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25 Of The Most Elegant Courtly Baby Names For Girls

Searching for the most perfect baby name for your daughter? First of all, you have to think of several things. How do you envision your daughter? What do you want the name to reflect when you pronounce it? Do you see a girl with elegant manners, used to giving a courtly bow and flashing a dazzling smile in any moment? If so, you have a tough choice to make. But I’m here to help you.

If you’re looking for a name with a touch of royal elegance, you’ve come to the right place. Any of the 25 names I’ve gathered is surely a name befitting a royal court. From Anne, to Brigitte, or Vivienne, I see top hats, waistcoats and taffeta gowns. I see a court filled with distinguished gentlemen saying the names of the most elegant ladies. These names are worthy to take the stage at any moment to represent your daughter, the most refined and suave girl in your new life as a parent.

While bearing a dignified elegance, these names are also easy to pronounce. They not only sound lovely, they are also ladylike. Just put a “Lady” in front of one of the names and see what happens. You will feel the elegance and purity within the name of your baby girl.

Take a look below and find the perfect name that will represent your daughter, your little lady who bears the sweetest smile on the prettiest face. Each of these names have a gentle sound that your little lady will appreciate even as she grows older. It won’t be easy to choose just one. Good luck!

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25 Albertine

Albertine is the feminine form of Albert, originating from the Old High German Adalbrecht, which means “bright through nobility”. It’s pronunciation gives it a French style. I see a noble little princess proudly wearing this name. It is a ladylike royal name.

The name was borne by Albertine Agnes of Nassau, the sixth child and fifth daughter of stadtholder Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange and Amalia of Solms-Braunfels. After the death of her husband in 1664, she became regent for her son in Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe.

If you’re one of those parents who want an elegant, refined name for your baby, then you can never go wrong with this royal name. I think it’s a sophisticated and has an aristocratic sound. The perfect choice if you search an old-fashioned moniker for your baby.

Variants of the name are: Albertina, Albertine, Elberta, Elbertina, Elbertine. You can also use the beautiful nicknames Albi, Tina, and Berta.

24 Alexandra

Alexandra is the feminine form of the Greek male name Alexandros, and it means two things: the protector of man in battle, and healer-high priestess. The Ancient Greeks believed that the name holds future potential. This is why many of their girls were named after the names of Goddesses to favor the baby’s life.

Strong, tasteful, and elegant, the name Alexandra wears a chic aura, and has a solid history. Alexandra became a popular name since the Danish princess married England’s King Edward VII in 1863. There have been also other royal bearers in history worth mentioning, such as the last Empress of Russia, and the Queen of England, whose middle name is Alexandra. It has been widely known in Russian literary works written by Dostoevsky and Chekhov.

If you think that Alexandra is overused, think of other attractive, elegant variations, such as Alessandra and Alejandra. You can also use the beautiful nicknames Alexi, or Ally.

23 Anastasia

Anastasia is the feminine form of “Anastasius”, and it has Russian origin. It was also the name of a Dalmatian saint, becoming popular in Eastern Orthodox Christianity. The name means “she will rise again” and I personally love it, because of it’s upper class sound. Beautiful, elegant, grand name that a little princess would be so proud to have as her own. A famous bearer was the youngest daughter of the last Russian tsar Nicholas II. It was said she had escaped death when the rest of her family was massacred.

My favorite quality in this name is that it could be on any girl and it could still work. She can be stubborn, classy, refined, or even sassy, but Anastasia would definitely represent her in any way. When I pronounce the name Anastasia, I could consider getting back in business and have a cute, elegant baby girl. How about you?

As a beautiful nickname for Anastasia, you may use Ana, Anya, Asya, or Tasya.

22 Anne

Anne is the French form of the name Anna. In the 13th century of England it was commonly spelled Ann.

For me, Anne represents an elegant looking lady, and I would use this name for my baby girl in a heartbeat. Also the use of the letter “e” makes all the difference in the world. It has a special sweetness and so much history. It’s the kind of name that people keep using generation after generation.

Everywhere you look in history there are some refined Annes, such as the daughter of King Louis XI of France and his wife Charlotte, or the daughter of King James II of Great Britain and his first wife Anne Hyde, who later became Queen of Great Britain.

