The Top 18 Girls' Names that Mean Beautiful

Most would-be parents spend anxious hours agonizing over what to name their baby. Deciding on a name is one of the most difficult tasks for a parent because this name is going to be the baby’s companion for life. So how does one decide? Parents want to choose a name for their baby that makes them stand out from the rest, yet shouldn’t be something which the child will come to hate later on.

For that, parents need to come up with a unique yet memorable name. In the eyes of a parent, their baby is the most beautiful creation in the world and so what better way to drive home the point than anointing your beautiful child with a name whose meaning is, “beautiful.”

There’s an endless amount of baby girl names that signify beautiful. To make the name-searching job more exciting you can turn to various cultures and communities of the world which have words meaning beautiful. If you wish your baby girl name to denote something beautiful, then check out the list of top 20 girl’s name that denote beautiful in different languages. I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun choosing a name for your little girl.

18  Bella

Everything ella, right from Ella to Bella to Arabella, is hot at present. In Latin, Bella means beautiful. In Italian, Mira bella means "wondrous and lovely." The name Bella was in vogue up to the 13th century, but then it disappeared until its appearance again in the 18th century when it came into fashion again. Still Bella was one of the less used names with there being a nice hint of an ‘Old World’ grandmotherly touch to it.

The name Bella shot up the charts in 2009 when it became attached to Twilight's Bella Swan. Thus, if you're planning to name your daughter Bella, be aware that there are going to be many girls with proper names like Isabella, Arabella etc. who are going to be called Bella.

17  Isabella

Isabella, as a name was one of the most popular names in the US in 2009. It’s not clear whether its popularity was due to a certain Isabelle Swan from the Twilight series or was a result of renewed interest in the Spanish queen Isabella of Castile - the patroness of Christopher Columbus. Maybe this wasn’t the reason parents named their baby girl Isabelle, but the fact is it’s a very popular name.

It’s believed that Isabella originates from the Latin word “belle” which means, “beautiful.” The origin of the name is however not quite clear though with some etymologists claiming that Isabella is the Portuguese and Spanish form of Elizabeth (with a loss of first syllable, I instead of T), while there are others who think that the name came from the Phoenician name Izabal.

16  Arabella

If you like the name Isabella but feel it’s too common, you can go for Arabella instead. Any name that ends in “bella” reminds people of the Latin meaning beautiful. Although the name might sound new, it has been used in England since long having made many appearances in British literature such as in Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones, to Charles Dickens Vicar of Wakefield and quite recently in Harry Potter.

Elegant and sophisticated, it looks like the name Arabella is here to stay.

15  Bellinda

Belinda is a feminine name of unknown origin, most probably coined from Italian bella, meaning "beautiful." Another possibility is that the name could be derived from the Old High German name Betlinde, which possibly meant "bright linden tree" or "bright serpent." According to Babylonian mythology, Belinda was the goddess of heaven and earth.

Another meaning of the name Bellinda is 'beautiful snake' which was coined during the period when snakes were considered a symbol of immortality and wisdom. During the period 1940-1960, Bellinda was quite a popular name in the US. The name Bellinda- a distant cousin of Melinda and Linda, is experiencing quite a resurgence today having entered the list of Top 1000 names in 2013. 

14  Adara

Of Arabic, Greek and Hebrew origin, the name Adara means “beauty, virgin, noble.” It comes from the name of Adar – the grandson of Benjamin in the Bible. The name Adara has two variants – Adrah and Adra. It’s quite an uncommon first name for women, so if you want to give your baby a unique name, then this could be a good choice.

13  Jamila

The name Jamila is of Arabic origin and is used in many countries across the world especially African and Arabic speaking countries, English speaking countries and Swahili speaking countries. Jamila - the feminine form of Jamil which means beautiful in Arabic is quite a popular first name among women of the Muslim community.

There are several variants of this popular name such as Cemile, Cemila, Gamila, Džemila, Djamila, Jamillah, Djémila, and Jamyla. Famous people with the name include: Jamila Gavin (British writer), Jamila Wideman (American basketball player), Jamila Jemstone (Nigerian singer), Jamila Madeira ( Portuguese politician). 

12 Claribel

Claribel – a blend of Clara and the popular suffix name Bella is of Latin origin and the meaning of this name is "bright, famous and beautiful." Claribel is similar in pronunciation to Claribella, Clarabel, and Claribelle, but these names tend to be less commonly used than Claribel. The feminine form of the name was popularized in the 13th-century by Saint Clare of Assisi the founder of the Poor Clares, an order of nuns.

As an English name it has been in use since the Middle Ages in the form of Clare. However, the Latinate spelling Clara became more popular during the 19th century. This name was used by Shakespeare in his play 'The Tempest' and by Edmund Spenser in his poem 'The Faerie Queene.' Alfred Lord Tennyson also wrote a poem entitled 'Claribel' (1830).

11 Astrid

The name Astrid is of Old Norse origin, and the meaning of Astrid is "beautiful goddess" derived from áss meaning "god" and frídr meaning "fair, beautiful." Use of this Scandinavian name in the English-speaking world became prominent only after the influence of 20th-century Queen Astrid of the Belgians. As a first name for women, Astrid is quite prominent, but it is rarely found as a last name.

