You may already feel like the king or queen of your own little castle, so why not make it official by honoring your future little princess with a name typically reserved for world-renowned nobility?
When first considering a girl’s name with royal affiliation, names like Elizabeth, Victoria, Catherine, and Mary may come to mind. And while those are beautiful classics in their own right, you may be looking for something a bit more majestic and one-of-a-kind. So with that mission in mind, take a detour from the run-of-the-mill, and have a gander at 26 offbeat girls’ names that are royal favorites.
Originally based on the German name Adalheidis meaning “noble,” Adelaide has ancient ties to royalty. It was first recognized in the 10th-century due to Saint Adelaide, the wife of the Holy Roman Emperor Otto the Great. Much later, it became a popular girl’s name in Britain as it was the name of the German-born princess married to King William IV in 1830. She became known as “Good Queen Adelaide” and even had the capital city of Southern Australia named after her in 1836.
This versatile yet vintage name has many spelling variations, as well as melodic nicknames including Adela, Addie, and Della. I'll admit, I'm partial to this particular sobriquet as my eldest daughter is Adelaide.
This European version of the classic standard Alexandra is absent in the top 1000 girls’ names in the U.S. so if unique is your priority, Alexandrine is up for grabs. A name associated with Danish royalty, Alexandrine was a Danish queen married to King Christian X. Similar sounding names, as well as nicknames, are seemingly endless, but a few stand-outs are Lexine, Xandra, and Sandrine.
As an English name, Anastasia has been kicking around as early as the Middle Ages. In terms of royalty, it is most often associated with the princess daughter of Russian Tsar Nicholas II. She was rumored to have escaped her family’s execution in 1918.
Anastasia currently ranks at #80 in Chile although it is less common throughout North America. You can change it up with a variety of spelling formations and interesting nicknames including Stasya, Staci, and Tasia.
This name with Latin roots means “yielding to prayer” and has a debatable origin story. There is the distinct possibility that it is derived from the more popular Annabel.
In terms of royal usage, Arabella Stuart (sometimes known as Arbella) was a noblewoman considered as a potential successor to Queen Elizabeth I in the late 1500s.
A favorite name found in many English novels dating back to the 1700s, Arabella may be gaining momentum in terms of present-day popularity because of its unusual similarity to ubiquitous girl’s name Isabella. It comes with celebrity endorsements as well since it is the name that both Ivanka Trump and Dr. Oz have hand-picked for their respective daughters.
Meaning “great” or “magnificent,” this feminized version of Augustus can be found peppering ancient royal society. Augusta was initially the title bestowed upon wives and daughters of Roman emperors, and due to this usage, it was eventually transformed into a first name. Augusta then made its way to England thanks to Princess Augusta, the German princess who birthed George III in the 1700s.
Cute nicknames are Aggie, Augie, Gussie, and Gustie.
Born in 1938, Beatrix of the Netherlands reigned for 33 years as Queen until her abdication in 2013. Currently, this vintage name may be on the rise, but there is still no ranking information available which means you can strike now while the iron is cold and snag your daughter this unique moniker. The name boasts Latin origins, most likely from Viatrix which means “voyager” or “traveler.”
Alternatives include Beatrice or Beatriz and cute diminutives, Bea or Trixie.
Before she was the sultry Golden Girl or the main character in Streetcar, she was the Spanish wife of Sancho III of Castille in the 1100s. Her granddaughter and namesake married Louis VIII which skyrocketed the name Blanche to extreme popularity throughout France.
Derived from an ancient French nickname translated as “white” or “fair,” the name had been initially reserved for blonde girls. Variations of this name include Bianca, Blanka, and Branka.
This mother of royal names was not only the name of the Queen Mother’s mother, but her grandmother as well. This ancient name goes back to the 2nd- or 3rd-century where St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music and musicians, was martyred over her refusal to worship Roman gods.
A popular name in most countries worldwide, Cecilia seemed to hit its sweet spot in 2012 and has been waning since then. Variants include Cecily and Cecile. Sweet nicknames are Celia, Cece, and Sissy.
Typically relegated to royal middle name status, this is the perfect amalgam of Christopher and Isobel or Annabel if that fits your particular naming needs.
Designated as the middle name of Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Christabel was selected because she was born on Christmas Day in 1901. Her niece was subsequently christened with Christabel as a middle name for the very same reason.
Meaning “beautiful Christian,” the name has alternative spellings such as Christabelle and Cristabel. And there’s no reason this sweet-sounding name should remain in the shadows any longer. If it’s the perfect fit for your princess, make it your objective to bring it into the first name limelight.
This feminized version of the Italian boy’s name Cossimo or Cosmo means “order” or “beauty.” It was the name chosen by the Earl and Countess of Ulster for their daughter Lady Cosima Rose Alexandra Windsor born in 2010.
