Baby girls are beauty personified. Their tiny coos and squeals of delight are synonymous with the sound of angels singing. While their scrumptious scent is difficult to define, it can be described as something along the lines of homemade bread and fresh flowers and happiness. Their button noses, tiny toes, chubby cheeks, and downy heads of hair are simply exquisite to behold.
In short, little princesses are slices of heaven on earth. They are sparkles and shimmering lights and magic in its truest form. They are ethereal beings that bring joy and a calming sense of all that is right with the world with them everywhere they go.
Selecting a name for a baby made of sugar, spice, and everything nice is no easy task. With so many gorgeous options to choose from, it’s no wonder that parents-to-be can find it nearly impossible to settle upon just one. Here are 25 of the most breathtaking girls’ names out there. Each and every one of them are stunning, special, and fit for a lovely little lady born to stand out. Expecting parents can’t go wrong with any one of them. Read on for 25 stunning baby girl names that guarantee she'll enchant anyone she meets.
Arden is a captivating designation of English origin that means valley of the eagle. It has been a popular surname for centuries: Shakespeare’s mother was named Mary Arden. This may explain why the playwright assigned the stunning title to the magical forest in his comedy As You Like It.
Arden enjoyed a short stint in the top 1,000 names from 1929 until 1931 before its popularity faded. In 2015, it reentered the top 1,000, and its popularity has been on the rise ever since. This gender neutral beauty is a heart-stopping option that is definitely worth considering.
Similar names that fans of the name Arden may wish to put on their short lists include Avery, Emerson, and Eden.
Aurora is an alluring designation of Latin origin that means dawn. It is given name of the effervescent princess Sleeping Beauty as well as the name assigned to one of nature’s finest works of art: the northern lights, which are also known as polar auroras. Rory is a sweet shortening of this name that only adds to its overall appeal.
Aurora currently ranks as the 35th most popular choice for girls in the United States, and has risen 8 spots in popularity since 2017.
Luna, Aria, and Ava are a few other beauties that may also appeal to fans of the name Aurora.
Avalon is an elegant moniker of Celtic origin that means island of apples. According to Nameberry.com, Avalon is “an island paradise of Celtic myth and Arthurian legend...It was where King Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds...and also the colorful capital of the California island of Catalina. [It] makes a heavenly first name.”
This charmer currently ranks as the 1,479th most popular name for girls in the United States, and has risen 490 spots in popularity since 2017. On Nameberry.com, it ranks as the 563rd most popular choice.
Adore it? Similar options to consider include Avonlea, Aspen, and Evelyn.
Bettina is a beautiful German diminutive of the name Elizabeth that means God is my oath. This stunner was popular in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and is making a resurgence as of late as a vintage favorite. However, it is still an under-the-radar choice that is unique in the best of ways.
This name currently ranks as the 5,806th most popular name for girls in the United States. Betty and Tina are two sweet shortenings of the name Bettina that definitely up its charm factor.
Those who adore the name Bettina may also wish to consider the similar names Bianca, Veronica, or Isabella.
Calliope is a gorgeous name from Greek mythology that means beautiful voice. Another reason it’s an undeniably enchanting choice? It is also the name of the whimsical instrument that plays music on merry-go-rounds. This darling designation entered the top 1,000 names for girls in 2016, and its popularity has been on the rise ever since.
Presently, Calliope ranks as the 836th most popular name for girls in the United States, and it currently ranks as the 128th most-loved option for American girls on Nameberry.com.
Similar names that may appeal to those who love the name Calliope include Cassia, Penelope, and Lorelei.
Cordelia is a resplendent name of Latin origin that means heart or daughter of the sea. It reentered the top 1,000 names for American girls in 2014, and currently ranks as the 106th most popular name for girls on Nameberry.com.
Anne in the beloved novel Anne of Green Gables states, “I would love to be called Cordelia. It’s such a perfectly elegant name.” We can’t say we disagree. Cordie, Cora, Delia and Del are some breathtaking shortenings of this delightful choice.
Clara, Charlotte, and Adelaide are similar beauties that may also appeal to fans of the name Cordelia.
Elodie is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan French variation of the Greek name Alodia that means foreign riches or marshy, white blossom. It was originally a medieval saint’s name, giving it a classic, timeless appeal.
Today, Elodie ranks as the 1,016th most popular name for girls in the United States and has risen an impressive 117 spots in popularity since 2017. It currently ranks well within the top 100 names for girls at number 34 on Nameberry.com. At the moment, it is also a popular choice in France, England, and Wales.
Adore Elodie? Similar options to consider include Isla, Eleanor, and Eden.
Genevieve is an undeniably gorgeous English from French name that means tribe woman or white wave. It can be pronounced zhan-vee-EV or GEN-uh-veev. One thing is certain: it sounds simply stunning either way. According to Nameberry.com, “Genevieve is showing signs of a revival...It reached its highest ranking since the 1930s in 2015.”
