Beautiful, elegant girls names?

Hello,

We're looking for some girls names that are beautiful to hear/say and that sound elegant. We prefer names that aren't too popular- we both grew up with somewhat common names and we don't want our daughters to have to go by firstname lastinitial in their classes. Some names that we've liked but have decided against are Ariadne, Ottilie, and Evelina. We prefer a-ending names but it isn't required. We're almost ready to have our first child but have no names for her! And we plan on having a pretty big family- we both come from 4-5 sibling families and we really enjoyed that- so any amount of names you can suggest would be wonderful! :)

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By rooo
February 8, 2015 8:06 PM

Here are some ideas in a variety of styles. Hopefully you like some!

Jacqueline

Camille

Marilla

Chiara

Francesca

Amalia

Alessandra

Samara

Victoria

Gwendolyn

Maren

Anthea

Antoinette

Leona

Shoshanna

Audra

Odette

Zaida

 

 

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February 9, 2015 12:01 AM

Do you have ethnic flavors you prefer? Starting letters to avoid because of the surname making a dangerous initials combo? Any more info could help narrow it down.

I went to the NameFinder and asked for names that were sky-high on visitors' rankings for "Sophisticated" and "Smart;" excluded anything contemporary, invented, nicknme, or with a non-standard spelling; and finally insisted on an -a ending just to get the list down below 1500 so that NameFinder would give me the results!

Above, I should note, are many wonderful names, including personal loves Francesca (I knew a girl in high school who went by Cesca  "CHESS-kah"), Odette (99.9% because of "Swan Lake"), and Leona.

I offer:

Wilhelmina

Vivienne/Viviana

Philomena/Filomena

Paloma (Spanish for "dove" as well as a name)

Rafaelina

Michaela (Most of the elegance is in the traditional spelling. Thanks to my distaste for all the Mikaylas and especially McKayla--which means "son of Kayla"--when I see this spelling my estimation of the intelligence and education level of the individual and her parents skyrockets)

Georgiana

Giovanna

Annaliese

Cordelia

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February 9, 2015 12:03 AM

Hm.  I spent a big chunk of today with a 3-year-old Persephone, nicknamed Persie.  I was surprised how sweet and wearable it was on a kid, just lovely!

 

Other names that might strike your fancy:

  • Clotilde
  • Isadora
  • Genevra
  • Margareta

 

4
February 9, 2015 1:11 AM

I plugged your "discards" into Name Matchmaker, and it's coming up with all sorts of obscure names like Huldah and Eulalie, but using its suggestions as inspiration, I came up with: Araminta, Johanna, Sophronia, Ginevra, Margaret, Augusta, Hermione. I'll also recommend Julia or Julianna, because I've always loved the sound of my name. :-)

I do feel compelled to point out that nowadays, not even a top-5 name will necessarily have a repeat within a class, and sometimes (often!), it's the less-common names that happen to have "clumps". (At my daughter's preschool, it's Brendan and Brennan, although they're *just* different enough not to need initials. Both names ranked in the mid-200s when the children were born.)

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February 9, 2015 8:32 PM

"sometimes (often!), it's the less-common names that happen to have "clumps""

Like in my city, where it's true there are only about 5 Roccos born, city-wide, in any given year...but they're all born in 2 neighborhoods.  Or when my son Raymond got to kindergarten and found himself sharing "Ray" with Ray-Hanah, Raymeir, and Rayna! 

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February 10, 2015 2:32 AM

I hope they are enjoying the Ray brigade... that is really such a fantastic coincidence, and I like that they all have unique full names to fall back on. If I were designing a Ray-Club membership card, it would have a ray of light as the logo. :)

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February 9, 2015 3:37 AM

Augusta 

Colette

Gemma

Genevieve

Gianna

Josephine

Gwendolyn

Xanthe

Isolde

Clara

Amelia

Cassandra

Juliette

Celestine

Natalia

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February 9, 2015 6:21 AM

Sometimes people associate beauty and elegance with names that have lots of vowels and the /l/ sound. So along with wanting an -a ending, maybe:

Eliana

Juliana

Isabella

Olivia

Celia

Philomena

Liliana

Helena

And some without /l/:

Anya

Adriana

Serena

Good luck!

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February 9, 2015 7:43 AM

How about:

Charlotta (I've been reading the Anne of Green Gables books. :-) )

Lorelei (Gilmore Girls is an awesome association)

Genevieve (the classic "elegant" name, for me)

Alexandra, Anastasia, or Tatiana (the Romanovs did not have happy lives, but I do love all their names)

Gabrielle (Pronounce gabb-ree-ELLE)

10
February 9, 2015 10:14 AM

Evadene (Ev-ah-deen)  

Avalene (ah-va-leen)

11
February 9, 2015 11:56 PM

Evadene, to me, just sounds like Everdeen, as in Katniss. I don't think a kid named Evadene could escape The Hunger Games

12
February 9, 2015 11:57 PM

Some names that I thought of that may fit your criteria-

Katarina

Elise

Tatiana

Anastasia

Juliette

Catalina

Guinevere

Lydia

Aveline

Liliana

Alexandria

Sibyl

 

The name matchmaker turned up some wacky suggestions. I don't know your taste well enough to sort through properly so if you haven't already, maybe you should try it out. However, some that I thought suited your criteria are:

Odelia

Johanna

Vira (is this different from Vera?)

Margaretha (though I might opt for Margaret or Marguerite)

Augusta

Emeline (though I prefer Emmeline)

Adelaide

Blanche

Drucilla (there are various spellings)

Mathilde

Octavia

Lavinia

Beatrix

Amalia

Rosalia

Theodosia

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February 11, 2015 5:23 AM

How about Celeste? a timeless classic with a beautiful meaning

i second Sybil and Emmeline as well. 

Land will add Calista and Aurelia to the mix!

Good luck!

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February 18, 2015 7:34 PM

Amiela

chamilla

Ariabella