Do you want an elegant, graceful name for your little girl? Of course, we all know that short and funky baby names are trendy right now, but hey, classic fancy and sophisticated names will never go out of style and they stand the test of time, I can guarantee you that! Long first names do pair amazingly well with shorter last names, of course you can also pick one of these names if you have a longer last name, that’s just a criteria most parents exert when they choose their babies name. Another cool side effect if you give your baby girl an elegant first name are the adorable nicknames you can come along with.
Some parents tend to avoid long first names for their baby, because they think they would be hard for others to spell, but we have made you a list of 25 baby girl names that everybody will know how to spell – promised! Of course, your preschooler has a longer way to learn how to spell their own name than others, but isn’t that a reason to be super proud of as a preschooler – well I think it is, and I think that this is exactly the right way to expound it to them!
So we’ve got you a list of 25 beautiful baby girl names which come from a wide variety of languages and cultures.
Alannah comes in a few different spellings, as of Alanna, Alanah, Alana or Alenah. This girls first name has disputed origins.
It could be derived either from the Old High German word for "precious". It could also come from the Irish language term "a leanbh" which means "child" in English. In Gaelic Alanna as itself is the term for "beauty" or "serenity". Also the Goidelic/Hawaiian community uses this beautiful name. There it means «fair», «beautiful» or «offering». In the Igbo language, this girl's name means «father land» or «father’s land». Alana is actually also a small village in Iran.
So you can see, this name is very versatile. On one hand you can choose from the different spelling variations, on the other hand you can go for the meaning you like the most – so that’s cool!
This girl name derives from the Greek word "anastasis", which in Christian usage means "the resurrection".
The name goes back to the martyr Anastasia of Sirmium, who was also included in the first prayer. She was a helper through illness and was able to cure many people. Her feast day in the liturgy was December 25, which is why, in the early Middle Ages, the Pope celebrated the second of the three early Christmas Masses in the consecrated church of Sant'Anastasia al Palatino in Rome.
These days, the name is especially popular in Russia. Even though the name is mostly used in Russia, pretty much every country has it’s own spelling version of the name.
A few examples would be Anastassija, the version of Bulgaria, Korean would say Anasutasya, in Poland it would be Anastazja or Nastazja and in Hungary Anasztázia.
Antoinette is the French form of the Latin name Antonia. Antonia originally designated the origin of the Roman gene - The clan of the Antonians. The Antonians, was an important plebeian family in the Roman Empire. The family attributed their ancestry to Anteon, a son of the god Hercules.
Proprably the most known Antoinette would be Marie Antoinette, who was born as Archduchess of Austria. By her marriage to the successor Ludwig August, she was Dauphine of France and after the accession of her husband later also Queen of France and Navarre. After drawing the hatred and displeasure of her folk through her extravagant lifestyle, she was beheaded nine months after her husband died by the guillotine.
The name comes in a few different spelling variations, which would be: Antonella, Antonette, Antonie, Antonietta, Antonina, Toni, Tonja, Antonia, Nettli, Antionette, Netti and Toini.
Caroline is the diminutive of the Old High German Karla, which is the female form of Karl. The name comes from the Old High German word "karal", which means "the free one".
Caroline could also be a derivative of the Roman word "carol", which means "the beloved one".
Caroline, also comes in other variations as of Carolina, Carolin, Karoline, Karolina or Karolin.
Of course everybody of us knows the soft-rock song "Sweet Caroline", which was a huge hit performed by Neil Diamond in 1969. The song was inspired by Caroline Kennedy which was back then eleven years old. He also sang it for her on her fiftieth birthday party. Another famous Caroline would be the princess from Monaco, who is the daughter oft he famous Grace Kelly later known by Gracia Patricia.
The female first name Charlotte looks back on a long tradition with some ups and downs in the name statistics. Accordingly, the name was a well-given first name in the early 19th century. At the beginning of the forties he lost popularity. It was not until the beginning of the nineties that the name recovered and since then has always been on the top of the list.
The name with old German roots comes in fact from the man's name Karl. The name Karl stands for "free man" and "warrior". According to Charlotte, this is called the "warrior" and the "free woman". In French Charlotte also means the "graceful". There are countless variants for the name. For example Carlotta, Charlette or Lotte. The abbreviation for Charlotte is Char, which I love because it sounds so cool.
Colette is the French short form of Nicoletta. Nicoletta is the Italian female form of Nicoletto (= Nicolaus). The name Nicolaus comes from the ancient Greek language and is composed of the word "nike" for "the victory" and "laos" for "the folk".
