We all want the very best for our children, so why not establish your child’s worth straight out the gate? Fancy and extravagant baby names are on the rise for newborns today. These baby names can simply be elaborate in length and sound or be inspired by classic literature, history, and myth. For instance, Cleopatra is on the rise and that name might seem like a whole lot of reputation to shoulder. However, if you are a bold and brave parent, it might suit your tastes.
We decided to discover which baby names for girls sound the absolute fanciest for extra fab parents who want to go a bit over-the-top. It’s not like you are going to have 20 chances to get it right, so go ahead and pick a fabulous baby name with reckless abandon. The fancier the better, right? Check out our top 25 extravagant baby names for girls that bring the pomp and plenty of attitude!
Once a forbidding Russian regal name, Anastasia has emerged as a fresh possibility for new parents today. Anastasia has Greek origins that mean “resurrection.” Thus, the name was used by early Christians for baby girls born on or around Easter and Christmas.
A ballerina baby name, Valentina has Latin origins that mean “strength” or “health.” Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space! Valentina only debuted in the US top 1000 most popular baby names for girls in 1994. It’s climbed the charts ever since then, into the top 100 most popular names for girls. The name is popular around the world today and not just in the US.
Cordelia, the name of King Lear’s only sympathetic daughter, curiously has origins that can be traced to both Celtic and Latin baby naming traditions. The name was most popular in the US the very first year that baby naming data began being recorded by the Social Security Administration in 1880. It’s been mildly popular since then and we would love for this one to make a huge comeback.
Once one of the most off-limits baby names, Persephone debuted in the US top 1000 for the first time in 2019! This gorgeous and splendid baby name has roots in Greek mythology as an appellation of Kore. Although Persephone is the goddess of the underworld, she also emerges as a deity of spring and growth. Persephone means “bringer of death,” but do not think about that too hard!
Superstar Zendaya could potentially inspire your baby girl’s name. Zendaya’s remarkable moniker comes from the word for “thanks,” Tendai, in the Shona language, spoken in Zimbabwe and southern Zambia. Thanks to the popularity of the actor, Zendaya ranked in the top 1000 in the US for the first time in 2014. Z-names are all the rage for new parents right now so you should consider this zippy and zesty baby name.
So far, Beatrix has only appeared in the US top 1000 twice. Once in 1883 and more recently, in 2019. We were happy to see this baby name return to many a birth certificate. Beatrix comes from Latin origins that mean “she who brings happiness.” It also offers two of the most endearing nicknames: Bea and Trixie. We’ll take it!
Fun fact, singer and Shameless star Emmy Rossum‘s full name is Emmanuelle. Emmanuelle has French origins that mean “God is with us.” Once popular in France, Emmanuelle has never enjoyed wide acclaim among new parents in the US. That means it’s one of the more unique baby names that is still recognizable but unpopular.
How good are the nicknames Magda and Lena? Often popular in the Hispanic community, Magdalena has been a popular baby name in the US for every year that records have been kept. Although it is trending down today, we still feel attracted to this gorgeous name. Magdalena has Greek origins that mean “from Magdala” and refers to the mother of christ for those of the Christian persuasion.
Prim and proper Primrose is a huge hit among parents in England today, but it somehow evades the radars of baby-namers in the US. Primrose has English origins as a flower name meaning “first rose.” One of the most underutilized Rose-name, Primrose could be the perfect choice for your little bud.
Hamlet‘s tragic heroine has scared many parents away from the gorgeous baby name, Ophelia, but that’s beginning to change. Off the top 1000 list since 1958, Ophelia reentered the US Top 1000 in 2015 and climbed more than 600 spots since then. Ophelia has Greek origins and means “help.”
Esmeralda has been a popular baby name in the US since the 1950s. It’s no surprise that this extravagant name that means “emerald” would be a popular choice. It evokes images of the character from Victor Hugo‘s novel, The Hunchback of Notre-Dam. Esmeralda has Spanish and Portuguese origins which have made it an attractive choice for many parents.
