Fashionable parents today make their stylish mark right out the gate by choosing baby names that are inspired by fashion designers, luxury brands, and iconoclastic individuals who each have a singular style. In fact, some of the fastest-rising names for baby girls today are Chanel and Armani. So, if you are wary about using fashion as inspiration for your baby’s name, do not be! Many others are going this route.
We decided to compile a list of some of our favorite fashion designers to discover which names hold the most promise for newborn girls. We decided to do a mix of names that are popular in their own right, like Diane for Diane von Furstenberg. And, of course, we had to include some more offbeat options that are just emerging as possibilities as names for girls. If you are an expecting parent who is also style-obsessed, we urge you to check out our aesthetically pleasing and tasteful picks. Here are 25 glamorous baby names for girls inspired by fashion that are, most definitely, ready to wear.
Isabel Marant is known for her bohemian, tomboyish design aesthetic. Although born in Paris, France, Isabel is an Italian form of the name Elizabeth. The name Isabel is more popular today than ever before in the US. This fashionable classic means “pledged to God.”
Daphne Guinness is not your mother’s socialite. She is celebrated for her love of couture and extravagant personal style. Daphne is a classic name from Greek, meaning “laurel tree.” Daphne has been popular and in the US top 1000 most popular baby names since 1889. An established winner is still a winner.
British costume designer Sandy Powell has won numerous awards (including numerous Oscars) for her incredible, inspiring creations that exude personality and soleness of character. Sandy is an English name that is a short form of Sandra or Alexandra, a Greek name that means “defender of men.” Sandy was popular from the 1930s until the early 2000s. It might be the perfect time to bring the name back!
British fashion designer Phoebe Philo is known for her stunning yet understated designs. She is also a designer who the industry and industry-watchers cannot get enough of. Phoebe is the Latin variation of the Greek name Phoibe, which derived from phoibos, meaning “bright.” Phoebe is on track to match its most popular year ever, 1880, by next year. You love to see it!
Eileen Fisher democratized an aesthetic only enjoyed by the ultra-rich in this country. Fisher changed all of this by creating comfortable, elegant, and affordable pieces beloved by many women. Eileen is a gorgeous name that comes from Scottish tradition as an alternative form of Helen. Helen means “bright, shining one.”
Chitose Abe of Sacai is one of Japan’s most exciting fashion designers today who loves mixing casual with formal and masculine elements with feminine ones. Chitose has a fabulous Japanese name that can mean “a thousand years.” We must note, that Japanese names can have dramatically different meanings depending on the kanji elements used to construct them!
Rei Kawakubo is a Japanese fashion designer based in Tokyo and Paris. She is the founder of Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market. Another delightful Japanese name, Rei can mean “bell” or “beautiful.” Unfortunately, this name has not taken off in the US even though it pronounced exactly the same as Ray.
Influential designer Miuccia (nicknamed Miu Miu) Prada’s surname is much better known here than her first. Sure, you could go with Miu Miu! Miuccia is an Italian name and it is most likely an Italian, diminutive form of Maria. Miuccia is a true icon!
In May 2019, Aurora James received Canada’s International Canadian Designer Award following Nicki Minaj wore a pair of her cult-classic boots at the Met Gala. She also has a fashionable name in Aurora. Aurora was a US top 50 name last year. Aurora come from Latin and means “dawn.”
Clare Waight Keller is a British stylist and fashion designer, who has served as the Artistic Director for a number of luxury fashion houses and brands, including Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and Givenchy. Clare is a very popular name around the world, however, the spelling, Claire has emerged as the most popular. Clare has Latin origins and means “clear.”
Each season, Simone Rocha pushes the boundaries of femininity with her collections. She represents a big departure from her father, John Rocha’s more established style. Simone is a Hebrew name that is a form of Simon. It means “harkening.” Simone has maintained popularity in the US since the sixties.
Dame Lesley Lawson DBE is an English model, actress, and singer, who has earned fashion credibility by being one of the most fashionable people in the world and a face of the 1960s. Twiggy is an English nickname that could be great for the right family, however, this one might work best as a middle name.
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Liz Claiborne created timeless fashion in the same lane as Eileen Fisher, but Claiborne is more closely associated with work attire for career women, an emerging part of the workforce in the middle of the last century. She helped build a mix and match ethos that has been roundly adopted. Liz, of course, comes from Elizabeth that was popular in the US until the seventies. We love this one-syllable form and think it would be great for a contemporary baby girl.
