What Are The Best Cajun Baby Names For Your Girl

What are the best Cajun baby names for a newborn baby girl? The Cajun people in the modern day are an eclectic mix of Cajun and Creole people, with an added bit of spice from the local Haitian, Bahamian, and other Caribbean populations who have inhabited New Orleans and mostly Southern Louisiana since the early seventeen hundreds. Collectively, these people make New Orleans language and culture among some of the most unique, and in some ways, the most beautiful linguistic area of the United States.

The Acadian or Acajun as it may have been pronounced using the local variant in the French vernacular of the day, ultimately came to be known as Cajun today, and it carries with it a rich tradition of unique local vernacular and colloquialisms, in addition to many wonderful baby names for babygurls.

The local areas, populated by so many diverse and beautiful cultures has made Southern Louisiana something of a legend in its own right, with its own special and magical blend of languages, histories, and cultures. While Cajun baby names may not be the most common in the world, they can be among the most beautiful, even if some may be slightly difficult for the average person to pronounce or spell. That being said, we have gone through the alphabet to try to bring you an introductory selection of beautiful Cajun baby names for your babygirls.

​Top 26 Cajun names for your baby girls

  1. Acadia – Acadia is taken from the Acadian Mountain regions first settled by Guédry dit Grivois around 1671, long before the mass emigration of the French people who would ultimately become the Cajun people during the 1700s.

  1. Babette – Babette is from the old Hebrew word Elisheba and means “My God is my oath” or “My God is plentiful”. The “Ette” indicates that it was originally used as a diminutive form, and in the modern vernacular is likely related to Elizabeth and similar names.

  1. Camille – Camille is a variation of the ancient Latin word Camillus which means someone who is a young attendant at a religious ceremony, generally an assistant to the clergy.

  1. Dahlia – The word Dahlia is of relatively modern history, from circa 1791, just after the point where the Acadians were emigrating to Canada, and some moving in to areas of Southern Louisiana. The term itself was coined by Jesuit botanist Antonio Jose Cavanilles, naming a genus of plants after an individual named Anders Dahl. It can safely be speculated that this term originated with the Cajuns, likely naming their daughters after beautiful flowers common to the Southern regions of Louisiana.

  1. Eglantine – Eglantine is derived from the Old French Old French aiglantin which is a sweetbrier, or a beautifully flowering plant that is also full of thorns, and quite prickly.

  1. Fabienne – Fabienne is taken from the original old French names Fabianus and Fabien and means someone that is of Noble lineage, though it may also relate to someone who is noble of character or in action.

  1. Galiane – The name Galiane goes back to the old French and was originally a term used to describe women originally from Gaul.

  1. Hélyette – Hélyette comes from the ancient Hebrew ‘êlı̂yâhû and in the modern vernacular is translated as “My God is the Lord”. Hélyette is an offshoot from the original Hebraic name Elijah.

  1. Isabeau – Isabeau (or Isabeaux) is a variation on the name Isabel and means someone whose life is pledged to God.

  1. Joëlle – Joëlle is a combination of the old French words for John and Elle and means that God will be willing. This may also be interpreted by some as God has willed it, or God is willing something to be or into existence.

  1. Ketty – Ketty is originally from the ancient Greek (or Aramaic) and is a variation on the modern name Katy or Kathy.

  1. Laodicie – Laodicie is a variant on the word Laodicea, one of the seven churches of Asia being mentioned by name in the Biblical book of the Apocalypse or the book of Revelations. In its literal translation, Laodicie means “Justice of the people”. (See also Laodicea)

  1. Maëlle – Maëlle in its English form is Maela, though in its original form it was used to designate someone as a Princess or otherwise in a position of authority within a tribe or clan, likely a position as a chief or as a leader.

  1. Nadège – Nadège is a derivative from the Russian word Nadéžda or the modern, English variant Nadia. In its original form it meant someone who has hope.

  1. Onésime – Onésime is a variation of the ancient Greek word Onḗsimos or Ὀνήσιμος and means someone who brings luck, good fortune, or other benefit. (See also Onésima)

  1. Pélagie – Pélagie is from the ancient Greek and means one who is from the Sea which seems especially apropos for the Cajun or Acadian people given their seeming preference for living on or near the ocean. (See also Pelagie)

  1. Quiteira – The modern name Quiteira is likely a derivative of the Spanish Quiteria, though legends have sprung up from as far away as South America as well, any of which may have influenced this modern Cajun name for baby girls. It is likely that Quiteira is a form of Kythere which means “The Red One”, or a variation of Cytherea, from an Ancient Greek epithet of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. (See also Cytherea)

  1. Raïssa – Raïssa is an ancient Greek word rhadios meaning someone who is very easily adaptable to different circumstances, or someone who is relaxed and not prone to getting excited about circumstances. (See also Raissa)

  1. Ségolène – Ségolène is a combination of two words from the old French and is generally understood to mean a “sweet victory”.

  1. Théroigne – Théroigne did not become a common name, though not without controversy of its own, until sometime around 1800. It is believed to have been implemented as a Cajun girl’s name based on its namesake, Anne-Josèphe Théroigne, a controversial revolutionary feminist during the time of the French Revolution.

  1. Uranie – Uranie is from the ancient Greek Urania which means “From Heaven”. Urania was purportedly a daughter of Zeus and a granddaughter to Uranus. She was also a muse of Astronomy and Poetry.

  1. Viridiana – Viridiana comes to us from the ancient Latin word Viridis which means Green. (See also Veridiana)

  1. Véronique – Véronique is based on the ancient Greek, phérein or φέρειν which means to bring or to bear, and níkē or νίκη which means victory, thus translating the name effectively to someone who will bring victory.

  1. Yvette – The French name Yvette is derived from the word for Yew or Archer. However, going back to ancient Hebrew, the Cajun girl’s name may be interpreted as meaning “The living one”.

  1. Zita – The name Zita is a derivative of the Ancient Greek word for Hunter.

  1. Zoe – Zoe is a name handed down from the ancient Greek of the same name, or ζωή in its original form. Zoe means a hunter or huntress.

Do you have any favorite baby girl names in French or from the Cajun dialect of Franglais or any of the other local dialects from in and around New Orleans and Southern Louisiana? Would you like to see a new section added to tie in both the English and French baby names that are common among the Cajun and Creole populations?

Be sure to let us know what you would like to see so that we can continue to provide you with the best resources for your name selection for your new babyboy or babygirl.