From the very moment mom first heard the news, one of the first things she might have started to work on must have been on giving her child a name. Undoubtedly, a complicated matter, she will know its complexity only when you get deeper into the subject.
Now, where does one start? Initiate discussions, first with the partner, then with family and friends, with well-wishers, with strangers, the list seems to go on until one makes a compilation. Mom will then discover unisex names has been growing in trend in the last few decades.
Nowadays, more and more parents are choosing romantic and feminine names for their daughters, as they sound fresh and new, and are often fancy and frilly. Feminine names often have more syllables as compared to masculine names, and more often than not, they end in ‘ia’, ‘ana’, ‘ina’, ‘ella’ or ‘ette’. Powerful and strong feminine names depict a strong sense of willpower and selfless determination.
Check out this collection of 25 lovable names that are full of femininity. These names are suitable for any beautiful baby girl, and parents everywhere are going to have a tough time choosing one name from this list. Look into the meanings of the names carefully to choose one that suits the child's personality and looks best.
Daisy has its origins in Old English and Old Greek. This 2 syllable baby girl name is pronounced DEY-Ziy and it means ‘Day’s eye’ or the name of a flower. This name is an English derivative of the name Margaret and a pet form of the French Marguerite. It has 29 derivatives and some of them are Daisea, Daisha, Dasi, Daysy, Daysi and Deyzi. The variant spelling Daisey is another English form.
Daisy, fresh, wholesome and energetic is one flower name that bounced back into bloom after keeping a low profile for close to a century. Not being too popular and overused was one reason why it still remains a favorite. But then, there are critics who say that this is a name that does not age well.
The one syllable baby girl name Pearl was interestingly used for boys as well. It is pronounced as Pah-L. From its English origins, its usage is mainly for English and Irish and here it means Pearl, the stone. Pearl has its origins in Hebrew as well.
Since this name is widely used, it has around 30 derivatives that are found in different languages as listed in babynamespedia.com and these include English forms like Jearl, Pearla, Pearlee, Perl, Pearlita and so on. The Italian and Spanish forms include Perlette, Perlline and Ptarlina. This name, interestingly, has been in use in Australia for more than a century now because of the Pearl industry there.
Eva is a girl’s name of Hebrew origin which means ‘life’. From its Greek origins, Eva means ‘good, nice’. This popular feminine name is extensively used in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, English, and a host of other countries too.
Because of its wide usage, there are many pronunciations for this name that is used in different countries like Ee-Vah, Ay-Vah, Eh-Vah, Ah-Vah and so on. This 2 syllable name is short, yet sweet and makes it perfect for a long last name. Famous bearers of this name include actors like Eva Aichmajer, Eva Blazkova, Eva Elsner, singer Eva Cassidy, model Eva Eminger etc.
This feminine name is a short form of Elizabeth which means ‘consecrated to God’. Eliza has Germanic and Hebrew origins and its usage is mainly in English, Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian, Romanian and Hungarian. Eliza has 3 syllables and is pronounced ‘eh-LayZaa’.
Eliza is described as the ‘smartest female name’ according to a new website parenting-checkpoint/baby-names. “Eliza is one of our favorite names,” says the experts at nameberry.com. They love its combination of streamlined modernity and Eliza Doolittle charm and spunk. This adorable name fits well for a cute little girl as well as for a woman.
Flora was derived from the Latin word ‘flos’ which means ‘flower’. Flora was the Roman goddesses of flowers and spring and it has been used as a given name since the Renaissance. Flora is a 2 syllable baby girl name that is pronounced FLOWR-ah. This name has a Latin and Scottish origin.
As mentioned in nameberry.com, Flora was placed in the top 100 popular name list during 1880s and 1890s. Since then its popularity showed a downward curve, until it fell off the list in 1972. Having said that, this name is still popular in some European countries including France and Hungary.
