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Non-Girly Girl Names

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Looking for a name for your little Princess that doesn’t sound so much like a Princess name?  Move over Tatiana and Christiana!  Here’s a list of lovely names for your little girl that don’t end in the typical feminine ending sounds –a or –ia.

Eden
One of my favorite things about Eden is the built in vintage nickname Edie (E-dee). Eden, most commonly pronounced EE-den in the US is also a Hebrew male name pronounced Ed-en.  Though either pronunciation can work on either sex, Eden is booming for girls right now, currently ranked at Number 156. Actor Marcia Cross has twin girls named Eden and Savannah.

Juniper
Juniper is a spunky tree name that peaked in popularity last year at Number 429.  Juniper just entered the US Top 1,000 in 2011 and has been rapidly rising. Juniper is a less popular alternative to Harper which is ranks at Number 10 and shares the trending –er ending.  Juniper is a lovely way to honor a June or get to the sweet nicknames June, Junie, and Junebug.

Lux
I first encountered the name Lux while reading The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides.  A Latin name meaning light, Lux is simple yet strong with it’s cool x ending.  If you love underused name gems you may consider Lux which has never ranked in the US Top 1,000 and was only used by 99 girls last year.

Quinn
Quinn is an Irish surname meaning descendant of Conn. A loved name for both sexes, Quinn is more popular for girls at Number 97 than it ranks with boys and Number 354. Quinn may remind you of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman or the annoying younger sister from MTV’s Daria.

Blythe
Blythe is a wonderful, underused virtue name meaning carefree and happy. Blythe has never reached the US Top 1,000 in popularity and was only given to 151 baby girls last year.  I have a soft spot for this name as it is the surname of the beloved character Gilbert Blythe is L.M.Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series.

Maren
Maren has a familiar sound and would fit in with names like Erin and Megan, though it’s never reached the popularity of either.  Maren also isn’t nearly as frilly as its sister names Marina or Mariana.  A Latin name meaning sea, Maren was only briefly in the Top 1,000 and was given to 229 girls last year.  Maren would also be a great way to honor a Mary, Marie, or Maria.

Greer
Greer comes from the Scottish name Gregor meaning watchful and alert. Greer has a strong sound and an old-Hollywood tie to actress Greer Garson.  Only 88 girls were named Greer last year.  The alternative spelling Grier is equally cool and underused.  Actor Brooke Shields used the name Grier for one of her daughters.

Wren
Wren is a charming bird name tied to an Irish fable.  Wren first entered the US Top 1,000 in 2012 and has steadily been climbing, currently ranked at Number 712 in popularity. Wren is a straight-forward, one-syllable name that looks like it will be this generations Robin.

Sloane
Sloane will forever remind me of the cool girlfriend in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Sloane is another cool Irish surname that makes for an awesome first name.  Sloane peaked in popularity last year at Number 327.

Bryn
Bryn is the perfect solution for anyone looking to honor a Brian or a Lynn or even better, both! Bryn is wonderful Welsh name meaning hill that was traditionally male.  While Bryn was only used by 213 girls last year, the alternative spelling Brynn is much more popular and ranks at Number 259.

What are your favorite frill-less girls names?

Great Girls Names from the bottom of the charts

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Looking for a familiar but not overused name for your little lady? You may find some inspiration at the bottom of the Social Security Administration’s Top 1,000 chart.  Check out these underused gems for girls ranging from 900 to 1,000 in popularity.

Paloma
Paloma, pronounced pah-LO-mah, is a Spanish name meaning dove.  Currently Number 906 in popularity, Paloma dropped 37 spots in the last year.  Actors David Caruso and Ana Ortiz both used the name Paloma for their daughters.  Perhaps one of the most recognizable namesakes is Paloma Picasso, jewelry designer and daughter of Pablo Picasso.

Louisa
Louisa peaked in 1900 at Number 271.  Today Louisa ranks at spot Number 908. A feminine form of Louis, meaning renowned warrior, Louisa comes with a slew of sweet vintage nicknames.  Love Lulu, Lulie, Lou, or Louie? Louisa is a great way to get to “Lu” nicknames.  Louisa is also a cool alternative to Lucy, which has continuously risen the past 10 years and ranks at Number 55.

Arden
Arden is one of the two names on my list here today that doesn’t end in the letter a.  Arden is an English surname stemming from a Celtic word meaning high. Arden is a unisex name and has a similar sound to popular names like Aiden, but ranks at Number 912 for girls. Shakespeare’s fans may recognize Arden as the name of the forest in As You Like It.

Wendy
Wendy made a significant drop last year, falling 154 spot to Number 936. Wendy peaked in 1970 and though it isn’t popular now, it doesn’t quite give off a granny vibe yet either. Sir James Barrie invented the name Wendy for the kind, motherly, old sister in his iconic play Peter Pan. Prior to the play Wendy may have also been used as a nickname for Gwendolen.

