10 strong & feminine baby girl names from the Bible

A baby name expert shares some surprising and lesser-known biblical names to consider for your little angel.

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While my parents named me Caryn (pronounced car-in) as a nod to their Swedish heritage, they opted to spell it with a more “feminine” flair. With a hard consonant up front, they liked the softened look of a curving “C” up front and a “y” looping down near the end, instead of the straight lines of a “K” and an “i.”

Of course, the beauty of a name is in the eye of the beholder, and yet there do seem to be a few common threads that make a name feel particularly feminine: soft consonants, looping letters, “ee” endings. All qualities that, perhaps surprisingly are found in some lesser-known, but beautiful and feminine biblical baby names.

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“I love Bible names,” says Lorilee Craker, author of A Is For Atticus: Baby Names from the Great Book. “All my kids have them. I feel like they’re ‘value-added’ names. For their whole life, they get to have a special connection with someone in the Bible.” And Craker says she really loves names that people don’t even realize are from the Bible. We agree! Here are 10 other little-known, but lovely ones:

Abigail

Or “Abby,” as an alternative. This is a popular one meaning “father of exaltation” or “father is rejoicing.” (And of course he is!)

Acacia

A tree mentioned often in the Bible. But it’s not how this desert-tree is used that gets us, it’s what it symbolizes: resurrection and new life.

Junia

Junia means “queen of the gods” in Greek mythology just as June does, but the “ia” adds a bit of drama, intrigue, and feminine flair.

Lydia

This name may mean “a woman from Lydia,” but something about this name feels beautifully global. A name for a girl of the world!

Magdalena

The word simply means “of Magdelene” (à la Mary Magdelene), but the way this elegant name rolls off the tongue is simply delightful to say.

Miri

Related to Miriam, this name may mean “sea of bitterness, sea of sorrow,” but this short and sweet name brings feelings of pure joy.

Phoebe

A name meaning “bright star.” Lorilee Craker loved this meaningful (and rhyming!) name so much she gave it to her daughter.

Priscilla

This is an old name meaning, interestingly enough, “ancient or primitive,” but has a powerful, modern flair—not to mention, a beautiful look when written in script.

Selah

Selah may be a word of uncertain meaning, but as it appears throughout the psalms, it’s a name that seems to promise a poetic life.

Tabitha

Or “Tabi” or “Abitha”—all three mean gazelle. A swift and elegant name after a swift and elegant creature.

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Caryn Rivadeneira
Caryn Rivadeneira
Caryn Rivadeneira is the author of five books and is a columnist for Her.meneutics and ThinkChristian. She lives outside Chicago with her husband, three kids, and one red-nose pit bull. Visit her at carynrivadeneira.com.