What’s in a name? It depends who you ask.
For years, science has wrestled with the idea that what somebody is named can have an effect on their personality and future. Since there’s no blood test for such a thing, it’s purely conjecture, but it’s an interesting debate – especially when it comes to the “sexiest” names.
The concept, called “nominative determinism” was first made popular by Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who is considered the father of analytical psychology, although it was called “compulsion of name” at the time. Jung thought that he and Sigmund Freud were destined to work at healing people since their last names, when translated, meant “young” and “joy”.
There is an argument to be made, but just because Cecil Fielder played professional baseball and a book called Pole Positions about the polar regions of our planet was written by a guy named Daniel Snowman, does that really mean anything or is it just coincidence. What about first names vs. last names? Yes, there are real meteorologists in the world name Amy Freeze, Storm Field and Sara Blizzard, but couldn’t they just as easily have been bank managers?
While many scientists dismiss any connection with names and future outcomes, most notably explained in the book and film Freakonomics, saying that environment has more to do with how people turn out, it is silly to think that names aren’t used in popular culture for that very reason. You’ll never see John Smith on a soap opera. It’s always a name like Stockwell Covington. The name helps to shape the character.
And it’s the character of people that is often reflected in a name. There are names that simply conjure up a concept based on prior experience with the name. How often do you hear expectant parents nix a name off a list for their baby because they’ve had bad experiences with people who had that name. Just because you knew three guys named Jeremy who were all horrible doesn’t mean your son will be…or does it?
Probably the place that people attach meaning to names the most is with sex and beauty. If you didn’t know either person, do you think someone named Gertrude or someone named Candy would be more promiscuous? Most scientists would say there is no basis for most of us choosing Candy over Gertrude.
It’s possible to pick any name and you’ll find 100 different meanings for it. A girl named Jennifer could pick from around 50 different adjectives depending upon which source she chooses.
So, we have very little concrete scientific evidence to back anything up, but we do have a hunch there must be something to the “name = hotness” equation. We also aren’t going to simply guess on a what name means. We’re going to back it up with real world examples. With that in mind, here are 10 women’s names that everyone seems to agree are among the sexiest.
There are multiple versions of this name including Alexis and Alexandria, but of the hot women we found, the nod has to go to Alexa. First up, consider Alexa Ray Joel, the daughter of musician Billy Joel and one of the original supermodels, Christie Brinkley. With breeding stock like that, she had to turn out good. While we’re on the subject of models, who can deny British hottie Alexa Chung is one of the most beautiful women in the world. Let’s stay in the UK for Alexa Goddard, a blonde-haired pop sensation with the face of an angel. More proof? When the WWE got a beautiful blonde with a great body in the developmental program, they knew exactly what to call her: Alexa Bliss.
Sasha is a much more popular name in other parts of the world than the United States, but we’re not snobs for borders here. We will start out with our favorite American Sasha, though. That title goes to former adult star turned mainstream actress Sasha Grey. If you didn’t see her as a regular on the HBO show Entourage, skip it and look for the juicy stuff. Sasha Allen is also American and not nearly as well known, but this R&B singer deserves more mainstream attention, or at least more photos taken. If you’re more into an international flavor, however, we’d present Sasha Meneghel, a Brazilian model, and actress Sasha Pieterse, originally from South Africa, who can now be seen on Pretty Little Liars.
Italian female names are among the most beautiful sounding in the world, like the woman who carries it can’t help but be a looker. Imagine being so good looking that Angelina Jolie is picked to play you in a movie about your life. That was true for Gia Carangi, one of the earliest supermodels who died too young. If you’re looking for a hot Gia with a famous father (and who among us isn’t?) we’d put Gia Mantegna on the top of that list, daughter of Joe Mantegna. Gia Carides is an Australian actress whose biggest American film was My Big Fat Greek Wedding, playing sexy Cousin Nikki and to depart from the Italian there, there is Gia Johnson-Singh, a British model who is the face of Tia Maria. It’s a face we don’t want to stop looking at.
