20 Hazel The feminine name Hazel, which obviously refers to the hazelnut tree, can also refer to the greenish-brown color often found in the human eye. While we love the name Hazel, we also love its nicknames, such as Haze, Hazy or Zelly! The popularity of the name Hazel was very high before the 60s, and has definitely made a comeback in the late 2000s, like other color inspired names, such as Violet and Scarlett. The resurgence of this name could be due to the fact that many celebrities have named their newborns this way, for example, the couple formed by Emily Blunt and John Krasinki, or Julia Roberts.
19 Kitty Kitty is usually short for Katherine or Kathleen, but many still use it as a name in its own right. It would also be a diminutive of the names Kathy, Katey or Karen. Its popularity began to increase in the early 1900s, but has been declining in recent years. The origin of the name Kitty is English and would mean “pure.” Obviously, Kitty, in English, is also a word for a baby cat. So Kitty could be the perfect name for cat lover parents! A little girl named Kitty would be more likely to share her fun loving joy and have very pure intentions. It is hard to imagine a Kitty who would be mean and selfish!
18 Shirley The female first name Shirley is of English origin, from the place-name Shirley, which is derived from the Old English elements scire (“shire”) or scīr (“bright, clear”) and lēah (“wood, clearing, meadow, enclosure”). Shirley was originally a male name, but it began to be used in the feminine after the English novelist and poet Charlotte Brontë used it for one of her female characters in her novel Shirley (1849). The name Shirley can also be seen spelled Shirlee. Currently, it is not in the Top 100 most popular female names in the United States; in fact, it has been in decline since the 1950s.
17 Gloria Gloria is the English-language form of the Latin female given name gloriae, which means “immortal glory,” or simply “glory,” “fame,” “renown,” “praise,” or “honor.” Its popularity has been declining slightly since the 1950s, but Gloria still ranks in the Top 2000 most popular female names, being 1135th in 2021 worldwide and 578th in the United States. There are also several names similar to the first name Gloria, for example Glory, Laura, Elora or Flora. Many famous personalities have the name Gloria; we can think, among others, Gloria Steinem, an American feminist activist, singers Gloria Gaynor and Gloria Estefan, and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt.
16 Delphine Some consider the female first name Delphine to be a French-speaking name derived from the Latin word delphina, which means “woman from Delphi.” Delphi, also known as Pytho, was once a sacred precinct that served as the seat of Pythia, the major oracle that was consulted before making an important decision during the ancient classical world. Others believe instead that this name is actually derived from the Greek and means “dolphin.” The popularity of the first name Delphine has been fairly stable since the 1880s, ranking between 974th and 438th in the Top 1000 most popular female names. If you’re looking for something a little more exotic, you can always opt for the Spanish version of Delphine, Delfina.
15 Polly Of Latin origin, the female name Polly is said to have two meanings, either “little” or “humble.” Some believe, however, that Polly may actually be a derivative of the first name Molly, which is itself derived from the first names Mariah or Miryam, these meaning “sea of bitterness” or “long wished for child.” So if you’ve been waiting for your little girl for a long time, Polly could be the perfect name for her! Polly is also often used as a nickname for Paula. Since the mid-1960s, the popularity of the name Polly has unfortunately been declining. The name is currently not in the Top 100 most popular names in the United States. However, other similar names are more common, such as Molly, Dolly, Carli or Hollie.
14 Daisy The daisy is a very pretty flower, but we must admit that, as a feminine name, Daisy is just as beautiful, if not more! This name has its origins in the Old English word dægeseage, which means “day’s eye.” The name Daisy is also often used as a nickname for the first name Margaret, a derivative of the French version of this name, “Marguerite,” which is also the French word for the oxeye daisy. The name Daisy became popular in the late Victorian era, along with several other flower names. In 2018, Daisy was still very popular, ranking 169th in the United States. Its popularity seems to be here to stay, as this name was also very popular in 1900 and 1940, when it ranked in the Top 200 favorite female names.
13 Stella Stella is a beautiful feminine name. It has its origins in the Latin stella, which can be translated into English as “star.” Stella is usually derived from a medieval female personal name or nickname, but sometimes, for example, according to the translation of the word Dutch word ster, which also means “star,” the name Stella would be a habitational name derived from a house sign. There are many variations of the name Stella, such as Estrella, Sella, Tella, Stelle, Sulla, Bella, Still, Sell, Stell, to name a few. We can notice a decline in popularity of this name in the United States from the 50s, but since the beginning of the 2000s, it is particularly on the rise. It would be in England that we find the most Stella!
12 Averill The female name Averill, which is also quite popular for boys and regularly found as a surname, has a different meaning around the world. For Anglo-Saxons, it means “born in April,” while for the English, this first name means “Wild boar,” or “Boar battle.” While this name was very popular in the early 1900s, its popularity has unfortunately been declining since the 1950s. This name would actually never have made the Top 2000 in the United States, or even the Top 100 worldwide. However, there are several variations of the name Averill, including Averell, Averall, Avrill, Avril, Averel, or Abrill.
11 Celeste The female name Celeste has its origins in the Latin language. Indeed, it comes from the word caelestis, which means “heavenly, celestial.” This name is so popular that it has made the Top 1000 every year, without exception, since 1880! And it shows no signs of losing popularity. Children will potentially recognize this name as Queen Celeste from Babar’s elephant kingdom, but adults will associate it more with the hilarious comedian Celeste Barber. Your little Celeste could be a comedian in the making! If this name seems too popular for you, there are less common variations such as Celestine, Celestia or Celestial.
