English Girl Names That Might Be in Your Family Tree

January 7, 2020  - by 
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Do you have English heritage? If so, your grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and beyond might have English names. Popular English girl names come from a variety of sources. Whether you are learning about these names to connect with your ancestors or to find names for your future children, knowing where the names come from can help you connect with your family—past, present, and future.

Check out the list of popular English girl names below! You can also learn about English boy names and English surnames.

45 Popular and Unique English Girl Names

English girl names are some of the most elegant of English names. Think of class and beauty as you read them.

Ada (ā-də)

  • Origin: German or Hebrew
  • Meaning: Noble and happy or beautiful

Alberta (al-ˈbər-tə)

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Noble and bright

Alexis (ə-ˈlek-səs)

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Defender, protector, or helper

Alecia (ə-ˈlī-shə)

  • Origin: French or German
  • Meaning: Noble
an english girl reads on her laptop

Amelia (ə-ˈmēl-yə)

  • Origin: Latin or Germanic
  • Meaning: Hardworking

Andrea (än-drā-ə)

  • Origin: Italian or Greek
  • Meaning: Manly and strong

Anne (an)

  • Origin: Hebrew or Greek
  • Meaning: Gracious and merciful

Averill (ā-və-ril)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Boar battle

Blakesley (blāks-lē)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Black wolf’s meadow
a young girl and her father play

Brenda (bren-dä)

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Sword

Celestia (sə-lest-ē-ə)

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Heavenly

Charlotte (shär-lət)

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Free man

Clara (kler-ə)

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Clear and bright

Cleo (klē-o)

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: To praise or glory
a dark night, similar to the meaning of the english name darcie

Darcie (därsē)

  • Origin: English or Irish
  • Meaning: Dark

Edith (ē-dəth)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Prosperous war

Eleanor (e-lə-nər)

  • Origin: French, Greek
  • Meaning: Famous wealth, bright shining one

Elizabeth (i-ˈli-zə-bəth)

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Oath to God

Elmira (el-ˈmī-rə)

  • Origin: English, Arabic
  • Meaning: Noble, princess
a young girl with brown hair

Emma (e-mə)

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Complete or universal

Erin (er-ən)

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: Ireland

Eve (ēv)

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Life
a girl with orange hair and freckles

Freya (frā-ə)

  • Origin: Scandinavian or Norse
  • Meaning: Lady or goddess of love, fertility, and beauty

Georgianna (jȯr-jan-ə)

  • Origin: English or Greek
  • Meaning: Farmer

Gertrude (gər-trüd)

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Strong spear

Isabella (iz-ə-belə)

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: God is my oath

Joanna (jōˈ[h]anə̇)

  • Origin: English, Polish, Greek, or Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious

Katherine (ka-th(ə-)rən)

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Pure

Kelsey (kelsē)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the island

Leanne (lē-an)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Clearing or gracious
a girl picking lilies.

Lily (li-lē)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Lily flower, a symbol of purity

Louisa (lü-ē-zə)

  • Origin: English or German
  • Meaning: Famous warrior

Matilda (məˈtildə)

  • Origin: English or German
  • Meaning: Strong in battle

Myrtle (mər-tᵊl)

  • Origin: English, Greek
  • Meaning: Myrtle bush
an olive branch, the origin of the name olivia

Olivia (o-ˈli-vē-ə)

  • Origin: English, French, Latin, or Norse
  • Meaning: Descendant, olive tree, peaceful, affectionate, or warrior

Penelope (pə-ˈne-lə-pē)

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Weaver

Pippa (pipə)

  • Origin: English or Greek
  • Meaning: Horse lover

Queenie (kwē-nī)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Queen

Rosemary (rōz-mer-ē)

  • Origin: English, Latin
  • Meaning: Rosemary herb
two girls smile together

Ruth (rüth)

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Compassionate friend

Tate (tāt)

  • Origin: English, Norse
  • Meaning: Pleasant and cheerful

Tamsin (tam-zin)

  • Origin: English or Greek
  • Meaning: Twin

Tara (ter-ə)

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: A reference to the Hill of Tara, the legendary seat for the High King of Ireland
soft white sand

Whitney (hwit-nē)

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: From the white island

Did any of these names stick out to you? Did we miss one of your favorites? Now that you have learned about English girl names, try searching your tree to see which ones are in your family. You might learn something new!

Alison Ensign and Laurie Bradshaw contributed to this post.

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  1. An unusual first “English” given is Phillip [that is correct], It was not uncommon for the time period of 1440-1640 until England became an enemy of King Phillip of Spain. In the All Saints church in Sudbury, Suffolk, England church is a christening record for “Phillip, the daughter of Jamys Sole. On August 11 1625, John Sales & Phillip Soales were married in the Little Waldingfield, Suffolk church. in the spring of 1830, John Sales, wife Phillip, daughters Phoebe & Sarah boarded the ship “Talbot” bound for Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony. When the ship docked 6 weeks or so later, Only John Sales & daughter Phoebe disembarked. I have always supposed that the English who pronounce Worchestershire sauce as woostershure, probably pronounced Phillip in an equally unusual manner.