Carolina Herrera is a Venezuelan fashion designer known for elegant personal style, and for dressing various First Ladies, including Jacqueline Onassis, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Melania Trump. Carolina has French origins as a form of Charles. Thus, the name means “free man.” It is an established, top 500 name today!
Betsey Johnson is an American fashion designer best known for her feminine and whimsical designs. Many of her designs are considered “over the top” and liberally embellished. Betsey spells her name differently than many other who go with Betsy. Betsey has not appeared in the US top 1000 since 1942 while Betsy remained until 2006. This name is, of course, a short form of Elizabeth.
Elsa Schiaparelli was an Italian fashion designer. Along with Coco Chanel, her greatest rival, she is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in fashion between the two World Wars. Her knitwear is legendary! Elsa is a mildly popular name in the US and is trending up thanks to Disney’s Frozen. Elsa is a German form of Elizabeth as well!
Vivienne is the elaborate French form of Vivian that sounds a touch more romantic. The name belongs to icon Vivienne Westwood a designer forever connected to the rise of punk and grunge rock. Candid and eccentric, Westwood would make a great inspiration behind this name. It means “life.”
Fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg is best known for her use of bold color and unique fits, such as her debut wrap dress which launched her career in 1974. Diane is a girl’s name of French origin meaning “divine.” Unfortunately, this name has fallen from favor in recent years and we think that should change! It is divine, after all.
Donna Karan and Donatella Versace are two of the most influential female fashion designers ever. Although they are very different designers they share very similar names that are closely related. Karan has always been in-tune with the needs of modern women and how best to deliver products that are functional and stylish. Versace helped attract rockstars and rappers to the Versace brand and to modernize its reputation. Donna means “lady.” Donatella means “given by God.” Both names are very Italian!
Vera Wang transformed what bridal wear could be and forever changed attitudes about the limits of a wedding gown. Vera has an extraordinary name that was once considered retro or vintage until she helped bring the name into modernity. Vera has Russian origins and means “faith.”
Chloe could be a name celebrating Chloé, the legendary French fashion house. It could also be employed to tribute style icon and designer Chloë Sevigny. Whoever you want to celebrate, Chloe is a great name and one of America’s most popular. This Greek name means “young, green shoot.”
Stella is a girl’s name of Latin origin meaning “star.” It’s more popular today in the US than ever before and perhaps we have Stella McCartney to thank for that. The hip fashion icon launched her fashion power house in 2001, famous for chic designs and the brand’s opposition to leather and fur (it was a touch controversial at the time).
CELINE is a French ready-to-wear and leather luxury goods brand that has been owned by LVMH group since 1996. It was founded in 1945 by Céline Vipiana. Phoebe Philo, who we mentioned earlier, helped bring this brand back to relevance. Celine is a French name that means “heavenly.” It was a top 500 name last year in the US.
As promised, Armani has carved a place on this list as it has become a popular name for baby girls in the US. The fashion name made its first appearance on the US top 1000 in 1994 and has been climbing ever since. It’s tracking to become a top 500 name in the next year or two. Armani was borne by famed designer Giorgio Armani. The Italian name means “warrior.”
Other than Armani, Chanel is the other most popular baby name inspired by fashion. Chanel has been in the US top 1000 since the seventies. While you could go with Coco, Chanel sounds a touch more grown-up. Chanel is a name with French origins that means “dweller near the canal.” Coco Chanel is credited with inventing the casual chic look that looked sporty and fresh as opposed to stuffy and corseted.
There you go! Did you find these fashion baby names delightful? We certainly hope you found a source for inspiration for your baby girl. Remember, if you like a name but are not sure it fits as a given, you can always use it as a middle name. Many of these options play nicely with others and will still sport plenty of style no matter how you use them.
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. Isabel
- 2 24. Daphne
- 3 23. Sandy
- 4 22. Phoebe
- 5 21. Eileen
- 6 20. Chitose
- 7 19. Rei
- 8 18. Miuccia
- 9 17. Aurora
- 10 16. Clare
- 11 15. Simone
- 12 14. Twiggy
- 13 13. Liz
- 14 12. Carolina
- 15 11. Betsy
- 16 10. Elsa
- 17 9. Vivienne
- 18 8. Diane
- 19 7. Donna
- 20 6. Vera
- 21 5. Chloe
- 22 4. Stella
- 23 3. Celine
- 24 2. Armani
- 25 1. Chanel
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