love list

  1. Adaire
    • Adrian
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "man of Adria"
      • Description:

        Adrian is one of those names that’s easy to picture on all kinds of people. From an active and energetic five-year-old to your great grandpa, from the coolest, breeziest guy you know, to the quiet, serious one, it’s no wonder Adrian has always made the US Top 500 since the early 20th century.
    • Alchemy
      • Origin:

        Latin word name
      • Meaning:

        "a medieval chemical science"
      • Description:

        One of the most extreme of the new word names, recommended only to the most mystical-minded parents. Actor Lance Henriksen spelled his daughter's name Alchamy.
    • Alessandra
      • Origin:

        Italian and Spanish variation of Alexandra
      • Meaning:

        "defending men"
      • Description:

        This softened version is even prettier than the original.
    • Alessia
      • Origin:

        Italian variation of Alexis
      • Meaning:

        "defending warrior"
      • Description:

        Young Canadian pop singer Alessia Cara has given this spicy-sounding name a new lease on life, propelling it into the Top 1000 in 2016. (It was one of the year's fastest-rising girls' names.) The main risk is that it feels so close to Alexa, Alicia, Alexis and Alyssa-- all becoming overused -- that it could be mistaken for one of those more familiar names.
    • Alexia
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Alexandria
      • Meaning:

        "defending men"
      • Description:

        This diminutive, similar to Alex or Alexis, has been yo-yoing in popularity since the turn of the 21st century.
    • Amadeo
      • Origin:

        Italian
      • Meaning:

        "lover of God"
      • Description:

        Amadeo and Amedeo are both valid Italian forms of the Roman Amadeus, most famous as the middle name of the composer Mozart as well as the title of a movie about him. Mozart's name was actually the Greek Theophilus, but he transformed it to the Latin version. Amadeo is also used in Spain, where it was the name of a 19th century king who was born in Italy.
    • Anesse
      • Arabelle
        • Araluen
          • Origin:

            Aboriginal Australian
          • Meaning:

            "water lilies; place of the water lilies"
          • Description:

            Araluen is a beautiful Aboriginal Australian place name, used in several sites, always connected to the dainty water lily.
        • Aria
          • Origin:

            Italian and Hebrew
          • Meaning:

            "air; song or melody; lion"
          • Description:

            Aria is a multi-cultural name with two extremely popular versions: this more word-like one along with Arya, the spelling used for the feisty young heroine of Game of Thrones. There were about 6400 baby girls named Aria in the US last year alog with 2400 named Arya, which counted together places the name in the Top 10.
        • Artemis
          • Origin:

            Greek mythology name
          • Meaning:

            "safe or butcher"
          • Description:

            Artemis, one of the key figures of the female Greek pantheon, is the ancient virgin goddess of the hunt, wilderness, animals, childbirth, and a protector of young girls, later associated with the moon. Artemis is the equivalent to the Roman Diana, but a fresher and more distinctive, if offbeat, choice.
        • Aspen
          • Origin:

            Nature and place-name
          • Description:

            Aspen is part of two groups of stylish and unique baby names: nature names and place-names. The name of a graceful tree in the poplar family with heart-shaped leaves so delicate they quiver in the gentlest breeze, Aspen is also the name of a trendy Colorado ski resort. Aspen started as a unisex name possibility but now is much more frequently worn by girls.
        • Atalanta
          • Origin:

            Greek mythology name
          • Meaning:

            "equal in weight"
          • Description:

            Atalanta was a beautiful mythological maiden who refused to marry any man who couldn't beat her in a footrace -- quite a role model. This myth is found in Ovid's Metamorphoses and later in Swinburne's Atalantis in Calydon.
        • Athene
          • Avalon
            • Origin:

              Celtic
            • Meaning:

              "island of apples"
            • Description:

              Avalon, an island paradise of Celtic myth and Arthurian legend--it was where King Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds-- and also the colorful capital of the California island of Catalina-- makes a heavenly first name. Actress Rena Sofer and British musician Julian Cope used it for their daughters.
          • Azura
            • Alecto
              • Bambi
                • Origin:

                  Diminutive of Bambina, Italian
                • Meaning:

                  "child; baby girl"
                • Description:

                  Although Disney's cute deer was a male, Bambi has always been used for girls. It first appeared on the charts in 1943, the year after the Disney movie was released. Bambi featured in the Top 1000 from 1954-1964 — a decade where girl names ending in I, like Lori and Teri, were big — and again from 1977-1982.
              • Bear
                • Origin:

                  Animal name
                • Meaning:

                  "bear"
                • Description:

                  Bear has suddenly lumbered onto the baby name landscape. Perhaps inspired by British adventurer Bear Grylls (born Edward Michael), first celebrity chef Jamie Oliver used it as the middle name for his boy Buddy, and more recently Alicia Silverstone called her son Bear Blu., followed by Kate Winslet's Bear Blaize. It's part of a current trend normalizing once aggressive animal names like Wolf and Fox. Bear is now Number 218 on Nameberry and in the Top 900 in England.