Potential First Born

All of the names that pop up in my head throughout every day....all day.
  1. Allison
    • Origin:

      Scottish, diminutive of Alice
    • Meaning:

      "noble"
    • Description:

      Widely used here since the fifties, Allison -- a derivative of Alice -- has now been once again surpassed by the original Alice as parents embrace vintage revivals. Despite this, Allison's popularity has held strong, and it remains steadily within the Top 100. Allison's status is challenged by up-and-coming "-son" names, from Addison to Emerson. The freshest Allison alternative may be Ellison, which adds the appeal of trendy nickname Ellie as opposed to falling nickname Allie.
  2. Anaelle
    • Origin:

      Breton form of Anna
    • Meaning:

      "grace"
    • Description:

      Also spelled Anael, this offers a new spin on an old standard. Or even a couple of old standards, if you count Annabelle.
  3. Aveline
    • Origin:

      French from German
    • Meaning:

      "desired; or island, water"
    • Description:

      Aveline is a name that's long been an obscure cousin of more widely-used choices, but may come into its own riding the tail of the megapopular Ava, which may derive from the same root.
  4. Adalyn
    • Aella
      • Berkeley
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "where birches grow"
        • Description:

          The Brits say BARK-lee, but we pronounce it the same as the name of the California college: either way it's quite pretentious and of another era.
      • 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."
      • Brinley
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "burnt meadow"
        • Description:

          Brinley was a surprise entrant to the girls’ names list in 2009, coming in at Number 778; it has since risen to Number 337. We've also seen it spelled Brinlee, Brinlea and Brinleigh.
      • Brynn
        • Origin:

          Spelling variation of Bryn, Welsh
        • Meaning:

          "hill"
        • Description:

          Brynn outshines the original Welsh Bryn in the popularity stakes. This simple, brisk name might be seen as a combination of Bree and Lynn, an androgynous-sounding choice that especially in this spelling is not truly unisex: Brynn, for boys, is not even in the Top 1000.
      • Coen
        • Origin:

          Dutch diminutive of Coenraad
        • Meaning:

          "bold advisor"
        • Description:

          Like many short forms now popular as full names in the Netherlands, Coen—also spelled Koen—originated as the diminutive of the more old-fashioned Coenraad, the Dutch Conrad. May be confused in the US with Cohen, which stems from the Jewish surname designating a priest.
      • Emery
        • Origin:

          English from German
        • Meaning:

          "industrious"
        • Description:

          Emery is one of the newly popular Em- names that has great potential, though right now for girls more than boys: it received a boost in 2009, a year after Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn used it for one of their daughters.
      • 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.
      • Everett
        • Origin:

          English variation of the German Eberhard
        • Meaning:

          "brave as a wild boar"
        • Description:

          Everett is a preppy but outdoorsy name, with wintery New England vibes. In the last decade, it’s had a leap in popularity, perhaps because of its similarity to trendy girls’ names like Ava and Scarlett, or perhaps because it offers a fresh alternative to 90’s style Evan and Brett.
      • Hadley
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "heathery field"
        • Description:

          Hemingway readers will recognize this as the name of Papa's first wife (and, eventually, actress Mariel's grandmother). But in Victorian times, Hadley and Hedley were actually more popular for boys.
      • Hudson
        • Origin:

          English place-name and surname
        • Meaning:

          "Hugh's son"
        • Description:

          Hudson has risen quickly up the charts over the past 30 years, getting a lot of its style value from New York's Hudson River. That makes it a nature name and a place name that's also got the fashion gloss of New York City.
      • Jackson
        • Origin:

          English
        • Meaning:

          "son of Jack"
        • Description:

          Jackson is one of those names that's much more popular than you think, coming in near the top of our annual Playground Analysis, which ranks names by grouping all their spellings together. There were nearly 17,000 baby boys named Jackson -- along Jaxon, Jaxson, Jaxxon, Jaxen, Jaxyn, Jaxsen, and Jaxsyn -- which counted together makes it the Number 3 boys' name.
      • 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.
      • Juliette
        • Origin:

          French from Latin
        • Meaning:

          "little Julia"
        • Description:

          Juliette, pronounced with the emphasis on the last syllable, adds a little something extra to Juliet. In the past years it has been rising up the chart.
      • Kalena
        • Origin:

          Hawaiian or Danish variation of Katherine or Karen
        • Meaning:

          "pure"
        • Description:

          Kalena is one of those names that has a pleasant-if-synthetic feel. Research turns up a range of origins and meanings, but the most reliable peg it as a derivation of Katherine.
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