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2012 Top Ten Girl Names Remodeled

on December 1, 2013

Do you love the sound of some of the most popular US baby names but hate the idea of using a ‘common’ name? For those who avoid the Social Security Top 1000 like the plague, here are a few lovely alternatives to some of the most popular girls’ names last year.

1. Sophia

To achieve the soft, feminine, timeless qualities of Sophia, try Saskia, Maria, Gabriella, Simona, or Louisa.

2. Emma

Emma is girly and sweet. Instead, try Etta, Emmeline, Eira, Annie, or Nola.

3. Isabella

Isabella is fit for a princess! Other glamorous names include Antonella, Calista, Estelle, Amabel, and Isolene.

4. Olivia

Like Sophia, Olivia has a timeless feminine quality. Consider Odette, Elena, Livia, Eleanor, and Ivy instead.

5. Ava

Ava is cute and simple, and contains a stylish ‘V.’ Some alternatives are: Vera, Adele, Adria, Eva, and Calla.

6. Emily

To match Emily’s spunky rhythm and classic femininity, try Felicity, Amity, Everly, Carly, or Briony.

7. Abigail

Abigail is a beautiful, versatile name with cute nickname possibilities. To match her style, consider Arietta, Caroline, Fiona, Pamela, or Clarissa.

8. Mia

Mia is short and simple yet lively. Alternatives include Isla, Kia, Mira/Myra (MEE-rah/MYE-rah), Nina, and Meta (I’ve heard this pronounced MAY-tah).

9. Madison

Madison is a cute ‘unisex’ name with an edgier sound compared with the rest of the top ten. Consider Brogan, Teagan, Hadley, Martine, and Madigan.

10. Elizabeth

Elizabeth is classic and elegant. For a less common alternative, try similar styles like Alba, Helena, and Lucille, or names with the same root, like Lisette and Elsa.

Of course, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with using a popular name. Names are often popular because they’re beautiful!
What do you think of these alternatives? What would you suggest?

Be sure to check back for Top 10 boys’ names: revamped!

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