Another notable Es- name comes in the form of Esperanza, a Spanish baby name for girls that means “hope.” The name of the main character in the novel The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Esperanza has long been a favorite in the Latino community and beyond. This name is currently at risk of falling from the US top 1000, so keep “hope” alive and choose this stunning moniker.
Although Amethyst is the birthstone for babies born in February, it is seldom given as a baby name. We think that should totally change, especially for little ones born in February. Amethyst stones are purple in color. Like contemporaries like Violet and Iris, Amethyst is a wonderful, purple pick. Iggy Azalea chose the name for her child born last year so expect this name to blow up in coming years.
Xiomara is unsurprisingly much more common in majority Spanish-speaking countries, particularly those in Central and South America. Xiomara has Spanish origins that mean “famous in battle.” The name is more popular in the US than ever before and we are so thrilled about it!
Diamond was a name that truly sparkled throughout the 1990s peaking in 1999. We still think this name has plenty of shine to it. Although it has been out of the top 1000 for about five years, we expect this name to return as it really does dazzle.
Name to the highest mountain in the US, Denali proves an appropriate choice for parents looking for baby names that reach new heights. Denali has Native American origins as a place name and it means “the great one.” Denali has never appeared in the US top 1000 and we expect that to change very soon. Parents are flocking to this name and are propelling it into popularity.
Genevieve is an English name with French origins that means “tribe woman.” Genevieve is derived from the Germanic medieval name Genovefa (or Kenowefa), which consists of the elements kuni, meaning “kin”, and wefa, meaning “woman.” Genevieve is the name of a patron saint of Paris which might appeal to francophiles. The name was most popular in the US in the 1920s but it could best that record next year as it climbs into the top 200.
An ancient Egyptian queen, Nefertiti, bore a name that means “the beautiful one has arrived.” How perfect is that to describe the birth of a child? While this name would be a bold choice, we encourage you to consider it! It has never been in the US top 1000 most popular baby names.
Saint Leocadia was an early martyred Spanish saint. “La Leocadia” is a beloved Francisco Goya painting of Leocadia Weiss, the artist’s caretaker. Leocadia has the lovely “leo” sound parents can’t get enough of, so it’s a bit of a mystery as to why Leocadia has yet to take off in the US. This Spanish baby name means “splendid brightness.”
The Biblical wife of Moses, Tziporah has spawned a dozen variations of spelling, we prefer the ease of Tziporah. Tziporah has Hebrew origins that mean “bird.” Although Hebrew names are preferred by American parents, Tziporah has evaded the favor of many new parents in the US. Let’s make it happen!
You are probably more familiar with the variant of this appellation, Lavinia, but Liviana manages to sound even posher than the classic form. Liviana means “envious” from Latin origins. Liviana has never been popular in the US and we assume that’s due to it being relatively unknown to most parents. Let’s make this one a thing!
Miguel de Cervantes invented this eccentric baby name, Dulcinea, which roughly translates as “sweetness.” The maiden in Don Quixote really loved that novel! Dulcinea would be a quirky choice, but it is undeniably sweet.
Cleopatra has Greek origins as a name meaning “glory of the father.” An ancient royal name to the ancient Egyptians, it feels as if this appellation has found difficulty in finding widespread acclaim in the modern world. Though mildly popular, Cleopatra has somehow never made it into the top 1000 most popular baby names in the US. Cleo is the cutest nickname and we would choose Cleopatra simply to use it.
Rosabelle was once popular in the US landing in the top 1000 for one year only in 1907. New parents, bring back this vintage charmer! Rosabelle has Latin origins and does indeed mean “beautiful rose.” The appellation combines the best of both worlds from the names Rosa and Belle, and both make for handsome nicknames.
Celeste is a wonderful option, but we are found of the extravagance in Celestina, the Spanish and Italian‘s preferred form of the appellation. Despite this name meaning “heavenly,” parents have not seen it fit for their little angels in the US. Let’s change that! Celestina is a magical option that we hope you consider.
There you go! What did you think of these extravagant baby names? Are they too much or just right? We hope you feel inspired by these baby names and will consider one for your own baby girl. We are firm believers that going over-the-top and being bold with a name choice always pays off. Go big or go home, folks! Happy baby name hunting and congrats!
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