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Baby Girl Names That Mean ‘Wild’ for a Spitfire in the Making

Sometimes you get a sense, even before your child is born, they’re going to be a wild one. Or maybe you were an adventurous kid, and thus expect you might just be tasked with a similarly rambunctious baby. So why not embrace it and give your baby girl a name that means “wild”?

We’ve collected several names that are perfect fits for a wild child. They’re gorgeous, but not too popular, so she’ll stand out. And although some of these literally mean “wild,” we’ve also included some more poetic interpretations of the word — for example, Olinda, which means “wild fig”; Chanda, which means “fierce”; or Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt and wild animals.

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So, whether you hope to raise your little girl in the wilderness or just hope she lives a wild life in the city, we’ve got you covered with the name choices below.

  • 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”
  • Hilda: This 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 “war”
  • Matilda: Meaning “mighty in battle,” this name has Old German roots
  • Olinda: This Greek name means “wild fig”
  • Rhea: 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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A version of this article was originally published in February 2016.

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