Girl names and meanings


Find the meaning and origin of the name or names for your baby girl from the list below, in alphabetical order, of 100 very popular Girl Names in NZ. In addition to meanings and origins, find variations on each name, + other names derived from or associated with the popular name.

For a list of 20 popular Maori names for girls, see this page.

Girl       Names       Origin Name Meaning Variations; Derivative Names
Aaliyah  Arabic High, Sublime  Aliyah 
Abby  English Joy of the Father  deriv. from Abigail 
Abigail  Hebrew  Joy of the Father Abigael, Abbygail, Abbigayle, Abigayle, Abbigail, Abigale, Abagail, Abaigeal, Abigaile  
Addison   English Child of Adam Addisyn, Adison, Adyson, Addyson 
Alexandra Greek Defender of the People  Alejandra, Alessandra, Alixandra 
Alexia American  Defender of the People fem. for Alexander, Alexei or Alexis
Alice  English of a Noble Kin 
Alyssa  Greek Rational Alysa, Allyssa 
Amber   English Precious Stone  Aamber 
Amelia  Latin To Strive or Excel or Rival  Amilya, Amilia, Emilia 
Amy  Latin Beloved  Amee
Anahera ¬†Maori Angel or Archangel¬† –¬†
Anna Hebrew Gracious, Merciful Myanna; deriv. from Hannah 
Annabelle ¬†English combined ->¬† combined¬†“Anna” and “Bella”
Aria Italian Solo Melody  name of mythological nymph 
Ariana Italian Very Holy  Aryanna; from Greek name Ariadne 
Ashley English from the Ash Tree Field  Ashely, Ashlie, Ashlee, Ashly 
Ava Latin   Like a Bird short for Avis 
Ayla Hebrew Oak Tree
Bailey English   Bailiff, Steward  Bailee, Baily, Baili 
Bella  Italian Beautiful short for Isabella 
Brooke English  Small Stream
Brooklyn  American  Borough ofNew York  Brooklyne, Brooklynn 
Caitlin  Irish Pure Caitlyn, Kaitlynn 
 Charlotte  English Free  fem. of Charles
 Chloe  Greek Verdant and Blooming  Cloe, Chloey, Khloe, Khloei, Chloie, Kloey, Kloe  
¬†Daisy ¬†American ¬†the Flower Deisy; deriv. from¬†the “day’s eye”¬†
Eden Hebrew  Paradise 
 Elizabeth Hebrew God is My Oath   Elizebeth 
 Ella  Spanish  Young Girl short for Eleanor 
 Emily English  To Strive or Excel or Rival  Emilee, Emmalie, Emely, Emili 
¬†Emma ¬†Latin Universal¬† ¬†–
¬†¬†Eva ¬†Hebrew ¬†¬†Giver of Life ¬†–
 Faith  English Fiath
 Georgia  English Farmer fem. of George 
 Grace Latin Grace of God
Hannah  Hebrew Grace Hanna 
Hayley  English from the Hay Clearing  Haylie, Haylee, Hailee, Hayleigh 
 Hazel English  the Hazel Tree   light brown colour 
Holly  English Plant with Red Berries  Holli, Hollie, Hollye, Holley  
Imogen ¬†English ¬†Innocent, Girl¬† Shakespeare derived from “Innogen”¬†
 Isabel  Spanish God is My Oath  Isobel, Isabell, Izabelle 
Isabella Italian God is My Oath  Isabela, Izabella, Issabella 
Isabelle   French God is My Oath  Isabell 
 Isla Scottish  Island
 Jade  English Green Gemstone  Jayde 
  Jasmine Persian Jasmine Flower  Jazmine, Jazmyn, Jasmyn, Jazmin 
  Jessica Hebrew God Beholds Jessika, Jyssica 
Kate English Pure Kayte, Kaite; deriv. from Katherine
Katelyn  American Pure Katelynn 
Katie English Pure deriv. from Kathleen or Katherine 
Kayla American  Pure and Beloved  Kailah, Kailiah, Kaela, Kaila, Keyla, Kaylah 
 Keira Irish  Black Haired  Kiera 
Lauren American Laurel Lauryn, Laurynn 
Leah Hebrew¬† ¬†Weary ¬†–
 Lilly English Lily Lillie
 Lily English Lily flower Lilly
 Lola  Spanish Sorrows deriv. from Dolores 
 Lucy  English Light Lucie 
 Mackenzie Scottish Son of Kenneth Mckenzie, Makenzie, Makenzee, Mckinzie, Makenzi 
 Madaleine  French Woman of Magdala  Madeleine, Madeline, Madelyne, Maddelyne, Mahdeline, Mahdelyn
Maddison   English Son of Matthew Madison, Madisyn, Maddyson, Madyson, Madisyn, Madysen
Madeline  English Woman of Magdala  Madilyn, Madeleine, Madalyn,  Madalynn, Madilynn, Madaline 
Madison English Son of Matthew Maddison, Madisyn, Maddyson, Madyson, Madisyn, Madysen
¬†Maia Latin¬† Great –¬†
¬†Manaia ¬†Maori Guardian –¬†
 Maria  Spanish  Sea of Bitterness  Mariea 
 Matilda  English Battle Strength  12th century English queen 
  Mia Scandinavian  Sea of Bitterness  Miah; deriv. from Maria  
 Millie  English derivation ->  deriv. from Mildred or Millicent 
Mikayla   American Who is like God?  Mikaylaa; form of Michaela 
 Molly  English Sea of Bitterness  Mollie 
Natalie   French Born on Christmas Day  Natalee, Natali
Nevaeh American Heaven Neveah; “heaven” spelt backwards¬†
Olivia English Elf Army Alyvia; fem. of Oliver 
Paige English Assistant 
Peyton ¬†English from Pacca’s Town¬†¬† –¬†
 Phoebe Greek  Bright, Shining  Pheobe
Piper   English Flute Player 
Poppy Latin from the Flower 
Rebecca Hebrew  Snare  Rebeca, Rebbekah 
 Riley  Irish Descendant of Roghallach  Ryleigh, Ryley, Rileigh 
 Rose   English  the Flower 
Ruby English Red Gemstone  Rubi 
¬†Samantha¬† ¬†American ¬†combined¬†-> combined¬†“Samuel” and “Anthea”
 Sarah  Hebrew  Princess   Sara 
 Savannah   Native American  Open Plain  Savanah 
Scarlett English Red  Scarlet 
 Sienna  Italian  Reddish Brown  Siena
¬†Sofia¬† ¬†¬†Spanish ¬†Wisdom¬† ¬†–
 Sophia  Greek  Wisdom   Sofia 
Sophie  French  Wisdom  Sofie
¬†Stella¬† ¬†Latin¬† ¬†Star¬† ¬†–
¬†Summer ¬†¬†English ¬†a season ¬†–
Tayla¬† American¬†¬† ¬†combined¬†-> ¬†combined¬†“Taylor” and “Ayla”¬†
Taylor   English  Tailor  Tayler, Teighlor 
Tessa English Harvester deriv. from Theresa 
¬†Violet ¬†French Purple/blue Flower¬† –¬†
Zara English  Princess Zaira; form of Sarah
Zoe Greek  Life
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