At the present time, Genevieve ranks as the 226th most popular name for girls in the United States and is up 10 spots in popularity since 2017.
Scarlett, Eloise, and Anastasia are similar names that may appeal to those who have fallen hard for the name Genevieve.
Isadora is a dazzling designation of Greek origin that means gift of the moon. Presently, it ranks as the 1,374th most popular name for girls in the United States, and has risen 5 spots in popularity since 2017.
Izzy and Dora are two shortenings of this charmer that make it nothing less than magical. Modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan helped give this name undeniable clout and grace. Nameberry.com states, “We think Isadora is well worth reevaluating as an Isabella alternative. Quirky couple singer Bjork and artist Matthew Barney did just that and named their daughter Isadora.”
Adore Isadora? Similar options include the names Elsa, Iris, and Isabella.
Lachlan is a lilting, whimsical name of Scottish origin that means from the land of lakes. It is currently popular in Australia, Scotland, England and New Zealand, but has just begun making appearances in the United States. In short, Lachlan is a rarely used option that is ripe for discovery.
Presently, Lachlan ranks as the 6,732nd most popular name for girls in the United States, but has risen a very impressive 2,698 spots since 2017.
Those who have fallen hard for the name Lachlan may also wish to consider the similarly lovely unisex options Sloane, Reagan, or Lennox.
Lorien is a striking literary name sure to fit any little lady born to stand out just perfectly. It is a virtually unheard of beauty that currently ranks as the 20,254th most popular name for girls in the United States.
According to Nameberry.com, “The name Lorien appears several times in Tolkien’s novels. It’s both a place name and a character name, and although the character of Lorien (Master of Visions and Dreams, also called Irmo) is male, there’s no reason why this name couldn’t work on a girl as well.”
Love Lorien? Similar options to consider include Leona, Lisette, and Luna.
Matilda is a splendid name of German origin that means might or power. At the present time, Matilda ranks as the 406th most popular name for girls in the United States. Shortenings for this sweet moniker include the ultra-adorable options Tillie, Mattie, and Tilda.
Speaking about the charming history of the name Matilda, Nameberry.com explains, “Matilda was introduced to the English-speaking world by the eleventh century Matilda of Flanders, queen of William the Conqueror, then used for his granddaughter, known as Maud.”
Madeline, Eloise, and Amelia are similar names that may also appeal to those who have fallen hard for the name Matilda.
Natalie is a refined French variation of the Russian name Natalia that means birthday of the Lord. Today, Natalie ranks as the 46th most popular name for girls in the United States. Actresses Natalie Portman and Natalie Wood have undoubtedly infused an air of class, grace, and style into this elegant designation.
Nameberry.com states, “Natalie became Americanized years ago, and now a new generation is reviving Natalie to join former canasta partners Sophie and Belle. Though still very popular, it’s fallen a bit from its peak in 2008.”
Similar options that may also appeal to those who fancy the name Natalie include Elizabeth, Sophia, and Allison.
Ophelia is a delightful name of Greek origin that means help. Currently, it ranks as the 385th most popular name for girls in the United States and is up 44 spots in popularity since 2017.
According to Nameberry.com, “Ophelia is a beautiful name that has long been hampered by the stigma of Hamlet’s tragic heroine...but more and more parents are beginning to put that association aside...Off the list since 1958, Ophelia reentered the U.S. top 1,000 in 2015, and rose almost 400 spots in a year (the fourth-most of any girls’ name) to reach number 580 in 2016.”
Can’t get enough of the name Ophelia? Similar options with a flare for the dramatic include Scarlett, Delilah, and Olivia.
Rowan is an irresistible name of Scottish and Irish origin that means little redhead. Currently, Rowan ranks as the 214th most popular name for girls in the United States, and has risen 17 spots in popularity since 2017.
This magical moniker is yet another that is popular for both genders, making it a totally on-trend option. According to Nameberry.com, “Rowan is the name of a tree with red berries that’s commonly found in Scotland (and said to ward off witches). Some scholars say this name has been used for girls as well as boys since the Middle Ages, though no Rowans are found outside literature until modern times.”
Fans of the name Rowan may also appreciate the similar names Teagan, Finley, and Hayden.
Seraphina is a stunning name of Hebrew origin that means ardent; fiery. Today, this angelic option ranks as the 1,341st most popular name for girls in the United States.
This fetching and fresh alternative to the name Sarah is currently one of the most searched on Nameberry.com. It entered the spotlight when celeb parents Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck selected it for their darling daughter in 2009. Serafina is the lovely Spanish variation of the name that is just as gorgeous.
Sweet on the name Seraphina? Similar options include the sublime options Evangeline, Violet, and Josephine.
