Baby girl names beginning with C

Looking for baby name ideas for a girl that start with the 3rd letter of the alphabet? We’ve got some cool and classy suggestions, along with their origin and meaning

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Use our list of baby girl names that begin with C with their origins and meanings to find out whether your newborn could be a Cadence, Catriona or Cherry

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1. Caddy

  • Origin: Anglo-saxon
  • Meaning: house of God
  • Also: Cally and Cal, Caroline

2. Cadence

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: rhythm

3. Caitlin

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: pure
  • Also: Catherine

4. Calandra

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: lark

5. Callie

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: most beautiful
  • Also: Cally and Cal, Caroline

6. Callula

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: beautiful little girl

7. Cameo

  • Origin: Italian, Latin
  • Meaning: precious stone

8. Camilla

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: the name of a warrior queen from Roman legend
  • Also: Milly, Millie, Camille (French form)

9. Canace

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: daughter of the wind

10. Candace

  • Origin: African
  • Meaning: Queen mother; a name used by the queens of Ethiopia
  • Also: Candice, Candy, Candie

11. Candida

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: white

12. Cara

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: darling
  • Also: Kara, Carissa, Carina

13. Carla

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: strong, noble; the feminine form of Carl
  • Also: Karla, Carlie, Carly

14. Carlotta

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: free
  • Also: Charlotte

15. Carmel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: garden
  • Also: Carmelita, Carmelina, Carmen (Spanish form) and Carmela (Italian form)

16. Carnation

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: complexion; the name of a flower used as a first name

17. Carol

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: free person; a short form of Caroline
  • Also: Carole, Carola, Caro, Caddie, Caddy

18. Caroline

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: strong
  • Also: Carolyn, Carolina, Carrie, Caro, Lyn

19. Casey

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: vigilant in war, an Irish surname used as a first name; also used as a boy’s name

20. Cassandra

  • Origin: Grrek
  • Meaning: the name of a Greek prophetess whose prophesies were never believed
  • Also: Cass, Cassie

21. Cassidy

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: clever; an Irish surname used as a first name, also used as a boy’s name

22. Cassietta

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: Unknown

23. Catherine

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: pure
  • Also: Katherine, Catharine, Catherina, Catharina, Cath, Cathie, Cathy

24. Catriona

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Gaelic form of Katherine
  • Also: Catrina, Katherine, Katrina, Catrin (Welsh form)

25. Cecilia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: blind; an aristocratic surname which became used as a first name; the feminine form of Cecil;
  • Also: Cecily, Cicely, Sisley Cecile (French form), Celia, Sis, Ciss, Cissy

26. Celeste

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: heavenly
  • Also: Celestine, Celesta

27. Ceri

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: love
  • Also: Cerian, Cerys

28. Ceridwen

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: poetry, white

29. Chalondra

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: smart person

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30. Chandelle

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: candle

31. Chandra

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: the moon

32. Chandrakala

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: moonbeams

33. Chandrakanta

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: moon beloved

34. Chanel

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: name of a French fashion house and perfume

35. Chantal

  • Origin: Old Occitan
  • Meaning: stone
  • Also:  Chantel, Chantalle

36. Charis

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: grace

37. Charity

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: love
  • Also: Cherry

38. Charlene

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: manly, strong; feminine form of Charles
  • Also: Charleen, Sharlene

39. Charlie

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: diminutive of Charles
  • Also: Charlotte

40. Charlotte

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: manly, strong; a feminine form of Charles
  • Also: Lottie, Charlie, Chattie, Carlotta (Italian form)

41. Charmaine

  • Origins: Uncertain
  • Also: Charmian, Sharmaine

42. Charulata

  • Origin: Hindi
  • Meaning: beautiful vine

43. Chelsea

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: a modern name derived from an area in London

44. Cherie

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: darling
  • Also: Sherry, Sheree, Cher

45. Cherry

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: moonbeams
  • Also: Charity

