There's something so perfect about names that start with the letter C. Moms can find really soft and beautiful names like Celeste or Caspian. As well as strong and sturdy names like Charles or Carla. It's a diverse letter, that offers something for everyone. Plus, it starts some of the most gorgeous baby names ever. Seriously, I don't think there's a single other letter that starts as many beautiful names as the letter C does.
You may think it's odd to only be looking at C names on a list but it's really not. Choosing a name for your baby is a really tough job. There are endless options and it can be super overwhelming. How do you narrow it down? Start by choosing a letter, like the letter C! That way, you can put away all of the other names and focus in on something perfect for your little one with this great letter. And since there are so many amazing C names, you can even start a trend with your family. You can also give your next little one a name with a C so your children are linked.
Whether you prefer names that are classic or new, short or long, unisex or single gender, you'll find the perfect option on this list!
Charlotte has got to be one of the most beautiful and precious names for a little girl. It's classic but not boring. It sounds sweet but not too sugary. And there are lots of great nickname options like Shar, Lottie or Charlie. A name this good is definitely popular. Just look at Kate and Will's daughter, Princess Charlotte, as well as Chelsea Clinton's daughter, Charlotte. So if you go for Charlotte, get ready for your little one to share the name with a few other kids at school. But who minds sharing with a name this great? Not me!
Carolina sounds like a princess name to me! It's the more beautiful version of Carol or the more playful version of Caroline. Carolina sounds exotic and like someone who spends their summers on a family vineyard in Italy. Who wouldn't want that for their little girl? Carolina means song of happiness and has French, American, English, Italian and Latin origins. It is also the feminine form of the Latin Carolus or Charles, which means full grown, man or free man.
Caleb is one of my favorite names. I think it sounds really strong and stoic. Caleb sounds like he could be a football quarterback, but he would still have a heart of gold. Of course, Caleb is also a great choice if you're looking for a biblical name. Behind the Name tells us, "In the Old Testament this is the name of one of the twelve spies sent by Moses into Canaan. Of the Israelites who left Egypt with Moses, Caleb and Joshua were the only ones who lived to see the Promised Land. As an English name, Caleb came into use after the Protestant Reformation. It was common among the Puritans, who introduced it to America in the 17th century."
Connor is another classic choice. It's strong and sturdy, but still suits a cute little tot. Connor sounds like someone you can trust and who is down to earth. It's not a horrible exotic or fancy name, which is perfect for some people. Baby Name Wizard shares that Connor is, "a compound name composed of the ele-ments conn (wisdom, counsel, strength) or con (hound, dog) and cobhair (aid). “High, will, desire” and “hound lover” are other definitions attributed to the name."
How sweet and precious is the name Caterina? Definitely sounds like an elegant European princess. I love names that just transport you to a new place. This name is so beautiful and would be perfect for a little girl. And if she wasn't feeling so cutesy, she could always shorten it to just Cat or Trina. Caterina is the Italian and Catalan version of the name Katherine. In Italian, it means pure. While not hugely popular on the charts - Caterina comes in at #2833 - it has risen over 3000 spots in the last year. So this name is growing in admirers in a hurry!
Growing up, I used to think that Camille was kind of an old fashioned name for an older woman. But it has totally grown on me! I think it's kind of elegant and love all the nickname options like Cam, Cammie, Milla, etc. The Latin meaning of Camille is temple servant. She Knows shares, "Although Camille is used as both a girl's and boy's name in France, outside France it is not used as a masculine name." So turns out this awesome name is also unisex!
I like Cole because it's simple and easy. This is a name your kid is going to be able to spell and pronounce from day one - which isn't always the case. But it's not boring like Bob or Joe. Cole has some flair and personality to it. Behind the Name tells us that Cole is, "From a surname which was originally derived from the Old English byname Cola." Cole means people's victory and has Greek, American and English origins.
