There are tons of really great baby names – some are extremely popular and some aren’t unfortunately. Lately, I’ve noticed that more and more parents are naming their precious bundle after inspiring Women.
Check out these names inspired by just a small sampling of the amazing and inspirational women who have changed the world in large and small ways.
Malala – Malala Yousafzai, advocate for education and equal rights for women and girls.
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” ― Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Valentina – Valentina Tereshkova, first woman in space.
“A bird cannot fly with one wing only. Human space flight cannot develop any further without the active participation of women.”
Nora – Nora Ephron, writer/producer/director.
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”
Eleanor – Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady and activist.
“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes … and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”
Lucille – Lucille Ball, actress/comedian, studio executive.
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
Jane – Jane Austen, novelist.
“Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands.”
Abigail – Abigail Van Buren, advice columnist.
“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”
Juliette – Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.
“The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.”
Dolores – Dolores Huerta, labor leader and civil rights activist.
“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”
Louisa – Louisa May Alcott, novelist and poet.
“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.”
Josephine – Josephine Baker, performer and activist.
“All my life, I have maintained that the people of the world can learn to live together in peace if they are not brought up in prejudice.”
Grace – Grace Hopper, computer scientist and inventor.
“We’re flooding people with information. We need to feed it through a processor. A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge. We’ve tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question.”
Maya – Maya Angelou, writer/poet/activist.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Dolly – Dolly Parton, singer/songwriter and philanthropist.
“You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.”
Betty – Betty White, actress, activist, and Rose Nylund forever.
“Everybody needs a passion. That’s what keeps life interesting. If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.” —From her book, If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)