Feminine, unusual, ethereal girl's names- any ideas?

(90 Posts)
sleepyhead3 Sun 15-Aug-10 10:12:43

I would like some ideas for girl's names that are not too commonly used, feminine but not feminissima if that makes sense!

Am looking for something light and slightly exotic sounding.

I have a few ideas so far:

Adela
Jessamine
Marguerite
Juniper
Vivienne
Marina
Camilla

Any opinions or other ideas??

Cortina Sun 15-Aug-10 11:03:34

Adela is a beautiful and strangely underused name in my opinion. I only know one adult with this name and she is beautiful and accomplished in a way I'd like to be, so maybe that influences my judgement a little .

I am sure that there is an Adela in Austen, or is there one in Jane Eyre? (Actually that's Adele isn't it)? I am sure there are Adelas in literature going back some way, I recall one or two but can't place?

Anyway, it's stunning and there will not be two! Go for it..

AnnVeronica Sun 15-Aug-10 11:11:22

I love Adela!

Aurora is the name that comes to mind when I'm thinking ethereal.

Pinkflipflop Sun 15-Aug-10 11:13:20

Adela is gorgeous!! Such a beautiful name - I love it!! May have to steal it at some stage!! wink

Cortina Sun 15-Aug-10 11:19:26

Aurora sounds currently to me like a Disney princess (unfortunately). Adela, has a Forster like Edwardian charm. Passage to India, darn it is that where I've heard it in literature? Off to google. .

Cortina Sun 15-Aug-10 11:23:15

Yes, here you go:

Adela Quested

A young British schoolmistress who is visiting India with the vague intention of marrying Ronny Heaslop. Intelligent, brave, honest, but slightly prudish, she is what Fielding calls a "prig." She arrives with the intention of seeing the real India. But after a frightening trip to the Marabar Caves, she falsely accuses Aziz of sexually assaulting her.

Ok, a little flawed but we will forgive her for her excellent name!

meadowlarks Sun 15-Aug-10 11:27:12

Which syllable do you stress in Adela?

Cortina Sun 15-Aug-10 11:31:25

I would say it like this: 'Add - ella'.

onimolap Sun 15-Aug-10 11:32:38

Adele is also the child for whom Jane Eyre was the governess in Mr Rochester's house.

My first thoughts on ethereal were Arielle, Faye and Feyleigh.

Also Elodie, Cleodie, Eloise, Anais, Meriel, Veronique, Imogen, Elspeth and Miranda

sleepyhead3 Sun 15-Aug-10 13:15:49

I had forgotten about Adela Quested cortina!!

I have always loved EM Forster!

I guess Sunday afternoon is a quiet time. Maybe I will get some more responses later

lulabellamozerella Sun 15-Aug-10 14:30:09

Favourites there are Marguerite and Camilla

Similar names:
Adriana
Anastasia
Annalise
Aria
Ariel
Athena
Aurelia
Cassandra
Cecilia
Ciara
Cora
Corinne
Deandra
Elisabeth
Emmeline
Francesca
Genevieve
Georgette
Harper
Helene
India
Indigo
Josephine
Juliet
Letitia
Liliana
Lucille
Magdalene
Marissa
Melody
Miranda
Mischa
Natalia
Regina
Sasha
Selena
Sienna
Sylvia
Thalia
Thora
Vi ola
Violet
Winona

Cordelia

DinahRod Sun 15-Aug-10 16:46:50

My suggestions:

Blythe
Genevieve
Hebe

I really like Vivienne & Juniper from your list.

EdgarAllenPop Sun 15-Aug-10 17:08:04

Titania
Iolanthe
Xanthe
Morgana
Persephone

mavornia Sun 15-Aug-10 17:20:47

Jessamine is very pretty

I also like:

Amadea
Marianna
Emmeline
Alessa
Ambra
Celandine

meadowlarks Sun 15-Aug-10 18:24:06

Coraline.

zenon Sun 15-Aug-10 18:30:24

Xanthe
Antonia
Clemency

What do you think of all the suggestions so far?

