Babies seem to make everything better. Not only are they soft, sweet, angelic and adorable, but they also giggle, babble, and they give the very best snuggles. When it comes to the names parents select for their new arrivals, babies deserve the crème de la crème, but selecting a name fit for a bundle of joy is no easy task. Expecting moms and dads must narrow down their lists of finalists from a seemingly endless array of gorgeous baby name options. Some names are unique, some are strange, and some possess an air of timeless charm and universal beauty that simply cannot be ignored.
The best names have originated in the world’s most exotic and gorgeous locations. Some were born on the sparkling coasts of quaint towns in Europe, some in the lush jungles of the South, others on the majestic, rocky cliffs of the Atlantic and Pacific islands, and still others on the golden sands of the deserts in Africa. When it comes to the world we live in, beauty takes many forms — just like the darling names parents choose from for their precious little ones.
The world’s population agrees that certain places are undisputedly breathtaking and that certain names are simply irresistible. It seems parents around the globe can’t get enough of some specific baby names — and for good reason. The names that follow are bursting with class, charm, and a delightful whimsy that will never go out of style. Read on for 25 names that are considered beautiful the world over.
Oliver is a sophisticated stunner of Latin origin that means olive tree. Presently, Oliver ranks as the fourth most popular name for boys in the US. Exotic foreign variations of this beauty include Olivier (from France), Olivero (from Spain) and Olvir (from Iceland).
According to Nameberry.com, “Oliver, a very popular choice in England, Australia, and New Zealand, only entered the list of top 100 baby boy names in the US for the first time in 2009, but has already jumped to the top of the charts... Oliver is also enjoying huge popularity throughout Scandinavia at the moment.”
Amelia is an exquisitely timeless designation that originated in Germany and means work. It currently ranks as the seventh most popular name for little ladies in the US, down just one spot since 2018.
Nameberry.com states, “Amelia, a lovely Victorian name, is one of the hottest girls’ names as an update to the overused Emily and Amanda. Amelia emerged as the top name [of England] in 2011 and retains the number one spot... In 2017 [it] vaulted into the US Top 10 for the first time. Amelia is also a Top 10 girls’ name in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Poland.”
Ethan is a dashing name of Hebrew origin that means strong, firm. Currently, it ranks as the seventh most popular name for boys in the US, up one spot in popularity since 2018.
Nameberry.com explains, “Ethan, which was given a big boost via the name of the Tom Cruise character in the Mission Impossible film series, is still popular, but dipping a bit, after having hit a peak position at number three in 2012.” This manly moniker is also a favorite among parents in England, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia.
Mia is a soft, elegant name that originated in Italy and means mine. It is also the short form of the name Maria in Scandinavia. It currently ranks as the 6th most popular name for girls in the US and has risen one spot in popularity since 2018.
According to Nameberry.com, “Mia is an appealing, unfussy multicultural name that has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the charts and is now firmly among the ten most popular girls’ names. [It] has surpassed its mother names as the number one girls’ name starting with M.”
Lucas is a Latin form of the biblical name Luke and means man from Luciano. At the present time, Lucas ranks as the fifth most popular name for boys in the US. It is also a global favorite. In 2018, it ranked 55th in Ireland, and in 2017, it ranked 10th in Germany, 16th in Scotland, and 25th in England.
Nameberry.com states, “Lucas is steadily inching up in popularity with parents who want something similar to, but more substantial than, Luke, and occupies a high rank on the charts.”
Chloe is an enchanting name that originated in Greece and means young green shoot. Today, it ranks as the 22nd most popular name for girls in the US, and is up two spots in popularity since 2018.
Nameberry.com explains, “Considerably more dynamic than most of the other romantic literary names of the seventeenth century, Chloe is a pretty springtime name symbolizing new growth...Though it’s down a bit from it's all-time peak position of number nine in 2009, it’s still a popular choice as well as one of the most classic names for girls.”
Noah is a beautiful biblical name of Hebrew origin that means rest; wandering. It currently holds the top spot, ranking number one for tiny gentlemen in the US, the same spot it held in 2018. Noah is also a favorite worldwide. In 2017, it ranked sixth in Germany, sixth in Scotland, and fourth in England.
