Top Girls’ Names: Transformed!

This week, Nameberry Style columnist Elisabeth Wilborn, of You Can’t Call It It and The Itsy Factor, waves her magic wand over the girls’ top 100 list and transforms overly-popular names with chic new alternatives.

The list of top girls’ names is brimming with gorgeousness. After all, the top girls’ names got that way because people love them.

But if you seek a more rare, chic alternative for your little one, play this game with me. Ask yourself, is it the sound that makes you fall in love with a name? Is it the fact that it honors your heritage? Perhaps it’s the meaning? Whatever the names’ deepest appeal, there may be another, less popular option that will satisfy you.

I had fun with this list, maybe even more so than with the boys’ names because there are just so many viable options to choose from.

How would you amp up the style of the girls’ names from the top of the chart, and are there any that you’re too in love with to change?

1) Isabella–>Mirabella
2) Sophia–>Louisa
3) Emma–>Alice
4) Olivia–>Ottilie
5) Ava–>Rita
6) Emily–>Cecily
7) Abigail–>Tabitha
8 Madison–>Madigan
9) Chloe–>Phoebe
10) Mia–>Esme
11) Addison–>Adelaide
12) Elizabeth–>Elspeth
13) Ella–>Elsa
14) Natalie–>Coralie
15) Samantha–>Sabina
16) Alexis–>Carys
17) Lily–>Iris
18) Grace–>Jane
19) Hailey–>Hollis
20) Alyssa–>Larissa
21) Lillian–>Helen
22) Hannah–>Dinah
23) Avery–>Harper
24) Leah–>Lydia
25) Nevaeh–>Nayara
26) Sofia–> Lucia
27) Ashley–> Aster
28) Anna–> Nora
29) Brianna–> Simona
30) Sarah–> Susannah
31) Zoe–> Ivy
32) Victoria–> Honora
33) Gabriella–> Rafaella
34) Brooklyn–> Bronwen
35) Kaylee–> Colette
36) Taylor–> Marlowe
37) Layla–> Linnea
38) Allison–> Rhiannon
39) Evelyn–> Eloise
40) Riley–> Rowan
41) Amelia–> Matilda
42) Khloe–>Xanthe
43) Makayla–> Michaela
44) Aubrey–> Bryony
45) Charlotte–> Beatrice
46) Savannah–> Magnolia
47) Zoey–> Oona
48) Bella–> Clara
49) Kayla–> Kyra
50) Alexa–> Roxana
51) Payton–> Afton
52) Audrey–> Adele
53) Claire–> Pearl
54) Arianna–> Aurelia
55) Julia–> Cecilia
56) Aaliyah–> Malia
57) Kylie–> Wiley
58) Lauren–> Maren
59) Sophie–> Sylvie
60) Sydney–> Danae
61) Camila–> Paloma
62) Jasmine–> Jessamine
63) Morgan–> Margot
64) Alexandra–> Philippa
65) Jocelyn–> Rosalind
66) Gianna–> Gemma
67) Maya–> Mina
68) Kimberly–> Penelope
69) Mackenzie–> Connolly
70) Katherine–> Juliet
71) Destiny–> Bethany
72) Brooke–> Willow
73) Trinity–> Verity
74) Faith–> Blythe
75) Lucy–> Daisy
76) Madelyn–> Gwendolyn
77) Madeline–> Clementine
78) Bailey–> Lowry
79) Payton–> Palmer
80) Andrea–> Georgia
81) Autumn–> Auden
82) Melanie–> Amelie
83) Ariana–> Ariadne
84) Serenity–> Felicity
85) Stella–> Celeste
86) Maria–> Miriam
87) Molly–> Polly
88) Caroline–> Frances
89) Genesis–> Mercy
90) Kaitlyn–> Tamsin
91) Eva–> Vera
92) Jessica–> Cordelia
93) Angelina–> Evangeline
94) Valeria–> Veronica
95) Gabrielle–> Emmanuelle
96) Naomi–> Noemi
97) Mariah–>Mireya
98) Natalia–>Antonia
99) Paige–> June
100) Rachel–> Tamar

Elisabeth Wilborn is the creator of You Can’t Call It It and The Itsy Factor. You can also read her every weekend on Nameberry.

