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As one of the top baby names for girls for over two decades, Emily has proven itself both popular and at the same time become overused. Here, some alternative baby names you might want to consider instead.
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  • Emiliana

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    The enormous popularity of Emily and Emma means that parents will be looking further afield for substitutes -- and this is one of the prettiest. Read More 

  • Emily

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    Emily may have dropped somewhat in the current standings, but it was the most popular name for over a decade because it appeals as a girls' name on many levels: Emily is feminine, classic, simple, ... Read More 

  • Emlyn

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    An Emily or Emma substitute that may be prettier and more feminine as Emmeline or Emeline. Read More 

  • Emma

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    Emma is the Number 2 name, having done handsprings up the popularity charts thanks to a legion of Emma heroines, from Bovary to Goldman to Jane Austen's protagonist. So parents who have turned from... Read More 

  • Emme

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    Introduced by "plus-size" model Emme (born Melissa) and now a legitimate member of the Em-starting girls' name group, especially since it was chosen by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony for their twi... 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 

  • Emmi

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    With the enormous popularity of Emily and Emma, we're sure to see more of Emmi, Emmie, Emme, and Emmy, whether as short forms or standing on their own. Read More 

  • Emmy

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    Long a nickname for all the Em-names, as well as an annual award, Emmy is now being given on its own, as are soundalikes Emme and Emmi. Might be too identified with the TV awards--though that doesn... Read More 

  • Leigh

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    This spelling adds a little more femininity to the neutral Lee. Leigh and sister Lee were quite popular in the 1960s and 1970s among the first cool wave of unisex names for girls, but now have van... Read More 

  • Leila

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    Leila is the root name for a lush garden of similarly exotic examples, including Laila and Layla. It was popularized by the poet Byron, who used it in his poem Don Juan for a ten-year-old Turkish g... Read More 

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