Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of! Or so the saying goes! Naming any child is a big deal. A name is the essence of who that child will grow to be. Many parents opt to choose a name that is sweet sounding, as they obviously want a name that sounds pleasant and will hopefully influence their child’s character. Some names can be sweet and spicy though, making them the best of both worlds. Names that sound sweet but have a bit of spice to them are ideal for any child. Children with names such as these are sure to be friendly and have a generally pleasant demeanor, but they will also be very confident in themselves and unafraid to get a little zesty if the need arises.
“I like to stress the importance of at least acknowledging the meaning of [a] child's name. [Parents] do not have to write names off simply because they don't have a 'perfect' meaning. But do at least consider options that have something good behind it. There are many names that mean noble, friend, wise or strong. Any of these would be so very lovely to grow up with. There is also something beautiful and poetic about having a first and middle name whose meanings flows nicely into one long phrase,” shares TheArtOfNaming.com.
Looking for baby names that are sweet, but not too sweet? Keep reading for 25 baby names that have a little spice to them!
Aria is a name that is definitely sweet, but has a little sass to it. “The light and airy Aria is an operatic choice moving quickly up the charts and also a current favorite on Nameberry. Aria entered the list in 2000 and has risen since then to the Top 25. Aria's literal meaning, air, is meant as a musical term denoting a kind of song or melody,” shares NameBerry.com. The name is currently ranked at number 20 for girls names on the NameBerry.com popularity charts. The meaning of the name is charming, yet the pronunciation has a little zest to it, which I think is super fitting for a little girl!
A nice name for a girl or boy, Carson is up next on the list. Ranked at number 83 on popularity charts as a boys name and not yet ranked as a girls name, the name means son of the marsh-dwellers, shares NameBerry.com. “Carson is one of the most long-running popular androgynous baby names, with a dash of the Wild West via the legendary Missouri frontiersman Kit Carson. Dating back to when it was the name of Nancy Drew's Dad, Carson is still steadily in the Top 100,” adds NameBerry.com. Boy or girl, it’s a darling name choice.
Looking for a name that’s short and sweet? Riley might be worth considering adding to your list of possibilities for a boy or girl! NameBerry.com states that the name is of Irish origin and means courageous. Does it get any better than a meaning like that? I doubt it! “Riley -- an upbeat, friendly Irish surname name -- is red hot for girls (though still going strong for boys). Rylee, Ryleigh, and other variations are also quite popular. Riley is one of the few contemporary androgynous baby names that did not lose its masculine power when it became popular for girls,” shares NameBerry.com.
A name with a ring to it, Harper is next up on the list. The name might only have two syllables but it has big flair. “People with this name tend to be creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts, and often enjoy life immensely,” writes SheKnows.com. Harper is currently ranked at number 11 for girls names on popularity charts, according to NameBerry.com. If you don’t mind a commonly used name, Harper is certainly a name to consider. Harper would pair well with a short and sweet middle name such as Ann, Jo or Fay.
“The name Brynn is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "hill",” shares NameBerry.com. This nature inspired name is heavy on the sweet side with just a splash of sass to it. “Brynn outshines the original Welsh Bryn in the popularity stakes. This simple, brisk name might be seen as a combination of Bree and Lynn, an androgynous-sounding choice that especially in this spelling is not truly unisex: Brynn, for boys, is not even in the Top 1000. Other variations trendy now include Brynna, Brynnan, and Brynnley spelled many different ways,” NameBerry.com adds on the popularity of the name.
Everyone’s favorite sassy YouTube child inspired the next name on the list. Mila is full of spunk yet remains charming as ever. “The name Mila is a Russian baby name. In Russian the meaning of the name Mila is:People's love,” writes SheKnows.com. The name is currently ranked at number 30 on NameBerry.com popularity charts and only continues to rise in popularity. “Mila is quickly rising in popularity, jumping up the list in the past few years, even though it wasn't even in the Top 1000 between 1881 and 2005,” adds NameBerry.com. If you’re looking for a delightful little name full of love and energy, look no further than Mila.
The name Everly is an English baby name that means Ever’s meadow, shares SheKnows.com. Ranked at number 82 on NameBerry.com popularity charts, the darling name continues to rise in popularity. “Everly is part Eva, part Emily, and a large part Everly Brothers. Its recent choice for his daughter by "sexiest man in the world" Channing Tatum will inevitably propel this trendy-sounding name higher on the charts -- it jumped 727 spots between 2012 and 2014, to become one of the fastest-rising names. Also spelled Everleigh, it entered the US Top 100 for the first time in 2017,” adds Nameberry.com
Sweet, sweet Ariella, I think this is a name that is just magical! “The name Ariella is a girl's name meaning lion of God,” shares NameBerry.com. “Ariella is a fanciful and feminized elaboration of the unisex name Ariel. The name Ariel is borne from the Bible as a place name [Isaiah 29:1-2]. “Ah, Ariel, Ariel, / the city where David encamped! / Add year to year; / let the feasts run there round. / Yet I will distress Ariel, / and there shall be moaning and lamentation, / and she shall be to me like an Ariel,” shares OhBabyNames.com.This powerful name is currently ranked at number 295 on NameBerry.com popularity charts.
