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The 101 Best Baby Girl Names (And the 13 to Avoid)

Because you're going to regret Daenerys — trust us.

For expectant moms and dads, few things are more joyful and fun than trying to dream up the perfect name to carry a child through life. But what starts out as a lighthearted game — choosing the perfect girl’s name —  can start to feel a bit overwhelming. There are so many thousands of beautiful girls’ names out there, but only one unique baby girl soon to be your daughter. How can you know which name is going to best suit her personality and best serve her interests as she grows? Something very flowery and girly might be cute when she’s little, but not so much down the road. Pluck a baby name straight from pop culture or one that’s trending upward in popularity, and eventually, it will feel staler than three-week old sourdough. Then, there’s the question of what, if anything, you want to carry forward from your own family — will you choose a family name that says something about your roots, or will you break tradition and choose something more unusual?

While we can’t help you make those decisions, we can provide some great inspirational baby girls’ names. We’ve compiled a list of baby girl names that are unusual enough that your child won’t share them with every other classmate, but also not, like, Mufaletta, Paprika, or Chalice. We’ve also included 13 baby girls’ names you should consider avoiding because, hey, it’s important. Happy picking.

The 101 Baby Girl Names to Consider…

  1. Willa
  2. Clementine
  3. Christina
  4. Tory
  5. Victoria
  6. Kaelie
  7. Katherine
  8. Molly
  9. Isabel
  10. Harper
  11. Harlow
  12. Parker
  13. Willow
  14. Charlotte
  15. Scarlette
  16. Isla
  17. Ellie
  18. Marlow
  19. Holly
  20. Amber
  21. Ariel
  22. Viola
  23. Chloe
  24. Luna
  25. Meara
  26. Violet
  27. Hazel
  28. Aida
  29. Sienna
  30. Tyra
  31. Blake
  32. Stella
  33. Savannah
  34. April
  35. Lilly
  36. Lillee
  37. Chrysanthemum 
  38. Gracie
  39. Heidi
  40. Jasmine
  41. Ada
  42. Hallie
  43. Aurora
  44. Myla
  45. Iris
  46. Zoe
  47. Amethyst
  48. Arabella
  49. Kristin
  50. Adeline
  51. Anabella
  52. Piper
  53. Sam
  54. Taylor
  55. Tayla
  56. Alessandra
  57. Rosie
  58. Elliana
  59. Sky
  60. Annabeth
  61. Malia
  62. Lillia
  63. Etta
  64. Hattie
  65. Pearl
  66. Ivory
  67. Georgia
  68. Nola 
  69. Penny
  70. Ella
  71. Maggie
  72. Karina
  73. Addison
  74. Poppy
  75. Olivia
  76. Frankie
  77. Olive
  78. Ava
  79. Elizabeth
  80. Jade
  81. June
  82. Brie
  83. Ivy
  84. Daisy
  85. Alice
  86. Evelyn
  87. Ruby
  88. Aria
  89. Matilda
  90. Esmé
  91. Leah
  92. Brooke
  93. Josie
  94. Helena
  95. Margaret
  96. Alyssa
  97. Hadley
  98. Lexie
  99. Celeste
  100. Maya
  101. Maeve 
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13 Baby Girl Names to Avoid…

1. Abcd We can only imagine what these parents were thinking.

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2. Blue Just because Beyoncé kind of pulled it off doesn’t mean just anyone can.

3. Meghan A pretty name for sure, but soon to be everywhere, thanks to the formerly newest duchess. 

4. Londyn If you love a place so much you’re going to name your kid after it, at least spell it right.

5. Merika While it could have been a fathomable name in another time and place, the introduction of this slang word into the American vocabulary makes this name intolerable.

6. North It was bad enough when Kim and Kanye did it.

7. Olga Doesn’t exactly bring to mind a sweet little baby, now, does it. 

8. Anous No further comment. 

9. Facebook Yep. Someone did it. Don’t follow in their footsteps. 

10. Hashtag #No #JustNo

11. Alexa Avoid setting your child up for a lifetime of the popular Amazon device responding to their name. 

12. Bertha Come on. Don’t be cruel.

13. Ursula It just sounds … villainous.