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23 girl names that will be popular in 2023

By Cradlewise Staff

If you’re expecting a little girl in 2023 and are on the hunt for the perfect name, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve scoured the latest trends and predictions to bring you a list of 23 baby girl names that are expected to be popular in the coming year. 

So whether you’re looking for a classic, timeless name or something more unexpected, get inspired with this list of creative and unique baby girl names for 2023.

1. Wednesday

Origin: Old English

Meaning:  Day of the week, named after Woden, the Anglo-Saxon equivalent of Odin, the Norse god of wisdom and war.

Thanks to Jenna Ortega’s portrayal of Wednesday in the Netflix show of the same name, Wednesday’s popularity is going to soar in the coming year.

Did you know?
The full name of the fictional character Wednesday Addams is “Wednesday Friday Addams.”

Did you know?

The full name of the fictional character Wednesday Addams is “Wednesday Friday Addams.”

2. Maxine

Origin: Latin

Meaning:  The greatest

Maxine is a variant of the name Maxima, which was a Roman title given to a woman of the highest rank or station in society. It’s perfect for your baby girl if you’re looking for a classic, old-fashioned name.

3. Billie

Origin: Old English

Meaning:  Resolute protection

Billie is a shortened version of the Old High German name Wilhelmina, from “wil,” which means “desire,” and “helm,” meaning “helmet or protector.” And if you’re a Billie Holiday fan, you can name your baby girl after the jazz legend. 

Which singer-songwriter with this name became the youngest-ever winner of the prestigious “Album of the Year” Grammy?

Billie Eilish

4. Kiki

Origin: Greek

Meaning:  Double happiness

Kiki is a shortened version of the name Kiriaki, which is a combination of the Greek words “kiriakos,” meaning “lord,” and “akos,” meaning “healer.” It is a popular name in Greece and is often associated with good fortune and joy. (Just be prepared for some “Kiki, do you love me?” jokes from friends and family 😛)

5. Olivia

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Olive tree

Olivia has been a popular name around the world since the 16th century. Made famous by Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, it is also the name of a type of moonstone (which would be a great birthday present in the future if you decide to name your baby girl Olivia.)

Which famous singer with this name broke records with her debut song “Drivers License”?

Olivia Rodrigo

6. Raya

Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: Friend 

Raya is a shortened version of the name Rachel, which means “ewe” in Hebrew. It’s also commonly derived from the Latin name Regina meaning “queen.”

A name associated with beauty and kindness, it’s perfect for your little angel.

7. Iris

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Goddess of the rainbow

In Greek mythology, Iris was the messenger of the gods and was often depicted with wings.

Iris is a colorful and playful name, perfect for a girl with a bright and cheerful personality.

8. Vida

Origin: Latin

Meaning:  Life

Remember Coldplay’s hit song “Vida la Viva (Long Live Life)”?

Vida is a popular name in many Spanish-speaking countries. Associated with vitality and energy, Vida is the perfect baby name for the future love of your life. 🧡

9. Murphy

Origin: Irish

Meaning: Sea warrior

Murphy is a popular Irish surname that is derived from the Gaelic word “Murchadh,” which means “sea warrior.” It is often associated with strength and courage and has been used as a given name in Ireland for centuries.

Murphy is the surname of which famous Irish actor who plays Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders?

Cillian Murphy.

10. Ocean

Origin: Latin

Meaning:  Sea

Ocean is a unique and nature-inspired name that is associated with the vast and mysterious expanse of the sea. It suggests peace as well as the wild strength of the ocean.

11. Freyja

Origin: Norse

Meaning: Lady

With its almost magical and ancient sound, this name is likely to gain more popularity in the coming year. Why? Well, remember the ashen-haired Princess Cirilla of Cintra in the Netflix series The Witcher? She’s played by rising star actress Freya Allan.

Did you know?
Freyja is the name of the Norse goddess of love, beauty, fertility, and war. She was also the ruler of the Norse afterlife, known as Folkvangr, where half of those who died in battle would go to be with her. 

Did you know?

Freyja is the name of the Norse goddess of love, beauty, fertility, and war. She was also the ruler of the Norse afterlife, known as Folkvangr, where half of those who died in battle would go to be with her. 

12. Kahlani

Origin: Hawaiian

Meaning: The sea and sky

This unique and musical name is derived from the Hawaiian words “kahalawai,” meaning “the sea,” and “lani,” meaning “sky.”

13. Celeste

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Heavenly

Derived from the Latin word “caelestis,” which means “heavenly,” this name is associated with purity and innocence.

14. Jolene

Origin: French

Meaning:  Pretty

Jolene is a variation of the French word “jolie,” which means pretty — a pretty perfect name for your gorgeous baby girl.

Which famous country singer wrote the hit song “Jolene”?

Dolly Parton

15. Marigold

Origin: Old English

Meaning: A type of flower

Although it’s a classic English name, Marigold has been rising since Downton Abbey brought it back.

Which Shakespearean play has a character called Marigold?

The Winter’s Tale

16. Rose

Origin: Latin

Meaning: A type of flower

It’s a name that never goes out of style. Feminine and summery, the rose is a symbol of love and has been used in literature and art for centuries. It’s also the national flower of the United States.

17. Yuna

Origin: Japanese, Breton, Korean, Chinese

Meaning: Gentle, calm

Yuna is a perfect name for your baby girl if you’re looking for a multicultural name. Recently, it’s been brought to popularity by K-pop singer Yuna.

Yuna is also the name of a popular video game character in the Final Fantasy series.

18. Aurelia

Origin: Latin

Meaning:  Golden

If you’re having your baby in autumn, Aurelia is the perfect name. Associated with the golden hues of trees and fields, it’s a great choice for your little princess.

19. Oakley

Origin: English

Meaning: From the oak tree meadow

If you’re looking for a name whose meaning is rooted in earthly beauty, nature, and strength, give Oakley a shot!

20. Nyx

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Goddess of the night

The name of the Greek goddess who was the personification of night, Nyx is perfect for your baby if they’re born during a starlit night. It’s a mysterious and beautiful name, rooted in creativity and the imaginative spirit of the night.

Did you know?
Nyx is the mother of many important Greek deities, including Charon (the ferryman of the dead) and the Moirai (the Fates). It’s also believed that Nyx was the only goddess that Zeus feared.

Did you know?

Nyx is the mother of many important Greek deities, including Charon (the ferryman of the dead) and the Moirai (the Fates). It’s also believed that Nyx was the only goddess that Zeus feared.

21. Athena

Origin: Greek

Meaning: Goddess of wisdom and war

A name that denotes strength, power, and justice, it’s the perfect fit for a baby girl with a strong personality.

22. Flora

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Goddess of flowers and spring

Flora is the name of a Roman festival that celebrated the arrival of spring. A sweet and nature-inspired name, it’s perfect for your girl if she loves the outdoors.

23. Juniper

Origin: English

Meaning: From the juniper tree

The juniper tree is known for its distinctive evergreen needles and its ability to thrive in difficult conditions. It’s a unique name, inspired by nature, perfect for a girl with a resilient and adventurous spirit.

Check out our list of boy baby names that’ll trend in 2023.

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