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25 Perfect Baby Names For A Sassy Latina

Sassiness is a natural attribute for little girls. They are born delighted with the fact that they are alive and knowing how great they are. It is a trait that most people can all hope that a girl keeps all their lives, as it is a helpful attitude for going through their time on Earth. Keeping this sassy attitude alive isn’t always easy. Women face many obstacles in life that can dent this essential delight and sense of worth.

Your daughter will likely encounter them, and you will only be able to do so much to help her. However, you can give her a name with a sassy sound and history to buoy her through any trouble she faces.

And if there is one group that is frequently described as sassy, it is Latinas. Perhaps this is because Spanish names tend to be high on the sassiness scale, and they sound really pretty. I should admit that there are two perfectly lovely names that I might skip just because of their overwhelming popularity in Hispanic communities: Lupe and Isabella.

Your kid is almost guaranteed to have to share a name with a classmate at least once if she has this name, so keep this in mind when picking a name if you worry about that sort of thing. Other than that, here are 25 very sassy names with a Spanish twist.

25 Luz

Sometimes the sassiness of a name comes from a blunt declaration of a kid’s essential importance. This is the case with Luz. The name literally means ‘light,’ and everybody considers their daughters the light of their lives.

According to Behind The Name,

the name came from a Spanish title for the Virgin Mary: Nuestra Senora de la Luz which means “Our Lady of Light.”

It is not too surprising with this background that it ranked 998 in popularity in 2016. It has been in the top 1000 names since 1907 in the US, too, so you probably have a family history with it. You could even know Luz Long, the winner of a silver medal in the long jump in 1936.

Of course, another reason for the popularity is the elements of the name. It is short and sweet, which makes it easy to use wherever your little girl may go in life. Her name will always fit in official paperwork, which will save her a lot of time and bother. Plus, no one will ever claim to be unable to spell it. That is always an important consideration. Going through life while correcting how people spell your name can be very annoying.

24 Alejandra

Alejandra has a beautiful ring to it. It is just familiar enough to let you revel in the sweet sound of the vowels flowing into each other, but it is exotic enough to attract attention. According to Behind The Name, Alejandra is the Spanish form of Alexandra, a Greek name that means ‘defending men.’ ‘Defense’ is definitely sassy.

It has a sassy history, too. The Mycenaeans used it as an alternate name for the goddess of the hearth, Hera. It was also an alternate name for Cassandra, a prophetess. Multiple saints and the wife of Nicholas II had this name or some variation thereof because it is such a powerful name. It is pretty popular in the general populace, too, and it had entered the top 1000 names in 1972. It is ranked 445 as of 2016.

It is a bit long for a baby girl, so you can call her Ally for short until she grows into her name. This highlights another benefit of Alejandra as a name: it’s flexible. If she wants to gussy her name up, she can try the many other variations of Alejandra (Alesandra, Alexandra,) or a version of a nickname such as Lexi or Ally. She can change her mind many times without going to the Social Security Administration to change her name.

23 Belén

Belén is a fun name. It trips off the tongue like a tap dancer with the ‘b’ and swings around on the ‘l,’ then kicks out on the emphasized e. It can be shortened down to Bell or Len when you are just hanging out and the spelling is self-explanatory. The Chileans have become particularly enamored with it. It was ranked 37th in popularity in 2016 and it is 18 most popular name this year. Spain is also pleased with it. (It isn’t as popular in America, but it is in the top 1000. It is the 757th most popular in the United States.)

But where did this fun name come from? Believe it or not, it isn’t related to the French word for pretty. It is a place name: it comes from city of Bethlehem.

According to Behind The Name, it is the Spanish form of the city’s name. If you want to follow the word’s history, you start with the original Hebrew name, Beit Lachem, which means ‘house of bread.’ Bethlehem is the Greek pronunciation and Belen was how Spanish translated it. You could leave all that out and say it translates as ‘nourishing’ if friends ask why you picked the name.

22 Camila

Camila has a certain universal appeal. It sounds like one of the ever-popular flower names for girls, and Camellias are a sassy type of flower. They are shrubs that produce a profusion of sweet baby pink blossoms, lush petals, and brilliant deep green leaves. But it is a name with a twist: it actually isn’t originally from the flower. Nameberry reveals that Camila is the Spanish variant to a Latin name that means ‘young ceremonial attendant.’

