Parents-to-be preparing to welcome babies made of sugar and spice and everything nice are often searching for names for their future little princesses that are feminine, flawless and will stand out in the best of ways.
Each and every squishy, adorable baby girl that enters the world is one-of-a-kind. Lovely newborn ladies are just like the snowflakes that tumble silently to the ground in winter storms: there is not another like them in all the world. Infants are born with distinct cries, gurgles, birthmarks and personality traits. Their cherubic cheeks, button noses, tiny toes and rosebud lips are unique to them and them alone.
Some tiny ones will grow up to be wallflowers who will do great things without seeking recognition. Others will someday aspire to be class clowns, class presidents and CEOs. Wherever life takes them, baby girls with gorgeous names are starting life right.
Girly names abound, but many of the prettiest monikers have quickly become overused. The following 25 names are ladylike, refined and virtually unheard of in the baby naming world. All of them emanate effortless grace and undisputed sophistication. They are sparkling diamonds just waiting to be discovered.
Prepare yourself to be dazzled by the names that follow. Best of luck picking just one!
Abrienne is a variation of the Hebrew name Abra. Abra is the female variation of the name Abraham which means father of multitudes. The second half of this exquisite name, Brienne, is the title of a formidable Game of Thrones character known for her talent with a sword and her untamed wit.
She's a strong woman who doesn't let anyone push her around.
Abrienne is a sweet, sunny name that ranked as the 15,174th most popular name for girls in 2016, and has since disappeared from baby naming charts altogether. It's a darling designation that will stand out wherever and whenever it is spoken. Abbey, Enney and Enna are charming nicknames for this name that make it even more of an irresistible choice. Adore the name Abrienne? Similar names to consider include Anisten, Aurelia and Abriella.
Avonlea is a place name that means river by a field. Pronounced AV-on-lee, This darling designation was actually created by author L.M. Montgomery, and is the name of the fictional town where Anne Shirley resided in the classic novel Anne of Green Gables.
Since the book's success, a real Canadian town adopted Avonlea as their official name.
This exquisite choice is a fresh alternative to the widely used and wildly popular name Ava. At the present time, Avonlea ranks as the 6,496th most popular name for girls in the United States. It's definitely still flying under the radar, but might not stay that way for long. Snatch it up while it's still a rarity! Similar names those who love Avonlea may also wish to contemplate using include Aurora, Arabella and Adelaide.
Britta is a strong name of Scandinavian and Swedish origin that means strength or exalted one. This variation of the name Brittany is familiar yet fresh and is being mentioned more and more often on baby name forums. Presently, it ranks as the 3,949th most popular name for girls in the United States, but has risen a whopping 2,041 spots in popularity since 2017.
Watch out, world! Britta is definitely a baby name to watch. Why not be a trendsetter and select it while it's still a unique choice?
Sure, it's the name of a popular water filter, but this fact doesn't make it any less of a gorgeous option. Plus, who doesn't love taking a sip of cool, crisp filtered water? Brenna, Etta and Cora are similar monikers that fans of the name Britta may also wish to consider.
Cordelia is a stunning name of Latin and Celtic origin that means heart or daughter of the sea. Perhaps the previously mentioned fictional character Anne Shirley described this name best in the novel Anne of Green Gables when she passionately gushed, "I would love to be called Cordelia. It's such a perfectly elegant name." This old-fashioned designation is making a major resurgence as of late, and is currently ranked as the 106th most popular choice for girls on Nameberry.com.
It entered the top 1,000 names for little ladies in the United States in 2014 after more than 60 years of being virtually unused, and is currently the 1,150th most popular choice.
Cora, Delia, Del and Cordie are nickname options that only add to this name's appeal.
Love it? Similar names to consider include Ophelia, Penelope and Genevieve.
Cassia is the feminine form of the Greek name Cassius and means cinnamon. Cassia trees and bushes are known for their delicate, sweet-smelling yellow flowers that can be used as a substitute for cinnamon.
This floral name is still flying under the radar, but baby name experts predict that its popularity is on the rise.
Along with other names inspired by nature like Lily, Rose and Juniper, Cassia is a name that invokes images of spring breezes and fields of wildflowers. It can be pronounced CASS-re-a or CASH-a, and is also often spelled Kassia. Keziah is the exotic biblical version of the name. At the present time, Cassia ranks as the 3,949th most popular name for girls in the United States. Similar names those who love Cassia may also wish to consider include Cassidy, Callista and Calliope.
