VER-y Chic Names for Girls
by Kara Blakley
Name trend watchers are no longer limiting themselves to the waxing and waning popularity of certain letters. Vowels are certainly having their moment on monogrammed onesies, but endings (particularly -o and -ett) and sounds are catching the attention of keen observers.
Recently, Brooke Cussans wrote about PERfect names: a wonderfully diverse list of names all sharing the PER syllable.I was inspired to create a list of VER names, and found that like PER, this sound leads to a diverse list of names that are fresh and vibrant. VER names are so plentiful, in fact, that the list is divided into girls and boys. This is the girls list; stay tuned for a boys version.
Clover – Clover is shockingly yet to hit the US Top 1,000. I say shocking since she fits into a number of trends, including botanical names, names ending with -er, and names with a V in them. It could be considered as a less-popular alternative to chart-topper Chloe and rising star Violet, but with 153 baby girls receiving the name last year, she’s as popular as she’s ever been.
Ever and Everly – Everly, a potential substitute for evergreen Emily or rediscovered Evelyn, is a sepia-tinted name with a modern vibe. Since Channing Tatum brought the name into the spotlight, it was one of the fastest-rising names between 2012 and 2013, and 1,854 babies were named Everly in 2014. Ever, meanwhile, is a low-key word name used on boys and girls equally.
Guinevere – With nicknames galore, Guinevere makes for a compelling literary choice. Guinevere has never ranked in the Top 1000 in the US, but it would be a lovely yet subtle way to honor your best friend, Jennifer. It’s also a great choice for parents looking for a Welsh name that would work well in the US.
Laverne – If any of today’s new parents watched Laverne & Shirley growing up, it was probably already in syndication. Fewer than five girls were named Laverne in 2014, but because it peaked in the 1920s, we might be hearing the name more if the 100-year rule holds true. The rise of actress Laverne Cox makes this an intriguing possibility.
Reverie – Depending on your idea of mainstream, River (another VER name) may very well be there already. If this has you down, Reverie may pique your interest. Part fantasy, part word name, part musical tribute via Debussy, Reverie has all the makings of a unique but memorable name.
Silver – Color names are no longer limited to Ruby and Scarlett. Vintage picks like Hazel and Olive are rising alongside new age choices such as Indigo and Azure. Silver is a great unisex choice that feels simultaneously hippie and tech-savvy. Fewer than 50 babies are named Silver each year, so while it’s not at risk of taking over the playground, it doesn’t seem impossible to pull off, either. Vermilion is another VER color for the boldest parents to consider.
Verity – Virtue names Grace, Hope, and Faith are ubiquitous, but Verity remains virtually unused; in the US, she hasn’t been chosen more than 60 times per year for the past century! With V-names and vintage names in full-bloom, is Verity, meaning “truth,” poised for rediscovery? Vera makes this choice even more accessible.
Veronica – As the patron saint of photography, Veronica has a spiritual side, but as Betty‘s counterpart, she’s alluring and sensuous. Named one of Nameberry’s Hottest Names of 2015, Veronica is the perfect example of a sweet spot name: standing out and fitting in at the same time.
Waverley (or Waverly) – With sparse use on both genders, Waverley is a modern-sounding name nowhere near the Top 1000, unlike sound-sister Avery. That could change, though, since it fits many trends: V in the middle (think Ava), a -ley ending (Bailey, Hadley, Riley), and a surname-turned-first name (Harper). Waverley has nature and literary connections, and has made a plethora of TV appearances in recent years.
Which VER name for girls is your favorite, and what would you add to the list? What are some other sounds that lead to interesting lists?
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on July 14th, 2015 at 11:38 pm
Guinevere and Verity are two of my passions and Vermilion is lovely too. My ultimate favorite of this sound is Vera and Veranda as a nickname.
The others I am not so excited about. Clover is a dairy where I live, I prefer Beverly to Everly, Laverne seems to me one of the ugliest names on earth, Reverie, while a beautiful word, does not feel name-like to me, Waverly makes me think of wavering or the linen company, and Veronica is too bubblegum.
But to each her own.
These names are a lovely way, anyway, to avoid having all girls whose names end with the typical -a.
I also think there is something strong and vital and appealing about the v sound in names. Good blog.
on July 14th, 2015 at 11:59 pm
Verity and Reverie are two fairly new name loves for me. Very much names I would consider using if I were to ever have a child.
I agree with lesliemarion about Clover, to me it is associated with a dairy, and I definitely prefer Beverly to Everly. At the same time I do kind of like Ever as a name. I also agree that Veronica is too bubblegum.