Only important people get to be ceremonial attendants, so there is a boost to your girl’s ego. As a further boost, the original Camilla was a huntress who could run so fast that she could run over a field without bending a blade of grass. This history may be why the name Camila was the 32nd most popular name in 2016.

The US isn’t the only place that is catching on to the charm of the name Camila. It was ranked 29th in 2014 in Portugal. Chileans took it to heart by making it the 33rd most popular name in their country in 2014. And Mexicans really latched on to Camila: it was ranked at 7 in popularity in 2013, and it is still hovering in the top 10 there. Your daughter will be in good company with this name.

21 Catalina

Catalina is a fiery name. It can be shortened to that sassiest nickname, Cat, and it just bounces with all the vowels in it. Anyone interested in a sassy name for their kid will love it. But where does it come from?

If you are thinking that Catalina sounds suspiciously like Katherine, then you are very observant. According to Behind The Name, Catalina is the Spanish variant of Katherine.

As such, there are a couple of very impressive meanings that could be attributed to it. The original Greek name was Aikaterine, and it might come from Hekaterine. It could have been an alternate name for the moon goddess Hecate. It might also come from a Coptic word that meant ‘my consecration of your name.’ It became associated with purity through the fact that it sounds like the Greek word for pure, ‘katharos.’

Variants of Katherine became popular in the 12th century. It has never lost popularity since, and Catalina is a popular variant. It has been in the top 1000 names twice in the past century. It even ranked 314 in 2016. It’s even more popular in Chile. It was 11 on the name charts in 2014 there, which was a drop from being 9th in the charts in 2013.

20 Estrella

Estrella, pronounced es-tray-a, has an innocent air. It sounds like it belongs to the ingénue of a musical, the starry-eyed innocent who enters the big city to wow everyone with her talents and good nature. And it comes prepackaged with even more pure nicknames and variants: Essie and Esa. Behind The Name says that it is the Spanish variant of the Latin name Stella and it is a total coincidence that Estrella is the Spanish word for ‘star.’

However, Stella means ‘star.’ It’s where the word stellar comes from. Also, Spanish is related to Latin. So, it isn’t a big coincidence that the Spanish word for star is the result of taking a Latin name that means ‘star.’ More like a natural outcome of language families. The important part, of course, is that it is a stellar name.

Obviously, there is nothing sassier than knowing that you are a star. And many people agree.

It entered the 1000 most popular names in America in 1997, when it was ranked 808. It reached the highest on charts in 2005 when it was ranked 296. It is currently ranked 810.

It’s even more common in Mexico, where it reached 88 on the popularity charts in 2013. It deserves to more popular North of the border because of its sass potential and the fact that it is pretty.

19 Fabiana

Fabiana has a lot of sassy potential. It shortens down to Fab, it has a fancy ring to it and has a story behind it. Also, it is an international name, showing up in Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. The French version is Fabienne.

According to Behind The Name, the name comes from Ancient Roman. It comes from Fabius, a family name that comes from the Latin word ‘faba,’ which means bean. Beans are wonderfully nutritious and versatile food, so perhaps the family picked it for those positive connotations. Or perhaps they liked the implication of being a seed, containing the future and ready to sprout. At any rate, the name is frequently translated as ‘bean grower,’ which is a nice flourish.

While this name has several aspects that can make this a popular name in the US, it doesn’t appear in the Social Security Administration’s top 1000 names, even if you go back to the year 1900. However, it is a different story in Portugal and Italy. Particularly Portugal is fond of it. It was ranked 82 on their name charts in 2014. Fabiana was 191st in popularity in Italy.

Fabiana has belonged to two Olympic gold medalists, volleyball players Fabiana de Oliveira and Fabiana Claudino. Fine name-bearers go with fine names, and you can always point to them as the reason you named your girl Fabiana to your sports-enthusiast friends.

18 Fatima

Fatima is a sweet name. The simple pronunciation and ‘ah’ ending goes easy on the ear. It has intuitive spelling, which is always a plus. It does have a vaguely religious overtone, too, because it was the name of a daughter of the Prophet Muhammad and the wife of the fourth caliph.

According to Behind The Name,

the name is Arabic and means ‘to abstain.’

Possibly because of the history, there are many variants of the name and it is widespread. Given that Spain was once under Moorish control, it’s probably where the name entered Spanish.

