Names are evocative, and some names are more likely than others to make us think of attractive, sultry, or seductive women.
Multiple websites, magazines, and social channels have surveyed readers and asked what names they think meet those criteria. We searched those sites, looked at who gave their opinions, and compiled a list of the 100 women’s names most likely to give off sexy vibes.
Having read some of the hormone-fueled frat-boy comments about these names, they may be the ones to avoid!
100 Hottest Girl Names
These are the 100 sexiest girl’s names, according to those in the know.
Adele is a German name meaning “Noble.”
English singer-songwriter Adele found fame with a song she wrote when she was only 16. Since releasing her first album in 2008, she has won an Academy Award, multiple AMAs, Billboard Music Awards, Brit Awards, and 15 Grammys, to name a few.
Adriana is an Italian name. It means “From Hadria.”
Two international women’s soccer players have been known by their first name, Adriana. Adriana Martín is a Spanish footballer who currently plays for Lazio. Adriana Burke is a Brazillian footballer who played for EC Rader.
The Italian name Alessandra means “Defender of man.”
Brazillian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio was the first spokesperson for Victoria’s Secret’s PINK line and a Victoria’s Secret Angel for 13 years. Now a US citizen, Ambrosio is also a spokesperson for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Amber is an English name for a gemstone.
As well as being a fossilized tree resin, amber is a color, an eastern Indonesian language, and a type of ale brewed with amber malt and crystal malt.
Anais is a Galacian name meaning “Grace.”
The general belief is that Anais is a Galacian form of Anna, meaning “grace.” However, an alternative theory suggests it comes from Anahita, an Old Persian form of an Iranian fertility goddess’s name. Greek and Roman historians referred to her as Anaïtis.
An aria is a musical piece written for a single voice and is usually written as part of an opera. It is customarily accompanied by music but sometimes is written to be performed without.
Ashley is an English name that means “Ash tree clearing.”
The gender-neutral name Ashley was first recorded in England in the 16th century, although it was probably in occasional use before then in England, Germany, and France. The spelling Ashleigh is usually used for girls in Europe.
Short for Beatrix, Bea means “Voyager.”
In addition to being a short form of Beatrix, or Beatrice, Bea can also be a nickname for the Czech, Hungarian, and Slovak girl’s name Beáta. Beáta comes from the Latin word beatus, meaning “blessed.”
Becky is short for Rebecca, which means “Join, Snare, Tie.”
Many of the sexy girl’s names on this list seem to be nicknames or abbreviations, and Becky is no exception. There are currently 172,832 people in the US who were registered at birth as Becky and 790,295 Rebeccas.
Blair is a Scottish name meaning “Plain, Battlefield.”
Blair is seen as a boy’s name in the UK and most other English-speaking countries. However, in the US Blair, and Blaire were predominantly female, having overtaken the male Blair in 1981.
The Irish name Bridget means “Exalted one.”
In Irish mythology, Bridget, traditionally Brigid, was the daughter of Dagda, a god associated with fertility, manliness, and strength, as well as wisdom and magic. Bridget is the goddess of healing, wisdom, poetry, and protection.
Brooke is an English name signifying someone who lives near a brook.
Brooke may be seen as a sexy girl’s name because of the high proportion of famous, seductive Brookes. They include American fitness personality and TV presenter Brooke Burke, Canadian Playboy model Brooke Richards, and singer-songwriter Brooke Valentine.
Cameron is a Scottish surname meaning “Crooked nose.”
Singer, model, and professional wrestler Ariane Nicole Andrew is most well known for her time with the WWE, where she was better known by her ring name Cameron. Andrew also appeared in the reality TV show, Total Divas.
Camille is a French name of disputed meaning.
In the English-speaking world, Camille is seen as a feminine name, but in France, where it originated, it is used for both girls and boys. For example, in 2020, Camille ranked as the #22 name for girls and the #64 name for boys.
Candace is a Latinized name from Ethiopia. It means “Queen Mother.”
Candace, or to use the original, Meroitic form Kandake, was the term for the sister of the King of Kush. The kingdom observed matrilineal succession so the king’s sister would give birth to the next king, making her queen mother.
Carina is a Late Roman name meaning “Beloved.”
There is also a constellation in the southern sky with the name Carina. In this case, Carina is the Latin word for keel as this constellation was the keel of the ship of Jason and the Argonauts.
Claire is a French name that means “Famous, Clear, Bright.”
The most popular year for Claire in the US was 2016. That year Claire ranked #40 in the US top 1,000 girl’s names, and 5211 girls were given the name.
