These girl power baby names mean 'leader' ... literally
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- Queen Victoria (of England)
- Shirley (Chisholm)
- Angela (Merkel)
- Jeannette (Rankin)
- Golda (Meir)
- Belva (Lockwood)
- Wilma (Mankiller)
- Isabel (Peron)
- Michelle (Bachelet)
- Ellen (Johnson Sirleaf)
- Benazir (Bhutto)
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