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Most Popular Vowel Names for Girls

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

The new Nameberry popular baby names list is out, and the results are stunning in terms of the dominance of vowel-starting names, especially for girls.

Eight of the Top 10 girls’ names start with vowels. Of the Top 25 girls’ names, 15 begin with vowels. And of the Top 50, more than half – 28 – start with A, E, I, or O (sorry, Ursula, but no U).

This vowel domination is more pronounced than on the US Popular Baby Names list, where 20 of the Top 50 girls’ names start with vowels.

What are the most popular vowel-starting girls’ names on Nameberry today?

First, let’s look at them by letter. As in overall statistics, A is the most dominant first initial, starting 12 of the top girls’ names. E is next with ten, followed by four for I and two for O.  Here are the 28 top girls’ names alphabetically.

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Name Sage: But what will we name a girl?!?

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Laura writes:

We are expecting our first child in July, and I do not want to leave the hospital with Baby M!

My husband is a tad on the more traditional side when it comes to names, while I am more open.

Our last name is a German three-syllable beast that starts with “M” and ends with the sound “ck.” That has also proved to be difficult to work with.

I have one non-negotiable: my middle name is Reed, which is a family name, and it will be used in some way.

I think I have my husband convinced of Reed Bear for a boy. Bear is a family name on his side, and we are huge fans of the outdoors, so I just love it all around.

We haven’t approached the subject of girl names yet! Here are the names I like, all with middle name Reed:

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Name Sage: Naming Kiddo #4

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Elisabeth writes: 

I am great with child, due March 25. My babies have all come early, so we are literally down to the last few weeks!

It has been increasingly difficult to decide on a name with each pregnancy. This is Baby #4. (And no, I don’t know if we’re done yet!) We have Luke Tyler, Sadie Lynn, and Cannon Covey. We tend to fall into the “name them what you’re going to call them” camp. All the middle names are family names, and we plan to use a family name for this little lady too.

My husband leans more toward popular names. I’d prefer something much less popular. Luckily we do agree on quite a few:

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Pretty baby names

By Abby Sandel

What’s wrong with pretty?

Some weeks it seems like all of the newborn girls are being called James. Or Dashiel, Ryan, Wilder, Arlo, or Charlie, all names that appeared on celebrity girls’ birth announcements last year.

But pretty names for girls still carry the day. Nine of the US Top Ten names are clearly feminine. And graceful, pretty names are well represented on Nameberry’s Hottest Baby Names list.

This week, the pendulum swung towards girly-girl names. Looking at this list, it’s easy to argue that pretty names can still be strong, and girls with lovely names can grow up to be world class athletes or CEOs. After all, those are the job descriptions of the high profile parents who chose such lovely names for their new arrivals.

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Name Trend: The I’s Have It for Girls

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For a long time, I has been the silent starting vowel, overshadowed by the more popular A, E and O names. But now we’re seeing I names stepping up, particularly for girls. These range from some revitalized vintage names (Ida, sweet as apple cider) to the classical to the international like Inez and Ingrid. So far there are only two I-girls on the Top 100 list—Isabella and Isabelle—but here are some others that we consider worthy of joining them.

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