Girl Names from American Idol

  1. Alaina
    • Origin:

      Variation of Alana, variation of Alana
    • Meaning:

      " or :harmony"
    • Description:

      Alaina, part Alana and part Elena and maybe also a little bit Elaine, is one of the many feminine forms of Alan (or its French form Alain) that have grown in popularity over recent decades, surpassing the male original. Not quite fashionable but also not quite un, Alaina is a choice that may feel more distinctive than it really is.
  2. Alexandra
    • Origin:

      Greek, feminine form of Alexander
    • Meaning:

      "defending men"
    • Description:

      Alexandra fell out of the Top 100 for the first time since 1983 in 2015 but is still a popular choice. Strong, tasteful, and elegant, Alexandra remains a chic modern classic with a solid historic pedigree.
  3. Alexandrea
    • Alexis
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "defender"
      • Description:

        Alexis, a one-time exclusively-boys’ name, was more popular than its sister Alexandra for quite a while, but in recent years Alexandra has overtaken it once again. Alexis was a Top 20 girls’ name from 1994-2010 but has experienced a decline in popularity in recent years, though now it's one of the top unisex names.
    • Allison
      • Origin:

        Scottish, diminutive of Alice
      • Meaning:

        "noble"
      • Description:

        Widely used here since the fifties, Allison -- a derivative of Alice -- has now been once again surpassed by the original Alice as parents embrace vintage revivals. Despite this, Allison's popularity has held strong, and it remains steadily within the Top 100. Allison's status is challenged by up-and-coming "-son" names, from Addison to Emerson. The freshest Allison alternative may be Ellison, which adds the appeal of trendy nickname Ellie as opposed to falling nickname Allie.
    • Amanda
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "she must be loved"
      • Description:

        Amanda may no longer be the most popular girls' name in her class, but she is still among the prettiest and has a lovely meaning. Amanda was one of the romantic-sounding girls’ names that rocketed to stardom in the eighties, along with Samantha, Vanessa, et al.
    • Amy
      • Origin:

        French
      • Meaning:

        "beloved"
      • Description:

        Amy is the English variation of the Old French name Amée—Aimée in modern French. Amée was a translation of the Latin name Amata, which derived from amatus, meaning "beloved." Other spelling variations include Amie and Ami.
    • Angela
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "angel"
      • Description:

        Angela was a Top 10 name from 1965 to 1979, the fifth most popular name for three years, and staying in the double digits until the turn of the 21st century. Today, though, Angelina or Angelica would be more fashionable options.
    • Antonella
      • Origin:

        Spanish and Italian feminine variation of Anthony, Latin
      • Meaning:

        "from Antium"
      • Description:

        Antonella is a feminine form of Anthony growing in popularity throughout Latin America as well as in the US.
    • Arianna
      • Origin:

        Italian form of Ariadne, Greek
      • Meaning:

        "most holy"
      • Description:

        A smooth, attractive choice, Arianna's on the rise with both single and double 'r's and 'n's. Single 'r' double 'n' Arianna — the second most popular version of the name — is these days associated with Greek-born blog queen Arianna Huffington.
    • Ashley
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "dweller near the ash tree meadow"
      • Description:

        Ashley was a sensation in the 1980s and 1990s; it hit Number 1 in 1991. Ashley is still pretty but more and more parents are turning to newer names like Ashlyn and Aubrey, and spellings such as Ashleigh and Ashlea. If you hear the name Ashley in a playground today, it's more likely to be the mom than the little girl.
    • Ayla
      • Origin:

        Hebrew, or Turkish
      • Meaning:

        "oak tree, or halo, moonlight"
      • Description:

        Bright, fresh, and sunny, Ayla is a fashionable choice for girls. Reminiscent of other trending names such as Layla, Isla, and Ava, Ayla has recently found its place in the Top 100.
    • Aliceyn
      • Aloha
        • Ann Marie
          • Ashthon
            • Asia'h
              • Becky
                • Origin:

                  Diminutive of Rebecca
                • Description:

                  One of those casual down-home names last popular in the 1960s.
              • Brenna
                • Origin:

                  Feminine form of Brennan
                • Meaning:

                  "descendant of the sad one"
                • Description:

                  Brenna is a feminine form of the Irish surname Brennan, or perhaps a variation of Brenda or Brendan—all of which have different meanings. Whatever its derivation or authenticity, it's a modern sounding name which has steadily decreased in popularity since 1995 when it peaked at Number 235 in the United States.
              • Briana
                • Origin:

                  Feminine variation of Brian
                • Meaning:

                  "strong, virtuous, honorable"
                • Description:

                  Spelled this way, Briana was coined by Edmund Spenser for his great literary work, The Faerie Queene, which gives the now-overexposed name a far classier pedigree than it's usually credited with.