Favored Names

These are my favorite names that I wouldn't use for my kids! Enjoy my list!
  1. Bianca
    • Origin:

      Italian
    • Meaning:

      "white"
    • Description:

      Bianca, the livelier Italian and Shakespearean version of Blanche, has been chosen by many American parents since the 1990s, just as Blanca is a favorite in the Spanish-speaking community. Its meaning of white relates to snow, making it one of the prime names for winter babies.
  2. Bia
    • Cosette
      • Origin:

        French literary nickname
      • Meaning:

        "little thing"
      • Description:

        Cosette is best known as the heroine of Les Miserables. In the Victor Hugo novel, Cosette was the nickname given to the girl named Euphrasie by her mother. Although Hugo invented the name, some etymologists believe it's a spin on Colette, originally a female short form of Nicolas.
    • Elisabeth
      • Origin:

        Spelling variation of Elizabeth
      • Meaning:

        "pledged to God"
      • Description:

        This spelling of the classic name is found in France, Germany, Greece, and other cultures, and is worn by such notables as Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth Shue, Elisabeth Moss, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The name's pronunciation is usually just like the Z version, but some parents choose this because they want to discourage the Liz or Lizzie short forms and so pronounce it as if it has Lisa in the middle.
    • Eowyn
      • Origin:

        Literary name
      • Meaning:

        "horse lover"
      • Description:

        A literary name created by J. R. R. Tolkien for a Lord of the Rings noblewoman of Rohan. Properly spelled with an accent over the first E – Éowyn – it would make an interesting choice for literature lovers or fans of names like Elowen and Evelyn.
    • Esme
      • Origin:

        French
      • Meaning:

        "beloved"
      • Description:

        Esmé comes from the past participle of the Old French verb esmer, meaing "to esteem" or "to love." It can also be considered a derivative of the Spanish name Esmeralda, which means "emerald".
    • Gia
      • Origin:

        Italian
      • Meaning:

        "God's gracious gift"
      • Description:

        Gia is a cute if slight name that calls to mind stylish sisters Mia, Lea, Pia, Tia, and Nia. One of the most familiar Italian baby names in the US, Gia is a short form of Gianna, which in turn is a diminutive of Giovanna, the feminine form of Giovanni, the Italian equivalent of John—all of them meaning "God's gracious gift."
    • Hazel
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "the hazelnut tree"
      • Description:

        Hazel has a pleasantly hazy, brownish-green-eyed, old-fashioned image that more and more parents are choosing to share. Former Old Lady name Hazel reentered the popularity lists in 1998 and now is near the top of the charts.
    • Hugo
      • Origin:

        Latinized form of Hugh
      • Meaning:

        "mind, intellect"
      • Description:

        Hugo, the Latin form of Hugh, has more heft and energy than the original -- and of course we love names that end (or begin, for that matter) with an o. This one is especially appealing because it's backed up by lots of solid history and European style.
    • Jason
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "to heal"
      • Description:

        Jason, the Number 3 name for the entire decade of the 1970s -- thus the title of our original baby-naming book, Beyond Jennifer & Jason -- is more likely to be dad's name now than baby's, but it's still a widely used name.
    • Joy
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Meaning:

        "joy"
      • Description:

        Joy is from an older generation of word names, which also included Merry, Bliss, and Glory -- all of which exert a certain amount of personality pressure on a child. One interesting name that means the same thing: Chara.
    • Lucy
      • Origin:

        English variation of Lucia, Latin
      • Meaning:

        "light"
      • Description:

        A versatile classic, Lucy is both sweet and solid, a saint's name, and the heroine of several great novels. First fashionable in England and Wales, Lucy is now a popular choice in the US, The Netherlands, and New Zealand.
    • Margaret
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "pearl"
      • Description:

        Margaret is derived from the French Marguerite, which in turn came from Margarita, the Latin form of the Greek Margarites. Margarites was based on the Old Persian word margārīta, meaning "pearl."
    • Marie
      • Origin:

        French variation of Mary
      • Meaning:

        "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"
      • Description:

        The ubiquitous French version of Mary came into the English-speaking world in the nineteenth century. In the United States, Marie was a huge hit at the turn of the last century and for the ensuing fifty years, becoming the seventh most popular name in the country for three years, from 1901 to 1904.
    • Mia
      • Origin:

        Italian word name or Scandinavian short form of Maria
      • Meaning:

        "mine or bitter"
      • Description:

        Mia is an appealingly unfussy multicultural name that has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the charts and is now firmly among the ten top girl names. Mia has surpassed its mother name Maria as the Number 1 girls' name starting with M.
    • Mya
      • Origin:

        Variation of Maya, Greek mythology and Central American Indian name
      • Description:

        This distinctive spelling was popularized by the R&B singer Mya (Harrison) and has inspired many baby namers to adopt Mya for themselves.
    • Nico
      • Origin:

        Italian diminutive of Nicholas, Greek
      • Meaning:

        "people of victory"
      • Description:

        Nico is one of the great nickname names, full of charm, energy and effortless cool -- a neo Nick.
    • Tao
      • Origin:

        Spiritual word name
      • Description:

        Tao is the Chinese word for the underlying harmony of the universe, combining both yin and yang. Extreme kayaker Tao Berman made this one of the spiritual names prime for adoption. Tao rhymes with cow.
    • Thalia
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "to flourish"
      • Description:

        Thalia was one of the Three Graces in Greek mythology, and also the Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry, making this a Hellenic choice worthy of consideration.
    • Yvette
      • Origin:

        French, feminine of Yves
      • Meaning:

        "yew tree"
      • Description:

        This French name has the elegance of other '-ette' names such as Colette and is a botanical name without being too obvious about it.