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Lovely Names Ending in “L”

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Do you love a good “L” name? Lillian, Lucy, Layla, or perhaps Linnea? The letter “L” makes a lovely sound and seems to dance off the tongue. If you love “L” names then you may consider one of these beauties that puts “L” at the end.

Popular “L” Endings

Abigail
A Top 10 name since 2001, Abigail has been a long time leader in popularity currently ranked at Number 10.
Hazel
Hazel gives off vintage vibes and is well loved today at Number 43 in popularity
Isabel
Isabel’s third syllable is “L”, perfect for “L-ending” fans. There are numerous spellings of Isabel, this one ranks at Number 145.

Spunky “L” Endings

Avril
Avril isn’t ranked in the US Top 1,000 but has a spunky rocker edge due to its ties to alternative singer Avril Lavigne.
Bristol
A great underused nature name, Bristol ranks at Number 483. Many American’s became familiar with this name through social figure Bristol Palin.
Laurel
Another great nature name, Laurel is the perfect way to honor a Laura or Lauren. Laurel comes in at Number 597.
Teal
Teal is an unexpected but highly usable color name that isn’t currently in the Top 1,000.

Vintage “L” Endings

Amabel
A great Annabelle or Amelia alternative, Amabel has a great old-fashioned vibe and is not currently in the Top 1,000.
Anabel
Like Isabel, Anabel can be spelled many ways. At 908 in popularity, Anabel may remind your of the Edgar Allen Poe poem Annabel Lee.
Coral
Another great nature and color name, coral was all the rage in jewelry many moons ago. Coral as a name has yet to break into the Top 1,000.
Mabel
At 451 in popularity, Mabel may feel lightly vintage but it’s more popular now than ever before.
Muriel
Muriel is melodic and romantic but isn’t in the Top 1,000. My fellow Anne of Green Gables fans will think of the darling character Muriel Stacy.
Opal
A gemstone name Opal may feel like a Great-Grandma name, but it actually peaked in popularity last year at Number 859.
Pearl
Another lovely gemstone name, Pearl is a symbol of purity and innocence currently ranking at Number 652.
Sybil
Hello Downton Abbey fans, I’m looking at you. Sybil is a lovely vintage name that isn’t currently in the Top 1,000.

A few more “L” Endings

April
A springy month name, April ranks at Number 453.
Ariel
Hello Disney fans! Ariel comes in at Number 142.
Chantel
A bit of a French vibe, Chantel hasn’t ranked in the Top 1,000 since 2001.
Crystal
Crystal exploded in the 1980’s and has steadily declined every decade since. Today Crystal comes in at Number 644.
Liesl
Let’s end this list with the lovely Liesl which I see on many a name-lover’s list but isn’t in the Top 1,000.

Which of these names do you love?
This article was written by Meagan @tulipbyanyname and may not be reprinted without permission, thank you!

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The Way to Spell a Name

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Congratulations, you’ve found the perfect name for your little one, but wait… how are you going to spell it? Say you love the name Dylan- great choice! Dylan is Welsh meaning son of the sea. Then while looking into Dylan you come across Dillon, pronounced the same way as Dylan, Dillon is Irish and means loyal. So how would you decide between Dylan and Dillon? Well maybe Dylan gets the edge because of the association to Dylan Thomas, or perhaps you have Irish heritage that you’d like to give a nod to with the Dillon spelling. I could make a list of reasons in favor of either spelling and that’s the point of this article, names are important and so are their spellings. Take it from a lady named Meagan ;).

There are many names with multiple legitimate spelling variations, think Vivienne and Vivian or Marc and Mark.  Often times spelling variations are connected to a region and or language. Then there are names like Dylan and Dillon that sound the same but have different meanings and origins.

In recent years the Social Security Administration has reflected an increase in uniquely spelled baby names.  In the naming community these spellings are often categorized as “kreative spellings.” I do want to emphasize here that choosing a name and a spelling is a personal choice and I want to shine light on that, this post is not intended to throw any shade or side eye.