We know an elegant Queen who wore this beautiful name. She was Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I. Although she lost her life beheaded in the Tower of London, she is also known for her elegance, and grace which characterized her manners.

21 Beatrice

If you want to name you little girl with a royal and classic name that stood the test of time, than this is your best choice. Beatrice means “she who brings happiness”, being also associated with the Latin word beatus, which means “blessed”. It is the Italian form of “Beatrix”, a name which is German in origin.

I think it is a royal, beautiful and elegant name, suitable for a little princess. What girl hasn’t wished of being a princess at some point? Beatrice is a sweet name for a little girl as well as for an adult refined woman. It isn’t a very common name, so your daughter could have a unique name. You could also use “Bea” as a beautiful nickname.

Some of the famous refined bearers were princess Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore, Queen Victoria’s youngest child, and Beatrice of England, the daughter of Henry III of England and his wife Eleonore.

20 Catherine

What could inspire more elegance and history than the name Catherine? This is an absolutely wonderful and beautiful name, which shows elegance, style, class and taste. The name is an English derived of the Greek Aikaterinē, which is derived from katharos, which means “pure”, “unsullied”. Catherine is very a popular name and has been borne by many saints and members of European nobility.

There are several famous women who bear this name, one of them being St. Catherine of Siena, one of the few female Doctors of the Church. Catherine II of Russia, also known as Catherine the Great, who was a Russian monarch. She was the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67.

Another famous bearer of the name was Catherin of Aragon, Henry VIII's 1st and longest lasting wife.

Another famous bearer is Catherine "Kate" Middleton, the present Duchess of Cambridge.

19 Caroline

Caroline it's such a beautiful and sophisticated name. It’s origin comes from the French “Carolus”, and the German name “Carl”. The meaning of Carl was “free man”, which makes a strong, confident bearer of the name. It is a name that will certainly grow up with the little girl who’s wearing it. I can definitely envision a baby Caroline, a 10-year-old Caroline, a teen-aged Caroline, an adult Caroline, and an elderly Caroline with ease.

A famous royal bearer of this name is princess Caroline of Monaco, an ethereal fashion and beauty icon. The princess is well known for her love of designer clothes, wearing with elegance chic outfits whether at fashion events or on the red carpet.

This feminine and classy name was also worn by one of the daughters of King George II of the UK and also by his wife Caroline of Ansbach, so it has some courtly history.

18 Charlotte

Charlotte is the French feminine diminutive of “Charles”. It was introduced to Britain in the 17th century. It is a lovely and feminine name. Sounding a little medieval, it make a great choice for a classy little girl.

It is a beautiful, dainty, yet strong, aristocratic name. A famous bearer is Charlotte Casiraghi, daughter of princess Caroline of Monaco and granddaughter of Grace Kelly. Another royal bearer was Charlotte of Wales, the only child of King George IV of UK and his wife Caroline of Brunswick. Charlotte, another Princess Royal, was the oldest daughter of King George III of the UK and his wife Charlotte. Also, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (Charlotte Elizabeth Diana; born 2 May 2015) is the daughter of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

With it’s grace, Charlotte has surely proved his historic roots at the royal courts. Bearing pure elegance, this name is made for an elegant, refined baby girl, and young woman. It works with the cute nickname Lottie.

17 Clementine

Clementine is the French form of “Clement”. It is derived from the Latin word clemens, which means "mild, gentle".

This pretty little name is very uncommon, yet very classic. I think it is a name that a little princess can grow up with. It sounds sweet and elegant, delicate and yet very strong. I think of a smart, elegant girl when I think of the name Clementine, a princess out of a Disney movie. The name Clementine is the perfect choice if you want something graceful for your daughter.

There are some famous bearers of the royal courts throughout the history. Clementine of Orleans was the fourth daughter of King Louis Philippe I of France with his wife Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily. Princess Clementine of Belgium was the wife of Napoléon Bonaparte. So this name also has a strong heritage throughout the history.

Clementine´s cute nicknames are Clemmie, or Tina.

16 Cordelia

The name Cordelia comes from the ancient Greek, and it means "daughter by the sea", "Kore-(de)-Alia". From the Greek words "Kore", meaning daughter, “alia", meaning “next to the sea”, and "als" which means sea in ancient Greek. It’s meaning is also known as “jewel by the sea”.

