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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?

Lovely Names Ending in L

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There’s something feminine and sweet about the letter L.  Lily, Lillian, Layla, and Leah are all currently ranked in the Top 50 for girls.  If you love the luring L sound you may consider one of these great names ending in the letter L.

Nature Names

Coral
A great alternative to the rapidly rising Cora, Coral was only used as a first name by 199 baby girls last year. Disney fans will also recognize Coral as the name of Nemo’s Mom in Finding Nemo.

Hazel
People are really enjoying the vintage vibe of this color and plant name. Hazel currently ranks at Number 63, the highest it has ranked since the late 1920s.

Laurel
A lovely tree name, Laurel is a great way to honor a Laura, Lauren, or even a Laurence.  Laurel currently ranks at Number 772.

Gem Names

Beryl
Beryl peaked in popularity in 1920, falling out of the Top 1,000 in the late 1950s.  Last year this green gemstone name was only used by 9 little girls.

Crystal
Originally a male name, Crystal peaked for girls in the early 1980s.  Today Crystal is Number 550, right in the middle of the charts for popularity.

Jewel
A pretty, sweet, one-syllable name, Jewel is a lovely and fresh way to honor someone with a name beginning in Ju- (Julia, Julian, Juliet, etc..)  Jewel is currently Number 887.

Opal
The birthstone of October, Opal has a strong vintage vibe and hasn’t been in the Top 1,000 since 1960.  Only 229 baby girls were named Opal last year.  Could Opal be the next Ruby?

Pearl
This little vintage name is making a comeback.  Currently ranked at 628, Pearl jumped 331 spots in the last 5 years. Pearl is one of June’s birthstones.

Celebrity Names

Ariel
Modern Family actress Ariel Winter is one of the bearers of this name.  Ariel may also remind you of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Disney’s Ariel gave this name a huge boost in the early 1990s.  Today Ariel ranks at Number 137

Avril
Singer Avril Lavigne is probably the first person who comes to mind when you hear the name Avril.  A French variation of April, Avril was only used by 129 little girls last year.

Bristol
Bristol Palin, spokesperson and daughter of politician Sarah Palin, helped bring this name to the public eye.  Bristol first entered the Top 1,000 in 2009 and currently ranks at Number 447.

Meryl
Legendary actress Meryl Streep was born Mary Louise Streep. Olympic Ice dancer Meryl Davis also shares this iconic name. Meryl was only given to 50 girls last year.

Traditional Names

You may recognize some of these names from your family tree:

Abigail
Annabel
April
Carol
Ethel
Gail
Rachel

Lovely International Choices

These names would be a great way to honor your heritage and are easily usable in the US:

Amabel
Gretel
Isobel
Liesl
Marisol
Raquel
Soleil

A few more great Names to Consider

These lovely names all rank below 500 in popularity:

Chanel
Mabel
Mehetabel
Muriel
Sybil
Teal
Xochitl

What are your favorite names ending in L?

The Candidate’s Kids & Grandkids

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The United States Presidential election is just around the corner and the race to the White House is heating up. Today let’s put politics aside and look at the names of the two main candidate’s children and grandchildren. Cast your vote for your favorite name from this list!

The Clinton’s

Hillary
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States. Hillary comes from the ancient Latin name Hilaris meaning cheerful.  Traditionally a male name spelled Hilary, Hillary took off for girls in the early 1960s.  Hillary peaked in 1992, but fell out of the Top 1,000 in 2009.  You may also associate Hillary with actors Hilary Duff and Hilary Swank.

Chelsea
Chelsea Victoria Clinton is the only child of Hillary Clinton and former US President Bill Clinton. Chelsea is and Old English name as well as a New York and London place name meaning landing place for chalk. Chelsea just entered the Top 1,000 in 1969, peaking in the early 1990s.  Though Chelsea has declined in popularity recently, it is still readily used, currently ranked at Number 305.

Charlotte
Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky is Hillary Clinton’s oldest grandchild. Charlotte is definitely a name on the rise, currently ranked at Number 9.  A French feminine diminutive of Charles, meaning free man, Charlotte peaked in popularity last year.  A timeless name with multiple sweet nicknames, from Charlie to Lottie to Carly, Charlotte is sure to continue to rise in popularity.

Aidan
Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky was just born in June 2016. Aidan is another popular name choice. Aidan is an anglicized Irish name meaning little and fiery.  This spelling of Aidan ranks and number 185, though if you add up all the spellings of Aidan it’s easily one of the most popular names right now. Charlotte and Aidan are both characters from the popular TV series Sex In The City, which makes me wonder if Mom Chelsea is a fan of the show.

