100 Classic British Names for Girls

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Find the perfect British girl names for your beautiful little lady, including its meaning, origins, namesakes, and more!

There are so many beautiful, traditional, and elegant British girl names that it can be hard to choose the perfect one for your new little princess! But worry not, as we have created this list of gorgeous British female names for you to choose from, including an insight into their meanings, and lots of possible variations to choose from!


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100 Most Popular British Names for Girls

Keep reading to discover the perfect British girl name for your new little princess, and uncover all you need to know about some of the most popular British names for girls.

Alice

Alice is a popular and pretty name for a dreamy little girl. It will forever be associated with the sweet heroine from Lewis Carroll’s children’s novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, both beloved works of English literature. Alice is a strong name yet distinctly dainty and would be a perfect choice for your new little fairy.

  • Origin: English, Old French
  • Meaning: Noble
  • Variations: Alicia, Alys, Alissa
Pretty, Traditional

Amanda

The English girl name Amanda is derived from the Latin “amanda,” which translates to “loveable” or “one who is worthy of love.” There was a 5th-century bishop in Belgium and France named Amandus, but the feminine given name was first recorded in England in the 12th-century. A romantic and sophisticated name, Amanda is a popular choice and can be shortened to the fun-loving nicknames Mandy or Manda.

  • Origin: English, Latin
  • Meaning: Lovable, or worthy of love
  • Variations: Mandy
  • Namesakes: Amanda Seyfried, an American actress. Amanda Lear, a French singer, actress, and novelist. Saint Amandus, a 5th-century bishop.
Fun, Sweet, Popular

Amber

The rich, honey-colored amber commonly found in jewelry is made from fossilized tree sap, or resin, set into a beautiful, jewel-type substance. Its beauty and symbolic qualities have propelled Amber into a popular gem of a feminine name, popular throughout English-speaking countries. Amber is a tough, confident-sounding name but with a golden-colored gleam to it, fiery but precious at the same time.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Amber
Pretty, Strong, Nature-inspired

Amelia

The pretty and feminine name Amelia is the English form of Amalia, taken from the Germanic word for work, “amal.” This industrious name has a beautiful and unique lilt to it and is often shortened to sweet nicknames, including Amy, Millie, or Lilly. As Amelia, the name sounds regal and charming, as though it would be found on a gleaming invite to a fairytale royal ball.

  • Origin: English, Germanic
  • Meaning: Industrious one
  • Variations: Amalia, Emilia
Sweet, Pretty

Annie

Annie is one of those lovely and timeless names which you can’t help but smile at the sound of. Originally a diminutive of names such as Anne, Anita, Angela, or Anastasia, this beautiful name just brings sweetness. The name Anne holds the meaning of “grace,” so Annie also carries this meaning, unless you choose to use it as a shortened version of another “An-” name. Of course, the musical “Annie” is certain to bring sunshine and happiness, but perhaps skip the track titled “Little Girls”!

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Grace
  • Variations: Anne, Anna, Annette
  • Namesakes: Annie Lennox, a Scottish singer. Annie Potts, an American actress.
Sweet, Pretty

Ashley

Ashley is a popular and earthy name derived from Old English. The name’s comprising elements “ash” and “lea” are both beautifully nature-inspired, referring to both an ash tree and a lea, or meadow. For a more Irish-inspired variant on the name, you could always consider Aisling, whose first syllable is also pronounced like “ash.” Ashley is a rugged but cool, unisex name and was immensely popular, especially through the 1990s.

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: From the ash tree meadow
  • Variations: Asher, Ashleigh, Aisling
  • Popularity: Ashley is an immensely popular name in the US. As a girl name, it ranked in the top 10 most popular names from 1983 right through 2005, holding the top spot in 1991 and 1992. As a boy name, Ashley is less popular but did feature in the top 1000 US names between 1901 and 1994.
Nature-inspired, Popular, Cool

Audrey

An elegant name with an air of sophistication, Audrey is a beautiful choice for your daughter. With the powerful meaning of “noble strength,” Audrey has bounced back in popularity, despite temporarily losing its charm in the Middle Ages after its association with the negative, cheap word “tawdry.” Audrey Hepburn brought grace and femininity to the name, and we love its soft sound and pretty feel.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Noble strength
  • Variations: Audra
  • Namesakes: Saint Audrey, an Anglo-Saxon saint. Audrey Hepburn, a British actress and model. Audrey Meadows, an American actress.
Pretty, Strong

Autumn

Pumpkins, shades of burnt orange and deep reds, the smell of apples and cinnamon, thick wooly jumpers as the chill of the winter months start to sink in… there are so many cozy traditions associated with the fall, and the name Autumn encapsulates them all. Even if you choose this name for a daughter not born in the autumn, this strong, confident “A-” name is still pretty and noble enough to choose of its own accord anyway. Perhaps surprisingly, there are no spelling variations on this name, despite the silent “n” on the end of the original. Keep it traditional to the Latin “autumnus,” and choose Autumn for a warm and earthy name.

  • Origin: English, Latin
  • Meaning: Autumn, fall
  • Popularity: Autumn is a very popular name in the US and has spent all of the 2000s so far in the top 100 most popular girl names as of 2020.
Earthy, Nature-inspired, Pretty

Bailey

Bailey is a fun and friendly unisex given name, as well as a common surname too. The name is derived from the Old English term “bailiff,” which is the job title given to a debt collector or law enforcer. Bailey, however, sounds less harsh than its strict meaning, and we love this choice for a bubbly little girl.

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Bailiff
  • Variations: Bailee, Baylee
  • Popularity: Bailey is a very popular name in the US, having ranked comfortably within the top 200 girl names from 1992 through 2020. Its peak was in 1998, ranking as the 60th most popular name.
Strong, Sweet, Fun

Beatrix

Beatrix is the snazzier, more magical-looking cousin of the name Beatrice, having been derived from the Latin name Viatrix (meaning “voyager,) and the word “beatus” (meaning “blessed”). The spelling of Beatrix gives it a cheeky, sassy, “trickster” feel to it, although the name has been borne by so many saints and women of nobility that the name also holds a classy, pure, and honest aura. A wonderful namesake would be Beatrix Potter, an English children’s writer and illustrator who created the nationally beloved characters and stories from The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

  • Origin: English, Latin
  • Meaning: Blessed, voyager
  • Variations: Beatrice, Bea, Trixie
  • Namesakes: Beatrix Potter, an English author and illustrator. Saint Beatrix, a 2nd-century Christian martyr.
Pretty, Unique
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Bethany

Bethany is a stunning and ever-popular British name, despite its seemingly-random meaning of “house of figs.” In fact, the name refers to the biblical town of Bethany, located close to Jerusalem, where Lazarus lived in the New Testament. Bethany is also the English form of the Greek Bethania and can be shortened to Bethan, Betty, or the ever-adorable Beth.