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BasicSand Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 3:57 am

I like your choices for the girls’ list definitely a lot better than the boys’. There seems to be closer ties than from the earlier list. Good call especially on Louisa over Sophia. Louisa hasn’t even been in the top 1000 for the past 11 years which is shocking.

rachelmarie Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 8:06 am

Oh I just love these alternatives. C

tarat3232 Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 8:07 am

Ahhhhh, don’t bring Louisa to the masses!!

Great list 😉

rachelmarie Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 8:08 am

Oh I just love these alternatives. Coralie and Bethany are two of my favorite names, and they’re definitely great alternatives to Natalie and Destiny.
But, my absolute favorite name was on here – Magnolia. Great suggestion, but I would die if it rose in popularity.

Excellent post!

Lola Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 8:19 am

Oh, Ottilie, Cecily, Elspeth, Penelope & Clementine, there’s my top 5 girls! As with the boys, I’m far more comfortable in column B.
Great job, Elisabeth! 😀

Roseate Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 9:42 am

SHHHH!!! You put my soon-to-be daughter’s name, my relatively unknown gem, in to the collective conscience! I’ll blame you guys if she’s Sylvie K in her class. 😉

mermuse Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 9:43 am

For the most part, I think your transformations are brilliant! I think, however, that I’m just so glad to see that people are using Evelyn again that I just couldn’t change it.

Brandie Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 9:44 am

I really liked that the names were not just variations of the original names. Very cute and a lot of them where on my list like Nora, Juliet, Daisy, and Adele. I also agree that Magnolia is adorable. They are my favorite flowers even if I wouldn’t use it as a baby name.

Natalie Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 10:13 am

I’m happy, but at the same time sad, to see Cecily on there. It’s probably my favorite name, with the exception of a few colum A names- Mia/Amelia and Julia. /sigh.

Amanda Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 11:14 am

My first thought was shhh about Louisa! (although substituting if for Sophia is brilliant) and now I’m freaked out that another commenter thought the same thing! lol, Louisa has a LONG way to go to reach the top 1000 though, so I think I’m safe…I hope 😉

msmoll91 Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 11:17 am

Several of my favorites are on here – nice job! We’ve been planning to use Gwendolyn twice now, but we keep getting boys!

spotlightstarlit Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 11:18 am

Elisabeth, this is FANTASTIC! I was stunned by your genius on most of these names and the ones I’ll list below are just others I think would work as well, no better.

I was surprised though by your substitute for my name, Gabrielle. I can’t see my mother naming me Emanuelle, so I thought of something else, hope you enjoy:

Sophia- Georgiana (gor-jay-NAH)
Ava- Aura
Neveah- Nevara
Brianna- Annika
Kaylee- Waverley
Taylor- Tate
Mikayla- Mahala
Kylie- Maisie
Sydney- Sidonie
Maya- Milla
Mackenzie- Kennedy or Kensington
Bailey- Paisley
Payton- Payson
Caroline- Marilyn
Genesis- Geneva
Gabrielle- Solange
Mariah- Marina
Rachel- Regina

What do you think?

Other Carolyn Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 11:58 am

Hey, be quiet! 🙂 I’m not planning to have kids for several years, and if people take notice of this list about half of my favourite names will be unbearably trendy! Though I would suggest (since it’s a bit of an oddball on my list) Evelina as a lovely substitute for Evelyn, since it`s so similar and yet so distinctive.

Michele Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Most of these are excellent, but there is an enormous disconnect between Emma and Alice for me, and I think there must be something that works much, much better as a post-modern approach to whatever it is that makes Emma so popular. I mean, I love the name Alice, but not in this context.

-sarah- Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Brilliant!

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

SpotlightStarlit, I love your subs! Sidonie was one of my first thoughts for Sydney since they are from the same root, and Sidonie is so beautiful! I became self-conscious about Frenchifying the list too much though, so opted out there. I also think Solange for Gabrielle is brilliant. I’ve done this exercise before over at YCCII and used Giselle for Gabrielle there.