And the name is truly widespread. It ranked 323rd in popularity in England and Wales, it’s 97th on the Belgium name charts, 87th in popularity in Catalonia and 95th in Italy. Mexicans love it and have jerked it up to 19th on their name charts. Bosnians are also fans: it is 47th on the name charts there. However, in America, a little Fatima would be the only one in her class. It is only 306th on the name charts in the United States.

So, if you are interested in getting an international vibe and want to avoid names that are overrunning American schools, Fatima is a good choice.

17 Ivana

If you want to give your daughter a glamorous name, Ivana is a solid choice. I know it sounds like a Russian name, and it does show up in Czechoslovakia, Serbia, and Bulgaria. However, it shows up in top 1000 Latina names often. Like English, Spanish has picked up a lot of random names from places that Spanish speaking countries have come in contact with. Maybe it was the communist revolution connection? I don’t know, but it would make a good goose chase to follow sometime if you are into the history of names.

According to Behind The Name, Ivana is the feminine form of Ivan, which derives from the Greek Ioannes. In turn, Ioannes comes from the Hebrew Yochanan, which means ‘God is gracious.’ It shares a similar history to John, which comes from the same root. This means that naming your daughter Ivana is essentially calling her a gift from God. You may note that you might get the same effect by naming your baby Juana. It isn’t quite as intuitive in spelling and pronunciation as Ivana.

Not only is Ivana a complimentary name, but it is rare enough to make your daughter stand out on the name rolls. It entered the top 1000 names on the name charts in 1990, when it rated 852 on the charts. It stayed in the high 900s until 2000, and it ranked 960 in 2010. Nothing sassier than an exotic name.

16 Gloria

The name Gloria is part of a tradition of virtue names for girls. According to Nameberry, the original Latin name was Gloriana (which was something that Queen Elizabeth I was often called) and this shorter, much less fussy form of Gloriana appeared in print in 1891 in a novel called ‘Gloria.’ It has to be said that Victorian writers were pretty creative with names. A bunch of other woman’s names appeared this way.

This name gets its sass from the out-right bragging of declaring your daughter glorious. It has the halo of Hollywood’s Golden Era and 1920’s glamour. There you have quite the sassy name.

A famous actress, Josephine Swanson, identified the sassiness in Gloria and adopted the name in the 1920’s. It became very popular in the early 20th century and reached as high as 20 on the name charts in 1925. It may come back. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard named their second daughter Gloria, apparently inspired by a Patti Smith rendition of the song, ‘Gloria.’ Other prominent name bearers would be the singer Gloria Estefan and political activist Gloria Steinman.

It might be the Gloria Estefan that keeps it popular in the US where it is ranked 550. But it is more popular in Italy, where it is ranked 62, and Slovenia, where it is ranked 82.

15 Mariela

Mariela has a beautiful ring to it. Something about the ‘la’ ending and the soothing vowels makes it fun to say and sing. It is a diminutive of Marie from Italy that got picked up in Spain and Portugal. Mary and Marie are, of course, the most ubiquitous name for girls throughout the West, so having a sassy little twist to the name is a ‘best of both worlds’ situation.

Everyone knows and loves this name. It’s Biblical, so you have the holy nod, and it is recognizable to everyone. But! The extra syllable makes it fancy and fabulous. Its potential for sassiness is in its playful take on traditions.

Mariela is a 90’s name. It entered the top 1000 names in 1990 at 820. According to Behind The Name, it never got more popular than 471. It dropped off the top 1000 in 2009. It ranked 974 that year and has not returned to the top 1000 since. It really deserves more coverage. In the meantime, people with this name can take advantage of the rarity of the name. It will be harder for credit bureaus to confuse her with anyone else and she will always know when she is being called when someone yells her name in the crowd.

14 Mercedes

Mercedes is one of those classy names that drip sophistication. It’s probably the car association: everybody would like a Mercedes Benz. It doesn’t stem from the car though. And if you read many of these name lists, you are probably betting a Biblical connection.

That’s a general pattern in naming: it’s a place name, an occupation name, or there’s a religious connection, and there isn’t a job or a place with the name.

According to Behind The Name, Mercedes is the plural of mercy in Spanish. One of the many things that people called the Virgin Mary was ‘Mary of Mercies’ or Maria de las Mercedes. Mercedes ultimately stems from the Latin word for ‘wages’ or, in Vulgar Latin, ‘pity,’ merces. Maybe that was why it was the name of two saints who are relatively recent. Mercedes de Jesus Molina lived during the 1800’s and Mercedes Prat y Prat lived until 1936. Then again, it is also the name of 3 actresses.

