American Names for Girls

Girl names that are originally American tend to be US place-names, newly-minted names not used in more conservative England, and of course Native American names. Popular American names for girls include US place-names like Savannah and Brooklyn, American hero names like Kennedy and Monroe, and word names used only in the States like Lyric and Rebel. More unusual American names for girls the Hawaiian Malia and the invented Miley. If you want to give your baby girl a distinctly American name, consider one of the following.

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  • Alabama

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    Alabama is a hot southern place-name, picking up from Georgia and Savannah. This is not a geographical name come lately, though--there have been girls named Alabama dating back well over a... Read More 

  • Alaska

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    State name Alaska stems from an Aleutian word for the land mass itself. The number of baby girls named Alaska has doubled in the past five years, and is sure to continue increasing as more place... Read More 

  • America

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    Given to children of both sexes as far back as colonial times, this carries a lot of baggage. However, parents continue to take the risk. Actress America Ferrera may be have inspired some families... Read More 

  • Amia

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    This Amy/Mia combination debuted on the US Top 1000 in 2013. It could also be seen as a variant of Amaya.Read More 

  • Angelou

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    If you want to move beyond Maya. Read More 

  • Anniston

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    Actor couple Chyler Leigh and Nathan West added this one to the lexicon when they adapted the surname of actress Jennifer Aniston as their daughter's first name. Aniston, which theoretically... Read More 

  • Apple

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    When people talk about unique baby names, Apple is often one of the first examples they mention. Apple made international headlines when Gwyneth Paltrow chose this wholesome fruit name for her... Read More 

  • Aquinnah

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    The Native American name for Martha's Vineyard and for a town at the far end of that lovely island, this was used by Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan for one of their twin daughters. Read More 

  • Arizona

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    This unusual and evocative southwestern place name was picked for his daughter by former Everclear frontman Art Alexakis. It popped up as a first name on the quirky Dr. Arizona Robbins, introduced... Read More 

  • Ashlyn

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    Though it relates to the Irish original, Ashlyn and its next most popular form, Ashlynn, owe more of their popularity as baby names in the US to the megastar Ashley, though all three have been... Read More 

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