PixieOnaLeaf Sun 15-Aug-10 18:31:45

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LibertyGibbet Sun 15-Aug-10 18:32:38

Aphra
Meredith

Er, Galadriel?

getstuffed Sun 15-Aug-10 19:02:31

Ohhh love EM Forster.

Vivienne I adore but as Ang Jolie has it, it will rocket x

sleepyhead3 Sun 15-Aug-10 20:03:05

lulabella- what an amazing list- I like several of those!

I also like Miranda, Cordelia, Genevieve, Blythe, Xanthe, Marianna, Emmeline from other lists.

getstuffed- do you think Vivienne will rocket because of AJ?

I might do a shortlist later!

sleepyhead3 Sun 15-Aug-10 20:05:49

Sorry- forgot to say:

Does anyone have any more comments on the names on my list?

hoolies Sun 15-Aug-10 20:09:09

Evangeline? Ophelia?

favs from your list- Vivienne and Marina

jillhastwoponies Sun 15-Aug-10 20:12:36

You'd better hope that you have an 'ethereal' kind of little girl wink

My DD is rather 'solid', and not ethereal at all, her ideal name might have been something like Bertha.

pranma Sun 15-Aug-10 20:42:32

Eleri
Eloise
Adriana
Stella
Faye

Not Marina-too LotSW
'Ohhhhhh Marina!!' 'Ohhhhhh Howard!!'

frogs Sun 15-Aug-10 20:44:26

Have you read Cold Comfort Farm?

Be warned.

grin

sleepyhead3 Sun 15-Aug-10 20:54:21

frogs- I haven't read Cold Comfort Farm. Can you explain please?

DinahRod Sun 15-Aug-10 22:16:38

Searches thread for Sleepyhead wanting to name child Seth or Ada Doom.

febe Sun 15-Aug-10 22:42:10

mines a meadow.

mamas12 Sun 15-Aug-10 22:45:55

What about

Freya
Faye
Fearne

You can tell I'm all about the Faeries

sleepyhead3 Mon 16-Aug-10 10:17:35

I googled Cold Comfort Farm

Psammead Mon 16-Aug-10 10:21:53

I do like Juniper.

frogs Mon 16-Aug-10 10:24:27

Re Cold Comfort Farm -- the message is that etherealness ends in tears, and robust common sense wins the day. It's a lovely book, everyone should have read it.

The girl in question is called Elfine, iirc.

Just watch out for the sukebind. grin

teta Mon 16-Aug-10 10:26:16

My daughter's called Carissa.We have only met one Carissa in 6 years[but i am not sure how ethereal a name it is!]

AT1137 Mon 16-Aug-10 10:53:56

Vivienne is beautiful and timeless. Adela I think may sadly get Ella as a nick name and Ella is v. popular. Vivienne has a certain charm to it and is very elegant(IMO).

MarthaQuest Mon 16-Aug-10 10:59:36

Melusine

it's the name of a beautiful water witch IIRC

can't get more feyly feminie and eldritch than that!

sleepyhead3 Mon 16-Aug-10 19:52:19

frogs- will have to look it up!

Hopefully, you can have a feminine name and common sense too!

shubiedoo Mon 16-Aug-10 19:56:31

I love Seraphina and Alyssia.

DorotheaPlenticlew Mon 16-Aug-10 20:03:26

Why ethereal, OP? Just curious... I can think of a lot of things I hope dd will be, but that ain't one of 'em (and rofl at the memory of reading Cold Comfort Farm).

thedollyridesout Mon 16-Aug-10 20:08:19

Serina/Serena?

zenoushka Tue 17-Aug-10 01:42:05

I really like Jessamine, Vivienne and Adela.

Another suggestions: Ariana.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Tue 17-Aug-10 01:58:56

Selena is nice.
Honeysuckle
Artemis
Linnet
Lark

sleepyhead3 Tue 17-Aug-10 13:19:55

dorothea- I'm not sure I hope a DD would be ethereal herself- I just like feminine, slightly delicate names.

Some of the suggestions eg Seraphina are much too girly and airy fairy for me though!

