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What Is A “Cute” Girls Name?
There isn’t a lot of strategising or skill involved in discerning whether a name is cute or not. Some names are sweet because they’re associated with pretty things, like flower names like Rose and Petunia. Other names sound cute, especially when they end in -y or -ie – sounds we often attach to nicknames and pet names (think Effie, Tilly, and Rory). Meanwhile, names that end with “a” are usually considered feminine and dainty, like Anna, Alexa, and Maria.
Our Top 30 Cute Girls Names
Here’s a list of our favourite girl names and their meanings, from baby girl names that start with A to baby girl names starting with Z.
Nickname: Amy, Mel, Mellie, Amelia
Famous Namesakes: Amelie is the French version of “Amelia”, the name of the famed aviator Amelia Earhart – the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic. Amelie is also the name of the titular character in the hit 2001 French rom-com, Amelie.
Origin: Arabelle is a combination of two pretty girl names: Ara, which is of Arabic origin, and the French name Belle.
Meaning: Ara means either “king” or “rain-bringer”, while “belle” means beautiful in French. Combined, the name Arabelle could translate to “beautiful rain-bringer”.
Nickname: Ara, Belle
Famous Namesakes: What’s even lovelier about naming your child Arabelle is her namesake. She’ll have no trouble looking up to feminist fashion and beauty writer Arabelle Sicardi!
Meaning: “Little bird”
Famous Namesakes: Looking for pretty middle names that go well with Birdie? Try shorter, one-syllable names like Birdie Leigh, which is the name Hollywood couple Busy Philipps and Marc Silverstein gave to their beautiful baby girl.
Meaning: Carina is an Italian name that means “dear” or “beloved”.
Nickname: Ina, Carrie
Famous Namesakes: Sometimes, Carina is used as a generic pet name, like “love” or “sweetheart”. If it’s too long, you can always shorten it to Cara. That way, your little girl can find her namesake in the beautiful and electric model-actress Cara Delevingne.
Origin: Old English
Meaning: A daisy is a flower that symbolises purity and innocence.
Famous Namesakes: If you love Star Wars but are wary about naming your kid after an actual character, you could name her after the strong, badass actresses: Daisy Ridley. Daisy plays Rey in the series, another cute girl name we love. Maybe you can even combine the two names into Daisy Rey!
Origin: El means “god” and “light”.
Meaning: “bright one”
Famous Namesakes: Ellie is a cute nickname for any one of these longer names: Elizabeth, Elena, Elise, and Eleanor. Famous Elizabeths include Elizabeth Taylor and Elizabeth Banks, while famous Eleanors include English actress Eleanor Tomlinson.
Origin: Italian (Frankie is short for Francesca)
Famous Namesakes: Frankie is a gender-neutral name, however in Hollywood, most Frankies are male, including Frankie Muniz and Frankie Grande.
Origin: George is short for the Italian name Georgina
Meaning: “Farmer” or “tiller”
Famous Namesakes: George for boys has also spiked in popularity recently after Prince William and Kate Middleton named their firstborn son George.
Origin: Old English
Famous Namesakes: The one celebrity who’s pretty much famous for giving his girls cute names? Jamie Oliver. The British chef and TV personality gave all of his daughters adorable names, from Poppy Honey Rosie to Daisy Boo Pamela to Petal Blossom Rainbow.
Origin: The name is taken from the name of the river Indus.
Famous Namesakes: If you want your child to be unapologetic, outspoken, and fierce, why not name her after rising star Indya Moore? The transgender, non-binary actress stars in the hit show Pose, and is known for her stunning looks and her dedication to activism!
Meaning: In Roman mythology, Juno is the goddess of marriage and women.
Famous Namesakes: The feisty teen in the film Juno.
Meaning: Kit is short for Catherine, which means “pure” and ”clear”.
Famous Namesakes: As a unisex name, Kit is also a popular nickname for boys named Christopher, as is the case with Game of Thrones star Kit Harington.
Meaning: Luna is a popular girl’s name that means “moon”.
Famous Namesakes: Though this name is super pretty, be warned that it’s also very common these days, as Luna spiked in popularity after John Legend and Chrissy Teigen named their baby girl Luna Simone.
Meaning: “Free” or “petite”
Famous Namesakes: Lottie is a cute nickname to Charlotte – one of the most popular baby names of the past couple of years thanks to Princess Charlotte. The name Charlotte is the female version of Charles, which means “free man”.
Famous Namesakes: If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones’ badass Arya Stark you can always name your baby after the equally badass actress who portrays her – Maisie Williams.
Meaning: “New life”
Famous Namesakes: Glee star Naya Rivera.
Meaning: Olivia is a form of “olive”, which was a symbol of peace in ancient Greece.
Famous Namesakes: Olivia is one of the most popular baby girl names of the past five years. According to Nameberry, the name itself isn’t new – it’s the name of the countess in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and its popularity hasn’t dipped since.
Meaning: Poppies are flowers that symbolise sleep, peace, and even death. Don’t worry, they’re not harbingers of death, but rather used as offerings to the dead as a symbol of eternal rest and peace.
Famous Namesakes: Model Poppy Delevingne (Cara’s sister).
Famous Namesakes: If you’re looking for a Q name that isn’t Queen or Queenie, you can try Quinta. Famous Quintas include the writer, comedian, and actress Quinta Brunson.
Origin: German, Old English
Meaning: “beautiful rose”
Nickname: Roz, Rosie
Famous Namesakes: Like Olivia, Rosalind is a name popularised by Shakespeare – it appeared in his comedy As You Like It. Rosalind is also the name of the clairvoyant bestfriend on Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Meaning: “Day of the sun”
Famous Namesakes: Mike Myers and Kelly Tisdale named their baby girl Sunday Molly.
Origin: Native American
Meaning: “Leaping water”
Nickname: Lulu, Tallie
Famous Namesakes: Bruce Willis and Demi Moore popularised this name when they named their daughter Tallulah Belle.
Origin: Hebrew, Sanskrit
Meaning: “Nation” in Hebrew and “tranquillity” in Sanskrit
Famous Namesakes: Who wouldn’t want to be named after the badass actress Uma Thurman?
Origin: Old French
Meaning: Violet literally refers to the colour violet.
Famous Namesakes: While the name Violet has been around for a very long time, you can expect it to become even more popular, especially among Drag Race fans who look up to the ferocity and creativity of looks queen Violet Chachki.
Famous Namesakes: Among its many famous namesakes are Old Hollywood actress Vivien Leigh and British designer Vivienne Westwood. Vivienne is also the name of Angelina Jolie’s youngest daughter.
Meaning: Willow trees are beautiful, graceful trees.
Famous Namesakes: Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith named their uber-talented daughter Willow!
Meaning: A ‘wren’ is a small, brown bird that symbolises joy, hope, and creativity. This uncommon name should suit a girl full of energy and creativity!
Meaning: This African name pertains to a South African tribe. As a girl’s name, Xhosa also means “sweet”.
Meaning: “Small butterfly”
Famous Namesakes: In Brazilian mythology, the Iara is a river spirit similar to a mermaid.
Nickname: Zee, Deedee
Famous Namesakes: This unusual name belongs to the popular English writer Zadie Smith. It’s also another form of Sadie. Other popular Zadies/Sadies include Stranger Things star Sadie Sink.