Cora is a Latinized Greek name meaning “Maiden.”
Neither the original Greek name, Kore or the Latinized form, Cora were used in the English-speaking world until 1826, when The Last of the Mohicans was published. Author James Fenimore Cooper used the name for one of his characters.
Courtney is an English name meaning “Short.”
Courtney is an Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic surname “O’Curnain,” which means descendant of Curnan. It could also be from the French place name Courtenay which comes from the Latin curtis, meaning short.
Desiree is an English name that means “Desired, Wished.”
When searching through the articles and surveys about sexy girl’s names, one comment about Desiree was made on multiple occasions. After all, Desiree has desire written into it.
Devon is an English name from the Latin word “Divine.”
Devon could come from the English county Devon or be an evolution of Devin. Devin is an English surname from the Old French devin, meaning divine, and an Anglicized form of an Irish surname, Ó Damháin.
Dolores is a Spanish name that means “Sorrows.”
The Spanish name for the Christian Virgin Mary is María de Los Dolores, which translates as Mary of sorrows. Consequently, Spanish parents began using Dolores as a girl’s name to honor the Virgin Mary.
An elegant girl’s name that is also considered a hot girl’s name by much of the internet; Elise was used as a gender-neutral name in France until the 1940s.
Emily is an English name meaning “Rival.”
In the 18th-century, the second daughter of King George II of Great Britain was born. She was named Princess Amelia Sophia Eleanor of Great Britain, but the public called her Emily, despite it having no connection to her actual name.
Emerson is an English surname that means “Son of Emery.”
Emery was the Norman French form of Emmerich, an Ancient Germanic name where the ric element means ruler. The first part of the name could mean universal, work, or home.
The Germanic name Emma means “Universal, Whole.”
Emma began as a nickname for girls with Germanic names that have the Emma sound, making it a relative of Emerson. It’s also related to Imelda, Irma, and Amerigo.
The Swedish name Erica means “Always mighty, Ruler.”
This Swedish name is the feminine form of Eric and was first used in the 18th-century. In addition, Erica is the Latin word for Heather, which is also on this list of the top 100 sexy girl’s names.
Erin is an English name that means “Ireland.”
This is the Anglicized form of the genitive case of the Gaelic word Éire, which is Éireann. This makes it a fabulous girl’s name for someone who wants to give the nod to their Irish heritage.
Freya is an Old Norse name meaning “Lady.”
In Norse Mythology, Freya is the goddess of war and death and, conversely, love and beauty. Half of all warriors killed in battle are taken by Freya to Fólkvangr or the field of the slain.
Fleur is French for “Flowers.”
Fleur Ezekiel is an Indian model and is best known in the world of beauty pageants and modeling as the first Miss World contestant to represent India. Ezekiel participated in the competition in 1959.
Georgia is an English feminine form of George, meaning “Farmer.”
Although Georgia and Georgina have been used in the English and French-speaking world for centuries, today, most people who hear of a girl called Georgia will assume she is named after the US state.
The English name Grace means “Grace.”
In Christian theology, grace is defined as the unmerited mercy God showed to humanity when he sent his son Jesus to Earth. The word was adopted as a name by 17th-century Puritans who adopted a variety of names.
Greta is a Germanic name meaning “Pearl.”
Swedish actress Greta Garbo received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actress in 1930 for her movies Anna Christie and Romance. Nominated again in 1937 for Camille and 1939 for Ninotchka, she was given an honorary Oscar in 1954.
Hannah is a peculiar inclusion in the top 100 because it appears on as many wholesome girl’s names lists as it does on lists of hot girl’s names. To each their own.
Heather is English and from the flowering shrub of the same name.
Heather wasn’t used as a name until the late 19th-century and didn’t find any sort of popularity in the US until the early 20th-century.
Today it’s most closely associated with the Conan Gray song Heather.
Hailey was an English surname meaning “Clearing in the hay.”
Hailey is the most common spelling of this girl’s name, with 8,736 Hailey’s in the US today. There are also 638 Halies and 13 Heyleys, so you can expect to have this name misspelled at least once in a while.
Holly’s from the Old English name for the holly bush.
Holly is usually seen as a name for Christmas time which makes it a good companion name for Natalie, Natasha, and Noel.
The English name Lacey was a Gaulish town name.
Both Lacey and Lacy cropped up frequently on forums discussing sexy girl’s names. We suspect it’s mostly because girls with this name will be nicknamed racy lacey.