Darcy is a name of Irish origin that means dark one or from the fortress. This delicate choice is most famous for its use in Jane Austen's beloved novel Pride and Prejudice. Sure, Mr. Darcy is a gentlemen, but it's difficult to deny that his surname was made for a little lady born to stand out. Presently, Darcy ranks as the 1,244th most popular name for girls in the United States.
It's a name that is uncommon without being too strange, and one with a respected literary pedigree that will ensure it's never going out of style.
Strictly Come Dancing judge and former ballerina Darcey Bussell has helped bring recognition to this name in recent years, but it's still a rare beauty. Daria, Drew and Delaney are similar names fans of the name Darcy may also wish to consider.
Elodie is a name of French origin that means foreign riches. It's a variation of the Greek name Alodie, and is pronounced EL-oh-dee.
This medieval saint's name has long been overlooked, but, when it comes to this melodious moniker, more and more moms and dads are beginning to stand up and take notice.
Elodie is currently in the top 100 names for girls on Nameberry.com, and is a popular choice in France, England and Wales. In the United States, Elodie currently ranks as the 945th most popular name for girls, and has risen 284 spots in popularity since 2017.
While Elodie is well within the top 1,000 most popular names for girls, it's just emerging as a favorite. Claim it while it's still gaining recognition for a baby girl coming soon to a nursery near you. Similar names those who love Elodie may also want to consider include Eden, Elsie and Eloise.
Faye is a whimsical name of English origin that means fairy. Also spelled Fay or Fae, this name shot into the top 1,000 names for girls in 2014 after 35 years of little use. That same year, almost 300 girls were blessed with this lovely, ethereal name, and many more received the name Fay.
Faye can be used as a shortening of the name Faith, and is also a wildly popular middle name, but it's become a stand alone first name parents-to-be simply can't resist.
Faye currently ranks as the 581st most popular name for girls in the United States, and is up 137 spots since 2017. Freya, Edie and Fiona are similar names those who can't stop fawning over the name Faye may also wish to consider.
Felice is a name of Italian origin that means lucky. In Italian, this designation is pronounced fa-LEECH-ay, but the Americanized version is pronounced feh-LEESE. However parents choose to pronounce it, Felice is without a doubt a beautiful name. At the present time, it ranks as the 8,770th most popular name for girls in the United States after not even registering on baby naming charts last year.
It's a rare, surprising name full of energy and pizazz.
This name is understated and sophisticated while also managing to remain unexpected and fun. It's a top-notch option that is feminine and fresh. Don't delay! Put it on your short list today. Noelle, Rosalie and Emilia are similar names that may appeal to those who adore the name Felice.
Iona is a bonnie Scottish place name that is pronounced eye-own-uh. It is the name of a tiny island nestled near the Scottish coastline that is quaint, green and full of whimsy and charm. In fact, if choosing to assign a place name to a little one, there couldn't be a better option. Why not bestow this gorgeous name upon a precious princess born ready to take on the world?
It's a choice that parents will never regret.
Iona ranked as the 82nd most popular name for girls in Scotland in 2017, and the 428th most popular name for girls in England in 2016. Presently, it is the 6,428th most popular name for girls in the United States. Love Iona? Similar names to consider include Iris, Nova and Ada.
Ivanna is lilting a name of Russian origin that has only recently taken up residence on American baby naming charts. It's a variation of the name Ivan and means God is gracious. This cosmopolitan choice is a fresh alternative to the name Joanna, and one that can be shortened to the currently on-trend nickname, Ivy. Anna is another shortening option that is understated and lovely.
Currently, Ivanna is the 1,008th most popular name for girls in the United States.
It's a timeless name that is rarely used, and one that will fit a little lady with a zest for life like a glove.
Ivanka, the name of Donald Trump's daughter, is another variation of this exquisite name. Eliana, Camila and Aviana are similar names that those who adore this name may also wish to consider.
Jamilla is a simply sensational name of Arabic origin that means beautiful or graceful.
This soft-sounding designation is interesting and different without being weird.
It's a great alternative for parents searching for a name that means beautiful who can't bring themselves to use the extremely popular and oft-used name Bella. It's also a fresh spin on the long-overused names Jessica and Jennifer.
