Romantic, Feminine Baby Names for Girls

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Looking for a List of Romantic, Feminine Names? You've Found It!

There has been a strong trend in the last few decades toward giving girls names that in the past have been considered masculine. Names such as Taylor, Blake and Chandler, which were once given only to boys, are now routinely given to girls. Even names such as Parker, Kevin and Kyle, which have historically not even been close to the girl-boy border, are given to girls more and more often.

Just about every trend is eventually followed by an opposite trend. Some of the Camerons and Blairs are all grown up and have become parents themselves. Because it's human nature to think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, some of these girls with androgynous names are deliberately giving their own baby girls more feminine names. Other parents choosing romantic names for their daughters are doing so simply because they sound fresh and new after several decades of girls named Scout, Campbell and Carson.

Many parents simply love feminine, romantic names for girls and would chose one for their baby daughter whether it's in fashion to do so or not. Many parents in this category take names for their daughters from wonderful works of classic literature or classical music, for example Josephine from the book "Little Women," or Elise from Beethoven's lovely piano piece, "Fur Elise."

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

Nix on the Nickname?

It is wise to be aware of possible pitfalls that might come with a feminine, romantic name. Some 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 that 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.

As a result of Figlio's study, you may want to keep a keen eye on your daughter's progress in math and science, and make a point to steer her towards a career in those fields if she shows an interest or aptitude in them.

Another pitfall that can accompany a feminine, romantic name is a nickname. Long, elaborate names can be a mouthful; it's much quicker and easier to call someone "Izzy" than "Isabella." 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. Additionally, 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 as well and less likely to allow others to shorten it.

Felicity
Francesca
Gabriella
Genevieve
Grace
Guinevere
Isabella
Isadora
Isla
Jacqueline
Jessica
Josephine
Julia
Juliana
Juliette
Laurel
Leticia
Lillian
Lisette
Louisa
Lorelei
Lucia
Lucinda
Madeline
Magdalena
Marguerite
Meadow
Melissa
Michelina
Nicoletta
Noelle
Olivia
Natalia
Paloma
Patricia
Raphaella
Rosalind
Rose
Roxanna
Sabrina
Scarlett
Seraphina
Sophia
Tatiana
Tessa
Theresa
Vanessa
Valentina
Valerie
Victoria
Violette

List of Romantic, Feminine Baby Names

Adrianna
Alaina
Alexandra
Alicia
Alyssa
Amelia
Anastacia
Angela
Angelica
Angelina
Annabelle
Annalisa
Antonia
Ariana
Ariel
Aubrianna
Audrianna
Bettina
Brianna
Callista
Camellia
Camille
Camilla
Carmella
Carmen
Caroline
Carolina
Catherine
Celeste
Christina
Colette
Coraline
Corinna
Cosette
Dahlia
Delilah
Desiree
Dominica
Dominique
Elaina
Elisabetta
Elise
Emilia
Emiliana
Emma
Emily
Esmeralda
Evangelina
Evangeline
Felicia

I'd love to hear from you!

Do you prefer romantic names, shorter, more sporty names or something in between? Which of these romantic names do you love or hate? Any names I've forgotten? Please let me know in the comments section. I'd love to hear from you!

MORE BABY NAME LISTS You may also want to read my other baby names lists:
Cute Baby Names for Girls
Unisex Baby Names for Girls
Unisex Baby Names for Boys
Names Not to Give Your Baby

Retro-Cool, Vintage Baby Names for Boys
Retro-Cool, Vintage Baby Names for Girls

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Emma Harvey 4 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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pedrn44 4 years ago from New Berlin 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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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas Author

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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Bruce Clark 4 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? :)


Kids Designer Clothing 3 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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babynology 3 years ago from New York

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


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SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks babynology!


liz 19 months ago

nice names but what bout boys

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