Sometimes seen as Cosma, nicknames include Cossie and Coco.
Derived from the Old Norse name Dagmaer, the wife of Danish King Valdemar II embraced the name Dagmar during the 2nd-century in lieu of her birth name Marketa. This quirky and interesting name can easily be softened into the more harmonious Dagmara and comes with nickname possibilities such as Daggie and Mara.
Princess Helena of the U.K., born in the mid-1800s, was the daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Meaning “bright shining light,” Helena is currently an extremely popular girl’s name in Croatia, Iceland, and Poland.
This Scandinavian name, derived from the god Ing, has several royal bearers including a 13th-century Swedish noblewoman, a 12th-century Norwegian Queen consort and an 11th-century Danish princess.
Ingrid is still highly popular in Norway, ranking in at #13 of the country’s top girls’ names. Similar versions of the name are Inger, Inga, and Inka.
This Russian girl’s name sometimes spelled Kyra is considered the feminine version of names Kir and Cyrus. Kira was the name of a Russian Grand Duchess born in the early 1900s who married Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia.
The name Kira was on fire up until 2005 and has slowed considerably since then. Although, it is still currently a hot choice for a girl’s name in Hungary.
Eleanor has been an extremely popular name for royals as seen throughout the ages. However, if you are on a mission to find a similar-sounding royal fave that is slightly more exotic, feast your eyes on Leonore. This quirky yet elegant moniker was bequeathed upon two-year-old Swedish Princess Leonore, the Duchess of Gotland.
Originally a German name, Leonore can easily convert into slightly altered versions Leonie, Leona or Lenore.
Take the classic girl’s name Louise, replace the “e” with an “a” and you end up with a whole new name imbued with an air of sophistication and vintage charm. This feminine form of Louis means “renowned warrior” and was bestowed upon 18th century-Swedish Queen Louisa Ulrika.
Louisa clearly has an air of nobility surrounding it as it has also proven to be a presidential favorite. It was the name of the First Lady married to 2nd U.S. President John Quincy Adams.
Eye-catching variations include Luisa, Lovisa, and Ludovica.
This Danish or Norwegian version of Margaret is the name of the current Queen of Denmark. Similar-sounding alternates include Margareta, Marketa, Margit, and Marguerite. When it comes to cute nicknames, the sky’s the limit when it comes to Margrethe, although a couple of noteworthy options are Greta and Meta.
Derived from the Germanic name Mathildis, Matilda means “strength in battle” and is currently at the top of the name game in Australia, New Zealand, and Finland. St. Matilda was married to the 10th-century German King Henry I and was also the name of the wife of William the Conqueror, the first Norman King of England in 1066.
Nicknames include Tillie, Mattie, and the lesser-known Maude.
Having Greek roots, the name Melita means “honey” and is derived from the Latin form of the country name Malta. Royal bearers abound including Princess Victoria Melita of the British royals born in 1876, as well as German Duchess Princess Marie Melita born in 1899.
The Russian name Natalia, sometimes spelled with a “y” in place of the “i,” has been lavished on various members of Russian royalty, as well as upon a current English Duchess. Meaning “Lord’s birthday,” the name is derived from Natal Day or Christmas Day and was often bestowed upon girls born on Christmas. Still extremely popular in many Slavic countries, Natalia is a slightly unusual form of Natalie and can be abbreviated into Talia.
Another royal favorite, Ophelia is the middle name of Lady Gabriella Windsor who is currently 49th in line to the British throne. Meaning “help,” Ophelia has Greek beginnings and many literary references but is probably most famous for its Shakespearean connection.
Sometimes spelled with a “ph,” Sofia means “wisdom” and is the name of Queens in both Spain and Russia. This wildly popular girl’s name is high ranking in the U.S., Chile, and Denmark, and is listed as the #1 girl’s name in both Italy and Finland.
This pet name arising from Sofia was highly popular during the 1940s, experienced a spike in trendiness again during the 60s and has faded considerably since then. Typically pronounced Sawn-ya, the current Queen of Norway is Sonja (wife of King Harald V) and has been reigning since 1991.
Although quite a common girl’s name in Russia and Eastern Europe, Tatiana did not catch on in English-speaking countries until the 1980s. The name has royal associations as it is derived from the name of ancient Roman King Titus Tatius, and was also the name of Russian Tsar Nicholas II’s daughter.
Most often applied as a royal middle name, Ulrika Eleanora was the Queen of Sweden born in the late 1600s. Her Danish mother was also an Ulrika as was her goddaughter Louisa Ulrika. Despite seeming unusual at first glance, the name isn’t really all that different from Erika. Ulli is an endearing diminutive.
This ancient Greek name means “hospitality” and was the name of a Montenegro Princess born in 1881. Pronunciations may vary from Zeen-ya to Shen-ya to Ex-ay-nya.