Dantea's Baby Names

{March 11, 2012}   Georgia City Names — Girls

Name                         Origin                       Meaning

Alma                            Latin                            “nurturing, soul” Alma has a sort of somber sound to it, but still pretty. It’s mostly heard in the term alma mater now. It’s fairly popular in Hispanic families and could just be ready to make a comeback along with other similar names Ella, Ada, Ava…

Augusta                      Latin                            “The exalted one” Augusta has a very mature, sophisticated sound that may sound a little too stuffy for most people. However, with August getting popular for boys, Augusta just might see a rise in popularity. Besides, I always thought Auggie would be cuter on a girl.

Blakely                        English                       “Dark woodland clearing” I’ve seen Blake on girls a lot and I really dislike it. However, Blakely is a compromise I’m willing to make. It doesn’t sound good on a boy, and the -ly ending makes it sound pretty feminine. I think it could work.

Blythe                          English                       “free spirit, happy, carefree” I like it okay. It has the feeling of a carefree little girl and is looking to be the next Brooke.

Camilla                        Latin                           “young ceremonial attendant” Camilla is an ancient Roman name. In the myth, Camilla was a swift-footed huntress so fast she could run over a field without bending a blade of grass.  Camy, Milla, and Millie make great nicknames.

Daisy                            Flower                       Daisy is a flower name bursting onto the seen. It’s fresher than Rose and very energetic. Daisy comes from the phrase “day’s eye,” because it opens its petals at daybreak. I always found Daisy a little too cutesy, but I think it’s nice.

Helen                           Greek                          “Bright, shining one” Helen has always been a name that evoked beauty (think Helen of Troy). It’s been out of favor for a while, but soon now, it might be coming back. It’s one of those unadorned classic people are starting to be attracted to again. It’s about time too! However, if you want something a little more frilly…

Helena                         Greek                          “Bright, shining one” Helena is the daintier version of Helen. Shakespeare used it in All’s Well that Ends Well and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Historically, Helena was the mother of Constantine the Great and supposedly the daughter of Old King Cole. Helena Bonham Carter, a favorite actress in Tim Burton movies, might be able to give this name a boost. I like the pronunciation HEL-en-uh but other people pronounce it hel-AY-nuh and hel-LEEN.

Juliette                        French                       “youthful” This is the French version of Juliet. The difference is that Juliet is pronounced JOO-lee-et and Juliette is pronounced joo-lee-ET. I go back and forth on this one. I prefer Juliette with a short last name but Juliet with a longer last name.Either way, it’s a pretty name.

Lizella                             ????                           This just looks like a smoosh between Elizabeth and Ella. It’s not the worst smoosh I’ve ever encountered, so maybe it could work.

Marietta                      French                       I actually really like this one. It’s very pretty and still mature. Mary, Marie, Etta, Ettie are all good nicknames.

Rebecca                      Hebrew                      “Servant of God” I never liked this name until I met an adorable little girl who forced herself into my heart. I can’t think of this name without seeing her big blue eyes and brown ringlets. So now, I love it for the classic, timeless name it is. It represented beauty in the bible. Becca is adorable for a nickname.

Roberta                       English                       “Bright Fame” Roberta is an older name, but a perfect way to honor a Robert in the family. It also gives you the nickname Bobbie.

Savannah                    Spanish                      “Flat, tropical grass land” The only Savannah’s I’ve known were athletes, so this might be good for a sporty girl.

Shannon                      Irish                            “Old and Wise” I like it well enough, but personal things have ruined this name for me. However, I think a little girl named Shannon would be great.

Sharon                         Hebrew                      “A Plain” It’s definitely dated. I think it’s not quite ready for a comeback, but I think the nickname Share is great.

Shiloh                           Hebrew                      “He who is to be sent” Haunting biblical and Civil War place-name; now unisex — especially after the mega-high-profile Brangelina couple picked it for their daughter. I like Shiloh better on a boy, but have come to accept that it’s been used more on girls. Shy is just as cute for a girl.

Sylvania                      Latin                            “Of the forest” I like it, but it’s a little too frilly for my taste. However, there are some people who think Sylvia isn’t dainty enough. Sylvania could fix that. I think it’s gorgeous and could work on the right girl. Sylvie, Sylvia, Vanie, Vania, Lia, and Via could all work as nicknames.


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