Girls

  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. Alouette
    • Origin:

      French
    • Meaning:

      "lark"
    • Description:

      Alouette is a sweet Gallic twist in the stylish bird name genre made familiar via the charming French children's song, Alouette, gentile alouette.
  3. Arden
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "valley of the eagle; high"
    • Description:

      Arden, the name of the magical forest in Shakespeare's As You Like It, is a stylish A name with a strong, straightforward image. Another reason to love Arden: its similarity to "ardent." Arden is solidly unisex, with the current gender distribution running about 60 percent girls and 40 percent boys.
  4. Ashling
    • Charlotte
      • Origin:

        French, feminine diminutive of Charles
      • Meaning:

        "free man"
      • Description:

        Charlotte, the name of the young Princess of Cambridge, is the latest classic name to join Sophia, Emma, Olivia, and Isabella at the top of the popularity list. It is now among the most popular girl names in many English-speaking and European countries.
    • 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.
    • Darcy
      • Origin:

        Irish or French
      • Meaning:

        "dark one, or from Arcy, or from the fortress"
      • Description:

        Delicate ballerina name with grace, charm, and heft courtesy of Jane Austen's Mr.
    • Emmeline
      • Origin:

        Old French form of archaic German Amal
      • Meaning:

        "work"
      • Description:

        Emmeline is an Emma relative and Emily cousin that is destined for greater use in the wake of the megapopularity of those two names. A recommended Nameberry fave, Emmeline hopped onto the US Top 1000 in 2014 for the first time ever. While it is genuinely an old name, it was rarely used a century ago; only 17 baby girls were named Emmeline in 1915, the same number as were named Ernie!
    • Harlow
      • Origin:

        English surname
      • Meaning:

        "rock hill or army hill"
      • Description:

        Jean Harlow (born Harlean Carpenter), the original platinum blonde bombshell, was a symbol of 1930s glamour, a factor that first Patricia Arquette and then Nicole Richie and Joel Madden probably had in mind when they gave their daughters the distinctive surname name Harlow.
    • Ismay
      • Origin:

        Possible variation of Esme
      • Meaning:

        "esteemed, beloved"
      • Description:

        The rise of the the various Isabel names may give a boost to this variation, which has a sunny, springtime feel.
    • Jessamine
      • Origin:

        English from Persian
      • Meaning:

        "jasmine"
      • Description:

        Jessamine, a charming name occasionally heard in England, is just beginning to be appreciated in the U.S. as a possible successor to all the Jess names of the past. It's also spelled Jessamyn, as in Quaker novelist Jessamyn West, author of Friendly Persuasion--who started life with Jessamyn as her middle name.
    • Linden
      • Origin:

        English tree name
      • Meaning:

        "tree of the genus Tilla"
      • Description:

        Though this name of a sturdy tree that can live for centuries was quite popular for boys in the first half of the twentieth century, at this point in time we can see Linden as a fresh-sounding possibility for a little girl named to honor an Aunt Linda. Early pagans and Christians embraced the Linden as a holy tree, thought to aid healing and often planted near churches. The Linden is the mythological symbol of truth, peace, and justice; court cases and marriage ceremonies were often held beneath Linden trees. The Linden tree is associated with the goddess Freya.
    • Perouze
      • Origin:

        Armenian
      • Meaning:

        "turquoise"
      • Description:

        Interesting on paper, though most people would confuse it with the word peruse.
    • Selah
      • Origin:

        Hebrew
      • Meaning:

        "praise, pause"
      • Description:

        The name is derived from the term commonly used in the Book of Psalms, which has a many Hebrew scholars in confusion over its meaning. Given its context in the Bible, Selah is likely to mean "to praise" or "pause and reflect upon what has just been said." Lauryn Hill used this name for her daughter. It is the last word in Anita Diamant's novel The Red Tent.
    • Tiernan
      • Origin:

        Irish
      • Meaning:

        "little lord"
      • Description:

        An old Irish surname cousin of Tierney that makes an unusual and appealing Irish gender switch.
    • Violet
      • Origin:

        English from Latin
      • Meaning:

        "purple"
      • Description:

        Violet is soft and sweet, yet with a vivacious edge.

    • Yui
      • Origin:

        Japanese
      • Meaning:

        "superior garment"
      • Description:

        Very popular girls' name in Japan not quite as easy to transport westward as the also-popular Rin.