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*1 list you'll never forget (a list of interesting names)

These are names that stand out and make you notice them. Whether it's the origin, meaning, or how it sounds, these names all have something interesting about them.
  1. AbeliaHeart
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "sigh, breath"
    • Description:

      This feminine form of Abel is also a flower name and makes a distinctive alternative to the widely used Abigail. There is a similar name, Adelia, that is beginning to be rediscovered thanks to the trend for all names Adel- related.
  2. AddisonHeart
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "son of Adam"
    • Description:

      Addison, a TV-generated name (Dr. Addison Shephard, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice) took off in hot pursuit of predecessor Madison, sounding sharper and more modern--at least until its own rapid climb up the ladder. Addison, one of the few patronymics ('son of') names to be totally accepted for girls, is now near the top of the girls' charts and is among the most popular of the popular girl names starting with A. You can think of it as a more contemporary Allison or a gender-neutral (in feel if not in practice) version of the popular Adeline and Adelaide. Nickname Addie makes it feel cute and traditions, but given all the Ad-beginning names trending for girls, there are a lot of little Addies around.
  3. AdelineHeart
    • Origin:

      French, diminutive of Adele
    • Meaning:

      "noble, nobility"
    • Description:

      Adeline has a lovely, old-fashioned "Sweet Adeline" charm, but has become so popular in the US under so many spellings and variations -- with Adalynn and Adalyn also popular -- that considered together it is far more popular than it first seems. Adorable nickname Addie is also pervasive.
  4. AdriaHeart
    • AiyanaHeart
      • Origin:

        Arabic or African
      • Meaning:

        "large eyes, or time, or beautiful flower"
      • Description:

        Aiyana is a name that could easily cross cultures. It debuted on the US Top 1000 in 1999 and hovers near the bottom of the Top 1000.
    • AkiraHeart
      • Origin:

        Japanese
      • Meaning:

        "bright, intelligent"
      • Description:

        A popular Japanese name for both sexes that's migrated to the West because of its appearance in manga and video games.
    • AlaniHeart
      • Origin:

        Hawaiian
      • Meaning:

        "orange tree"
      • Description:

        One of those names you may not even be aware of if you haven't been paying attention to recent naming trends, Alani was given to more than 700 baby girls in the US in one recent year, to be the second most popular feminization of Alan after Alana. It's certainly the most modern-sounding female version of Alan.
    • AldenHeart
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "old, wise friend"
      • Description:

        Hot young actor Alden Ehrenreich, the new Han Solo, gives this formerly-stodgy surname name an attractive new image, making it a fresh successor to Aiden or Holden. Before it got this fresh shine, Alden was among the classic Thanksgiving baby names.
    • AletheaHeart
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "truth"
      • Description:

        Alethea, the name of the Greek goddess of truth, came into fashion in England in the 16th century, in tandem with the virtue names. Alethea may find new favor now as one of the goddess names stylish for baby girls.
    • AliceHeart
      • Origin:

        German
      • Meaning:

        "noble"
      • Description:

        Alice is a classic literary name that's both strong and sweet, which got a big bounce via Tina Fey's choice of the name for her daughter. Alice has experienced a recent surge in popularity along with other girl names starting with A.
    • AlijahHeart
      • Origin:

        Spelling variation of Elijah
      • Description:

        This version of the name changes the nickname from Eli to Ali.
    • AlstonHeart
      • AmaraHeart
        • Origin:

          Igbo, Sanskrit, Arabic
        • Meaning:

          "grace, immortal, tribe"
        • Description:

          Strong, attractive, and stylish, Amara is a true multicultural choice enjoying some popularity in both the US and the UK. In the US Top 1000 since the turn of this century, Amara has been holding steady in the rankings between overly popular and obscure.
      • AmbrosiaHeart
        • Origin:

          Latin, feminine form of Ambrose
        • Meaning:

          "Immortal"
        • Description:

          Ambrosia combines some of the more whimsical qualities of more popular Aurora and Isabella, with a heavenly meaning.
      • AmeliaHeart
        • Origin:

          German
        • Meaning:

          "work"
        • Description:

          Amelia is one of the hottest girls' names, a successor to the megapopular Emma and Emily. Amelia, which spent several years at Number 1 in England, vaulted into the US Top 10 in 2017 and continues to rise.
      • AmityHeart
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "friendship"
        • Description:

          Amity--what nicer gift to give your little girl than a name that signifies friendship and harmony? This virtue name is also more rhythmic and feminine than the single-syllable Hope, Faith, and Grace.
      • AnalaHeart
        • Origin:

          Hindi
        • Meaning:

          "fire"
        • Description:

          Indian choice meaning fire in step with American styles.
      • AnisaHeart
        • Origin:

          Arabic
        • Meaning:

          "good-natured"
        • Description:

          Phonetic spelling of the Muslim Aanisah, chosen by singer Macy Gray for one of her daughters.
      • AnnalieseHeart
        • Origin:

          German, combination of Anna and Liese
        • Meaning:

          "grace and pledged to God"
        • Description:

          Annaliese is a distinctly German smoosh name that's found some popularity in the US, especially with the simpler spelling Annalise.
      • AnnelieseHeart
        • Origin:

          German, Dutch
        • Meaning:

          "grace + oath"
        • Description:

          Anneliese is a German and Dutch combination of Anna and Liese (a form of Elizabeth) with an Old World feel but modern appeal. The Anglicized Annalise spelling in in the US Top 500, but this authentic German version has only ever broken into the US Top 1000 once, back in 2005.