Romantic, Feminine Baby Names for Girls

Updated on December 15, 2017
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There has been a growing trend in the last few decades of giving girls names that have long been considered masculine. Names like Taylor, Blake, Parker, Kevin, and Kyle, and Chandler, which were once given only to boys, are now routinely given to girls.

Just about every trend is eventually followed by an opposite trend. Some of the Camerons and Blairs have grown up to become parents themselves, and these women are deliberately giving their baby girls more feminine names. Other parents are choosing romantic names for their daughters because they sound fresh and new after several decades names like Scout, Campbell, and Carson being given to girls.

Romantic, feminine names often are fancy and frilly. They are also often fairly long and have three, four, or even five syllables. They often end in "ia," "ina," "ana," "ella," or "ette." Not surprisingly, many of these names originate from romance languages like French, Italian, Spanish, and Romanian.

Nix the Nickname?

It is wise for parents to be aware of possible pitfalls that might come with a feminine, romantic name. Some parents fear that their daughter may be stereotyped as a pretty accessory and not be taken seriously in business, education, or intellectual circles. A researcher named David Figlio studied 1000 pairs of sisters and found this may be true to some extent.

In each pair of sisters, one had a very feminine name and the other had more masculine name. Figlio found that girls with the more masculine names were twice as likely to choose a career in math or science than their sisters with more feminine names. Figlio theorizes that teachers, parents, and school advisers viewed the girls differently because of their names, and as a result steered them toward different career choices.

Another pitfall that can accompany a feminine, romantic name is the nickname. Long, elaborate names can be a mouthful. It's much quicker and easier to call someone "Izzy" than "Isabella," for example. Many children and parents enjoy using nicknames. However, if "Isabella" is the name you prefer your daughter to go by, it's best to politely remind relatives, teachers, and friends of this, and kindly correct them if they start calling your child by a nickname. If you tell your daughter how much you love her name, what it means, and why you chose it, she will be more likely to adore it and less likely to allow others to shorten it.

List of Romantic, Feminine Baby Names

A

  • Adrianna
  • Alaina
  • Alexandra
  • Alicia
  • Alyssa
  • Amelia
  • Anastacia
  • Angela
  • Angelica
  • Angelina
  • Annabelle
  • Annalisa
  • Antonia
  • Ariana
  • Ariel
  • Aubrianna
  • Audrianna

B

  • Bettina

  • Brianna

C

  • Callista
  • Camellia

  • Camille

  • Camilla

  • Carmella

  • Carmen

  • Caroline

  • Carolina

  • Catherine

  • Celeste

  • Christina

  • Colette

  • Coraline

  • Corinna

  • Cosette


D

  • Dahlia
  • Delilah

  • Desiree

  • Dominica

  • Dominique

E

  • Elaina

  • Elisabetta

  • Elise

  • Emilia

  • Emiliana

  • Emma

  • Emily

  • Esmeralda

  • Evangelina

  • Evangeline


F

  • Felicia

  • Felicity

  • Francesca


G

  • Gabriella

  • Genevieve

  • Grace

  • Guinevere


I

  • Isabella

  • Isadora

  • Isla


J

  • Jacqueline

  • Jessica

  • Josephine

  • Julia

  • Juliana

  • Juliette


L

  • Laurel

  • Leticia

  • Lillian

  • Lisette

  • Louisa

  • Lorelei

  • Lucia

  • Lucinda


M

  • Madeline

  • Magdalena

  • Marguerite

  • Meadow

  • Melissa

  • Michelina


N

  • Nicoletta

  • Noelle
  • Natalia

O

  • Olivia

P

  • Paloma

  • Patricia


R

  • Raphaella

  • Rosalind

  • Rose

  • Roxanna


S

  • Sabrina

  • Scarlett

  • Seraphina

  • Sophia


T

  • Tatiana

  • Tessa

  • Theresa


V

  • Vanessa

  • Valentina

  • Valerie

  • Victoria

  • Violette

I'd Love to Hear From You!

Which of these romantic names do you love or hate? Any names I've forgotten? Please let me know in the comments section.

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        Gwen 

        7 months ago

        I like the name Ophelia

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        Priscilla 

        7 months ago

        I think think these names sound so Italian

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        Nads 

        12 months ago

        You forgot Natalie it is romantic name for many people all around the world

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        liz 

        3 years ago

        nice names but what bout boys

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        SmartAndFun 

        4 years ago from Texas

        Thanks babynology!

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        babynology 

        5 years ago from New York

        Nice a great hub. I am looking some romantic names for girl in this article.

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        Kids Designer Clothing 

        5 years ago

        Ha ha... I was just surfing around and took a look at these reviews. I can't believe there's still this much fascination. Thanks for writing about this.

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        Bruce Clark 

        5 years ago

        I wish I had come across this hub before my niece was born! Those are sweet names really. Maybe you can research for male names next time? :)

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        SmartAndFun 

        6 years ago from Texas

        I love the name Valentina! It is very beautiful, as are Nicole and Coleen. I had such a sweet, pretty friend named Coleen when I was growing up - that name takes me back to good times! Thanks to both of you for your comments.

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        Sandi 

        6 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

        You have listed some beautiful and very feminine names. My daughters are Nicole and Colleen. When it came to nick names I was sure my daughter Nicole would become Nicky but she called herself Cole when she was small and is now called Nicole by most. It's immportant to that the first and last names sound good together as well. When you think about it, naming a child is such a big responsibility! The names some celebrities pick out for their children are pretty silly and will probably be a little difficult to live with! Thanks for this hub. I enjoyed reading it:)

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        Emma Kisby 

        6 years ago from Berkshire, UK

        There are some lovely ideas here. I have a boy (Kyle) but hope for a girl next time - fingers crossed. My half Italian partner has his heart set on the name Valentina, which is very feminine.

        It's nice to know that my name is on the list!

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