  • Origin: British, Hebrew
  • Meaning: House of figs
  • Style: Pretty, Biblical
  • Variations: Bethania, Bethan

Billie

The feminine name Billie came from Wilhemina, which in turn, derived the masculine name William, to which Billy is a commonly-used nickname. Swapping the “-y” for an “-ie” has given the name a more girly feel whilst still being cool and powerful. With the meaning of “protector,” Billie is a no-mess, no-fuss, confident name whilst still sounding simple and sweet enough to coo over.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Protector
  • Namesakes: Billie Burke, an American actress. Billie Eilish, an American singer-songwriter. Billie Holiday, an American jazz singer.
Strong, Fun

Blake

Blake is an awesome given name for both boys and girls, as well as being a common surname. The works of the poet William Blake are known by many as a scholar, whilst the name itself sounds simultaneously sophisticated and cool. Amusingly, there are two meanings of Blake, both of which contrast each other by being total opposites. From Old English, Blake could either mean “fair” (from the nickname “blaac”) or “dark” (from the nickname “blac”). Show off every side to your brilliant daughter with this stunning name, as you can’t go wrong with Blake.

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Fair, or dark
  • Namesakes: William Blake, a Romantic-Era English poet and visionary. Blake Lively, an American actress.
Cool, Sweet

Briony

A fresh and earthy name, Briony makes a beautiful botanical choice for a pretty petal. The name is derived from the Bryonia plant, a lush, flowering, climbing plant from the same family as the gourd. As a name, Briony sounds airy and magical, as though you’d find her wandering curiously around an enchanted garden.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Named after the Bryonia plant
  • Variations: Bryony
Nature-inspired, Pretty

Britney

Britney is a cool and pretty name, absolutely perfect for a little Brit! This spelling is the British form of Brittany, a name given in reference to the Brittany region of France. You could argue that this varied spelling would mean that it can be given in reference to someone from Britain, which would be a lovely idea too! Sassy and stylish, Britney is a great choice of name for a daughter.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From Britain
  • Variations: Britta, Brittany
  • Namesakes: Britney Spears, an American singer.
Cool, Locational

Brooke

You’ve heard of a babbling brook, but how about a beautiful, babbling, baby Brooke? Brooke is a lovely and fresh name for a little girl, taken from the English word for a small stream running through the countryside. Playful and pretty, this pure-hearted name is certain to be adored by those who hear it. And, its simple, one-syllable pronunciation makes it unlikely to ever be shortened, altered, or mispronounced in any way. All in all, a beautiful name for a beautiful girl!

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Small stream
  • Popularity: Brooke is a popular name in the US and spent the period between 1990 and 2010 firmly in the top 100 most popular girl names.
Sweet, Nature-inspired, Pretty

Carol

Especially during the holiday season, the name Carol evokes warm, nostalgic memories of singing traditional Christmas songs with loved ones. For this reason, the pretty and traditional name Carol could be said to mean “hymn” or “song” and would be a beautiful choice to give a little girl born around the festive period. Alternatively, Carol was originally derived from the masculine name Charles via the Latin variant Carolus. From Charles, Carol carries the meaning of “free,” which is also a confident and positive sentiment to pass to your daughter via her name. If you like Carol but think it a bit dated, you could always consider variations such as Cara or Caroline, both equally as beautiful.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Hymn, song, or free
  • Variations: Caroline, Carole, Cara
Traditional, Pretty

Catherine

Catherine is a common English variant of the name Kathrine, taken from a Greek root meaning “pure.” There are many possible ways to spell this beloved name, but we think the use of the “C-” to begin with softens the name considerably, although you can style it up a bit by swapping the “-ine” ending to “-yn.” From Catherine stems names including Katrina, Katriona, and Carina, as well as the simple but classic nickname, Kate. There are so many foreign-language variations of this name to explore, but we think keeping it classic with the traditional English form is a certain winner.

  • Origin: English, French, Greek
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Variations: Kathryn, Katherine, Cate, Katrina
Traditional, Pretty, Strong

Charlotte

Charlotte is a feminine derivative from the masculine name Charles, via the French variation Charlot. Charlotte is a popular and classic girl name, sounding elegant in full but also easily shortened to the cute nicknames Charlie, Lottie, or Chaz. Great Britain currently has a Princess Charlotte, the young daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and there have been many royal women with the name throughout history before her. Strong, regal, and attractive, you simply can’t go wrong with a name like Charlotte.

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: Free
  • Variations: Charlie, Lottie, Carlotta
Pretty, Traditional, Regal

Chelsea

Chelsea is a pretty and sophisticated name for a girl, originally taken from the name of a district in London. London’s Chelsea took its name from an Old English term meaning “landing place for chalk,” which doesn’t really hold much sentiment in a baby name, but it’s interesting to note nonetheless. Soccer fans may appreciate the idea of naming their daughter after the Premier League’s Chelsea FC, or alternatively if you’re a big lover of fruity types of bread, you might like to use the currant-enriched Chelsea bun as a tasty namesake.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: A place name, or chalk landing place
Locational, Pretty
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Daisy

Daisies are the sweetest of summer flowers, and many lazy summer afternoons have been spent by children linking the flowers together to form daisy chains to wear as crowns. The name Daisy, therefore, evokes this feeling of joyful, summertime innocence and makes for a delightful choice for a sweet little girl. The name comes from an Old English term meaning “day’s eye,” thus giving us the derivation of Daisy. A popular name for a pretty flower, Daisy is truly beautiful.

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Day’s eye, or after the flower
  • Namesakes: Daisy Ridley, a British actress.
  • Popularity: Daisy is a very popular name in the US, having ranked within the top 200 baby girl names since 1990. Daisy peaked in popularity in the year 1900, ranking as the 81st most popular name.
Floral, Sweet, Nature-inspired

Darcy

Darcy is an adorable name for both boys and girls, modern-sounding yet traditional to Britain and France. Originally a surname, Darcy was derived from the French family name d’Arcy, which signified heritage from the Arcy region of France. Another possible interpretation of the name is to mean “dark one,” bringing a mysterious, alluring quality to the otherwise-cutesy name. Yet it is perhaps thanks to the handsome, romantic character of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy from Jane Austen’s classic English novel Pride and Prejudice which has set this name as a British favorite, particularly as a powerful masculine name but also as a literature-inspired name for a dreamy girl.

