Names are always ebbing and flowing in popularity, and itâ€™s sometimes hard to keep track of what girl names are â€œin.â€ Here are 50 of the most popular and exciting new girl names, old classics that have made a resurgence, and location-based names that are on the rise.
Old School Girl Names Making a Comeback
â€‹Emma is the most popular name in America right now, and is both classy and warm.
â€‹While Scarlett Oâ€™Hara helped this name become popular in the â€˜60s, Scarlett Johanssen is leading the current resurgence.
â€‹Evelyn is elegant and old-world, but has the fantastically fun nickname of â€œEvie.â€
â€‹A Spanish version of â€œElizabeth,â€ this name means â€œGod is My Oath.â€
â€‹Lillian is named after the lily, which has long symbolized purity and innocence.
â€‹Another flower name, but comes with the nickname â€œViâ€ for a more punk-rock attitude.
â€‹Both a tree and a color, Hazel makes a fitting name for a girl with hazel eyes.
â€‹Though originally a manâ€™s name, Piper is making a resurgence.
â€‹Stella is a unique name because it has a pretty meaning (star), but the name itself is strong and butch.
â€‹A classic old-school name, perfect for fans of Eleanor Roosevelt.
â€‹Hot Girl Names Based off Locations
â€‹Named after the state, it evokes a Western feeling. Also the name of famed actress Dakota Fanning.
â€‹A gritty name for a girl who isnâ€™t afraid to throw down.
â€‹A classy name for a woman who wants that old-world vibe.
â€‹Savannah speaks of southern charm and warm evenings.
â€‹Named after a city in Australia, it has the great nickname â€œAddyâ€ to fall back on.
â€‹Home of the famed â€œLibrary of Alexandria,â€ this city was considered one of the all-time greats in history.
â€‹Itâ€™s a city in Arizona and the name of a mythological fiery bird that never gives up.
â€‹A unisex name, Camden can refer to the city in New Jersey or in England.
â€‹A Native American name, Cheyenne is somehow both elegant and earthy.
â€‹After the Mediterranean island, Sicily is sharp, memorable, and shortens to â€œSissy.â€
â€‹Non-Traditional Girl Names
â€‹A name for a flighty girl.
â€‹Taken from â€œCreole,â€ itâ€™s a great name that invokes Louisiana cooking and culture.
â€‹Dania means â€œGod is my judgeâ€ in Hebrew.
â€‹An old name, one that makes you think of dark castles and vampires.
â€‹Meaning â€œlight,â€ Lux has the awesome hard, mono-syllabic punch to it.
â€‹Paz means â€œpeace.â€
â€‹Meaning â€œlife,â€ source of the word â€œvitality,â€ Vita works for a high-energy girl.
â€‹What better name to use than the one shared by the goddess of women and fire?
â€‹An exotic-sounding name, Circe was a witch in Greek myth.
â€‹Means â€œelvenâ€ or â€œlike an elfâ€ in Irish folk lore.
â€‹Historical Girl Names
â€‹The most famous Clara, Clara Barton, founded the American Red Cross.
â€‹A sassy name for an oft-misunderstood Biblical character.
â€‹Named after Harriet Tubman, a slavery abolitionist and one-time spy during the Civil War.
â€‹The name means â€œpeace,â€ and reminds people of Frida Kahlo, the famed Mexican artist.
â€‹Not just the name of a video game princess, there was also Zelda Fitzgerald, famed wife of the author of The Great Gatsby and a flapper icon.
â€‹A pretty, floral name that also belonged to Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon.
â€‹Japanese-American Yuri Kochiyama was a champion for human rights.
â€‹An old Greek name, meaning â€œlight and glory.â€
â€‹A poetic-sounding name, shared by famed author Zora Neale Hurston.
â€‹For â€œElla Fitzgerald,â€ one of the finest singers in history.
Noun Names for Girls
â€‹A clean, refreshing name that also sounds exotic.
â€‹Squall means â€œsmall stormâ€ or â€œpowerful wind.â€
â€‹One of the most expensive spices on Earth, Saffron fits for a lady of good taste.
â€‹â€œVirtue namesâ€ like Charity and Constance are making a big comeback.
â€‹A bold name, Tigra only works for a girl you know is going to be fierce.
â€‹Snow is clean, pure, but also powerful.
â€‹Another virtue name, it also calls back to Sojourner Truth, the famed woman who created the Underground Railroad.
â€‹A beryl is a jewel, but itâ€™s not as famous as ruby or emerald.
â€‹Taken from â€œglacier,â€ glacia is a strong name, a girl who can push through any obstacle.
â€‹Named after the type of cloud, Nimbus has an eccentric, fun tone to it.
â€‹The Right Name for a Hip Girl
A name can stick with you forever, or at least until you go before a judge. Make sure youâ€™ve found the right hot girl name that will be hip, fresh, and most of all memorable. Who wants another Sarah or Jennifer when you can drop a name like â€œBeatrixâ€ into a conversation?