Baby Names

Top Baby Girl Names: 160 Unique, Pretty, Badass, Edgy, & Trending Names For Your Daughter

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What should I name my daughter?

Ah, the age-old question for new parents. Some parents may already have the perfect name for their child the moment they get a positive pregnancy test. And some parents are already pressed for time and still at a loss on what name to pick.

That’s understandable because there are thousands of baby name lists available, and it’s so easy to get overwhelmed. Do you want a unique name or a popular girl name? Should the mom or the dad decide?

In this article, we’ll give you baby girl name ideas and share some tricks about picking the perfect name for your daughter. You can name your daughter with the combination of the mother and the father’s names, get inspiration from a really badass movie or book character, or search online for meaningful baby girl names (like with this article! *wink)

If you’re expecting a baby girl to join the family soon and still undecided on what to name her, stress no more because we have fierce and badass baby girl names, ancient Greek names or Greek mythology names, meaningful Chinese names, down to trending girl names that start with letter J.

11 Ways To Choose The Perfect Baby Name

  1. Revisit the family tree to get inspiration.
  2. Look up meanings and connotations.
  3. Think universal and search what the name means in other languages.
  4. Consider all possible nicknames.
  5. Contemplate on a good middle name. 
  6. Try to say the name aloud and imagine calling your little girl with it. 
  7. Would the name still sound good when she turns into an adult?
  8. Consider the initials.
  9. Consider what the full name would sound like.
  10. Ask family and friends for name suggestions.
  11. Choose what feels right.

What Is The #1 Most Popular Baby Girl Name?

Top 20 Most Popular Girl Names And Their Meaning

According to SSA (Social Security Administration), these are the top 20 popular baby names for the year 2020: (1)

1. Abigail

  • Meaning: Source of joy
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Variations: Abby, Gail

2. Amelia

  • Meaning: Industriousness, fertility
  • Origin: English, German
  • Variations: Amalia 

3. Ava

  • Meaning: Lively, birdlike
  • Origin: Possibly Latin, German, Persian, and Hebrew

4. Avery

  • Meaning: Ruler of the elves
  • Origin: English
  • Variations: Alfred, Alberich

5. Camila

  • Meaning: Young religious attendant
  • Origin: Latin
  • Variations: Camilla, Camillus

6. Charlotte

  • Meaning: Female version of Charles, strong, vigorous
  • Origin: French
  • Variations: Carlie, Carly, Carley, Carlota, Carlotta, Char, Charl, Charlie, Charley, Chaz, Cherry, Harlie, Harlo, Lola, Lotta, Lotte, Lottie

7. Elizabeth

  • Meaning: My God is an oath, my God is abundance
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Variations: Elisheva

8. Ella

  • Meaning: Goddess (Hebrew); all, fairy maiden (English); all, other (German)
  • Origin: English, Hebrew, German
  • Variations: Alia

9. Emily

  • Meaning: Persuasive, wily, rival
  • Origin: Latin, Italian, English
  • Variations: Aemilia, Emilia, Emil, Emilio

10. Emma

  • Meaning: Whole, universal
  • Origin: Ancient Germanic, Ancient & Modern Scandinavian, Old Norse, and Italian
  • Variations: Emmeline, Amelia

11. Evelyn

  • Meaning: Desired, wished for, water, island
  • Origin: English, German, French
  • Variations: Aveline

12. Gianna

  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Origin: Italian
  • Variations: Giovanna, Joann, Joanna

13. Harper

  • Meaning: From the musical instrument harp, Harper means the one who plays the harp
  • Origin: English

14. Isabella

  • Meaning: God is my oath
  • Origin: Spanish, Italian, Hebrew
  • Variations: Isa is a gender-neutral variation that means “salvation of God”

15. Luna

  • Origin: Italian, Spanish, Latin
  • Variations: Louna, Lunara, Luneth, Lunetta, Lunette, Lunneta

16. Mia

  • Meaning: My, mine, loved one, dear, darling
  • Origin: Latin, Italian, Hebrew, Scandinavian
  • Variations: Mary, Maria, Miriam, Maryam, Amalia, Amelia, Emilia, Emily, Maya, Salome, Solomia

17. Mila

  • Meaning: Gracious, dear
  • Origin: Indo-European

18. Olivia

  • Meaning: Olive, olive tree
  • Origin: Latin
  • Variations: Olive

19. Scarlett

  • Meaning: Red color
  • Origin: English
  • Variations: Scarlet, Scarlette

20. Sophia

  • Meaning: Wisdom
  • Origin: Greek
  • Variations: Sofia, Sophie, Sofie

 

What Is A Unique Baby Girl Name?