@Michelle, I am a little surprised that there is such a disconnect for you between Emma and Alice! Alice was much closer in tone for me than others I can think of, such as Etta and Emmeline, but I’m curious to hear if you find one you think is closer.

katybug Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

This list is brilliant! I’ll join the other Louisa commenters that I wish you’d keep her under wraps for a little longer, but it is a fantastic updating of Sophia.

julia Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Great list, but I too found Alice and Emma kind of far apart. I guess I don’t “get” alice, though, kind of like I don’t “get” Henry. They’re perfectly nice names, of course. Something like Ella is perhaps to obvious; I also think Lydia could work (feminine old-fashioned Jane Austen type name), as would Cora, perhaps.

Re Sophia and Louisa – I think those are the names of “Tiger Mom’s” daughters. While her parenting style is questionable, we can probably agree that she has great naming style! And her Sophia was born before the wave.

Olivia Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

@Michele – I personally think that Emma and Alice are quite similar, thinking about it. They are both vintage sounding, both 2 syllables, sweet and generally well-rounded (…and both have an A and an E in them :D). Although I do agree I could think of more obvious alternatives.

Anyway, I love just about all of these! Helena, Margot, Marlowe, Pearl, Oona, Vera; they’re simply wonderful!

Sachiko Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Your substitutions are spot-on–I especially liked Alice replacing Emma. Makes sense to me. And I’ve always loved Abigail AND Tabitha….and now that Abigail is so well-loved (I like it too much to call it “well-used”) Tabitha is a sweet alternative.

I have a Bronwen. 😀 Can’t recommend it enough.

Lisa Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Funny, this looks like a side by side comparison of my husband’s list (the left) and my list (the right) for our daughter born last year. His top 3 were Isabella, Sophia, Sophie, and Camila; in my top 10 were Louisa, Sylvie, Mirabella, and Paloma. He suggested Claire and Paige for the middle, I countered Pearl and June. Finally, we agreed on first and middle names that are not on either of these lists 🙂

linzybindi Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

There are some absolutely beautiful names here!

Blythe is my number one name for a girl! Antonia is also right up there for me. I love this list!

My favorites are…

Mirabella
Alice
Ottilie
Cecily
Phoebe
Adelaide
Carys
Nora
Susannah
Bronwen
Linnea
Matilda
Bryony
Magnolia
Adele
Cecilia
Sylvie
Margot
Philippa
Penelope
Juliet
Blythe
Auden
Ariadne
Felicity
Antonia

Nicole Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Oh, please please please don’t let Wiley go to the girls!!!

L. Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I feel like this list tapped into my brain and stole all my great name ideas! And so many of them are really quite uncommon! Really, most of my most favorite names are in the top half of the left column. Cecily, Carys, Margot, and Paloma better not be the new Isabella and Sophia.

Leila Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I think that substituting Louisa for Sophia is rather hilarious, giving Amy Chua! I agree, she has great naming style no matter what your view on her parenting is!

Stephany Aulenback Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I really like your list of alternatives. We used two of them for our daughter Sylvie Rosalind. We call her Vivi for short. You can see photos of her here: http://crookedhouse.typepad.com/crookedhouse/sylvie/

I think she’s as pretty as her name.

Stephany Aulenback Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I really like this list of alternatives. We used two of them for our little girl Sylvie Rosalind, who is now 2. I hope that Sylvie doesn’t start to get over-used.

Stefanie Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I really like a lot of these alternatives, but it seems that some of them are already raising in popularly quite a bit – such as Harper, Penelope, Willow, and Adelaide. I have no problem with anyone using popular names if they love them, but while list B might not be in the top 100, some of them will surely be there soon.

NameGoddess Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

So many of my favorite names were mentioned on here as substitutes! However, I have to say that I’m glad my parents named me Sydney (for once!), instead of Danae–blech!

Leslie Owen Says:

May 20th, 2011 at 10:12 pm

And my Louisa was born in 1985!

Maia Says:

May 21st, 2011 at 7:58 am

Well, I have chosen Sophia even though it is top 10, but I don’t want to do Louisa since that was almost the name (Louise or Louis) of too many relatives! And Sylvie is my Aunt. Oh, well. I think for some people the substitutes might be wonderful since I like a lot of the names but not for me. Plus my 2 year old son- Liam- prefers Sophia to Lucia and every alternate I’ve thought about!

Stacy Says:

May 21st, 2011 at 9:58 am

I love so many of these names!