46. Cheryl

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: beloved
  • Also: Sheril, Sheryl, Cher, Cherry

47. Chiara

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: light, clear; the Italian form of Clara
  • Also: Clara

48. Chidori

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: a thousand birds; plover

49. Chipo

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: a gift

50. Chintana

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: contemplation

51. Chloe

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a green young shoot

52. Chloris

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: blooming
  • Also: Cloris

53. Chrissie

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: follower of Christ
  • Also: Christine

54. Christabel

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: a mixture of Christ and beautiful
  • Also: Christobel, Chris, Chrissie, Chrissy

55. Christian

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: follower of Christ; a name used for both boys and girls

56. Christine

  • Origin: Greek or Egyptian
  • Meaning: Christian
  • Also: Christen, Christiana, Christina, Chris, Chrissie, Kirsty (Scottish form), Kirsten (Scandinavian form)

57. Chrysanthemum

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: gold or Flower

58. Ciaran

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: dark-haired
  • Also: Ciara, Kiera, Kiara

59. Cicely

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: blind of self beauty
  • Also: Cecilia

60. Cilla

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: ancient; a shortened form of Priscilla

61. Cindy

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: light; a shortened form of Cynthia
  • Also: Cynthia, Lucinda

62. Clare

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: clear
  • Also: Claire, Clarrie, Clara, Clarabel, Clarinda, Clorinda, Clara (Latin form), Klara (German form)

63. Clarimond

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: clear protection

64. Clarissa

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: brightest
  • Also: Clarice, Clarrie.

65. Claudia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: lame
  • Also: Claudette, Claudine, Claude (French form)

66. Clematis

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: the name of a plant used as a first name

67. Clemence

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: gentleness
  • Also: Clemency, Clem, Clemmie

68. Clementine

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: gentle
  • Also: Clementina, Clem, Clemmie

69. Cleo

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: fame of her father
  • Also: Cleopatra

70. Cliona

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: the name of a girl in Irish legend
  • Also: Clidna, Cliodna

71. Clodagh

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning:Irish river

72. Clorinda

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: renowned
  • Also: Clarinda

73. Clotilda

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: the noise of battle
  • Also: Clotilde

74. Clover

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: meadow flower

75. Codie

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: a helpful person; derived from Cody, a surname used as a first name; a feminine form of Cody

76. Colette

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: people of victory

77. Colleen

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: a girl

78. Columbine

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: the name of a plant used as a first name

79. Constance

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: constancy
  • Also: Constantia, Constancy, Constantina, Connie.

80. Cora

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a girl
  • Also: Kors, Corinna, Corinne (French form)

81. Coral

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: the name of the material from the sea used as a first name
  • Also: Coralie (French form)

82. Cordelia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: heart

83. Corey

  • Origin: Greek/Irish
  • Meaning: Greek, the maiden nameof the goddess Persephone; also has origins from the Gaelic word Coire, meaning in a hollow; a surname used as a first name; also used as a boy’s name
  • Also: Cori and Corrie

84. Corisande

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: chorus singer

85. Cornelia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: a horn; a Roman family name; the feminine form of Cornelius

86. Cosima

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: order; the feminine form of Cosmo

87. Courtney

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: probably from ‘court nez’, short nose; a surname used as a first name: also used as a boy’s name
  • Also: Courtnay

88. Cressida

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a name from ancient literature
  • Also: Cressy

89. Crystal

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: the name of a fine glass used as a first name
  • Also: Cristal and Krystal

90. Cynthia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: one of the titles of the Greek goddess Artemis
  • Also: Cindy, Cindie, Cindi

91. Cyr

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: lord; the femine form of Cyril

About our author Catherine Ball

Catherine Ball is a freelance journalist who specialises in writing about parenting and health. She has been a journalist for 20 years, writing for a wide range of regional and national publications. She is also mum to 4 children between the ages 3 and 12, so has drawn up many, many lists of baby names over the past few years.

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