Lopes da Silva (female names, Part 3 of 12)

  1. Adriana
    • Origin:

      Latin, feminine variation of Adrian
    • Meaning:

      "man of Adria"
    • Description:

      This a-ending feminine form of Adrian, from the northern Italian city of Adria, is a soft and lovely Italian choice. It appears as a character in Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.
  2. Adrianna
    • Origin:

      Feminine variation of Adrian
    • Meaning:

      "man of Adria"
    • Description:

      A popular spelling variation of Adriana.
  3. Amber
    • Origin:

      Word name, English
    • Description:

      Though perhaps not as currently stylish as Ruby, Jade, or Pearl, Amber has a colorful history (remember the notorious Forever Amber heroine?). Unfortunately, it does come with the "Amber Alert" connotation for modern parents (and their children).
  4. Anny
    • Atarah
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "crown"
      • Description:

        This name of a minor character in the Old Testament, also spelled Atara, has a softly pleasing sound. In the Old Testament, Atarah was a descendant of Judah.
    • Aurora
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "dawn"
      • Description:

        The goddess name Aurora has consistently been on the US popularity list since the nineteenth century, but has really taken off in the past 30 years. Aurora also enjoys remarkable international popularity, ranking in the Top 100 throughout the English-speaking world as well as in Italy, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, and several other European and Latin American countries.
    • Aila
      • Antea
        • Auriana
          • Bonita
            • Origin:

              Spanish
            • Meaning:

              "pretty"
            • Description:

              Like Benita, had some popularity in the fifties.
          • Carly
            • Origin:

              Feminine diminutive of Carl
            • Meaning:

              "free man"
            • Description:

              Though a couple of its more "creative" spellings—Carli and Karlee, for example—are still on the rise, this feminine form of Carl, popularized by singer Carly Simon in the 1970s, could by no stretch be considered fashionable. Despite its decline, the name has still seen some use in the entertainment industry, from Nickelodeon's iCarly to Canadian pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen.
          • Carrie
            • Origin:

              Diminutive of Carol or Caroline
            • Meaning:

              "free man"
            • Description:

              Carrie lives on mainly on the screen, as the new/old antiheroine of Stephen King's classic Carrie, as turn-of-the-21st-century diva Carrie Bradshaw of Sex & The City, and as Claire Danes' Emmy-winning character Carrie Mathison of Homeland. In real life, however, Carrie dropped off the Top 1000 a handful of years ago and, while the name retains some charm, shows no signs of making an imminent comeback. Try Cara instead.
          • Ceris
            • Dakota
              • Origin:

                Native American tribe and place name; Sioux
              • Meaning:

                "friendly one"
              • Description:

                A Native American tribe name which is found in the names of two US states, Dakota was one of the first trendy nineties place names, but is now flagging a little in popularity. The cultural question around using a Native American tribe name as a baby name may be partly to blame.
            • Dany
              • Origin:

                French, diminutive of DaniÈLle
              • Description:

                Sometimes used on its own. See DANI.
            • Deanna
              • Origin:

                English variation of Diana
              • Meaning:

                "divine"
              • Description:

                Though still being used, Deanna peaked many decades ago.
            • Doriana
              • Dulcia
                • Origin:

                  Latin
                • Meaning:

                  "sweet"
                • Description:

                  Has a sweetness via its relation to such words as dulcet; other similar possibilities are DULCE, DULCINA, and the down-home DULCIE. Though this Latin names for girls is rarely heard in contemporary times in this form, Dulcie is found.
              • Elida
                • Emmylou
                  • Origin:

                    Combination of Emmy and Lou
                  • Description:

                    There's only one: Emmylou Harris, the singer who gives dignity to an old-style combo name.