To me, Carlos is such a happy name! I think it's light hearted and joyful, which is so nice for a little kid. It's also got a bit of exotic flair, given that it isn't a typical English name. Baby Name Wizard shares this about the name Carlos, "Spanish and Portuguese cognate of Charles, which is from the Germanic karl (full-grown, a man). The name was borne by four kings of Spain." So not only is it a cool name, it's a regal name! Your little Carlos is fit to be a king!
How beautiful is the name Celeste? I think it's so pretty but also very sophisticated. It sounds like a name that is sweet for a little one but also suits a grown woman. Baby Name Wizard tells us the name Celeste is, "Derived from the French Céleste which is from the Latin Caelestis." The Latin name Caelestis means heavenly or celestial. How sweet is that for a little girl? Who wouldn't want to be named after the heavens? If you're looking for a slightly biblical name without going full bible, this could be a good option.
I think Cecily is such a sweet and delicate name. It sounds almost melodic, which is just too cute for a little baby girl. I love how it sounds on the tongue. And it still sounds like a name from a far off land that is fit for a princess. Cecily, while pretty, has a bit of a funny meaning to it. She Knows tells us that Cecily is, "A feminine form of Cecil, derived from the Roman clan name Caecilius, which is based on the Latin 'coccus' meaning 'blind'."
Okay, I'll admit I have a bit of a bias towards the name Colin. It's my partner's name so it's automatically one of my favorites! But even if it wasn't my partner's name, I still think Colin is a great choice. It manages to be both sweet and sensitive but also strong and masculine. And I love that it has history to it. Baby Name Wizard explains, "Borrowed from the English, Colin originated as a medieval variant of the obsolete Colle, a short form of Nicholas (victory of the people). Alternatively, Colin is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic Cailean (dove)."
Carter is a name that just screams cool to me. I think it's an awesome fit for a little boy who is spunky and loving life. It's also a name that is starting to be used for little girls, which I think is amazing. The meaning behind Carter isn't too poetic. So if that's important to you, you may want to skip this one. Baby Name Wizard tells us this about Carter, "Transferred use of the surname that originated in the Middle Ages as an occupational name for someone who used a cart to transport goods."
Casey is one of my favorite unisex names out there. I think it works perfectly for a boy or a girl as it can be both masculine or feminine. Casey comes from the Gaelic O'Cathasaigh or cathasach, meaning watchful or vigilant. Baby Center reports that Casey means brave. The name was very popular in the 1980's and has dropped in popularity since then. But that's perfect if you don't want to share your baby name with a bunch of other kiddos out there. Your Casey will be unique!
Carmen is a great name choice for a little girl. It's sweet but still sounds sturdy. It's not a super light and delicate name, which is preferred by some parents. But it's still beautiful and a great choice! Carmen comes partially from the old Spanish word Carmel, meaning vineyard or orchard. It also comes form the Latin carmen, meaning song. Carmen has been a popular name over history and peaked in the 1970s. Maybe it's time for a comeback? I can see Carmen being a popular choice again!
Carson is another name that I think is really cool. It's not one you hear every day, which makes it even cooler. Baby Name Wizard shares, "Transferred use of the surname meaning “Carr’s son.” The name Carr is of several derivations. It is from the Middle English and Scottish car, carre (marsh, mossy place), from the Welsh caer (a fort), and from the Gaelic carr (rock)." So unless your baby's daddy's name is Carr, making your baby Carr's son, this name meaning probably won't do much for you. But that's no reason to give up on this great name!
Chester is definitely not a name for everyone. In fact, it's probably more common of a name for cats and dogs than for little boys. But it's the perfect name if you're looking for something modern, quirky and fun. This certainly won't be a name you'll hear very often. Behind the Name tells us that Chester is, "From a surname which originally belonged to a person who came from Chester, an old Roman settlement in Britain. The name of the settlement came from Latin castrum "camp, fortress"."