One top trend in the unique spelling craze is the addition of the letter “y” to names, such as Jayson instead of Jason, or replacing an “i” with a “y,” like Austyn instead of Austin.  We see this a lot when a traditionally male name is being used on a girl, for example Jaymes instead of James.  There are several names like Sailor and Saylor that may appear to just be a trendy spelling variant but in fact have different origins and are original spellings.

Modern parents don’t limit their love to “y” they also expand this to “x” and “z.” Jasmine becomes Jazmine and Jackson becomes Jaxon. Other than aesthetics these letter substitutions are often intentional because they are connected to nicknames.  I know a little Jazmine that goes by “Jazz” and a Jaxon that is often called “Jax.”

Aside from the “y”, “x”, and “z” variants one of the common ways I see names altered to uncommon spellings is changing the spelling of the long “e” sound. So there’s “e”, “ee”, “ie”, “eigh”, “ey”, “y.” Let’s break this down with Kailey which could also be Kailee, Kailie, Kaileigh, Kaley, Kaylee, Kayley, and so on, you get where I’m going here.

Vowel swapping at the end of names, particularly those ending in “n” is another trend I see frequently.  Landon could also be Landan, Landen, Landin, Landon, or Landyn.  Grayson and Greyson are both ranked in the United States Top 1,000, as are Greyson and Graysen. When it comes to swapping out vowels, there are numerous combinations.

There is no one way or “right” way to spell a name.  I would urge soon-to-be parents to look into the history of the names they’re considering and pick the one that suits them best. Keep in mind that modifications may lead to more corrections but more and more unique spellings are being used these says so it’s likely even a little Mary may be asked how she spells her name. Who knows, she could be Merry, Maree, or another unique spelling entirely!

Rare Classy Girls Names

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Emma, Charlotte, Amelia, Ava.. there are so many beautiful and classy names taking over in popularity. I love this trend and so today I think we should look at some equally lovely and classy options that aren’t currently in the U.S. Top 1,000.

Audra
The perfect alternative to the ladylike Audrey is Audra, and English name meaning noble strength. The lovely songstress Audra McDonald is a great namesake.

Beatrix
Much less popular than Beatrice, Beatrix is a Latin name with the gorgeous meaning she who brings happiness. It also has the great Beatrix Potter association.

Cordelia
A strong name and personal favorite, Cordelia is rich in history. It may be Latin or Celtic meaning heart or daughter of the sea. Classy nickname options include Cora and Delia.

Flora
Sister to more popular Cora and Nora, the Latin Flora has a darling vintage vibe and means flower. Flora was the name of one of the little fairies in Sleeping Beauty.

Moira
An Irish form of the classic Mary, meaning bitter, Moira has a charm and silent strength on her own. Moira always reminds me of the character Wendy Moira Angela Darling from Peter Pan.

Odette
Ette names just scream classy to me and how fun is that O initial? French from a German name Odette means wealthy. Jared and Genevieve Padalecki named their daughter Odette Elliott last year.

Tabitha
I’m always perplexed by how low Tabitha ranks. An Aramaic name meaning gazelle, it’s time to bring back Tabitha. You could use the classic nickname Beth or the quirky cute Tibby!

Theodora
Theodore has gained attention but his sister Theodora, the feminine form of the Greek name meaning gift or God, is still quite underused. Thea and Teddy sure do make for charming nicknames.

Weigh in on your favorites!

Cow Baby Names

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Wait, what?!? Yes, you read that right, Cow Baby Names! These are a few great names popular with cows that you may also love using for your little darling!

Bella
An Italian name meaning beautiful, many think of Bella as being a nickname for Isabella, but did you know that Bella ranks at Number 50 all on its own? Della and Ella are also well loved for cows and babes!

Bessie
Good Ole’ Bessie is moving on up from frumpy=granny to vintage-chic. Bessie is one of the many nicknames for Elizabeth, meaning God is my oath. Bess and Betsy also have similar vibes and shared origins.

Clarabelle
Clara and Belle are two stunning names and whenever I suggest the name smoosh of Clarabelle I often getting the response that it sounds like a cow! Thanks, Disney 🙂 Clarabelle has Latin roots meaning bright and beautiful.

Daisy
A darling little flower name and diminutive of Margaret, Daisy is popular with a slew of pets but as well as little girls. Daisy currently ranks at Number 170 in popularity.

Darla
Darla totally has a retro vibe going on and if Finding Nemo didn’t ruin it for you, it has the intuitive meaning of darling. Darla is prime for hipster pickings as it walks the line of cute and ugly.

Gertie
Most Gertie fans fell for this name watching a young Drew Barrymore in E.T. Like Darla, Gertie is a bit polarizing and can be seen as cute or hideous. Gertie comes from the name Gertrude, meanings strength of spear.

Lola
I know two dogs and one teenage girl named Lola. Extremely popular for pets, Lola, a diminutive of Delores, ranks at Number 240 for girls in the U.S. A prime example of a name people seem to love equally for four-legged-friends and children.

Lucy
Do you love Lucy? A great many of us do. Lucy has a soft sweetness to it that ties it to youthfulness, and innocence making it fit of calf or girl. A Latin name meaning light, Lucy is Number 52 for little girls.

Minnie
Minnie, Daisy, and Clarabelle, hmm clearly this Nanny has seen an episode too many of Mickey Mouse. Minnie has a sweet, vintage vibe and it is kinda a funny choice for a not-so-small animal.

Sadie
Sweet Sadie, like many of these names Sadie has a comforting an endearing ring to it. Sadie comes from Sarah, meaning princess. Sadie has been well-loved in recent years, ranking at Number 71.

Which of these would you use? For a cow or a tiny human?

Well Named – “well” baby Names

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I have been majorly crushing on the name Wells. I think Well and Wells make for great Will alternatives. Well, that Wells name sure got me thinking of all the fabously names that Well could be a nickname for.  You’ll notice that many are surname names with English origins.  Be sure to tell me your favorites

Boswell
Boswell is an English name meaning well near the woods. Boz would be a great nickname if you’re looking for a Well/Wells alternative.

Hartwell
Hartwell is a place name and English name meaning one who lives near the stag’s spring. I love Hart as a male middle name. Smoosh Hart and Well together and you get a preppy cool name!

Maxwell
I love “Max” names and Maxwell, ranked at Number 133, is the most popular name on this list. A Scottish name meaning great stream, I love that you could get the familiar Max or fresh Wells from it.

Oswell
Oswell is an English name (like most of these names are), and it means divinely powerful. I love Oswell as an OSwald alternative and how adorable is the nickname Ozzy on a little guy?

Rockwell
A little bit preppy and a little bit rock-n-roll. Rockwell is an English name meaning rock spring. Rock and Rocky would be awesome nicknames!

Samwell
Samwell is one of those surnames that there are disputed meanings for. There is a musician named Samwell, born Samuel. Samwell gives me Samwise vibes and has the familiar and lovable Sam to it.

Wellington
Wellington has such a posh, distinguished sound. A surname and place name, Wellington means people in a hamlet near the temple. It’s a big name with a lot of character.

Well, which Well name is your favorite?

Seven C’s

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Calling all lovers of exotic Princess-worthy names! Feast your name eyes and ears on these seven grand, gorgeous, and glorious C names for girls!

Camellia
Camellia has an exotic flare though it shares a similar sound to the much more popular Amelia. Camellia is a flowering plant was named for botanist Georg Josef Kamel. What little girl wouldn’t love a flower name? The nickname possibilities are endless, but a few you may enjoy include Cam, Cammie, Mel, Mellie, Mia, and Lia.

Cataleya
Cataleya is a variant of cattleya which is a genus of orchids – can you tell I love a good flower name? Zoe Saldana played Cataleya in the film Colombiana, giving this name a boost, though its not too popular currently ranked at Number 510. Cataleya would be a great way to honor a Catherine, Kathleen, or even a Lee or Leah.