Astrid has about 10 variants such as Assi, Assa, Astra, Asta, Astride, Astri, Astrud, Astryr, Atti and Estrid, so you have a decent number of options at your disposal should you decide to go for this Scandinavian name. The Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto is one of the famous bearers of this name.

10  Mabel

The name Mabel is of Latin and English origin and the meaning of the name Mabel is beautiful, lovable and loving in Latin. While the short form of Amabel and amabel were widely used during the Middle Ages its usage became rare after the 15th century. The publication of C. M. Yonge's novel, 'The Heir of Redclyffe' (1854), featured a characters named Mabel and Amabel.

Today Amabel has been largely replaced by the diminutive Mabel. Famous people known by the name Mabel: Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau (member of the Dutch royalty), Mabel Albertson (American character actress), Mabel Besant-Scott (British occultist), Mabel King (American singer and actress), Mabel Mercer(singer).

9  Callista

The name Callista is of Greek and Latin origin and its meaning is derived from the Greek Kallistō, a name meaning, "she that is most beautiful." In Greek, Kallista and its variations such as Callie and Callista mean "the prettiest and the fairest." The name Callista is derived from the name of an Arcadian nymph (daughter of Arcadian king Lycaon, and mother of Arcas) who was loved by Jupiter.

Beloved by Jupiter, she was transformed into a she-bear by Juno and then placed among the Great Bear constellations. Actress Calista Flockhart is the most famous example of this name. 

8  Kylie

The name Kylie originated in Australia and is derived from an Australian aboriginal word meaning Boomerang. Its Gaelic meaning is beautiful or handsome, while in Hawaiian it means Beautiful Spirit. A popular first name for women, Kylee, Kiley, Kyly are its other variant names.

Kylie Minogue is one of the most famous bearers of this name. Other notable people bearing this name are Kylie Tennant (novelist), Kylie Morris (Australian newsreader), Kylie Travis (Australian actress).

7  Shayna

Shayna, pronounced SHAY-na is of Yiddish origin meaning "beautiful" and comes with its own sweet nickname, Shay. As a name, Shayna holds a lot of importance for people with Jewish heritage. Other popular variants of this name are Shaina, Shana and Shani which were at their peak during the 90s but have now fallen out of fashion. It’s a popular name for women and many notable women have names beginning with Shayna.

6  Amara

This name has Greek origins which mean “eternally beautiful.” Amara is a name with numerous origins and meanings such as "eternally beautiful,” "eternal,” “beloved,” "dearest,” "grace" etc. Pronounced Ah-more-uh or Ah-mare-uh, Amara is rarely used as a first name though it is a quite popular last name for both children and adults.

Still if you want a unique and original name for your child, this is definitely “it” as when it comes to the style quotient, Amara fires on all cylinders.

5  Jolie

Jolie which means "pretty," is a female name of French origin. Pronounced zhoh-LEE the name has become extremely popular after Angelina Jolie began using it as her surname. The name is generally not used as a name in France, though it is a popular first for women in the US. All thanks to the sheer personality and humanitarian qualities of Angelina Jolie – a superwoman who has proved that she is much more than a pretty thing. 

4  Helen

Although the name Helen was quite popular during the early parts of the 20th century, still even today it’s a popular first name for women as well as a popular surname. Helen is derived from the ancient Greek name Ἑλένη Helenē of unknown etymology. Greek mythology eulogized Helen of Troy as, “The face that launched a thousand ships,” denoting that she was the most beautiful woman in the world.

Certain famous personalities bearing the name Helen: Writer Helen Keller; actresses Helen Hunt, Helen Mirren, Helen Hayes, Helena Bonham-Carter; singer Helen Reddy; publisher Helen Gurley Brown.

3  Aretha

Aretha Franklin - a songstress par extraordinaire - her voice has captivated and enthralled generations and will continue to mesmerize future generations to come. Apart from the talented modern-day namesake, Aretha pronounced a-REE-thah means "beautiful" in Greek and "virtue and excellence" in Arabic.

With about 14 variants namely: Arete, Areta, Aretina, Arethusa, Aretta, Arletha, Arette, Laretha, Oretha, Oreta, Oretta, Orette, Reatha and Retha, Aretha is quite a popular name. 

2  Diana

Diana, the Roman goddess of the moon and associated with childbirth, forests and hunting was the original holder of this name, but when people hear the name Diana, the first image that comes to their mind is that of Diana, Princess of Wales who was as comfortable meeting world leaders as she was of wearing protective vests to fight against landmines.

The name Diana is derived from an Indo-European root which means “divine, heavenly.” Diana, as a name has been in regular use since the Renaissance. It became more known in the English-speaking world following the release of Sir Walter Scott's novel 'Rob Roy' (1817), which featured a character named Diana Vernon.

The name Diana also appeared in George Meredith's novel 'Diana of the Crossways' (1885). A classic name - any woman would be proud to be named Diana.

1  Sephora

Sephora is believed to have originated from "sephos" (Greek for "beauty") and the Hebrew name צִפּוֹרָה (Tzipporah) is derived from צִפּוֹר (tzippor) meaning "bird". Apart from its Hebrew origins, Sephora also has French origins which mean that it has more than one root, rendering its use not only in French speaking countries, but also in a few other countries of the world.

This name can trace its roots to Zipporah, the outstandingly beautiful wife of Moses in the Old Testament. No wonder there is a beauty line dedicated to this name. 

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