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30 Stunning Girls Names

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My “namer ears” are always open in public to parents calling for their children. I recently heard a Mom call for her little Lucia in the market and I thought to myself that name is stunning. Little Lucia inspired this list of stunning names for your stunning little girl!

Rising Beauties
Here are 10 gorgeous names moving up in popularity

Athena
Current Ranking: #117
In Greek mythology Athena was the daughter of Zeus.

Cora
Current Ranking: #73
Another beautiful Greek name, Cora means maiden.

Eloise
Current Ranking: #167
Eloise is a french name from the name Heloise, meaning healthy and wide.

Freya
Current Ranking: #266
A Norse goddess name Freya means noble woman.

Leilani
Current Ranking: 120
One of the most widely-used Hawaiian names, Leilani means heavenly flower.

Magnolia
Current Ranking: 314
A beautiful french flower name, Magnolia means Magnol’s flower.

Matilda
Current Ranking: 489
Matilda is a German name meaning mighty in battle.

Ophelia
Current Ranking: 373
Ophelia is a tragic Shakespearean character name as well as a Greek name meaning help.

Sylvie
Current Ranking: 897
A French form of Sylvia, Sylvie means from the forest.

Willa
Current Ranking: 384
A feminine form of William meaning resolute protection.

Rare Beauties
These 10 uncommon names are not ranked in the U.S. Top 1,000

Arianwen
Welsh meaning white, fair, and blessed.

Audrina
A variation of Audrey meaning noble strength.

Calista
This Greek name means most beautiful.

Cressida
Another great Greek name, Cressida means gold.

Elodie
A French name, Elodie comes from the name Alodia, meaning foreign riches.

Guinevere
Rich in legend, Guinevere is Welsh meaning white shadow or white wave.

Linnea
A Swedish flower name, Linnea means twin flower.

Seraphina
Seraphina is a Hebrew name that fittingly means fiery and ardent.

Tallulah
An anglicized Irish name as well as a Native American name Tallulah means abundance and leaping waters.

Theodora
A feminine form of Theodore meaning gift of God.

Grand Beauties
10 Grand Gorgeous Girls Names

Anastasia
Current Ranking: #148
A Greek feminine form of Anastasios, meaning resurrection.

Cecilia
Current Ranking: #155
A Latin name and feminine form of Cecil meaning blind.

Esmeralda
Current Ranking: #377
Esmeralda is a Spanish and Portuguese name meaning emerald.

Evangeline
Current Ranking: #277
A Greek name meaning bearer of good news.

Felicity
Current Ranking: #354
A virtuous Latin name meaning happiness.

Genevieve
Current Ranking: #172
Genevieve is a French name meaning tribe woman.

Liliana
Current Ranking: #109
Spanish and Latin in origin, Liliana means lily.

Samantha
Current Ranking: #60
A Hebrew name and feminine form of Samuel, Samantha means told by God.

Tatiana
Current Ranking: #696
Tatiana comes from the Roman clans name Tatius.

Veronica
Current Ranking: 357
A Latin name, Veronica means she who brings victory.

Hear my thoughts and insights on these names:

Seven C’s

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Calling all lovers of exotic Princess-worthy names! Feast your name eyes and ears on these seven grand, gorgeous, and glorious C names for girls!

Camellia
Camellia has an exotic flare though it shares a similar sound to the much more popular Amelia. Camellia is a flowering plant was named for botanist Georg Josef Kamel. What little girl wouldn’t love a flower name? The nickname possibilities are endless, but a few you may enjoy include Cam, Cammie, Mel, Mellie, Mia, and Lia.

Cataleya
Cataleya is a variant of cattleya which is a genus of orchids – can you tell I love a good flower name? Zoe Saldana played Cataleya in the film Colombiana, giving this name a boost, though its not too popular currently ranked at Number 510. Cataleya would be a great way to honor a Catherine, Kathleen, or even a Lee or Leah.

Celestia
A name written in the stars Celestia has Latin roots meaning heavenly or of the sky. Celestia is hardly a name one would forget as it is both striking and ethereal. Little House on the Praire writer Laura Ingalls Wilder’s younger sister Carrie was born Caroline Celestia “Carrie” Ingalls. Celestia peaked in the late nintenth century.

Christiana
A whole generation of Christian, Christine, and Christina’s are now becoming parents. Refresh these beloved names with the brilliantly opulant Christiana, a variation which shares the meaning follower of Christ. Feminine with an exotic twist, Christiana could skip nicknames like Chris and Christy and opt for Tiana.