Amelia is a 3 syllable baby girl name pronounced in English as ‘ah-MIYL-Yah’ or ‘ah-MIY-Liy-ah’ or in German as ‘aa-MEH-Liy-aa’. This name has its origins in the Gothic and Latin languages. Under the influence of the Old German ‘amal’, this name is derived from the Latin Aemilia or Aemulus which means ‘imitating. Amelia is a blend of the Medieval names Emilia and Amalia and it also means ‘industrious’ and ‘striving’. Its Teutonic meaning is ‘defender’.
A 2009 edition of Parents magazine had predicted that the already popular Amelia will gain popularity and be a top 10 contender by 2019. This lovely Victorian name is one of the cutest girl names as compared to the overused Emily and Amanda.
Dahlia is a feminine name of Hebrew and Spanish origins. This name has 2 syllables and is pronounced DAHL-Ya. This name has 3 possible meanings; Dahlia is the Hebrew word for ‘flowering branch’ like a grapevine or an olive branch. Dahlia is named after Swedish botanist Anders Dahl, the latter is the Swedish word for valley flower. Dahlia at times is referred to as the valley flower.
In Baltic mythology, Dahlia represents as the Goddess of fate and therefore this name means luck, fate in Lithuanian. Dahlia is also the national flower of Mexico. This flower is often prized for their beauty, symbolizes dignity and elegance and above all eternal commitment.
The Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen has undoubtedly given this name a boost. The baby girl name Giselle has 2 syllables, has its origins in the Germanic language and is extensively used in English and French. The French pronunciation jiz-ELLE gives this name more grace, balletic and gazelle-like feel.
This name is associated with the medieval custom where rival noblemen would send their children to be raised at each other’s court as a pledge to ensure peace and friendship between them. The child would then be known as Gisil which means pledge, hostage. In terms of popularity, as listed on ohbabynames.com Giselle first made its appearance in the America popularity charts in 1983. Ten years later, it made a major leap in the charts and has been doing well since then.
Kiera is a 2 syllable baby girl name that is pronounced KEER-Uh. This name has Celtic and Irish origins and it means ‘little dark one’. This name is largely used in English and Irish. The different variations of this baby name include Ciara, Keira, Kiara, Kira, and Kyra.
The person possessing this name will generally have strong characteristics like authoritative, powerful, tough, tenacious, wealthy, problem solver and an achiever. Ciaran has been in use for over 1500 years! In terms of popularity, this name is a new entrant in the charts, making its first appearance around 1988. And thanks to the fame of actress Keira Knightley, this name started gaining in popularity.
After going through numerous sites and documents regarding the actual meaning of the name Layla, which was commonly believed to be ‘night’, scholars point out that this is a common mistake. In fact, Layla is a variant of Leila, a name of Arabic origin that means night. The name Layla means the light, giddy feeling when one has the first drink of the night, that is not drunk, but on the verge of getting intoxicated or the beginning of getting intoxicated.
Layla is a 2 syllable baby girl name that is pronounced LEY-Lah in English. Qays and Layla is a famous tale Arabic tale of undying love. Layla became popularized in the English speaking world after the 1972 release of ‘Layla’, a hit single by Eric Clapton, which in turn was inspired by this Arabic tale. Layla has 25 variant forms that are used in different languages, such as Laela, Lailah, and Lila.
Sophie is the French form of the name Sophia which comes from the Greek word ‘sophos’ meaning ‘wisdom’. The usage of the name Sophia for girls goes a long way back to the Greek and Roman cultures of Antiquity. This name was quite popular in the olden days and it owes its success to a 2nd-century saint, Sophia, The Martyr. The legend of St. Sophia spread far and wide and this mane was readily adopted by Christians all over Europe by the 17th century.
The name Sophie is a feminine name of French andGreek origin. It is pronounced as SAW-FEE in French, SO-Fee in English and zo-FEE in German. According to behindthename.com, Sophie’s counterpart Sophia is topping the charts at #1 now. And Sophie is not too far behind at # 52.
Grace is an English vocabulary word that has multiple meanings. Elegance, dignity, decency, and politeness are the words which are synonymous with this name. Grace is also a term which is used for a short prayer at mealtimes. Most importantly, however, Grace is the word associated with God’s gift to mankind.