Top 20 Unique Girl Names And Their Meaning

1. Amaya

  • Meaning: Night rain
  • Origin: Japanese
  • Variations: Amaia

2. Aimi

  • Meaning: Ai means love and affection
  • Origin: Japanese
  • Variations: Ai, Aiko, Aina, Airi

3. Aria

  • Meaning: Song or melody (Italian), lioness (Greek), noble (Persian)
  • Origin: Italian, Greek, Persian, Indian
  • Variations: Ari, meaning lion in Hebrew; can also be spelled as Arya, a gender-neutral name in India

4. Ayanna

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Variations: Ayana, Aiana

5. Eirene

  • Meaning: Peace, after the name of the Greek goddess of peace
  • Origin: Green
  • Variations: Irene, Irini

6. Jada

  • Meaning: Gemstone jade
  • Origin: Hebrew

7. Ja’Hira

8. Jamila

  • Meaning: Beauty
  • Origin: Arabic
  • Variations: Jamil

9. Ji

  • Meaning: Wisdom
  • Origin: Korean

10. Jia

  • Meaning: Beautiful, good, outstanding
  • Origin: Chinese

11. Joicy

  • Meaning: Honest, benevolent, joyous
  • Origin: India

12. Kairi

  • Meaning: A serene sounding baby girl name that means ocean village
  • Origin: Japanese
  • Variations: Kairy, which means sea

13. Lian

  • Meaning: Grace, favor
  • Origin: Chinese
  • Variations: Lianne

14. Nara

  • Meaning: Flower from heaven
  • Origin: Japanese

15. Nevaeh

  • Meaning: Heaven spelled backward
  • Origin: American, although believed to have an Irish origin
  • Variations: Heaven, Neve, Nivie, Nieve, Nev, Vae, or Niamh (Irish)

16. Nyx

  • Meaning: Greek goddess or personification of the night
  • Origin: Greek

17. Rada

  • Meaning: Filled with care
  • Origin: Russian, Slavic

18. Rei

  • Meaning: Rule or law
  • Origin: Japanese
  • Variations: Gender-neutral and spelled the same as a baby girl name or baby boy name

19. Sienna

  • Meaning: Reddish-brown color
  • Origin: Italian
  • Variations: Siena (historic Tuscan city)

20. Xiu

  • Meaning: Beautiful, graceful, elegant, luxuriant
  • Origin: Chinese
  • Variations: Often combined with a middle name–Xiu Ying, which means elegant & brave

 

What Are The Prettiest Girl Names?

Top 20 Prettiest Girl Names And Their Meaning

1. Aimée

  • Meaning: Beloved
  • Origin: Old French, Latin, English
  • Variation: Amy, Amée, Amie, Ami

2. Angelica

  • Origin: Latin, Italian, Polish, Russian
  • Variation: Angel, Anjelica, Angelic, Angelique, Angela, Angelina

3, Arya 

  • Meaning: Noble one, honorable
  • Origin: Sanskrit, Old Iranian
  • Variation: Aria, Aryan, Ariana

4. Esme

  • Meaning: Beloved
  • Origin: French
  • Variation: Esmeralda

5. Fatima

  • Meaning: Beautiful like the stars
  • Origin: Arabic
  • Variation: Fatimah

6. Gabriella

  • Meaning: Strength of God
  • Origin: Italian, Hebrew
  • Variation: Gabriela, Gabriele, Gabriel, Gabby

7. Haisley

  • Meaning: The hazel tree
  • Origin: Old English
  • Variation: Hazel

8. Juliane

  • Meaning: Youthful, sky father
  • Origin: German
  • Variation: Julianne

9. Keeva

  • Meaning: Beautiful, kind, gentle, dear, noble
  • Origin: Irish
  • Variation: Anglicized spelling of Caoimhe, the masculine forms are Caoimhín or Kevin

10. Lillian

  • Meaning: Lily
  • Origin: Latin, French
  • Variation: Lilian, Lilliann, Lilliana, Lilliane

11. Meghan

  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Origin: Greek, Welsh
  • Variation: Margaret (a saint’s name)

12. Nova

  • Meaning: New, also used to name a star
  • Origin: Latin

13. Oakley

  • Meaning: Oak wood or cleaning, oak-tree field
  • Origin: English
  • Variation: Unisex name