Colette is a chic and charming name that is being rediscovered. It disappeared for nearly 30 years, then in 2012 the name Colette rejoined the Top 1000 and has continued to rise since then.
Honestly, if I think about the name Colette, I always think about the anime character from the movie Ratatouille, Colette Tatou. Can you remember her as well ? She is Linguini's co-worker and eventual girlfriend. In the very beginning, she fired the sentence «Keep your station clear, or I will kill you!» to him, which was hilarious.
The name Cordelia is of uncertain origin, Cordelia could be a variation from the Celtic name Creiryddlydd which means «the daughter of the sea». On the other hand, it could be a Latin name, since Cordelia could be translated from Latin as "the right heart".
The name got ist popularity through Shakespeare's King Lear where Lear's youngest daughter is called Cordelia, she is the only one who was faithful to him.
There are very cute and nice short forms for Cordelia, so you could say Cora, Delia, Lia, Del, or even the extremely different Cordie.
In the movie Romeo x Juliet, Cordelia is the faithful servant of the Capulets, which makes her a friend and helper of Juliet. So there are at least two fictional characters, going by the name Cordelia, which are both very nice and faithful – that's a cool plus fort he name, isn’t it?!
The meaning of the name Eleonora is unclear. It also comes in the variations Eleonore, Elenora, Elleonora. Eleanor of Aquitaine, actually Old French Alienor, is the first known bearer of the name. Alienor is a composite of Ali and énor, which means "the other Énor". She was called "the other Énor" to distinguish her from her mother, who was also called Énor.
The name Eleonore could also have been derived from the Arabic "Aḷḷāhu nūr-ī", which means "God is my light". By the Moors the name came to Spain, had spread from there to France, so that he finally spread in England. Another explanation of the name's origin is that Eleonore could be a modification of Helene. Especially in the 19th century Eleonore was associated with the ancient Greek Eleos, meaning "mercy", which could also be an explanation.
The name derives from the Greek Elizabeth of the Bible and refers to Elisabet, the mother of John the Baptist. Also two of England's most notable queens have been called Elizabeth I and II.
The name Elizabeth derives from the Hebrew. The Hebrew name Elisheva means, for example, "God swears" or "God of the oath / oath." Since the Hebrew word for oath / swear is associated with the number word for seven, there are also interpretations such as "God is seven" (in the sense of "God is happiness") and other interpretations related to this number such as "God is holy "," God is perfection "and the like.
In addition to the numerous saints named Elizabeth, Elizabeth is also a name that is often given in the circles of noblemen.
Evianna is a variation of the Biblical baby name Eve, which is Hebrew in origin and it's meaning is «life», «the living one» or «life-giver». In the bible Eve was the first woman and the second human being created by God. She was made from the rib of her husband Adam. Through the temptation of the serpent, Eve violated God's commandment and ate the forbidden fruit, and also gave it to Adam. For this sin, Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden. Eve had three sons with Adam - Cain, Abel and Seth.
Nicknames for Evianna would be Eve, Via, V or Evi.
In 2010 the name was only given to 5 girls in the whole country. This makes the name Evianna a really rare given name, which makes it super special.
Gabriella is the female Latin form of Gabriel, an ancient Hebrew male name borne from the Bible. Gabriel was one of the seven archangels of God, who was also the one, who prophesying Maria of the impending birth of Jesus. The name Gabriel comes from the Hebrew word «Gabhri’el» which means «man of God». The name is also related tot he Hebrew word «gabhar» meaning «strong», so Gabriel is often translated to mean «strong man of God» or it could also mean «God is my strength». As the feminine version of Gabriel, Gabriella would therefore mean “strong woman of God”.
Gabriella is a very beautiful name, even more beautiful is that there are several versions you can shorten the name. So there are short versions, such as Bella, Ella, Gab, Gabbi, Gabby, Gabi, Gabie, Gabbie or Gaby.
The origin of the name Genevieve is not well known and under different countries and languages also very controversial.
In the Germanic language, the name means "the far-reaching one". Most opinions, by the way, assume that Genevieve comes from the Germanic language. In Gaul Genevieve is "the wife of the nobility". The Celts refer to Genevieve as "the daughter of the man who is right".
It’s also possible that Genevieve is of the same origin as Jennifer, but also – there is no proof for any of the origins.A very famous bearer of the name is Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris. She lived in the service of the poor and the sick. According to the tradition, she is said to have taken from the age of 15 to 50 only twice a week food and drink.
