Top Baby Names From Around the World, According to Our Readers
Choosing a name for your bundle of joy can be a lengthy process. It often takes the whole nine months to decide on “the one,” and the inspiration can come from all aspects of our lives, from celebrities to the Europeans and even our Instagram filters. But before you settle on anything, we have a few more to add to the mix. We recently asked you, our readers, via the MyDomaine Instagram what your favorite baby names are from around the world, and we had more than 200 replies. Scroll down for the top 19 most popular names from the list.
This pretty girl’s name is an English variant of the Germanic Amalia. According to Baby Name Wizard, it’s derived from Amal, which is an equally gorgeous name and sure-to-be-popular name thanks to the beautiful and bright Amal Clooney. A famous bearer of the name is Amelia Earhart, who was the first woman to make a solo flight over the Atlantic Ocean. So if you’re looking for a courageous and strong yet feminine moniker for your little girl, this is it.
For many, the name will always be associated with Eloise, the mischievous little girl who lives in New York’s Plaza Hotel in the 1950s children book series by Kay Thompson. So if you wish for a daughter with spirit, vigor, and a sense of adventure, then Eloise might be a good choice. Behind the Name says Eloise is derived from the old French name Héloïse—c'est magnifique.
There’s something about Emma that we just love. It’s a classic thanks to Jane Austen’s literary masterpiece of the same name, played beautifully by Gwyneth Paltrow in the 1996 film adaptation. It’s also the name given to some of today’s most inspiring young women, including Emma Stone, Emma Roberts, and self-professed feminist and U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson. We also love this reason from reader @marionheartlea, who said, “I've always loved it. Since the age of 5 when I was super-obsessed fan of The Spice Girls (baby spice forever!) and now, at age 24, I still want to name my daughter Emma.”
Take inspiration from Mother Nature and name your child after Scotland’s stunning River Isla. The name has been traced back to a pre-Celtic word meaning “rapidly moving,” according to Visit Scotland. It’s also the name of Australian actress Isla Fisher, the Harry Potter character Isla Black Hitchens, and Queen Elizabeth’s great-granddaughter Isla Elizabeth Phillips. If these interesting facts aren’t enough to compel you to name your daughter Isla, then perhaps our reader @amosmynamos will: “My daughters are called Isla and Finn, which I think are two pretty rad names.”
Despite not making the 10 most popular baby names in 2015, Nameberry says Grayson has been in its Top 1000 list since 1984 and is on the rise. Last year it was ranked at 63, but given its acclaim with our readers, we expect it will continue climbing. So where did it come from? Baby Center states it was originally a last name, meaning “son of steward.”
This one’s for all the classic-literature fans. Holden Caulfield was the native New Yorker and hero/narrator of J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, making this a timeless and honorable name for any baby boy. But it doesn’t have quite the same distinguished ring to it Down Under. Holden is the name of a popular motor vehicle company in Australia, so unless you’re a car lover, you might want to skip this one in that hemisphere.
Of Anglo-Saxon origin, BabyCenter says Langston means “a long, narrow town,” while Nameberry states the definition as “tall man’s town.” Regardless of the meaning, the reason we love this name is its famous forbearer. Langston Hughes was a great African-American poet, novelist, and playwright from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Despite Laurence Fishburne naming his son after the legendary writer, the name hasn’t made it onto any popular baby name lists in the U.S., making it perfect for those parents on the lookout for something unique.
The Latin word for moon is a gorgeous girl’s name, and it’s incredibly popular in Europe, from Belgium to France. Uma Thurman loves this pretty name, too, using it as a nickname for her daughter Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence, and Penélope Cruz chose it for her baby girl, too.
This name is gender-neutral but mostly known as a boy’s name in Italy. While it’s popular throughout Europe, Luca has been popular in the U.S., too. Hilary Duff and Colin Firth both named their sons Luca, while Jennie Garth used it to name her daughter.
There is so much to love about this cute and sweet girls' name. American actress, activist, and former fashion model Mia Farrow gave strength and fortitude to this name, two personal attributes anyone would wish for their daughter. Ever since this name entered the Nameberry Top 1000 in 1964, it has stayed firmly in the top 10 ever since, and it continues to be a popular name.
For those who follow fashion circles, you’ll be aware of popular male model Miles McMillan, who ranks in the top 50 male models on Models.com, but that’s not the only reason we love this name. It’s also the moniker for talented jazz musician Miles Davis, firmly cementing its status as one of the baby-name greats for years to come.
This Hebrew name means pleasantness, and it certainly has a charming ring to it. But aside from its biblical reference, there are a few notable women who make this name ring. Supermodel and force to be reckoned with Naomi Campbell, feminist writer Naomi Wolf, and talented Australian actress Naomi Watts have all given this ancient title a good name.
This cool boy’s name is a popular unisex name in the U.S., but it's used for boys more often than girls. According to Nameberry, it means “red-haired” and currently ranks number 259 on the Top 1000 list of boy’s names. The spelling with an “i” instead of an “e” gives it a unique look, too.
This would have to be one of the most beautiful girls' names, and while it has been a popular middle name for years, it’s coming back as a first name choice thanks in part to talented and striking Australian actress Rose Byrne. And doesn’t Rosie just make a gorgeous nickname, after one of our favorite models, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley?
This name always tops baby-name lists. It just rolls off the tongue so sweetly, and its shortened version, Penny, is just about the cutest nickname ever—“Penny Lane” is also one of our favorite Beatles songs. The Greek name means weaver, and we think it will entwine its way into your heart.
This name means princess, so that should be reason enough to use this name for your little girl. It actually started as a nickname for Sarah and has become a popular, sassier version ever since. Christina Appelgate and Adam Sandler both used the name for their daughters, but perhaps the most memorable use of this name is in Beatles song “Sexy Sadie.”
Tirzah is another biblical name meaning delight. Behind the Name states on its website that “Tirzah is the name of one of the daughters of Zelophehad in the Old Testament.” It’s not super common, but we love it, and so does one of our readers, @ashlindswill: “My cousin’s name is Tirzah, and I’ve never heard anyone ever mention it, but I think it’s perfect. She’s 45, and I think she’s pretty cool for it.”
A Hebrew name, Samuel means “told by God,” and it has had a very popular history throughout time. In fact, there are close to 11,000 boys named Samuel each year, according to Nameberry. Famous American actor Samuel L. Jackson gives the name further prominence and notoriety, but more than anything, it’s just the most adorable little boy’s name that translates well into adulthood, too. In fact, many celebrities agree, with Jennifer Garner, Jack Black, and Naomi Watts all naming their sons Samuel. Plus, Sam works well as a nickname.
This name really resonates with me as an Australian expat. It’s the name of an eastern suburb in Sydney (although the town is spelt with an “e”), and I’ve never heard of it as a girl’s name until one reader, @reckonandrevel, brought it to my attention recently. She wrote on the MyDomaine Instagram, “I have to say I love my daughter’s name: Waverly. Chosen while living in the U.S., my Australian husband immediately loved it because it reminded him of home. Have to say I am so pleased it hasn’t gone mainstream as I feel it is so unique to my daughter and her 5-year-old personality. When I came across it, it was listed as a boy’s name (we didn't know the sex so were finding names for both). I thought it was perfect though, for my little girl.” And we have to agree!
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