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!

missmaybe Sat 27-Apr-13 08:40:49

Thank you all so much! These are just fabulous suggestions and really add to the list of names I love. I still can't really decide, but I've got until July and I might come back on here with a final shortlist for your honest opinions grin

Chayah, what a beautiful name you have!

The ones I love best right now are... and this is a looooonnnng list still...

Maya
Isis
Eve
Chaya
Beatrice
Callista
Marianne
Marina
Lena
Gabrielle
Calliope
Anouk
Cassandra
Tess
Nadia
Talya
Kismet
Ariel
Damaris
Phaedra
Nina
Joy
Jaya
Veda
Merle
Molly
Tamar
Miranda
Catherine
Leila
Miriam
Wren
Linnea
Delilah
Saskia
Helena

RnB Fri 26-Apr-13 13:11:32

If I had another girl she would be Juno

night1971 Fri 26-Apr-13 13:07:34

Araminta is of Hebrew origin, or for a simpler Latin version, Aminta.

thistooshallpasswontit Wed 24-Apr-13 23:27:24

Morven
Mirren

TwinkleSparkleBling Wed 24-Apr-13 23:23:17

Cordelia

Miranda & Vivienne but these have been mentioned

jellybeans Mon 22-Apr-13 23:27:01

Gabriella and Lena are lovely

Also how about

Leona or Leoni
Lucinda
Briony
Tabitha
Matilda
Natalia
Francesca
Imogen
Fiona
Tia
Joelle
Noelle
Nicole
Georgina
Zoe

BoyMeetsWorld Mon 22-Apr-13 22:31:22

Great thread. Some of my favourites in this vein have already been said. Love...

Isolde
Petra
Phaedra
Eliana
Sorrel
Agatha (Taggy)
Lara
Stella
Briar
Ember
Nerys

BanjoPlayingTiger Mon 15-Apr-13 15:58:13

Petra
Petrina
Eva
Galatea

Vashti

Thirstysomething Mon 15-Apr-13 14:48:23

Merry is often short for Merryn, Cornish name. Thinking of it if we have a girl...
Interesting to see Christobel/Christabel mentioned so many times, I know two grown up Christabels and they had each never heard if another one, but it seems to suddenly getting really popular?!

InkleWinkle Sun 14-Apr-13 18:54:49

Alexa

jkklpu Sun 14-Apr-13 18:52:57

Christabel
Rowan

chayahivory Sun 14-Apr-13 14:41:30

My name (Chayah) is of hebrew origin. It is a derivative of Chavvah which is another form of Eve. It means 'Breath of Life'. My mother decided to have it prounounced Shay-ah (like Charlotte) but it can also be pronounced Chay-ah. I'm always being complimented on it. smile I've even known two people who decided to use it for their children.

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

Merryn, not merry

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

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

Helen (nn Nelly)

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

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

Miriam was the sister of Moses.

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

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

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

Cassiopia

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

Jezamy (Cornish) has different spellings
Elena

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!)

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

Three from the New Testament

Tryphena
Tryphosa
Persis

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

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

How about Anna?

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