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GIRLS’ NAMES 2011: The Secret Popularity List

September 8, 2011 Pamela Redmond

You may know Nameberry’s most popular girls’ names 2011: from Top 3 Charlotte, Violet, and Amelia down to Molly, Maya, and Mary.

You may even know our hottest girls’ names 2011, which include such celebrity-influenced picks as Pippa and Mila.

But we’ve got a quieter, less obvious, but potentially more interesting list for you: those girls’ names that don’t make the Top 100 but that are attracting a dramatic rise in interest this summer over last.

Some of the names here bear a relationship to those on the most popular list: Aveline instead of Adeline, for instance, or Indigo rather than Scarlett, or Clover as opposed to Ivy or Poppy. While not all of these names are destined for future popularity, the baby namer in search of a name that will feel as fresh in ten years as it does today should take heed.

Our list of secretly popular girls’ names 2011 (look for the boys’ list next week):

Agatha
Anais
Annabelle
Arden
Aria

Astra
Aveline
Calla
Cassia
Clemence
Clover
Cosette
Daphne
Dorothea
Echo
Elise
Fern
Fiona
Fleur
India
Indigo
Jade
Keturah
Lavinia
Lorelei
Lucille
Lucretia
Magnolia
Maren
Margot
Marina
Milena
Miranda
Nerissa
Niamh
Nova
Posey
Prudence
Sabrina
Saskia
Scout
Sylvie
Thea
Valentina
Vera
Vivian
Winter

Photo thanks to Superingerid.

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 of the same name.

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