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Baby names for girls that mean 'wild' give her a fierce start to life

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...

The perfect baby name for a little spitfire in the making

Are you expecting a wild child? Chances are, your little girl is already making her presence known. Why not continue that trend with a baby name that means "wild"? 

These baby names aren't all that common, which can be super appealing for a modern mom. It's hard to find a name that is a little off the beaten track and doesn't appear much, if at all, on the Social Security Administration's popularity lists each year.

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This particular group of girl names stems from many different cultures, and while there isn't a ton of female names that specifically mean "wild," there are many that may mean nearly the same thing. For example, if a name means "battle ready," or reflects an ancient goddess who hung out with wild animals, we've included it. We think you can't go into battle nor hang out in the wilderness if you're not a little wild yourself.

So, whether you hope your little girl has some wildness about her, or are just looking for some interesting, uncommon names, we've got you covered.

The perfect baby name for a little spitfire in the making
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  • Alanza: Meaning "ready for battle," this name has Old German roots
  • Artemis: This familiar Greek goddess ruled over the hunt and wild animals, among others
  • Artio: This was the Gaulish goddess of the wilderness
  • Averil: This Old English name means "wild boar"
  • Beda: This name, which means "battle maid," has Old English origins
  • Chanda: A Hindi name, this means "hot, fierce, passionate"
  • Cybele: An ancient mother goddess whose companions included wild animals
  • Earnestine: Meaning "serious, battle to the death," this name has Old German roots
  • Fauve: This French name means "wild"
  • Gytha: Meaning "strife," this name has Old English roots
  • Hedda: This Old German name means "contention and strife"
  • Hilda: This amazing name, which means "battle," has Old German origins
  • Ignacia: This name with Latin roots means "ardent, burning"
  • Imelda: This gorgeous name means "universal battle"
  • Kelly: A traditional name, this means "strife, war"
  • Matilda: Meaning "mighty in battle," this name has Old German roots
  • Olinda: This Greek name means "wild fig"
  • Rhea: Rhea was the Greek goddess of the mountain wilds
  • Rhona: Similar to a German name meaning "battle gods"
  • Zelda: This Old German name means "dark battle"

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The perfect baby name for a little spitfire in the making
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