While in college I knew, well more like had classes with, a girl named Waverly, she once commented that she, like her sister Wimberley were named for town in Texas.
on July 15th, 2015 at 5:40 am
I’ve always liked the name Veronica – I think the Archie comics are outdated enough that that character association won’t be around for much longer. I don’t understand why it’s too bubblegum? It sounds strong, stoic and feminine to my ears.
Evelyn is also really pretty, shame that it could be lost in a sea of Eva, Ava, etc.!
on July 15th, 2015 at 8:05 am
@mymel0dy- That’s so exciting to hear! I live in Wimberley, TX and never would have thought to use that as a first name. It’s an interesting sibset, though a bit too matchy for my taste.
I absolutely love Reverie! Thanks for this interesting blog 😀
on July 15th, 2015 at 9:28 am
Out of this list, I really, really like Clover, Ever, Reverie, Vermillion, and Verity.
Aniother VER name I would consider adding to the list is Verona. This is one of my favorite place names for girls, along with Odessa, venice, Brooklyn, Berlin, and Italia.
on July 15th, 2015 at 9:57 am
My 14 month old daughter is named Beverly, after her great grandmother. She really owns the name! I love that it is a name that isn’t overly popular, but is beautiful and can honor my amazing grandmother.
on July 15th, 2015 at 12:51 pm
Laverne is really pretty! I prefer Beverly to Everly, though.
on July 15th, 2015 at 3:21 pm
Several of these names have been on and off the girls’ list for my current pregnancy! Verity is #1 and Reverie was/is a middle name consideration (though not with Verity, of course!). I’ve always really liked Everly, too! I just never put it together that all these names had something in common besides “I liked them!” Great post!
on July 15th, 2015 at 5:52 pm
I have a 2yr old Verity nn Vera, and everywhere we go people remark what a lovely, unique name she has and want to know what it means/how we chose it. We love her name and are so happy to have discovered it on nameberry!
on July 15th, 2015 at 10:04 pm
@brianerose I thought it was interesting, even more so because we were at school at the University of Houston in Texas. I thought it was an interesting choice for sisters, but I agree a bit too matchy for me.
on July 15th, 2015 at 10:46 pm
Clover was a character in a children’s book from the late ’60s/early ’70s, Lyle the Crocodile. To me it would always be associated w/that character & the line drawings in a mod style. Laverne is forever working in a brewery, snapping her gum, & wearing a poodle skirt.
I’ve always loved Guinevere, although I don’t know if I ever would have been brave enough to use it. I do know my ex never would have considered it!
My 94-year-old Nana had a cousin named Vera…she would have been born in the late 19-teens or early 1920s. So I guess the 100-year rule is working w/Vera. I prefer Verity to Vera, but like both.
Reverie is a lovely-sounding word, but as a name it seems to me like it’s trying too hard. I could see it as a mn, but not a fn.
Of all of the names mentioned, I like Guinevere the best, but realistically would likely only consider Verity for actual use.
on July 16th, 2015 at 7:06 am
Thanks Kara, I’m glad my post inspired you! 🙂
You’re right, there really are lots of great “ver” names! I love Clover, Verity, Everly and Waverly. I also like Silver, but don’t think I’d be brave enough to use it. Feels like such a cool name though. I’d probably use Verity as I had a great grandma named Olive Vera (which is where my mum got her inspiration for my middle name, Olivia) but Verity feels a little fresher to me than Vera.
on July 16th, 2015 at 2:48 pm
Clover is a guilty pleasure name of mine! I also have been really liking Vera and Waverly lately. I honestly have never made the connection that these names all have “VER” in them! Great post!
on July 16th, 2015 at 4:26 pm
VER is a good set of letters! I love River, for a boy, or a future puppy (ha). Off your list, I’m most enchanted with Clover, Ever, and Reverie. I actually really got behind Clover a few years ago and find her to have so much potential – perky, yet somewhat “down-home.” This makes it sound like I only like word names, which is far from the truth. I also love Guinevere! And similar non-VER Gwendolen.
Honestly, I’m not so into humdrum Vera, and I don’t care for Everly and her spelling variations. Subtle but powerful Ever packs much more punch for me. Maybe I’m over the whole -ly ending, though I met a teen Waverly last year who really suited the name well!
I can’t wait for the boy list, particularly for one of my favorite vintage names: Everett.
on July 19th, 2015 at 12:26 pm
I fell in love with Veronica because of Elvis Costello’s song. My husband loves the song too but not the name.
on April 21st, 2017 at 5:44 pm
Love this list! Do you have a boy version? My two are Waverly and River, and for our third, I’d like to keep the ‘ver’ somewhere in the name. I love Clover and Reverie for girls – two names I’d never imagined, thanks! For boys, I’d like to stay out of the top 100 names, and I’ve come across Maverick, Evers, Iverson, etc, but I’m not sure I’m hearing THE One yet.
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