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  • Alexa

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    Alexa -- the simple and most feminine form of the Alexandra-Alexis group -- has retained its staying power. It entered the popularity list in 1973, and had been in the Top 50 for the last five year... Read More 

  • Amarissa

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    Amarissa is kind of cobbled together from two traditional elements: Ama, which means "love" or "lover" and is found in such more established names as Amabel and Amariah, and -issa, which is a commo... Read More 

  • Anissa

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    A pretty and delicate cousin of Anna is often heard in Scotland and is also currently popular in France, where it's now Number 180. In the US it was brought to public attention by child actress An... Read More 

  • Carissa

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    Trending down, along with others of both the Car and the issa groups.  Read More 

  • Eliana

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    Eliana is a lilting, rhythmic choice, which has begun to catch on here along with many other El-starting names; it is now in the Top 150, and rising. One celebrity who chose it for his daughter is ... Read More 

  • Francesca

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    Francesca is a lighter and much more feminine choice than the classic Frances, and one that is increasingly popular with upscale parents. Francesca made an appearance in Dante's Inferno and then,... Read More 

  • Juliana

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    Long common in Europe, the elegant and regal Juliana, also spelled with two n's, has invaded these shores, in tandem with the more classic Julia. There were several early Saint Julianas and Queen J... Read More 

  • Larissa

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    Larissa is a nymph name that's daintily pretty and a fresh alternative to Melissa or Alyssa. Though this is the more common variation in the Western World, the original is actually Larisa. And tho... Read More 

  • Marisa

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    A name made famous by Marisas Berenson and Tomei, never became as saturated as its cousin Melissa, so still a feasible choice.  Read More 

  • Melantha

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    The th sound both softens and complicates this Melanie relative.  Read More 

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