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  1. Alaska
    • Origin:

      Native American
    • Meaning:

      "great land"
    • Description:

      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 names are annexed as baby names. Wilder but as habitable as Dakota or Cheyenne, Alaska is a girls' name choice for the future.
  2. Aleksandra
    • Origin:

      Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian version of Alexandra, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "defending men"
    • Description:

      Aleksandra is the preferred spelling in many Eastern European languages and cultures, but for English-speakers it's ironically more confusing if also perfectly phonetically clear.
  3. Alessa
    • Origin:

      Italian
    • Meaning:

      "defender of men"
    • Description:

      Italian form of Alexa, sometimes short for Alessandra, which sidesteps the Amazon Alexa issue.
  4. Alessandra
    • Origin:

      Italian and Spanish variation of Alexandra
    • Meaning:

      "defending men"
    • Description:

      This softened version is even prettier than the original.
  5. Alexandria
    • Origin:

      Variation of Alexandra, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "defending men"
    • Description:

      Alexandria turns Alexandra into a more distinctive place-name, in both Egypt and Virginia.
  6. Aliyah
    • Origin:

      Hebrew: "rising" "to ascend"; Arabic: "heavens, highborn, exalted"
    • Meaning:

      "heavens, highborn, exalted"
    • Description:

      Powerful and pretty, Aliyah is popular a name with two different origins.
  7. Anjali
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "gift"
    • Description:

      This Indian name meaning gift or offering feels familiar via sound-alikes Angela or Angelina, and made a brief appearance on the U.S. Top 1000. Anjali is a pretty route to a name that's at once easy to understand and uncommon.
  8. Arietta
    • Origin:

      Compound name, variation of Harriet
    • Meaning:

      "little song; little lion; home ruler"
    • Description:

      A name that is either inspired by the classic Harriet - and by the character Arrietty in The Borrowers - or, a compound name, merging Aria or Ari with Etta.
  9. Autumn
    • Origin:

      Season name
    • Description:

      Crisp and colorful, Autumn is the most popular season name now -- the only one in the Top 100 in recent years -- with Autumn's coolness only surpassed by Winter. Jennifer Love Hewitt named her daughter Autumn James.
  10. Aven
    • Origin:

      Botanical name or Irish
    • Meaning:

      "white flower, beautiful sheen"
    • Description:

      Variant of Eaven, an Anglicization of Aoibheann. As a botanical name, it refers to a type of pretty white flower which thrives in mountainous regions.
  11. Avery
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "ruler of the elves"
    • Description:

      Avery is a hugely popular name in the US, especially for girls. But while nearly four times as many girls as boys are named Avery today Avery's popularity is starting to soften for girls while it continues to strengthen for boys.
  12. Brighton
    • Origin:

      English place-name
    • Description:

      Out-of-the-way place name (it's an antiquated holiday spot on England's south coast) that might make a brilliant choice. Actor/director Jon Favreau named his daughter Brighton Rose.
  13. Calla
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "beautiful"
    • Description:

      Calla is a lily name that is much more distinctive and delicate than Lily. Rarely heard today, it did appear in the popularity lists in the last decades of the nineteenth century.
  14. Caroline
    • Origin:

      French, feminine variation of Charles
    • Meaning:

      "free man"
    • Description:

      Caroline is a perennial classic, one of the elite group of girls' names that's ALWAYS ranked among the Top 1000 and that's been in the Top 100 since 1994. Elegant yet strong, Caroline calls to mind the Kennedy Camelot years and Princess Caroline of Monaco.
  15. Caterina
    • Origin:

      Italian variation of Katherine
    • Description:

      If your ancestry is Italian, you may want to consider this elegant twist on a classic.
  16. Christiana
    • Origin:

      Feminine variation of Christian
    • Meaning:

      "follower of Christ"
    • Description:

      Not cutting edge, but still graceful and feminine.
  17. Clary
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      • Dasha
        • Origin:

          Russian, diminutive of Dariya or Darya
        • Description:

          Nice, energetic -- dare we say dashing. -- quality.
      • Delaney
        • Origin:

          Irish
        • Meaning:

          "dark challenger; dark river"
        • Description:

          Delaney has been a popular surname-style choice since 90s, when it joined other Irish surnames such as Cassidy, Kennedy, and Mallory on the US Charts. Buoyant, bright, and cheerful, it ranks in the US Top 250 and is given to nearly 1300 babies every year.