  • Origin: British, French, Irish
  • Meaning: Dark one, of from Arcy, France
  • Variations: Darcie, Darcey
Sweet, Fun, Locational

Dolly

Dolly is the sweetest of names for a little girl, with many fun namesakes in popular culture tied to its fun sound. Dolly Parton, of course, is the ever-popular country musician, but there is also the 1969 comedy musical titled Hello Dolly. The first mammal to be cloned was a sheep named Dolly (the famed “Dolly the Sheep”), and there’s a cute British candy confection called Dolly Mix, which are tiny, pastel-colored fondant cubes and cylinders mixed in with jelly tots. Dolly originated as a derivative from the name Dorothy, carrying with it the heavenly meaning of “Gift of God,” but it does work as a fun and sassy name on its own, too.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Variations: Dorothy, Dolores
  • Namesakes: Dolly Parton, an American country musician.
Fun, Sweet

Edith

Traditional and sweet, Edith makes a lovely choice for a British girl name. It is derived from the Old English “ead,” meaning “wealth” or “riches,” making this a valuable and strong name full of prosperity. Edith is a soft and gentle choice of name but can be made lively by shortening it to the sweet nickname Edie. For siblings, the names Ethel or Ethan would go particularly nicely with Edith, given their matching phonetic sounds.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Wealth, riches
  • Pronunciation: EE-dith
  • Variations: Edie, Edytha, Edit, Dittie
  • Namesakes: Edith Roosevelt, a former American first lady, wife of Theodore. Edith Piaf, a French singer.
Traditional, Sweet

Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a brilliantly popular name, and one which is strengthened by the long list of nobility, regality, saints, and biblical figures who have borne the name ever since the 1st-century. The name is British in origin but is derived from Hebrew. One of the popular qualities of the name Elizabeth is its ability to be shortened into a whole host of fun nicknames – including but not limited to Beth, Lizzie, Liza, Tibby, Libby, and Betty. Many names are in fact derived from Elizabeth as a base, and it makes the already-beautiful name a great basis for your little girl to stylize her own way. Elizabeth holds the heavenly and pure meaning of “God is my oath,” so would be especially significant for a religious or spiritual family.

  • Origin: British, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my oath
  • Variations: Elsbeth, Elisheva
  • Namesakes: Queen Elizabeth II, queen of the United Kingdom from 1926. Saint Elizabeth, a 1st-century saint and mother of John the Baptist. Elizabeth Olsen, an American actress.
  • Popularity: Elizabeth is a hugely popular name, having been firmly in the top 20 most popular girl names in the US since 1900. The highest it has reached on the rankings was at point 6.
Popular, Biblical, Strong

Ella

Ella is a name with many possible origins, but our favorite has to be its English interpretation, where it holds the meaning of “fairy maiden.” Magical, airy and sweet, what better way is there to describe your new little angel? As well as this, Ella is the Spanish feminine pronoun and is a character who features in Greek mythology. Ella may also be a shortened form of names such as Eleanor, Elaine, or Eloise, and a variation on names like Elle or Ellie.

  • Origin: English, Spanish, German
  • Meaning: Fairy maiden
  • Variations: Elle, Ellie
Short, Magical, Sweet

Ellis

Ellis is a stylish unisex name, which sounds confident and modern despite its traditional roots. Ellis may be derived from the masculine names Elias or Elisud, and the feminine version perhaps from Elizabeth. As a Welsh girl name, Ellis carries the honorable meaning of “benevolent,” a lovely quality we hope your little angel will live up to!

  • Origin: English, Welsh
  • Meaning: Benevolent
Cool, Short

Eloise

Eloise is a truly beautiful and pure-sounding feminine name, being a modern form of the Middle English Helewise, or the Old French Heloise. Eloise holds the gentle meaning of “healthy” and “whole.” Although the spelling and etymologies differ, Eloise is pronounced the same as Louise, but with the “ehl” sound tagged as the first syllable. The name’s unique spelling and letter combination gives Eloise more of an enchanting feel, yet sounding so familiar you can’t help but fall in love with it.

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: Healthy, whole
  • Pronunciation: ehl-o-eez
  • Variations: Heloise, Helewis
Pretty, Unique, Sweet

Emma

Emma is a lovely and traditional baby name, particularly popular in Great Britain. Short and sweet, Emma is derived from the Germanic “ermen,” which holds the impressive meaning of “whole” or “universal.” So, Emma would make an especially powerful name for a daughter who you view as your “whole universe”! The English classical novelist Jane Austen penned a famous novel named Emma, a delightful comedy of manners which is certain to amuse anyone bearing the titular name!

  • Origin: English, Germanic
  • Meaning: Whole, universal
  • Variations: Emily, Emmett
  • Namesakes: Emma of Normandy, a medieval Queen of England, Denmark, and Norway. Emma Thompson, a British actress and screenwriter. Emma Watson, a British actress and activist.
Popular, Short

Erin

If you’re hunting for a name to truly capture your daughter’s Irish roots, Erin would make a strong and fantastic choice. Derived from the Gaelic girl’s name Éire – the Irish name for Ireland – Erin holds the special and literal meaning of “from Ireland.” As well as this, Erin is soft, short, and sweet in nature and unique from other common given names. To ensure the luck of the Irish is ever running through your daughter’s veins, choose Erin to be her darling name.

  • Origin: British, Irish
  • Meaning: From Ireland
  • Variations: Eireann
Locational, Short, Pretty
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Eve

Despite being such a short name, Eve holds so much power, beauty, and wealth to it, perfectly represented in its all-encompassing meaning of “life.” Eve is derived from the Latin girl’s name Eva, which came from the Hebrew Chavah, stemming from many adorable variations, including Evie, Evette, or Evelyn. In Genesis, Eve was the first woman created by God in the glorious garden of Eden, making Eve a particularly spiritual and holy choice. Eve could be a cute choice for a baby born at sundown, or even on the day before a holiday or celebration, like Christmas.

  • Origin: English, Latin, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Life, living
  • Variations: Eva, Ava, Evie
Short, Pretty, Biblical

Faith

The name Faith was first made popular by the Puritans in the 17th-century, who used it as a “virtue name.” This basically means a name that directly expresses a conviction upon a child, in this case, the virtue of “faith,” in a parent’s wish that the child will grow up to embody and embrace that exact quality. If you hope your daughter will grow up to be especially faithful, or even if you just like the soft, gentle lisp of the name, Faith makes a beautiful choice for a daughter. Pretty, heavenly, and spiritual, Faith is a glorious name for a pure little girl.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Faith
Strong, Traditional

Faye

A magical name set to spark imagination and wonder, Faye is a brilliant choice for a curious child. The name comes from the Middle English word “faie,” meaning “fairy,” and the word “fae” is still used in this context today. Faye is an elegant spelling of the name and also the most commonly used, but you could always drop the “e” and just go with Fay if you prefer. Either way, Faye is a feminine, airy, and beautifully mystical name for your little fairy!

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Fairy
Magical, Short, Pretty

Felicity

If you are searching for a name full of so much joy that it almost encapsulates the elation you feel when looking at your baby girl, Felicity might be the name for you. In English, “felicity” is a noun meaning “happiness,” derived from the Latin “felicitas,” which also means “good luck.” Both are brilliantly positive sentiments to hold in a name, and Felicity is a feminine and bouncy name at that.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Happiness, or good luck
  • Namesakes: Saint Felicity of Rome, a 2nd-century Christian saint. Felicity Jones, an English actress. Felicity Huffman, an American actress.
Sweet, Fun

Flora

Pretty, floral, and traditional, you can’t go wrong with the name Flora. Of Scottish origin from the Latin for “flower,” Flora is sweetly rustic and airy. Although most British people would associate Flora as the name of a spreadable butter company, you can always correct them by referring to Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, who sounds much more attractive and mysterious!

