50 Baby Girl Names that Start with C

Choosing a name for your new baby is no easy feat. Pro tip: If you focus on options that start with a specific letter, it’s much easier to narrow things down. We’ve already rounded up our top picks for girl names beginning with “A” and “B,” and now, we've compiled a list of baby girl names that start with “C.”

The suggestions below have been hand-selected from a variety of places (such as the Social Security Administration’s list of the most popular monikers for girls), and also include some of our own editor's picks. Keep reading for 50 names we love.

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1. Charlotte

Landing the #6 spot on the popular names list, it means “free.”

2. Camila

Or Camilla if you prefer, this name literally means “perfect.”

3. Chloe

Not quite as common as the first two, Chloe still landed in the top 25. Of Greek origin, it means “verdant and blooming.”

4. Caprice

This moniker means “playful.”

5. Caroline

“Beautiful woman.” What more can new parents ask for?

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6. Cora

It simply means “heart” which we’re sure she’ll have a lot of.

7. Charlie

Usually short for Charlotte, Charlie does well all on its own.

8. Clara

Clara is the Latinized form of the name Claire/Clare. It means “bright” or “illustrious.”

9. Charmaine

This name—which is of English origin—means “song.”

10. Cecilia

It means “blind to one's own beauty.” Might we suggest Cece for a nickname?

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11. Callie

Originally short for Calista, Callie means “beautiful” and has several different variations, including Kallie, Caleigh, Calli and Cally.

12. Cherise

Also spelled Charise (or Cherice), this French name means “precious one.”

13. Catherine

Courtesy of Greece, the name means “pure.”

14. Chaka

No doubt made popular by singer Chaka Khan, the name means “life” or “energy center.”

15. Catalina

Like Catherine, Catalina means “pure.” Only this one is of Spanish origin.

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16. Camille

A slight variation on the name in #2, but keeping the same meaning.

17. Cassidy

This unisex name comes from Ireland and means “curly haired.” Cassie has become a popular nickname for this one.

18. Cybil

It means “soothsayer” so hopefully she sees a future of sleep-filled nights.

19. Ciara

We can thank famous singer Ciara for the name’s popularity in recent years. Similar to the male version (Ciaran), this name means “black.”

20. Camryn

Commonly used for both boys and girls, this American moniker means “bent nose.” Other variations include Camren, Kamryn and Kamron.

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21. Carmen

The name Carmen means “poem” and is of Latin origin.

22. Celeste

Derived from the Latin caelestis, the name means “heavenly” or “celestial.”

23. Christina

Fun Fact: There were 683 Christina’s born in 2018.

24. Cleona

Pronounced kleena or klee-ow-na, it’s a variation of the Gaelic name Cliodhna—a beautiful goddess in ancient Irish legend.

25. Cheyenne

Of Native American origin, Cheyenne has several different spellings—Cheyanne, Sheyenne, Shyanne, Shyann and Shianne.

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26. Chelsea

This Old English name means “chalk wharf.”

27. Cataleya

Cataleya is the name of a genus of orchids. It gained popularity as a baby name after it was used for the character played by Zoe Saldana in Colombiana.

28. Carter

Of Irish, English and Scottish origin, this unisex moniker means “driver of a cart or wagon.” Makes sense.

29. Chantoya

A version of the Old French name Chantal, it means “stone” or “boulder.”

30. Cadence

It means “rhythm” so fingers crossed she'll be musically talented.

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31. Carly

Further popularized by Carly Simon in the 1970s, Carly is the female version or Carl and means “free man.” Or in this case, woman.


A shorter version of Candelaria, a Spanish name derived from candle, Candela means “illuminated.”

33. Celine

Yup, like Dion. Need we say more?

34. Colette

Courtesy of France, this powerful name means “victory of the people.” It can also be spelled with two “Ls” if you’re looking to switch things up.

35. Collins

Commonly a surname, Collins made the girls' top 1,000 list after the release of the film Blind Side, in which the daughter was named Collins.

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36. Coraline

Like Caroline with a twist. This combo name (Cora+ Caroline) means “heart” or “maiden.”

37. Chaya

Pronounced kai-ya, the name is of Hebrew origin.

38. Clementine

If you’re looking for something in the citrus category.

39. Cassandra

Of Greek origin, Cassandra means “she who entangles men.” It is also a character in Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.

40. Cynthia

Cynthia—which means "from Mount Cynthus”—can be shortened to Cindy, Cyndi or even Cyndy.

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41. Carolyn

With a name that literally means “little womanly one,” your daughter is destined to be small but mighty.

42. Carlita

Another female form of Carl, the Spanish Carlita also means “free man.”

43. Cyrah

Courtesy of Africa, the moniker means “enthroned.”

44. Carissa

Another combo of two names, Carissa (coming from the names Melissa and Cara) is of Italian origin.

45. Cathleen

Meaning “pure” or “clear,” Cathleen is of American origin. And you can’t go wrong with the nickname Cath.

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46. Chana

This Hebrew name is a popular variation of Hannah and means “gracious.” Chana has now remained on the top 1,000 list since 2008.

47. Calliope

Literally meaning "beautiful-voiced," Calliope is also a Greek goddess who presided over poetry, song and the arts.

48. Claudia

The feminine version of Claude, this Latin name means “enclosure."

49. Concetta

It means “conception” and is of Italian origin.

50. Cara

The name Cara is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "dear friend.” Not to mention, it also has Irish, Italian and Portuguese ties.

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