Clementine
Oh, my darlin’s Clementine just recently re-entered the US Top 1,000.  A Frecnch feminine form of Clement, meaning merciful, Clementine has a very wholesome and country vibe. Several stars from Claudia Schiffer, Kate Winslet, and Ethan Hawke have all picked the name Clementine for their daughters. In France Clementine ranks within the Top 100.

Cornelia
I’m such a big Cordelia fan that I often overlook Cornelia. A Latin name meaning horn, Cornelia easily lends itself to very user friendly nicknames like Cory, Cora, Nell, and Nellie. A name rich is history and literature there are a load of assocations to this name from a Christian saint to Julius Caesar’s first wife.

Cressida
A former college classmate recently had a little Cressida making my name-loving heart swoon. Cressida is the name of a Shakepearean heroine and has Greek rooks meaning golden. Cressida was also used in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, giving it life to a younger generation Cressida is equal parts strong and feminine.

Please share your favorite from this list! xo

Great Girls Names from the bottom of the charts

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Looking for a familiar but not overused name for your little lady? You may find some inspiration at the bottom of the Social Security Administration’s Top 1,000 chart.  Check out these underused gems for girls ranging from 900 to 1,000 in popularity.

Paloma
Paloma, pronounced pah-LO-mah, is a Spanish name meaning dove.  Currently Number 906 in popularity, Paloma dropped 37 spots in the last year.  Actors David Caruso and Ana Ortiz both used the name Paloma for their daughters.  Perhaps one of the most recognizable namesakes is Paloma Picasso, jewelry designer and daughter of Pablo Picasso.

Louisa
Louisa peaked in 1900 at Number 271.  Today Louisa ranks at spot Number 908. A feminine form of Louis, meaning renowned warrior, Louisa comes with a slew of sweet vintage nicknames.  Love Lulu, Lulie, Lou, or Louie? Louisa is a great way to get to “Lu” nicknames.  Louisa is also a cool alternative to Lucy, which has continuously risen the past 10 years and ranks at Number 55.

Arden
Arden is one of the two names on my list here today that doesn’t end in the letter a.  Arden is an English surname stemming from a Celtic word meaning high. Arden is a unisex name and has a similar sound to popular names like Aiden, but ranks at Number 912 for girls. Shakespeare’s fans may recognize Arden as the name of the forest in As You Like It.

Wendy
Wendy made a significant drop last year, falling 154 spot to Number 936. Wendy peaked in 1970 and though it isn’t popular now, it doesn’t quite give off a granny vibe yet either. Sir James Barrie invented the name Wendy for the kind, motherly, old sister in his iconic play Peter Pan. Prior to the play Wendy may have also been used as a nickname for Gwendolen.

Tabitha
Tabitha is an Aramaic name meaning gazelle currently ranked at Number 947.  You may recognize Tabitha as the mother from Bewitched or the free-spirited girl in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  Tabitha is also the Biblical name of a New Testament woman who was restored to life by Saint Peter.  Tabby, Tibby, and Bitty are a few cutesy nicknames Tabitha lends itself to.

Cordelia
If you love vintage names and Anne of Green Gables as I do, you may consider Cordelia. Cordelia is the name Anne Shirley would have renamed herself.  Cordelia may be Celtic meaning daughter of the sea, or have Latin roots meaning heart.  Cordelia fell out of the Top 1,000 in 1951, just returning in 2014, and currently ranks at Number 948.

Lilia
A Russian form of Lily, Lilia is the perfect choice for people who love Lily but want something less popular.  Lilia is currently Number 958, while Lily comes in at Number 25. Lilia has never been very popular, peaking in 1928 when it reached Number 752.  Lilia is also great alternative to other more popular repeating L names for girls like Layla, Lila, and Liliana.

Elora
I recently posted about the name Elora on my Instagram account (@tulipbyanyname) and it received an overwhelmingly positive response.  Elora was the name of the darling infant in the fantasy film Willow. Possibly derived from Eliora or Eleanora, Elora would be a great way to honor a Laura or Laurence.  Elora first entered the Top 1,000 last year at Number 963.

Lyra
A Greek name meaning lyre, Lyra is the name of a constellation in the northern sky containing the star Vega. Lyra just entered the Top 1,000 for the first time last year at Number 984. Lyra is the name of the main character in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series and film The Golden Compass.

Rhea
Mythology fans will recognize the name Rhea, a Greek name meaning flowing down.  In Greek mythology Rhea was a Titan and mother to Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Poseidon, and Zeus.  In Roman mythology Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus.  At Number 989 Rhea was given to just 270 little girls last year.

What are your favorite names ranking from 900 to 1,000?