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  1. Alis
    • Alix
      • Origin:

        French
      • Meaning:

        "noble type"
      • Description:

        A chic and sassy French choice, popular in France but likely to be confused with the more prosaic Alex in English-speaking countries. Although sometimes used in the US as a variant spelling of Alex, the French name Alix actually derives from a medieval French form of the name Alice or Adelaide.
    • Arla
      • Origin:

        Swedish
      • Meaning:

        "early"
      • Description:

        While Arla has a literal meaning in Swedish, its roots as a name are probably more closely related to such names as Arlene or Orla. Arla is among the girls' Top 1000 names in the UK.
    • Arlo
      • Origin:

        Irish or English
      • Meaning:

        "between two hills"
      • Description:

        Quirky cool Arlo is now well and truly back. Last year it broke into the US Top 200 boy names and consistently ranks among the most popular boy names on Nameberry.
    • Beck
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "small stream"
      • Description:

        The popular single-named alternative singer (born Bek) has given this cool nature-meets-surname name a new lease of life. Another notable bearer is Beck Weathers, a Texan pathologist who survived the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, which was covered in the book and film Into Thin Air.
    • Benji
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Benjamin
      • Description:

        Benji is undeniably cute, much in the way of a — yes, an adorable movie mutt. Ben is the handsome traditional short form of Benjamin, but Benji makes a more unexpected nickname
    • Bennett
      • Origin:

        English, medieval form of Benedict
      • Meaning:

        "blessed"
      • Description:

        Bennett is Ben with a bow tie, kind of a cross between Benjamin and Beckett. It's been trending up on the popularity charts in recent years, and its choice by The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's Jane Krakowski could shoot it even higher.
    • Bryn
      • Origin:

        Welsh
      • Meaning:

        "hill"
      • Description:

        Bryn is an up-and-coming gentle, yet substantial, Welsh name that would also be effective in the middle spot. In Wales it's a traditional boys' name, but it's far more popular for girls now in the US.
    • Calder
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "rocky water"
      • Description:

        Artistic associations with the sculptor who invented the mobile make this one of the more creative surname choices.
    • 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.
    • Caro
      • Origin:

        Diminuitve of Carol or Caroline, English, French ,"free man"
      • Meaning:

        "free man"
      • Description:

        Upper-crusty nickname occasionally used in Britain, particularly in 1930s novels featuring significant garden party scenes, but eclipsed here by Carrie et al.
    • Cy
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Cyrus, Persian
      • Meaning:

        "sun"
      • Description:

        This evocative short name is suddenly chic — it was recently chosen by Jennifer Lawrence for her baby boy. JLaw's son's name honors Cy Twombly, the influential mid-century American artist. Born Edwin Parker Twombly Jr., both Cy Twombly and his father shared a nickname after baseball player Cy Young (himself born Denton True Young).
    • Delia
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "born on the island of Delos"
      • Description:

        Delia is a somewhat neglected southern charmer that stands on its own but also might be short for Adelia or Cordelia.
    • Drake
      • Origin:

        English word name
      • Meaning:

        "dragon; or, male duck"
      • Description:

        A simple one-syllable name that has been on the popularity list since the mid-1980s, Drake is most associated today with the single-named rapper (born Aubrey). The name peaked at Number 197 in 2010 and has since been on a slow decline, but it still can be counted among the stylish contemporary boy names starting with D.
    • Drew
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Andrew
      • Meaning:

        "strong and manly"
      • Description:

        Drew, which projects a polished, somewhat intellectual impression, is rapidly becoming the Andrew nickname of choice, replacing the past favorite, Andy. It is fully capable of standing on its own, which it has for many decades, non-stop since 1942.
    • Drew
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Andrew
      • Meaning:

        "strong and manly"
      • Description:

        Drew is an elegant formerly male-only alternative to Andy that joined the stylishly upscale Paige-Brooke-Blair sorority, thanks largely to Drew Barrymore. Barrymore comes by her first name legitimately: it was the maiden name of her paternal great-grandmother, Georgiana 'Georgie' Drew Barrymore, one of many esteemed actors in her family history.
    • Edie
      • Origin:

        English, diminutive of Edith
      • Meaning:

        "prosperous in war"
      • Description:

        Edie is part of the Evie-Ellie et al family of cute and friendly short forms that sometimes stand on its own. Briefly popular in the 1960s, it could well be due for rediscovery. It's already a fashionable choice in the UK, where it has ranked just outside the Top 100 for several years.
    • Eliot
      • Origin:

        Variation of Elliot
      • Meaning:

        "Jehovah is God"
      • Description:

        Sleekened spelling.
    • Eliot
      • Origin:

        Variation of Elliot
      • Meaning:

        "The Lord is my God"
      • Description:

        Eliot is the sleekest spelling of the original, very occasionally used for girls, perhaps to honor novelist George Eliot.
    • Elouise
      • Origin:

        Variant of Eloise
      • Description:

        Mononymed English singer Elouise put this Eloise variant on the map; now Elouise is making it to the mainstream, having joined the US Top 1000 for the first time in 2023.