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Isabella is one of the classic baby names that are hugely popular right now -- perhaps too popular for you. If you want something more distinctive, consider one of these alternate baby names.
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  • Alessandra

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    This softened version is even prettier than the original. Its popularity rose from Number 398 to Number 299 in the past two years alone.  Read More 

  • Allegra

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    In music, the term allegro means "quickly, lively tempo," which makes this still-unusual and quintessential ballet dancer's name all the more appealing. One of the most creative sounding of names... Read More 

  • Anastasia

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    Anastasia is no longer a forbidding regal Russian name, but is now seen as a viable -- and increasingly popular -- American option, elegantly beautiful. Anastasia's greatest claim to fame is via ... Read More 

  • Angelica

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    Angelica is by far the choicest form of the angelic names, more delicate than Angelina, more feminine than Angel, more modern than Angela. But though Angelica is so lacy and poetic, it lags behind ... Read More 

  • Arabella

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    Arabella, lovely and elegant, has long been well used in Britain and finally made it onto the American list in 2005; it is now nearing the Top 200, as more and more parents see it as a distinctive... Read More 

  • Christiana

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    Not cutting edge, but still graceful and feminine.  Read More 

  • Clementina

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    The Spanish version, with its -eena ending, takes the name out of the Oh My Darlin' realm, which for many American parents may be just the thing. Read More 

  • Cressida

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    Cressida is a pretty mythological and Shakespearean heroine name much better known in Britain than it is here — an imbalance the adventurous baby namer might want to correct. For although the Troja... 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 

  • Engracia

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    Exotic and charming alternative to the overused Grace.  Read More 

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