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Nameberry Makeover: Renovating the Top Ten Girls’ Names

April 21, 2009 Pamela Redmond
Popular Names

The brilliant visitors over on the Name Game board have done it again.  The latest greatest game they’re playing is called Nameberry Makeover, in which they take the Top Ten names and come up with fresher, cooler sounding substitutes.

Some new players may have joined in by now and if so I’m sorry to leave you out of the credits, but these delicious ideas for new versions of widely used names are thanks to nameberryites olivegreen, susan, lyndsayjenness, jill, lola, alexisgracelynn123, ricamaca, and dannim26.

I especially love the way so many of these don’t just echo the name but pick up on its essence.  Parents who love one of the top names but are in search of new spins will find some great ideas here.

1. EMILYEvelyn, Cecily, Amelia, Emmeline

2. ISABELLAEudora, Imogen, Belle, Isadora, Isla, Maeve

3. EMMAGemma, Etta, Esme

4. AVAAvalon, Eve, Evangeline, Ada

5. MADISONMabel, Madeleine, Millicent, Matilda, Harper

6. SOPHIASylvia, Lucia, Ophelia (nice), Scarlett, Penelope

7. OLIVIALivia, Olena, Viviana, Odessa, Olive

8. ABIGAILLydia, Esther, Jemima, Abriana, Bailey

9. HANNAHSusannah, Anna, Dinah, Helena

10.ELIZABETHEleanor, Eliza, Leisel

We’d love to hear more makeover ideas, or head over to the Name Games board and join in.  Thursday, we’ll feature the boys’ makeovers.

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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