What's in a name? {Girls Names}

Now, let's talk baby girl names!

Oh, how I love girls' names. I tend to like older, British, short names, which seem to be en vogue right now. (not really what someone with a very common last name wants to hear...)

I think it's the backlash of having a longer, very popular name growing up, that had a slightly less popular spelling. Plus, a very uncommon, slightly unfortunate last name. I want my girls to have a name that people can say and spell, but sets them a little apart from the crowd.

Here are a few off my very long list:

  • Vera - one of my favorite names, but the hubs doesn't love it. Too stuffy for him.
  • Mae - so simple, yet so pretty, I'd love to use it as a first name. Helps that May is my birth month.
  • Marilla - Thanks to Anne of Green Gables, Marilla has had a soft spot in my heart for years. The hubs thinks its too musty to be used.
  • Daphne - we both love this Greek name, but I hesitate to use it for no real reason. 
  • Millie -thoroughly modern, yet good enough to get 7 brides for 7 brothers. Love that it's sort of like Mary, which is my grandmother-in-law's name and my aunt's.
  • Jane - a name that we both love, but would never, ever use. Sadly, it's the name of the woman who my Grandfather married after leaving my Grandmother (whose middle name myself, my mother, and my daughter all share and just happens to be similar to Jane). Sadly, it's also the Hubs' grandmother's middle name.
  • Moira - oh, how my heart longs to use this British name! So pretty and exotic. Somehow, I will get the Hubs to see past the "Angela Moira Darling" connection.
  • Olive - another older name that seems so fresh. The hubs hates that it's tied to Olive Oyl and Olive the other reindeer.
  • Delia - I know, it was a popular teen clothing magazine back in the 90s, but I love that it's simple, easy to spell, but not common.
  • Eloise - although I don't like the books, I do love the name. So classy and french.
  • Daria - yup, I've loved it since I found the on screen version of myself in MTV's cartoon back in high school. I love that it's strong, but feminine enough to sound pretty. And so very apathetic ;)
  • Eliza - I've loved this name even before the most adorable, gregarious little girl became a good friend to Emmaline. Now I love it even more, but the Hubs doesn't want all E names. I don't blame him.
  • Amelia - love, love, love this name. So pretty, so easy to say and spell, yet so very popular right now. Maybe in a few years...
  • Zoe - another en vogue name, but one that I've liked since reading "Baby Blues" in the Sunday comics as a kid.

So, readers, what are your favorite girls names??


  1. I love names. And I so love that you have two posts in a row on baby names, especially as you have great taste! Of your list, my faves are Millie (I like that it has a similar quality to E's name), Moira, and Marilla. Marilla has great nickname potential, I think Rilla H. has a much more modern vibe to it without being overly common. Happy name hunting!

  2. I like Daria or Delia best.
    Daphne is cute. I have a niece with that name. Before she was born we only really associated it with Scooby Doo, but now it's very much HER name.
    I like Eloise too.

  3. I do so love your name lists. I honestly can say there's not a single name on your list I don't ADORE. If Ezra had been a girl he would've been named Vera for sure. Oh, they're all just so darn fabulous!

  4. Gemma! haha, umm, if I'm voting from your list, I choose: OLIVE, Saying E's name and Olive together is just so cute! Okay, I like a lot of others, but that one's may favorite.

  5. Moira made me think of Maeve; always liked that name. I love Daria and Eloise; easy to shorten to Elle :)