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Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran have brought out a companion piece to their e-book The Nameberry Guide to the Best Baby Names for Boys, this time focusing on the best names for girls.

The Nameberry Guide to the Best Baby Names for Girls is just as good as the boys’ name edition, and in fact you get 650 girls names – fifty more than the boys. To me it seems as if the girls names are slightly more daring than the boys overall, and also more in tune with what’s on trend here. Because of this, I would probably recommend the girl’s name guide even more highly.

The biggest brow-raiser for an Australian reader is the occasional suggestion of names for girls that have only charted for boys here, such as Campbell, Riley and Elliot – although this may well appeal to certain parents as something a bit out of the ordinary.

To give you a taste of what’s inside, I will share some of my favourite names from the guide that have never been common in Australia. (Brooke at Baby Name Pondering also shared some of her favourites, so I will make a conscious effort not to duplicate what she says, even though I love nearly all her suggestions).

  • Amabel
  • Anais
  • Arden
  • Blythe
  • Carys
  • Clea
  • Damaris
  • Elodie
  • Fiorella
  • Guinevere
  • Hermione
  • Isadora
  • Jessamine
  • Juno
  • Kerensa
  • Lilou
  • Melisande
  • Orla
  • Paloma
  • Posy
  • Romy
  • Saskia
  • Seren
  • Tallulah
  • Thisbe
  • Vesper
  • Viveca
  • Winnie
  • Zelda
  • Zenobia

You can buy The Nameberry Guide to the Best Baby Names for Girls from the Nameberry store, or from Amazon.