“A strong, straightforward Irish unisex surname, with a merry glint in its eye, Reagan has been leaping up the popularity lists,” shares NameBerry.com. It’s no wonder this name is currently ranked at number 98 on NameBerry.com popularity charts for girls names. Regan is definitely both sweet and spicy. This name is of Irish origin and is said to mean little King. “People with this name have a deep inner need for quiet, and a desire to understand and analyze the world they live in, and to learn the deeper truths,” writes SheKnows.com on the personalities of those with the name Reagan.
“Fiona comes from the Gaelic word “fionn” which means ‘white, fair’. The name was first used in the 18th century by Scottish poet James Macpherson in his epic Ossian poems,” states OhBabyNames.com on the name Fiona, the next on the list. Fiona came into popularity in 1990 and has stuck around ever since. It’s currently ranked at number 181 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. Fiona is both pretty and fiery and deserves consideration as a name for any feisty little princess to be. The first name Fiona would pair well with a middle name such as Marie, Lee or Mae.
“No longer just a long-standing chain of department stores, Macy has become a cute name choice for girls. The name hit its peak in popularity in 2003 and is a good choice if you want a name that ends in “y” but isn’t as common as Stacy or Tracy,” writes Babble.com on the name Macy. Macy is currently ranked at number 545 on NameBerry.com popularity charts so it’s definitely not too common, but still as sweet as honey. Macy is a good contender for parents-to-be to consider for any little girl. The name means ‘hill’ which also adds some ties to nature, which I love about it!
“Parents of female Emersyns will say this Emerson variation's Y makes it more feminine -- and to some extent, it does. This, combined with the trendy Y, have flagged this name as on-the-rise,” shares NameBerry.com. The name is currently ranked at number at number 241 on NameBerry.com popularity charts and will likely only keep climbing it’s way up to the top. “A variant of Emerson, which refers to the son of Emery and means brave and hardworking. Some love this name as a celebration of the American transcendalist poet Ralph Waldo Emerson,” adds Mom365.com. Emersyn is definitely unique but big on charm, making it a worthy contender as a name for any little girl...or boy!
“The name Theo is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "divine gift”, shares NameBerry.com. How sweet for a little boy? A little name with big meaning, Theo is currently ranked at number 289 for boys names on NameBerry.com popularity charts. “People with this name tend to be creative and excellent at expressing themselves. They are drawn to the arts, and often enjoy life immensely. They are often the center of attention, and enjoy careers that put them in the limelight” states SheKnows.com. This darling boys name would go well with a shorter middle name such as James, Ray or Charles.
A name not yet common or popular yet, we can expect to see Hadilyn rise in growth over the coming year or so. It’s a fresher take on the every popular Madilyn and Addilyn. Hadilyn is both sweet and spicy and has the option of the darling nickname, Haddi. Babynology.com states that approximately 5 people have been given this name in the past 100 years but again, this will likely change soon. Regardless, if you are looking for very unique, look no further than Hadilyn. This three syllable name is super sweet, uncommon and extra charming! It would pair well with a one syllable middle name such as Jo or Ann.
Unique? Yep. Charming? Yep. Fun? Yep. Zariah is the whole package when it comes to a baby name. “Zariah has three possible origins: the Arabic ‘Zara’ which means ‘flower’, the Hebrew name ‘Azaria’, meaning ‘God has helped’, or the Russian word “Zaria” which means ‘sunrise/dawn’. Either way, it is a pretty name with a range of lovely meanings,” shares NameBerry.com.The name is ranked at number 447 on NameBerry.com popularity charts so it is definitely not overused, but may seem a leap in popularity in the coming years. Being one of few Z names, it’s actually really pretty and definitely full of charm.
Currently ranked at number 250 on NameBerry.com popularity charts, the name Delaney is of Irish origin and means dark challenger. The dark meaning gives this sweet name a fiery twist, and I am loving it! “The name is really considered female and very modern. While the surname dates back to Old England, Delaney just developed as a given name in the United States in 1991. This makes Delaney one of the newer inventions in America. The name was likely generated out of the inclination of American parents to use surnames as forenames,” shares OhBabyNames.com. This three syllable name kind of just rolls right off the lips!
