Names From Our Family Tree

  1. Ada
    • Origin:

      German or Turkish
    • Meaning:

      "noble, nobility, or island"
    • Description:

      Ada is one of the classic baby names for girls that is suddenly super stylish again. A favorite at the end of the nineteenth century, Ada is an alternative to the over-popular Ava. Ada is also part of the trend toward simple, old-fashioned names beginning with a vowel, like Ivy and Ella.
  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. 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."
  4. Allen
    • Origin:

      English and Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "handsome, cheerful"
    • Description:

      Allen is the spelling of this name -- other common spellings are Alan and Allan -- most associated with the surname; it might also be the most appropriate if you're trying to steer clear of Al as a nickname, as this can easily offer you Len or Lenny as options.
  5. Alois
    • Anna
      • Origin:

        Variation of Hannah, Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "grace"
      • Description:

        Anna has become the dominant form of the Ann family, offering a touch of the international to English speakers and a bit more style than the oversimplified Ann or Anne.
    • Antoine
      • Origin:

        French variation of Anthony
      • Meaning:

        "priceless one"
      • Description:

        Antoine is a venerable French name that is still stylish in its native habitat, where it is in the Top 30. In the US, it was most popular in the 1970s and '80s, reaching Number 262 in 1985.
    • Barbara
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "foreign woman"
      • Description:

        Barbara is back! Among the fastest-rising names of 2023, Barbara came back from oblivion at the very bottom of the Top 1000, gaining nearly 100 places on the popularity list.
    • Betsey
      • Carter
        • Origin:

          English occupational name
        • Meaning:

          "cart maker or driver"
        • Description:

          One of the surname names for boys on its way to becoming unisex, this name broke into the Top 1000 for the first time in 2013 for girls. While it sounds masculine to us, because of its two-syllable er-ending sound so trendy with boys’ names, many parents apparently disagree.
      • Catherine
        • Origin:

          Greek
        • Meaning:

          "pure"
        • Description:

          Catherine is one of the oldest and most consistently well-used girls’ names, with endless variations and nicknames. The Catherine form feels more gently old-fashioned and feminine than the more popular K versions. Most stylish nickname for Catherine right now: Kate...or Cate, a la Blanchett.
      • Charles
        • Origin:

          French from German
        • Meaning:

          "man, free man"
        • Description:

          Charles derives from the Germanic name Karl, meaning "man" or "freeman", and is a royal name in multiple European countries. A famous early bearer is Charlemagne, King of the Franks and Lombards and then Roman Emperor in the 8th-9th centuries.
      • Clara
        • Origin:

          Latin
        • Meaning:

          "bright, clear"
        • Description:

          Clara is a strong, lovely girls' name that's always ranked among the US Top 1000 girl names but has been climbing since the turn of this century. It now ranks right around Number 100, making it a modern classic that's neither too popular nor unfamiliar.
      • Clementine
        • Origin:

          French feminine version of Clement, Latin
        • Meaning:

          "mild, merciful"
        • Description:

          Clementine is a Nameberry favorite that broke back into the US Top 1000 in 2014 after more than half a century off the list.
      • Conrad
        • Origin:

          German
        • Meaning:

          "brave counsel"
        • Description:

          Conrad has a somewhat intellectual masculine image, a solid name that has been consistently on the popularity lists, especially well used in the 1920s and 30s, and given a pop of rock energy by the Elvis-like character of Conrad Birdie in Bye, Bye, Birdie--("We love you Conrad, oh yes we do!").
      • Daniel
        • Origin:

          Hebrew
        • Meaning:

          "God is my judge"
        • Description:

          Daniel is one of only a handful of male names that sounds both classic and modern, strong yet approachable, and popular but not cliched. It also has a solid Old Testament pedigree. The only real downside: There are about 10,000 Daniels named each year, making it a less than distinctive choice.
      • Deborah
        • Origin:

          Hebrew
        • Meaning:

          "bee"
        • Description:

          Deborah has suffered from the fact that in the mid-twentieth century there were so many Debbies on the block that the beauty and meaning of the original name got lost. Deborah may no longer be among the most popular girl names starting with D, but now this lovely name of an Old Testament prophetess suddenly sounds fresher than overused Sarah, Rachel, and Rebecca.
      • Dominik
        • Origin:

          Variation of Dominic
        • Description:

          The K makes this slightly more modern than its more traditional original
      • Elise
        • Origin:

          French variation of Elizabeth
        • Meaning:

          "pledged to God"
        • Description:

          Elise is one of those golden names that stylish but not TOO popular. Its appeal is due in large part to its French flair and to the love for El-names in general.
      • Eliza
        • Origin:

          Hebrew
        • Meaning:

          "pledged to God"
        • Description:

          Eliza is a name with a wonderful combination of streamlined zest and Eliza Doolittle charm and spunk. It's a classic that's popular right now -- but not too popular.