  • Origin: Scottish, Latin
  • Meaning: Flower
  • Variations: Fleur, Florence, Florrie
Floral, Nature-inspired, Pretty

Gemma

Gemma is a shining jewel of a name for a little girl, taken from Italian roots. The word “gem” has been adopted into the English language, meaning “precious stone,” encompassing all the shiny, awe-inspiring, and magical stones one would find embedded in jewelry. Gemma is a popular and stylish name for a gem of a woman, gleaming with a pure shine only associated with the best!

  • Origin: Italian, English, Latin
  • Meaning: Gem, precious stone
Strong, Pretty

Georgia

Georgia is the name of both a country nestled between Europe and Asia and a southeastern state in the USA, but Georgia is also a popular name for cool little girls. Georgia is the feminine version of George, whose etymology lies within the Greek language but has been adopted as a British name. With the meaning of “farmer,” Georgia is earthy and honorable whilst maintaining a regal quality thanks to the line of King Georges who have ruled Britain throughout history.

  • Origin: British, Greek
  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Pronunciation: jor-ja
  • Variations: Georgie, Georgette, Jorja
  • Namesakes: Georgia O’Keeffe, an American artist.
  • Popularity: In the US, the name Georgia was at its most popular in the early 1900s, ranking within the top 100 names and peaking at rank 87 in the year 1900. It remained in the top 200 until the 1950s and has recently reentered in 2020.
Pretty, Fun, Regal

Grace

Grace is a magical virtue name, blessed upon little girls expected to grow up to be graceful, elegant, and charming young women. A popular word name, Grace is short but powerful, and attractive yet sentimental. The word “grace” comes from the Latin “gratia,” and its soft, delicate spelling makes it perfect to be used as a given name. In Greek mythology, a Grace is one of a group of goddesses representing beauty, charm, nature, and joy, which brings another level of pure, magical spirit to the adorable name.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Grace, gracious
  • Variations: Gracey
  • Namesakes: Grace Kelly, an American actress.
Pretty, Short

Hailey

Hailey is a very popular modern name in the US, with so many different variations in spelling to choose from! The name is derived from the Old English elements “heg” and “leah,” meaning “hay” and “meadow,” respectively. This meaning of “hay meadow” gives Hailey a sense of freedom and airiness, ready for exploration and running wild. Haley is an English surname from this same root, although perhaps lesser-heard than the feminine given name.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Hay meadow
  • Variations: Hailee, Halle, Haylee
  • Namesakes: Hayley Mills, an English actress. Hailee Steinfeld, an American actress. Hailey Bieber, an American model.
  • Popularity: In the US, Hailey became a very popular name in the early 2000s, peaking as the 19th most popular name in 2010 and remaining in the top 100 names from 1996 through 2020.
Fun, Popular, Nature-inspired

Hannah

Hannah is a timelessly classic name, as sweet as it is popular. The name is derived from the Hebrew girl’s name Channah, holding the perfectly pure meaning of “grace.” The fact that Hannah is a palindrome makes the name even cooler, and it is hard not to adore its friendly, familiar, and gentle charm.

  • Origin: English, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Grace
Popular, Pretty, Sweet
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Harriet

Harriet is an English girl’s name, derived from the same root as the masculine names Harry or Henry, via the French Henriette. A stylish name full of class, Harriet is experiencing a bit of a lull in popularity in the US, but we’re confident it’ll make a reappearance. With the strong meaning of “ruler of the home,” Harriet is a great choice for your new center of attention!

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Ruler of the home
  • Variations: Harrieth, Henriette
  • Namesakes: Harriet Tubman, an American abolitionist and activist. Harriet Beecher Stowe, an American author and abolitionist.
  • Popularity: Harriet was a very popular name in the US throughout the early-mid 1900s but dropped out of the top 1000 in 1970. It did briefly make a reappearance at rank 985 in 2019, so maybe the name is going to come back in style?
Pretty, Fun, Strong

Hazel

Hazel is a gorgeous name, taken from the title of the majestic hazel tree commonly found in Great Britain. Not only do these plants bear the delicious hazelnuts, which taste especially glorious when mixed with chocolate, but they are also considered to be symbolic of wisdom and magical knowledge. As well as this, hazel is seen as being an especially attractive hair or eye color, and the name itself sounds dreamy and adventurous.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Hazel, of the hazel tree
Nature-inspired, Earthy, Pretty

Hermione

Although the origin of the feminine name Hermione is rooted in Greek, the modern literary usage of the name has deemed it honorably British and a great choice for any little girl. Hermione is derived from the Greek name Hermes, given to the mythological messenger of the gods. In Brit Lit, Hermione was a character in Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale, but was perhaps most famously a leading character in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series of novels. From Potter, Hermione gained respect as a smart, magical, and iconic name, perfect for a little role model in the making.

  • Origin: Greek, British
  • Meaning: Messenger
  • Pronunciation: her-my-on-ee
Pretty, Magical

Holly

Hearing the name Holly just makes us think of cozy festive greenery and the catchy tune of Burl Ive’s song “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.” Holly is frequently used as a name given to December babies, thanks to its festive connotations and symbolism during that time of the year. However, even for a baby not born during the winter months, Holly is a pretty, botanical name with a soft pronunciation and happy sentiment.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Holly tree
  • Namesakes: Holly Willoughby, a British television presenter. Holly Golightly, the fictional heroine in Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Nature-inspired, Sweet, Pretty

Honey

Although Honey is most commonly heard as an affectionate pet name, it also works as a rare-but-recognizable given name for your little girl. Sticky-sweet and full of sunshine, Honey is a bright name just dripping with positivity and love. A word name, “honey” is derived from the Old English word “hunig,” although that might be less attractive to use as a name. A brilliant namesake we’d love would be HoneyName.com, the website which matched you up with this perfect name!

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Honey
  • Popularity: Honey has never ranked within the top 1000 most popular baby names in the US, making it a rarer choice.
Sweet, Pretty

Imogen

As well as being a pretty, feminine name, the speculated origins behind Imogen are so interesting that we can’t help but admire its unique backstory. It is said that the name Imogen was coined by William Shakespeare – but perhaps by accident! Shakespeare’s play Cymbeline features a character named Imogen, although many believe it is most likely the case that the character should have been named Innogen, an Irish girl name derived from the word “inghean,” meaning “maiden” or “girl.” If this was true, the “m” would have been a misprint! Even so, Imogen has evolved into a popular and stylish girl name and is said to still carry that soft meaning of “maiden.”

  • Origin: English, Irish
  • Meaning: Maiden, girl
  • Variations: Innogen, Immy
Pretty, Sweet

Isla

Isla is a gorgeous and adventurous name for a little girl, derived from the Scottish “Islay,” being a name of an island off Scotland. Isla is a rugged and charmingly popular name in Britain, with soft undertones and a gentle pronunciation. Although the “s” is silent in the pronunciation of the name, “isla” is also the Spanish word for “island,” pronounced slightly more literally.