Favorites: Alice, Mirabella, Tamsin, Cordelia, Cecelia, Espeth, Matilda, Bryony, Beatrice, Oona (although I prefer Oonagh), Margot (my current name crush), Philippa

Some ones I see as odd: Caroline to Frances. Huh?
Maybe Caroline to Coraline.

Also I might go from Natalia to Natasha.

Brianna -> Bryony makes more sense to me, with baybe Aubrey going to Audrina.

Carla Says:

May 21st, 2011 at 10:31 am

When I named my daughter in 1985, Caroline Cordelia (after her two great-grandmothers), I never imagined Cordelia would ever pop up on a names lists. Caroline loved her middle name so much, she named her daughter, now three, Cordelia…..and everyone thinks it is so beautiful. My other three daughters are: Paige Ellen, Susannah Augusta (family names), Alexandra VanToor (family names).

Stephany Aulenback Says:

May 21st, 2011 at 10:31 am

Re: Caroline to Frances — it’s not a sound similarity more of a similar ethos or feel, and a similar time period. For instance, those names would’ve been popular with upper class people in Britain around the same time…

Carla Says:

May 21st, 2011 at 8:02 pm

I like Christabelle instead of Isabella and Marigold instead of Magnolia. And the French Benjamien instead of Chloe/Zoe/Phoebe.

Natalie Says:

May 21st, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Nice list! I love Alice, Mirabella, Elspeth, Madigan, Phoebe, Esme, Jessamine, Adelaide, Coralie, Iris, Hollis, Dinah, Harper, Louisa, Ottilie, Lucia, Aster, Ivy, Rafaella, Bronwen, Marlowe, Eloise, Rowan, Matilda, Xanthe, Bryony, Beatrice, Pearl, Malia, Wiley, Sylvie, Paloma, Rosalind, Gemma, Penelope, Juliet, Willow, Verity, Blythe, Daisy, Clementine, Amelie, Felicity, Celeste, Evangeline, Tamsin, Polly, and Antonia.
Though I will admit, I’m also partial to Ava, Sophia, Sophie, Chloe, Lily, Grace, Avery, Layla, Charlotte, Bella, Isabella, Clara, Claire, Arianna, Lucy, and Stella!

KT Says:

May 23rd, 2011 at 1:49 am

I think it’s uncanny that you linked Alice with Emma….reason being is that my 2yr old is Alice-Which is a name I adore-and I am 6 weeks off giving birth to #2 and if it’s a girl, Emma is at the top of that list. But am fond of a Maggie with my Alice too 🙂

trich323 Says:

May 23rd, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Love most of the substitutions. I can’t get on board with Madigan or Connelly, though. Granted, they’re better than the names they’re replacing…

Sophie to Sylvie is BRILLIANT! Don’t worry, previous posters, I’m probably done having children anyway!

ksheja Says:

July 1st, 2011 at 12:16 am

Like both (it might be hard to choose, which one I’d pick would depend on other factors): Sophia/Louisa, Emma/Alice,Leah/Lydia (love both), Sofia/Lucia, Layla/Linnea (love both), Allison (prefer Alison/Rhiannon (love both), Kayla/Kyra, Alexa(love)/Roxana, Audrey/ Adele (or Adela), Jasmine/Jessamine, Jocelyn/Rosalind, Katherine/Juliet (love both), Serenity/Felicity, Angelina/Evangeline, Rachel/Tamar

Like both, but prefer A: Mia/Esme(prefer Ismay), Anna (love)/Nora, Victoria (love)/Honora (but like nn Nora for Victoria, don’t like any nn for Victoria) Gabriella/ Rafaella, Andrea/Georgia, Ariana (love)/Ariadne, Natalia/Antonia

Like both, but prefer B: Emily/Cecily (love), Abigail/Tabitha (love), Samantha/Sabina (love), Alyssa/Larissa, Hannah/Dinah, Sarah/Susannah, Zoe/Ivy (love), Kaylee/Colette, Bella/Clara, Julia/Cecilia (love), Sophie/ Sylvie (love), Gianna/Gemma, Melanie/Amelie (love), Kaitlyn( prefer Caitlin)/Tamsin (love)

