If You Like Samantha, You Might Love...

Samantha may have long been your favorite among baby girl names, but there are fresher substitutes you may want to consider today.
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  • 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... Read More 

  • Atlanta

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    Georgia and Savannah are already popular, but Atlanta is just entering the baby-name map. Atalanta takes it mythological.Read More 

  • Calista

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    Spelled with either one 'l' or two, Calista came to the fore in 1997 when Calista Flockhart hit it big as Ally McBeal. Flockhart, who bears her mother's middle name, didn't just introduce a name,... Read More 

  • Cassandra

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    The name of the tragic mythological Trojan princess who was given the gift of prophecy by Apollo, but was condemned never to be believed, Cassandra has been used for exotic characters in movies... Read More 

  • Diantha

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    Diantha, a mythological flower of the supreme Greek god Zeus, is a melodious and more unusual cousin of Diana, heard most often in The Netherlands.

    Some similar choices: Diandra and... Read More 

  • Georgiana

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    Long a popular upper-crust form in England, where it's pronounced George-ee-AH-na, Georgiana has been been neglected here. But with Georgia growing more popular and the general fashion for... Read More 

  • Marianna

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    While Marianna looks like a spelling variation of Mariana, the two names have different etymologies. Marianna was on and off the US Top 1000 list throughout the twentieth century, and it has now... Read More 

  • Roxanna

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    Spelled with one 'n', this was the name of the wife of Alexander the Great, and is more attractive than the better-known Roxanne.Read More 

  • Samantha

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    Samantha, a long-popular feminization of Samuel, while still in the Top 40, is finally beginning to fade after years of widespread use, though still a lovely name. The popularity of Samantha was... Read More 

  • Samara

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    Exotic and lovely -- and much more distinctive now than Samantha or Tamara. In the U.S., Samara has been declining in popularity for some years; ranking well below its 2006 peak of Number 350.... Read More 

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