Celestia
A name written in the stars Celestia has Latin roots meaning heavenly or of the sky. Celestia is hardly a name one would forget as it is both striking and ethereal. Little House on the Praire writer Laura Ingalls Wilder’s younger sister Carrie was born Caroline Celestia “Carrie” Ingalls. Celestia peaked in the late nintenth century.

Christiana
A whole generation of Christian, Christine, and Christina’s are now becoming parents. Refresh these beloved names with the brilliantly opulant Christiana, a variation which shares the meaning follower of Christ. Feminine with an exotic twist, Christiana could skip nicknames like Chris and Christy and opt for Tiana.

Clementine
Oh, my darlin’s Clementine just recently re-entered the US Top 1,000.  A Frecnch feminine form of Clement, meaning merciful, Clementine has a very wholesome and country vibe. Several stars from Claudia Schiffer, Kate Winslet, and Ethan Hawke have all picked the name Clementine for their daughters. In France Clementine ranks within the Top 100.

Cornelia
I’m such a big Cordelia fan that I often overlook Cornelia. A Latin name meaning horn, Cornelia easily lends itself to very user friendly nicknames like Cory, Cora, Nell, and Nellie. A name rich is history and literature there are a load of assocations to this name from a Christian saint to Julius Caesar’s first wife.

Cressida
A former college classmate recently had a little Cressida making my name-loving heart swoon. Cressida is the name of a Shakepearean heroine and has Greek rooks meaning golden. Cressida was also used in Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, giving it life to a younger generation Cressida is equal parts strong and feminine.

Please share your favorite from this list! xo

End of Summer Baby Names

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“August is like the Sunday of Summer.”

School is starting and summer is quickly ending, but let’s not let these final days of the season end without a final look at hot names in this hot month.

August
Why not pull name inspiration from this final month itself? August is quickly rising, currently ranked at Number 193 for boys. August was also used by 222 girls last year. Mariska Hargitay and Dave Matthews have son’s named August, while Charlize Theron and Garth Brooks used the name August for their daughters.
Some other cool August names include;
Augusta, Augustina, Augustine, Augustino, Augusto, and Augustus.

Leo
Strong, short, and simple, Leo is a little name taking the world by storm, currently ranked at Number 74. The end of July through mid-August falls under the Zodiac sign Leo. Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz chose the internationally loved name Leo for their son. Another cool thing about Leo, it means lion. Imagine the cute nursery decor you could do with that meaning!
Lion lovers may also like these names with meanings related to lions;
Ari, Ariel, Aslan, Leander, and Lev.

Ocean
Ocean has a peaceful, carefree, beachy vibe. Forest Whitaker chose the name Ocean Alexander for his son. Only 102 boys and 82 girls were given this blue nature name last year.
Other great ocean inspired names include;
Oceana, Oceane, Oceania, and Oceanus.

Sailor
Nautical names are a perfect fit for late summer babes. Sailor is a name that is projected to break into the Top 1,000, used by 242 girls and 48 boys last year. Christie Brinkley was ahead of the trend when she named her daughter Sailor in 1998.
A few more great nautical choices include;
Anchor, Coral, Crew, and Marina.

Sky
If you were to draw your ideal summer day it would more than likely be filled with blue skies. Sky is a unisex word name ranked at 779 for girls and used by 85 boys last year. The alternatively spelled Skye was also used for both sexes.
If you like the sound of Sky you may like;
Skyla, Skylee, and Skyler.

Summer
Sure its an obvious choice for the end of the season but it is still readily used and loved. Christina Aguilera used the double word combo Summer Rain for her daughter. Summer peaked in the late 1970’s but remains hot at Number 202 in popularity.
If you like summery hippie names that are less popular you may also consider;
Sunset, Sunshine, and Soleil.

What names remind you of sweet summer days?