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by Pamela Redmond and Linda Rosenkrantz, creators of Nameberry
We all have baby names we like and would use... if only they weren't so popular. So we started with the baby names that many people, maybe too many people, like and looked for unique substitutes. Sometimes the alternate names have similar sound. Other times the connection is via style, image, meaning, or origin. Here you'll find a wide range of well-used baby names and possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Adam

    Adam is one of the oldest boy names in the book. While Adam is a classic, you might want to consider some fresher baby boy names.

  • Alternatives to Alexander

    Love the boys' name Alexander but fear it's overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Alexandra

    Alexandra is one of the original elaborate feminizations, classy and classic. It's a gorgeous name, but there are an awful lot of little girls named Alexandra, Alexa, Alexis, Alex and so on around these days. If you want something more unusual, consider one of these Alexandra equivalents.

  • Alternatives to Amanda

    Amanda was so well used in the last two decades of the 20th century that this lovely name feels a bit tired now. For some alternatives to Amanda, consult this list.

  • Alternatives to Ava

    Ava is one of the hottest names of the past decade, rising from obscure Hollywood Glamour Girl appellation to sleek modern star. But after years in the Top Ten, Ava might feel too popular to you. Here, some Ava alternatives.

  • Alternatives to Bailey

    Bailey has been well-used over the past two decades, mainly for girls but for boys too. Here, some Bailey alternatives that might feel fresher.

  • Alternatives to Braden

    Love the boys' name Braden but fear it's overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Cody

    Love the boys' name Cody but fear it's overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Daisy

    Daisy is a charming name but has been rising quickly up the ranks in recent years. If you love Daisy but want something a bit less popular, consider one of these substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Dylan

    Dylan is a literary-yet-relaxed name with the style of Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas. But if you want to explore baby boy names that are similar-yet-different, consider these.

  • Alternatives to Ethan

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

  • Alternatives to Eva

    Eva is a lovely international classic that is overused mostly by association with its stylish cousin Ava. Some Eva alternatives you may want to consider:

  • Alternatives to Hannah

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

  • Alternatives to Hayden

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

  • Alternatives to Isabella

    Isabella is one of the classic baby names that are hugely popular right now -- perhaps too popular for you. If you want something more distinctive, consider one of these alternate baby names.

  • Alternatives to Jack

    Love the boys' name but fear it's overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Jordan

    Love the boys' name Jordan but fear it's overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Alternatives to Kyle

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

  • Alternatives to Lily

    Lily is one of those baby names that you hear in many forms these days. If you'd like to explore other similar girl baby names, consult this list.

  • Alternatives to Lucy

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

  • Alternatives to Megan

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

  • Alternatives to Olivia

    Olivia is one of the vintage baby names for girls that have risen to the top of the charts over recent years. If you like Olivia but want a more distinctive girls' name, consider the girl baby names here.

  • Alternatives to Parker

    Parker was one of the first fashionable surname-occupational name-first names, rising for boys through the 80s and now in the Top 100. The baby names here give you a Parker feel in different ways and are more distinctive.

  • Alternatives to Ryan

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

  • Alternatives to Sadie

    Sadie is the saucy offshoot of Sarah, once a bad girl name, now coming back into favor as a baby name. But if you're interested in moving beyond Sadie, here are some alternate baby names with the same feel.

  • Alternatives to Trevor

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

  • Alternatives to Zachary

    Do you like Zachary but fear it's overused? Here are some possible substitutes for Zachary.

  • Elegant Alternatives to Charlotte

    Charlotte is one of the cool classic girl names currently rising rapidly up the popularity charts — it entered the US Top 10 in 2014, and then got a further big boost in 2015 thanks to the arrival of Great Britain's sweet Princess Charlotte. The elegant baby girl name Charlotte also ranks in the Top 10 in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  • Girl Names Like Emily

    Uber classic girl name Emily has been in the US Top 100 since the early 1970s, making it one of the most enduring modern classic baby names for girls.

  • Gorgeous Alternatives to Georgia

    Quirky classic Georgia is one of the most fashionable baby girl names today, balancing British style — Georgia has ranked in the England & Wales Top 100 for more than two decades — and Southern American charm. Georgia is one of those rare baby names that manages to appeal both to lovers of traditional names, and parents looking for a cool, unusual baby name for their little bundle of joy.

  • Names to Substitute for Aaron

    Is this a baby boy name you love but fear is overused? Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Alex

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

  • Names to Substitute for Alice

    Alice is a lovely classic name that's getting more popular in recent years. If you'd like to explore more unusual alternatives that are like Alice but different, look to this list.

  • Names to Substitute for Austin

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

  • Names to Substitute for Caroline

    Caroline is a beautiful classic name that demands no substitution, but if for some reason you need to look further, consider these worthy Caroline alternatives.

  • Names to Substitute for Carter

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

  • Names to Substitute for Danielle

    Danielle is a feminization so popular in the 1980s and 1990s that modern parents will be looking for updates. Here, some ideas of girls' names that might be fresh substitutes for Danielle.

  • Names to Substitute for Edward

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

  • Names to Substitute for Emma

    Emma is a lovely classic name that, after several years in the Top Ten, may deserve a rest. If you like Emma but want something more distinctive, consider these choices.

  • Names to Substitute for Finn

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

  • Names to Substitute for Gabriella

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

  • Names to Substitute for Hailey

    Hailey is one of those baby names that come in so many spellings and variations that it's more widely used than it may seem from popularity charts. If you like Hailey but want something more original, consider one of these baby names.

  • Names to Substitute for Henry

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

  • Names to Substitute for Jacob

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

  • Names to Substitute for Jessica

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

  • Names to Substitute for Josephine

    Josephine is definitely not overused, but you may want to search for alternatives for another reason. Here are some possible baby names you might prefer for your little girl.

  • Names to Substitute for Kaitlyn

    Kaitlyn was one of the trendiest baby names for girls over the past few decades, but now you might want to consider one of these alternatives.

  • Names to Substitute for Madison

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

  • Names to Substitute for Max

    Love the name Max but fear it's overused? Consider these alternatives with a similar sound, feel, or flavor.

  • Names to Substitute for Melissa

    Melissa is a favorite girls' name from the 80s and 90s that at this point is overused. Here are some possible substitutes.

  • Names to Substitute for Nicholas

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

  • Names to Substitute for Noah

    Noah is an Old Testament name that's zoomed from White Beard to baby-appropriate in the space of a generation. If you love the simple, classic Noah but want something a bit more original, consider these other names that embody some of Noah's best qualities.

  • Names to Substitute for Oscar

    Oscar is the grouchy old man name that rose from the ashes to become a recent stylish favorite. But now many parents who a handful of years ago might have chosen Oscar feel they need to look further abroad. If you like Oscar, you might love one of these other, more adventurous baby names.

  • Names to Substitute for Reed

    Reed is definitely not overused, but you may want to search for alternatives for another reason. Here are some possible choices.

  • Names to Substitute for Samantha

    Samantha may have long been your favorite among baby girl names, but there are fresher substitutes you may want to consider today.

  • Names to Substitute for Sarah

    Sarah is undoubtedly a classic girls' name, a favorite from the Bible. But it's been used so widely for so long you may be seeking a substitute. Here are some possible girls' names that might stand in for Sarah.

  • Names to Substitute for Will

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