Girl Names Starting with SLooking for girl names starting with S?

From classic Sarah to trending Stevie, there’s no shortage of appealing possibilities. After all, the letter S ranks fourth for girls’ names, behind A, E, and M.

Part of that popularity is the one-two punch of Sophia and Sofia, among the most popular names for girls around the world. Sophie ranks in the US Top 100, too, making it even more of a dominant sound.

But S names can be distinctive and different, too. This letter gives us everything from surnames Sutton and Sloane to vintage delights like Sadie and Susanna.

Read on for the girl names starting with the letter S!


Sophia sounds traditional, and maybe it is – the name has been around for ages. But it’s far more popular in 2021 than it was in 1920 – or at any previous point. A flowing sound combined with a great meaning – wisdom – make Sophia a favorite for our daughters.

SOFIA (#13)

Add up all the girls named Sophia and Sofia, and this name rivals #1 Olivia in terms of popularity. But Sofia, the preferred spelling in Spanish as well as Italian and many Slavic and Scandinavian languages, comes in less than ten spots behind the ‘ph’ version of the name.


A colorful choice that started out as a surname for someone who dyed or sold fabric, Scarlett brings to mind two women: Gone With the Wind’s Scarlett O’Hara and Hollywood A-lister Scarlett Johansson. The first convinces us that the name has a long history of use; the second makes us see it as twenty-first century ready.

STELLA (#40)

The Latin word for star, Stella directs our gaze towards the heavens. Or wait, is that Hollywood? Cinematic history includes Marlon Brando bellowing “Stella!” in A Streetcar Named Desire. Designer Stella McCartney – daughter of rock legend Paul – is among the most famous figures today. Stella fits with all the Ella-Bella names we’ve loved in recent years. Despite a long history of use, this name still feels cool, even edgy.

SOPHIE (#63)

The French form of Sophia also makes the Top 100 – and lately, it’s the version of the name climbing in use.

SADIE (#68)

A sparky, sassy nickname name that feels equal parts vintage and modern, Sadie was boosted – in a big way – by reality television’s Duck Dynasty. The series – and Sadie Robertson – have faded from the spotlight, but Sadie helped popularize a wave of nickname names.


Ages before we embraced place names for our children, Savannah Smiles became a modestly successful 1982 movie. Suddenly, Savannah went from sometimes-heard to the Top 1000. It hasn’t slowed down much since, remaining in the Top 100 from 1993 onward. Journalist and television host Savannah Guthrie is among the best-known figures by the name.

SKYLAR (#87)

A simplified form of Dutch surname name Schuyler, this spelling fits with our love of last-names-first. But it also reads a like a nature name, thanks to the first syllable sky.

SARAH (#94)

Classic, traditional Sarah stepped straight out of the Bible and on to birth certificates. It’s never left the US Top 1000 – in fact, only rarely has it left the Top 100.


A meaning-rich word name, Serenity succeeds because it shares the same three-syllable, ends-with-y structure of so many girls’ names, from traditional Emily and Dorothy to surnames Kimberly and Kennedy to old school virtue picks like Felicity and Verity.


A feminine form of classic Samuel, Samantha emerged many years later, probably in the 1700s. It remained rare, until a television character cast a spell on us all, in the 1960s supernatural sitcom Bewitched. The show also gets credit for launching Tabitha.

SIENNA (#135)

A romantic color name inspired by the reddish clay of the earth in Siena, Italy. Despite the single-N spelling of the place name, it’s Sienna that parents prefer in the US.

SLOANE (#140)

A sleek and tailored surname with ties to the late Princess Diana, 80s classic Ferris Bueller, and early 2000s HBO series Entourage, Sloane has gone from rarity to mainstream favorite in recent years.

SAGE (#144)

A mix of nature name, colorful choice, and meaning-rich successor to Sophia, all in one compact, unisex package.

SUMMER (#153)

A warm and sunny seasonal name, Summer has gone from hippie chic to mainstream favorite.

SARA (#177)

Sarah-with-an-h has always been more popular, but Sara-without-an-h is nearly as classic.

