Baby names with sweet meanings

What’s in a name? Quite a lot as it turns out. There’s way more to naming a baby than just settling on something that sounds nice and a sweet meaning is also an asset.

Sweet sleeping baby girl with flower bow on head

Other-worldly names for girls

Show your daughter the sky really is the limit by naming her after a star or rainbow. All of the following have celestial meanings:

  • Iris: rainbow
  • Caelia: heavenly
  • Celeste: heavenly
  • Stella: star
  • Tara: star
  • Aphrodite: goddess of love in Greek mythology

Uplifting names for girls

With a name as positive and worthy as one of these, your little girl’s glass will always be half full (well, here’s hoping):

  • Allegra: cheerful
  • Angelica: angelic
  • Charis: grace
  • Deborah: sweet and diligent
  • Dulcie: sweet
  • Grace
  • Honey: sweet
  • Irene: peace
  • Letitia: joy
  • Rebecca: gentle
  • Aline: lovely
  • Mignon: darling or cute
  • Aveline: longed-for child
  • Salome: sweet
  • Anne: gracious
  • Anneliese: gracious
  • Angharad: much loved
  • Annabel: loveable
  • Beatrice: she who brings happiness and blessings
  • Carey/Cary: well loved

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Beautiful names for girls

What’s not to like about a name meaning pretty, lovely or beautiful? Here are some examples: 

  • Belinda: pretty
  • Bella: beautiful
  • Bonita: pretty
  • Bonnie: pretty or lovely
  • Guinevere: fair lady
  • Ingrid: fair and beautiful
  • Iseult: fair or beautiful one
  • Linda: pretty or neat
  • Selma: beautiful
  • Tallula/Tallulah: princess
  • Mirabelle: lovely
  • Astrid: Fair, divinely beautiful

Floral names for girls

Flower-themed names are infinitely feminine, promising a lifetime of sweet-smelling, girlie greatness. For a plant or flower as familiar as many of these, the name speaks for itself.

  • Rose
  • Rosalind: lovely rose
  • Rosalie: rose
  • Primrose
  • Fleur: flower
  • Daisy
  • Ivy
  • Dandelion
  • Dahlia
  • Lily
  • Poppy
  • Holly
  • Daphne: laurel
  • Clematis: climbing plant or flowering vine
  • Clover
  • Bryony: climbing plant or flowering vine
  • Anthea: flowery

Animal names for girls

Allow your little one to unleash her inner animal with a name inspired by a rabbit, lamb or cat.

  • Bunty: lamb
  • Kitty
  • Bunny
  • Delphine: dolphin
  • Jemima: dove
  • Lark
  • Tabitha: doe
  • Fauna: the animal life of a particular region
  • Merle: blackbird

Best of the boys

Boy’s names don’t always have to mean “proud warrior” or “fierce protector”. Go against the grain with these sweet offerings and ensure your son stays in touch with his feminine side:

  • Benedict: blessed
  • Declan: full of goodness
  • Felix: lucky or happy
  • Gareth: gentle
  • Miles: possibly meaning grace
  • Robin
  • Pax: peace
  • Solomon: peace
  • Lionel: young lion
  • Wilfred: peace lover
  • Oisin: little deer
  • Kenneth: handsome
  • Jonah: dove
  • Calum/Callum: dove
  • Florian: Flowering or blossoming

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