10 Arielle Deriving its origins from Hebrew, Arielle, which can also be spelled Ariel, Ariele or Ariell, means “Lion of God.” Its popularity has been fairly stable since the 1990s, when an average of about 400 girls out of 1 million are given this name. Could it be because of the 1989 movie Little Mermaid? This fact is, according to us, not to be neglected! Still, in 2020, just in the United States, 346 baby girls have been named like this. It is also possible to “feminize” this name with the variants Ariela or Ariella, for example. Originally, Arielle, or rather its variant Ariel, was a male name, but in recent years, with the new spellings, it has become more of a female name.
9 Tabitha The female name Tabitha has its origins in the New Testament. Tabitha, also called Dorcas in this biblical canon, is a derivative of the Aramaic word ṭaḇīṯā, which means “gazelle.” It is a biblical name from Acts of the Apostles (Acts 9:36). Originally, in the Greek version, Tabitha, which means “gorgeous” in Greek, was a woman raised from the dead by St Peter. There are several variations of the name Tabitha, for example Tabytha, Tabatha, Tabata, Tabathina and Tabea. This name was more common in 18th century New England. It became popular in the United States in the 70’s and 80’s, especially thanks to the character Tabitha Stephens in the comedy series Bewitched.
8 Roseanne The English first name Roseanne is, as you might have guessed, a combination of the female names Rose and Anne, which is the French version of the first name Ann. It is also often spelled simply “Rosanne.” This name, having both English, Hebrew and Latin origins, therefore has different meanings depending on which country you are in, but the most common is “Gracious Rose.” This name has unfortunately lost popularity since the 1980s, and that’s a shame because we think it’s so pretty! If you want a beautiful name for your little girl without it being too common, this is a great choice!
7 Anita Of Hebrew origin, the female name Anita means “Gracious, Merciful.” Sometimes Anita can also be seen spelled differently, for example Ednitta. This name was introduced in Britain in the 13th century, but was especially popularized in the 14th century by the cult of St. Anne. This name regained some popularity in the early 2000s. It is still not that popular today, but it’s still in the top 1000 most popular baby names in the US. It is quite common all over the world, but especially in regions that use Indo-European languages, namely Europe, South Asia and North America.
6 Pamela Here’s a very sweet name: Pamela. This name was actually invented by the 16th century English poet, courtier, scholar and soldier Sir Philip Sidney for a pivotal character in his epic prose work The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia. Formed from the Greek words pan, which means “all”, and meli, which means “honey”, Pamela would mean “all sweetness”. However, no one really knows the meaning that Sir Philip Sidney wanted to give it by inventing it for his character. Nonetheless, your Pam could be predestined to take care of others and develop innovative solutions for today and tomorrow’s problems. A future doctor? Engineer? Specialist? Activist? Who knows.
5 Leona Female version of the male name Leon, Leona is of Greek origin. This name, as you may have guessed, means “lion, lioness.” The Hebrew equivalent of this name, Leeona, means “my strenght.” A person named Leona would be very diplomatic and would have a great facility to avoid conflicts. Flexible by nature, she would be an excellent team player. This name has seen its popularity plummet from the 50s, but it is back in force since 2010. With such a name, she is definitely born to impress and dominate. It wouldn’t be surprising if she made her way to become a CEO, a renowned scholar or inventor. She will accomplish great things!
4 Georgia Georgia is the female version of the male name George. The origins of this name are Greek, coming from the name Georgos, which is from ge, meaning “earth,” and ergon, meaning “work.” So, Georgia means “farmer, earthworker.” This English name is currently quite popular, being the 223rd most given baby name in 2018 in the US. There are a lot of famous people with this name. We only have to think of the American actress Georgia Engel, the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, or the British fashion model Georgia May Jagger, who is the daughter of music legend Mick Jagger and actress Jerry Hall!
3 Hattie Hattie is an English name with Germanic origins meaning “home ruler”. Hattie is often used as a diminutive of the name Harriet, the English version of the French name Henriette, the feminine of the name Henri. Hattie has seen its popularity drastically decrease from the 60s, but is seriously recovering since 2011. With such a name, one seems to be predestined for success. This name is also synonymous with great successes and achievements. Just think of actress Hattie McDaniel, who starred in the classic film Gone With the Wind, and who was the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award!
2 Joyce In the Middle Ages, Joyce was actually a surname derived from the Old French masculine name Josse, itself derived from the name Ludocus, a Latin form of the Breton name Judoc, meaning “lord.” This name originated with Saint Joyce (Judoc), a Breton prince and hermit who lived between the years 600 and 668. Saint Joyce was the son of Judicael, king of Brittany. Who will she be? A famous singer? CEO of a wellness company? University professor? Only time will tell. However, considering the amount of women named Joyce who have accomplished great things in various professional spheres, she will definitely be destined for great things!
1 Avania Of Swahili origin, the first name Avania is not very common, but nevertheless, it is very pretty one. The meaning of this girl name, in English, would be “beautiful flower”, and it is actually a variant of the Kiswahili name Ayanna. Some people believe that a person named Avania would have a great facility of persuasion, and this, without making any effort. This person would be expressive, optimistic, outgoing and inspiring. These are great qualities!