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Emma is a lovely classic name that, after several years in the Top Ten, may deserve a rest. If you like Emma but want something more distinctive, consider these choices.
  • Ada

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Ada was a favorite at the end of the nineteenth century that has started to come back in the last few years. Some may seek it out as an alternative to the over-popular Ava, and it's also part of... Read More 

  • Alma

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Alma is a somewhat solemn, soulful name that had a burst of popularity a century ago, then faded into the flowered wallpaper, and is now finding its footing once more. It jumped 175 spots on the... Read More 

  • Amabel

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Amabel is an older name than Annabel and a lot more distinctive. Amabel was a very common name in the twelfth and thirteen centuries, then was revived during the nineteenth century British fad for... Read More 

  • Anya

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Anya is an exotic Russian version that succeeds in making Ann dynamic. After reentering the Top 1000 in 1998, it currently ranks 472nd.

    Anya is the form found most frequently in Russia,... Read More 

  • Eliza

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Eliza is one of our favorite names; we love its combination of streamlined modernity and Eliza Doolittle charm and spunk, and offer Eliza as one of our top recommendations.

    That... Read More 

  • Ella

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Following in the path of Emma and Isabella/Bella, Ella shot up the charts since the millennium: it rose from Number 265 in 2000 to a high of Number 15 in 2013 and is at Number 17 this year. ... Read More 

  • Emilia

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Emilia, the lovely feminine form of the Roman clan name Aemilius, is rising as an Emily/Amelia alternative, now at Number 164. Its one problem is that it sounds like and is often seen as... Read More 

  • Emmeline

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Emmeline is an Emma relative and Emily cousin that is destined for greater use in the wake of the megapopularity of those two names. A recommended Nameberry fave, Emmeline has recently hopped onto... Read More 

  • Emory

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Less popular than Emery, this name also attributes to Emory University.Read More 

  • Esme

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Esmé is a sophisticated, distinctive, and charming J. D. Salinger name, from his classic 1950 story For Esmé, With Love and Squalor. Related to the French Aimee, which means beloved, and... Read More 

  • Eva

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Eva is a simple, classic name, but be warned: There are suddenly a lot of little girls named Eva (and Ava and Eve) around, perhaps inspired by Eva Longoria--Eva has been a Top 100 name since 2009.... Read More 

  • Gemma

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Gemma is a jewel of a name, an Italian classic that was very popular in 1980s England, but has only recently been started to be used here; it entered the list in 2008, and is already at 272. ... Read More 

  • Ida

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Many vowel names stylish a century ago are coming back, and Ida seems like a possible, logical successor to Ada and Ava.

    A century ago, Ida was considered "sweet as apple cider," and... Read More 

  • India

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    India is one of the first and still one of the loveliest place-names: exotic, euphonious and long stylish in England. It's gaining quite a bit of popularity in the US as well -- it was one of the... Read More 

  • Mamie

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Mamie is back. Having finally shorn her Mamie Eisenhower bangs, this insouciant and adorable nickname name is perfect if you want a zestier way to honor a beloved aunt Mary. Meryl Streep's... Read More 

  • Tessa

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Appreciated for its touch of the bohemian, Tessa is given to over a thousand babies each year. Read More 

  • Thea

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Thea is the Anglicized spelling of Theia, the Titan of sight and the shining light of the clear blue sky. She is the consort of Hyperion, and mother of Helios, Selene, and Eos. Whether pronounced... Read More 

  • Willa

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Willa has become increasingly fashionable, with its combination of Willa (born Wilella) Cather-like pioneer strength and the graceful beauty of the willow tree. Actress Keri Russell named her... Read More 

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