Jade is the English word for the precious stone of the same name.
The word jade comes from the Spanish phrase piedra de la ijada, meaning “Stone of the flank.” This is because many ancient cultures believed that inserting a piece of jade into your bottom would cure renal colic. Not so sexy.
Jenna’s an English name meaning “God is gracious.”
Jenna is an evolution of Jenny. Most people assume that Jenny began as a nickname for Jennifer, but it is actually a medieval pet name for Jane, which is where the meaning comes from.
Jennifer is a Cornish name meaning “White phantom.”
Jennifer has only seen common usage outside of the English county of Cornwall since the early 20th-century. It was the #1 girl’s name in the US from 1970 to and including 1984.
Jessie is an English name that means “Gifts.”
The English name Jessie is a variant of the Hebrew Jesse which probably means gift. Another form of Jessie is the Scottish nickname for girls named Jean, which itself is from Jane.
Jolene is an English name with an unclear meaning.
Jolene combines Jo with the suffix lene and then evolved into a name on its own. The Jo could have been short for Josephine or Joanne, or any other Jo name, so the meaning of Jolene cannot be established.
Jordan is a French name. It means “Flow down or descend.”
Jordan was first used as a forename by knights who brought the name of the River Jordan home with them from the Crusades, along with water from the river with which to perform baptisms.
Julia is an Ancient Roman name meaning “Downy-bearded.”
Actress Julia Roberts won her Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the biographical movie Erin Brockovich. Coincidently Erin is also a top sexy girl’s name.
Kate is a short form of Katherine which has debated meaning.
Kate is short for the elegant girl’s name Katherine and, like Katherine, can be spelled with either a C or a K as the initial letter.
The English name Kayla has multiple potential meanings.
Kayla is another one of those names that began as a shortening of multiple names with a cutesy suffix. In this case, it’s Kay, or just the initial letter of any name starting with K.
Kelly is an Irish name that means “Bright-headed.”
Kelly is a gender-neutral name that was predominantly seen as a name for boys in the US until 1958, when it became more popular for girls. This is possibly a result of Grace Kelly’s popularity.
An Irish surname, Kennedy, means “Descendant of Cennétig.”
While Kennedy is seen as a sexy, seductive girl’s name, the meaning behind it is not so attractive. In this Anglicized form of an Irish name meaning son, or descendant of Cennétig, Cennétig means misshapen head or armored head.
Kimble is an English name meaning “War chief.”
Kimble is a feminine name variant of the boy’s name Kimball. In turn, Kimball comes from the Ancient Welsh name Cynbel, which is where the meaning comes from.
Larisa is a Latinized Greek name that means “Citadel.”
Larisa is a castle or citadel in the Greek city of Argos, one of the longest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
Layla first hit the top 1,000 girls’ names charts in the US in 1972 when 320 girls were given the name. It has grown steadily in popularity reaching #24 in the charts in 202 with 6491 new Laylas.
Lauren is an English name meaning from Laurentum.
Lauren is another gender-neutral name that is seen as a sexy girl’s name in English-speaking countries but is still frequently used for boys in the rest of the world.
Lexie is an English name that means “Defender.”
Lexie Brown is a Women’s National Basketball Association player. Brown was the ninth overall pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft and was signed by the Connecticut Sun.
Liza is short for Elizabeth, which means “My God is an oath.”
Movie producer Liza Chasin has been in the film industry since 1995. Chasin was executive producer for Cats, Baby Driver, Les Misérables, and 75 other feature films and TV shows.
The Spanish name Lola means “Sorrow.”
The 2019 Iggy Azalea song, Lola, features the Australian rapper and British singer Alice Chater. Lola references Azalea’s time in a mental health hospital in 2018.
The Ancient Roman name Lucia means “Light.
Lucia Von Bardas is a fictional character that appears in the Marvel Secret War storyline. Von Bardas is a supervillain who becomes a deformed cyborg. In her last appearance, Von Barads was more human-looking with only a cybernetic eye.
Madison is an English surname that means “Son of Maud.”
Madison was an English surname that became a forename after the 1984 movie Splash. In the movie, Daryl Hannah’s mermaid character adopts the name after seeing it on the street sign for Madison Avenue.
Maisie is a Scottish name that means “Pearl.”
British actress Maisie Williams is best known for her role as Arya Stark in the HBO drama Game of Thrones. It was recently announced that Wiliams would be the global sustainability ambassador for fashion retailer H&M.