Like A, B is OK: Isabella/Mirabella (love Annabel), Maya/Mina (don’t really have the same feel to me), Lucy/Daisy, Caroline/Frances, Gabrielle/Emmanuelle, Olivia/Ottilie (Ottilie sounds better in British English or French than in American English, Ava/Rita, Ella/Elsa, Natalie/Coralie, Lily (love)/Iris, Brianna/Simona, Charlotte/Beatrice, Savannah/Magnolia, Arianna (love, prefer Ariana) /Aurelia, Lauren/Maren, Camila/Paloma, Alexandra (love) /Philippa, Kimberly/Penelope (they don’t have the same feel to me), Stella/ Celeste, Maria/Miriam, Jessica/Cordelia (but like nn Delia)

Like B, A is okay: Alexis/Carys (love), Brooklyn/Bronwen,
Riley/Rowan, Makayla/Michaela, Aubrey/Bryony (love), Trinity/Verity (love), Madeline/Clementine, Molly/Polly, Naomi/Noemi, Mariah/Mireya, Valeria/Veronica

Like A, dislike B: Hailey (prefer Hayley)(love)/Hollis (seems to masculine, I like Holly), Avery/Harper (Avery seems more feminine), Ashley/Aster (I like Astrid though) Payton (prefer Peyton)/Afton, Claire/Pearl, Kylie (cute)/Wiley (masculine), Payton(prefer Peyton)/Palmer (not very feminine, snobby sounding), Autumn/Auden (not very feminine to me), Eva/Vera (not pronounced in English, anyway – in Slavic languages sounds pretty good).

A is okay, dislike B: Taylor/Marlowe, Morgan/Margot, Brooke/Willow, Paige/June (I know June and May seem to be coming back in style while April remains dated, but I prefer April), Faith/Blythe,

Both are OK: Madison/Madigan, Chloe/Phoebe, Addison/Adelaide, Elizabeth/Elspeth, Grace/Jane, Lillian/Helen, Evelyn/Eloise, Amelia/Matilda, Zoey/Oona (prefer Zoe/Una) Aaliyah/ Malia, Sydney/Danae (don’t have the same feel to me), Mackenzie/Connolly, Madelyn/Gwendolyn, Bailey/Lowry, Genesis/ Mercy,

Like B, dislike A: Nevaeh/Nayara, Khloe (but Chloe is ok)/Xanthe (interesting), Destiny (only because of reputation, not the sound)/Bethany (love).

Love: A – 11 B- 15
Like: A – 52 B – 34
OK: A – 30 B- 35
Dislike: A – 3 B- 13 (most B’s because I don’t find them feminine)

*person* Says:

July 9th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I call Ottilie. Dibs.

Emily!before+everyone+was+emily Says:

July 24th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

HA! Louisa is my baby girl’s name and she was always going to be Louisa. Yes! Don’t bring it to the masses, let them all keep kicking the spirit out of Isabel until is sounds like Cheryl. But anyways, I LOVE THIS LIST! I need a companion to Louisa! It’s driving me near mad. Most of these names are on my list but it was good to see others. And yes, I hope Louisa remains elusive unlike Emily.

Magdalena25 Says:

March 28th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I love this list! I find the Morgan-Margot pair hilarious! My name is Morgan but my mom was stuck between that, Megan and Margot. She finally settled on Morgan Margaret. I love my name but I adore the name Margot!

NataleeMJohnson Says:

June 15th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

How about one for boys? I made this one, and it took quite some time. Yes, it is much easier for girl names.