Cordeilla was the youngest of the three daughters of King Lear and the only one to remain loyal to her father. It is known that Shakespeare had a great knowledge of the ancient Greek language, and its literature. When adapting the character for his play 'King Lear', Shakespeare altered the spelling to Cordelia.

When I think of the name Cordelia, I see an awesome, courageous, loyal, and compassionate young woman. If you’re looking for something original and unique, Cordelia is an excellent choice for your little girl.

This dignified and classic name work with nicknames, such as Cora, Cordy, Cory, Coco, Cody, Lia, or Dee.

15 Diana

Diana comes from the Latin word divus, which means “heavenly, divine”. Diana was the name of the Roman goddess of the moon, hunting, forests, and childbirth. As a given name, Diana has been regularly used since the Renaissance.

I believe that Diana is a beautiful, elegant name. The name sounds enchanting, and suggests adventure and imagination, as well as compassion, and elegance.

Diana has obvious royal credentials. The most notable bearer was Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales and humanitarian, the “princess that captured people’s hearts”. She was well known for her fairly conventional restricted life within the monarchy. The princess was also determined to show her boys the life outside of the court walls, often seen traveling with them.

The name Diana also appeared in George Meredith’s novel “Diana of the Crossways”.

By choosing this classic, and elegant name, your pretty little girl would be proud to be named Diana.

14 Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a timeless name with royal stature. Elizabeth was originally a Hebrew name, meaning "my God is an oath" or perhaps "my God is abundance". It also comes from the Greek “Elisabet”.

This name was originally more common in Eastern Europe. It was borne in the 12th century by Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, daughter of King Andrew II. It has been very popular in England since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century. Many European royals were proud bearers of this name, including a ruling empress of Russia in the 18th century. Famous modern bearers include the British queen Elizabeth II. Other famous bearers are Elizabeth of Austria and Elizabeth “Sissi” of Bavaria, Austria.

I think that this name has a gorgeous sound, and though it is rather common, it remains an elegant name. This very feminine name has shorter forms, such as Lizzie, Liz, Sissi, Beth, Bethy, Liza, Lise, Lize, Eliza, or Élise.

13 Eloise

This name will give elegance to any little girl. The name comes from the Old French name Héloïse, and it was borne in the 12th century by Saint Eloise, the wife of the French theologian Peter Abelard.

Eloise is also derived from Lois, or Louisa, meaning "Battle Maiden” or “Famous Warrior." I think it is a beautiful and elegant name, and also pretty unique. Don’t you just love the sound and the old world charm it has? It is a great choice for an elegant little princess. It’s a pretty, distinctive and timeless name for a little girl.

Some of the famous royal bearers of this name are countess Eloise of Orange-Nassau, the daughter of prince Constantijn and princess Laurentien of Orange-Nassau (the Netherlands). She is member of the Dutch Royal Family and currently fifth in the line of succession to the Dutch throne.

The cutest nicknames for Eloise are Ellie, Elle, or Lulu.

12 Evelyn

This is a charming name for a little baby girl. It is an Anglicised form of the French name Aveline, which comes from the German Avila. In the 17th century it was first used as a given name for boys. Now it is mainly a feminine name due to association with the related name “Evelina”. The name means "lively, pleasant".

It is a very pretty, elegant and dainty name, the perfect choice for parents who have wished for a daughter for so long. Evelyn sounds as wonderful on little girls and on adult women.

When I pronounce the name Evelyn, I see class, style, and courtly manners. It has a very elegant, girly tone to it. This name is also a combination of two other names, Eve and Lynn.

If you and your spouse are about to add a young girl to your family, or you’re planning to in the near future, this can be the perfect choice.

11 Genevieve

The name Genevieve seems to be French in origin, and it means “tribe woman”. The name Genevieve was very popular for a long time in France. It also has Celtic roots from the name "Guinevere". The name was borne by Saint Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris. He encouraged the city’s people to resist the Huns in the 5th century.

Genevieve makes me think of a generous, innocent little girl. It is really elegant, beautiful regal, and classy. It also sounds strong and independent, and yet still kind. I think that this is the perfect choice if you want your daughter to have an elegant, worthy of a royal court name. And one of the best things about it is that it’s unique, just like your precious little one.

