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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?

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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?