Mercedes entered the American roll call in 1880 when it was ranked at 738. It has been in the top 1000 almost continuously between 1886 and 2014. It was most popular in the year 1991 when it was ranked 164. That makes it a sleeper name- a name that is always present but never in the limelight. That gives it the advantages of familiarity and none of the drawbacks of over-representation. Either way- Mercedes is a great name.

13 Nadia

Nadia is a really sweet name. Something about it reminds me of something fluffy and big-eyed, like a kitten. It’s the ending sound, I think. It certainly has the air of a diminutive name. According to Behind The Name, there is a reason for that. Nadia is a shortened version of Nadezhda, which is a Slavic name that means ‘hope.’ Honestly, the Latino name is probably more related to the Arabic name Naddiya, which means ‘delicate.’

I make this inference because it is more popular in Spain and Portugal. It is ranked 93 in Portugal and 95 in Spain. It is a measly 358 in the United States, though, and I really think it deserves better. It is easy to spell and pronounce, so that is always a plus. It is also the name of quite a few athletes, including the artistic gymnast Nadia Comaneci and the tennis star Nadia Petrova. Then there is the character from Lost named Nadia.

While it is a common name in Latino quarters, but it is also a Russian favorite. Though come to think of it, the Nadia that I knew personally was possibly from Mexico so I have an anecdote to back up this list entry.

12 Valentina

The name Valentina belongs to the first woman in space. That history alone gives it sass. And then there is the rest of history of the name. According to Behind The Name, the name originated as a Roman cognomen, which is one of the 3 names that make up a typical Roman name.

It started out as a nickname but started to be handed down from father to son, essentially becoming a surname. Valentinus was the original cognomen, and that came from Valens.

This name meant ‘strong and healthy.’ Being strong and healthy is definitely sassy, and is a great thing to use to describe your daughter.

This name has a lot of international appeal. It is rated 9 on the name charts of Colombia, and it is in the top 10 in Mexico. Even in Portugal, it is pretty popular. It ranks in the top 100 names there. Here in the United States, it isn’t in the top 100. It is pretty close. It is 106th on the name charts.

And this name has great flexibility. You can call your girl Val or Tina day to day, and she can sass up her name with any combination of letters from the name. Whatever the nickname you use, Valentina is a very sassy name.

11 Valeria

Valeria screams brave and sophisticated. Behind The Name reveals that it is number 9 on the name charts of Mexico. This name comes from the Latin word valere. Hey, that sounds like ‘valor’ and ‘valiant!’ That is a good start for a name. The meaning bears this out, too. Valeria is a feminine form of Valerius, a Latin family name that comes from the word ‘valere.’ What does valere mean? You are probably thinking ‘something to do with being strong,’ and that is correct. The historical name bearers show this: several saints and emperors wore it with pride.

People would find it pretty accessible, even with the heroic overtones. For one thing, it has been in the top 1000 names in the United States almost continuously since 1881. It was at its most popular in 2009 when it was 72nd in popularity. It is 151st now. Valery is from the same source and is probably even more familiar, (though it has not been as often used.) This association makes it even more usable. The other thing that makes it very accessible is that its spelling is self-explanatory and can be shortened down to Val. Any daughter with this name would have plenty of things to point to for the source of her sassiness.

10 Ximena

Ximena has an exotic ring to it. It is pronounced khee-meh-na, kicking around the mouth like a can-can dancer and slipping off the tongue with style. The history has a similarly kicky vibe. Ximena was the name of the wife of El Cid. According to Behind The Name, the name is the feminine variant of Ximeno, which has rather a mysterious past.

It comes from the depths of Medieval Spain and the Basque country, and no one is positive what it means. It might be a Spanish pronunciation of Simon, which would make it ultimately of Hebrew origin. Ximena would mean ‘he has heard’ in that case. There is a Greek Simon, too, which means ‘big nose.’ However, it is possible that Ximon is native to Basque and is based on a word that means ‘son.’ Ximena would mean daughter in that case.

Apparently, Mexico loves all this mystery. Ximena is in the top 10 names in that country. It hasn’t had quite the same success here in America.

It is in the top 1000 names, but it only entered that rarified space in 2001 and is currently ranked 118th in popularity. What that means is that a girl with this name doesn’t just have one sassy name, but has a fair chance of being the only one with the name in any room so long as she stays North of the border.