  • Origin: Scottish, British
  • Meaning: Island
  • Pronunciation: EYE-la
  • Variations: Ila, Islay
Pretty, Nature-inspired, Sweet

Isobel

There are many different variations of Isabelle, but Isobel is the lovely, pure, Scottish form of the name. Isobel comes from the same root as Elizabeth, carrying the heavenly and honest meaning of “God is my oath.” Despite the more earthy “o” spelling, Isobel is pronounced the same as Isabel/Isabelle, and can still be shortened to the fizzy nickname Izzy.

  • Origin: Scottish, British
  • Meaning: God is my oath
  • Variations: Isabelle, Isabella, Elisabeth
Cute, Strong

Ivy

A beautifully luscious botanical name, Ivy is a brilliant choice for a sweet little girl. The name is derived from the ivy plant, whose distinctive leaves are recognized as being a symbol of fidelity and eternal life. The word “ivy” comes from the Old English “ifig” and the plant is also known as “hedera.” Of each of these, Ivy makes for the prettiest feminine name and would be particularly beautiful for a dreamy, outdoorsy daughter.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Ivy, vine
Nature-inspired, Short

Jade

The name Jade comes from the ornamental, semi-precious gemstone jade, which is most frequently pale but rich shade of green in color and is believed to hold positive qualities in regards to healing and wellbeing. Jade is said to bring balance and harmony and is popularly used in the practice of feng shui in the home, as well as in jewelry and small carvings. As a given name, Jade reflects all of these positive and bright qualities and makes for a wonderfully pure and gentle spirit for a woman to hold.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Jadestone
  • Variations: Jayde, Jada, Jaden
  • Namesakes: Jade Thirlwall, an English singer. Jada Pinkett Smith, an American actress.
Pretty, Earthy
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Jane

Far from being plain, Jane is a traditional and timelessly elegant name for a strong woman. Jane holds the heavenly meaning of “God is gracious,” having been derived in Medieval English from the same root as the masculine name John. There have been countless figures throughout history bearing this name, in the British monarchy, in literature, in science, and more. Jane can be varied in style slightly by elongating it to names such as Janet or Janey, but even simply changing the spelling to Jayne adds a fresh, modern twist on the classic.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations: Joan, Janey, Janette, Janet
  • Namesakes: Jane Austen, a classical British novelist. Lady Jane Grey, a former Queen of England. Jane Fonda, an American actress.
Traditional, Short, Strong

Janette

Janette – also commonly spelled Jeanette – is a pretty variation on the names Jane or Jean. The addition of the suffix “-ette” gives the name even more of a feminine feel whilst also giving the cute possibility of the nickname Netty. Janette is elegant and timeless and a name that would suit your daughter as she grows from a sweet baby into a strong woman.

  • Origin: English, Scottish
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations: Jane, Janet, Jeanne
  • Namesakes: Jeanette Winterson, a British novelist. Jeanette Granberg, a Swedish playwright. Jeanette MacDonald, an American actress and singer.
Pretty, Fun

Jasmine

Jasmine is a beautiful name for a precious little girl, with its enchanting undertones and pretty floral meaning. As well as being the name of the princess in Disney’s Aladdin, jasmine is also a flowering plant. The delicate white flowers are said to symbolize love and respect and may also be seen as a luck-bringing “gift from God.” The word “jasmine” is Persian in origin, having derived from Yasmin, which is also a charming feminine name to consider.

  • Origin: English, Persian
  • Meaning: Jasmine flower
  • Variations: Yasmin, Jasmina
Floral, Pretty

Jessica

Jessica is a fun and flirty name, ever-popular and fun to see. Shakespeare included a character named Jessica in his play The Merchant of Venice, and it is said that this is the oldest written record of the name. Since then, it has shot to prominence, and with the heavenly meaning of “god beholds,” we highly doubt it will ever fall out of style.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: God beholds, or foresighted
  • Namesakes: Jessica Chastain, an American actress.
  • Popularity: Jessica was at its most popular in the US during the 1980s and 1990s, where it stayed firmly in the top two most popular girl names. Jessica is a very popular name and has been in the top 500 names in the US since the mid-1940s.
Popular, Pretty, Fun

Kate

Kate is a traditional and popular name of British origin, carrying the gentle and honorable meaning of “pure.” Although Kate is a great independent name, it is also widely used as a nickname for names such as Katherine, Katrina, Caitlin, or Katarina. Kate is simple in spelling and pronunciation but still packs a punch, and we love the undeniable friendliness of this sweet name.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Pure
  • Variations: Katie, Katrina, Katherine
  • Namesakes: Kate Winslet, an English actress. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, also known as Kate. Kate Millett, an American feminist writer and activist.
Short, Popular, Cool

Kimberley

Kimberley is a stylish and confident name, although it will more than likely be quickly shortened down to Kim by those she meets. There is a civil parish in Norfolk, England named Kimberley, and the first Earl of this village also lent the name to a South African town and a region in Australia. Hitting all those spots would be a pretty cool vacation plan for you and Kim to do together when she gets older! We love this fresh and sassy name for a little girl.

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Woodland clearing of the royal fortress
Locational, Sweet

Lake

The name Lake is taken directly from the English word meaning an inland area of water. An uncommon but undeniably stylish name, Lake carries all the tranquility, adventure, and beauty of a day outdoors. Lake is short and sweet and has the potential to hold a particularly significant meaning if you choose it in honor of a particular lake in your hometown.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Lake
  • Variations: Laken
Nature-inspired, Short, Cool

Laney

Laney is a fun and rustic choice of name for a little girl. Carrying the wholesome meaning of “beautiful, bright, shining,” Laney is simply radiant and ready for fun. Laney originated as a diminutive of Elaine but is softened by the “-ey” ending, plus its unique and playful lit.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Beautiful, bright, shining
Pretty, Fun, Sweet

Lennon

If you are planning on raising your new daughter in classic British music, Lennon is sure to be an awesome name to give her. Of course, this is in relation to John Lennon from The Beatles – as cool and British as you can get! Lennon started out as an Irish surname meaning “lover” and would make for a great middle name, too, if you’d rather not hold it as your daughter’s given name.

  • Origin: Irish, British
  • Meaning: Lover
  • Namesakes: John Lennon, an English musician and founding member of The Beatles.
Cool, Fun

Libby

Libby is a soft and sweet name, beautiful for a gentle girl. It is actually derived from the name Elizabeth, carrying the meaning of “God is my oath.” We know that Elizabeth can be shortened into multiple sweet nicknames (Lizzie, Ellie, Betty included,) but Libby is one that has taken firm root as a given name of its own accord. Whether Libby originated as a lisp or mispronunciation of Elizabeth, we may never know, but this is a beautiful and fun name for your daughter even so.

  • Origin: English, Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my oath
  • Variations: Elizabeth
Sweet, Pretty, Fun
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Lily

A distinctly floral and popular name, Lily makes a wonderful choice for your pretty little girl. The name is, of course, derived from the species of herbaceous flowers, commonly believed to symbolize purity and virtue. Although Lily is perfect as a name on its own, it could also be used as a shortened form of names such as Lilith, Lillian, or Liliana. Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan chose to name their daughter Lilibet, as a cute variation on Elizabeth, showing that Lily could really be used to sweeten any name you choose!

