Popular Two-Syllable Baby Girl Names

Updated on June 26, 2018
Trying to decide on a two-syllable name for your baby girl?  Here are loads of ideas to choose from.
Trying to decide on a two-syllable name for your baby girl? Here are loads of ideas to choose from. | Source

One of the harder decisions you'll have to make when you are having a baby is what to name her. When we were expecting, my husband and I poured over baby name books for hours, making list after list of names we liked. It seemed like it took months to finally decide on one.

We thought of everything, from how the name sounded with our last name, to whether or not we had ever known someone we didn't care for with that name. I'm guessing that anyone who has ever had a baby would say the same thing.

One of the things we thought about was the sound of the name. Was it easy to say? Was it easy to spell? The nice thing about two-syllable names is that they are easy to say. They kind of flow off the tongue and have a bouncy feel to them.

Obviously, other people like these types names as well because in 2017, 46% of the top 100 most popular girls' names had two syllables.

So while you are getting the nursery ready for that happy day, here are some ideas for your little girl.

Are you planning on giving your daughter a two-syllable name?

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Names have power.

— Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
Two-syllable names for girls from A through C
Two-syllable names for girls from A through C | Source
 
 
 
Agnes
Bailey
Cadence
Alice
Bambi
Cailin
Alma
Bernice
Caitlin
Alva
Betsy
Callie
Amber
Betty
Camille
Amy
Blossom
Candace
Anna
Bobbi
Cara
Anya
Bonnie
Carla
April
Brandy
Carly
Asha
Breanne
Carmen
Ashley
Brenda
Carol
Ashlynn
Brenna
Carrie
Asia
Bridget
Casey
Audrey
 
Cathleen
Ava
 
Celine
 
 
Charlotte
 
 
Chelsea
 
 
Cheri
 
 
Cheryl
 
 
Chloe
 
 
Christa
 
 
Christine
 
 
Cleo
 
 
Colleen
 
 
Connie
 
 
Cora
 
 
Corinne
 
 
Crystal
Two-syllable names for girls from D through F
Two-syllable names for girls from D through F | Source
 
 
 
Dacey
Echo
Fanny
Daisy
Eden
Farrah
Dana
Edith
Flora
Danelle
Edna
Frances
Danette
Eileen
Freida
Daphne
Elaine
 
Dara
Elise
 
Darcy
Ella
 
Darlene
Ellen
 
Deirdre
Elsa
 
Della
Elsie
 
Denise
Ember
 
Diane
Emma
 
Dinah
Erin
 
Dionne
Esther
 
Dolly
 
 
Donna
 
 
Dora
 
 
Doreen
 
 
Doris
 
 
Dorothy
 
 
Two-syllable names for girls from G through I
Two-syllable names for girls from G through I | Source
 
 
 
Garnet
Haley
Ida
Georgia
Halsey
Iman
Gigi
Hannah
Ina
Gilda
Harley
Inga
Gina
Haven
Ingrid
Ginger
Hazel
Irene
Ginny
Heather
Iris
Gladys
Heidi
Irma
Glenda
Helen
Ivy
Greta
Hester
 
Gretchen
Hollis
 
 
Holly
 
Two-syllable names for girls from J through L
Two-syllable names for girls from J through L | Source
 
 
 
Jacy
Kadee
Lacey
Jada
Kaitlin
Lana
Jamie
Kali
Lara
Janelle
Kara
Laura
Jasmine
Karen
Laurel
Jenna
Karla
Lauren
Jesse
Kasha
Layla
Jewel
Kathleen
Leah
Joanne
Kayla
Leann
Jody
Kaylee
Lena
Joelle
Keisha
Leslie
Jolene
Kelly
Lexi
Judith
Kelsey
Libby
Julie
Kendra
Lila
 
Kerry
Lilith
 
Kiera
Linda
 
Kiley
Lisa
 
Kinsey
Lisette
 
Kirsten
Liza
 
Kristen
Lois
 
 
Lola
 
 
Lori
 
 
Lorraine
 
 
Louise
 
 
Luann
 
 
Lucile
 
 
Lupe
Two-syllable names for girls from M through O
Two-syllable names for girls from M through O | Source
 
 
 
Mabel
Nadine
Olga
Macy
Nancy
Opal
Maia
Narah
Oprah
Mamie
Noelle
 
Mara
Nora
 
Marcia
Norma
 
Marie
 
 
Marlene
 
 
Martha
 
 
Mary
 
 
Maureen
 
 
Maxine
 
 
Maya
 
 
Megan
 
 
Mia
 
 
Mimi
 
 
Mindy
 
 
Mira
 
 
Mitzi
 
 
Moira
 
 
Molly
 
 
Morgan
 
 
Myra
 
 
Myrna
 
 

What's in a Name?

