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American Names for Girls

American Names for Girls
American baby names for girls are often modern invented names like Kaylee or Janae. American names for girls, then, don't have quite as long as history as some other girls names. But that doesn't mean that American girls names aren't worth considering. Maybe the American names for girls on our list below will capture your imagination.

Here, our masterlist of girl names with American origins. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.
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KayleeHeart

  • Origin:

    American variation of Kayla
  • Meaning:

    "laurel, crown"
  • Description:

    A widely used name, Kaylee pulls together something from Kayla and something from Hailey, yet somehow loses something in the process. It has surpassed cousin Kayla on the charts and is one of three girls' names starting with Kthat ranks in the US Top 100.

BrooklynnHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Brooklyn, place name
  • Description:

    This extra-N variation is hot on the tails of mega popular Brooklyn and takes it a bit further from the New York borough.

EmoryHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Emery
  • Description:

    She might get nail jokes her whole life (think Emery board), but a child will find this name is neat, easy to pronounce, and able to fit in with the crowd.

SaigeHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Sage
  • Description:

    What works for Paige just doesn’t work for Sage. The added i will likely create a lifetime of spelling mistakes.

AshlynHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Aislinn, Irish
  • Meaning:

    "dream"
  • Description:

    Though it relates to the Irish original, Ashlyn and its next most popular form, Ashlynn, owe more of their popularity as baby names in the US to the megastar Ashley, though all three have been dropping on the charts lately.
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JanelleHeart

  • Origin:

    American, modern elaboration of Jane
  • Description:

    It's far cooler to drop the first syllable and go for Elle.

KimberHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Kimberley
  • Description:

    This diminutive of Kimberley is gaining momentum as a standalone name. For our part, we're stumped by its rise.

MileyHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    One-time overnight success name, thanks to Hannah Montana actress and singer Miley Cyrus, Miley has fallen quickly from her peak of Number 127 in 2008. For Miley Cyrus, Miley was a childhood nickname (because she was so smiley); Destiny is her real name. Miley is a good lesson in avoiding trendy names. Popular opinion of the source can sour leaving a fresh name looking dated.

AveriHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Avery
  • Description:

    That i adds some extra spunk to mega popular Avery. It also adds some pronunciation confusion (as it could be pronounced AV-er-ee or AV-er-eye). We suggest sticking with the original Avery.

LaylahHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Leila
  • Description:

    This spelling variation of the name only recently entered the Top 1000 in 2008. The popular Layla is currently very popular in the United States, while the more traditional Leila is also widely used. The added h at the end of this version could be considered superfluous, possibly leading to confusion down the road.
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MaleahHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Malia
  • Description:

    Oh dear! We can see where you were going with connecting this name to the classic "Leah," but it just doesn't work. We recommend sticking with the classic Malia.

AddisynHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Addison
  • Description:

    Addison has been a wildly popular surname name, mostly for girls, for a few decades now, and Addisyn is one of its many spelling variations.

WrenleyHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    With Wren gaining a lot of popularity recently, it's not surprising to see variants already popping up. Wrenley, which jumps on the Wren bandwagon and adds the trendy "ley" suffix for good measure, was given to thirteen baby girls in the USA in 2014; we haven't seen it pop up anywhere else yet, but we think it's only a matter of time.

JayleeHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Jaylee belongs to the family of names including Haylee and Caylee, all of which experienced their greatest popularity five to ten years ago.

JaelynnHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    The lynn suffix makes this one of the more feminine spellings of the popular name Jaelynn, which can also be spelling Jaelyn, Jaylin, and Jalen, among many other variations.
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EmmalynnHeart

  • Origin:

    Combination of Emma and Lynn
  • Description:

    We much prefer Emmaline.

KadenceHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Cadence, word name
  • Description:

    K-beginnings are often substituted for Cs, and this spelling is definitely finding favor with many parents, among them skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. However, sometimes the original is the best - we suggest sticking to the still unusual Cadence.