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Lily flower
  • Variations: Lilith, Lillie, Lillian, Liliana
  • Namesakes: Lily James, an English actress. Lily Allen, an English singer-songwriter.
Nature-inspired, Floral, Sweet

Lottie

Derived from Charlotte, Lottie is a delightful and fun nickname-turned-given-name that is perfect for a happy little girl. Charlotte is derived from the French name Charles, which holds the meaning of “free man,” which can be carried over to Lottie, too. Names which end in “-ie” are always popular for their girly, whimsical feel, and Lottie manages to sound both elegant and playful at the same time.

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: Free
  • Variations: Charlotte, Lotte
Sweet, Fun

Lucy

Lucy is a pretty and feminine given name, derived from the Latin masculine name Lucius. With the radiant meaning of “light,” Lucy is a great choice for the newest little sunbeam in your life, whose smile is sure to brighten up the room. There are many variations on Lucy which you could consider too, including Lucinda, Lucia, Lucille, or Lucette – all with different styles but the same sweet basis.

  • Origin: English, Latin
  • Meaning: Light
  • Variations: Lucia, Lucille, Luca, Lucette
  • Namesakes: Lucy Liu, an American actress. Lucille Ball, an American actress and comedian. Saint Lucy, a Christian saint.
Short, Sweet

Mabel

Mabel is a sweet, traditional name, derived in English from the Latin “amabilis,” meaning “loveable.” This adorable meaning just makes Mabel even more beloved, although you could opt for Amabel to keep the name even more true to its origins. Maybelle is a feminine and modernized variation on Mabel’s spelling, which provides the opportunity for the sweet, girly nicknames May or Belle.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Loveable
  • Variations: Amabel, Maybelle
Sweet, Fun

Mae

For a baby girl born in the month of May, Mae is an especially sweet choice of name. Its unique spelling adds a unique spin on the month but still brings that springtime charm of her birthday wherever she goes. Mae is also a rather varied name, which could be said to have derived from a range of other roots, as well as just the month. Mae could be a variation or nickname on Mary, holding biblical sentiment and the meaning of “wished-for child,” or perhaps from Margaret, which means “pearl.” Mae could also be linked with Maia, which was the name of a Roman goddess associated with growth and fertility. Whichever meaning you chose to interpret your little girl’s name, Mae is a delightful, short, and cute name to give her.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the month of May
  • Variations: May, Maia, Maya
  • Namesakes: Mae Martin, a Canadian comedian. Mae West, an American actress.
Short, Sweet

Maisie

Bright, cheerful, and spring-like, Maisie is a lovely name for a little girl. It is actually considered a Scottish girl’s name, having been used as a derivative of Margaret or Mairead in Scotland. From this root, Maisie carries the intriguing and pure meaning of “pearl,” offering the notion that Maisie shines from within. Names that sound similar to Maisie to consider would include Daisy or Macy, both of which are equally as sweet.

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Variations: Maisy, Margaret, Macy
  • Namesakes: Maisie Williams, an English actress.
Nature-inspired, Fun, Sweet

Marlowe

Marlowe is a sophisticated unisex given name, taken from the common surname perhaps best traditionally associated with Christopher – or Kit – Marlowe, an English playwright of the Elizabethan era said to have influenced William Shakespeare. Marlowe holds the watery meaning of “remnants of the lake,” taken from Old English. Despite its traditional undertones, Marlowe is cool and modern-sounding and would make a stylish choice for either a boy or a girl.

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Remnants of the lake
  • Variations: Marlo
  • Namesakes: Christopher Marlowe, an Elizabethan-era English playwright and poet.
Cool, Pretty

Matilda

Meaning “strong in battle,” Matilda is a feisty, raring, and powerful name for your new little warrior princess! Matilda is the English form of the Germanic Mahthildis and may also be spelled Mathilda for a bit of elegant charm. The name is most associated with the beloved children’s classic book Matilda, written by the British author Roald Dahl. From the tale of a clever little bookworm girl stemmed movie and musical adaptations, inspiring many young children to take up reading and stand up for themselves against negative forces.

  • Origin: English, Germanic
  • Meaning: Strong in battle
  • Variations: Mathilda, Tilly, Tilda
Strong, Sweet

Megan

Megan is a Welsh variant on Margaret, which has grown to become a popular name in its own right. With the meaning of “pearl,” Megan is a valuable gem of a name whilst sounding earthy and homey at the same time. There are various ways to spell Megan, including with an added “h” as with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Meygan, or Meagan. Other, rarer, alternatives would also include Megha, Meggy, or even Megless if you wanted to mix the name style up a bit!

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Variations: Meghan, Megha
  • Namesakes: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. Megan Fox, an American actress. Meghan Trainor, an American singer-songwriter.
Pretty, Popular

Melody

A sing-song name for a musical little girl, Melody is the most tuneful of British names to consider. The word “melody” means “song” in English, having been originally derived from the Greek “melos.” It has a lovely ring to it, sounding almost enchanting in nature.

  • Origin: English, Greek
  • Meaning: Song, melodious
  • Variations: Melodie
Sweet, Pretty
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Mildred

Mildred is a traditional Anglo-Saxon name that holds the powerful yet pure meaning of “gentle strength.” Although the name is less common today than it was a century ago, it still holds that warming feeling of class and homeliness. Millie is the sweetest of nicknames derived from Mildred, which does sound much more modern.

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Gentle strength
Strong, Traditional

Nancy

Nancy is a sweet and pure name and one which ages well from being a cute baby to a graceful woman. Nancy was originally a variant form of Anne, carrying the honorable meaning of “grace.” Bookworms will appreciate the name in reference to Nancy Drew, the titular detective in a series of beloved mystery novels, as well as the caring character Nancy from Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

  • Origin: British
  • Meaning: Grace
Fun, Sweet

Olivia

Olivia is an English-language given name, taken from the Latin “oliva,” meaning “olive,” or “olive tree.” The name is so undeniably beautiful that it has been the single most popular name given to baby girls born in the UK for five consecutive years from 2015-2020 and counting! Incredibly, the masculine variant Oliver is also holding steady at the very top of the UK baby boy name charts, too! Don’t let the fact that the name is so commonly-used deter you from choosing it for your own daughter, though, as the name is quite rightly so beloved for its soft, botanical, and beautiful associations. Traditionally, the olive tree has been seen as a symbol of peace, thanks in part to the dove carrying the olive branch to Noah’s ark in the bible. Honesty, friendship, and purity are all sentiments associated with this beautiful tree, and each of these qualities reflects beautifully through the name Olivia.