14. Penelope

  • Meaning: Weaver
  • Origin: Greek

15. Raelynn

  • Meaning: Beautiful lamb, embrace, angelic
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Variation: Raelyn (advisor and protector)

16. Rylee

  • Meaning: Courageous
  • Origin: Irish
  • Variation: Riley

17. Sara

  • Meaning: Happiness, music, purity, soul
  • Origin: English
  • Variation: Sarah

18. Skylar

  • Meaning: Noble scholar
  • Origin: English
  • Variation: Schuyler, Skyler, Skyllar

19. Vivienne

  • Meaning: Life
  • Origin: French
  • Variation: Vivian

20. Zoey

  • Meaning: Life
  • Origin: Greek
  • Variation: Zoe (the Greek Jewish translation of Eve)

 

What Is A Badass Girl Name?

Top 20 Badass Girl Names And Their Meaning

1. Adelheid

  • Meaning: Noble, nobility 
  • Origin: Dutch, German
  • Variation: Adelaide, Adelaide, Adelina, Heide, Heidi

2. Adira

  • Meaning: Noble, strong, powerful
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Variation: Masculine form Adir

3. Aella

  • Origin: Greek

4. Aloisa

  • Meaning: Renowned warrior
  • Origin: German
  • Variation: Louisa, Eloise

5. Alvara

  • Meaning: Elf warrior
  • Origin: Italian, Old English

6. Amira

  • Meaning: Ruling princess
  • Origin: Arabic
  • Variation: Emira, Ameera, Amirah

7. Freya

  • Meaning: Noble lady, the Norse goddess of beauty, love, and fertility
  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Variation: Freyja and masculine forms Frey or Freyr

8. Harriet

  • Meaning: Home ruler
  • Origin: German, French
  • Variation: Henriette, masculine form Henry

9. Jarah

  • Meaning: Boldness and bravery (Arabic), God gives sweetness, honey (Hebrew)
  • Origin: Arabic, Hebrew
  • Variation: Used as a surname in Iran, Egypt, and Iraq

10. Juno

  • Meaning: Queen of heaven
  • Origin: Latin, Roman
  • Variation: Jupiter

11. Kendra

  • Meaning: Greatest champion
  • Origin: Welsh, English
  • Variation: Kendrick

12. Lula

  • Meaning: Famous warrior
  • Origin: German
  • Variation: Louise, Luella

13. Merida

  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Origin: Spanish
  • Description: A badass Disney princess who stays true to herself, speaks her mind,  and learns from her mistakes.

14. Nadia

  • Meaning: Hope
  • Origin: Slavic, Armenian, Arabic, Persian, Latin, Greek
  • Variation: Nadja, Nadya, Nadine, Nadiya, and Nadiia
  • Description: Popularized by Nadia Murad, who fought for women and to end sexual violence as a weapon of war, which made her the first Iraqi woman to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. (2)

15. Samara

  • Meaning: Guardian, protected by God
  • Origin: Hebrew, Arabic
  • Variation: Samaria, Samarie, Sammara

16. Titania

  • Meaning: Giant, great one
  • Origin: Greek

17. Valeria

  • Meaning: Strong, brave, healthy
  • Origin: Italian
  • Variation: Valéria

18. Valerie

  • Meaning: Strong, healthy
  • Origin: French
  • Variation: Valeria

19. Velora

  • Meaning: Strong, healthy
  • Origin: Latin
  • Variation: Valentina, Valentine

20. Zondra

  • Meaning: Defender of men
  • Origin: Spanish, Greek
  • Variation: Alexandra, Sondra, Zandra

 

Which Name Is Best For Girl?

Top 20 Best Girl Names And Their Meaning

1. Alina

  • Meaning: Bright, beautiful, noble  
  • Origin: Russian, Arabic
  • Variation: Alena, Alya, Adelina, Albina, Helen

2. Anthea

  • Meaning: Goddess of flowers and floral wreaths, a symbol of spring
  • Origin: Greek
  • Variation: Another name for the Greek goddess Hera

