Welcoming a biracial baby? Then you might be looking for mixed baby girl names! This list compiles name ideas for mixed-race girls.
As moms, we often grow up making lists of names that we’d want to name our kids *one day*, but when the time comes, those names may not always cut it. Maybe your partner doesn’t like them as much as you do, or maybe you don’t love or connect with it as much as you did when you were younger. Been there, done that!
Selecting baby names is hard in general. Selecting names for biracial children can be even harder. As a mama of a two biracial babies, I’ll be the first to tell you how challenging it can be. I mean, we waited until the last possible WEEK to choose our son’s name. And I am a neurotic planner, so you can guess how crazy that made me.
If you read my post on mixed baby boy names, you know that I am biracial myself – half white, half black – and my husband is black. We didn’t want our children’s names to sound “too white” or “too black,” and I mean that in the nicest, most non-offensive way possible. We wanted their names to be cute as littles but age well, and we wanted them to feel right for both of their races. If you’re mixed or having a mixed race baby, I am hoping you can understand where I am coming from!
Because this is the direction we wanted to take, we had to find unique baby girl names that would speak to our blended family.
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If you’re having a little girl, check out this list of mixed names for girls. I am hoping that somewhere on this list, you will find the perfect name for your sweet daughter.
Tips for Choosing a Biracial Name
Choosing a biracial baby name can either be a complicated process or an uncomplicated process – insightful, I know. But hear me out. Some parents will simply go with names that sound and feel good to them, while others will seek to celebrate and honor the diversity of their family backgrounds. The point is, there is no rhyme, reason, or rules. If it feels right, trust your gut and don’t worry too much about if it has any connection to one or both cultures.
Meaning, just because you are part Irish, you don’t NEED an Irish origin name. Or, just because you’re of East African descent, you don’t NEED a Swahili name (read: me and my husband). Though it wouldn’t be a bad thing if it suits you, either.
There were two major questions we asked ourselves when naming our daughter:
Does this name complement our unique African last name?
Does this name feel right for both of our races and backgrounds?
If we didn’t answer yes to both of those question, we took a pass.
No matter what direction you feel you may take, take these tips into consideration when choosing a unique name for your mixed-race child:
- Do your research: Take the time to explore names from different cultures, languages, and backgrounds. Understand the meanings and origins of names to ensure they align with the values and heritage you want to emphasize.
- Blend cultures: Consider names that blend the cultural backgrounds of both parents. This can create a unique and inclusive identity for your child, celebrating their diverse heritage.
- Pay mind to pronunciation: Choose a name that is easy to pronounce in different languages. This can help your child avoid constant mispronunciations and foster a sense of belonging in various cultural contexts.
- Consult family: Engage with both sides of the family to gather input. Elders often have valuable insights into traditional names and their cultural significance, especially if you want to select a family name!
- Meaningful significance: Opt for a name that holds personal significance or carries a positive meaning. It could relate to qualities you hope your child will embody or reflect an important event or concept in your life.
- Steer clear of stereotypes: Be cautious about choosing names that might perpetuate stereotypes or cultural appropriation. Respect the cultural context of the names you consider.
- Consider middle names: If you find it challenging to pick just one cultural name, consider using a name from one culture as a middle name. This way, you can honor both backgrounds.
- Think about nicknames: Anticipate potential nicknames associated with the chosen name. Ensure that these nicknames are respectful and inclusive, especially across different cultures.
- Celebrate diversity: Embrace the diversity within your child’s heritage. If your child has multiple cultural backgrounds, consider names that reflect the harmonious blend of these cultures.
- Check cultural traditions: Be aware of naming traditions and taboos in the cultures you are drawing from. Some cultures have specific customs regarding the order or naming after family members, which might influence your decision.
- Reflect on future impact: Think about how the chosen name will impact your child as they grow older. For us, we selected a name that was cute for a child but would age well as she grows into adulthood and enters the workforce.
At the end of the day, choose a name that best suits your family.
Biracial / Mixed Baby Girl Names
Naming your daughter is one of the most exciting (and stressful!) decisions you’ll make as a parent. It’s the first real decision you will make in the short time they’ll have been on this earth that will directly impact them for their rest of their lives! (Dramatic, I know… but I’m serious!). When it comes to mixed baby girls, parents often look for names that speak to their diverse heritage and cultures.
Ready to choose baby’s name? Following are some unique girl names inspired by cultures around the world. You’ll also find some examples of famous people who are of mixed heritage to get your creative juices flowing:
Meaning: “Beautiful flower”
Origin: This is of Ethiopian origins but is popular in the U.S. and Europe.
