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Names to Substitute for Jessica

Baby girl name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Annika

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    Annika is a surprise hit of recent years, inspired by golfer Sorenstam; for Trekkies, it was also the name of a 'Star Trek:Voyager' character. Some people's first memory of it might be as Pippi... Read More 

  • Cressida

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    Cressida is a pretty mythological and Shakespearean heroine name much better known in Britain than it is here — an imbalance the adventurous baby namer might want to correct. For although... Read More 

  • Danica

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    While Danica may sound similar to Dana, Danielle, and Daniela, Danica is not a variation. Danica, a delicate and unique Slavic name meaning “Morning Star,” is synonymous with Venus in many... Read More 

  • Jersey

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    An established feminine place-name that sounds more appealing when you attach it to the British Isles than to the Garden State. Read More 

  • Jessa

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    Once rare, this streamlined form of Jessica has been boosted by two very different television figures: the Jemima Kirke character on HBO series Girls, and reality television daughter... Read More 

  • Jessamine

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    Jessamine, a charming name occasionally heard in England, is just beginning to be appreciated in the U.S. as a possible successor to all the Jess names of the past. It's also spelled Jessamyn, as... Read More 

  • Jessica

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    When Jennifer was ready to give up her throne, her crown was passed to Jessica, who reigned for not one but two decades; Jessica was the top name of both the 1980's and 90's, never sounding quite... Read More 

  • Jocasta

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    Jocasta is a mythological name fashionably used in England, but mostly ignored here. She was the mother of Oedipus, King of Thebes, whom he (oops) unwittingly married. If you can ignore that small... Read More 

  • Portia

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    Portia is a perfect role-model name, relating to Shakespeare's brilliant and spirited lawyer in The Merchant of Venice, and is now also a Hunger Games name .

    Another... Read More 

  • Veronica

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    The name Veronica projects a triple-threat image: at once saintly, sensuous, and strong.

    Veronica was the name of the compassionate woman who wiped Jesus's face when he was on his way... Read More 

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