking to give your daughter a strong name that will stand the test of time, you’ve come to right the place. We’ve analyzed baby lists and popularity charts to bring you the best of the best. These options aren’t for “girly” girls. You won’t find one wallflower on this list. These names have been carefully selected to represent the gutsy girls of the world.

Inspiration can be found in the most unlikely places, from the bad girls of history to fearless female literary characters, these monikers are powerful and sassy. Gender-neutral names are a great option for parents who want to give their daughter a leg up on the other girls. These titles have moxie. Please enjoy this list of 25 baby names that guarantee she will be spunky.

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25 Cleo

Cleo is a shortened version of the name Cleopatra and would be a fierce moniker for a little girl. What parent wouldn't want to name their daughter after the ruler of ancient Egypt? She was known for being brainy and cunning.

The name "Cleo" is of Greek origin, and it means "To Praise, Acclaim". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 41,497 babies born with the first name Cleo in the United States. The highest recorded use of Cleo was in 1920 with a total of 1,048 babies. MTV's Catfish host Nev Schulman chose this adorable name for his daugther.

24 Delilah

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Delilah was made famous by betraying Samson, proving herself to be the baddest of the bad girls from the Bible. Samson fell in love with Delilah, who used her feminine wiles to cut off his locks. Needless to say, a girl named Delilah will be a clever little thing.

The name "Delilah" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "One who weakened". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 31,276 babies born with the first name Delilah in the US.

23 Oakley

 

Annie Oakley was a star in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and was a sharpshooting gunslinger known for being an amazing marksman. Oakley would be an adorable and spunky name for a little girl that could put boys in their place. No one would mess with her on the playground.

The name "Oakley" is of English origin, and it means "From the oak tree field". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,607 babies born with the first name Oakley in the United States.

22 Mae

Mae is a name inspired by the Old Hollywood actress, Mae West. She was a controversial actress, singer, playwright, and screenwriter during the 1920's. She challenged societal norms by staring in steamy movies that were considered to be extremely risque for the time period. A girl named Mae will be saucy and headstrong.

The name "Mae" is of English origin, and it means "Month of May". From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 109,788 babies born with the first name Mae in the United States.

21 Harley

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Harley may sound like a macho man motorcycle name but it’s gaining popularity for little girls. It’s a cute and sassy moniker that would be perfect for a saucy gal. It ranked #93 on Name.org list of unisex baby names.

From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 59,569 babies born with the first name Harley in the United States. The highest recorded use of the first name Harley was in 2016 with a total of 1,422 babies.

20 Roxie

Are you looking for a name that will make your daughter stand out in a crowd? Look no further than the moniker, Roxie. It’s the shortened version of the name, Roxanne but can totally stand on its own two adorable feet.

From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 18,223 babies born with the first name Roxie in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 62 newborn babies.

19 Cricket

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Cricket is typically a nickname for a scrappy girl but it would make a lovely first name. It has yet to move up on the charts but that just means that it is poised to take off. Parents who give their daughter this moniker must love nature and might be seeking a unique name.

"Cricket" is a name of American origin, and it means "Loud Insect of the Night". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 562 babies born with the first name Cricket in the United States.

18 Josie

Josie is the spunky version of the name Josephine. It is inspired in part by the fictional all-girl band, Josie and the Pussycats from the Archie comics and the popular television show, Riverdale. This one will get your daughter stand out in a crowd, for sure.

"Josie" is a name of American origin, and it means "God Will Add". From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 57,373 babies born with the first name Josie in the United States.

17 Isla

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Isla is a captivating name that would be a perfect choice for expectant mom and dads that are on the lookout for a cute title for the daughter. It’s an old-fashioned moniker that has some serious staying power.

"Isla" is a name of Scottish origin, and it means "Island". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 13,194 babies born with the name Isla in the United States. The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1886.

16 Poppy

Poppy is a sweet name for a cheery little girl. It’s uncommon but just trendy enough to be worthy of the cool kids. It’s most recently become popular because of the character Poppy in the animated film, Trolls. Why not name your daughter after a hot pink troll that sings her way through life?

"Poppy" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "From the Flower." From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,070 babies born with the first name Poppy in the United States.

15 Olive

The name Olive is adorable and has happy associations as the olive branch has historically been a symbol of peace. Nature lovers will adore this botanical title for their daughter. It has been a popular choice among the rich and famous. Actress, Drew Barrymore named her little girl Olive.

"Olive" is a name of English origin, and it means "Olive". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 52,165 babies born with the first name Olive in the US.

14 Amelia

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The name Amelia might be attractive to parents who are seeing an adventurous moniker for their daughter. Perhaps the most famous person bearing this name is Amelia Earhart, an American aviation pioneer, and the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

The name "Amelia" is of Latin origin, and it means "To Strive or Excel or Rival". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 156,937 babies born with the first name Amelia in the United States.

