Unusual/strong/pretty names for girls?

(63 Posts)
missmaybe Fri 12-Apr-13 12:15:49

Any suggestions on pretty but 'strong' names for girls? The ones I really like so far are:

Maya
Isis
Beatrice
Eve
Veda
Merle
Lena
Gabrielle

... but I'm not sure I've found 'the' name yet. I quite like the idea of a name with a Hebrew root but as you can see my list is wide-ranging in terms of origin! Inspiration would be much appreciated!

HolidayArmadillo Fri 12-Apr-13 13:39:58

Joely
Calliope
Bridget

chica123 Fri 12-Apr-13 13:40:17

Lara and Matilda?

WotSoFunee Fri 12-Apr-13 13:40:21

Heidi
Verity
Helena
Genevieve

Serafinaaa Fri 12-Apr-13 13:41:40

I was going to say Miriam too for a girl's name with a Hebrew root. It can be shortened to 'Mimi'.

Offcolour Fri 12-Apr-13 13:44:15

Esther
Abigail
Ruth

SmellieWellies Fri 12-Apr-13 13:45:15

Oh, I would have loved to have used Isis.

fussychica Fri 12-Apr-13 14:07:15

Laurel
Freya
Pernill
Inez

MyNameIsSuz Fri 12-Apr-13 14:09:33

I like Octavia, it's pretty and girly but shortened to Tavi sounds quite strong too.

JennyPiccolo Fri 12-Apr-13 14:12:33

I can't see Octavia without thinking skoda.

Gabriella
Clarissa
Alexa
Matilda
Althea

Willow36 Fri 12-Apr-13 16:49:53

Meredith
Isobel
Emilia
Alexandra
Elizabeth
Catherine
Layla
Karina
Felicity
Natasha

WyrdMother Fri 12-Apr-13 16:56:53

Carola or Caro
Thea
Venitia
Annis
(You can blame the last two on a fondness for Georgette Heyer)

baskingseals Fri 12-Apr-13 18:13:46

Marianne

Christobel

Annaliese

Lois

Stella

Katya

How about Anna?

Exhaustipated Fri 12-Apr-13 19:00:52

Ramona
Naomi
Esther
Penelope
Roberta
Constance
Francesca
Cora
Rosa
Juno
Bethan
Viola

KittenOfDoom Fri 12-Apr-13 19:36:08

Three from the New Testament

Tryphena
Tryphosa
Persis

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Fri 12-Apr-13 19:41:24

Holly (I teach secondary, and every Holly I've taught has been amazing)
Cedar (I taught one once, I still love the name!)
I like Merryn, suggested above.
Joy
Verity (which I love even more since the statue in devon!)

Varya Fri 12-Apr-13 19:43:14

Jezamy (Cornish) has different spellings
Elena

Coconutty Fri 12-Apr-13 19:47:03

Cassiopia

blue22 Fri 12-Apr-13 20:58:52

Christiana, Allegra and Ariadne are all strong, pretty names I think

CruCru Fri 12-Apr-13 21:10:57

Miriam was the sister of Moses.

Delilahahaha Sat 13-Apr-13 00:06:36

Love Isis and Maya. Greta and Miriam are lovely sggestions above.

Phaedra
Allegra
Grainne
Maeve
Nina
Felicity
Carmen
Anais
Zora
Petra
Xanthe
Etta
Athena
Ines

MERLYPUSS Sat 13-Apr-13 14:10:41

Helen (nn Nelly)

dementedma Sat 13-Apr-13 22:46:01

Merry is nice.
Maya is becoming quite common now - I know 3, all under the age of two

dementedma Sat 13-Apr-13 22:46:23

Merryn, not merry

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