Prairies and green hills and days spent in the heat of the sun. Warm apple pie and bails of straw and lying in the long grass with a view of endless fields.
Whatever the word country reminds you of, most people would agree “country” is all about simplicity, enjoying and being with nature, a sense of community and togetherness, and timeless rustic charm.
Traditionally and to this day, in the countryside, family bonds are strong, and neighbors value each other.
All these values and strong meanings are felt in country songs and ballads and are carried in the meanings of country names.
Country names for girls are typically strong, sassy, and always carry meanings of home.
Whether you are a city mama, but a country girl at heart, or a country girl yourself, you will find that country names for girls are a popular choice for many.
Everyone recognizes the timeless charm and attractive qualities of country names.
When it comes to girls’ names, some have been around for generations but never get old, while others have been recently “discovered”.
Whether you are searching for a vintage name, like Matilda, Kate or Emma, or want something new and different, like Bailey, or Blaze, this list will offer a number of choices.
Before jumping in though, a word or two about choosing names.
First names should carry special meaning for you, your partner and your little one.
Country names almost always carry meaning or mention of a place, so whichever name you choose, the meaning should have value for you.
If you are a Texan at heart, a name like Austin might pay homage to your hometown, or if this is your first child, a name like Abigail with a meaning of “My father is Joyful” Would have special value for you.
Make sure to look up all possible meanings of a name you like before settling on it.
Some names meanings might surprise you, and may not carry the meaning you expected.
If for example you want a name that is imbued with a sense of mystery, a name like Clara is not your best option, as it literally means “Clear and bright.”
A name like Calico would be more suitable, as one of its meanings is an adjective used to describe a pattern or a rhythm seen in fabric or in striations of an animal’s skin.
Good things come in twos
If you are planning to have a middle name for your little girl, make sure the first and middle names go well together.
Middle names are a nice way to give individuality to your child, giving them freedom for the future, and more options to work with.
Maybe you’ve always liked your great grandmother’s name Daisy and want to use that as the middle name, or you want your daughter to know that you hail from Arizona and you want to name her that instead.
Either way, middle names are a cool way of communicating a message to your child and to the world, in a subtle and meaningful way.
A word of caution, some name choices may seem cool on their own but will not work so well when you put them together.
For example, Though Kate is timeless, and Clara is a beautiful name, combining them in a name like Kate Clara doesn’t flow so well.
There’s a definite and stilted pause in between Kate and Clara, and a simple change makes it all better, such as shortening Kate into Katy Clara, or switching it up to Clara Kate.
Both alternatives flow much more smoothly and are easier on the ear. Make sure to experiment with the name or names you are choosing and try them out with your last name as well.
You know you have nailed it when the full name sounds smooth and easy.
Nicknames can be a blessing or a bane, or both.
For long names like Jonathan and Adelaide, the nicknames Jon and Addy make for sweet and short names, that are quicker and easier to use on daily basis, and who doesn’t like things to be easier?
But if you are not a big fan of nicknames, or you prefer to have a short name, then consider the [possible nicknames for any of your name choices.
Some names lend themselves easily to nicknames, like Abbigail to Abby or Matilda to Tillie, while others tend to hold their form, like Summer and Dot.
Once you’ve thought over the names and combining them together, and tried them out loud a couple of times, test out the initials as well.
Picture your girl signing her first lease agreement (maybe at the college dorms?) and see if you like the look of those initials.
Or take advantage of the alphabetical categories of the country girls names below and choose a name from a letter that you like, like Blaze from B or Carly from C, to match your own initials. (After all, these are well and truly tested already).
Just watch out for funny words being spelled out by mistake, it’s a joke whose punch line might not keep you laughing for long.
Without further ado, join us in a walk down the meadow through the list we have compiled of first and middle country names for the little cowgirl on the way.
Country Names for girls