SAYLOR (#207)

Saylor feels like a mix of surname-names Piper and Harper, and 90s favorite Taylor. Sailor – with an ‘i’ – doesn’t currently make the Top 1000 at all.

SUTTON (#216)

A surname name boosted by likeable Broadway-turned-small screen actor Sutton Foster, of Bunheads and Younger fame.

SELENA (#239)

Luna is the Roman goddess of the moon; Selena is her Greek equivalent. The late Mexican-American singer Selena put this name on parents’ radar; it skyrocketed following her tragic 1995 death and has remained in steady use since. Though lately it’s the unstoppable singer-actress Selena Gomez who keeps the name in the center of the spotlight.

SAWYER (#240)

Tom Sawyer makes this an Americana storybook name. Sawyer fits right in with Harper and Sloane.

STEVIE (#263)

Nickname-name Stevie brings to mind two women: iconic rock star Stevie Nicks, as well as popular sitcom Schitt’s Creek’s Stevie Budd. The latter likely explains the name’s recent boost, but Nicks – born Stephanie – makes it feel like a name we’ve always known could be used for a daughter.

SYDNEY (#271)

Part-place name, part-borrowed-from-the-boys, Sydney could be a smash-hit now … except that it already peaked in the late 1990s.

SAMARA (#299)

A pretty alternative to Samantha, boosted by the villain in 2002 horror sensation The Ring. Australian actress Samara Weaving also puts the name on parents’ radar.

SHILOH (#344)

An Old Testament place name, rich with meaning, and derived from a word meaning peaceful.

SELAH (#364)

A fast-rising favorite, Selah comes from a word in the Old Testament meaning pause.

SERENA (#386)

A tranquil name worn by a legendary athlete.

SAIGE (#397)


SABRINA (#413)

It’s a name with poetic roots and ties to an iconic Audrey Hepburn role. Sabrina also brings to mind Kiernan Shipka’s turn on Netflix’s take on long-running character Sabrina.

SKYE (#416)

Along with Sky – and Skylar and Skyla – this sound is quite stylish for our daughters.

SARAI (#428)

An older version of Sarah, far less common but every bit as wearable. With the rise of names like Kai, it might bring renewed interest to this name, too.

SCARLET (#433)

Scarlett is the name, while Scarlet is the color – and an equally valid spelling option.

SYLVIA (#435)

Sylvia has hovered in the US Top 1000 around the 500 mark for years. French form Sylvie is a rising newcomer to the charts. Both names have plenty of appeal, a mix of Top Ten sounds from Sophia and Sophie, Ivy and Olivia, too. An added bonus for Sylvia: it includes Sylvie as a possible short form.

SYLVIE (#436)

Take Sophia, mix in Ava and Ivy, and the logical conclusion is rising favorite Sylvie.

SALEM (#453)

A Biblical place name, real Salems appear all over the map. The Massachusetts town, with its legendary witch trials, takes this name in a spooky direction. But maybe that’s not fair. Depending on the name’s origin, it might mean peace or safety, both positive, optimistic meanings.


The French feminine form of Stephen, and a former Top Ten favorite.

SKYLER (#541)

Skylar is the more popular spelling for baby girl names, but Skyler charts, too.

SIERRA (#551)

From a Spanish word referring to a mountain range, Sierra sounds rugged and delicate, all at once.

SUNNY (#552)

Bright and warm, Sunny makes a casual and cheerful choice for a daughter. It’s a long weekend of a name, born on the beach. Comedian Adam Sandler has daughters named Sadie and Sunny.

SEVYN (#591)

A number name with a twist, possibly influenced by singer Sevyn Streeter – born Amber. The number name conveys ideas about good fortune, but also spiritual ones tied to the seventh day of rest.

SHELBY (#594)

A surname name sometimes used for boys, but boosted for girls by movie characters in the 1930s and again in 1989, by Steel Magnolias.

SLOAN (#636)

Sloane without the E, given a boost by a character on Entourage.

SASHA (#640)

Originally a nickname for Alexander or Alexandra, Sasha now stands on its own. Beyonce’s 2008 album I Am … Sasha Fierce gave the name a little lift.

