25 Gorgeous Greek Baby Names for Girls

High up on the list of baby name trends for 2015 are Greek names, and with hundreds of years of history and mythology, the beautiful coastal country offers no shortage of inspiration. Though some of the goddesses' names are harder to pull off than others (Aphrodite, anyone?), the gorgeous, ancient language provides plenty of wearable baby names for little girls.

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Here are 25 of our favorite Greek-inspired baby names for girls:

 

AgathaThis old-fashioned name comes from the Greek word agathos, which means "good" or "kind." With so many adorable nicknames like "Aggie" and "Hattie" and strong forebears like Agatha Christie, how could you possibly say no?

AlexisThough it can be used as a boys' name, we love Alexis for strong and independent girls. Coming from the Greek word alexin (to defend), it can be shortened to something spunky like "Allie" or "Lexi."

AngeliaThis gorgeous take on more common names like Angela or Angelina comes straight from Greek mythology: Angelia is the daimona (or spirit) of messages and tidings, and the daughter of Hermes.

Aretha: Aretha is the female version of Ares, who was the Greek god of war. It is strong and commanding and possibly worn best in history by the R&B powerhouse Aretha Franklin.

AtalantaWith an extra syllable to differentiate her from the city of Atlanta, Atalanta is a strong and independent huntress in Greek mythology. This gorgeous name is tragically underused, though potential nicknames like "Annie" and "Lana" are much more popular.

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Athena: Of course, any girl with the name Athena would have big shoes to fill, but we still love this name for girls. Borrowed from the Greek goddess of wisdom, skill, and war, any little Athenas out there are just about guaranteed to walk with their head up high.

AuraPronounced "oar-ah", this gentle name is shared with the Greek goddess of the breeze and the fresh, cool air of early mornings. There's something so peaceful about it ... everyone take a big inhale and exhale. Ahhh.

Chloe: Though in Greek (and in the Kardashian family), it's spelled "Khloe", either way this little girl's name is equal parts strong and sweet. In mythology, Chloe was the summer epithet of the goddess Demeter and recalls her gift for making flowers bloom.

Cleo: Derived from the Greek word kleos for glory and fame, this tough but quirky name borrows directly from the muse of history, Clio.

CoraThis bright name comes from the word kore, which means maiden. It is a common byname for the mythological figure Persephone, who was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, and the queen of the underworld. Talk about strong female figures!

Daphne: In Greek mythology, Daphne is a nymph and daughter of the river god Peneus. Of course, anybody familiar with Scooby Doo already knows how adorable this name can be.

EffieEffie is the short version of two great Greek words: euphemia and eftychia, which mean "well-spoken" and "happiness" respectively. It also brings to mind the colorful Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games, who just gets more and more fabulous every time we see her.

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HelenThis classic name is a Greek legend -- Helen was the wife of the Spartan king whose abduction sparked the Trojan war. It means light, torch, or bright ... all of which are perfect for a firecracker of a daughter.

HeraSharing sounds with the popular "Sara" and "Tara," Hera is a gorgeous name we'd love to see more of in 2015. In mythology, Hera was the majestic wife of Zeus, the goddess of women and marriage, and definitely a force to be reckoned with.

HermioneOf course the first thing we think of with this name is J.K. Rowling's famous character from the Harry Potter series, but Hermione has always existed as a feminine form of Hermes, the Greek messenger god. We love it for the playful bounce in the middle, and hey -- if your daughter turns out at all like Hermione Granger, then you could do a lot worse.

Irene: Though classically spelled Eirene, both names are gentle and come from Eirene, the Greek daimona of peace. When shortened to "Rene" or "Renie" (pronounced "REE-nee"), this classic name is absolutely irresistible. 

KassandraAlso spelled "Cassandra," in Greek mythology, she was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy and gifted with the power of prophecy. We love the cute nickname "Kassie."

OlympiaAnother widely unused name that we think deserves some credit, the name Olympia comes from Mount Olympus, the Greek mountain that was home to the gods in legends. Powerful without losing any femininity, any girl with this name is destined for greatness.

Paris: Though it seems like this name would be French in origin, it actually comes from the Trojan prince who started the Trojan war. Maybe it was used traditionally as a boys' name, but we love this for little girls (thanks, Gilmore Girls). 

Penelope: Penelope is a sweet name that has even sweeter nicknames (we love "Penny"). In Homer's The Odyssey, Penelope was the famously faithful wife of the hero Odysseus. 

PhoebeComing from the Greek word phoibos (bright one), Phoebe is also a name given to Artemis, the goddess of the hunt and wilderness. It's also featured widely in influential American media -- including J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye and Friends.

RheaIn Greek mythology, Rhea was the mother of the powerful Olympian gods -- including Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon. Her name comes from the Greek word rhoia (flowing), and we love this for a powerful but unusual name for girls.

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Selena: Selena comes from the mythical figure Selene (which is a gorgeous name for girls in its own right), who was the Greek goddess of the moon. The name itself is luminous, and worn well by celebrities like Selena Gomez.

Thalia: The Greek word thallein means "to flourish and bloom," and the name Thalia comes from the Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry. Nicknames like "Thal" or "Lia" make this name versatile -- it can be tough or gentle when you need it to be.

Zoe: Zoe was a minor goddess whose name means "life." It has the trendy "oe" sound, which gives it a little spunk, and can be seen on celebrity favorites like Zoe Saldana and Zoe Kazan. 

For more great baby name ideas to find your perfect baby name match, visit Baby Name Wizard.

 

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