Ancient female names but still in use: here are the most beautiful

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Ancient female names but still in use

Are you expecting a girl and would like to give her an important, beautiful, unusual name, perhaps linked to an important woman in history or mythology, an ancient name that is still in use today? Well, in this article we are going to take back some ancient female names but still in use. Names rich in history, deep, some more heartfelt, others very unusual, and who knows that in this long list you will not find the right name for your baby girl.





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Rare female names

Let's start with a list of female names that are as old as they are rare. Names that, if you give your daughter, will distinguish her among many of her, with which her peers will hardly be called, almost unique names, as unique is the love you feel for your little one. Here is a list of rare female names:



  • Isotta
  • Dorotea
  • Sould
  • Berenice
  • Lea
  • Nives
  • Eloisa

Names from the 1800s

Let's go back in time to discover names that were quite common in the 1800s and are still beautiful and common today. It ranges from delicate and sweet names to other hard a little austere ones. There are great classics or more particular names. Here is our selection:



  • Agnes, means "chaste", "pure", has Latin origins and her name day is celebrated on 21 January on the occasion of Sant'Agnese, virgin and martyr of the city
  • Chiara, means "clear", "bright", has Latin origins and her name day is celebrated on 11 August on the occasion of St. Clare of Assisi
  • Diletta, means "to love by election", "preferred", derives from the adjective "Dilecta" which comes from the verb diligere, is celebrated on November 1st or May 8th
  • Violator, means "Similar to Viola", has Latin origins, is a variant of Iolanda. The name day is celebrated on May 6 in memory of the Poor Clare nun Santa Violante Pelletta
  • Nilde, means "warrior", derives from the ancient Saxon Hilde. The name day is celebrated on March 22 in memory of Santa Nilde, martyred with Santa Linda.
  • Rita, means "pearl", is an abbreviation of Margherita and has Greek origins. The name day is celebrated on May 22 in memory of the Augustinian nun Santa Rita da Cascia
  • Pink, comes from the Greek and means "beautiful, fresh as a rosebud". The name day is celebrated on 4 September on the occasion of Santa Rosa of the Franciscan Third Order, on 23 August on the occasion of Santa Rosa da Lima or on 17 November on the occasion of Santa Rosa Filippina.
  • Maria, name of Hebrew origin, means "princess". Christian name associated with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the name day is celebrated on 12 September in honor of the Holy Mother of Jesus
  • Elvira, derives from the Hebrew Elbirah and its meaning is 'temple of God'. The name day is celebrated on January 27 on the occasion of Sant'Elvira martyr
  • Adele, a name of Germanic origin, means of "noble appearance or spirit". The name day is celebrated on December 24 in memory of Santa Adela
  • Anna, a name of Hebrew origin, means "grace" or "favor". The name day is celebrated on July 26 on the occasion of Sant'Anna, mother of the Madonna

Ancient Greek female names

Hellenic names are still very popular today. Often romantic, magical, strong they are meaningful, intense and also have a beautiful sound. For this reason there are different mothers and fathers who, even today, opt for female names from Ancient Greece. We have selected some of the most beautiful:

  • Athena
  • Diana
  • Daphne
  • Penelope
  • Nausicaa
  • Arianna
  • Key
  • Iris
  • Eleni
  • Artemisia
  • Febe
  • Corinna

Ancient Roman female names

Let's now pass to the Ancient city, whose culture - like the Hellenic one - boasts some of the most beautiful female names ever. Important, powerful, unforgettable names that can be a little vintage in some cases, but that will certainly positively mark the character and personality of your little girl. Here is a list of the most beautiful female names of the Ancient city:

  • Valeria
  • Flaminia
  • Terenzia
  • Claudia
  • Giulia
  • Ottavia
  • Lucrezia
  • Augusta
  • Aurelia
  • Cornelia
  • Domitilla
  • Flavia

Beautiful but uncommon female names

We end our guide on ancient female names still in use today, with a list of ideas for those who want to give their baby an almost unique name. A list of uncommon and beautiful names for just that. In short, names that you will rarely hear ...

  • Sould
  • Diamond
  • Leila
  • Cleonice
  • Mirta
  • Raissa
  • Glenda
  • Tessa
  • Ludmilla
  • Amaryllis
  • Doris
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