The Trump’s

Donald
Donald John Trump is the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States. Donald is a Gaelic name which fittingly for a politician means chief or ruler.  Donald was a Top 10 name from 1923 to 1942, ranked at Number 11 in 1946, the year Trump was born.  Currently Number 441, Donald is a family name passed down by many men, including Donald Trump who used it for his oldest child, son Donald John Trump Jr.  “Don.” Donald Trump Jr continued the tradition, passing his name to his second born and eldest son, Donald John Trump III.

Kai
Kai Madison Trump is Donald Trump’s oldest grandchild.  Kai is the daughter of Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Haydon. Kai is a rising unisex name with multiple meanings used multiple places worldwide.  The Hawaiian meaning of Kai is sea.  Kai is currently Number 895 for girls and 145 for boys in popularity and has steadily risen for both sexes in recent years.

Tristan
Tristan Milos Trump is Donald Trump Jr’s third child and second son, born two years after older brother Donald John III. Tristan is a handsome Celtic name that unfortunately means sorrowful.  Modern parents have looked past the given meaning and are definitely taking notice of Tristan which currently ranks at Number 101.  Tristan may remind you of the legendary knight from the story Tristan and Isolde.

Spencer
Spencer Frederick Trump is Donald Trump Jr’s fourth child and third son. Spencer is an English surname and occupational name meaning dispenser for provisions. Spencer has ranked in the 200’s the last several years, currently at Number 252, making it familiar but not extremely popular.  Spencer has a distinguished sound and still carries the cool Spencer Tracy association.

Chloe
Chloe Sophia Trump is the youngest of Donald Trump Jr. and Vanessa Haydon’s five children. Chloe peaked in 2010 when it was the Number 9 name.  Today Chloe is still very loved and used coming in at Number 17.  A lovely Greek name meaning young green shoot, it’s very fitting for a baby born in the spring. Chloe spelled Khloe, like TV personality Khloe Kardashian, comes in at Number 100.

Ivanka
Ivanka Marie Trump is Donald Trump’s second child and eldest daughter. Ivanka is a diminutive of Ivana, which also happens to be her mother’s name and stems from Ivan meaning God is Gracious.  A rarely used name in the United States, Ivanka has become a name easily identifiable with Ivanka Trump.

Arabella
Arabella Rose Kushner is the eldest daughter of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Arabella is a beautiful Latin name meaning yielding to prayer. Arabella just entered the Top 1,000 in 2005 and is currently Number 194 in popularity.  Arabella makes for a less popular alternative to Isabella which ranks at Number 5. TV’s Doctor Oz also has a daughter named Arabella.

Joseph
Joseph Frederick Kushner is the second son of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Joseph is a timeless Hebrew name meaning Jehovah increases. Currently Ranked at Number 21, Joseph has never dipped below spot Number 22 in popularity. In the Old Testament Joseph was the beloved eleventh son of Jacob.

Theodore
Theodore James Kushner was just born this May.  He’s the youngest of Trump’s grandchildren and the second son of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Theodore is a handsome Greek name meaning gift of God.  Currently ranked at Number 99, Theodore is climbing the charts, up 200 spots in the last 10 years. Theodore has a very distinguished sound and comes with the adorable nickname options Ted, Teddy, and Theo.

Eric
Eric Frederick Trump is Donald Trump’s third child and second son. Eric comes from an Old Norse name meaning eternal ruler. Eric peaked in 1976 at Number 13.  Eric gained popularity in the mid-nineteenth century as it was the name of a popular Viking explorer, Erik the Red, and a name in a popular children’s book, Eric.

Tiffany
Tiffany Ariana Trump is Donald Trump’s fourth child and second daughter. Tiffany is derived from the Greek name Theophania, meaning God’s appearance. Tiffany was all the rage in the late 1980’s peaking at Number 13 in 1988. Tiffany majorly dropped in popularity in the late 1990s and currently ranks at Number 494.  Tiffany may also remind you of the popular jewelry company Tiffany & Co.

Barron
Barron William is Donald Trump’s fifth and youngest child. Barron is a variant of the word name Baron, referring to a rank in British nobility. Baron was briefly in the Top 1,000 from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s, peaking in 1966 at Number 750. You may also recognize Barron as the name of businessman William Barren Hilton “Barron.”

Which of these names gets your vote?