ElephantsAndMiasmas Tue 17-Aug-10 19:36:36

Alithea
Persephone
Hero
Antigone
Beatrice
Kerenza
Demelza

mathanxiety Tue 17-Aug-10 20:00:04

Laurel
Daphne
Hazel
Elsa
Astrid
Aurelia
Sylvia or Sylvie
Cynthia
Aphra
Giselle
Eilidh
Marsaili
Aveline
Avery
Helena
Leonora
Athena
Charis

mathanxiety Tue 17-Aug-10 20:12:12

Chantal
Pearl
Calista

violethill Tue 17-Aug-10 20:48:01

Aeriel

Bellepink Tue 17-Aug-10 21:07:59

I absolutely LOVE Jessamine from your list.

It's really unusual but so pretty. Jess or Jessie is stronger yet still feminine if she prefers when growing up. It's also a good alternative to Jasmine which is lovely but becoming more popular these days, or Jessica, which is also very nice but probably over-done at the moment.

So Jessamine would be at the top of list, then Camilla, (I also love Cam as a nn). Adela, then Vivienne next but although stylish and pretty I wouldn't say Vivienne is that light and Viv is not as feminine as Jess, Cam or Delle as a nn. I would say no to Marguerite, Marinan and Definitely No to Juniper! <what are you thinking!>

redshoes Tue 17-Aug-10 21:21:20

Seraphina
Ophelia
Delphine

Atlasive Tue 17-Aug-10 21:50:53

Celeste
Marianne
Estelle
Serena
Georgiana
Viola
Anneliese
Miriam
Sylvia
Rowena
Anastasia
Cara
Larissa
Penelope
Clementine
Amanda
Alexandria
Leonie

sleepyhead3 Tue 17-Aug-10 23:02:14

bellepink- your post made me laugh! Maybe Juniper is a bit daft!

I can see what you are saying about Vivienne actually. Perhaps it is the spelling (enne) that makes it look so feminine but actually it is a strong sounding name.

Thank you so much to everyone for their fantastic suggestions!!

GuntherMcKilocodie Wed 18-Aug-10 12:32:50

Augusta
Allegra

Really remind me of arts and crafts/ Virginia Woolf etc-ethereal yet achingly cool

BarmyArmy Wed 18-Aug-10 15:30:53

Persephone - one of my best friends at school/uni has that name.

missmoocher Sat 06-Nov-10 00:07:31

Hi, I am really pleased that people have said "Xanthe" . I first heard this name some 13 years ago, I was taking my son to school, this little blonde curly haired girl ran past, she was angel-like, and stunning, Whilst helping my son(Dax :17yrs now), in the cloakroom, I noticed her Name: XANTHE.

Fell in love with it instantly!!!

And my Xanthe age 5yrs, she ironicly has the same blonde curly hair and big blue eyes.

XANTHE; (Greek) Pron: Zanthee ;

Means : Yellow, Fair hair.

My other kids names are:

DAX: (German or Yorkshire) ??????

MISSY: (American)

chipmonkey Sat 06-Nov-10 00:53:18

Elva
Rosalind
Emmeline

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Sat 06-Nov-10 08:49:04

I love the name Xanthe, top of my list at the mo. Slight worry is DS is Ethan, does that make too many th's?!

GirlWithTheMouseyHair Sat 06-Nov-10 08:49:57

also blonde is the last colour a child of ours will be - any shade of brown from mousey to almost black, redheads in both our families but no blondes...does that matter?

Xanthe is the best girls name wink no it doesn't matter re the hair, my DS is very very blonde, and DD is too for now - but she is only three weeks and v different skin tone to him so we'll see...

Ophelia was what I was going to say and has already been said.

MaryMungo Tue 16-Nov-10 15:48:10

Circe
Niobe
Eileithyia
Tisiphone
Bianna
Arethusa
Eirene
Psyche

Suncottage Tue 16-Nov-10 15:54:05

Tanith - it means 'Moon Goodess'

Meonia - it means 'The One' pronounced May-on-ire (end bit rhymes with wire)

thumbwitch Tue 16-Nov-10 15:55:16

Ariel
Ophelia
Giselle
Elissa
Arianna
Cléone
Aeolia
Alethea (al-uh-THEE-ah)
Cecily

Suncottage Tue 16-Nov-10 16:22:06

Lucia/Lucinda

Penelope

Araminta

Phamie

Shauna

anoknockingmyhousedown Tue 16-Nov-10 16:29:13

Zavora (or Xavora if you prefer).