According to Nameberry.com, “Noah surprised the baby name world in 2013 to become the new number one among baby boy names, unseating Jacob after a 13-year reign, and it maintained its top ranking for three years before dropping to number two in 2017.”
Ava is an utterly adorable Latin variation of the name Eve which means life. Presently, Ava ranks as the third most popular name for girls in the US, the same spot it held throughout 2018. It ranked ninth in Ireland in 2018, and in 2017, it ranked seventh in Scotland, and fourth in England.
Nameberry.com states, “Ava was given a huge popularity boost when dozens of high-profile stars such as Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman chose Ava for their daughters... Though it seems to have been somewhat side-swiped by the Olivia-Isabelle-Sophia group, it will still certainly stay in the top 10 for years to come.”
Enzo is a striking diminutive of the name Lorenzo as well as a variation of the name Henry— a moniker that originated in Germany and means estate ruler. Currently, Enzo ranks as the 160th most popular name for boys in the US. In other parts of the world, it has already taken center stage. It was the 20th most popular name for boys in Spain in 2016 and ranked ninth in Portugal in 2014.
Nameberry.com states, “Like Leonardo and Luca, Enzo...is one of the confident and captivating names from Italy beginning to be used by parents of all ethnic backgrounds... In addition to its native country, Enzo is currently mega-popular in France.”
Molly is an endearing diminutive of the name Mary, a designation of Hebrew origin that means bitter. Currently, Molly ranks as the 221st most popular name for girls in the US. Over the last few years, it has ranked well within the top 100 names for girls in England, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, New Zealand, and Australia.
Nameberry.com describes the name Molly as, “[a] nickname that can be considered classic.” The site continues, “Molly has been used as a stand-alone pet form of Mary since the Middle Ages, and has been consistently popular as an independent name in the US over the past several decades.”
Matthias is the Aramaic variation of the name Matthew and means gift of God. Presently, it ranks as the 353rd most popular name for boys in the US, but has risen an impressive 134 spots in popularity since 2018.
In reference to this biblical beauty, Nameberry.com explains, “With Matthew sounding somewhat exhausted, and ancient endings sounding new again, this New Testament apostolic name makes an appealing and recommended choice.” Matthias is also popular in Mexico, Portugal, and Spain.
Clara is a captivating name that originated in Greece and means bright, clear. It currently ranks as the 122nd most popular name for girls in the US and is also a popular choice all over the globe. Over the past five years, it has ranked within the top 100 names for little ladies in Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Ireland, and Scotland.
According to Nameberry.com, “Clara has been a popularity list stalwart and is currently as popular as it has been since the 1940s. Clara was a Top 10 name in the 1880s, at one time associated with the silent screen ‘It Girl’ Clara Bow.”
Nathan is a dapper designation of Hebrew origin that means given. It currently ranks as the 45th most popular name for boys in the US. It is also a popular choice across the pond and ranks highly for boys in England, Scotland, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
Nameberry.com states, “Nathan is an Old Testament name that has been steadily on the upswing for forty years... Nat and Nate (featured on TV shows like Six Feet Under and Gossip Girl) are just the kind of friendly, old-fashioned nicknames that are now very much in style.”
Jocelyn is a beautifully bewitching name of Latin origin that means happy, joyful. It currently ranks as the 311th most popular name for girls in the US and ranks well within the top 1,000 names for girls in England.
According to Nameberry.com, “Jocelyn has gotten new life and popularity as a result of the current passion for ‘lyn’ endings. Though it was a male name in Medieval times, now Jocelyn couldn’t sound more softly feminine.” The site adds, “Jocelyn would make a pretty namesake to honor a Grandma Joyce.”
Hugo is a dapper form of the name Hugh that means bright in mind and spirit. Presently, it ranks as the 446th most popular name for boys in the US. In 2018 it ranked 88th for lads in Ireland, and in 2017 it was the 48th most popular choice for chaps in England.
Nameberry.com states, “Hugo, the Latin form of Hugh, has more heft and energy than the original—and of course we love names that end (or begin for that matter) with an 'o.' This one is especially appealing because it’s backed up by lots of solid history.”
Ines, a form of the name Agnes, is an irresistible moniker that has origins in Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, and Portugal and means pure, virginal. Today, it ranks as the 1,598th most popular name for girls in the US and is up 10 spots in popularity since 2018. In 2016, Ines ranked 34th in Spain and 32nd in Sweden.
