Girls Names Derived from Greek or Latin (2012)

Can you name the most popular Greek and Latin inspired girls' names of 2012?

Meaning or HistoryNameSSA Rank
Means 'wisdom' in Greek
Means 'green shoot' in Greek; epithet of the Greek goddess Demeter
From the name of the flower; derived from the Latin 'lilium'
Scandinavian & Romance language form of Sophia
Variant of Zoe
Means 'victory' in Latin; named for the goddess of victory.
Means 'life' in Greek
Derived from the Greek αλεξω (alexo) 'to defend, to help'
French form of Clara
Feminine form of Camillus; a Volsci warrior maiden in The Aeneid
Variant of Ariana
French form of Sophia
Variant of Chloe
Means 'birth' in Greek. The goddess Athena sprang from Zeus' forehead, in a phenomenon known as partheno____.
Means 'star' in Latin
From the Greek name Αικατερινη (Aikaterine). Derived from Εκατερινη (Hekaterine) or possibly the goddess Hecate
Derived from Julius, a Roman family name which was possibly derived from Greek ιουλος (ioulos) 'downy-bearded'.
From the name of the season, derived from the Latin autumnus.
Italian for Ariadne, from the Greek αρι (ari) 'most' and αδνος (adnos) 'holy'. Daughter of King Minos, Ariadne helped her love Theseus survive the labyrinth.
From the Latin name Melania, derived from Greek μελαινα (melaina) meaning 'black, dark'.
From the English word for the purple flower, derived from the Latin word 'viola'
Variant of Lily
Feminine form of Νικολαος (Nikolaos) which meant 'victory of the people', originally from the Greek νικη (nike) 'victory' and λαος (laos) 'people'
Means 'Christmas Day,' from the Latin 'natale domini'
In The 'Odyssey' this is the name of Odysseus' wife
Diminutive form of Angela
Meaning or HistoryNameSSA Rank
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Clarus, which meant 'clear, bright, famous'
From the Greek ‘Ελενη (Helene), 'torch' or possibly σεληνη (selene) 'moon'. 'The face that launched a thousand ships,' Helen is blamed for the Trojan War.
From Aeliana, the feminine form of the Roman name Aelianus, possibly derived from the Greek word ‘ηλιος (helios) meaning 'sun'
Feminine form of Julian, the French form of Julius
Feminine form of the Roman family name Valerius, derived from the Latin valere, 'to be strong'.
Feminine form of Adrian, derived from the Roman cognomen Hadrianus, which meant 'from Hadria' in Latin
Shortened from the Latin Corinna, from the Greek Κοριννα (Korinna), derived from κορη (korë) or 'maiden.' Korë was another name for the goddess Persephone.
Variant of Elena, derived from Elaine, an Old French form of Helen
From the Roman cognomen Valentinus, derived from the Latin name Valens, meaning 'strong, vigourous, healthy'
Means 'dawn' in Latin; the Roman goddess of the morning
French and English form of Katherine
English and German form of Valeria
Derived (via Late Latin) from Greek μελος (melos) 'song' and combined with αειδω (aeido) 'to sing'.
Means 'bee' in Greek. This was the name of a nymph that cared for young Zeus in Greek mythology.
Variant of Juliana
Feminine form of Angel
Diminutive of Katherine
Variant of Elena
Variant of Adriana
Derived from the Latin mirandus, meaning 'admirable, wonderful'.
Derived from the Roman family name Caecilius, from the Latin caecus, meaning 'blind'
Diminutive of Kate
Means 'moon' in Latin
From the Latin Angelus, derived from the name of the heavenly creature (from the Greek αγγελος (angelos) meaning 'messenger'
Roman goddess of the moon and the hunt
Greek goddess of wisdom
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  • From SSA's top 500 American girls' names of 2012. I tried not to include Biblical names that were just the Greek or Latin translations, therefore names clearly derived from Hebrew are not listed.
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