Unnamed List

  1. Alexa
    • Origin:

      Greek, English
    • Meaning:

      "defending men"
    • Description:

      Alexa was a steadily popular modern classic until Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa was released in 2013. It remains relatively well used in the US despite this, though its standing keeps dropping for obvious reasons. Too bad, because it's a strong and pretty name (which is probably why Amazon used it.)
  2. Allie
    • Origin:

      Variation or diminutive of Alexandra, Alice or Allison
    • Description:

      Allie is one short form that's gotten so popular it's often used as a name on its own. Cute, friendly, yet we'd recommend using one of the proper names such as Alice to give your daughter an option. These days, Ellie might be more fashionable.
  3. Andrea
    • Origin:

      Feminine variation of Andrew, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "strong and manly"
    • Description:

      Andrea — a feminine form of Andrew (and a male name in several European cultures) — comes with a good selection of pronunciations — ANN-dree-a, AHN-dree-a, or ahn-DRAY-a — each with a slightly different image: girl next door/slightly affected/downright mysterious
  4. Ashton
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "ash tree place"
    • Description:

      Hot star Ashton Kutcher is pushing this unisex choice toward the boys' camp, but its variation Ashtyn is on the rise.
  5. Anna Maria
    • Becca
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Rebecca
      • Meaning:

        "servant of God"
      • Description:

        The currently preferred replacement for Becky, sometimes used on its own.
    • Brooke
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "small stream"
      • Description:

        Brooke has long projected an aura of sleek sophistication, and can also be seen as a stylish water name.
    • Carlie
      • Origin:

        Spelling variation of Carly
      • Description:

        The ie ending injects this late 20th century favorite with a bit of late 19th century charm. But not quite enough to make it a good 21st century choice.
    • Celeste
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "heavenly"
      • Description:

        Celeste is a softly pretty and somewhat quaint name with heavenly overtones, which kids might associate with Queen Celeste of Babar's elephant kingdom. She's a light and lovely choice that's finally getting noticed.
    • Cicily
      • Daisy
        • Origin:

          Diminutive of Margaret or flower name, English
        • Meaning:

          "day's eye"
        • Description:

          Daisy, fresh, wholesome, and energetic, is one of the flower names that burst back into bloom after a century's hibernation. Originally a nickname for Margaret (the French Marguerite is the word for the flower), Daisy comes from the phrase "day's eye," because it opens its petals at daybreak.
      • Dana
        • Origin:

          English, Slavic, Persian, Arabic
        • Meaning:

          "from Denmark, gift, or wise"
        • Description:

          This name found in both Celtic and Scandinavian mythology has gone from all-boy to almost all-girl, retaining a strong, unisex quality. However, it has dropped following its three-decade heyday from the 1960s to the 1990s.
      • Dawn
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "dawn, sunrise"
        • Description:

          Dawn's heyday in the US, Canada and the UK came in the 1960s and 70s. It peaked at #14 in the US in 1971, but has since sunk from sight to be eclipsed by other names with the same meaning, such as Aurora, Roxana or Zariah.
      • Emily
        • Origin:

          Feminine variation of Emil, Latin
        • Meaning:

          "rival"
        • Description:

          Emily may have dropped somewhat in the current standings, but it was the most popular girls' name for over a decade because it appeals on many levels: Emily is feminine, classic, simple, pretty, and strong. Emily is Number 1 among Gen Z names. It also has those nice literary namesakes, like Emily Dickinson and Emily Brontë.
      • Emma
        • Origin:

          German
        • Meaning:

          "universal"
        • Description:

          Emma has now been among the top girl names in the United States for several years, claiming the Number 1 crown in 2008 and again from 2015 to 2018 before dropping back to second place.
      • Erin
        • Origin:

          Irish
        • Meaning:

          "from the island to the west"
        • Description:

          First-wave Irish name and place name—the poetic name for Ireland—now supplanted by newer alternatives such as Maeve and Delaney.
      • 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".
      • Farrah
        • Origin:

          Arabic
        • Meaning:

          "happiness"
        • Description:

          For a few seconds there in the late '70s, Farrah Fawcett's name was as frequently copied as her hairstyle; the name was Number 177 in 1977. Now, after many years off the charts and out of style, it's back, mostly thanks to a TV Teen Mom who bears the name.
      • Gabbie
        • Gabrielle
          • Origin:

            French, feminine variation of Gabriel
          • Meaning:

            "God is my Strength"
          • Description:

            The quintessentially elegant and worldly Gabrielle -- designer Coco Chanel's real name -- is on its descent after years on the rise. Gabrielle was a hit in the 90s and early 2000s, peaking at number 46 in 1999. Popular nickname options include Gabby, Bri, and Brielle. Today Gabriella has taken over as the more popular version and still sits in the Top 100, while Gabrielle is soon to lose its spot in the Top 500. This follows a collective trend of "-a" ending version surpassing the more tailored versions, similar to how Daniela replaced Danielle.