Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what these names are made of. From Bonnie to Nora, these names are perfect for sweet little girls with pigtails that make daisy chains on warm summer days.
Sadie is a sweet name full of old-timey charm. It may surprise you to know that Sadie actually peaked in 2014 when it reached spot Number 46. Sadie is still high ranking, currently coming in at Number 52. Sadie began as a nickname for Sarah, but now outranks Sarah by 6 spots. The Beatles have a song called Sexy Sadie and Barbra Streisand sang “Sadie, Sadie” in Funny Girl.
Rosemary is a great nature name for the rosemary plant. Rosemary gets its name from the Latin ros marinus which means the dew of the sea. One of the most recognizable namesakes is singer and actress Rosemary Clooney. Rosemary peaked in 1946 and currently ranks at Number 518. A great way to honor a Rose or a Mary, Rosemary also lends itself to the wholesome nicknames Rosie and Romy.
Georgia peaked in 1900, but its climbing the charts, up almost 100 spots in the last 5 years. Georgia is a feminine form of Georgia meaning farmer and currently ranks at Number 230. Harry Connick Jr., Zac Brown, Mick Jagger, and Kenan Thompson are just a few of the many celebrities with daughters named Georgia. Other feminine forms of George include Georgina, Georgiana, Georgine, and Georgette.
Molly began as a diminutive of Mary, but is now commonly used as a standalone name, currently ranked at Number 144. Molly is often thought of as an Irish name and is more popular in Ireland where it ranks at Number 29. The famous song Molly Malone is set in Dublin, Ireland. Molly may also remind you of 80s teen movie star Molly Ringwald.
Annabelle may come from the name Amabel meaning lovable or be a name smush of Anna and Belle. Annabelle entered the Top 100 for the first time in 2012 and is currently ranked at spot Number 92. Annabelle had been steadily rising in the charts but dropped last year after the release of the horror film Annabelle about a possessed doll. The spelling Annabel is a lot less popular at Number 621.
Bonnie is a Scottish word name meaning pretty. Bonnie peaked in in the 1940s and 50s following the release of Gone With the Wind in which Scarlett and Rhett’s daughter is affectionately nicknamed Bonnie. Currently Number 871, Bonnie is still a well-loved character name. You may recognize the name Bonnie from the TV series How to Get Away with Murder, The Walking Dead, and The Vampire Diaries.
Nora is derived from the name Honora and may mean light or honor. Nora peaked in popularity last year reaching spot Number 41. Two well-known namesakes are writer Nora Ephron and musician Norah Jones. The spelling Norah is just behind Nora, ranking at Number 159 and also peaking last year. Perhaps Nora and Norah are the next generations Sara and Sarah.
Hannah gets extra cool points for being a palindrome name. A Hebrew name meaning grace, Hannah was a Top 10 name from 1995-2007. Today Hannah is Number 28 in popularity. In the Old Testament Hannah is the mother of the prophet Samuel. Actor Elijah Wood has a younger sister named Hannah.
We can’t talk about wholesome names without mentioning sweet Caroline. Neil Diamond’s song Sweet Caroline, inspired by Caroline Kennedy, was released in 1969. Currently ranked at Number 62, Caroline is more popular now than ever. Caroline is a feminine form of Charles meaning free man. Caroline is the name of the Princess of Monaco as well as former First Lady Caroline Harrison.
What are your favorite wholesome names for girls?