3. Ariadne

  • Meaning: Most holy
  • Origin: Greek
  • Variation: Ariana

4. Aya

  • Meaning: Colorful
  • Origin: Japanese
  • Variation: Maya, Kaia, or Isla

5. Celeste

  • Meaning: Sky, heaven, heavenly
  • Origin: Latin
  • Variation: Celestine

6. Emi

  • Meaning: Beautiful smile
  • Origin: Japanese
  • Variation: Emy, Emmie

7. Hana

  • Meaning: Flower, blossom
  • Origin: Japanese
  • Variation: Hannah

8. Hermione

  • Meaning: Messenger, earthly
  • Origin: Greek
  • Variation: Masculine form: Hermes

9. Irina

  • Meaning: Peace, peaceful
  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Variation: Irene, Irena, Irisha, Irin, Ira, Arisha, Atina

10. Iris 

  • Meaning: Goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods
  • Origin: Greek
  • Variation: Irie

11. Katya 

  • Meaning: Pure, perfect
  • Origin: Russian
  • Variation: Katiya, Katia, Katyusha, Ekaterina

12. Lada

  • Meaning: Goddess of beauty
  • Origin: Russian
  • Variation: Vladislava, Vladimira

13. Lia

  • Meaning: Bearer of good news 
  • Origin: Greek
  • Variation: Leah, Lea, Lya, Leia

14. Madeleine

  • Meaning: A woman from Magdala or high tower
  • Origin: Greek, English
  • Variation: Madeline, Madelyn 

15. Mayumi

  • Meaning: Elegant, bow or truth, reason, beautiful, modest
  • Origin: Japanese, Filipino
  • Variation: Yumi (modesty in Filipino)

16. Mila

  • Meaning: Loved by the people, gracious, dear one
  • Origin: Russian
  • Variation: Ludmila, Milena, Milica, Mela

17. Raisa

  • Meaning: Easygoing, rose
  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Variation: Raissa, Risa

18. Selene

  • Meaning: Goddess of the Moon, moon
  • Origin: Greek
  • Variation: Luna (Latin)

19. Sonya

  • Meaning: Wisdom
  • Origin: Russian
  • Variation: Soniyah, Sonyah, Sonjah, Sophia

20. Yana

  • Meaning: God is gracious, a gift from God
  • Origin: Russian, Hebrew
  • Variation: Jana

 

What Is An Edgy Name For A Girl?

Top 20 Edgy Girl Names And Their Meaning

1. Ailey

  • Origin: Irish 
  • Variation: Aileen, Hailey

2. Amoli

  • Meaning: Precious, priceless
  • Origin: Indian

3. Ariadna

  • Meaning: Most holy
  • Origin: Spanish, Russian, Greek, Polish
  • Variation:  Ariadne

4. Brielle

  • Meaning: Hunting grounds
  • Origin: French

5. Clio

  • Meaning: Glory, muse of history
  • Origin: Greek

6. Dasom

  • Meaning: Love
  • Origin: Korean
  • Variation: Sarang, Aera (other Korean words for love)

7. Eos

  • Meaning: Titan goddess of dawn, nightingale
  • Origin: Greek

8. Evva

  • Meaning: Life
  • Origin: Russian
  • Variation: Eva, Eve

9. Fia

  • Meaning: Wild, weaver 
  • Origin: Irish

10. Jazz/Jazzy

  • Meaning: Type of music, energetic, lively, exciting
  • Origin: American
  • Variation: Short for Jasmine

11. Moira

  • Meaning: Fate, destiny
  • Origin: Irish
  • Variation: Moyra, Máire, Mary

12. Naila

  • Meaning: The attainer, the achiever, the successful one
  • Origin: Arabic
  • Variation: Na’ila

13. Noemi

  • Meaning: Pleasantness, loveliness, goodness
  • Origin: Italian, French, Hebrew
  • Variation: Naomi, Noemin

14. Roza

  • Meaning: Rose
  • Origin: Latin
  • Variation: Rosa, Rose

15. Teaghan

  • Meaning: Little poet or fair
  • Origin: Irish
  • Variation: Teagan

16. Vittoria

  • Meaning: Victory, triumphant
  • Origin: Latin, Italian
  • Variation: Victoria, Vicky, Vicki, Vikki, Tori

17. Zemirah

  • Meaning: Blessed and happy in life
  • Origin: Hebrew

18. Zhanna

  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Origin: Russian
  • Variation: Jane

19. Zoya

  • Meaning: Life, a gift from God
  • Origin: Russian, Greek
  • Variation: Zoe, Zoey

20. Zuri

  • Meaning: Beautiful
  • Origin: African

 

What Is The Most Attractive Name?