Tabitha
Tabitha is an Aramaic name meaning gazelle currently ranked at Number 947.  You may recognize Tabitha as the mother from Bewitched or the free-spirited girl in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.  Tabitha is also the Biblical name of a New Testament woman who was restored to life by Saint Peter.  Tabby, Tibby, and Bitty are a few cutesy nicknames Tabitha lends itself to.

Cordelia
If you love vintage names and Anne of Green Gables as I do, you may consider Cordelia. Cordelia is the name Anne Shirley would have renamed herself.  Cordelia may be Celtic meaning daughter of the sea, or have Latin roots meaning heart.  Cordelia fell out of the Top 1,000 in 1951, just returning in 2014, and currently ranks at Number 948.

Lilia
A Russian form of Lily, Lilia is the perfect choice for people who love Lily but want something less popular.  Lilia is currently Number 958, while Lily comes in at Number 25. Lilia has never been very popular, peaking in 1928 when it reached Number 752.  Lilia is also great alternative to other more popular repeating L names for girls like Layla, Lila, and Liliana.

Elora
I recently posted about the name Elora on my Instagram account (@tulipbyanyname) and it received an overwhelmingly positive response.  Elora was the name of the darling infant in the fantasy film Willow. Possibly derived from Eliora or Eleanora, Elora would be a great way to honor a Laura or Laurence.  Elora first entered the Top 1,000 last year at Number 963.

Lyra
A Greek name meaning lyre, Lyra is the name of a constellation in the northern sky containing the star Vega. Lyra just entered the Top 1,000 for the first time last year at Number 984. Lyra is the name of the main character in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series and film The Golden Compass.

Rhea
Mythology fans will recognize the name Rhea, a Greek name meaning flowing down.  In Greek mythology Rhea was a Titan and mother to Demeter, Hades, Hera, Hestia, Poseidon, and Zeus.  In Roman mythology Rhea Silvia was the mother of Romulus and Remus.  At Number 989 Rhea was given to just 270 little girls last year.

What are your favorite names ranking from 900 to 1,000?

Seven Sweet Names from Under the Sea!

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As a child of the 1980s I, like many girls my age, repeatedly watched Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid. A name enthusiast from the start, I loved the small scene that introduces Ariel’s six sisters, whom all share the first initial A. There are so many gorgeous names that begin with the letter A. The seven most popular girls names right now beginning with the letter A are Ava #5, Abigail #8, Avery #13, Amelia #15, Aubrey #20, Addison #24, and Aria #31. Let’s explore the A names that King Triton and Queen Athena used for their seven daughters.

Aquata
The word aqua is Latin meaning water, very fitting for a mermaid, though perhaps a bit too literal in comparison to her sister’s names. Five little girls were given the first name Aqua last year. If you like sound of A and q together, you may also consider Aquila or Aquinnah.

Andrina
A rare name with a familiar sound, Andrina was only given to seventeen girls last year. Andrina is a feminine form of the name Andrew, meaning manly. Though this name means manly, the -ina ending gives Andrina a very feminine feel. Andrina easily lends itself to lovable nicknames like Annie or Andy. Andrina is also a cool alternative of way to honor someone named Andrew or Andrea.

Arista
Arista is a Greek name meaning harvest. It may also be derived from the ancient Greek name Aristos, meaning the best. Arista was the name of a record company and is the name of a star in the constellation Virgo. Arista has a spunky sound, though it is seldom used. Seven baby girls were named Arista last year.

Attina
Attina is a spelling variation of Atina or Atena, which are both forms of the name Athena. Athena was the name of the seven mermaid sister’s mother in the film. Athena is a Greek mythological name possibly meaning sharp or praise. Attina is scarcely used though it could be a fun alternative to Tina.

Adella
Adella peaked in popularity in 1901 when it ranked at Number 547. Last year seventy-six girls were given the name Adella. Adella is a spelling variant of Adela, a name with German roots, meaning noble. Adella has a lovely vintage vibe that makes it prime for a comeback. The nickname Della may be enticing to modern parents looking for an old name that feels fresh.

Alana
Alana is an Irish feminine form of Alan meaning harmony, fair, or little rock. One of the more familiar and utilized names on this list, Alana currently ranks at 198 in popularity. Model and actress Alana Hamilton Stewart’s fame gave this name a boost in the 1970s and 80s. She and former husband Rod Stewart used Alana as the middle name for their daughter, Kimberly Alana Stewart.

Ariel
The most popular name in this bunch of sisters is Ariel. Ariel peaked in 1991, two years after the film’s release, when it ranked at Number 66. Currently Number 133, Ariel is still a well loved and used name. Ariel is a Hebrew name meaning Lion of God. You may have noticed that Ariel the only name on this list that doesn’t begin and end in the letter A.

Which of these names do you like best? Andrina gets my vote.

What would you name seven mermaid princesses using names that begin with the letter A?
I would choose Arianwen, Aurelia, Alexandrina, Aveline, Astoria, Ariadne, and Arabella.