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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!

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Hitchcock’s Leading Ladies

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Alfred Hitchcock, often referred to as the “Master of Suspense” worked with forty-seven lead actresses in his five decades of film making. Let’s explore his seven most memorable leading ladies.

Eva
Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Saint won an Oscar for her performance in One the Waterfront, though her role of Eve Kendall in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest is arguably one of her most memorable roles. Eva is a Latin form of the name Eve meaning life. Currently ranked at Number 75, Eva hasn’t been this popular since the mid-1920s. Eva ranked at Number 66 in 1924, the year Saint was born. Eva peaked in popularity in 1900 at Number 33.

Grace
Grace Patricia Kelly
The epitome of elegance, Grace Kelly starred with James Stewart in Rear Window, one of Hitchcock’s greatest films. Kelly also starred in Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder and To Catch a Thief. Grace Kelly truly lived up to her virtuous name which means elegance and refinement. A popular name in the early 1900s, Grace regained popularity again in the late 1990s. Today Grace ranks at Number 19, it was Number 54 in 1929 when Kelly was born. Grace peaked in 2004 when it reached Number 13 in popularity.

Ingrid
Ingrid Bergman
Legendary beauty Ingrid Bergman starred in some of Hitchcock’s most acclaimed films. One of her most remembered roles was alongside Cary Grant in the thriller Notorious. Bergman also starred in Hitchcock’s Spellbound and Under Capricorn. Ingrid is a polarizing name with a strong sound that people seem to love or hate. Ingrid is an old Norse name meaning beautiful. Currently Number 957, Ingrid was not in the Top 1,000 in 1915 when Bergman was born. Ingrid peaked in 1967 reaching Number 380.

Janet
Janet Leigh – born Jeanette Helen Morrison
Janet Leigh’s appearance in Psycho made her one of Hitchcock’s most famous leading ladies. Though her role was brief, Leigh’s shower scene became one of the most famous scenes in cinematic history. Janet is a Medieval diminutive of Jane, meaning God is gracious. Janet fell out of the Top 1,000 in 2012, though it ranked at Number 112 the in 1927 when Leigh was born. Janet peaked in 1938 when it reached Number 16.

Joan
Joan Fontaine – born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland
Joan Fontaine’s first Hitchcock film was Rebecca. Fontaine was the only actor, male or female, to win an Academy Award in a Hitchcock film for her role in Suspicion. Joan is a Medieval form of Johanna meaning God is gracious. Joan is a generational name, seen more these days on Grandmother’s and Great-Grandmother’s.  Joan was last in the Top 1,000 in 1993, but ranked at Number 182 in 1917 when Fontaine was born. Joan reached its peak in 1933 when it was Number 5.

Kim
Kim Novak – born Marilyn Pauline “Kim” Novak
Kim Novak’s most praised work was for her role in Vertigo. Hitchcock cast Novak in Vertigo as a replacement to Vera Miles, who had to leave the part when she became pregnant. Kim is an English diminutive of the place name, Kimberly. Modern parents may enjoy other “Kim names” like Kimber or Kimball. Kim left the Top 1,000 in 1992, and was not in the Top 1,000 in 1933 when Novak was born. Novak more than likely helped Kim gain attention as it peaked in 1960 when it reached spot Number 34.

Tippi
Tippi Hedren – born Nathalie Kay “Tippi” Hedren
Tippi Hedren was the last classic Hitchcock leading lady starring in the legendary film The Birds. Hedren also starred alongside Sean Connery in Marnie, considered to be Hitchcock’s last great film. Tippi is a nickname that Hedren received from her father. Tippi has never ranked in the Top 1,000 though her given name, Nathalie is currently Number 652 and was Number 828 in 1930 when Hedren was born. Nathalie is a variant of Natalie meaning the Lord’s Birthday. Nathalie peaked in 1998 reaching spot Number 446. Tippi could be a quirky and fun nickname to Tabitha, Tiffany, or Topanga.

Which of these Leading Lady’s names do you like best?