Adela and Marguerite I like from your list.

DELHI Tue 16-Nov-10 16:52:14

Elvira ( like the ghost wife in Blythe Spirit)

lilyliz Tue 16-Nov-10 16:58:26

love Eloise,makes me think of the song ,I lovedPaul and Barry Ryan.

poshsinglemum Fri 19-Nov-10 22:45:58

Iona
Maya
Gabrielle

poshsinglemum Fri 19-Nov-10 22:46:58

Niobe definately. DD was going to be called this.

zukiecat Sat 20-Nov-10 18:20:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

thell Sat 20-Nov-10 20:05:12

Kerensa

Fluffydogmummy Tue 23-Nov-10 13:43:32

Felicity

I called my daughter Felicity and people are always saying what a nice name it is.

She's Felicity Laura.

Although they do say "the good life"!!

lilly13 Wed 24-Nov-10 22:34:38

Vivien
Margarita
Victoria
Alevtina
Orelia
Gabriella
Isabella
Daria
Anastassia
Ariana
Cecilia
Larissa
Claudia

darleneconnor Wed 01-Dec-10 10:40:22

Marina's great- use that.

chelleyve Tue 21-Dec-10 16:03:06

Merrique - etheral and yet strong... DH has vetoed this (along with many other names!) but I love it...

AllieW Tue 21-Dec-10 16:07:21

Just discovered Nesia - a Hebrew name meaning miracle of God.

tiptoptally Tue 28-Dec-10 02:10:42

Louisa
Maisy
Tamsin
Amara
Serena

tiptoptally Tue 28-Dec-10 02:11:22

PS - I do love Jessamine, but for some reason it makes me think of margarine? :-(

daisysden Wed 05-Jan-11 18:41:20

My daughter is called Ayla, it was taken from a series of books by author Jean M Auel called 'The Earth Children'. There was a film made of one of the books called 'Clan of the Cave bear' starring Daryl Hannah as Ayla.

I think the name is simple and pretty and have since been told that in Turkey it stands for 'the moon' or 'moonlight' which to me only makes it more appealling!!!

Good luck anyway and if you have already had your liitle one...congrats!! x

OsbegaEthewulf Wed 05-Jan-11 18:48:07

Jonquil
Marilla
Tansy
Dorcas

sophielouise Wed 05-Jan-11 21:33:05

oooh Daisysden that is one of my favourite books too! DH and I both loved it and love that name. She is the best character ever! I'm interested to know how you pronounce it - is it Ay-la or Eye-la?

jungleboogie Wed 05-Jan-11 22:13:33

Aria!
I nearly used this for my DD, but wasn't brave enough.
Could also be Ariana if you prefer something longer.
Elodie?

daisysden Wed 05-Jan-11 22:28:44

We say Ay-la but much to her annoyance though lots of people do say Eye-la. We wanted to use the name for our firstborn 24 years ago but he was a boy and he was followed by 2 more brothers but finally 14 years ago we had our girl! Strangely enough, she looks just how I imagined her from the books. Tall willowy and blonde. She is also a mad tomboy and always climbing trees and throwing herself around getting injured, not at all girly, just like her namesake! So if you want a girly girl, good luck!

In her entire life, she has only known 1 other Ayla (who was also named after the books) so it's nice and unusual too. x

mumzy Wed 05-Jan-11 22:44:21

Guinevere seems to tick all the OP's boxes

Camille
Marcelle - that's mine!
Celandine

thepeoplesprincess Thu 13-Sep-12 19:32:48

Phaedra? Seraphina? Isolde?

I have both a Persephone and an Ophelia, and those are of the same ilk.

kweggie Thu 13-Sep-12 19:41:06

eithne- means 'little fire'

I love all these names.

How about...
Araminta
Estella
Ariel
Helena

Celeste?

Snog Thu 13-Sep-12 19:55:05

Faye
Ariel
Erin
Cobweb

redpanda13 Thu 13-Sep-12 20:23:46

Ellida
Vivienne
Aria

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