Old English Names for Girls

March 28, 2022

Welcome to our list of the 50 most popular Old English Girl's names. Each name has a short explanation of its meaning along with a cool fact about the name. 

This list is perfect for:

  • Parents looking for an Old English baby name
  • People who want to change their name via deed poll to a more English sounding one
  • People who want to find out which are the most popular Old English names

Classic and Original Old English Names for Girls

Adair: Adair is a last name that was converted to a given one, and it is an Old English version of 'Edgar'.

Aedre: Aedre is among the authentic Anglo Saxon female names. It means "steam".

Aefre: Defined as "forever".

Claennis: This lovely name symbolizes "purity".

Cwen: In Old English, Cwen translates to "queen".

Goldie: Derived from the word "gold", Goldie is a name that pertains to "a person with blond hair".

Mercia: Meaning "from Mercia", which is one of the four historical kingdoms that formed modern-day England.

Contemporary Old English Names for Girls

The following titles are frequently given to baby girls today across the English-speaking world:

Ashley/Aisley: This name describes a daughter who "dwells at the ash-tree meadow".

Daisy: Daisy simply means "flower".

Darlene: Darlene is a warm name that highlights that you have a "tenderly loved" baby girl.

Edith: Defined as "joyous".

Hadyn/Hayden: A popular unisex name that references a "hay valley" or "hay hill".

Hailee: Also spelled as 'Haley', 'Haylay', 'Hailey', 'Hailie', and 'Haleigh', this contemporary title means "hay clearing".

Lynette: Another word for "bird".

Meghan: An excellent choice for conveying that your daughter is "strong" and/or "capable".

Piper: Piper pertains "to a person who played on a pipe".

Riley/Ryleigh: In Old English, this name translates to "rye cleaning".

Shirley: An elegant and widely-used title in today's society, Shirley means "bright clearing". 

Whitney: Another favorite among contemporary English-speaking parents, Whitney refers to "white island".

Kentish Old English Names for Girls

Kent is a geographic area that's located in the Southeastern corner of the island of Great Britain.

It was also one of the four largest kingdoms that ruled historical England, and its inhabitants had their own Old English dialect. In turn, they gave their newborn girls distinct Anglo-Saxon women's names.

Adelburga: The Kentish version of 'Æthilburgæ'

Æbbe: The Kentish and Old English form of 'Ebba'. Saint Ebba, whose father was a king in the 7th century, is one of the most well-known holders of this name.

Ætte: This title became common in Kent during the late 600s and early 700s.

Æmma: A Kentish and Old English variant of 'Emma', which means "whole" and "universal".

Hereswyðe: The Latin and Kentish forms of 'Hereswith',

Irminburga: In the same vein, Irminburga is the Latin and Kentish equivalent of 'Eormenburh'.

Kinigitha/Kinigithe: Two Kentish variants of 'Cynegyth'.

Mercian Old English Names for Girls

Similarly, Mercia was among the four main kingdoms that made up Anglo-Saxon England. Just as with their Kentish counterparts, Mercian inhabitants developed their own Old English dialect and naming traditions. 

Aelfðryð/Aelfþryþ: The Latin and Mercian formats of 'Ælfthryth', a variant of 'Elfreda' that means "elf strength".

Ælfleda: A version of 'Ælfflæd', which translates to "elf beauty".

Æthelflede/Æðelfled: These two Mercian forms of 'Æthelflæd' pertain to a girl with "noble beauty".

Æþelsuið/Æþelsuiþ: The Mercian equivalent of 'Æthelswith',

Ansithe: The Mercian synonym for 'Eanswith'.

Bucgan/Bugcgan: A variant of the Old English name 'Bugge'.

Cuuoenburg: Derived from 'Cwenburh' and potentially meaning "queen's fortress".

Cyneburge: A form of 'Cyneburh', possibly meaning "royal fortress".

Cynethrythe/Cinedred: Originally 'Cynethryth', which is defined as "royal strength".

Eadburg/Edburga: The Mercian formats for 'Eadburh'. It translates to "wealth/fortune fortress".

Edburge/Ethelburge: These are the Mercian versions of 'Æthelburh', meaning "noble fortress".

Heaburge: Heaburge is derived from 'Heahburh'.

Kyneswyth: A Latin and Mercian variant of 'Cyneswith', potentially referring to "royal strength".

Religious and Spiritual Old English Names for Girls

Mildgyð: Meaning "gentle battle", this Anglo-Saxon name was held by a saint in the 7th century. 

Everild: The Latin version of 'Eoforhild', which was also the title of saint who lived in England during the 7th century.

Frideswide: Saint Frideswide, the founder of the Christ Church in Oxford and a princess-turned-nun, is one of the most famous historical figures who had this name. The title translates to "peace" and "strong".

Hilda: Both a contemporary and religious name that was given to Saint Hilda of Whitby, Hilda means "battle". 

Kendra: A deeply and religiously-expressive name, Kendra implies that your baby girl is like a "prophetess".

Winifred: Saint Winifred inhabited Wales during the 7th century and became a renowned martyr in Welsh history.

Royal and Noble Old English Names for Girls

Æðelflæd: Meaning "noble beauty", Æðelflæd was a Mercian queen.

Ælfgifu: This name, given to the wife of King Æðelræd II of England, refers to an "elf gift".

Audrey: Audrey is a contemporary Old English title that means "noble strength".

Cyneburg/Cyneburga: Saint Cyneburga was the daughter of a Mercian king who established a Gloucester abbey. Cyneburg is an Old English phrase for "royal fortress".

Mae/May: Defined as "kinswoman".

Milburga: Meaning "gentle fortress", this was the title of a Mercian king's daughter.

Monet: A version of 'Hamon/Edmond'. The meaning of ‘Edmond’ is "rich protection".

Presley: Defined as "priest clearing".

Wilburg: Meaning a "fortress" of "will/desire".

Wulfrun/Wulfruna: The name of the founder of the modern-day city of Wolverhampton, Wulfrun/Wulfruna pertains to a "secret/mystery wolf".

To summarize this article, our comprehensive list of Old English names for girls should include potential picks that satisfy parents with all sorts of preferences.

This ranges from those who are looking for original and localized titles to families that favor common, yet symbolic, Old English names that are still used to this day.

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