Girls

  1. AIVEN/AIVAN
    • Clarke
      • Origin:

        Variation of Clark
      • Meaning:

        "scribe, clerk"
      • Description:

        While Clark ranks in the Top 500 for boys, the Clarke spelling leans towards the girls' side. Regardless, the name works well for either sex.
    • Elisabetta
      • Origin:

        Italian variation of Elizabeth
      • Meaning:

        "pledged to God"
      • Description:

        This version softens, feminizes, and glamorizes the long-time favorite. A fresh way to honor Grandma Betty. Elizabetta is a variation.
    • Emerson
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "son of Emery"
      • Description:

        The combination of Emily and Emma's popularity -- and the fact that Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher's daughter is named Emerson -- have put this formerly strictly boys’ name, embodying the gravitas of Ralph Waldo Emerson, in the limelight for girls.
    • Emilia
      • Origin:

        Feminine variation of Emil, Latin
      • Meaning:

        "rival"
      • Description:

        Emilia is the feminine form of the Roman clan name Aemilius, which derived from the Latin aemulus, meaning "rival." In Shakespeare’s Othello, Emilia is the wife of Iago and confidante of Desdemona. Amelia, although homonymous, has a different root and meaning.
    • Emmet
      • Origin:

        English; Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "universal; truth"
      • Description:

        Emmet is usually the boys' form of the names Emma, but it might work for a girl too if Emma and Emily are too overused for you.
    • Evangeline
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "bearer of good news"
      • Description:

        Evangeline is a romantic old name enjoying a major comeback, thanks to its religious overtones, Eva's popularity, and the star of the TV megahit Lost, Evangeline Lilly. Evangelia and Evangelina — two variants of Evangeline — are sure to tag along for the ride.
    • Elinor/Eleanor
      • Leighton
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "meadow town"
        • Description:

          One of those names that's suddenly on the map because of a celebrity's influence, Leighton Meester of the TV show Gossip Girl. She pronounces it LAY-ton but some will intuitively say LEE-ton.
      • Leighton
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "meadow town"
        • Description:

          More popular in its Layton spelling, Leighton is rising in popularity in the US for both sexes simultaneously, although this spelling remains more popular for girls for now – no doubt helped by actress Leighton Meester. Lleyton – as in Australian tennis star Lleyton Hewitt – is another, even more complicated, variant spelling.
      • Lennon
        • Origin:

          Irish
        • Meaning:

          "lover"
        • Description:

          A growing number of high-profile (and other) parents are choosing to honor their musical idols, such as Hendrix, Presley, Jagger, and now Lennon. Lennon first came to notice when Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit used it for their son in 1999, and singer-musician Adam Pascal followed their lead in two years later. Thanks in part to female singer and actress Lennon Stella, it's now more popular for girls than for boys.
      • Lucia
        • Origin:

          Italian, feminine variation of Lucius, Latin
        • Meaning:

          "light"
        • Description:

          Lucia is a lush, rich Latinate equivalent of Lucy, popular in Spain and throughout Latin America and also a cross-cultural favorite. You might be surprised to know that Lucia has ALWAYS ranked among the Top 1000 girl names in the US, though she's really taken off only since the turn of this century.
      • Luciana
        • Origin:

          Feminine variation of Lucianus
        • Meaning:

          "light"
        • Description:

          Lushly elaborate name that makes Lucy more grownup and sensual. Carnie Wilson chose it for her daughter. Lucianus is an ancient Roman family name and Lucianus of Samosata was an early satirist. Heard most often in the Italian and Spanish cultures, Luciana is usually pronounced loo-chee-anna.
      • Norah
        • Rowan
          • Origin:

            Scottish and Irish
          • Meaning:

            "rowan tree; little redhead"
          • Description:

            Stylish, gentle, and rustic at the same time, Rowan is a name that falls into various categories. Unisex and cool, mystical and woodsy, with the feel of both Rose and Riley, Rowan is a fresh but familiar choice.
        • Sawyer
          • Origin:

            English occupational name
          • Meaning:

            "woodcutter"
          • Description:

            Sawyer is one of the top unisex names, used for their daughters by such parents as Sara Gilbert, co-host of The Talk and former actress on Roseanne, currently on The Conners.