Meaning: “God’s promise,” “God is my oath,” or “pledged to God.”
Origin: Elyse is a Hebrew name.
This could be a really meaningful name for a religious family.
Meaning: Laila means “night” or “darkness,” and is sometimes given to baby girls who were born at night, thus translating to “daughter of the night.”
Origin: Arabic and Hebrew.
This name is almost sometimes spelled Layla or Leila.
Meaning: Maya has roots in various languages and has several meanings. “Illusion,” “dream,” or “magic”
Origin: Sanskrit, Maori, Greek
This name is almost sometimes spelled Mya. Some celebrity examples include Maya Rudolph, who is African American and Jewish, and Mya (the singer) who is African American and Italian American.
Meaning: “Most holy”
Origin: Ariana is of Greek origin, deriving from the Latin version, Ariadne.
Some alternate spelling includes Zoey, Zoë, Zoi, and Zoé. This is such a perfect biracial baby girl name and is one of our favorites. Think Zoe Saldana (Dominican and Puerto Rican).
Meaning: “Work,” “hard-working girl”
Origin: Amalia is a cross-cultural name with several roots, including but not limited to Italian, Hebrew, Romanian, and Germanic origin.
Origin: French origin. It is derived from the Latin name Rents..
Rene is a unisex name that is also spelled Renee (girl’s name) and René (boy’s name).
Meaning: This name has several meanings, all depending on its origin. These meanings are ironically pretty opposite! “Bright” or “clear” based on its Italian origins, and “Dark” based on its Irish origins.
Origin: Kiara has roots in multiple places, derived from the Latin word Ciara. It is of Italian origin, a variant of Chiara, and of Irish origin, a variant of Ciara.
Meaning: “Wide meadow”
Origin: This name is of Old English origins
This name, also sometimes spelled Sidney, is one of those beautiful gender neutral names that will stand the test of time!
Meaning: “Heroine” or “army ruler”
Origin: Halle is of Scandanavian, Norse origin.
This name could be spelled Haleigh or Halley. Think Halle Berry, who is African American and White.
Meaning: “Honor” or “shining light”
Origin: Latin origin, originating as the short form of Honora or Eleanora.
This is one of my personal favorite biracial names, fitting from childhood through adulthood.
Meaning: “Garden,” “orchard”
Origin: Hebrew and Spanish origin
Meaning: “God is gracious.”
Origin: Gianna is most commonly an Italian name but also is of Hebrew origin. It is a diminutive of the name Giovanna.
Origin: The name Iris is of Ancient Greek mythology. She was the daughter of gods Thumbs and Electra, and was the goddess of the rainbow, delivering messages across the rainbow bridge.
Meaning: “Dew of God”
Talia is a beautiful name that would be perfect for your little bundle of joy!
Meaning: “Holly garden”
Origin: Leslie is of Scottish origin, deriving from Aberdeenshire.
This is also a unisex name, fitting for girls and boys!
Meaning: “Olive tree”
Origin: Latin roots.
Olivia is an increasingly popular name in the United States, fitting for young girls and appropriate as they age.
Meaning: “God is gracious,” or “God is merciful”
Origin: Hebrew origin
Meaning: “Love,” “affection”
Origin: Finnish and Japanese origin
Meaning: “Pleasant,” “beautiful,” or “gentle”
Origin: Hebrew origin of the Old Testament.
One celebrity example is Naomi Campbell, who is Afro-Jamaican and Chinese-Jamaican.
Meaning: “Righteous,” “wise”
Origin: Rashida is of Arabic origin
While this may seem like an unusual name, it’s pretty well-loved! Think actress Rashida Jones, from Parks and Recreation, who is African American and White.
Meaning: “Ruler of the elves”
Origin: English and French
Avery is a gender-neutral name that would also be fitting for a biracial baby – also featured on our mixed baby boy list!
Meaning: “Highborn,” “sublime, “exalted”
Origin: Aaliyah is an Arabic name, particularly favored amongst those of the Muslim faith.
This name can also be spelled Alia or Aliyah.
Remember, the most important thing is to choose a name that holds significance for you and your family, whether it is something that is personal to you, or something that just feels right.
It might be a name from one of your cultural backgrounds, a name inspired by a meaningful event, or simply a name that you and your partner both love. Whatever name you choose, make sure it resonates with you and brings joy to your hearts as you welcome your little one into the world.
You may start with a large number of names that you think could be a good choice for your mixed-race bundle of joy, but eventually you will just know! I hope that this list has provided you with some inspiration!