Choosing a baby name is no easy task, especially if mom is expecting her first child. The trends in baby-naming keep changing, from super original and barely heard names to more classic, short names. Not to mention, selecting a name that pleases both mom and dad can be a daunting task, that often takes a full nine months. Finding a name that will please the parents and become the child's moniker for life is a big responsibility! Despite the challenge, finding a baby name is also one of the most enjoyable parts of pregnancy. Sitting down and looking through names books in the evenings together, doing countless Google searches to find the right fit. Yep, been there, done that! It's all part of the amazing journey of parenthood, and is essentially the first big decision mom will make about her child, even before they are born.
For moms expecting a little girl who is already destined to be the apple of her father's eye, we have some really great name ideas. These beautiful names are perfect for the little girl who will be fiercely independent, yet soft and sweet. This list is meant especially for Daddy, but Mom can have a say too, naturally. Here are 25 Baby Names For Daddy's Little Girl.
Brooke is a classic baby girl's name with Middle English and Old German origins. The nature inspired name essentially means "stream of water" and had its peak in popularity in the '80s through the early 2000's. In the United States, it reached its top position of #43 on the list of most popular girls names, in 2003. Although mainly used as a girls name, Brooke can also be a boys name, and is often seen as a surname. Currently, it sits at a comfortable #172. Famous Brooke's include actress and model Brooke Shields, actress and TV host Brooke Burns and Brooke Hogan, daughter of legendary wrestler, Hulk Hogan.
Dara is a beautiful and original baby girls name that is used in many different countries and cultures the world over. Despite being most popular in English-speaking societies, there is a high concentration of the name Dara in the Middle East, India and Indonesia. Dara has Hebrew origins, whose meaning is "compassion" or "mother-of-pearl". The name is quite unique, and not over-used, so this is a great choice if you want your little bundle of joy to have an original name!
Carlie is a girls name that has Latin and Old German origins. It can be a form of the Latin Carly, or a variant of the German names Carla and Charlotte. It ranks #1051 in popularity on the list of Top 2000 Girls Names, and is superseded by the more popular version, Carla. In the 1970's, the popularity of soft rock singer Carly Simon gave the name Carly its first appearance in the Top 1000 Girls Name list, and was most popular in Canada, the UK and Australia during that period.
Felicity immediately brings to mind two popular cultural references. First, the TV show, Felicity, which aired from 1998-2002, and starred Keri Russell. Second, actress Felicity Huffman, who is best known for her role as Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives. The baby girls name is of Latin origin, and means "good fortune, happy". There is also a religious reference for this name, Saint Felicity of Rome, who was a 2nd Century saint in the Roman Catholic Church. The name, which has been consistently popular in the United States for years, had a peak in 1999.
Ella is a classic baby girls name that is often a shortened version of Ellen or Eleanor, but can also be used as a full name. The classic name has English and German roots, and means "light" or "beautiful fairy woman" in English, and "all" or "other" in German. The name is hugely popular and one of the most common girls names in the United States. In 2018, it is already ranked as #12 on the list of Top 1000 Girls Names. Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald made this name classic back in the 1930's, and it is a top favorite for many celebrity babies. John Travolta, Ben Stiller, Eric Clapton, Mark Wahlberg and Alex Rodriguez all have daughters who carry the name Ella.
Hailey is a girls name that has many different spelling variations, which include Haley, Haylee, Hailee, and Haileigh. You can essentially spell this name 15 different ways! The name reached its peak in popularity in 2010, when it made the Top 10 list of most used girls baby names in the United States. Culturally, it was significant to millennials who adored the character Hailey Nicole on cult classic TV show "The O.C.", and Haley James Scott was a popular character in One Tree Hill, around the same time. The name originates from England and Scotland, where Hailey was a clan name which means "hay's meadow".
Kayden is a popular baby name with Arabic, English and Scottish origins which signifies "round" "gentle" or "companion" in Arabic, and "from the wetlands" to the Scots. The English meaning is "son of Caden" or "battle". Although it is predominantly used as a boys name, it can also be used as a girls name. It reached its top popularity as a girls name in 2008, when it hit position #392. Today, it rests at #1,120. As a boy's name, it is much more popular, ranking in at #81. Because it isn't used very often for girls, it can be a great choice for those who want to make sure their little girl has an original name.
Mackenzie is a girls name of Irish and Gaelic origins that signifies "fair" or "favored one". Originally, Mackenzie was used quite exclusively as a boys name and as a surname. Its rise to popularity in the mid '90s can be attributed to actress Mackenzie Phillips, who revolutionized the name in the United States. In 2001, it hit its peak ranking of #40 on the popularity charts, and currently sits at #85. It's a lovely name that's cute and modern but will still sound great in 20 years.
Maya is a baby girls name that has Hindi origins, but is used in almost every country in the world. The meaning of Maya is "water". It is ranked #43 on the list of Most Popular Girls Name for this year, and has consistently been making the list in the United States for the last several years. The name is also shared with a Central American culture, and Maya appears in Greek mythology. It can also be spelled Maia or Maja.
Starla is a beautiful baby girl name choice for parents who appreciate sweet and romantic names. The name is of English origin, and is derived from "star". The Greek "Stella" and the Persian "Esther" are two common translated versions of the name. Although not widely used, Starla has gained more popularity in recent years, though it failed to make the Top 1000 list. It's top position of #761 was reached in the 1960's, but has not gone up since then.
Willow is an English baby girls name that gets its title from the willow tree. The ultra feminine Willow is a great choice for nature lovers and those searching for a unique, yet classic, name for their little one. It is soulful and special, while still being so cute and modern. Willow started spiking in popularity around 2005, and is now at an all time high ranking of #70. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have a daughter named Willow.