Wholesome Names for Girls

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Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what these names are made of.  From Bonnie to Nora, these names are perfect for sweet little girls with pigtails that make daisy chains on warm summer days.

Sadie
Sadie is a sweet name full of old-timey charm.  It may surprise you to know that Sadie actually peaked in 2014 when it reached spot Number 46.  Sadie is still high ranking, currently coming in at Number 52.  Sadie began as a nickname for Sarah, but now outranks Sarah by 6 spots. The Beatles have a song called Sexy Sadie and Barbra Streisand sang “Sadie, Sadie” in Funny Girl.

Rosemary
Rosemary is a great nature name for the rosemary plant.  Rosemary gets its name from the Latin ros marinus which means the dew of the sea.  One of the most recognizable namesakes is singer and actress Rosemary Clooney. Rosemary peaked in 1946 and currently ranks at Number 518.  A great way to honor a Rose or a Mary, Rosemary also lends itself to the wholesome nicknames Rosie and Romy.

Georgia
Georgia peaked in 1900, but its climbing the charts, up almost 100 spots in the last 5 years.  Georgia is a feminine form of Georgia meaning farmer and currently ranks at Number 230. Harry Connick Jr., Zac Brown, Mick Jagger, and Kenan Thompson are just a few of the many celebrities with daughters named Georgia.  Other feminine forms of George include Georgina, Georgiana, Georgine, and Georgette.

Molly
Molly began as a diminutive of Mary, but is now commonly used as a standalone name, currently ranked at Number 144. Molly is often thought of as an Irish name and is more popular in Ireland where it ranks at Number 29. The famous song Molly Malone is set in Dublin, Ireland.  Molly may also remind you of 80s teen movie star Molly Ringwald.

Annabelle
Annabelle may come from the name Amabel meaning lovable or be a name smush of Anna and Belle.  Annabelle entered the Top 100 for the first time in 2012 and is currently ranked at spot Number 92. Annabelle had been steadily rising in the charts but dropped last year after the release of the horror film Annabelle about a possessed doll. The spelling Annabel is a lot less popular at Number 621.

Bonnie
Bonnie is a Scottish word name meaning pretty. Bonnie peaked in in the 1940s and 50s following the release of Gone With the Wind in which Scarlett and Rhett’s daughter is affectionately nicknamed Bonnie. Currently Number 871, Bonnie is still a well-loved character name.  You may recognize the name Bonnie from the TV series How to Get Away with Murder, The Walking Dead, and The Vampire Diaries.

Nora
Nora is derived from the name Honora and may mean light or honor. Nora peaked in popularity last year reaching spot Number 41. Two well-known namesakes are writer Nora Ephron and musician Norah Jones.  The spelling Norah is just behind Nora, ranking at Number 159 and also peaking last year.  Perhaps Nora and Norah are the next generations Sara and Sarah.

Hannah
Hannah  gets extra cool points for being a palindrome name. A Hebrew name meaning grace, Hannah was a Top 10 name from 1995-2007.  Today Hannah is Number 28 in popularity. In the Old Testament Hannah is the mother of the prophet Samuel.  Actor Elijah Wood has a younger sister named Hannah.

Caroline
We can’t talk about wholesome names without mentioning sweet Caroline. Neil Diamond’s song Sweet Caroline, inspired by Caroline Kennedy, was released in 1969.  Currently ranked at Number 62, Caroline is more popular now than ever. Caroline is a feminine form of Charles meaning free man.  Caroline is the name of the Princess of Monaco as well as former First Lady Caroline Harrison.

What are your favorite wholesome names for girls?

Going for Gold

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The 2016 U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team was announced late Sunday evening.  Since childhood I’ve been fascinated with the mental and physical strength of these remarkable athletes. Let’s look at the names of the talented young women that will represent the U.S. in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

The U.S. Women’s Olympic Team

Simone Bilessimone
Simone Biles is the reigning three-time world all-around champion.  Biles is dynamic to watch and is favored to win the individual all-around gold medal.  Simone is a French feminine form of the name Simon meaning he has heard. Simone peaked in popularity in 1988 and has steadily declined ever since. Currently ranked at Number 821, I’m curious to see if Biles’ presence will help revive the name Simone. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson used the name Simone Alexandra for his daughter born in 2001.

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Gabrielle Christina Victoria “Gabby” Douglas made Olympic history in 2012 as the first African American woman to become the individual all-around champion.  Gabrielle is a French feminine form of the name Gabriel meaning God is my strength. Renowned designer Coco Chanel’s given name was Gabrielle. Gabrielle peaked in the late 1990s climbing up to spot Number 46 and today ranks at Number 205. Gabriella has soared in recent years, coming in ahead of Gabrielle at Number 54.