As a name, this one syllable baby name Grace is pronounced GRAYS. She has got Latin origins and is used extensively in English and French languages. Experts at nameberry.com state Grace as one of the most luminous of names and recall the cool elegance of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco. Trendy is what this name is all about. Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound….does this name need a better testimony?
The name Olivia was first coined by William Shakespeare in his play ‘Twelfth Night’ (c 1599). It is believed that he opted for this name as a feminine version of Oliver or just the Latin word for olive, ‘Oliva’. The olive tree symbolizes an emblem of peace and is denoted by ‘extending an olive branch’. In Genesis 8:11 in the Old Testament when a dove comes to Noah with a freshly plucked olive leaf after the great floods subsided. The olive leaf thus became a symbol of impending peace.
This 4 syllable name is pronounced as ah-LIHV-iy-ah in English or ow-LIY-Viy-aa in German. She is an English, German and an Italian name of Latin origin that is widely used and it has 42 variants that are extensively used in different languages.
The name Marilyn first appeared in the charts in 1906 and had taken off immediately. This name is the combination of female names Mary and Lynn. Twenty years later, this name landed a spot on the top 100 feminine names in America. While in the 1940s, a young starlet whose original name was Norma Jeane Baker came into the Hollywood scene and she was rechristened Marilyn Monroe, thanks to a 20th Century Fox executive. And the rest is history!
The 4 syllable Marilyn is a baby girl name which is pronounced MER-e-Lin or MER-Lin or MAR-Lin. Babynamespedia.com states that this name is largely used in the English language and is derived from Hebrew origins.
Alexandria, which is a feminine variant of Alexandra which is influenced by a city in Egypt was founded by Alexander the Great in 322 BC and named in his honor. Alexander is the Latin form of the Greek name Alexandros. The meaning of this name is interpreted from the Greek ‘alexein’ which means ‘to defend’ and ‘andros’ which translates as ‘man, warrior’ in a possessive form. Hence the meaning ‘defender of men or mankind’.
The name Alexandria is a girl’s name of Greek origin which means defender of men. This 5 syllable baby girl name is pronounced as aa-LehKS-AENDRIY-aa according to popular names site babynamespedia.com. This name has 27 variants including Alexandra, Alaxandria, Alecsandria, Aleczandria, Alexandrea and so on.
Blossom is a seven letter name with 2 syllables and it means ‘to bloom’. This very unique female name appeared on the charts for the first time in 1915 on #1308th position. Blossom has Old English origins and used in several languages. The name is cognate with Latin ‘flos’ (flower), ‘flora’ (goddess of plants). It came into use as a rare given name in the 19th century.
On a lighter note, experts in nameberry.com state that “Now that parents have picked up virtually every name in the garden from the common Rose, to Lilly, to the exotic Zinnia, some are reconsidering more generic names like Flora, Posy and Blossom. The names Blosom, Blossum, Blosum, Bluma and Blume are all different variants of this name.
The name Charlotte is the French feminine form of Charles. Charles, in turn, is ultimately derived from the German Karl/Carl which means a ‘free man’. Therefore Charlotte would come to mean as ‘Freewoman’.
This 2 syllable feminine name is pronounced as SHAR-LAWT in French, SHAHR-Let in English, Shar-Law-te in German, Shah-Lot in Swedish and Shahr-Lawt-te in Dutch. This name was first adopted by the English speakers in the 17th century. Even though old-fashioned, Charlotte remains a very popular name in the western world today.
The name Isabella is a feminine name of Hebrew origin which means ‘pledged to god’. Isabella has an incredible cross-cultural appeal, feeling both modern and traditional and is popular amongst parents ranging from Anglophile to Hispanic and more feminine and romantic than Isabel.
Part of the reason why this name was so successful is that it appeals in a wide variety of ways to a large number of parents. It is feminine and classic and has a long history as a royal classic Spanish name for girls. The 4 syllables Isabella is pronounced as ihZ-ah-BEHL-ah in English as pointed out in babynamespedia.com.