  • Origin: Latin, British
  • Meaning: Olive, olive tree
  • Popularity: As of 2020, Olivia has been the most popular name given to little girls born in the UK and has been for five consecutive years.
Nature-inspired, Pretty, Popular

Pearl

Pearl makes for a pretty and intriguing name for a little girl, inspired by the beautiful and valuable gemstone found inside a mollusk. This meaning offers the name connotations of the sea and the notion that inside Pearl lies some beautiful magic waiting to be unleashed. The pearl is also the birthstone for June, making it a great name for a baby born in that month. Shiny, unique, and full of wonder, Pearl is a stunning name for your dreamy little girl.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Pearl
  • Variations: Perla
Nature-inspired, Pretty

Piper

Piper is a modern-sounding and musical name, with a spelling that’s both cool and sweet at the same time. Piper was originally an occupational name, meaning it was derived from a specific job role, in this case being a person who plays the pipes. It could be fun to think that Piper would grow up to play the pipes herself, but for now, we can agree that the name is playful and melodic. Piper can be shortened to the simply adorable Pip.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Piper, a person who plays the pipes
  • Namesakes: Piper Laurie, an American actress.
Pretty, Sweet, Fun

Pippa

Pippa is a fun and pretty British girl name, derived from the longer Philippa but equally usable independently. Pippa carries the meaning of “friend of horses” and is the feminine variant on Philip, so would be lovely if used in tribute to a Philip in the family.

  • Origin: British
  • Meaning: Friend of horses
  • Variations: Philippa, Piper
  • Namesakes: Pippa Middleton, an English socialite. Pippa Scott, an American actress.
Sweet, Fun

Polly

Joining the lineup of adorable “-olly” names is Polly, a soft and sweet choice for a little girl. Polly originated as a nickname for various names and may carry the meaning of “wished-for child” from Molly, another variation. The American novel Pollyanna is known for its delightful inspiration on how to be “glad,” and Polly Pockets are a nostalgic line of miniature doll toys and accessories many of us can associate with our youth.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Wished-for child
Sweet, Fun, Short

Poppy

Like all floral names, Poppy is a beautiful choice for a little girl. However, this choice, in particular, could hold special sentimental value, as the pretty red poppy flowers have long since been used as a symbol of remembrance, particularly for the military. The UK celebrates Remembrance Day as an annual memorial event each November 11, where the public wear poppy icons in honor of armed forces members who passed away in the line of duty. Poppy would be an especially significant choice of name for a baby girl born on that day. But, even if she isn’t born in November, Poppy is still a sweet, lively, and fun name for a bright and caring little girl, a truly delightful name indeed.

  • Origin: British
  • Meaning: Poppy flower
Floral, Nature-inspired, Fun

Presley

We can’t help falling in love with the adorable name Presley! A strong, earthy, and confident name for your Bossa Nova Baby, Presley holds the meaning of “forest clearing of the priest,” taken from the Old English “preost.” Suspicious minds may wonder whether you’ve chosen to name your teddy bear after Elvis Presley because who doesn’t have a burning love for the King of Rock and Roll himself? But that’s all right, as Presley will keep the steamroller blues away, and shake, rattle, and roll its way to being the best name you have ever heard. So, it’s now or never, choose Presley as the perfect name for your new little queen!

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Forest clearing of the priest
  • Pronunciation: PRESS-ley, PREZ-ley
  • Namesakes: Elvis Presley, an American singer.
Earthy, Cool

Primrose

Although the first syllable “prim” may give the name a rather prim-and-proper feeling, Primrose is a sweet floral name for a little girl. The English flower name “primrose” comes from the Latin “prima rosa,” meaning “first rose,” since the flowers typically bloom vibrantly early on in the springtime. As well as Prim, Primrose may also be shortened to the nickname Rosie, which is also gorgeously flowery and alluring.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: First rose, primrose
Floral, Pretty, Unique
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Riley

Riley is a stylish name that has really grown in popularity in recent years. Despite its cool, fresh, modern sound, Riley is actually derived from the Old Irish surname Ó Raghallaigh and is still heard as a surname today. With the strong meaning of “brave,” we hope the name evokes confidence and a sense of adventure to those who bear it!

  • Origin: Old English, Irish
  • Meaning: Brave
  • Variations: Ryleigh, Reilly
  • Popularity: In the US, Riley has been in the top 50 most popular names from 2008 through 2020, making it a modern hit!
Popular, Fun

River

If you like the name Brooke but want something with a bit more of a powerful gush to it, consider River for your little girl. Like its natural namesake, River sounds tranquil in part but also feisty, yet always with that sense of freedom and adventure that we associate with the running water. River is a unique name, unlikely to be shortened but never to be forgotten.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: River of water
Cool, Nature-inspired

Robyn

Robyn is a feminine variation in spelling on the unisex given name Robin, said to be of Germanic origin with the meaning of “famed, bright one.” As well as this, the name could be chosen using the inspiration of nature, after the sweet, red-breasted robins commonly seen throughout Britain. These cute little birds are particularly iconic around Christmastime, with the sight of a robin perched in the snow one of the most popular greeting card images. For this reason, Robyn may be a particularly festive name, but stunningly sweet throughout any time of the year.

  • Origin: Germanic, English
  • Meaning: Famed, bright one, or after the robin bird
  • Variations: Robin
Pretty, Animals, Sweet

Rosemary

Rosemary is a rather beautiful, botanical name for a little girl stemming from a pretty, flowering herb, regularly used when cooking meaty dishes. Alongside this meaning, Rosemary may also be interpreted as a combination of the popular girl names Rose and Mary. Rosemary sounds traditional and proper, but can always be shortened to the adorable nicknames Rosie or Marie for some added sweetness.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Rosemary plant
Nature-inspired, Traditional

Rosie

Nearly everyone cherishes roses for their touching sentiment, romantic allure, and sweet-smelling beauty. For this reason, Rosie is one of the most beloved of floral names, having taken the delicateness of a rose, and softened it even further with the cute suffix of “-ie.” If you like the stem of Rosie, you could always go shorter with Rose or Rosa, or elongate it to Rosalind or Rosaleen.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Rose
  • Variations: Rose, Rosalind, Roseigh
Sweet, Floral, Pretty

Ruby

Ruby is a name as precious as its namesake, the stunningly beautiful, deep red, traditional gemstone. The ruby is the birthstone for July, making Ruby a particularly meaningful choice for a little girl born during this summer month. The deep red of the gemstone commonly used in jewelry making evokes inspirations of luxury, allure, and passion, making Ruby an especially confident name for a classy little woman.

  • Origin: Latin, English
  • Meaning: Ruby
Pretty, Regal

Sabrina

Sabrina is a name that truly sparkles with magical connotations. Not only is Sabrina the name of a famed, fictional, Teenage Witch, but the name itself is also said to have been borne by a legendary Celtic princess. Sabrina is pretty and feminine, and if you have family links to Wales, Sabrina may be especially sentimental for you. This is because Sabrina may be a form of Habren, which is the traditional Welsh name for the River Severn, which runs as the longest river in Great Britain, right through Wales. Even if you’re not of Welsh heritage, Sabrina sounds mystical and regal, with a charm so enchanting it has certainly got us under its spell.