Aly Raismanalyrais
Alexandra Rose “Aly” Raisman was the captain of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team in the 2012 Summer Olympics.  Alexandra is a Greek feminine form of the name Alexander, meaning defender of man. Alexandra was in the Top 100 from 1984 to 2014 and just fell to Number 101 last year.  Alexandra has many attractive nicknames including Aly, Alex, Alexa, Alexia, Andy, Lex, and Lexi. Actors Sean Astin and Daniel Baldwin each have daughters named Alexandra.

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Madison Taylor Kocian was the 2015 world champion on the uneven bars. Madison is an English surname meaning son of Maud. Madison first entered the Top 1,000 in 1985 following the release of film Splash, in which the main character is named Madison.  A Top 10 name from 1997 to 2014, Madison just fell out of the Top 10, currently ranked at Number 11.  Musician Melanie Brown and actor Johnny Knoxville each have daughters named Madison.

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Lauren “Laurie” Hernandez preformed two nights of nearly-flawless beam routines during the Olympic trials. Lauren was the 11th most popular girls name in 2000 when Laurie Hernandez was born.  Today Lauren ranks at Number 119. Lauren is a variation of Laura meaning bay laurel. Lauren first entered the charts in 1945, the year after Lauren Becall’s first film appearance.

The Replacement Gymnasts

MyKayla Skinnermykayla
Mykayla Brooke “Mikki” Skinner competed in the 2014 World Championships, helping the U.S. team win a gold medal. Mykayla is one of the many spelling variations of Michaela, meaning who is like the Lord. Mykayla is not currently ranked however, Makayla, Mikaela, Mikayla and Michaela are all in the Top 1,000. Last year 42 baby girls were given the name Mykayla with this spelling.

Ragan Smithragan
Ragan Elisabeth Smith is one of the youngest members of the team and is expected to compete again in the 2020 Tokoyo Olympics. Ragan is a spelling variation of the Irish Reagan, meaning little king. While Ragan is not in the Top 1,000, Reagan is currently Number 99 and rising in the charts. The name Reagan may also remind you of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

Ashton Locklearashtons
Ashton Locklear is the 2014 US Champion on the uneven bars. Ashton is currently Number 141 for boys and isn’t in the Top 1,000 for girls. An English name meaning ash tree hill, 189 girls were named Ashton last year. Ashton is often associated with actor Ashton Kutcher.

Which of these athletes’ names do you enjoy?

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?

Beyond Anne

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Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved Anne of Green Gables novels bring back warm childhood memories for me. I believe these books positively impacted my imagination as well as my naming style.  I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the title character, Anne Shirley, and her insistence on spelling her name Anne, with an ‘e’.  “But if you call me Anne, please call me Anne with an ‘e’.” Let’s explore some of the rich and wonderful names for girls that Montgomery used in this series!

Cordelia
I have to start with the name Cordelia as it inspired me to write this article. Underwhelmed with her own sensible name, Anne requests to be called Cordelia. Cordelia has a bit of an unknown meaning.  It may be a Celtic name meaning daughter of the sea, or a Latin name meaning heart. A personal favorite of mine, there are many lovely nickname options for Cordelia, such as Cora or Delia. At 993 in popularity, Cordelia is a familiar, but still underused name choice.

Sybil
Sybil is a Greek name meaning prophetess. According to an ancient Greek legend, the sibyls were women that prophesied at holy sites. Sybil peaked in 1919, though it has dropped significantly, used by only 86 girls last year. Audiences were reintroduced to this lovely, understated name as it was used by the admirable youngest Crawley sister on Downton Abbey. Sybil in the Anne of Green Gables series is affectionately called “Dovie.”

Aurelia
My love of the name Aurora often makes me overlook the stunning and grand Aurelia. If you are looking for an Aurora alternative, Aurelia is a mirror in beauty, and less commonly used. Aurelia is currently Number 832, whereas Aurora sits at 116. That said, Aurelia was one of the most rapidly-rising names in 2013. The name of many early saints, Aurelia is a feminine form of the Latin Aurelius, meaning golden or gilded.

Esther
The Biblical Esther was a heroic Jewish queen in the Old Testament that saved her people from obliteration. Esther’s original Hebrew name was Hadassah. A Persian name meaning star, Esther peaked in 1913, though it is still wearable ranking at Number 203. As a lover of nicknames, I love that Essie, Estee, Etta, and Tess could all stem from Esther.