9 Iliana

Iliana, with its profusion of vowels and ‘ana’ ending, is one of the most feminine names on this list. It pirouettes and curtsies, it does. Which is strange: according to Behind The Name, Iliana is the feminine version of Ilias or Iliya. If it is Ilias, it comes from the Greek cognate of Elijah, as in the prophet who was taken directly to Heaven. A few early saints took his name and it became very popular throughout Medieval Europe. The feminine variant went with it, naturally.

Here in the United States, though, it hasn’t been quite so beloved. It became popular enough to register on name charts in 1986 and has never got higher on lists of top 1000 names. It is currently ranked at 848, and it doesn’t look like it will go any higher.

This is a shame, though. It is a pretty name and, for people who have an allergy to nicknames, it doesn’t easily break down into a cutesy short name. She might pick some other name that is totally unrelated to her name, but your nickname-happy friend will have a hard time calling your daughter ‘Illy.’ While other people are discovering these benefits, your daughter will be one of the few with this beautiful name.

8 Delphia

Delphia is a charmer of a name. It invokes the Oracle of Delphi and the delicately gorgeous Delphinium flowers. There are the beautiful connotations and the powerful connotations, which is very sassy. And Behind The Name bears out this impression by pointing out that Delphia probably does come from the Greek city of Delphi.

Once again, the tendency for place names is making an appearance. That doesn’t give the total meaning, though. The city got its name from somewhere. The best guess is that it is related to the Greek word ‘delphys,’ which means womb.

So who came up with using this brilliant name? It showed up as the heroine’s name in a play called ‘The Prophetess,’ which first went on stage in 1647. It had bounced around many countries since then. It was actually in the top 1000 names in this country from the 19th century until the middle of the 20th century. It appeared in 1880 and remained on name lists until 1933 when it ranked 953. It did pop up in the top 1000 in 1938 and 1941, but it has been hovering below 1000 on name lists since. A little Delphia would be an original in the classroom, as you know she is in life.

7 Atalaya

Atalaya is a beautiful name with an enchanting history. You can also look at is a truly Spanish name. There is a castle called Castillo de Atalaya in Villena in Southern Spain that was built before 1172. It played an important part in Spain’s history as part of the frontier during the Reconquista. According to Baby Names, the name Atalaya is of Arabic origin.

That kind of makes sense, given Spain’s history. The meaning makes even more sense: it translates into ‘castle of the watch.’ This makes for a truly sassy meaning which, for once, isn’t a feminine form of a masculine name.

Given this very empowering meaning and interesting source, it is surprising how uncommon it is in the United States. It has never been in the top 1000 names here. It was ranked at 6000 in 1970 and it has dropped since. In 2016, it was 10,125th in popularity. So this is an incredibly rare name, with all the attendant benefits come with that. A girl with this name will always have a great conversation starter, never be confused when someone calls her name, and will stand out on roll calls. Plus, she can go by ‘Atty’ or ‘Laya’ if she wants to.

6 Reina

Reina is the sassiest of sassy names. There are few things more obviously ego-boosting than being called ‘queen’ every day of your life. And that is exactly what Reina means in Spanish. According to Behind The Name, at least some Americans appreciate this effect.

It was ranked 853 in 2016. It made its first showing on the top 1000 name lists in 1993, when it ranked 966. You will notice that, while it is popular enough to be familiar to people, it never really gets the ‘top 10’ treatment. A little girl with this name never has to share a name with anyone else in her classroom or job.

Reina is also a more international name. There are a few names that have multiple sources and Reina is one of them. It is a Japanese name that means ‘wise’ and a Yiddish name that means ‘clean and pure.’

Of course, if you want to spell it in a more English-alphabet way, you can use the variant Rayna, which makes sure that people can sound out the name. (However, a lot of people ‘know’ how this name is spelled, so if you use an alternate spelling, your daughter is going to spend a lot of time correcting how people spell her name.)

5 Roana

Roana has a certain antique vibe. Maybe it is the combination of vowels that lends it a charming old-school feel. It is a classic. This is good for the current trend of traditional-seeming names. All our top 10 names these days are ones you would see in Victorian novels.

A little girl named Roana would feel that her name fits right in with this scene. According to Names.org, the name first appeared on the Social Security Administration records in November in 1878, but there have been less than 5 people born per year who were given the name. So it is definitely antique. There is something about having a rare name that fits into the milieu: it means that your name will trigger fewer questions while still never be shared with anyone else.

