Baby names starting with X are the rarest options for new parents. Only two appellations for girls that begin with X rank in the top 1000 most popular baby names in the US: Ximena and Xiomara. Just two! This means that X-names sound the most exotic because they are rarely chosen for baby girls. They still hold plenty of charm and appeal.
If you are hunting for baby names that start with X, you have come to the right place. They are few but mighty, and we’ve rounded up the best of the best to share with you. Choosing the perfect appellation for your child can be challenging, but we are here to help. Discover the perfect baby name for your daughter below!
The highest-ranking X name in the US, Ximena, sits at number 143. The name is a feminization of Ximeno, a Spanish appellation that means “son.”
The second highest-ranking X name for girls is Xiomara. It’s one of our favorites. Xiomara is a feminine form of Guiomar, an appellation of Spanish and Portuguese origin, meaning “famous in battle.”
Pronounce this Greek appellation ZAN-thee. The root of Xanthe means “golden.” This option would be perfect for a blonde baby girl.
Xochitl is pronounced SO-chee-tl or SHO-chee-tl (sometimes the -tl is silent), and it originated in Nahuatl and Aztec. The name is a popular option in Southern Mexico and is gaining traction in the US today. Xochitl means “flower.”
Not quite a warrior princess, Xenia is pronounced ZEEN-ee-ah or SHEN-yah. The Greek root of the appellation means “hospitable.” The name is most prevalent in Germany, of all places, today.
Pronounce Xia as ZEE-uh. This is an ancient Chinese name is found in the first-recorded dynasty. Xia means “welcoming.”
Another option from China, Xin, is pronounced as shing. It is a unisex name that has various meanings depending on the structure of the Hanzi. Thus, it can be taken to mean “beautiful,” “elegant,” “mind,” “soul,” and “joyous.”
A name borne by Socrates’ wife, Xanthippe, means “golden horse.” To nail the pronunciation, say zan-THI-pay.
The television series Xena: Warrior Princess made Xena a trendy appellation in the late 1990s. It was a blip and is no longer a favored option. This name is of Greek origin and means “guest.”
Xela is a Galician (a language spoken in Northern Spain) appellation that means “angel.” It’s a shortened form of Anxela. To say this name properly, go with SHEH-la.
Xyla landed in the US top 1000 most popular baby names for the very first time in 2022. How thrilling! This name is of Greek origin and means “from the wood.” It comes from the same Greek root that gives us the names Sylvia and Sylvester. The word xylophone is a fun connection, meaning “wood sound.”
Xiana is pronounced she-AH-nah. It comes from the Galician name Xuliana, a form of Juliana. The root of this appellation means “youthful.”
You can go about pronouncing Xavia a few different ways: ZAY-vee-ah, ex-AY-vee-ah, or HAH-vee-ah. Those pronunciations should tell you that this appellation is a form of Xavier. The name comes from Basque and Arabic origins and means “new house” or “bright.”
Xaviera is an elaboration of the previous name with the same origin and meaning. We think zah-vee-AIR-ah has a nice ring to it.
Xoe is simply a spelling variation of Zoe, and it sounds identical to it. The name comes form a Greek root that means “life.”
Xandra is the Spanish short form of Alexandra, meaning “defending men.” As with just about every name on this list, the X takes on the Z sound, giving it the pronunciation ZAN-dra.
Xiola can be considered a modern invention, or it could be from the Greek word Zoilos, meaning “lively.”
Ximenia is a Spanish name related to the saint Ximenes, meaning “harkening.” Ximenia also names a tropical plant known for producing wild limes.
Xoana’s pronunciation is HWAHN-ah. It is a Galician form of Jane, from Hebrew, meaning “God is gracious.”
Xanthene, pronounced ZAN-theen, is a color name from Greek that, today, refers to a chemical compound that produces fluorescent dyes.
Xevera is a Portuguese form of Severus, from Latin, meaning “stern.” To say this one correctly, go with sheh-ve-ra.
Xalwo is derived from the Arabic word halva, meaning “sweet.” It does indeed refer to a sweet Somali dessert that is also used as a given name. Pronounce this name, halwo.
Xabrina is a slick spelling alternative to Sabrina. Sabrina names a Celtic goddess and is the Latin name of the River Severn.
Xen is a spelling variant of the Japanese Zen, a form of Buddhism. Most take this root to mean “meditation.” This name has never been popular in the US, and that’s a mystery to us.
Xelat is the Kurdish word for “reward,” it is also employed as the Kurdish equivalent for the place name Ahlat. Ahlat, a town in Turkey, was originally known as Khlat. This name sounds like “shallot,” but we think it is still accessible. Say Xelat as zsha-LOT.
Xareni is revered as a goddess of love in the central altiplano region of Mexico, specifically in the Otomi area. In the United States, the name Xareni is gaining popularity. In 2022, it was chosen for 83 newborn girls. Xareni’s pronunciation is shah-reh-nee. The name is from the Otomi language, spoken by Native Americans in Mexico and beyond.
Xue is a name of Chinese origin that means “snow.” A perfect choice for a winter baby! Xue is pronounced SHWEH.
Xenobia is a name of Greek origin that means “of Zeus.” It’s one of our favorite names on this list, but it sounds so similar to the term xenophobia that some new parents might be put off.
Not just Lois with an X, Xois is an African place name belonging to the capital of an ancient Egyptian dynasty. This name is pronounced zoh-us.
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Pronounced zan-TOO-la, Xanthoula is a name of Greek origin that means “little yellow one.” It is a very rare choice today.
There you go! We hope this list of 30 baby girl names starting with X has helped spark some inspiration. Each name carries its unique charm, meaning, and individuality, just like your future daughter will. Whether you’re looking for something traditional, exotic, or modern, these X names offer plenty of options. After all, your daughter’s name is a gift that will last a lifetime, so make it memorable, just like her. Happy baby naming!
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