13 Sawyer

Sawyer is a gender-neutral name that would be perfect for a high-spirited little girl. Literary-minded parents will love it because of its association with Mark Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This one would be perfect for a tomboy. It ranks #111 on the unisex names list.

"Sawyer" is a name of English origin, and it means "Woodcutter" From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 48,882 babies born with the first name Sawyer in the United States.

12 Frida

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Frida is a dynamic name that would make any girl feel capable at life. The artist Frida Kahlo provides more than enough inspiration to give this moniker a powerful punch. It somehow manages to be feminine and solid all at once. It ranked #56 on the German Girl Names list.

"Frida" is a name of German origin, and it means "Peace". From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,349 babies born with the first name Frida in the United States.

11 Briar

Briar would suit a little girl who has a ton of grit. Although, it has feminine connotations as well. It was the name of the main character in the classic tale, Sleeping Beauty. It’s a magical moniker that would set your daughter up for a charmed life.

"Briar" is a name of English origin, and it means "Shrub, Small Tree". From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,981 babies born with the first name Briar in the United States.

10 Scout

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Who can resist a little girl named Scout? Book lovers will adore this name because it was inspired by the character, Scout Finch, from the beloved classic novel, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Scout would be the spunky little girl you’ve been longing for.

“Scout” is a name of American origin, and it means “First Explorer.” From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,144 babies born with the first name Scout in the United States.

9 Ramona

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Ramona is one of those “old lay cool” names that have some serious vintage credibility. Her friends will probably associate it with Ramona Quimby, the scrappy character from Beverly Cleary books. It’s distinctive without being too outlandish. It ranked #9 on the Spanish Girl Names list.

"Ramona" is a name of Spanish origin, and it means "Counsel Protection". From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 68,310 babies born with the first name Ramona in the United States.

8 Pepper

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A peppy name for your daughter would be Pepper. Spice names are seeing a slight surge in popularity these days and this one is the spiciest of them all. Pepper Potts is a character from the Marvel franchise and the is also the girlfriend of Iron Man.

"Pepper" is a name of American origin, and it means "Hot Spice". From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,440 babies born with the first name Pepper in the United States.

7 Thea

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Looking for a mythical name for your daughter? Thea is an awesome option that sounds totally spunky. It’s a variation of the moniker, Althea. This one didn’t see much action on the charts until 2013 and has been steadily rising ever since. It ranked #19 on the Unique Girl Names list.

"Thea" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Gift of God". From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 11,840 babies born with the first name Thea in the United States.

6 Juniper

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Juniper is an adorable name that will make people swoon from all of the cuteness. The moniker is inspired by a little green shrub, so it was made for nature lovers. Tree names are actually quite popular right now so your daughter will totally be on-trend.

"Juniper" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Juniper Berry". From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,441 babies born with the first name Juniper in the United States.

5 Zooey

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Zooey would be a precious for name your little bundle. Parents who are bookworms will love it because it is a nod to J.D. Salinger’s book, Franny and Zooey. It has moved up the charts thanks to the actress, Zooey Deschanel, who plays the quirky roommate in the show, New Girl.

Zooey is of Greek origin and it means “life”. From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 826 babies born with the first name Zooey in the United States.

4 Sabine

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Sabine is a sophisticated and sassy name. This one will grow with your daughter as she matures. It has a retro vibe as the moniker first appeared on the charts in the late 1950’s. It’s had a slight uptick since then is poised to continue rising.

"Sabine" is a name of French origin, and it means "Sabine Woman". From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,720 babies born with the first name Sabine in the United States.

3 Drew

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Drew is another unisex name that would be an adorable pick for a little girl. Your daughter will be no shrinking violet if you give her this moniker. Of course, the most famous female celebrity with this name is Drew Barrymore, so your little one would be in good company.

“Drew" is a name of English origin, and it means "Manly". From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 81,079 babies born with the first name Drew in the United States.

2 Wren

Wren is another name that has seen a big surge in popularity over the last few years. It’s one of those monikers that sounds delicate but is sort of scrappy all at once. It’s not very common, so your daughter will stand out in a crowd.

"Wren" is a name of English origin, and it means "Small Bird." From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,559 babies born with the first name Wren in the United States.

1 Imogen

A blast from the past that has been rising in the charts is Imogen. Shakespeare used the title Imogen for a character in the play, Cymbeline. He was inspired by the British queen Innogen but accidentally misspelled the name when it was printed and Imogen was created.

"Imogen" is a name of English origin, and it means "Innocent, Girl". From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,346 babies born with the first name Imogen in the United States.

References: Names.org, Nameberry.com

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