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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?

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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.

 

Names of the Week – River & Charlie

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All month long the names of the week have been unisex names.
Let’s end our Unisex Names month with: River & Charlie

River – River is one of my favorite nature names.  River brings to mind the beautiful image of serene flowing water.  As a name, River reminds me, as I’m sure it does many of you, of the late actor River Jude Phoenix (pictured below).  A popular name amongst celebrity babies, Kelly Clarkson welcomed daughter River Rose last year. River is currently #372 for boys and #588 for girls in the U.S.

The late actor River Phoenix. Actress Mia Talerico as Charlie (Charlotte) Duncan  on TV show "Good Luck Charlie".

The late actor River Phoenix.
Actress Mia Talerico as Charlie (Charlotte) Duncan
on TV show “Good Luck Charlie”.

Charlie – Charlie is a perfume, a Peanuts character, a nickname, and a great unisex name.  Charlie is a diminutive of the name Charles, meaning “free man”.  When it comes to popularity Charlie is quite even at #233 for boys and #240 for girls in the U.S.  Although Charlie works well as a nickname for Charles or Charlotte, it also works well all on its own.

Learn more about these names, get middle name ideas, & alternatives:

Enjoy the rest of your January
~Meagan

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