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Romantic, Feminine Baby Names for Girls
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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 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 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, if you choose a traditionally feminine name for your daughter, you may want to keep a keen eye on her 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.
List of Romantic, Feminine Baby Names
A beautiful name, fit for a princess: Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, aged seven, painted by Philip de LaÌszloÌ, 1933.
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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!