SELENE (#691)

A tailored take on Selena. Kate Beckinsale played an otherworldly warrior named Selene in the long-running Underworld movie franchise.

SCOUT (#693)

An adventurous name made literary by To Kill a Mockingbird’s Jean Louise “Scout” Finch.

SIENA (#720)

The single-N spelling brings to mind the Italian place name.

SARIYAH (#730)

Probably a take on Sariah, with ties to the Old Testament as well as the Book of Mormon. Sariyah is now the more popular spelling.

SKY (#738)

The straight-up word name, less popular than Skye but still very wearable.

SAVANNA (#746)

Drop the H and Savanna is more Africa, less Georgia.

SKYLA (#757)

Skye meets Kyla.

SAMIRA (#778)

It might be an alternate spelling of Samara, a name with Sanskrit roots meaning “air,” or the feminine form of Arabic name Samir.

STORMI (#818)

The birth of Kendall Jenner’s daughter made headlines when she chose this name. No matter you feel about the reality show royals, they do get some things about naming right.

SOL (#837)

A newcomer to the US Top 1000, Sol is the Spanish and Portuguese word for sun. The sound appears in several other names, like Solana and Solange. It fits with Soleil, the French word for sun, also quite new to the US Top 1000.

SALMA (#894)

A lovely Arabic name meaning “safe.” Actress Salma Hayek has helped make it a household name.

SAOIRSE (#901)

Actress Saoirse Ronan put her oh-so-Gaelic name on the map. Bonus? A fantastic meaning: freedom.

SARIAH (#902)

A lovely, flowing name, Sariah could appeal to many parents on style alone. But it’s also a name from the Book of Mormon, which might add to its popularity for some families. The spelling Sariyah is currently more popular.


The blue gemstone fits in with color names, as well as more traditional picks like Ruby and Pearl.

SHAY (#912)

We tend to see this name as a phonetic take on Shea, but it might also be Hebrew in origin, too. It’s sleek and modern, without feeling invented.

SCOTTIE (#922)

A rising nickname name for a daughter, borrowed from the masculine/surname name Scott. Scottie follows Charlie, Billie, and Stevie into wider use.

SIMONE (#960)

A traditional name long on the edges of the US rankings, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles makes this a potential hero name.


Scarlett, with a spelling influenced by Juliette.

SARAHI (#963)

Probably a take on Sarai, first made popular in Mexico.

SAANVI (#978)

A name associated with the Hindu goddess Lakshmi, Saanvi was made popular thanks to television’s Manifest.

SOLEIL (#990)

The French word for sun, Soleil is pronounced soh-lay … maybe a little bit of a challenge, but only a little. It’s summery and meaningful, a bright name with an upbeat, sophisticated sound.



A name borrowed from an ancient tribe, long more popular in Europe than the US. Savina and Savine are also heard.


A color name meaning black, borrowed from the animal.


Spicy Saffron is tailored and almost as rare as the yellow-orange spice.


The Japanese word for cherry blossom.


Once a nickname for Sarah, Sally has a long history of independent use.


We meet “the daughter of Herodias” in the New Testament. Tradition tells us she’s named Salome. Her mom puts her up to dancing for King Herod – and demanding the head of John the Baptist as reward. That’s given Salome a bad girl vibe, but there’s more than one side to her story.


Also spelled Sanaa, this name means radiance in Arabic. Emphasis is on the second syllable: sa NAA.


Originally short for Alexandra, but long an independent name. The first woman to ever serve as a United States Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, is one famous bearer. Nickname Sandy lives forever in the soundtrack to musical movie Grease.


A Sarah-Anna combination.


A European import with an appealing sound.


The French feminine form of Sebastian.


A collection of eighteenth century poems made Selma a place name. That, in turn, inspired the naming of Selma, Alabama. The Southern city played a critical role in the Civil Rights movement, and the establishment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That history makes this name richly powerful.


Fiery Seraphina comes from a Late Latin name associated with a class of six-winged angels. It sounds a little bit like Sarah mixed with Josephine, and it also brings to mind to many elaborate girl names we love, from Alexandra to Isabella.


A modern Welsh name meaning star.


Elegant option from a Roman family name meaning stern.