4 – #Namemas Countdown: Kevin

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Welcome to #Namemas, a collaborative name celebration and Christmas Countdown.

On the 4th day of Namemas TulipbyAnyName gave to me the baby name Kevin

Kevin McCallister is the mischivious main character in the Home Alone films.

Kevin is a popular anglicized Irish name meaning handsome or kind – two very nice meanings! Chances are you know a Kevin or two.  Currently ranked at Number 79, Kevin has been a Top 100 name in the US since 1949. Kevin has long been a popular name choice amongst Irish American’s, in part due to Saint Kevin, one the patron Saint’s of Dublin.  John McEnore and Tatum O’Neal have a son named Kevin, as does Jimmy Kimmel.

What do you think of the name Kevin? Hear my thoughts below:

5 – #Namemas Countdown: Esther

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Welcome to #Namemas, a collaborative name celebration and Christmas Countdown.

On the 5th day of Namemas TulipbyAnyName gave to me the baby name Esther.

Judy Garland played the role of Esther Smith in the musical film Meet Me in St. Louis. Garland later played a character named Esther again in the film A Star is Born.

Esther is a Persian name meaning star, currently ranked at Number 203.  Esther is also the name of a prominent Biblical figure.  Esther is a Jewish Queen in the Book of Esther that risks her life to save her people.  Esther’s original name in the Old Testament was Hadassah.  Her story, along with the meaning of the name Esther, has inspired many to bestow this name onto their daughters. Actor Ewan McGregor has a daughter named Esther Rose.

What do you think of the name Esther? Hear my thoughts below:

6 – #Namemas Countdown: Clark

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Welcome to #Namemas, a collaborative name celebration and Christmas Countdown.

On the 6th day of Namemas TulipbyAnyName gave to me the baby name Clark.

Chevy Chase potrays Clark W. “Sparky” Griswold Jr. in the holiday comedy National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  

Clark is a one-syllable surname and an occupational name.  An old English name, Clark means a scribe or a clerk.  Currently ranked at Number 373, Clark is on the rise ranking higher than it has been in nearly 50 years. Clark brings to mind old Hollywood actor Clark Gable as well as superman’s alias Clark Kent.  Clark is also a character name on many popular shows including Bones and Pretty Little Liars.

What do you think of the name Clark? Hear my thoughts below:

7 – #Namemas Countdown: Cornelia

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Welcome to #Namemas, a collaborative name celebration and Christmas Countdown.

On the 7th day of Namemas TulipbyAnyName gave to me the baby name Cornelia.

Cornelia is one of the characters in the 1985 film Santa Claus: The Movie.

Cornelia is a Latin feminine form of the name Cornelius meaning horn.  I often mention the name Cordelia, which I adore, but its rarely used sister name Cornelia is also a lovely choice. Cornelia was a virtuous choice in ancient Rome.  Today Cornelia is rarely used and was only given to 28 little girls last year. If you like the grandness and rarity of Cornelia you may also enjoy Cressida, Camellia, Cassia, or Calista – none of which are in the Top 1,000.

What do you think of the name Cornelia? Hear my thoughts below:

8 – #Namemas Countdown: Arthur

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Welcome to #Namemas, a collaborative name celebration and Christmas Countdown.

On the 8th day of Namemas TulipbyAnyName gave to me the baby name Arthur.

Arthur Claus is the main character, voiced by James McAvoy, in the sweet animated film Arthur Christmas.

Arthur is a strong classic name that that fits in well with the old-is-new again trend of names making a comeback.  Currently ranked at Number 292 in popularity, Arthur has steadily been on the rise the past 15 years.  Arthur has a strong and manly sound, in large due to the association of Arthurian legend.  Arthur is a Celtic name meaning bear, how cute is that? If you like the idea of Arthur you may also like its international variations – Spanish and Italian Arturo, Scottish Artair, or Artur used in a range of countries from Germany to Romania.

What do you think of the name Arthur? Hear my thoughts below: