Aside from life itself, of course, your baby’s name is the most important gift you will give her. Many mothers begin crafting this name as soon as the two lines turn pink (after the initial shock!). Some mothers have even been brainstorming names for years before they even think of becoming a parent. There are even a select few who have had their child’s name selected since they were a child themselves! No matter which way you go about it- it is clear that it is an important choice that lasts a lifetime.
Here at Mommyish, we have taken the guesswork out of this important choice. We scoured the internet to bring you the most beautiful baby girl names. These names are a mixture of trendy, unique, and also timeless. No matter what your taste in names you are bound to find something you love. Whether you are ready to choose your baby’s name or you are getting ready to think of the future, continue reading to find that perfect name for your list!
Lily is a classic, timeless even. It is the most popular of the century-old flower names. If you are looking for a name that can stand the test of time and yet still be simple, feminine and beautiful… this could be the name for you! Lily is derived from the perennial flower whose name has a simple meaning of pure or innocent. Lily can also be used as a nickname for Lillian. The name has both English and Greek origins. Despite dropping two points since 2017, the name is still highly popular, ranking at #22 in 2018. Well-known Lily’s include Lily Potter (Harry Potter’s mother) and actress Lily Tomlin.
If you are looking for a common, yet simple and beautiful name, Emma is the right name for you. This name, which has been popular since the 19th century, has ranked #1 in charts for the last two years. This is quite fitting as the name Emma means “universal”. It originally came from Germany but has several English and even Swedish ties as well. While this name is far from uncommon, it is also classic. You will find the name popular amongst celebrities including actress Emma Stone, Emma Watson, and Emma Thompson. Julie Andrews and Tony Walton also have a daughter named Emma.
Olivia is another name topping the charts in both 2017 and 2018. If you are a fan of popular and super common names you will love this one. This name is megapopular not only in the United States but also in the UK, Canada, Australia, and throughout the western world. Being such a strong feminine name it is easy to see why! It is of Greek and Latin origins and simply means “olive branch”, though it is also known as being the feminine form of the boy’s name Oliver. Olivia is the name of a fictional character in Scandal and is also the name of the pig in a popular children’s book series.
A clever play on the more popular, Lillian. The spelling is unique, and yet not too crazy as some spellings we have begun to see pop up. If you are looking for a common name with a twist this would be the name for you. It is also much lower on the popularity charts ranking at #3,815 vs the #56 ranking of its more common spelling. Despite the unique spelling this name still has ties to famous culture including Lilyan Ellis (ballerina), Lilyan Chauvin (French-American Actress), and Lilyan Tashman (American film actress).
Cora simply means, filled heart, and what a perfect meaning as any baby girl named this would surely do just that. Although still not terribly common this name has risen 13 spots since 2017, coming in at #81 in popularity charts. It has Greek origins and is perfect for anyone wanting a beautifully simple, albeit somewhat old-fashioned name for their baby girl. The name also has mythological connections being the euphemistic name of Persephone, goddess of fertility in the underworld. While Cora is absolutely a name all in itself, you could also use it as a nickname for a longer name such as Coraline or Cordelia.
This is another of the charming, feminine, yet simple names for baby girls. Claire means “clear, or bright”, and has Latin origins. While still in the top 100, ranking at #67 in popularity charts it is still not a name you will run into every day and doesn’t pose the risk of becoming trendy. This name is simple and strong. It is feminine without being frilly, and familiar without being overused. Overall it is the perfect choice for anyone wishing to have a special name for their little princess. If the French spelling doesn’t suit you, you could also go with the English version, Clare. Well known Claires include actresses Claire Forlani and Claire Coffee.
McKenna was once a trendy choice. It was invented following the popularity of names like McKenzie and McKayla. It is now a little less common ranking at #287 in popular baby name charts. It has Irish origins and is a catchy name for any little girl. Characteristics of the name Mckenna include someone who is mystical, wise, intuitive and eccentric, which are great characteristics to have! Can’t you just picture your little Mckenna now? If you are looking for a name that is catchy, yet not plastered all over pop culture, this would be your name. While there are many notable people with the last name of McKenna, it is not as common as a first.
This adorable name is definitely a part of a popular trend, and yet it is too adorable not to mention. Paisley simply means, church, and has Scottish origins. It is ranking at #43 in popularity but is moving up fast. This name entered the top 1000 in 2006 and the top 50 for the first time in 2015. It is now one of the most popular girls’ names starting with P. This name comes from a town in Scotland and also from a popular patterned fabric. If trendy names are your thing, Paisley is top notch. One of the most popular ties to the name includes Brad Paisley, a country singer.
Vera is a beautiful vintage name and one we are absolutely in love with. Vera first appeared in the English speaking world back in 1860 from a novel written by Ouida Moths. It gained popularity back in the 20th century, slowly fell and is now regaining popularity at #242 in baby name charts. Vera means “true”, and is of Latin origins. Is increasing popularity may be contributed to the famous wedding dress designer Vera Wang, or perhaps to the actress Vera Farmiga. While we can’t quite figure out what has caused the increase, what we can figure out is that this is a vintage name that you can’t help but fall in love with.
Back to the more popular names, Isabella ranks at #4 in charts. Despite being an increasingly popular name (perhaps trending after the Twilight Series), this name still has a beautiful almost majestic ring to it. The name means devoted to God and is Hebrew in origin. It appeals to parents on many different levels being both modern and yet traditional. This name is feminine but also a classic. It has strong ties as being a royal name in the Spanish community and is still widely accepted throughout the world. Some parents choose to shorten the name to Bella, or even Izzy, but we prefer it in its full four syllable form. A well known Isabella is actress Isabella Rosellini.
Harper is another popular yet beautiful baby girl name ranking in the top ten at #9 on popular baby name charts. Harper is definitely a fiery hot name choice for baby girls as it has gone from barely known to the top of popularity in less than a decade. There seems to be a trend of last names, turned baby boy names eventually turning into red-hot choices for baby girls. Harper is high on the list of celebrity baby names chosen by Tiffani Thiessen, Bill Hader, and Neil Patrick Harris to name a few. It has also been chosen by the Beckhams for their first daughter, so the name is sure to soar even higher on charts in the future. All in all this beautiful baby girl name is hard to beat.
If you are a Game of Thrones fan and yet don’t want to follow the trend of the ever-popular Arya, you can rejoice because the popular character has an actress with her own unique name. Maisie is the perfect choice if you are looking for a beautiful and yet unique name for your baby girl. It is an adorable name ranking at #470 in charts, making it a perfect choice if you don’t want to run into five other children with your child’s name on the playground. The name means pearl and has Greek origins. As mentioned before a well known Maisie is actress Maisie Williams.
This absolutely beautiful baby girl’s name is one of the fastest rising names of all time. It has Greek origins and is ranking at #28 in popularity charts. Despite its popularity, this name is a classic and is simply charming. It has grown in popularity shooting up to the top of the charts thanks to the Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and its choice by Kourtney Kardashian for her baby girl. It is currently the most popular baby girl name starting with the letter P. If you want a name that is classic and yet popular this name should be your number one choice.
Ranked at #11 this baby girl’s name is not only beautiful it is becoming increasingly popular. Its origin is Italian and its meaning is “song or melody”. This name has the ability to just flow smoothly from your lips making it an excellent choice for your next baby girl. The popular television show Pretty Little Liars has definitely helped to bring this name into popularity. Its alternate spelling Arya (ranking in the top 200 itself) is becoming an increasingly popular choice thanks to the popular series Game of Thrones. If you are looking for a name that flows beautifully, this should be a top pick.
This absolutely gorgeous baby name was unknown to most of us until the young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan made her appearance in the films Ladybird and The Lovely Bones. Those that do see it often do not have any idea how to pronounce it (its “Seer-Sha” by the way). This name has Irish origins and means “liberty”. It currently ranks #962 on popularity charts, making it an excellent choice for a beautiful yet unique and uncommon name. Besides Saoirse Ronan, another well-known actress with this name includes Saoirse Scott, American Actress who played Jamie Vega in the soap opera One Life to Live.
This name has risen up 145 spots, ranking in at #578. This name is of English origin and simply means, “a flower”. It is one of the fresher of the flower names, along with names Zinnia and Lilac. If you love flower names and yet cannot stand the thought of adding another Lily or Rose to the population, consider choosing Azalea. Azalea is the name of the princess heroine in the novel Entwined, and also connected to the musical artist Iggy Azalea. This beautiful name is perfect for anyone looking for something beautiful and unique. If flower names are your thing, you should definitely give it a try.