Family Feud actually asked contestants recently to name famous women with the first name of Brooke who were beautiful. A few of them made our list, but we have a few of our own. First, is actress Brooke Shields, whose controversial movies and advertising in the late 1970s made her a household name. Brooke Burke has a been a TV presenter for years, but time hasn’t done anything to hurt this woman’s looks. If you’re into more muscular women, look no further than Hulk Hogan’s daughter, Brooke. Keep an eye out for UK actresses Brooke Vincent and Brooke Kinsella as we’re pretty sure their stock will keep rising in the near future.
Whether you spell it with on ‘L’ or two, the name Lily can’t be ignored when it comes to beautiful women walking the world. We’ll begin in the UK, where so many sexily-named women seem to call home. Redhead Lily Cole is best known as a model, but she played a sexy sea monster in an episode of Doctor Who a few years back. Also from the UK is singer Lily Cole, who brings a sexy sense of rebellion to the name, but we’d give the prize for best British Lily to Lily James, who most know as Cinderella from the live-action movie that came out a while ago. And if none of these women named Lily do it for you, but you need a British Lily, there’s no denying Lily Loveless, most well known for her work on Skins, has among the most beautiful skin in the world.
While some of the names on this list drip with sensuality, Kayla is not one of them. Kayla is a good girl’s name, but it’s the name of a good girl who you’re afraid to talk to because she is impossibly hot. First, the beauty queens: both Kayla Barclay and Kayla Martell have worn the crowns of their respective states and finished high in national competitions. Sports are big with Kaylas like Kayla Cullen and Kayla McAllister. Both play a sport in Australia called netball. What’s netball? Who cares, we’re not watching the ball. Don’t forget entertainers like Kayla Pratt or Kayla Tausche, and gymnast Kayla Williams.
OK, we’re going to start right off the bat here by recognizing a couple of fictional characters. If you’re a fan of old movies, you’ll remember the heroine in Gone with the Wind was named Scarlett O’Hara played by the beautiful Vivian Leigh. Need something a little more contemporary when it comes to characters? We offer Scarlett, the hottie butt-kicker from GI Joe. Back in the real world, you’d can’t have a discussion about beautiful Scarletts without mentioning the top of the list, Scarlett Johansson. And, you may not know Scarlett Keegan, but the 2006 Playboy playmate should never be left off any list when you’re talking about the world’s hottest Scarletts.
A woman named Olivia is strong, smart, creative and independent. Thankfully, there’s also a bunch of them in the world who are smoking hot, and they span the decades. We’ll start in the late 1960 with Olivia Hussey, who played the female lead in the movie version of Romeo and Juliet in 1968. The late 1970s and early 80s wouldn’t be the same without Olivia Newton-John who is best known as Sandy in the movie version of Grease and for the brief pop music career that gave us Physical. Olivia D’Abo is remembered as Kevin’s hippie sister from the TV show The Wonder Years while actresses Olivia Williams and Olivia Wilde have kept the name Olivia hot throughout the years. We thank all of them.
Emma is one of those names like Kayla that isn’t dripping with sexiness, but when you think about it, have you ever met an Emma that wasn’t completely hot and likely out of your league? Emma Bunton, better known as Baby Spice from the Spice Girls is a perfect example of this. So is Emma Stone, the redhead actress who seems to be in every third movie made these days. We’d reserve the Emmy for best Emma for Emma Roberts, though. Julia Roberts niece has looked the same age since she started acting more than 10 years ago and we hope she keeps that sexiness for another 10 more. Maybe she’ll still be playing college students at that point. This will certainly cause some controversy among Emma “Hermione Granger” Watson fans and maybe a few older Emma Thompson fans as well. Can’t we all just get along?
This is another one of those names that has 400 different versions and spellings: Sofia, Sophie, etc., and we’re going to allow them all. Purists would immediately point to popular 1960s and 70s actress Sophia Loren as the all time greatest, but when it comes to popular actresses, we’ve been on Team Sofia Vergara, the hot latin wife to the former Al Bundy for quite some time. Sofia Coppola’s acting was derided in Godfather III, but this famous daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola has directed such films as The Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation. We wish she’d spend more time in front of the camera, like Sofia Milos or Sophia Myles, a pair of young actresses who will keep the legacy of good looking women named Sophia in entertainment going for years to come.