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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.
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  • Ada

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

  • Alma

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    Alma is a somewhat solemn, soulful name that had a burst of popularity a century ago, then faded into the flowered wallpaper -- though we can see it beginning to find its way back. In addition to ... Read More 

  • Amabel

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    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

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    Anya is an exotic Russian version that succeeds in making Ann dynamic. It is climbing the U.S. baby names popularity list, now at Number 395; it reentered the list in 1998. Anya is the form found ... Read More 

  • Eliza

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    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 said, a lot of ... Read More 

  • Ella

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    Following in the path of Emma and Isabella/Bella, Ella has been shooting up the charts since the millennium: it rose from Number 265 in 2000 to a high of Number 12 this past year. Ella has long be... Read More 

  • Emilia

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    Emilia, the lovely feminine form of the Roman clan name Aemilius, is rising as an Emily/Amelia alternative, now at Number 268. Its one problem is that it sounds like and is often seen as interchang... Read More 

  • Emmeline

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    Emmeline, also spelled with one 'm', 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. A p... Read More 

  • Emory

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    See EMERY.  Read More 

  • Esme

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    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 to the... Read More 

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