  • Origin: British
  • Meaning: Unknown
Pretty, Magical, Locational

Scarlett

Scarlett brings all the fire, heat, and passion of a deep, luxurious shade of red. Hues of deep red are said to symbolize courage and romance, as well as being bold enough to stand out from the crowd. If you love the idea of this for your daughter, Scarlett is a great pick.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Scarlet red
Pretty, Strong

Sidney

Sidney started out as a surname but has evolved into a fun and sweet unisex name. It is said to be derived from the Old English elements “sid” and “ieg,” giving it the meaning of “wide, watered land.” Sydney, of course, is also an iconic city in Australia, certainly a place to travel to with your daughter. If you like Sidney but want to mix it up and give her a name a bit more unique and sassy, you could always try spelling it Cydnee. Just don’t expect people to catch on to this spelling quickly!

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Wide watered land
  • Variations: Sydney, Sid
Fun, Sweet

Skye

Dreamy and everlasting, Skye is a gorgeous name for a little girl. Sky would make a great word name for a daughter, bringing all the wonder of the skies overhead. But, if you spell it Skye, you also bring Scottish origin into the mix, named after the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Even if this location doesn’t hold sentimental value to you and your family, everyone can relate to the beauty and awe felt when we gaze up at the stars, into the infinite sky above us. Doesn’t that make Skye the most stunning name? We think so.

  • Origin: English, Scottish
  • Meaning: Sky, or from the Isle of Skye
  • Variations: Sky
Nature-inspired, Locational, Pretty
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Sophia

Sophia is one of the most popular names for baby girls born in the UK, despite not technically being a British name itself! Sophia is actually rooted in Greek, stemming from the meaning of “wisdom.” Wisdom and knowledge are qualities every parent would love to bestow upon their child, and with a name as pretty as Sophia, this seems like the perfect choice for your new little princess. Sophie is an equally attractive choice, and you can also switch the “ph” spelling to the European-inspired Sofia for some added charm.

  • Origin: Greek, British
  • Meaning: Wisdom
  • Variations: Sofia, Sophie
  • Popularity: Sophia is a hugely popular name in the UK, having ranked highly in the top 10 baby name charts throughout the 2010s.
Popular, Pretty

Summer

If the warmest season of the year brings you feelings of joy, possibility, freedom, and adventure, you should definitely consider the name for your beautiful baby girl. Even if she wasn’t born during the summer months, Summer holds connotations of eternal sunshine and playful happiness, which will radiate from her all through the year.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Summer
Fun, Pretty, Nature-inspired

Tamsin

Tamsin is an awesome name for a little girl, being the shortened form of Thomasina, derived from the masculine Thomas. This root holds the cute meaning of “twin,” making Tamsin a great choice to name your newborn twins… or one of them, at least! From Tamsin comes the fun-loving nickname Tammy, and you could even spell it Tamzyn for some extra pizzazz.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Twin
  • Variations: Thomasin, Tammy
Cool, Pretty

Tiffany

Tiffany is a cool and heavenly choice of name for a woman. It is the English form of the Greek Theophania, traditionally given to children born on the day of Epiphany. “Tiffany” sounds amusingly similar to “epiphany,” making the meaning particularly pointed in reference to a miraculous visage or manifestation of God. Tiff is an ever-sweet nickname, and the link to the classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s is certain to be a talking point.

  • Origin: English, Greek
  • Meaning: Epiphany, appearance of God
  • Namesakes: Tiffany Haddish, an American comedian and actress.
Sweet, Fun

Tilly

This adorable name began as a nickname for the English and Germanic name Matilda, but has grown to be an awesome independent name on its own. From Matilda, Tilly carries the powerful meaning of “strong in battle,” but this feistiness is sweetened down by Tilly’s soft lilt and sweet spelling. Plus, if you like Tilly so much, you could even opt to name your whole family with rhyming names, what with the cuteness of options such as Lily, Billie, Millie, and Jilly!

  • Origin: English, Germanic
  • Meaning: Strong in battle
  • Variations: Matilda, Tillie, Tilda
Strong, Sweet, Fun

Tracy

Tracy is a cool given name and surname, with a couple of possible roots from which it has stemmed into popularity today. There is a traditional Irish surname Tracey, taken from the word “treasach,” which holds the powerful and feisty meaning of “fighter.” Alternatively, Tracy may have been taken by the British from Norman family names, particularly from the Tracy-Bocage area in France. Either way, Tracy is fun, sassy, and simple, a smart name for a smart girl!

  • Origin: British, Irish
  • Meaning: Fighter
  • Variations: Traci, Tracey
Strong, Fun

Victoria

Victoria is a classically strong feminine name with regal connotations that makes a timelessly beloved choice for a daughter. Meaning “victory” in Latin, Victoria has become associated with many figures of power, including several European queens, princesses, and noblewomen. Queen Victoria famously ruled the United Kingdom from 1837-1901, lending her name to what is remembered as the “Victorian era” of Britain. Interestingly, there is also a Roman mythological figure named Victoria, the goddess of victory. As a name, Victoria is elegant and charming but can easily be shortened to the more casual nicknames Vicky, Tori, or Toria.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Victorious
  • Namesakes: Queen Victoria, the Queen of the United Kingdom from 1837-1901. Victoria Beckham, an English singer and fashion designer.
Regal, Strong

Wendy

Wendy is a curious, playful, and adorable name to consider for your little girl. The name has been made eternally popular thanks to the character Wendy Darling in J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, a magical tale of youth and adventure. Barrie actually took inspiration for the name after hearing a young girl mispronouncing her “r”s when trying to say the word “friendly,” thus instead coming out with “fwendy”! An adorable origin for the sweetest of names, Wendy sounds ready to soar away with fairies.

  • Origin: British
  • Meaning: Friendly
Sweet, Pretty

Whitney

Whitney is a strong, confident name for a little girl, perhaps best associated with Whitney Houston, the powerhouse American singer who graced us with hits such as “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “I Will Always Love You.” Also, Mount Whitney in California is known for being the highest mountain peak in the contiguous United States – truly a natural beauty to behold. As a given girl name, Whitney is fun and sweet, having originated from the parish of Whitney in Herefordshire, England.

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: White island
  • Namesakes: Whitney Houston, an American singer and actress.
  • Popularity: In the US, Whitney was at its most popular in the 1980s and 1990s, peaking as the 32nd most popular girl name in 1986 and 1987. It has stayed in the top 1000 names up until 2020.
Fun, Sweet

Willow

For a British girl name inspired by the beauty and majesty of the forest, you can’t get much more magical than Willow. The name comes from the stunning willow tree, whose luscious, green leaves droop down into a dome around its trunk, creating a cozy, protective, and playful tent in which to hide. Willows are also often associated with magic and mystery, having featured in various legends and tales of fantasy. For a hopeful, pure, and earthy name, Willow is an excellent choice to consider.

  • Origin: British
  • Meaning: Willow tree
  • Popularity: In the US, the girl name Willow has grown in popularity quite rapidly, having only entered the charts in 1998 at point 854, but peaking in 2019 at rank 45!
Nature-inspired, Pretty, Magical
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Madeleine Lily Webb

Madeleine is a writer from somewhere near Manchester, England. Madeleine's background in languages and linguistics has led to baby names becoming one of her favorite topics to write about. When she's not fallen down a rabbit hole of stories behind unique names, Madeleine can be found hanging out with her cat, taking photos of flowers, or dancing.
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