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Coolator for Girls' Names

Cool girls' names can sometimes be made from less-than-cool ones. Sometimes, all you have to do is add an a to the end to bump them up several coolness levels: Natalie to Natalia, Susan to Susanna -- you get the picture. The point is that with a bit of ingenuity you can ramp up a name you like to a similar one that's cooler, or tone it down if you want to go in a quieter direction. Here are some examples:
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  • Joan

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    Poor Joan. After being the seventh most popular name throughout the 1930s, it hasn't even appeared in the Top 1,000 for a dozen years, and it would take a Joan of Arc to revive it today. These days... Read More 

  • Joanne

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    A Top 100 name from the 1930s all the way through the 1950s, it's now firmly in Mom -- or Grandma -- land and supplanted for babies by Joanna.....or even great-grandmother Josephine. In its heyday... Read More 

  • Julie

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    Wildly popular in the 1960s and 70s, Julie is no longer anywhere near as stylish as the name's longer forms. Try Juliet, Juliana, or even the more grownup Julia. Read More 

  • Lilian

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    Long dormant since its Lillian Russell-Floradora Girl heyday at the turn of the last century (when it ranked Number 13), Lillian is making a comeback, seen by parents as a more serious and subdued ... Read More 

  • Lisa

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    Elvis naming his daughter Lisa Marie and the hit song "Mona Lisa" conspired to catapult one of Elizabeth's many offshoots to Number 4 in 1970. Its star barely twinkles now.  Read More 

  • Lori

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    Sixties babysitter.  Read More 

  • Lucille

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    Lucille is a name that has long been overpowered by its link to Lucille Ball, with an image of tangerine-colored hair, big, round eyes, and a tendency to stage daffy and desperate stunts. But with ... Read More 

  • Marie

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    Marie sounds more dated than either Mary or Maria, though it once rivaled both. Even its days as a widely-used middle name have passed. The freshest way to use Marie today may be as the first part... Read More 

  • Merry

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    She'd better be.  Read More 

  • Molly

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    Molly has been used as a stand-alone pet form of Mary since the Middle Ages, and has been consistently popular as an independent name in the U.S. over the past several decades, still in the Top 100... Read More 

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