Yes, Millennial Mom Names Can Work for Alpha Era Girls!

Layla for Kayla, Hadley for Hayley

by Sophie Kihm

Millennials, those born in the eighties through mid-nineties, are the generation having babies in 2019. These children are a part of the emerging Generation Alpha, defined as anyone born from 2010-2025. Gen Alphas come into the world with iPads in hand and social media handles pre-claimed—a vastly different experience from their parents’.

Baby name trends have also changed through the generations. Gen X stalwarts like Jennifer and Amy, which remained popular for Millennials, are rare choices for a Gen Alpha baby. Names like Sophia and Olivia were up-and-comers during the Millennial generation. They rapidly increased in use during Gen Z and are now enjoying their status as some of the defining names of Gen Alpha.

We’ve taken the top 100 Millennial girl names and reinvented them as Gen Alpha names. These names are fresher than their Millennial counterparts, and act as markers of the generation.


Millennial Name Gen Alpha Name
Jessica Jessamine
Ashley Audrey
Amanda Amara
Sarah Sadie
Jennifer Genevieve
Emily Emery
Samantha Seraphina
Elizabeth Eliza
Stephanie Cecilia
Lauren Luna
Nicole Chloe
Brittany Brielle
Megan Margot
Rachel Lydia
Hannah Harper
Kayla Layla
Melissa Mila
Amber Violet
Danielle Delilah
Taylor Skylar
Rebecca Bexley
Heather Willow
Alexis Avery
Michelle Annabelle
Katherine Madeline
Tiffany Everly
Kimberly Kinsley
Victoria Evelyn
Alyssa Eloise
Christina Clara
Courtney Kennedy
Madison Addison
Laura Nora
Jasmine Amina
Sara Zara
Amy Ivy
Mary Maeve
Anna Ella
Erin Riley
Crystal Pearl
Brianna Briar
Andrea Athena
Abigail Mabel
Alexandra Aurora
Olivia Nova
Allison Alice
Morgan Peyton
Emma Ava
Kelly Kylie
Maria Maya
Natalie Rosalie
Angela Arabella
Erica Eliana
Vanessa Valentina
Chelsea Brooklyn
Kristen Bristol
Julia Juliette
Kelsey Paisley
Lindsey Finley
Katie Kaylee
Jamie Charlie
Haley Hadley
Kaitlyn Kehlani
Kathryn Madelyn
Shannon London
Brooke Brynn
Alicia Aria
Grace Mercy
Jacqueline Evangeline
Jenna Gemma
Sydney Adelaide
Lisa Isla
Cassandra Camila
Jordan Logan
Shelby Ruby
Lindsay Saylor
Caitlin Adeline
Destiny Journey
Katelyn Adalynn
Catherine Madeleine
Christine Scarlett
Marissa Louisa
Monica Monroe
Savannah Georgia
Paige Reese
Gabrielle Vivienne
April June
Kristin Tinley
Leah Lola
Diana Dahlia
Whitney Delaney
Julie Josie
Brittney Brynlee
Sophia Fiona
Caroline Charlotte
Erika Eva
Sierra Skye
Isabella Viviana
Hailey Bailey
Molly Millie

How would you transform your mom name for a baby born today?

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emmievis Says:

May 3rd, 2019 at 2:24 am

Fun list! My mom goes by Andrea, the suggestion of Athena is fun! Other more modern versions could be Ria, Rhea, Aria or Indie.

mommytomany Says:

May 3rd, 2019 at 6:24 am

I like Jessamine as an alternative to Jessica.

beynotce Says:

May 3rd, 2019 at 7:38 am

Love this! I think it works in reverse, as well – for writers naming a character, for example. Anachronistic given names in fiction are a pet peeve of mine, and I always remind my wife (an author) to think about her characters’ parents when thinking about their names. It’s useful to remember that the kind of family who might have a little Violet or Willow today might’ve been naming their baby Amber or Heather 30 years ago.

rlmurphy Says:

May 3rd, 2019 at 9:06 am

Madeline is the Gen Alpha variant of millennial name Katherine? Those are the names of my two youngest sisters.

Ms.Teal Says:

May 4th, 2019 at 9:49 pm

I was shocked at how much I agreed with this list. And how many of them I would use…whoops, got reminded of my age right then! XD

Kara Says:

May 6th, 2019 at 11:10 pm

I’ve seen a few parallels, such as:

Stephanie –> Persephone / Penelope
Jessica/Jennifer –> Juniper (But definitely see Jennifer –> Genevieve)
Heather –> Hazel
Taylor –> Saylor
Katie –> Sadie
Caitlin –> Payton, Paisley
Cara/Kara –> Cora/Clara
Sarah –> Arya
Tiffany –> Trinity

GenEric Says:

May 9th, 2019 at 2:22 pm

I agree with most of these, but some of the suggestions are more like gen Z names and already past their prime.

Here’s how I’d revise them:
Emily > Emilia
Nicole > Colette
Alexis > Alessia
Courtney > Caroline (which is considered fresh where I live)
Madison > Matilda (which is its grandmother name) or Madeleine (which sounds closest)
Emma > Eda
Katie > May
Lisa > Eliza
Hailey > Hadley

TiffanyS Says:

May 14th, 2019 at 7:25 pm

I wrote a list of these a few months ago too:

The Easy Formula for Naming for a New Generation:
Just rhyme the last one

‘80s kids are now parents. How do they determine what names sound right for their littles? One way: rhyme the names they grew up with.

Here’s a list of ‘80s names converted for a new generation.

Madison – Addison
Madelyn / Madeline – Adelyn / Adeline
Beverly – Everly
Melissa – Elissa/Alyssa
Karen / Erin – Meren / Seren
Kelly / Shelley – Ellie
Kimberly – Emberly
Amber – Ember
Amy – Emmie
Bella – Ella
Paris – Cerys / Karis
Paige – Sage
Stacy / Tracy – Macy
Chelsea / Kelsey – Elsie
Leah – Mia
Valerie – Ellery
Mabel – Fable
Laura – Cora / Nora
Jessie – Essie
Kayla – Ayla
Jen – Wren

Lynn – Quinn
Taylor – Saylor
Cory / Cori – Story

Eric / Derrick – Carrick / Merrick
Ian – Kian
Drew – Crew
Shannon – Cannon
Jason – Mason / Grayson
James – Ames
Mark – Lark
Cody / Jody – Bohdi / Brody
Brett – Rhett
Raymond – Eamon
Joel – Cole
Austin – Boston
Shane – Lane
Warren – Oren
Kyle / Lyle – Miles
Sean – Vaughn
Reid – Creed
Lance – Vance

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