Two-syllable baby names for girls are the most popular names. If you take a look at the top ten names for girls from 2018 (the latest data released), you’ll find Mia, Emma, Ava, Charlotte, and Harper among them. In general, it’s good advice for parents to choose a two-syllable name for their daughter if their last name is not also two syllables. These names generally fit better with last names that are one or three syllables. For instance, Charlotte Smith sounds much better than Charlotte Johnson.
We decided to take a look at these extremely popular baby names to help you find the perfect one for your baby birl. These beloved names are the moniker equivalent of the Goldilocks principle. They’re neither too long or too short. These names are just right! Here are 25 two-syllable baby names for girls we think you’ll love.
Kara ranks in the top 500 most popular names for girls. Kara and its variants like Cara are some of the most adored names in many languages including Italian, Irish (Gaelic), Spanish, and Portuguese. The name can mean “dear” or “friend” or “face,” depending on who you ask.
Lumi is an extremely rare name in the US, but in Finland, it ranks in the top 50. If you’re expecting a winter baby, this name would be a perfect choice because it means “snow.”
Rowan ranks at number 211 in the US as a name for girls. This brilliant unisex baby name is versatile and gorgeous. The name has Scottish and Irish origins and means “little redhead.” In Scotland, you’ll find the rowan tree which fruits red berries that are said to ward off witches.
Sylvie is the French form of Sylvia which comes from Latin and means “spirit of the wood.” While Sylvia is having a moment among new parents, Sylvie is a great option that offers both familiarity and uniqueness.
The charming name, Thea is a diminutive of Dorothea, Althea, and Anthea. It’s a name with origins in Greek mythology and refers to the Titan of sight, goddess of light, and mother of the moon, Theia. Hence, the name means “godly.”
Arden made it into the top 1000 in 2018. This handsome baby name has English origins and means “valley of the eagle.” Shakespeare’s As You Like It features a magical forest called Arden.
Greta’s popularity has come and gone and arrived again in the US. It enjoyed popularity in the 1930s before disappearing for decades and then returning in the 1970s. It fell off the charts for a number of years before returning to popularity now. Greta has German origins and means “pearl.”
Legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo continues to inspire parents to choose this gorgeous name. Frida ranked at 694 in 2018 and we foresee this name enjoying lasting favor. Frida has German origins and means “peaceful.”
Pippa is an English form of the Italian name, Philippa and it means “lover of horses.” If you’re an animal lover and want a name that expresses that interest, Pippa would be an excellent choice. Pippa enjoys popularity in the UK and we would love to hear it more in the US.
Esme or Esmé, if you want to get really fancy with it, is a fabulous name for girls that enjoys popularity in France. The name has both French and Persian origins and means “beloved” or “emerald.” This name has begun to pick up steam in the US and it now ranks as the 556th most popular name for girls.
If you’re drawn to a classic French name like Esme, you might also be interested in Margot. It’s the French form of Margaret and sounds more stylish. The name means “pearl.” This very French name is in the top 500 in the US.
Zest names that start with Z are all the rage! Zhuri is Kiswahili and means “good” or “beautiful.” This name is trending in the US and we probably have Savannah Brinson and Lebron James to thank for it because they named their daughter Zhuri in 2014.
A wonderfully vintage-sounding name, Maxine has Latin origins and means “greatest.” From 1915 to 1930, the name was a top 100 pick for parents. It fell out of fashion for decades, but now the name is surging in popularity.
The origins of the name Anouk are a bit murky. You’ll find the name in Slavic languages as well as Dutch and French. To keep things simple, Anouk is a popular form of Anna that means “grace.” The name is most popular in the Netherlands and we’d love to hear more of it in the US.
Cora has made a comeback and as of 2018, it ranked as the 73rd most popular name for girls. Another name with sublime vintage appeal, Cora has Greek origins and means “maiden.”
Nasrin is a stunning name for girls that can also be spelled Nesrin or Nazrin. The name has Persian origins. It means “wild rose.” In Iran, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, the name flourishes.
Signe is one of our very favorite names. A word of caution: people in the US will want to incorrectly pronounce this name like the word “sign.” It should sound like “SIG-neh.” With that out of the way, Signe has Scandinavian origins and means “new victory.”
Evie is a cute form of the name Eve. It has Hebrew origins and means “life.” Evie took some time off from 1941 to 2007, but the name is back and gaining popularity by the day. In 2018, the name became the 322nd most favored for girls in the US.
Fortune might sound trendy and fresh but it’s an ancient name commonly used in Roman times and refers to the mythic goddess of good luck and fertility. The name has Latin origins and means “fate.”
Astrid comes by way of Ástríðr, an Old Norse name that means “god” and “beautiful.” This name also benefits from a similar name Astra, which is Latin for “star.” This starry baby name has long been enjoyed by Scandanavian parents and now is the 661st most popular name for girls in the US.
Do you remember when Tilda Swinton spoke fluent Italian with a Russian accent in I Am Love? Okay, that might have been a deep cut, but we’re consistently impressed and inspired by Ms. Swinton. Tilda is a wonderful name for girls that’s a diminutive of Matilda which means “battle-mighty.”
Rori is a contemporary spelling of the gender-neutral name Rory. The name has Gaelic origins and means “red king.” While this name is commonly given to girls in the US, in the UK its unheard of.
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June is now the preferred month-name for baby girls, but April held that title for many years. It’s still in the top 500 and many parents love this sunny Spring name. April has Latin origins and means “to open.”
Chloe is the 25th most popular name for girls in the US. The name has Greek origins and means “young green shoot.” Chloe is an alternative name for the goddess of agriculture and fertility, Demeter who was called Chloe in the Spring.
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Tori Roloff named her youngest Lilah. The name is simply beautiful and is beloved in many languages. In Arabic, the name means “night.” In Sanskrit, the name means “play.” A great alternative to Lily and Lola, Lilah can also be spelled Lyla or Lila.
Two-syllable baby names are the most popular baby names for a reason: they’re easy with enough substance to make them work. We love these 25 names for girls and hope they help and inspire you to choose a name for your daughter.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 25. Kara
- 2 24. Lumi
- 3 23. Rowan
- 4 22. Sylvie
- 5 21. Thea
- 6 20. Arden
- 7 19. Greta
- 8 18. Frida
- 9 17. Pippa
- 10 16. Esme
- 11 15. Margot
- 12 14. Zhuri
- 13 13. Maxine
- 14 12. Anouk
- 15 11. Cora
- 16 10. Nasrin
- 17 9. Signe
- 18 8. Evie
- 19 7. Fortune
- 20 6. Astrid
- 21 5. Tilda
- 22 4. Rori
- 23 3. April
- 24 2. Chloe
- 25 1. Lilah
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