If my husband wasn’t named Max, I would have seriously considered this name for a little girl, I think it’s just the cutest! And obviously I think it’s a pretty charming boys name! “The name Max is a boy's name of German, English, Aboriginal origin meaning "greatest,” writes NameBerry.com. The name is currently ranked at number 128 on NameBerry.com popularity charts for boys names and it doesn’t look like it’s going down anytime soon. “People with this name tend to be idealistic, highly immaginative, intuitive, and spiritual. They seek after spiritual truth and often find it. They tend to be visionary and may inspire others,” shares SheKnows.com.
Does it get any more charming than Hadley? I’m not convinced so. This name is of English origin and means heather field. It’s currently ranked at number 113 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. “The name Hadley made her debut on the U.S. popularity charts in 1998, probably influenced by the “Last Names First” American naming trend. Hadley was likely inspired by names such as Harper, Hayley and Harley, as well. Whatever the reason, Hadley has done surprisingly well on the charts since the turn of the 21st century,” states OhBabyNames.com. Whatever inspired the popularity, it looks like the name Hadley is here to stay!
Next up is Lola, both fierce and charming! “The name Lola is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "lady of sorrows”, shares NameBerry.com. “A hot starbaby name -- chosen by Kelly Ripa, Chris Rock, Lisa Bonet, Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen, Carnie Wilson, and Annie Lennox, and used as the nickname of Madonna's Lourdes -- Lola manages to be sexy without going over the top. Be warned, though: "Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets," to quote a song from the show Damn Yankees,” adds NameBerry.com on the name. This two syllable name has quite the ring to it. It’s an intriguing and charming name, for sure!
Sweet at first with a bit of zest once it sinks in, Cleo is the next name on this list of sweet names with a bit of spice. “While Cleo (short for the powerful Cleopatra) hasn’t been in vogue for several decades, we can see this one making a comeback thanks to it’s friendly “o” ending, and resemblance to the über-popular Chloe,” writes Babble.com. The name is of English origin and means glory, according to NameBerry.com. With a meaning like that, any Cleo is sure to start life off on a track towards success and happiness, and who doesn’t want that for their baby!?
Quinn, super sweet for a boy or girl, is up next on the list. A Celtic name that means wise, it’s both darling and meaningful. “Quinn started taking off for girls in the mid-nineties, possibly influenced by the popular show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Since then, there have been female Quinns on the animated MTV show Daria, on Zoey 101, and--most prominently-- on Glee, featuring cute blond cheerleader character Quinn Fabray,” shares NameBerry.com. This one syllable name is one of the few Q names out there, so it’s definitely unique in that regard. Whether you choose Quinn for a boy or girl, you can’t go wrong with this name.
One of my favorites on this list, Nova is up next. “The name Nova is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "new",” writes NameBerry.com. “Nova is a name that has the feel of both newness, from his meaning, and great energy from being an astronomical term for a star that suddenly increases in brightness, then fades,” adds NameBerry.com. Currently ranking at number 95 on NameBerry.com popularity charts, the name isn’t fading out of popularity anytime soon, and for good reason. It’s a short and sweet name that has a good dose of spunk to it. Any little girl would be lucky to be given the name Nova!
Let’s not forget about sweet and spicy boys names, Arlo is next on the list. This name would be super sweet for a boy or girl, but is much more commonly used as a boys name. The name is ranked at number 316 for boys names on NameBerry.com popularity charts and is not ranked in the top 1000 for girls names. “People with this name have a deep inner need for quiet, and a desire to understand and analyze the world they live in, and to learn the deeper truths,” writes SheKnows.com. Any Arlo is sure to be the cool kid on the block!
The name Sadie has still not gone out of style! The name literally means princess, so I’m not sure whether or not you need any more convincing. Ranked at number 71 on NameBerry.com popularity charts, this sweet name isn’t going to fade anytime soon.“Like many vintage-sounding names, Sadie was über-popular in the late 1800s, eventually got kicked out of the In Crowd, and is now being welcomed back in with open arms. And doesn’t Sadie just sound like that loveable girl-next-door who’s not a pushover but will still share her Cheerios with you? What’s not to like?” writes Babble.com...and I couldn’t agree more!
“Addilyn is one of five spellings currently in circulation in the United States of Adalyn, a name which gained attention starting around 2007. This female name could either be considered a modern-day spin on Adeline or a truncated form of Madeline (Madelyn),” writes OhBabyNames.com. This sweet as sugar name is currently ranked at number 376 on NameBerry.com popularity charts. Addilyn can be abbreviated to Addi for a cute and short nickname. Addilyn is an all around unique and charming name for any baby girl! And luckily, it is not yet too overused. If you’re looking for something not too trendy but super sweet, consider Addilyn!
References: www.theartofnaming.com, www.nameberry.com, www.sheknows.com, www.ohbabynames.com, www.babynology.com, www.mom365.com