Unnamed List

  1. Alice
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "noble"
    • Description:

      Alice is a classic literary name that's both strong and sweet, ranking in the US Top 100 and popular throughout the western world. Alice is derived from the Old French name Aalis, a diminutive of Adelais that itself came from the Germanic name Adalhaidis, which is composed of the Proto-Germanic elements aþala, meaning "noble," and haidu, "kind, appearance, type."
  2. Anika
    • Origin:

      Nordic diminutive of Anne or African, Hausa
    • Meaning:

      "sweetness of face"
    • Description:

      Anike is an attractive name with ties to several cultures, both African and Scandinavian. The African pronunciation emphasizes the second syllable while the Nordic one emphasizes the first. While there will be inevitable confusion over pronunciation, either form is "correct".
  3. Anjali
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "gift"
    • Description:

      This Indian name meaning gift or offering feels familiar via sound-alikes Angela or Angelina, and made a brief appearance on the U.S. Top 1000. Anjali is a pretty route to a name that's at once easy to understand and uncommon.
  4. Ann
    • Origin:

      English variation of Hebrew Hannah
    • Meaning:

      "grace"
    • Description:

      Ann, the name of the sainted mother of the Virgin Mary, was among the top girls’ names for centuries, in both the original English Ann spelling and the French Anne. Both left the Top 100 around 1970 and show no signs of returning, with Anne is the middle of the US Top 1000 and Ann dropped out of sight. Once a go-to middle name, Ann has lost its stature in that position as well. Still, it's one of the most common names for girls of the 20th century.
  5. ARAVIND
    • Avani
      • Origin:

        Hindi
      • Meaning:

        "the good earth"
      • Description:

        A name quite common in India, with a soft but spirited sound and an attractive meaning for lovers of nature.
    • Bodhi
      • Origin:

        Sanskrit
      • Meaning:

        "awakening, enlightenment"
      • Description:

        Bodhi is a Sanskrit name translated as "enlightenment" or "awakening" which relates to a Buddhist concept, wherein Bodhi is synonymous with the state of nirvana, being freed from hate, greed and ego. The Bodhi tree is a large fig tree under which the founder of Buddhism received enlightenment. Spelling variations include Bodie and Bode.
    • Bridget
      • Origin:

        Anglicized variation of Gaelic Brighid
      • Meaning:

        "strength or exalted one"
      • Description:

        Bridget is the Anglicized form of Brigid, an Irish-Gaelic name that was derived from the word brígh, which means "strength."
    • Brigid
      • Origin:

        Irish variation of Brighid
      • Meaning:

        "strength or exalted one"
      • Description:

        Brigid is the simpler Irish version of the name of the goddess of fire, which may also be spelled Brighid. Other variations include Bridget, the most usual spelling in the U.S., and the French Brigitte.
    • Ciaran
      • Origin:

        Irish
      • Meaning:

        "little dark one"
      • Description:

        Extremely popular in Ireland, Ciaran is also well used in England and is beginning to be adopted by parents in the U.S., though usually via the more American-friendly Kieran spelling. The Irish spelling is, however, becoming more familiar on this side of the Atlantic, due to the rising popularity of Belfast-born actor Ciaran Hinds.
    • Ione
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "violet flower"
      • Description:

        This unusual Greek flower and color name has gained considerable recent attention via actress Ione Skye, who is the daughter of sixties folksinger Donovan.
    • Jane
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "God is gracious"
      • Description:

        No, we don't consider Jane too plain. In fact, for a venerable and short one-syllable name, we think it packs a surprising amount of punch, as compared to the related Jean and Joan.
    • June
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "young"
      • Description:

        June, a sweetly old-fashioned month name derived from the goddess Juno, was long locked in a time capsule with June Allyson (born Ella) and June Cleaver, but is rising again especially as a middle name.
    • Juno
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "queen of the heavens"
      • Description:

        Juno is an ancient name that feels as fresh as if it had been minted — well, not yesterday, but in 2007. Since the release of the popular indie film Juno, this lively but strong o-ending Roman goddess name has become more and more prominent as a potential baby name — Coldplay's Will Champion chose Juno for one of his twins (whose brother is the kingly Rex).
    • KAVERI
      • Kenneth
        • Origin:

          Scottish and Irish
        • Meaning:

          "born of fire, handsome"
        • Description:

          Kenneth may have lost much of its luster now, but Kenneth has had its moments of glory. The first king of Scotland was Kenneth, and Sir Kenneth, a Christian crusader, was the hero of the Sir Walter Scott novel The Talisman.
      • Kiran
        • Origin:

          Sanskrit
        • Meaning:

          "ray of light"
        • Description:

          Though it sounds like a modern invention, Kiran is a traditional Hindu name from India; chosen for her son by actress Kelli Williams. Author Kiran Desai is a woman and this name, which bears a resemblance to both the Irish (male) Kieran and the fifties favorite Karen, certainly works as well for a girl.
      • Lina
        • Origin:

          Arabic; Latin diminutive
        • Meaning:

          "tender"
        • Description:

          This pretty, succinct Arabic name is also commonly used as a nickname for names like Carolina.
      • Luna
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "moon"
        • Description:

          The name of the Roman goddess of the moon, Luna is derived straight from the Latin word for moon, luna. Luna may be the name most likely to surprise someone from an older generation by its Top 10 status in the US and its widespread international popularity.
      • Lux
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "light"
        • Description:

          This name of a character played by Kirsten Dunst in the movie Virgin Suicides, originally a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, is gaining attention, also thanks to the heroine Lux, Lady of Luminosity in the League of Legends games. Luz is the Spanish version.