Milla is a sweet shortening that only makes this name option more appealing and adorable. Presently, Jamilla ranks as the 5,99th most popular name for girls in the United States, but has risen a very impressive 4,312 places in popularity since 2017. Love it? Nab it for your impending arrival before the rest of the world becomes entranced by it. Amira, Amina and Nadia are similar names that may also appeal to fans of the name Jamilla.
Jubilee is a rarely-used word name that is defined as a special anniversary of an event.
What event is more appropriate to celebrate than the arrival of a precious little one?
This fun and fantastic name is also one of Hebrew origin that means ram's horn. It is the moniker that Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar chose for the baby they lost to miscarriage a few years ago.
Jubie is a nickname full of joy and happiness that is sure to make a little one blessed with this name go through life feeling fabulous. Lee is another shortening option that is simple and oh-so-easy breezy. Currently, Jubilee ranks as the 1,614th most popular name for girls in the United States. Those who adore it may also wish to consider the similar names Journey, Story or January.
Kambria is an appealing and fun name that has only recently begun being used by parents far and wide. The alternative spelling, Cambria, is the name of a New York neighborhood, giving this name the urban edge many of today's most popular designations possess.
The Cambrian period is the name of a prehistoric era: yet another reason this name is as interesting as it is breathtaking.
Kam, Kammie and Bria are nicknames for Kambria that add to its panache and overall appeal. It currently ranks as the 1,627th most popular name for girls in the United States, but has risen 2,295 spots in popularity since 2017. Cambria is an alternative spelling that is just as fetching. Love it? Similar names to consider include Kambree, Kalilah and Kynlee.
Lake is a nature-inspired name that is defined as a large body of water surrounded by land.
It is an effortlessly cool name that can be added to the list of similar watery names, such as Brook and River, which have become more and more widely used over the past few decades.
Actress Lake Bell has helped bring recognition to this name in recent years, and Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen only added to its clout and charm when they chose it as the middle name for their daughter Vivian.
Lake's one-syllable sound makes it a choice that will fit well with nearly any middle and last name. At the present time, Lake is the 2,996th most popular name for girls in the United States and has risen 1,302 spots in popularity since 2017. Adore this name? Luna, Wren and Summer are similar names that are definitely worth considering.
Magnolia is a marvelous flower name of Latin origin. This botanical name is all-the-rage right now, but has only recently burst onto the baby naming scene as a sweet-smelling option that can't be ignored. In the past, this name reached its peak of popularity in 1909 when it ranked as the 420th most popular name for girls.
It has made a major comeback in the last few years, possibly thanks to the use of the name in many of the ventures of the uber popular power couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines. Presently, Magnolia ranks as the 333rd most popular name for girls and has risen an impressive 191 spots since 2017. Azalea, Zinnia and Daisy are similarly unique floral names that those who adore the name Magnolia may also wish to consider.
Priscilla is a perfectly posh diminutive of the Latin name Prisca and means ancient. Its highest ranking was in 1940 when it was the 127th most popular name for girls.
Prissy, Cilla and Pippy three possible irresistible nicknames for this moniker.
It appears in the New Testament and was used often in ancient Rome and by seventeenth century Puritans. At the present time, it ranks as the 636th most popular name for girls in the United States, and has risen 73 spots in popularity since 2017.
Author J.R.R. Tolkien selected this name for his daughter, and former wife of the late Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley, is a notable woman with this name. Delilah, Scarlett and Violet are similarly lovely names that may appeal to fans of the name Priscilla.
Roux is a ravishing name of French origin that means reddish brown. It's the perfect choice for a little lady with auburn locks, but is really a gorgeous fit for any tiny one destined for greatness. Rue (the name of a beloved character in the book The Hunger Games) and Roo are alternative spellings of this stunning moniker. Presently, Roux is the 2,461st most popular name for girls, but has skyrocketed up the charts 3,536 places since 2017.
Those who love this name should act fast to snag it before it registers on the radar of the general population. All in all, Roux is a top-notch choice that is fun, fresh, unique and totally gorgeous. Rowan, Rhea and Aura are similar names those who fancy the name Roux may also want to contemplate using.
Savina is the Italian variation of the French names Sabina and Sabine. It's a rare beauty just waiting to be discovered. Saint Savina of Milan is known for the comfort and peace she brought to prisoners in ancient Italy.