How sweet is the name Cora? I think it just sounds so darling! It's got a bit of a grandma feel to it, but in a good way. I love names that are simple and short, but still pack a big punch. Cora has got it all! Baby Center tells us that Cora is a Greek name meaning filled heart. How perfect is that? Behind the Name reveals, "It was not used as a given name in the English-speaking world until after it was employed by James Fenimore Cooper for a character in his novel 'The Last of the Mohicans' (1826)."
Cassidy is a pretty name that has been around for a little while. But it has staying power! This name is beautiful on its own but also gives great nicknames like Cass and Cassie. Baby Center tells us that Cassidy is an Irish name meaning clever. Who wouldn't want to name their baby girl a name that means clever? The name was super popular in the mid to late 1990s and has fallen off a little since then. So it's time for Cassidy to make a comeback! You can even spell it with a K if you're not loving the C version.
When I first heard the name Clinton, I thought it was kind of serious and stuffy. But isn't it just the most adorable when tiny babies get these big serious names? Plus, Clinton doesn't have to be so grown up. It can still work for a little guy. And you can even use the nickname Clint, to make things sound more casual. Behind the Name tells us, "From a surname which was originally from an Old English place name meaning "settlement on the River Glyme"."
No, you don't have to be bringing home a big red dog to use the name Clifford. Clifford is an amazing name. And wasn't that dog super friendly and sweet anyway? He's not too shabby of a famous namebearer. Plus, you've got Cliff as a nickname, which is just too cool. Unsurprisingly, Clifford is an Old English name based off a place name meaning cliff by a ford. They really didn't have much imagination back in the day. But that doesn't mean Clifford isn't a great name choice!
How beautiful is the name Clara? I think it's just so pretty. I love that it's slightly more melodic and exciting than the shorter version, Claire. Clara sounds much more elegant. Behind the Name shares the history of the name Clara, "Feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus which meant "clear, bright, famous". The name Clarus was borne by a few early saints. The feminine form was popularized by the 13th-century Saint Clare of Assisi (called Chiara in Italian), a friend and follower of Saint Francis, who left her wealthy family to found the order of nuns known as the Poor Clares. As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages, originally in the form Clare, though the Latinate spelling Clara became more popular in the 19th century."
Colette is such a beautiful name. I love that it sounds like it could belong to a little French schoolgirl. It just sounds so pretty! Colette is a short form of the name Nicolette, which is derived from Nicole and the masculine, Nicholas, meaning victory of the people. Behind the Name shares, " Saint Colette was a 15th-century French nun who gave her money to the poor. This was also the pen name of the French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954)."
How cool is the name Cyrus? Try not to think of the Miley or Billy Ray connection. Just on its own, Cyrus is a super cool name. I love surnames used as first names. It instantly makes things sound so much cooler. Behind the Name tells us, "From Κυρος (Kyros), the Greek form of the Persian name Kūrush, which may mean "far sighted" or "young". The name is sometimes associated with Greek κυριος (kyrios) "lord". It was borne by several kings of Persia, including Cyrus the Great, who conquered Babylon. He is famous in the Old Testament for freeing the captive Jews and allowing them to return to Israel. As an English name, it first came into use among the Puritans after the Protestant Reformation."
Clive is another cool guy name. Clive sounds like someone who has to jet off to London for business and who drinks really fancy coffee. It's a bit of a sophisticated name, but the right little guy could totally pull it off. Baby Name Wizard shares, "Transferred use of the surname derived from the Old English clif (cliff, slope, bank of a river). The word is found in many English place-names, and Clive was probably first used for someone who lived near one of these places, or for someone who lived near a cliff or a riverbank."
Last but not least is the beautiful name Celine for a sweet little girl. Can you tell I have something for French baby girl names? They're just so perfect! Of course, you'll likely think of famous French Canadian singer, Celine Dion, when you hear this name. And why wouldn't you want to name your little one after a strong, talented and powerful woman? Just hope she doesn't have Celine's pipes right away or her cries will keep you up all night long! In German and Latin, Celine is derived from names meaning heaven.
Sources: behindthename.com, sheknows.com, babynamewizard.com, babycenter.com