Theodora
Theodore is all the rage right now, rising 150 spots just in the last five years. If you’re worried about the recent spike that Theodore has made, you may want to consider the less popular, feminine variation, Theodora. A Greek name meaning gift of God, Theodora has a sophisticated old world charm. Robbie Williams used the name Theodora “Teddy” Rose for his daughter born in 2012.

Blythe
Blythe is a surname in the Anne of Green Gables series that makes for a fresh and spirited first name. Blythe comes from an Old English surname meaning happy and cheerful, a wonderful meaning to bestow upon a child. A rarely used virtue name, 167 girls and 9 boys were given the name Blythe last year. Perhaps the most well-known bearer of this name is actress Blythe Danner.

Muriel
Muriel is derived from a Celtic name meaning bright sea.  There are forms of the name Muriel in Irish, Breton, and Scottish Gaelic languages.  Muriel peaked in 1922, but dropped off the charts in the mid-1960s.  Last year only 30 girls were given the first name Muriel.

Flora
Flora is a sweet, chic, vintage name prime for a comeback.  Nora and Cora have both had recent dramatic leaps in popularity, could Flora be next? Flora peaked in 1902 and was given to just 167 baby girls last year.  A Latin name meaning flower, Flora is a Roman goddess of flowers and springtime.  You may also recognize Flora as the name of one of sweet fairy-godmother’s in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

A few more beautiful names from this series include:

Avonlea
Charlotta
Clarice
Cornelia
Hester
Jamesina
Lavendar
Laurette
Louisa
Marilla
Mirabel
Myra
Pearl
Persis
Philippa

What are your favorite names from Avonlea?

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.

 

Lovely Latin Word Names

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Word names are definitely in fashion.  If you’re looking for a word name that doesn’t feel so “wordy” you might consider using a Latin word name. Here are some lovely Latin word names that would be perfect for your little lady.

Aurora
Aurora is a popular name in Italy. It’s also the name of both a Disney Princess and a Roman Goddess. Latin for “dawn”, Aurora is currently #145 for girls in the U.S. I love that this name is ultra feminine and easily lends itself to the lively nickname “Rory”.

Avis
Avis is the name of a popular rental car company, but if you can get passed that association, it’s actually a pretty cool name. Latin for “bird”, Avis makes a great alternative to the much more popular Ava. Avis also gets added cool points for being the name of a spell in the Harry Potter series.

Clara
Clara is a sweet name with old fashioned charm. I always picture the little girl in The Nutcracker when I hear this name. Latin, meaning “bright, clear”, Clara is currently #131 in the U.S. for girls. Clara is also a popular name in several European countries.

Felicia
Felicia comes from the male Latin name Felix, meaning “successful or lucky”. I really love the name Felicity, which comes from Felicia. One draw back to this name would be the pop culture saying, “Bye Felicia”. Otherwise, an underused name with a great meaning.

Gemma
If you love the name Emma you might consider the similar sounding, less popular name, Gemma. Latin, meaning “jewel”, Gemma is currently #316 in the U.S. Perfect for your little gem!

Gloria
I think Gloria is a name on the verge of making a comeback. I’m waiting for the hipster crowd to take notice of this one. Latin, meaning “glory”, Gloria is currently #525 in the U.S. Actors Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal used the name Gloria for one of their daughters.

Luna
I love the sound, I love the meaning, and I love the Harry Potter character Luna Lovegood. Latin, meaning “moon”, Luna is currently #185 in the U.S. for girls. Romantic, whimsical, and feminine, Luna makes a lovely first or middle name.

Lux
Lux has a unisex sound and ends with the powerful letter X. Latin, meaning “light”, Lux would make for an unusual yet easily usable name choice. I always think of the character Lux Lisbon from The Virgin Suicides when I hear this name.

Serena
Does this name sound serene to you? Fittingly, Serena is Latin, meaning “serene, tranquil” and ranks at #411 for girls in the U.S. A name with a lovely, melodic tone, Serena may also remind you of the tennis player, Serena Williams.

Stella
Stella made a huge comeback, up 310 spots in the past 10 years. Stella is currently #70 for girls in the U.S. A Latin name, with the the lovely meaning, “star”. I can’t help but think of A Streetcar Named Desire when I hear this name.

 

alis volat propriis
one of my favorite Latin phrases “she flies with her own wings”
~Meagan