GIRLS’ NAMES 2011: The Secret Popularity List

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):

Photo thanks to Superingerid.

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20 Responses to “GIRLS’ NAMES 2011: The Secret Popularity List”

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ErinPurple Says:

September 8th, 2011 at 6:37 am

Great list! Am surprised to see a couple of these gaining speed but think it’s fun!

Personally, I prefer the Vivienne spelling to Vivian. 🙂

I have a friend from my semester abroad in England named Lavinia. Often she goes by “Vin” or “Vinnie” which I think it cute.

Marginamia Says:

September 8th, 2011 at 7:41 am

Such a fantastic list! I won’t even take the time to list favorites b/c It would be so redundant !

chelseamae Says:

September 8th, 2011 at 8:56 am

Awesome list!! I see lots of my favorites 🙂

mtalbot4 Says:

September 8th, 2011 at 10:14 am

I’m actually surprised that some of these aren’t in the top 100! So many of my favourites are here (Vera, Fiona, Margot, Cosette, Miranda, & Daphne) and some other pretty ones that caught my attention (Thea & Agatha).

mariah778 Says:

September 8th, 2011 at 10:43 am

man, nine of my favorite names are on here!! (Aria, Calla, Cassia, Fiona, etc.!!) Hope they stay right where they are; under the radar!!

OliviaSarah Says:

September 8th, 2011 at 11:12 am

Oh I love these secret lists! However, Annabelle, Thea, Jade, Fiona and Daphne as well as more have all already taken off in the UK. Jade actually seems very dated here now. A lot of these I suspect will shoot up the charts in the UK (Margot, Posey, Sylvie and similar)

skizzo Says:

September 8th, 2011 at 11:13 am

I agree, Vivienne is much prettier and feminine than Vivian.

Indigo I prefer on boys.

The rest is a pretty great list.

anniebee Says:

September 8th, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Interesting to note the first letters here – only one and J and K. Those seems to be the first initials on their way out.

A couple of my faves on here too. I’m always suggesting Arden to the trendy, last names for girls set. I love this name for that. I grew up in a neighborhood with an Arden St. and it was treelined and gorgeous so maybe that’s my bias.

Cosette I think can pick up the slack from the popularity that Eloise is gaining right now.

Winter is my top guilty pleasure name right now.

Lavinia, Magnolia, Prudence and Valentina are great too. I think I might like Linnea better than Lavinia though.

linzybindi Says:

September 8th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Oh I love so many of these names!!!


agirlinred Says:

September 8th, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I love:

Calla- Callaway is a family name, so Calla could very well pay tribute to that.
Cassia- Recent discovery on my family tree.
India- Love nn Indie.
Marina- Lovely tribute to Mary, I think.
Miranda- Love that it could fit a girly girl or tomboy.
Vera- Love that it’s simple but elegant and just a little spunky.

pam Says:

September 8th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I think we can all agree, these are very Nameberry names! I could very happily name a daughter almost any one of them. Well, not a huge fan of Prudence, though I know many of the berries are defenders. India is a name I absolutely love and can never understand why it’s not more popular.

pam Says:

September 8th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

And speaking of J and K names, I just came across this list stocked with J and K names — — which is I guess one of the secret lists of Nameberry. Given that Js and Ks were so popular in the 80s and 90s, I guess we know why they’re are so few of them on the style horizon now. But Ls are definitely hot to overheated and lots of Ms here and in the future!

anniebee Says:

September 9th, 2011 at 11:50 am

Interesting! Yes, J and K names do sound a bit dated to me. Abby @ App Mtn had a really interesting post on the letter ‘k’ and why people started using it. It sort of swayed me not to like ‘k’ names anymore.

klcalder2 Says:

September 13th, 2011 at 9:41 am

Having a ‘k’ name has always driven me crazy for one reason: I can’t write a nice looking ‘k’ for anything. I hate writing my name sometime because I just think it looks awful. So, most names that can go either ‘c’ or ‘k’, I prefer with a ‘c’. ‘l’s and ‘a’s, on the other hand, are absolutely lovely!

bostonian girl Says:

September 13th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

On here, I like…


I have a K name and to tell the truth, I have a retro attitude overall where names are concerned. My favorite initial letters for names are A, J, K and S. But that doesn’t stop me from really liking names that start with C, D, M, etc. … or from really disliking some names that start with A, J, K or S! I think one advantage of using a currently-not-popular name/initial would be to keep your child from being confused with a crowd of other little girls with the same name. This happened to me throughout my school years. Atop which, I simply loathe trends. I’ve always marched to my own drumbeat and would much prefer to give my daughter a name I like, even if it’s “uncool” and unpopular, than to give her a name I hate just so I can be among the “in” crowd.

saraallison Says:

December 11th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I’m surprised Annabelle is on here. I was stuck on Annabelle for a couple years, but moved off of it partly because I knew 2 little Annabelles born in the past year or two. Maybe my view of its popularity is skewed by this and I should reconsider it as a name for my coming baby girl…another name to drive myself crazy with for the next month and a half! 🙂

mckennaberry Says:

December 25th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

i love these names brooke and huson

shealah28 Says:

February 17th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Fleur 🙂 <3

mrstrivette Says:

May 7th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Being an 80’s child, I just can’t help but think of Sabrina the Teenage Witch when I see/here the name Sabrina.

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