— William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Two-syllable names for girls from P through R
Two-syllable names for girls from P through R | Source
 
 
 
Peggy
Quincy
Rachel
Phoebe
 
Raelene
Pia
 
Raiza
Pilar
 
Rana
Piper
 
Raquel
Polly
 
Rasia
Poppy
 
Raven
Portia
 
Reagan
Prudence
 
Renee
 
 
Rhea
 
 
Rhonda
 
 
Riley
 
 
Rita
 
 
Robin
 
 
Ruby
Two-syllable names for girls from S through Z
Two-syllable names for girls from S through Z | Source
 
 
 
Sabra
Tamar
Uma
Sadie
Tasha
 
Saffron
Tatum
Vanna
Sally
Tawny
Venus
Sandra
Taylor
Vera
Sarah
Tempest
Violet
Sasha
Tessa
Vonda
Shannon
Thelma
 
Shantel
Tia
Wanda
Sharon
Tina
Wendy
Shauna
Tisha
Willow
Sheena
Toni
 
Sheila
Tori
Xandra
Shelby
Tracy
 
Shelley
Trina
Yvonne
Shirley
Trina
 
Sidney
Trisha
Zelda
Simone
Trixie
Zoe
Sonya
Twyla
Zsa Zsa
Sophie
 
 
Stacy
 
 
Stella
 
 
Susan
 
 
Sybil
 
 
Female celebrities with two-syllable names.
Female celebrities with two-syllable names. | Source

Famous Women Who Have Two-Syllable Names

Lights, camera, action! From actresses to sports figures, many female celebrities have two-syllable names. Here are some of the big ones.

Actresses

 
 
Amy Schumer
Kaley Cuoco
Anna Faris
Karen Gillan
Anna Kendrick
Kristen Stewart
Audrey Hepburn
Krysten Ritter
Bella Thorne
Lisa Bonet
Charlize Theron
Mila Kunis
Ellen DeGeneres
Millie Bobby Brown
Emma Stone
Mindy Kaling
Emma Watson
Nicole Kidman
Eva Longoria
Parker Posey
Frances McDormand
Rachel Weisz
Gwyneth Paltrow
Roseanne Barr
Hailee Steinfeld
Salma Hayek
Halle Berry
Sandra Bullock
Jada Pinkett Smith
Sara Gilbert
Jenna Fischer
Scarlett Johansson
Judy Garland
Thandie Newton
 
Zoe Saldana
 
 

Musicians

 
 
Adele
Katy Perry
Avril Lavigne
Lily Allen
Carrie Underwood
Liza Minelli
Carrie Brownstein
Miley Cyrus
Courtney Love
Nicki Minaj
Demi Lovato
Norah Jones
Dolly Parton
Taylor Swift
Geri Halliwell
Tina Turner
Hayley Williams
Tori Amos
Jordin Sparks
Whitney Houston

Athletes

 
 
Abby Wambach
Lindsey Vonn
Alex Morgan
Lisa Leslie
Aly Raisman
Mary Lou Retton
Anna Rawson
Mia Hamm
Billie Jean King
Michelle Akers
Bonnie Blair
Nancy Lopez
Ellen Hogg
Skylar Diggins
Holly Holm
Sydney Laroux
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Tracy Caulkins
Kerri Walsh
Venus Williams

Politicians

 
Dilma Roussef
Eva Peron
Fannie Lou Hamer
Golda Meir
Janet Napolitano
Janet Reno
Kathleen Sebelius
Maxine Waters
Michele Bachman
Nancy Pelosi
Nikki Haley
Sarah Palin
Shirley Chisholm
Sonia Gandhi

A good name is to be chosen, rather than great riches

— Proverbs 22:1
A list of more common girls' names in the bible that have two-syllables.
A list of more common girls' names in the bible that have two-syllables. | Source

Two-Syllable Biblical Names for Girls

Two-syllable women's names appear throughout the bible. Here are some of the more common ones, along with their meanings.

Name
Meaning
Anna
Grace, Gracious
Bernice
She who brings victory, Victorious
Candace
Unblemished, Pure, Sincere
Chloe
Vibrant
Dinah
God will judge, God has vindicated
Esther
Star
Hannah
Grace, Gracious
Judith
She who praises, Woman from Judea
Leah
Weary, Beauty and Grace
Lois
Desired, Most desirable
Mara
Bitter, Bitterness
Martha
Mistress of the house, Lady
Mary
Bitterness, Bitter
Rachel
Lamb, Ewe
Rhoda
Rose, From the island of roses
Sarah
Princess
Tamar
Palm Tree, Date Palm Tree
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The 15 Most Popular Names for Girls in 2017

Talk about popular! In 2017, 46 of the top 100 most popular girls' names were two syllables. Here are the top 15 of them.

Rank
Name
1
Emma
2
Ava
3
Mia
4
Riley
5
Zoe
6
Layla
7
Charlotte
8
Aubrey
9
Lily
10
Chloe
11
Harper
12
Ella
13
Scarlett
14
Maya
15
Mila
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Female Fictional Characters With a Two-Syllable Name

From books to movies, there are many female fictional characters out there with these types of names. Here are some of them.

Name
Where the name is from
Annie Savoy
Bull Durham
Charlotte
Charlotte's Web
Holly Golightly
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Issa Rae
Insecure
Karen Blixen
Out of Africa
Karen Silkwood
Silkwood
Laura Ingalls
Little House on the Prairie
Lisa Simpson
The Simpsons
Lisbeth Salander
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Mary Agnes
Godless
Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins
Minnie Mouse
Disney
Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew Mysteries
Nina Sayers
Black Swan
Nola Darling
She's Gotta Have It
Regan MacNeil
The Exorcist
River Tam
Firefly
Sally Albright
When Harry Met Sally
Sansa Stark
Game of Thrones
Sara Crewe
A Little Princess
Scarlett O'Hara
Gone With the Wind
Wendy
Peter Pan

Having a Boy?

Are you looking for two-syllable names for boys? I've compiled a list just like this, but for boys.

Sources

  • babycenter.com
  • nameberry.com
  • Astoria, Dorothy, The Name Book, Minneapolis, Bethany House Publishers, 1997. Print.

© 2018 Claudia Mitchell

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