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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall... What Are the Loveliest Baby Names of All?

The most beautiful baby girl names often have several syllables, lots of vowels, a romantic, rhythmic flow, and sometimes a connection to a fabulous fictional heroine. If you’ve got a little lady on the way, you’re going to love these pretty girl names

 

Angelica 1 of 12
One of the laciest and most romantic of names, more delicate than Angelina, more feminine than Angel, and more up to date than Angela.
Arabella 2 of 12
All names ending in bella, including the present top name Isabella, are as lovely as their meaning.
Dove 3 of 12
One of the new bird names replacing Robin, this one is evocative of the cooing of love birds, with its soft and gentle sound—and it does rhyme with love.
Evangeline 4 of 12
A name that conjures up the image of a radiant young beauty with long, flowing hair, Evangeline was introduced to the English-speaking world by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his 1837 poem. It means "good news."
Ianthe 5 of 12
Pronounced "eye-AN-thee," this ethereal ancient name meaning violet was used by the romantic poets Byron and Shelley—the latter actually chose it for his own daughter's name. In Greek myth, Ianthe, was the daughter of Oceanus, supreme ruler of the sea.
Isabeau 6 of 12
A unique French spin on the mega-popular Isabel, Isabella, and the name of a French queen, the heroine of an opera, and the character played by Michelle Pfeiffer in Ladyhawke.
Juliet 7 of 12
The heroine of the greatest love story ever told, Juliet moves one step beyond the more prosaic Julie and Julia, and is heard more often in England than it is here. The Italian form Giulietta turns it exotic.
Melisande 8 of 12
Rarely heard in real life, this hauntingly melodious French form of Melissa and Millicent has lots of cultural references, from the Debussy opera Pelleas et Melisande to sci-fi novels and video games.
Miranda 9 of 12
A shimmeringly lovely name with nothing but attractive associations, Miranda was invented by Shakespeare for the beautiful heroine of his play The Tempest. A nice alternate for the overused—but still attractive — Amanda.
Sabrina 10 of 12
A name with a lot of bewitching charm, Sabrina, was a legendary Celtic goddess, the charismatic title character of a classic Audrey Hepburn movie, and television's teenage witch.
Valentina 11 of 12
A perfect Valentine of a name, Valentina, has an artistic, slightly exotic image, one that must have appealed to actress Salma Hayek, who chose it for her daughter. It's sometimes given to girls born around February 14th.
Savannah 12 of 12
A name redolent of magnolias and other sweet smells of the Old South, Savannah has become one of the hottest place names, as well as one of one of the most appealing. It's now the 40th most popular girls' name in the country.
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