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Girls’ Baby Names: Stylish but Unusual Choices

February 22, 2016 Pamela Redmond
girls' names

by Pamela Redmond Satran

Girls’ names that end in the lee sound – from Ellie to Lily to Natalie to Riley and Everly – have been growing in popularity in recent years. In fact, sometimes it seems as if almost any girls’ name that ends in ly or ley or lie or leigh zooms to the top of the list.

But what if you love the appealing lee ending but want a name that’s more unusual? We’ve rounded up 30 fresh girls’ names of the three major lee types for you to consider, namely:

NICKNAME NAMES

Nickname names for girls that end in (usually) lie or ly are among the most popular of the lee names. Among the trendiest picks of recent years: Ellie, Charlie, Callie, Kylie, Lily, and Molly. If this is your style but you want something more unique, consider:

Billie

Dolly

Lally/Lolly

Millie

Neely

Nellie

Polly

Sally

Tally

Tillie

EXOTIC NAMES

There aren’t as many trendy lee-ending girls’ names in this category as in the two others, but if you love ladylike, Eurostyle names such as Natalie, Rosalie, and Amelie, then you might want to consider these more unusual but still lovely names for girls:

Aracely

Aurelie

Cecily/Cicely

Celie

Coralie

Eulalie

Maile

Ottilie

Romilly

Thessaly

SURNAME NAMES

Surname names ending in ley or sometimes leigh have risen precipitously for girls in recent years: We’re thinking of such popular choices as Hadley, Riley, Bailey, Presley, Finley, and McKinley. If you love the unisex surname style name but want something more distinctive for your baby girl, consider the following:

Bradley

Hartley

Henley

Langley

Oakley

Raleigh

Ripley

Tully

Wiley/Wylie

Yardley

Which of the lee-ending names is your favorite?

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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