A pretty Persian name with a wonderful meaning: happiness.


The Hebrew word for peace, and sometimes a given name, too.


A Hebrew name meaning red.


An Irish import, Shea might signal that the parents are baseball fans. That’s because of legendary Shea Stadium, long-time home to the New York Mets. It’s named for Bill Shea, who brought baseball back to New York, and was heavily involved in professional sports in the region.


A surname name that would fit with Top 1000 picks like Emerson.


An Old Testament name meaning beautiful.


A Hebrew name meaning “my song.”


A Persian name borrowed from legend, with a lovely meaning: sweet. Game of Thrones fans might also think of the similar name Shireen, worn by a brave but tragic character.


Former Top Ten favorite Shirley immediately brings to mind 1930s child star Shirley Temple. The name left the US Top 1000 after 2008.


The Hebrew equivalent of Susanna.


A Welsh feminine form of John. It sounds like SHAN.


An ancient Greek name meaning prophet.


A place name that feels every bit as wearable as Roman or Siena.


French Sidonie comes from an ancient name borrowed from the city of Sidon, and a masculine name worn by an early saint.


Borrowed from Hollywood star Sigourney Weaver, who in turn took her stage name from a minor character mentioned in The Great Gatsby.


An Old Norse name, rarer than Ingrid, but every bit as wearable.


One of many names borrowed from the Latin silva, meaning forest.


An Irish feminine form of John, via the much older Jehanne.


Modern Irish invention, Siofra means sprite or elf.


From a title for the Virgin Mary in Spanish: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, or Succor.


A Spanish place name, it refers to somewhere “exposed to the sun,” from the Latin solanum. It’s a lovely, sun-drenched image, and an appealing mix of modern Sol and traditional Ana, too.


An older form of Solenne, Solange has been kept familiar by a 9th century saint – and Solange Knowles.


Once a nickname for Sophia, Sonia now feels like an independent name – familiar, but seldom heard.


Borrowed from an ancient legend about a Carthaginian princess, this long and daring name could shorten to the accessible Sophie.


A long and lovely ancient name with an intriguing meaning: sensible.


A Persian name, Soraya refers to the Pleiades constellation. It also brings to mind Princess Soraya, wife of the Shah of Iran in the twentieth century. Their marriage ended in divorce in the 1950s; Soraya remained internationally famous throughout her life.


A plant name with a gentle, soft sound.


Winter, Autumn, and Summer are all far more popular. But Spring has been used in small numbers over the years, too.


A calendar name in the key of Summer, Sunday feels spiritual and meaningful – and very rare.


A midcentury chart-topper, Susan has teetered on the edge of the US Top 1000 in recent years, seldom heard for our children.


Surprising, but true – Susanna hasn’t appeared in the US Top 1000 for years. Susannah-with-an-h is even rarer. But this traditional, lyrical girls’ name could wear well today.


Mother Svea is the personification of Sweden, and this name is a popular choice for girls born in Sweden today, sharp and appealing.

What are your favorite girl names starting with S?

This post was first published on June 1, 2020. It was revised and updated on October 10, 2020; June 14, 2021; July 11, 2022; and January 25, 2024.


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  1. My fave is Susanna(h). I like the idea of Sidonie, not sure how well it would work IRL. I like Sage with its multiple meanings, surname names Shea and Sheridan. Rounding it out are Sara, Soraya and Samara.

  2. Selena is really growing on me, although I worry it would be constantly misheard as Serena ;-). I really love Solène, Serenity, Seren, Susannah and Savanna. A few more Persian options to add to Soraya:
    Somaya (Som-eye-a) – don’t know the meaning, sorry
    Soheila (Su-hay-la) – star
    Shirin (Shi-reen) – sweet
    Shadi (Shod-ee) – happiness
    Sayeh (So-yeh, nearly like soya) – shadow
    Sian (Shaun)
    Sioned (Shon-ed)
    Siwan (Shoo-an) – all these are from John
    Siriol – cheerful
    Sulwen (Seel-wen) – holy or pure Sunday

  3. My daughter is Saranna. Last week we met a Sarona at a museum. It was cool because we don’t often meet anyone that close-sounding.