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These girl power baby names mean 'leader' ... literally

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

She may be but little but she deserves a fierce baby name

If you're looking for a strong baby girl name that means "leader," we've got just what you're looking for.

Leadership is a desirable trait in a child, so it's a great way for you to be inspired as you pore over baby name lists, looking for "the one." Leadership is always an important quality in a little girl. Whether she grows up to be a political leader, a school teacher, a scientific pioneer or in the first seat of her city's orchestra, giving her a head start before she makes her first appearance is always a good choice.

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These baby names have many different origins from many different languages, but they all have the same general meaning — leader, chief or ruler can all be used to define them. Some are traditional, others are uncommon and superbly unique.

She may be but little but she deserves a fierce baby name
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  • Ailani: A Hawaiian name, this means "high chief."
  • Alufa: This Hebrew name means "leader."
  • America: While it sounds patriotic, this name has Old German roots and means "home leader."
  • Andromeda: This name from Greek mythology means "leader of men."
  • Deanna: This occupational name means "church leader."
  • Enrica: With an Old German origin, this name means "ruler of the home."
  • Fallon: This modern name comes from an Irish surname that means "leader."
  • Henrietta: This name also means "ruler of the home." Feminine version of the name Henry.
  • Jocelyn: This name may be related to a Celtic word that means "lord or chief."
  • Oma: This pretty Arabic name means "leader."
  • Pandra: Meaning "chief dragon," this name has Celtic roots.
  • Ricarda: This is a feminine form of Richard, and means "powerful leader."
  • Valeska: A Slavic name, this means "splendid leader."
  • Waburga: This interesting German name means "ruler of the fortress."
  • Yetta: Meaning "home leader," this has English and German origins.

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If these baby names aren't your thing, what about naming your little girl after a famous female leader? Some of these women have been powerful leaders of their countries or tribes, and others have been instrumental in forging a path for women in the name of equality and social standing.

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She may be but little but she deserves a fierce baby name
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