Jasmine is a printed version of the Arabic Yasmin which is derived from the Old Persian ‘Yasamen’ meaning Jasmine as in the flowering plant. This also means ‘Gift from God’ and Jessamine is an old spelling version of Jasmine. The Jasmine flower symbolizes sweetness, elegance, and grace and is known for its intoxicating fragrance.
Jasmine, especially in the form of Yasmin has been a popular female name in the Persian and Arab world for ages. In the US, this name started making an entry since the 20th century when naming girls after flowering plants and trees became fashionable. In the last couple of decades, the popularity of this name has been on the rise, thanks to the Disney character Princess Jasmine from the movie Aladdin.
Angelina is termed to be a more imaginative version of the original name Angela. Both these names are derived from the Latin male name Angelus which in turn is derived from the Greek ‘Angelos’ which means ‘messenger’.
The name Angelina could also be an extended version of the feminine form of the Latin adjective Angelicus which in turn translates to Angelic. The complete meaning of this name is ‘messenger of God’ which is derived from the Bible. Actress Angelina Jolie has promoted the star power of this name and changed this frail and delicate name into an intense one.
The English adopted the name Josephine from the French equivalent of the Hebrew name ‘Yosef’. The Hebrew name translates to ‘God shall add’ (another son). In the book of Genesis, Joseph was the 11th son of Israel (Jacob).
Like Jacqueline, Josephine represents the most perfect French female name that infuses it with elegance and sophistication. This name was a favorite choice at the turn of the 20th century. In fact, Josephine held on to the top 50 most commonly used names for girls for 50 straight years from 1880 to 1930. This 3 syllable baby girl name is pronounced JHOW-Sah-FIYn in English or Yow-ZEH-Fiy-NAH in German. From its origins in Hebrew and French, this name means ‘Jehovah increases’.
This is an old-fashioned English name coined from the combination of Rose and Mary. Rosemary is a girl’s name of Latin origin which means ‘the Rosemary plant’. This name derives from two Latin terms; ‘Ros’ meaning Dew and ‘Marinus’ meaning “of the sea”.
The Rosemary plant was termed ‘dew of the sea’ due to its salty texture and its ability to thrive in a coastal climate. In ancient legend, Rosemary was draped in Aphrodite when she rose from the sea and she was then regarded as beneficial in strengthening the memory and became a symbol for faithful lovers. Rosemary is a pleasant sounding name suitable for any girl or woman as it infuses a sense of serenity and peacefulness.
Juliette is the French form of the Latin Julia, which in turn is derived from the Old Roman family name Julius. Julius has multiple meanings; the first one being ‘descended from Jove’, another name for Roman God Jupiter who presided over the Roman laws and social order.
The second meaning of Julius is “downy-bearded, soft haired” in old Latin which signifies a certain youthfulness in one’s life when the first (soft) beard hairs grow. The most famous bearer of this name was Julius Caesar, the great Roman Emperor. Juliette is a 3 syllable baby girl name that is pronounced JHuw-LIY-EHT.
Katherine is one of the most diverse, oldest and all-around best names. A host of powerful characters is synonymous with this name; it is powerful, feminine, royal, saintly, classic, popular and adaptable. Katherine also has a profusion of spellings, short forms, and admirable namesakes.
The ‘Katherine’ spelling has been the preferred one in recent years, though ‘Catherine’ has a gentle vintage appeal. This name has 2 syllables and is pronounced KATH-e-Rin or KATH-Rin. Babynamespedia.com states that this name has old Greek origins and is used mainly in English.
Valentina is the Latinate feminine version of the name Valentinus derived from “Valens” which means healthy, strong. The most famous bearer of this name is St. Valentine, whose feast day is February 14th. As the patron saint of love, young people and romantic love, Valentine is most associated with romantic love. The female name Valentina is very popular and is ranked highly in countries like Italy, Spain, the US and the UK.
Valentina is a 4 syllable name which gives it a poetic and lyrical quality as stated in ohbabynames.com. It is full of love, beauty, and romance but also strength and valor. This is an absolutely gorgeous name.
References: parenting-checkpoint, ohbabynames, babynamespedia, nameberry