The short forms of Genevieve are Genny, Ginny, Jenny, or Jinni. If you want an alternative spelling variation for Genevieve, you can choose Jenevieve.

10 Grace

You will never hear a more graceful name than Grace. For me, the name Grace has it’s own uniqueness, elegance and… grace. You possibly couldn’t find a more suitable name for little refined princess, that will be so proud to wear. It is a very beautiful yet simple and sophisticated name. It is in the top 20 most popular girl names. Grace is a beautiful name with history.

The name Grace comes from the English word grace (eloquence or beauty of form, kindness, mercy, favor), which is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means “favor”, “thanks”. In the 17th century, this was one of the virtue names created by the Puritans.

A famous bearer was Grace Kelly, an American actress who became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III, in April 1956. Kelly retained her American roots, maintaining dual U.S. and Monégasque citizenship. She stunned the world with her beauty and, grace.

9 Gwyneth

The name Gwyneth is a variant of the Welsh word Gwynaeth, the name of an ancient Welsh kingdom, which means "white, fair, blessed". It has been common in Wales since the 19th century.

I find the name Gwyneth very beautiful and exotic. This is a name that speaks elegance and youth just by saying it, and should come back in the top baby names. When you pronounce Gwyneth I hear history of elegance and beauty. Isn’t this what you want for your daughter? You can call her Gwynny, or Gwen while she’s younger, and Gwyneth when she’ll be older. It’s a name that works for every age.

A famous bearer of this name is Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow. She won an Oscar for Best Actress for "Shakespeare in Love" in 1998. This magnificent appellation is definitely becoming more and more appreciated by American parents. For now, its shorter form Gwen is more popular.

8 Henrietta

Henrietta is another elaborate and elegant royalty name for a little girl. It is the Latin form of Henriette, and the Anglicized form of Harriet.

It was introduced to England by Henriette Marie, the French princess who married Charles I. She was known to the English as Queen Henrietta Maria. Also the youngest daughter of Henriette Marie of France and Charles I was named Henrietta Anne of England. She married Philippe I, Duke of Orleans.

Princess Mary and prince Frederick named their little girl Isabella Henrietta Margaretta. Henrietta was also the daughter of King James II of Great Britain with his first wife Anne Hyde. Another famous bearer was princess Henriette Marie of France, the daughter of King Henry VI.

This is one of the most aristocratic names you can give your daughter. The name has beautiful nicknames, such as Rie, Etta, Hettie, Ettie, Hattie, Hennie, Nettie, Penny, Henria, Hetty.

7 Isabella

Isabella is a Latin form of Isabel. It is also a Spanish variant of Elizabeth, which is from the Hebrew elīsheba, meaning God is my oath. Feeling both modern and traditional, this name is popular among parents from England and Spain.

This gorgeous and elegant name is suited for a refined young little girl, and has some long history at the courtyards, being worn by many medieval royals. A famous bearer of this name is the daughter of prince Bernhard and princess Anette of Orange-Nassau: Isabella Lily Juliana van Vollenhoven. Her father is still in the line of the Dutch throne.

Another famous bearer is Isabella I of Castile, who was the Queen Regnant of Castile and Leon, Queen Consort of Aragon, Majorca, Naples and Valencia, Countess Consort of Barcelona. Her marriage to Ferdinand of Aragon, unified Spain. She was also called 'Isabella La Catholica'.

It has beautiful nicknames, such as Izzy, and Bella, which means beautiful in Italian.

6 Juliet

Juliet is the Anglicized version of the French name Juliette, and the Italian name Giulietta. It is a gorgeous and beautiful name. It sounds old fashioned, which is just the thing that adds to its charm. Its meaning is youthful. How could you not name your little girl like that?

The name was born with Shakespeare’s play 'Romeo and Juliet' (1596). In Shakespeare's play, it was Juliet who said "What's in a name?" It is a tragedy play written early in Shakespeare's career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

The name is rarely used in America, so it is pretty unique. It’s French spelling Juliette is slightly more popular, but I like Juliet more. I think it will make a strong comeback.

Its related names are Julianna, Julia, Julie, Julietta, and Juliette. You can use so many nicknames, such as Jules, Julette, Jewel, Ju, Jette, Lettie, or Julie. Juliet remains the perfect way to complement those nicknames in a more full form.