Chloe is a girls name that has consistently made the Top 20 Girls Names list for the past decade or so. With Greek origins, this cute girls name means "blooming" or "young green shoot". The Greek Khloe represents the fertility goddess, Demeter. The popular name is shared by actress Chloe Sevigny, and reality TV icon Khloe Kardashian. The popularity of this name is seen in the English speaking countries of Canada, Great Britain and Australia, where there are many girls with this name.
Twilight fans were quick to name their daughters Bella, after the main character in the series, Bella Swan, played by actress Kristen Stewart. The name, of Italian and Latin origin, simply means "beautiful". It can also be a short form of Elizabeth, Isabella or Arabella. This cute and simple and ultra feminine name is a perfect choice for a little girl who is daddy's little darling. Don't expect her to be the only Bella in her class, though! It's quite popular for a reason.
Amelia is a girls name of German origin that means "work". The name is extremely popular for young girls born in the past 5 years, and is currently sitting at #8 on the popularity list. The name has a Victorian era sound to it, and is a very nice alternative to Emily or Amanda. Amelia also has a wonderful heroic link to famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart. Amelia is widely used in recent years, and has hit the Top 10 in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Daisy is an Old English girls name that pays tribute to the flower of the same name. In Old English, the daisy gets its name from daeges eage (day's eye) which references the yellow center of the flower, which represents the sun. Used as a girl's name, it was very popular at the turn of the 20th Century, and again in the '90s, and has consistently made the Top 200 list of girls names for the past two decades or so.
Lily is another floral girls name that is short and pretty. Derived from Greek, Lily can be a shortened version of Elizabeth or Lillian, but is often assigned in shortened form. The lily is very symbolic in the Christian religion, and represents purity, innocence and tranquility. This name is extremely popular for girls, and ranks in at #33 on the chart of Most Popular Girls Names for 2018. Many celebrity parents have named their daughters Lily, including Johnny Depp, Fred Savage and Kate Beckingsale.
Delilah is a classic Hebrew girls name and originally appeared in the Book of Judges in the Hebrew bible. Due to her Biblical behaviour, the name has been associated with treacherous women. She was, after all, Samson's mistress. The Hebrew meaning of Delilah is "delicate". In recent years, it has gained popularity as a baby name in England, Wales and the United States. The name is ranked as #102 on the list of most popular names in the United States, which is the top rating its received, historically.
Juliette is one of the most romantic names on this list, thanks to the popularity of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. The name has both French and English roots, with a meaning of "youthful". The French often use the classic spelling "Juliette". Celebrities with this beautiful name include Juliette Lewis, Juliette Binoche, and the character Juliette Barnes on the popular TV show Nashville. It's current ranking on the popularity scale is #207. This name is classic and beautiful, and a great choice for hopelessly romantic parents!
Clara is a classic baby girl's name with Latin roots that signifies "bright" or "clear". Clara has a definitively vintage tone, as it was a very popular choice in the 1880's and again in the 1940's in America and Europe. Clara also has culturally rich usages; she is the leading role in The Nutcracker, and is also the friend of popular Swiss-German character, Heidi. Clara Bow was a popular silent film actress in the 1920's, and perhaps was one of the main reasons that the name shot up in popularity around that time.
Alexa is the one of the female forms of the classic boys name Alexander, and a shorter alternative to Alexandra. With Greek origins, this name signifies "helper and defender of mankind". Alexa reached it's top rank of #32 in the United States in 2015, and is currently the 50th most popular girls name. British model and fashion designer Alexa Chung is one of the most famous celebrities with this name. A great choice for parents who like Alexandra but want a name with a bit more originality.
Ava is a very popular first name for girls, with Germanic roots. The name's meaning come from the Latin "avis" which means "bird" and also from the Hebrew Chava, which means "life". Ava rose to fame as a popular girls name choice due to the widespread exposure of actress Ava Gardner. In 2016, it was the third most popular girls name in the United States, and has been on the Top 10 for many years. Short and sweet, Ava is perfect for daddy's little girl!
Belle is a short version of Bella, Isabelle or Isabella. Although a typically English name, it has French origins, as in French Belle means "beautiful". This class one syllable name is perfect for parents who want a simple yet pretty name for their little girl. Belle is still quite an old-fashioned name, which peaked in popularity around the turn of the 20th Century, where it reached #107 on the charts. It is now sitting at position #933, so moms don't have to worry too much about the classroom being full of Belles.
Lila is a popular choice for baby girls, and has Arabic, Hindi and Persian roots. The meaning of Lila is "night" or "dark beauty". It is derived from the Arabic Leila. This is a great choice for a baby that is born late at night (or who keeps mom up all night?). In England, it became popular in the beginning of the 19th Century when it appeared in George Byon's poem "The Giaour". In 2018, so far, it is ranked as #218 of the most used girls named in the United States.
Gabrielle is a baby girl's name with Hebrew and French origins. The name means "God is my strength" and is a popular pick for new parents, coming in at #235 on the list of top girl names in America. It is the feminine version of the popular boys name Gabriel. In the celebrity sphere, it is the real name of designer Coco Chanel, and Gabrielle Reece is a world famous American volleyball player and model. This name can also be shortened to Gabby as a nickname.
Camilla is an Italian girl's name that means "attendant", or, the Latin significance is "unblemished character". It is extremely popular as a first name, and came in as the 33rd most popular choice in America for girls this year, to date. In 2017, it just came shy of the top 20, listing in at #23. Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles and actress Camilla Belle are amongst the most known people with this first name! A great choice for parents who want a classic yet unique name.