1. Jacob → Tobias
2. Ethan → Deacon
3. Michael → Raphael
4. Jayden → Kaden
5. William → Emereth
6. Alexander → Theodore
7. Noah → Leo
8. Daniel → Lionel
9. Aiden → Holden
10. Anthony → Jovany
11. Joshua → Jerricho
12. Mason → Tyson
13. Christopher → Russell
14. Andrew → Calder
15. David → Gerard
16. Matthew → Mattigan
17. Logan → Lochlan
18. Elijah → Elias
19. James → Desmond
20. Joseph → Jarek
21. Gabriel → Adriel
22. Benjamin → Frederick
23. Ryan → Richard
24. Samuel → Asael
25. Jackson → Dawson
26. John → Jonah
27. Nathan → Damien
28. Jonathan → Joel
29. Christian → Gregory
30. Liam → Oisin
31. Dylan → Rhys
32. Landon → Kenton
33. Caleb → Philip
34. Tyler → Peter
35. Lucas → Brady
36. Evan → Eamon
37. Gavin → Gael
38. Nicholas → Timothy
39. Isaac → Phineas
40. Brayden → Zayden
41. Luke → Quinn
42. Angel → Prince
43. Brandon → Bronson
44. Jack → Jett
45. Isaiah → Israel
46. Jordan → Riordan
47. Owen → Seth
48. Carter → Palmer
49. Connor → Brett
50. Justin → Afton
51. Jose → Ricardo
52. Jeremiah → Nehemiah
53. Julian → Lucien
54. Robert → Marshall
55. Aaron → Shane
56. Adrian → Donovan
57. Wyatt → Rhett
58. Kevin → Jensen
59. Hunter → Tanner
60. Cameron → Rowan
61. Zachary → Ezekiel
62. Thomas → George
63. Charles → Francis
64. Austin → Auden
65. Eli → Milo
66. Chase → Cason
67. Henry → Loften
68. Sebastian → Asher
69. Jason → Jared
70. Levi → Asa
71. Xavier → Zander
72. Ian → Kenneth
73. Colton → Carleton
74. Dominic → Vincent
75. Juan → Jorge
76. Cooper → Lowell
77. Josiah → Jeriah
78. Luis → Manuel
79. Ayden → Amory
80. Carson → Carsten
81. Adam → Adlai
82. Nathaniel → Eliel
83. Brody → Daley
84. Tristan → Keagan
85. Diego → Alonzo
86. Parker → Parkus
87. Blake → Blaise
88. Oliver → Atticus
89. Cole → Curtis
90. Carlos → Pedro
91. Jaden → Cade
92. Jesus → Raul
93. Alex → Calyx
94. Aidan → Leander
95. Eric → Lamar
96. Hayden → Hugh
97. Bryan → Brennan
98. Max → Sam
99. Jaxon → Ronin
100. Brian → Brock

MissusAytch Says:

December 13th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Tabitha is at the top of our list for girls. <3

Haili73 Says:

May 3rd, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Antonia is mine!

and Mikayla-> Michaela doesn’t count. it’s just another weird spelling. (says Michaila) What about Mikyla?

tookiecan Says:

May 3rd, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I thought this list was brilliant! I have a Beatrice and a Philippa though, so I may be a bit partial. 🙂

CsprsSassyHrly Says:

July 20th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Sophia–>Louisa – I know those are probably by sound but I much rather prefer Louise to Louisa

Abigail–>Tabitha – I adore Tabitha and am very happy it’s not too high. It’s a name that can grow with a child. It’s well enough known that people shouldn’t mispronounce it but not so common that you hear a ton of kids with it.

Addison–>Adelaide – I’m so upset that Adelaide is getting so popular. If it takes over Addison’s popularity, I just won’t be able to stand it.

Hailey–>Hollis – I love Hollis. Being born in a time where Hailey’s were everywhere, I’d never consider it but Hollis or even Holly are gorgeous.

Leah–>Lydia – As Leah is a longtime favorite of mine, I could never replace it, especially with Lydia, which is alright enough, but not my style at all.

Kaylee–> Colette – Please don’t say that! Colette is another long time favorite of mine!

Allison–> Rhiannon – I think Rhiannon is growing on me lately.

Evelyn–> Eloise – I don’t know which of these I like more. Evelyn is beautiful and has the nickname Evie, which is so cute. Eloise is adorable and has a similar sound to Louise, which I love.

Amelia–> Matilda – Another pair I can’t decide between. I love them both.

Makayla–> Michaela – This pair actually makes me sad that names like Makayla and the other funny spellings have actually taken over Michaela’s beauty.

Aubrey–> Bryony – I’m not fond of Aubrey, though I like the nickname Aubs and I much rather prefer the spelling Briony. I don’t know why, but I just don’t like the double y’s.

Zoey–> Oona – Whaaaaa?