It even has an antique background. It is from Medieval Spain, and it means ‘reddish-brown skin.’ When the kid is born, she probably will look a little reddish-brown, so there is a very fitting name. It is also a commune if a province of Vicenza in Italy. It consists of 6 villages where the Cimbrian language is spoken. Presumably, something about the region is reddish-brown. Either way, it makes sense to use this name.

4 Itxaro

Itxaro is a really pretty name that deserves a lot more time in the spotlight in this country. According to names.org, it is a name of Basque origin that means ‘hope.’ If you like the idea of giving your girl a meaningful name but feel a little uneasy about on-the-nose names, this is a good way of having the best of both worlds.

Virtue names are always a bit hit-or-miss for some people. Sometimes you just don’t want the baggage of it. That is completely up to you.

It also has great name bearers. There is an opera singer named Itxaro Mentxaka, who is a mezzo-soprano. She started out in a choir in her hometown and she later moved to study in Valencia. She is now a regular feature of operas in Granada, Seville, and music festivals. There is also a professor of physiology named Itxaro Perez Urzelai who has been cited in research papers 221 times.

Itxaro’s rareness can also be an asset. Names.org couldn’t find it on any of the Social Security Administration records, so anyone with this name would always stand out in the crowd. She will never worry about which Itxaro is being called or about getting confused with someone else. Having a standout name is very sassy.

3 Lucrecia

Lucrecia is a name with some historical baggage. Most people have heard of Lucrezia Borgia as the scheming, poisoning daughter of Pope Alexander I. That is not really a fair assessment of her. She never poisoned anyone. She just had the misfortune of being a Borgia. Still, there is something sassy about that name. It may even benefit from the reputation somewhat. You can also go back to the original meaning of the name.

According to Behind The Name, it comes from a Latin Roman name, Lucretius. This name might stem from the Latin word for ‘wealth.’ Hey, maybe that’s where the word lucrative comes from. It might also mean ‘brings light.’ Either way, it has a very nice meaning for your daughter’s name.

Lucrecia was once a middling popular name in America. It appeared on records in 1875 and it was ranked 288 in 1880. It dropped on the charts gradually and gently until it fell off the top 1000 name charts in 1977. Now it is 10429th on the name charts. While your grandmother may have the name, but your kid will never have the same name as anyone else in their class if they have it. That is always handy.

2 Freira

Freira is such a cute name. Something about it sounds like it should belong to one of those fluffy puppies. It also has a cute meaning. According to Names.org, Freira is a Spanish name that means sister. It actually is used by both sexes, and you may consider that a plus, too. It’s a relatively new name to this country. It first appeared on Social Security Administration in 1928.

It isn’t particularly common as a name. Less than 5 people are born with the name every year are given the name. Again, if you think it is very important that your kid never has to be distinguished from another person with the same name, you will really like Freira. It is more common in Portugal, but even then the name tends not to pop up. You can also tell your daughter that "Freira Jacques" was written for her (a play on the nursery rhyme Frère Jacques). She will eventually figure out that you made that up, but she will appreciate your telling her how important she is.

Another advantage to using Freira is that it is easy to spell. There aren’t any silent letters or surprise vowels. Not having to constantly correct people as they spell your name is very pleasant.

1 Fidelia

I read a book where one of the characters was named Fidelis. He had attached himself to a monk who was very sick and needed constant care. He stayed with him for years afterward. It was a moving part of the book. So, guess what Fidelis means?

According to Behind The Name, Fidelis was a Late Latin name that meant ‘faithful.’ The Spanish variant is Fidel, and Fidelia is the feminine version. I can also be spelled Fidela, but the extra ‘I’ gives it a fancier twist. This may have been why Fidelia Bridges chose it. She was a painter who lived in Massachusetts. Even more fancily, it is the name of the Nigerian Ambassador to Switzerland.

Faithfulness can be very empowering that way.

This is a classic name that used to make Victorian top 1000 name charts. It ranked 738 in 1880, 908 in 1882, and 872 in 1890. It hasn’t been in the top 1000 name charts since. These days, there are only 5 people born in a year that are given the name. If you like a sassy, beautifully meaningful name that is rare enough for anyone, Fidelia will work for you. It is also good for anyone who loves Latinate names. That makes this name a thoroughly sassy choice for a thoroughly sassy list.

References: NameBerry, Behind The Name, names.org, Baby Names

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