American Names for Girls

Many popular American names are in fact rooted in other countries -- England, often, thanks to our common English language, but also French, Spanish, Hebrew, Latin, Greek, and German. Names that are originally American tend to be place names, newly-minted names not used in more conservative England, and of course Native American names. In short, not all American names are English names are American names or vice versa. Popular American names for girls include 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. There were 39 girls named Alaska in 2012 and, in the drive to annex more place names as personal names, it's got potential.... 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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    After joining the Top 1000 for the first time in 2013, this Amy/Mia combination continued to be a trendy choice in 2016, reaching Number 805. 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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    Apple made international headlines when Gwyneth Paltrow chose this wholesome fruit name for her daughter. Many have called it ridiculous, but we have to admit, we find it appealing enough to list... 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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