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Dark but beautiful baby names for girls

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...

These gorgeous girl names are a bit on the dark side

When you think of dark baby names, you may think of names that are only suitable for kids of The Addams Family. While they admittedly do have an amazing knack for naming their babies, the names we have gathered here are a little more melodious to the ear and are frankly quite beautiful.

All the names here mean "night" or "dark," or they're related to these elements in some way. For example, the pretty name Amaya means "night rain." Others refer to that great black bird, the raven, and still others envelop the natural darkness of a few items, such as Ebony and Melantha.

If you treasure the beauty of a glorious darkness or are simply looking for a baby name that's a little off the beaten track, try on one of these dark baby names for girls for size.

  • Amaya: This Basque name means "night rain"
  • Brenna: This Gaelic name means "raven, black-haired"
  • Carey: With root words that mean "black," this name has Gaelic origins
  • Cari: This is another form of the name Carey
  • Ciara: A gorgeous Irish name, this means "black"
  • Collis: This unusual name comes from Old English and means "dark-haired"
  • Corvina: Meaning "raven," this name has Latin roots
  • Darcy: This quirky, cute name has Irish origins and means "dark"
  • Devany: Meaning "dark-haired," this name has Irish roots as well
  • Duana: An Irish name, this means "dark"
  • Ebony: This is the name of a gorgeous black wood
  • Hamna: An Arabic name, this means "dark grape"
  • Indigo: This is the name of a deep, dark blue dye
  • Jetta: This name comes from the name of a black, shiny gemstone called jet
  • Kali: Meaning "black," this name has Sanskrit roots
  • Kerrin: Another Irish name, this means "dark"
  • Kiara: This is another form of the name Ciara
  • Laila: This gorgeous Arabic name means "night beauty"
  • Leila: This is another form of the name Laila
  • Lela: A Kiswahili name, this means "black beauty"
  • Lila: This is another Arabic name that means "night"
  • Lilith: Meaning "belonging to the night," this name comes from a Babylonian word element
  • Melanie: A traditional, familiar name, this means "black, dark"
  • Melantha: This Greek name means "dark flower"
  • Nerissa: From the Italian language, this name means "black-haired"
  • Nisha: This adorable baby name means "night" and has Hindi roots
  • Nyx: Meaning "night," this name has Greek origins
  • Raven: The name of an impressively large black bird
  • Sable: This name has Slavic roots and means "black"
  • Samara: Meaning "night talk," this name has Hebrew and Arabic roots
  • Zelda: This terrific baby name comes from Old German and means "dark battle"
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