Arianna–> Aurelia – Aurelia was my great-grandma’s name and is a name I’ve paired with my other great-grandma’s name, Elena, for the possible girl’s name Elena Aurela.

Lauren–> Maren – Every Lauren I’ve ever known, whether actually or on TV, is somehow very mean so I’ll be glad when Maren takes over.

Morgan–> Margot – I like Margot tons but I don’t know if I could ever use it.

Alexandra–> Philippa – Maybe it’s just me, but I just don’t see the appeal of Philippa… I agree that the nickname Pippa is cute, but I am really not a fan of Philippa, especially when it’s paired with Alexandra.

Gianna–> Gemma – I love Gemma. This name came from nowhere for me and has quickly become a current favorite.

Kimberly–> Penelope – Ah, Penelope. Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

Katherine–> Juliet – I love Juliet but I don’t know if I’d like to use it.

Destiny–> Bethany – I’m not sure which of these I like more. I like Destiny but it doesn’t seem like a very serious adult name. Bethany is a beautiful name but I’ve never been much of a fan of Beth… Even on Elizabeth, where I’d prefer the uber-used Liz over Beth

Brooke–> Willow – Willow is a very cute name and it seems to be quickly gaining popularity.

Trinity–> Verity – When I was younger, I adored Trinity but I don’t know if it’s because I’ve grown or if my tastes have changed, but now it’s not even on my list. Verity, however, is. I’ve been writing a story and one of the very minor characters is named Verity and I’ve considered changing the main character’s name just because I’ve fallen in love with Verity. If her name didn’t fit her so well, I’d actually do it!

Madelyn–> Gwendolyn – I prefer Madeleine over Madelyn. Not the exact same name but similar enough. I also knew a Gwendolyn in school. She’s the only one I’ve ever met. Such a sweet name.

Madeline–> Clementine – My previous statement still stands… Madeleine over Madeline. Although, Clementine could overtake all three Madel- names in a heartbeat.

Melanie–> Amelie – Beautiful name that seems to have really taken off after Audrey Tatou’s movie.

Serenity–> Felicity – Felicity makes me think of happiness… Against Serenity, it wins. But against Allegra, another name that conjures up thoughts of happiness (probably because of it’s sound to alegria, which is Spanish for happiness), it definitely loses.

Stella–> Celeste – I like Celeste but right now, Stella is beating the bejeezus out of it.

Maria–> Miriam – If Marie had been here instead of Maria, a name I’m not particularly fond of, this would’ve been a much harder pair to decide between. Miriam is a longtime favorite since I first heard it. It sounds so old-school but I’d be lying if I said I’d never consider it. Miriam is so sweet in my ears

Genesis–> Mercy – Genesis is very popular in my area and a name I love, despite my not being very religious and it being synonymous with religion. Mercy, however, is quickly becoming a favorite. And, in my story, is actually the daughter of Verity. Odd that they, as well as a third story name, are on this list.

Jessica–> Cordelia – Jessica was very popular when I was born but, strangely, I never met more than a couple in school. Cordelia’s growing on me, but probably only because of the possible nicknames Cora, Cory, Delly (dell-ee), Deli (dee-lee, I know it’s spelled like the grocery item) and Lia.

Angelina–> Evangeline – This is my third story name on this list and probably because I’ve used it in my writing so I see it a lot, it’s grown on me.

Mariah–>Mireya – I’m already seeing Mireya used a lot in my area and it’s a name I WILL use as a middle name for my hypothetical first child, if it’s a girl because it would honor my grandfather, whose middle name was Reyes (Her first name would be after my mother). Popularity isn’t an issue for this name for me for that factor.

Paige–> June – This pair is another toughie. I admit that before Charmed, I never considered Paige, but that character has definitely made me love it. June is a new favorite for me but one that is absolutely a favorite, especially when I think of the adorable nickname Junebug, which are annoying as pests, but adorable as a nickname.

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OceaneBreeze Says:

October 20th, 2013 at 8:45 am

This is a great list! I particularly loved Andrea-Georgia (I havn’t seen anyone comment on this one), Sophie-Sylvie, and Savannah-Magnolia. Although I love Savannah and Magnolia, I would have to choose Magnolia due to popularity. Magnolia also has the convenient nickname Maggie.

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