According to Nameberry.com, “Ines has always been popular…[and] recently achieved new prominence in the US as the name of the second daughter of actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.”
Felix is a fun, friendly name of Hebrew origin that means happy, fortunate. It currently ranks 231st for boys in the US and ranked ninth in Germany in 2017. This charmer has also ranked within the top 100 for boys in England, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, and Norway over the last few years.
Nameberry.com explains, “Felix, energetic and upbeat with a felicitous meaning, has finally transcended its negative associations to Felix the Cat...The name of four popes and sixty-seven saints, Felix has long been fashionable in upscale London and is rapidly becoming a Nameberry fave.”
Marie is a lilting variation of the Hebrew name Mary and means bitter. At present, it falls well within the top 1,000 names for girls in the US as the 590th most popular choice.
According to Nameberry.com, “In the US, Marie was a huge hit at the turn of the last century and for the ensuing fifty years, becoming the seventh most popular name in the country for three years, from 1901 to 1904…There have been countless notable Maries over the years, from Queen of France Marie Antoinette to physicist Marie Curie to singer Marie Osmond (born Olive Marie).”
Jonas is an arresting variation of the name Jonah and means dove. Currently, it ranks as the 446th most popular name for boys in the US and is up 15 places in popularity since 2018.
Nameberry.com states, “Jonas has a slightly more grandfatherly image than the English version...but that only adds to its retro appeal...Though it may lag behind Jonah in [the US], Jonas is riding a huge wave of popularity in Europe, where it ranks highly in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Norway.”
Cora is a darling name that originated in Greece and means maiden or filled heart. Presently, it ranks as the 76th most popular name for girls in the US. It is up six spots in popularity since 2018, and is currently the fifth most popular moniker for girls among Nameberry.com users.
According to the site, “Although she has never been completely out of favor, Cora has had her ups and downs. A Top 20 name in the 1880s, she had sunk to 876 in 1988, but has gradually come back into style, with every indication that she will continue to rise in popularity.”
Diego is a devil-may-care variation of the name James, a biblical beauty that means supplanter. Today, it ranks as the 176th most popular name for boys in the US. It has risen eight spots in popularity since 2018.
Nameberry.com states, “The energetic Diego is rising rapidly along with a lot of other...names that work perfectly well with surnames of any origin. Possibly a derivative of Santiago, Diego is a Sevillian saint, and one notable cultural namesake is...painter Diego Rivera [of Mexico].”
Valentina is a disarming Latin diminutive of the name Valentine and means strength, health. This romantic-sounding choice currently ranks within the top 100 names for girls in the US at number 83 and has risen 12 spots in popularity since 2018.
According to Nameberry.com, “Valentina is a more exotic and artistic ballerina-type successor to Valerie; a pretty, recommended choice...Valentina entered the US list in 1994, and is rising in popularity. Of course, it’s one of the perfect names for February babies.”
Julian is a handsome name of Latin origin that means father of the skies or youthful, downy. Presently, Julian ranks as the 28th most popular name for boys in the US, up one spot since 2018. Over the past three years, it has ranked within the top 100 names for boys in The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, and Norway.
According to Nameberry.com, “Julian is a rising star, having overcome the somewhat pale, aesthetic image it projected in the past and become a solid, handsome, recommended choice...[It is] now solidly in the top 50.”
Sylvia is a spellbinding name of Latin origin that means from the forest. Today, it ranks as the 793rd most popular name for girls in the US and ranks 272nd on Nameberry.com. It also ranked well within the Top 100 names for girls in England in 2017.
Nameberry.com explains, “Sylvia has been consistently on the popularity list since records started being kept. She was a Top 100 name from 1932 to 1948, reaching a high of Number 48 in 1932.” Sylvie is a diminutive of this beauty that is also worth considering.
Elias is a fetching variation of the Hebrew name Elijah and means Yahweh is God. It currently ranks as the 56th most popular name for little lads in the US, and is up 12 spots in popularity since 2018. It is also a popular choice among parents in England, Germany, Sweden, and Norway.
Nameberry.com says of this stunner, “Elias, strong and charismatic, is following in the path of family members Elijah and Eli, and is also moving on up in popularity.”
Sources: Nameberry.com, BabyCenter.com