Only 25 baby girls were given the name Savina last year.
It's a virtually unheard of choice that puts a fun and simply divine twist on the much more popular names Sabrina and Savannah. In fact, it's a hybrid of the two that couldn't be more comely. Currently, it ranks as the 6,551st most popular name for girls in the United States. Savvy and Vina are two to-die-for nickname options available to the wise and tasteful parents who select this stunning name for their daughters. Love it? Similar names to consider include Samira, Sylvia and Shayla.
Seneca is not only a lovely Latin surname, but is also an ethereal name of Native American origin which means people of the standing rock. This fun twist on the widely used names Jessica and Sarah is a three-syllable stunner fit for a precious little princess. It was the name of an Iroquois tribe and an acclaimed Roman philosopher.
This name may be lying low for now, but it has a bright future. It is currently the 3,029th most popular name for girls in the United States, but has risen a mind-blowing 5,744 spots in popularity since 2017. Senny and CeCe are two nicknames for Seneca that only add to its charm. Sienna, Sloane and Sophia are similar names that those who adore the name Seneca may also wish to consider.
Truly is a word name full of heart and sure to turn heads whenever it is spoken. It's a variation of the word true that is bewitching, beautiful and friendly. Truly Scrumptious, a character in the classic Disney film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a sweet and entrancing individual whose name fit her like a custom designer gown. The nickname True is yet another reason to fall for this magnetizing moniker.
It's a twist on the more common names Trudy and Tracy: a timeless choice that is most definitely unique. At the present time, it ranks as the 6,551st most popular name for girls in the United States.
It's rarely used and ready to shine.
Trinity, Tierney and Teagan are other interesting names that may appeal to fans of the name Truly.
Valencia is a powerful and extremely pretty name of Latin origin that means bravery.
It's a fresh take on the long-used name Valerie, and one sure to stand out.
It is the name of a quaint Mediterranean city in Spain that was formerly known as Valentia. This place name ranked as high as 633rd in 1970 before falling into obscurity. Presently, Valencia is the 1,863rd most popular name for little ladies in the United States. It's still a rare find that is as unique as it is lovely, but it most likely won't stay that way for long. Cia, Val, Enna and Encie are shortenings of this delightful name choice sure to melt hearts. Catalina, Vienna and Valentina are similar names that those who adore the name Valencia may also wish to consider.
Winsome is a breathtaking name of English origin that means agreeable, lighthearted. This adorable word name is definitely unique and filled with charm. What more could a baby-to-be ask for? Winnie is an on-trend nickname option that gives it a friendly, fun feel. This name barely registers on the baby naming charts, currently ranking as the 18,535th most popular name for girls in the United States.
Parents searching for a name that is truly one-of-a-kind have found what they are looking for in the name Winsome. In fact, it is often mentioned on the forum "Best One-of-a-kind Names For Girls" on Nameberry.com.
This modern choice with an antique feel is one that parents won't regret selecting.
Willow, Holland and Willoughby are similar names that may appeal to fans of the name Winsome.
Yvette is a name of French origin that means yew tree. It is also the feminine form of the name Yves, and is as stylish as it is sophisticated. Additionally, it is the Scandinavian variation of the name Yvonne. Eve, Evie and Ettie are three possible shortenings of this name that only up its beauty factor.
This lilting botanical name is sure to sweep many parents-to-be right off of their feet. Presently, it ranks as the 1,363rd name for girls in the United States, and has risen an extremely impressive 1,798 spots in popularity since 2017. This unique choice most likely won't stay under the radar much longer. Snatch it up before your sister-in-law calls dibs! Similar names that may appeal to fans of the name Yvette include Daphne, Evelyn and Vivian.
Zia is an effortlessly cool and undeniably unique name of Latin, Arabic and Italian origin that means light or splendor.
This splendid choice is a perfect alternative to the popular names Mia, Gia, Lia and Tia.
It is also totally on-trend due to the fact that names starting with the letter "z" are all-the-rage these days. Ziah is an alternative spelling parents may also wish to use, and Z is a nickname that ups the cool factor of this spectacular choice. Zia currently ranks as the 609th most popular name for girls in the United States, and love for this name is on the rise. It has risen in popularity 223 places since 2017. Zaria, Zara and Zuri are similar names that those who love the name Zia may also wish to consider.