The name Gwyneth is an Anglicized form of Gwynedd, which is the name of an ancient Welsh kingdom. The name means "happiness or/and bliss".
In the Celtic language there is also a legend behind every name and its meaning. So for the name Gwyneth, there is the legend called "white women in the river". This means that the element of women named Gwyneth most likely is water.
Proprably the most known and popular Gwyneth would be US-actress, entrepreneur, model and singer Gwyneth Paltrow. Greater fame came in 1995 alongside Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman with a supporting role in the film Seven, which was an international theatrical hit and Paltrow earned a nomination for the Satellite Award. In 1996 she played the title role in the film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma, for which she received positive reviews.
Jacqueline is the French variant of the German name Jakobine, the female form of Jacob. The name has a Hebrew origin and originally means "may God protect". But already in the Old Testament the meaning of the name was reinterpreted as "heel-holder" and "he cheats" or "he displaces." Because according to biblical account Jacob was born as the second son of his parents Isaac and Rebekah shortly after his twin brother Esau. At birth, he clung to the heel of Esau, to be the first brother to see the light of day. Thus, in Hebrew, Jacob is also synonymous with heel holders. Which, if you ask me, is hilarious and so funny.
Internationally, Jacqueline is a popular maiden name, especially in the French-speaking and English-speaking cultures. Other forms include Jacquelina, Jaqueline, Schaklin and Jackie.
Josephine is currently a very popular, feminine given name and originally the extension of the maiden name Josefa. This is again the female form of the male given name Josef. Whether male or female variant, Josephine, Josef and Co. go back to the word 'jasaf'. This is Hebrew for 'add' or 'multiply'. In the figurative sense, Josephine means 'God adds' or 'God may multiply'. In the male variant, the meaning goes even further. In this case, the name is interpreted as 'God may add a son'.
Diminutive forms of this name include Fifi, Jo, Josie, Joetta and Jojo, the Spanish version "Josefina" or Josephina and the Greek version Iosiphina. Also spelled Yosefina and Gosefine. The Swedish version is Josefine.
Josephine is another of the names, which are very popular in royal circles.
Isabella means “the divine one” or “the miraculous one”. It has another very beautiful meaning which is “the eternal beauty”. Honestly, how beautiful is that?!
Isabella is the alteration of Elizabeth made in the Middle Ages in Spain and Portugal.
Isabelle is French, the form Isabella is probably from the French and Italian word “bella” mediated. On the basis of the voiced pronunciation of the “s”, the name in its Polish and Romanian form has the orthographical realizations Izabella and Izabela. There are other versions of the name besides the above mentioned as of Isabel, Isabell, Izabell or Izabella.
In the aristocratic world of pre-revolutionary France, the name Isabella still enjoys great popularity, especially in French-speaking areas. The Isabella form ranked 2009 the number one favorite for newborns in the US.
Okay, so this name is already my favourite of the whole list. You know why? Of course you do! Lovely, funny and hilarious Lorelai Gilmore, one of the protagonists of the TV-series Gilmore Girls. One of the best amusements in the series is certainly Lorelai's strong sayings, which regularly upsets her environment. Together with her exciting and ever changing emotional life, she is certainly a real asset to the series.
Originally Loreley is the name of a slate rock that juts out of the Rhine shortly before St. Goarshausen (in Germany). In 1801 a poet created the fantasy figure 'Lore Lay', a water woman sitting on the rock, who lured seafarers to death with song.
Due to the Middle High German words "lure", meaning "the elf" and "lei", meaning "the rocks", it is believed that the name means "the elf on the rock".
Lucinda is the feminine form of the name Lucius. The name goes back to a very common Roman name 'Lucianus' and is an evolution of 'Lucius'. So far, three popes wore the name Lucius.
Of course, there are also different spellings or variations of the name, as well as Lusinda, Lucianda, Lucia or Lucy.
The name comes from the Latin word lux, meaning "the light". The meaning of the name is therefore "the radiant one" or "the shining one". Many also interpret the meaning as "born at dawn",which is really beautiful when your little angel will actually be born in the morning dawn. Of course most of us choose the name long before the day of birth but if you are a spontanous bird, maybe this is a name for you?!
Madelina or also Madeline are forms of the name Magdalene. Magdalene means "from Magdala", which ia a village on the sea of Galilee. In Aramaic, "magdala" means "tower" or "elevated, great, magnificent".