Summer is a refreshing seasonal word name, and it’s popularity is rising as quickly as the temperature does on a scorching July day. At the present time, Summer ranks as the 165th most popular choice for American girls, and has risen 25 spots in popularity since 2017.
This name is a popular one on screens big and small. It was used for characters in the films 500 Days of Summer and Napoleon Dynamite and the television shows The O.C. and The Mentalist.
Skylar, Rose, and Lily are other simply breathtaking options that may also strike the fancy of those who can’t resist the name Summer.
True is an absolutely adorable word name that currently ranks as the 2,761st most popular name for girls in the United States. It has risen a whopping 3,688 spots in popularity since 2017, most likely thanks to reality television star Khloe Kardashian’s choice to assign it to her beautiful baby girl.
Nameberry.com explains that True is an “inspirational, aspirational word name that would work especially well as a middle name.” We’d like to argue that it also makes an undeniably beautiful first name.
Story, Sunny, and Jane are similar simple-yet-stunning options that may also appeal to fans of the name True.
Valentine is an enamoring French variation of the name Valentina and means strength, health or love. Currently, Valentine ranks as the 2,198th most popular name for girls in the United States, and has risen an astronomical 682 spots in popularity since 2017.
This heart-stopping choice can be pronounced Val-en-teen or Val-en-tine (like the holiday). Either way, this designation is sure to fit any darling little lady perfectly. Fun fact: it was used for a character in the popular Orson Scott Card novel Ender’s Game.
Vanessa, Clementine, and Vienna are similar options that may also appeal to fans of the name Valentine.
Violet is a sweet-smelling flower name of Latin origin that means purple. Presently, it ranks as the 44th most popular name for American girls and has risen 9 spots in popularity since 2017.
Once again, trendsetting parents Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner helped solidify this name as a favorite on baby name lists all over the world when they selected it for their firstborn daughter. It entered the top 50 names for American girls in 2015, and love for this name has been on the rise ever since. Violet ranked 93rd in Scotland in 2017, and 65th in England and 39th in Australia in 2016.
Hazel, Stella, and Ivy are similar options that may also appeal to fans of the name Violet.
Waverly is an elegant and unexpected designation filled with panache and personality. This beauty of Latin origin means meadow of quivering aspens. It currently ranks as the 1,084th most popular name for girls in the United States, and has risen an impressive 118 spots since 2017.
According to Nameberry.com, “Waverly, with its literary resonance and lilting three-syllable sound, could well become the next generation’s successor to Kimberly. Its upper-crusty surname feel places it among the new stylish English names for girls, successors to Ashley and Whitney.”
Taken with the name Waverly? Similar options include the names Avery, Everly, and Emerson.
Willow is an inviting, whimsical English nature name that means willow tree. This name currently ranks as the 65th most popular name for American girls and is up 16 spots since 2017.
According to Nameberry.com, “An ancient tree that figures in literature from Shakespeare to Harry Potter and is believed to possess magical powers, Willow is a lovely name, as graceful as its inspiration, that is growing in popularity along with Willa.” In short, what’s not to love?
Winter, Hannah, and Skye are similar options that may also appeal to those who have grown fond of the name Willow.
Zinnia is a bewitching floral name that presently ranks as the 1,840th most popular choice for American girls, up 129 spots since 2017. Those who love nature-inspired names with a unique flare have found what they are looking for in the name Zinnia.
Nameberry.com states, “Zinnia is an unusual floral choice with a bit more edge and energy than most...Named after an eighteenth century German botanist called Johann Gottfried Zinn, it appears in Roald Dahl’s Matilda as the [name of] the young protagonist’s mother.”
Juniper, Nova, and Azalea are similar options that may also strike the fancy of those who adore the name Zinnia.
Zosia is an enchanting name of Greek origin that means wisdom or wise. It is a variation of the name Sophia that is rare, exotic, and ready to be assigned to a gorgeous baby girl. Actress Zosia Mamet has helped put this stunner on the map, but it’s still far from overused.
This charmer currently ranks as the 3,460th most popular name for girls in the United States. Snatch it up while it’s still a rarity! This name is undeniably too beautiful to stay in obscurity much longer.
Love Zosia? Similar options to consider include Zara, Zion, or Aria.
Quinn is an entrancing name of Irish origin that means descendent of Conn or wise. Presently, Quinn ranks as the 83rd most popular name for girls in the United States. It is a gender-neutral choice filled with personality, and its one-syllable sound ensures that it will pair beautifully with nearly any middle and last name.
Nameberry.com states, “Quinn is one of the first Irish unisex surnames, a strong and attractive choice on the rise for both genders, though there are now far more girl Quinns than boys.”
Obsessed with the name Quinn? Similar options worth considering include Piper, Harper, and Peyton.
Sources: Nameberry.com, BabyCenter.com, BabyNameWizard.com, DisneyBaby.com