Mallory was a Norman French name meaning “Unfortunate.”
This surname rarely made the jump to forename until the 1980s US TV series Family Ties featured a character with Mallory as her first name.
Margot is a French short form of Margaret, meaning “Pearl.”
Australian actress Margot Robbie is likely single-handedly responsible for Margot being on the top 100 sexy girl’s name list. According to FHM, Robbie was Sexiest Woman in the World in 2016.
The Late Latin name Maria is of debated meaning.
According to the website Forebears, Maria is the number one, most common name in the world (1). It is also the most common name in multiple countries, including Italy, Spain, and Austria.
Mariane is a French form of Mary.
While Marianne is an affectionate nickname for girls called Marie in France, in other regions of the world, it is considered a combination of Maries and Anne.
The Portuguese name Marrissa is a combination of Mary and Louis.
As a combination of Marie, which is ultimately Mary, and Luisa, which is ultimately Louis, the definition of Marissa is complex.
Mary could mean “Sea of bitterness, Rebelliousness, Beloved, Love, or Wished for child.” Meanwhile, Louis means “Famous battle.”
While the Hindu version means “Illusion,” Maya is also an entirely separate English version of Mary and a Hebrew name meaning water.
Melinda’s a Hungarian name combining Mel with the suffix inda.
Melinda evolved from a nickname for girls whose name began with the sound Mel. Consequently, it could have multiple meanings; for example, Melanie means “Dark, Black,” while Melissa is Greek for “Bee.”
Michelle is a French name meaning “Who is like God?”
This French feminine form of the Hebrew name Mikha’el, or in English Michael, could be a good option for a military family. Why? Because the Christian Saint, Micheal is said to protect soldiers.
Born in the Ukrainian city of Kyiv, Milla Jovovich moved with her family to Los Angeles at the age of five. Jovovich’s first modeling job was at the age of 12, and made her screen debut a year later.
The English name Molly is a Medieval form of Mary.
Other medieval diminutives of Mary include Malle and Molle, but only Molly went on to become a forename in its own right.
Nadia is an Arabic name meaning “Tender, Delicate.”
As well as being an Arabic name meaning delicate, tender, Nadia is also an entirely independent name that evolved from the Russian Nadezhda, meaning “Hope.”
Natalia is a Latin name that means “Christmas Day.”
Before 1974 Natalia was barely used in the US. Since then, it has grown slowly but steadily in popularity and in 2020 sat at #84 in the top 1,000 US girl’s names.
Naomi is a Hebrew name meaning “Pleasantness.”
Naomi is also a gender-neutral Japanese name. Depending on which kanji are used to write it, Naomi can mean “Starlight, Direct, and Beautiful.”
This French feminine form of Nicholas means “Victory of the people.”
The pronunciation of Nicole in the English language is fairly standard wherever you are in the world. In Dutch, it is pronounced nee-KOL, in German nee-KAWL, and French NEE-KAWL.
Olivia is an English name often miscredited to Shakespeare.
Although Shakespeare used Olivia in Twelfth Night, records show it was around in multiple forms as early as the 13th-century. It could be related to the Latin oliva, meaning olive, or it could be a feminine form of Oliver, meaning elf warrior.
The Sanskrit name Padma means “Lotus.”
Padma is a gender-neutral name, although when written in Sanskrit it has a feminine form, पद्मा, and a masculine form पद्म.
Paige is from an English surname meaning “Servant.”
In Middle English, Paige was the surname given to servants, who were often boys. The name evolved through Italian and Old French from the Greek word paidion, which means little boy.
Quinn in an Anglicized form of an Irish surname meaning “Child of the chief.”
The Irish name Ó Cuinn means “of Conn,” meaning “Descendant of Conn.” Conn is Irish for chief, hence the name’s meaning. The spelling comes from the English writing the name as it sounds – KWIN.
The Spanish name Ramona means “Advice, Protector.”
Ramona was popularized by the 1884 novel of the same name by Helen Hunt Jackson. It made the sexiest girl’s names list because so many boys and young men think it’s funny that it has the sound moaner in it.
An Anglicized Irish surname Reagan means “Son of impulsive.”
Reagan became a popular girl’s name after the publication of The Exorcist, although in the novel, the spelling Regan is used.
The name of a tree, Rowan, is Old Norse for “Red.”
Rowan is both the name of a species of tree and shrubs and a descendant of the Irish name Ruadhán, meaning “Red.”
Roxane is a French name that means “Bright or dawn.”