The Name Magdala is well known and used because of Saint Mary Magdalene. She was a Jewish woman who, according to texts included in the New Testament, traveled with Jesus as one of his followers. She is said to have witnessed Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Within the four Gospels she is named at least 12 times, more than most of the apostles. It’s also said that she had a relationship with Jesus.
What is really lovely about the name Madelin is, if you ask me, the nickname, which would be Maddie. It sounds so cute – doesn’t it?
Marielle is the French nickname of Mary – therefore it means «the little Mary». As the name of the mother of Jesus, Mary is a symbol of pure and deep love. The meaning is not certainly clarified. One possibility would be, that the name is of Egyptian origin and a derivative of 'mry', meaning 'the lover', in the sense of someone who is loved by other people. Mary could also be a version of the Aramaic-Hebrew name Mirjam, this is probably the most widely used Christian female first name.
Another spelling variation of Marielle would be Mariel. Of course we all know name bearer Mariel Hemingway, the US-actress and granddaughter of the writer Ernest Hemingway. Which, by the way is the last of her generation, as of the sad apparently suicidal curse of the family Hamingway.
The name Morganna or Morgana comes from the male form Morgan. This is an old Celtic or Welsh name whose meaning has not been clarified until today.
In the Arthurian saga, Morgana is a fairy and lives on the mist-lying island of Avalon. Morgana fell in love with the knight Lancelot. He rejected Morgana because he himself loved Guinevere, the wife of King Arthur. With the help of a trick Morgana revealed to the king the infidelity of his wife. She handed him a magical drinking horn, from which no man can drink, whose wife was unfaithful. King Arthur was unable to drink from the horn, so the infidelity of his wife was proved.
Morgana is often depicted as an opponent of the wizard Merlin. She used her magical powers as a healer and she was able to transform into different shapes.
This first name is a female given name that comes from the ancient Greek or Greek. Since the appearance of Odysseus' adventures, the name of his wife, known as Penelope, has been used as a synonym for Loyalty and has lost its original meaning of "the pure". Penelope, Odysseus' wife, knew her numerous worshipers to be comforting during the wanderings of her husband, pretending she had to weave a pall for her father-in-law Laertes. But every night she kept breaking up what she had woven during the day. This went well for over three years until a treacherous servant betrayed her. So she decided to give the worshipers an impossible task: they were asked to shoot twelve ax rings with Odysseus' bow. None of the suitors could stretch the bow. Only Odysseus, who had meanwhile returned and was disguised as a beggar by Athena, succeeded, and he killed all the suitors.
The feminine given name Victoria derives from the Latin word "victoria" and means "victory", so Victoria is "the victor" or "the victorious".
In Roman mythology Victoria corresponds to the Greek goddess of victory Nike, both are always shown winged.
The name Victoria is widely used in many countries. In addition to the Latin spelling with "c" there is also Viktoria with "k". The distribution of spellings is according to name researchers almost 50 to 50 percent for Victoria and Viktoria. Victoire is the standard variation of this name in France and Vittoria or Vittoriana in Italy. Queen Victoria was probably the most famous bearer of the name, she reigned over 63 years, the United Kingdom and Ireland and was even Empress of India. The Victorian era was also named after her.
Vivienne is a French feminine given name of Latin origin. The name is a variant of Viviana.
The name is mentioned in the Arthurian saga. There is a woman called Vivienne or Niniane, a sorceress who holds Merlin captive, and she was also the educator of Lancelot. A Celtic origin of the first name is therefore also conceivable.
Nevertheless, the meaning is unexplained and controversial until today. Some people refer to the Latin word "vivus", which means "lively". Most name researchers, however, refer the name to the ancient Roman surname Vivianus. The original meaning of Vivianus was "alive or living", perhaps a commentary on the birth survival rate of the early times. Also, there was a bishop of Saintes in France in the 5th century who was called St. Vivianus.
Veronique is the French variant of the name Veronika. Veronika was created as a Latinized form of the name Beronike, which in turn goes back to the Greek name Pherenike. The name was widely used by the worship of St. Veronica of Jerusalem, a disciple of Jesus.
Saint Veronica gave her cloth to Jesus Christ on his way to Golgotha, so that he could wipe sweat and blood from his face. It is said that the face of Jesus miraculously imprinted on the sweat cloth, it is nowadays the so-called Veronika picture.
For the meaning of the name you have to divide it into the two Greek words "pherein" and "nike". These mean "carry / bring" and "victory". Pherenike and all other forms such as Veronika, Veronique, etc. thus mean "the victorious one".