Top 20 Attractive Girl Names And Their Meaning

1. Althea

  • Meaning: Healer, wholesome
  • Origin: Greek
  • Variation: Althaea

2. Antonie

  • Meaning: Priceless, praiseworthy
  • Origin: English
  • Variation: Antoinette, Antonia

3. Aurora

  • Meaning: Dawn, luminous, dazzling, Roman goddess of morning
  • Origin: Latin, Italian
  • Variation: Aurore

4. Bernice

  • Meaning: She who brings victory
  • Origin: Greek

5. Camila

  • Meaning: Free-born, noble
  • Origin: Latin
  • Variation: Camilla, Camille

6. Edha

  • Meaning: Sacred, wealth, strength
  • Origin: Hindi

7. Elena

  • Meaning: Torch or light
  • Origin: Greek, Italian, Spanish
  • Variation: Ellen, Lena, Helen

8. Eliana

  • Meaning: Mercy, my God has answered
  • Origin: German, Hebrew
  • Variation: Elijah, Aeliana

9. Eloise

  • Meaning: Healthy
  • Origin: French
  • Variation: Eloisa

10. Felicie

  • Meaning: Good fortune, happy
  • Origin: German
  • Variation: Felicity

11. Ida

  • Meaning: Industrious, prosperous
  • Origin: German
  • Variation: Iida, Idella

12. Iskra

  • Meaning: Spark, sparkle
  • Origin: Slavic, Bulgarian

13. Kathleen

  • Meaning: Pure
  • Origin: Irish, Old French, Greek
  • Variation: Katherine, Kathryn, Kathrine

14. Klara

  • Meaning: Clear, bright
  • Origin: Russian, German, Hungarian
  • Variation: Clara, Claire, Clare

15. Liezel

  • Meaning: God is satisfaction, oath of God
  • Origin: German
  • Variation: Lizzy, Lizzie

16. Maureen

  • Meaning: Love, Beloved
  • Origin: Egyptian
  • Variation: Mairin, Mary, Maria, Mariam, Miriam

17. Mona

  • Meaning: Noble, aristocratic
  • Origin: Irish, Italian, Greek, Gaelic, Scottish
  • Variation: Moni, Simone

18. Nina

  • Meaning: Little girl, favor, grace
  • Origin: Spanish, Hebrew, Russian
  • Variation: Anne

19. Vera

  • Meaning: Faith
  • Origin: Russian
  • Variation: Viera

20. Zahra

  • Meaning: Bright, beautiful, shining, brilliant
  • Origin: Arabic
  • Variation: Zahrah, Zehra, Sahra, Zarya

 

What Are Cute Nicknames For A Girl?

  • Baby girl
  • Baby love
  • Bunny
  • Chubster
  • Cutie patootie
  • Dewdrop
  • Doll
  • Jelly belly
  • Kitten
  • Love
  • Mini-me
  • Peanut
  • Pretty
  • Princess
  • Shortie
  • Sleepyhead
  • Snuggler
  • Squishyface
  • Sunshine
  • Teddy Bear

 

What’s A Good Baby Girl Name Combination?

Top 20 First Name & Middle Name Combinations For Your Little Girl

1. Aubrey Jane

Trendy and traditional

2. Chloe Grace

Pretty and sweet all around

3. Chris Anne

Boyish and feminine at the same time

4. Faith Joelle

Biblical and contemporary in one

5. Fallyn Mae

Gender-neutral and girly combination

6. Fia Isabelle

Fairy tale-like name combo

7. Illaria Jae

Equal parts unique

8. Jaime Jillian

Versatile first name matched with a sweet-sounding second name

9. Jia Valeria

Brave and beautiful

10. Kendra Joy

Strong and happy

11. Kinsley Amalia

Modern and glamorous

12. Kris Angelica

Beautiful Christian name with a contemporary twist

13. Lauryn Rose

Stylish and classic

14. Layla Rain

Feminine and edgy

15. Libra Joan

If you want your little girl to be bold and different

16. Paisley Marie

Edgy yet simple

17. Sophia Louise

Smart and strong

18. Una Milena

Short and stylish paired with a feminine middle name

19. Vivienne Elizabeth

Highly glamorous and classy

20. Ximena Claire

Fierce and sweet

 

REFERENCES

(1) https://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/popularnames.cgi

(2) https://www.american.edu/sis/news/20211015-sis-welcomes-nobel-peace-prize-laureate-nadia-murad-for-virtual-event-october-19.cfm

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