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Baby girl name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.
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  • Addison

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    Addison, a TV-generated name (Dr. Addison Shephard, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice ) took off in hot pursuit of predecessor Madison, sounding sharper and more modern--at least until its own ra... Read More 

  • Cameron

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    Cameron Diaz almost single-handedly transported this sophisticated Scottish male surname into the girls' camp, where it has had a rapid rise to popularity -- though it's never caught up with the bo... Read More 

  • Ellison

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    Updates Allison -- which everyone will misunderstand it as. But definitely a fresh spin on the Ellie and Alissa names, and entered the Top 1000 for the first time in 2013 as an on-the-rise choice. Read More 

  • Emerson

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    The combination of Emily and Emma's popularity -- and the fact that Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher's daughter is named Emerson -- have put this formerly strictly male name, embodying the gr... Read More 

  • Indiana

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    Indiana is one of those place-names (think Camden and Trenton) that sounds cooler than the place that inspired it. Indiana, as in (male) movie adventurer Jones, may have a rhythmic sound, but as a ... Read More 

  • Jameson

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    Stylish surname way to go if you want to name a girl after a James, and is more substantial than the passé Jamie; it was chosen for their daughter by Chynna Phillips and Billy Baldwin.  Read More 

  • London

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    The capital of the United Kingdom makes a solid and attractive twenty-first-century choice, with a lot more substance than Paris. This girls' geographic name has had a remarkable ascent: it came on... Read More 

  • Madeline

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    This lovely name with a soft and delicate image is an old-fashioned favorite that returned to favor in the 1990's, combining a classic pedigree with a cute nickname option: Maddy. Madeline has be... Read More 

  • Madigan

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    An unusual, energetic surname choice that would make a good Madison alternative. Madigan was a typical police detective series of the 1970s, starring Richard Widmark. Read More 

  • Madison

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    Since we wrote a book called Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana , encouraging parents to move beyond overused names, it's no secret what we think of this trendy surname name (currently Numb... Read More 

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