We are looking for a name for a little girl that is also a word with a “spunky” meaning. Example: our boy name is [name]Payne[/name]. I also like the name wylie or jezebel for a girl, but both names vetoed by the dad… i definetely like names that come from outside the box, but cant find anymore by myself. any ideas???

[name]Delilah[/name], [name]Piper[/name], [name]Naomi[/name], [name]January[/name], [name]Daisy[/name], [name]Sally[/name], [name]Ramona[/name]…

how about [name]Moxie[/name]?

Great idea for a list! That’s exactly what I wanted for my daughter and we ended up with [name]Rory[/name].

I like LJ’s suggestion of [name]January[/name], and I love [name]Pam[/name]'s [name]Rory[/name]. I’d also add [name]July[/name], [name]Noa[/name], [name]Adair[/name] and [name]Clio[/name] - our darling daughter’s name. I do think [name]Jezebel[/name] is a bit racy, and while [name]Wylie[/name] is different, she’d blend in with all the Rileys and a growing crop of Mileys, too!

[name]How[/name] about:

[name]Jael[/name] -spunky alternative to the biblical [name]Jezebel[/name]. I almost never hate any name, but please, please, don’t use [name]Jezebel[/name]…the poor child will be teased unmercifully.

Some spunky sounding girls (not exactly word names):


[name]Hope[/name] that helps!

What about [name]Jory[/name] or [name]Roxanna[/name] nickname [name]Roxie[/name]? [name]Just[/name] a thought :wink:

[name]Jory[/name] and [name]Roxie[/name] – brilliant!

I like the suggestion of [name]Roxie[/name]/[name]Roxy[/name] a lot, since it’s reminiscent of “moxie,” which means “spunky” all on its own! Other possibilities:


It’s interesting to me because, while there are lots of great ideas here and I agree that most of these names seem “spunky,” there are a few that actually feel soft and mild to me: [name]Orla[/name], [name]Polly[/name], [name]Macy[/name]. I think a lot of times you need to go to the extreme – [name]Moxie[/name] and [name]Rory[/name] – to get general agreement on what counts as spunky (or serious or handsome).

I had a crazy idea when I saw this thread: [name]Madrigal[/name]. (It’s a musical arrangement that was popular in the Renaissance) She could go by the nickname [name]Maddie[/name].

But actually, I like the suggestion of [name]Roxana[/name] nn. [name]Roxie[/name]/[name]Roxy[/name] the best. [name]Both[/name] are great names, and it would give her (and you) some flexibility–she can be spunky [name]Roxie[/name] on the soccer team and beautiful [name]Roxana[/name] at her wedding.

And then there are the spunky nicknamey names like [name]Zuzu[/name] (as in “It’s a Wonderful Life”), [name]Lulu[/name], [name]Coco[/name], [name]Suki[/name], [name]Maisie[/name], [name]Mitzi[/name], [name]Gigi[/name], [name]Zadie[/name], [name]Nico[/name]. Some Irish names–like [name]Oona[/name]–have a lot of spunk too.

What about: [name]Holiday[/name], [name]Lucy[/name] or [name]Holland[/name]. I used to nanny for a very spunky French girl by the name of [name]Juliet[/name].

What about:

[name_f]Via[/name_f], [name_f]Tandy[/name_f], [name_u]Halle[/name_u]…?