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CarmelHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "garden"
  • Description:

    Carmel is a biblical place-name heard much more frequently in Ireland than in the U.S. and is considered a particularly Catholic name. It is given in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and is the name of a mountain ridge on the Mediterranean near Haifa in Israel, mentioned in the Old Testament, famous for its lush vegetation and said to have been often visited by Mary and the Infant Christ.

FlorentinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "blooming"
  • Description:

    The Latin names for girls Florentina may be the most feminissima and flowery of the 'Flor" names. Another option would be Fiorentina, though you can also downshift to Flora or Florence.

FrostHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "freezing"
  • Description:

    Long heard as a last name, as in venerable poet Robert, U.K. talk show host David, British actress Sadie and old Jack Frost, Frost has suddenly entered the scene as a possible first, along with other seasonal weather names like Winter and Snow.

OceanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "ocean"
  • Description:

    If you're a lover of the beach and sea, and want a name that relates to the largest body of water, there are several variations you could consider.

IlanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "oak tree"
  • Description:

    Ilana is a name with seemingly endless variations, well used in Israel, sometimes chosen for little girls born on the holiday of TuB'Shevat, the New Year of the Trees.

PerryHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "pear tree"
  • Description:

    Relaxed male name occasionally used for girls; sounds novel compared to such shopworn former favorites as Kerry and Sherry.

UlaHeart

  • Origin:

    Celtic
  • Meaning:

    "gem of the sea"
  • Description:

    Ula is among the unusual U names that may have a range of origins and meanings, from the Celtic one given here to its possibilities as a short form of Eulalia or Ursula. Ulla is a Scandinavian name usually an abbreviation of Ursula or Ulrika.

HavelockHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian
  • Meaning:

    "sea competition"
  • Description:

    A name from medieval romance with an endearingly clunky sound, à la Sherlock. The most famous modern wearer was twentieth-century psychologist/sexologist Havelock (born Henry) Ellis.

AbeliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "sigh, breath"
  • Description:

    This feminine form of Abel is also a flower name and makes a distinctive alternative to the widely used Abigail. There is a similar name, Adelia, that is beginning to be rediscovered thanks to the trend for all names Adel- related.

FigHeart

  • Origin:

    Fruit name
  • Description:

    Fig was the unlikely name of a beautiful character in Curtis Sittenfeld's Man of My Dreams. Better bets: Plum, Quince, or even Apple. Still, you might consider Fig as an unusual nickname for any more formal F-starting name, from Frances to Fiona.

HalcyonHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "kingfisher bird"
  • Description:

    This highly unusual name -- the Halycyone was a mythic bird who could calm the seas -- conjures up images of utter peace and tranquility because of the phrase "Halycon days"...and the sleeping pill.

ZerenHeart

  • Origin:

    Animal name
  • Description:

    More commonly known as the Mongolian Gazelle. Zeren would probably read as a creative spin on Seren.

TirzahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "delight"
  • Description:

    A fairly common Hebrew name without much crossover potential.

LilianeHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Lilian
  • Meaning:

    "lily, a flower"
  • Description:

    Now that Lily has become hugely popular, parents in love with this flower name are looking further afield for substitutes such as Liliane and Liliana.

MarineHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "from the sea"
  • Description:

    Marine is an extremely popular and fashionable name in France that's virtually unknown here — and is ready to set sail. Marine feels more contemporary than Marina and less hippie-esque than Oceane, another popular name for girls in France.

AniseHeart

  • Origin:

    Nature name
  • Description:

    Name of the licorice plant, this spice comes in the shape of a star, giving this name an extra level of sweetness.

CottonHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    A name heard in Puritan times -- Cotton Mather was a minister involved in the Salem witchcraft trials -- which really deserves modern consideration as it blends nature and softness into a really trendy and wearable masculine name.

RosannaHeart

  • Origin:

    Combination of Rose and Anna
  • Description:

    Rose lovers today would probably prefer Rosemary, Rosamund, or even Rose itself, all more stylish variations of the name. Some may associate this form of the name with actress Rosanna Arquette and your mom may think of SNL's Rosanne Rosanna-Danna, though that reference is lost on millennials.

DelanoHeart

  • Origin:

    French surname
  • Meaning:

    "from the forest of nut trees"
  • Description:

    Popular President Franklin Delano Roosevelt inspired a brief fashion for this as a first name in the 1940s; almost never heard today.

PeonyHeart

  • Origin:

    Flower name; Latin
  • Meaning:

    "healing"
  • Description:

    One of the rarest of the floral names, though not without some teasing potential. Peony is a historical 1948 novel by Pearl S. Buck.