This is the French form of the Ancient Greek name Roxana. Roxana was a Sogdian or Bactrian princess who married Alexander the Great.
Riley is an English surname from a place name that means “Clearing in the rye.”
The Riley crater can be found on Venus that appears to be shallow because of its vast 16-mile diameter. In reality, the crater is 1,914 feet deeper than the surrounding area, and its rim rises 3,960 feet above the crater’s floor.
The English name Ruby means “Red.”
The name of the gemstone that is called ruby in English comes from the Latin word rubus, which means “Red.” It is the birthstone for July, making it ideal for girls born that month.
An English name, Samantha, means “Samuel’s flower.”
Samantha began as Samuel with the Greek suffix antha added. The English translation of antha is flower — hence Samuel’s flower. It’s possible that the name was first given as a nickname to the daughter of a man named Samuel.
Sarah is a Hebrew name meaning “Lady, Noblewoman, Princess.”
In the Old Testament, Sarah is the wife of Abraham, who is unable to have children. Then, at the age of 90, she becomes pregnant and gives birth to Issac.
Sasha is a Ukrainian and Russian shortening of Alexandra.
Sasha is a gender-neutral name as it’s short for both Alexander and Alexandra. There are currently 21,471 female Sashas in the US and 1370 male Sashas.
Savannah is from the Taino Zabana meaning “Grassy plain.”
Also spelled Savanna, Savannah was the stage name of American pornographic film actress Shannon Michelle Wilsey. Wisley took her stage name from the 1982 family film Savannah Smiles which she said was her favorite movie.
Scarlett is an English occupational surname for people who made scarlet cloth.
Scarlett Johansson has twice been named by Esquire magazine as the Sexiest Woman Alive and has appeared on similar lists in multiple male-focused media outlets. However, Johansson herself has said that one’s attractiveness doesn’t last, and it shouldn’t be a preoccupation.
The Ancient Greek name Selene means “Moon.”
In Greek mythology, Selene was the personification of the moon, a goddess who rode her chariot across the sky each night with her flowing hair behind her.
Shelby’s from an Old Norse surname meaning “Willow farm.”
Shelby became a popular name after the release of the 1962 AC Cobra, also known as the Shelby Cobra, in honor of Carroll Shelby, who had written to British company AC asking them to build him a car.
Simone is the feminine French version of Simon, meaning “He has heard.”
In Italy, Simone is a masculine name that evolved from a surname and is pronounced in three syllables as see-MO-ne.
An Anglicized Irish surname, Sloane means “Fighter.”
We think the root meaning of Sloane makes it the perfect name for a child who has had to fight medical conditions before they are born.
The Khmer name Soriya means “Sun.”
This beautiful girl’s name crops up on many sexy girl’s names lists, perhaps because it is seen as an exotic moniker.
The English name Stacy could mean “Fruitful.”
It’s unknown whether Stacy is an evolution of a pet name for Anastasia, which means resurrection, or from the Medieval form of the Greek name Eustachys, which means fruitful.
Tatiana is from a Late Roman name of unknown meaning.
It appears that a disproportionate number of gorgeous models are called Tatiana; Argentinian Tatiana Cotliar, Russian Tatiana Sorokko, and German Tatiana Patitz, to name but a few.
Taylor is from the Latin word taliare, meaning “To cut.”
The gender-neutral name Taylor became popular when surnames for forenames were first fashionable. In the US, it was mostly used as a masculine name, until 1990 when it became predominantly feminine.
Irish author Johnathon Swift created Vanessa.
The name Vanessa did not exist before 1726, when writer Johnathon Swift created it for his poem Cadenus and Vanessa. Swift used the first syllables of his friend Esther Vanhomrigh’s names.
The Late Roman name Veronica means “Bringing victory.”
In Greek, the words “phero nike” mean to bring victory. To people in Latin countries, this sounded like “vero nicker,” which was eventually written as Veronica.
Whitney is from an Old English surname meaning “White island.”
Whitney was a popular boy’s name in the late 19th and early 20th-centuries. It fell out of the top 1,000 US boy’s names in 1989 when Whitney Houston’s fame saw an explosion in the use of Whitney as a girl’s name.
Yasmin is an Arabic name meaning “Jasmine” — the flower.
Names You May Want to Avoid?
According to the internet, these are the 100 sexiest girl’s names. While some grown women may want to have an attractive name, it’s not something you think of when you’re naming a child.
Consequently, while most of our lists are of names you may want to choose for your child, perhaps this is really a list of names you may want to avoid!