5 Katherine

This is the most elegant courtly name that you could possibly find for your little girl. It comes from the Greek name Αικατερινη (Aikaterine). It could also derive from the name of the goddess Hecate. In the early Christian era it became associated with Greek καθαρος (katharos), which means "pure", and the Latin spelling was changed from Katerina to Katharina to reflect this.

The name was borne with the Saint and martyr from Alexandria. It has been common in England since the 12th century, with Katherine and Catherine becoming standard in the later Middle Ages.

Famous bearers of the name are Catherine of Siena, and Catherine de' Medici, a 16th-century French Queen. It was also borne by three of Henry VIII's wives, including Katherine of Aragon, and by two empresses of Russia, including Catherine the Great.

There are many nicknames for this name, including Kate, Katie, Katt, Kitty and Kathy.

4 Margaret

Margaret is derived from the Latin Margarita, and it means ‘pearl’. The name has a long-term royal connection.

A famous bearer was Saint Margaret, the patron of expectant mothers. She was martyred at Antioch in the 4th century. Legends tell us of her escape from a dragon, with which she was often depicted in medieval art.

It was borne by Queen Margaret I of Denmark. She united Denmark, Sweden, and Norway in the 14th century.

Margaret of Austria, only daughter of Maximilian I (Holy Roman Emperor) and Mary of Burgundy. She was the Governor of the Habsburg Netherlands and raised her nephew Charles, who was later Holy Roman Emperor himself. Another famous bearer was Margaret of Anjou, the wife of Henry VI. And before that, there was Queen Margaret of Scotland. Saint Margaret of Scotland, also known as Margaret of Wessex, was an English princess of the House of Wessex. Margaret was sometimes called "The Pearl of Scotland".

Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of the UK 1979-1990.

3 Mary

Another royal name is Mary, the English form of the Latin name Maria. It has several meanings, such as "sea of bitterness", "rebelliousness", and "wished for child". It’s origin is Egyptian, deriving from the words mry ("beloved") or mr ("love").

The most important bearer of the name is Mary, the mother of Jesus. According to the Bible, Jesus was conceived in her by the Holy Spirit while she remained a virgin. This name was also worn by Mary Magdalene, a woman cured of demons by Jesus, who became one of his followers. Also later later she witnessed his crucifixion and resurrection.

In England, it has been used since the 12th century, being one of the most names for women. A famous royal bearer was Queen of Scotland, Mary of Scots. Another famous bearer is Princess Mary of Denmark. Mary Tudor, half-sister of Elizabeth I and queen of England, was renowned for her Catholic ties and for her dislike of Protestantism.

2 Theodora

Theodora is the feminine form of Theodore. It derived from the Greek Theodōra (God's gift), a compound name composed of the elements theos (God) and dōron (gift).

The name was used by several empresses of the Byzantine Empire. One of them was Theodora, the empress of the Byzantine Empire and the wife of Emperor Justinian I. She was one of the most influential and powerful of the Byzantine empresses. She is also a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church, commemorated on November 14. Other empresses with this courtly name were Theodora of Khazaria, 7th-century empress, wife of Justinian II, Theodora (wife of Theophilos), a 9th-century empress, and Theodora, daughter of Constantine VII, 10th-century empress.

Another famous bearer was princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark (1906-1969). She was the second child of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. She was married to Prince Berthold, Margrave of Baden and had three children.

You can use nicknames such as Thea, Dora, Theda, Theo, Teddy, or Thora.

1 Victoria

Victoria is also a royal name with a lot of history. Its origin is Latin, and it means “victory”, being born by the Roman goddess of victory. It is a powerful girl's name with a lot of meaning and tradition behind it.

Victoria is the name of the Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Duchess of Västergötland. She is the heiress apparent to the Swedish throne. If she ascends to the throne as expected she will be Sweden's third queen regnant.

A famous bearer was Queen Victoria. Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. She was named after her mother, who was of German royalty. Victoria was also the name of the daughter of King Edward VII of the UK with his wife Alexandra of Denmark. She was named after her grandmother Queen Victoria.

Victoria can be shortened to the trendy nickname Vicky.

Sources: BehindTheName.com, BabyCentre.co.uk

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