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  1. Acacia
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "thorny"
    • Description:

      Acacia is an attractive, rarely used Greek flower name enhanced by its popular beginning-and-ending-with 'a'-construct, and is gradually beginning to catch on as a new member of the stylish girl names starting with A.
  2. Adelaide
    • Origin:

      Variant of Adelheidis, German
    • Meaning:

      "noble, nobility"
    • Description:

      Adelaide is now heading straight uphill on the coattails of such newly popular sisters as Ava, Ada, and Audrey, and in the company of Adeline and Amelia. It was chosen by actress Katherine Heigl for the name of her second daughter.
  3. Adele
    • Origin:

      French diminutive of Adelaide
    • Meaning:

      "noble, nobility"
    • Description:

      Credit the award-winning single-named British singer for taking the girls’ name Adele from a quiet semi-retirement back into currency. Adele reentered the US Top 1000 popular baby names in 2011 and has remained there ever since.
  4. Adelie
    • Ansley
      • Origin:

        English
      • Meaning:

        "clearing with a hermitage"
      • Description:

        Ashley alternative climbing up the baby names charts, probably due to the trendy ley/leigh ending and its similar-but-different status to the more popular Ainsley.
    • Athena
      • Origin:

        Greek
      • Meaning:

        "from Athens"
      • Description:

        The given name Athena was derived from the city name Athens, which is of uncertain origins. In Greek mythology, Athena is the name of the daughter of Zeus who was the goddess of wisdom, warfare, handicrafts, mathematics, and courage, among others. She was the great patroness-goddess of the city of Athens. In the Odyssey, Homer describes her as 'sparkling-eyed Athena.'
    • Becca
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Rebecca
      • Meaning:

        "servant of God"
      • Description:

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

        Spelling variation of Blair
      • Description:

        Blair with a little something extra, though that's hardly needed.
    • Brenna
      • Origin:

        Feminine form of Brennan
      • Meaning:

        "descendant of the sad one"
      • Description:

        Brenna is a feminine form of the Irish surname Brennan, or perhaps a variation of Brenda or Brendan—all of which have different meanings. Whatever its derivation or authenticity, it's a modern sounding name which has steadily decreased in popularity since 1995 when it peaked at Number 235 in the United States.
    • Cameren
      • Claire
        • Origin:

          French form of Clara
        • Meaning:

          "bright, clear"
        • Description:

          Claire, luminous, simple, and strong, is one of those special names that is familiar yet distinctive, feminine but not frilly, combining historical depth with a modern edge. And though Claire is enjoying revived popularity, it will never be seen as trendy. Claire is also a great middle name choice.
      • Dakota
        • Origin:

          Native American tribe and place name; Sioux
        • Meaning:

          "friendly one"
        • Description:

          A Native American tribe name which is found in the names of two US states, Dakota was one of the first trendy nineties place names, but is now flagging a little in popularity. The cultural question around using a Native American tribe name as a baby name may be partly to blame.
      • Erika
        • Origin:

          Spelling variation of Erica
        • Description:

          This is a more spunky and Nordic looking variant of Erica, but the k also makes the connection to the beautiful flower less apparent.
      • 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.
      • Fallon
        • Origin:

          Irish
        • Meaning:

          "leader"
        • Description:

          Fallon is one of several boyish surname names introduced in the over-the-top 1980s nighttime soap Dynasty: they sounded cutting-edge at the time, but no longer.
      • Finley
        • Origin:

          Irish and Scottish
        • Meaning:

          "fair-haired hero"
        • Description:

          This was a 100 percent boys’ name until celebs Jason Sehorn and Angie Harmon bestowed it on their daughter, recently followed by Lisa Marie Presley, who used it for one of her (female) twins. Finlay is also now among the most popular unisex names.
      • Gretchen
        • Origin:

          German, diminutive of Margarethe
        • Meaning:

          "pearl"
        • Description:

          Like Greta, Gretchen is a German Margaret diminutive that has become an American quasi-classic, though not much used today, having dropped off the list in 2009. She was at her high point in the 1970s, making it into the top 200.
      • Grace Ann
        • Harper
          • Origin:

            English
          • Meaning:

            "harp player"
          • Description:

            You might think of Harper as the hottest name of the last decade, jumping from obscurity to the Top 10, where it remained until last year.
        • Jeanette
          • Origin:

            French, diminutive of Jeanne
          • Description:

            Relic of a past period of French favorites, out to pasture with Claudette and Paulette.