Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Top 10 from the Social Security site ( http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/) is always a hot topic and one I like to talk about - a lot of people either don't realize that a certain name is really popular or they really like it, but want an alternative because the popularity is off-putting. Here are some alternative ideas for the top 20.


  • Sophia - Sophronia, Phoebe, Daphne, Seraphina, Phaedra, Lydia, Alessia, Cecilia, Sidonia, Sylvia, Serena.
  • Isabella - Mirabelle, Annabelle, Arabella, Rosabelle, Rosamel, Daniella, Noelia, Estella, Luella, Eloisa, Isla, Ilythia, Ysabel, Ishbel, Isadora, Isotta, Isabeau, Isabetta, Isobel, Iolanthe, Isemay, Ismene
  • Emma - Emmeline, Emilia, Gemma, Emmanuela, Emmelise, Emmelotte, Noemi, Emuna, Euphemia, Emiri, Emelda, Clementine
  • Olivia - Livia, Liviana, Ottilie, Liv, Olive, Flavia, Octavia, Ottavia, Vivia, Sylvia, Lavinia, Viviana, Linnea, Louisa, Aurelia, Odelia, Ophelia, Olympia, Oralia, Zosia, Alodia
  • Ava - Eva, Eve, Aveline, Ada, Ida, Ahava, Aveza, Avani, Navina, Avia, Avril, Aviela, Avis, Aviva, Nava, Avila, Ayla, Isla, Ilsa, Veda, Ivy, Vera, Aida, Aura, Elsa
  • Emily - Emilia, Elysia, Alessia, Rommily, Cecily, Emiliana, Ilysa, Verity, Ellidh, Elodie, Eloise, Adelie, Esme, Eliza, Amity, Coralie, Sidonie, Eleni, Eleri, Clarity, Bellamy, Bryony (Briony)
  • Abigail - Avigail., Aila, Abelia, Abia, Abiela, Abiona, Abira, Sabrina, Tabitha, Abrielle, Abilene, Alba
  • Madison - Madeleine, Adeline, Alison, Madelaine, Madalena, Madira, Lison, Linden, Liron, Vivien, Caitlin, Maren, Jessamine, Kiersten, Aislinn, Jillian
  • Mia - Lia / Leah/ Lea, Maia, Maya, Naia, Mariah, Laila, Lilia, Amira, Mira, Mara, Malia, Nyree, Eva, Mina, Nina, Thea, Nia
  • Chloe - Zoe, Phoebe, Cora, Daphne, Cleo, Xanthe, Carys, Briony, Chloris, Cloelia, Noelia, Noemi, Cleophee
  • Elizabeth - Elspeth, Elisbet, Elise, Eliza, Lisbeth, Elisabetta, Elisheva, Lilibet, Eliska, Ilsa, Bettina, Erzsi, Elowen, Elzira, Bethan, Elysia
  • Ella - Elodie, Elsa, Alma, Isla, Iris, Lola, Kaia, Elise, Greta, Lena, Clara, Selma, Enya, Esme, Audra, Eula, Zillah, Alba, Anya, Lilia, Della, Lyra
  • Addison - Adamina, Adelaide, Adelie, Adara, Adella, Adelise, Adonia, Adria, Adelina
  • Natalie - Talia, Natasha, Nastasia, Thalia, Atalia, Tabitha, Talitha, Talisa, Tallulah, Nerissa, Noelia, Nadia
  • Lily - Lilia, Liliane, Lilibet, Linnea, Lola, Luna, Leia, Leonie, Lia, Leda, Lucy, Lyra, Lana, Lula
  • Grace - Verity, Clarity, Amity, Joy, Bliss, Blythe, Merry, Glory, Patience
  • Samantha - Samara, Seraphina, Serena, Susannah, Soraya, Sariah, Tabitha, Selena, Calista, Tamara, Cassandra, Sunniva, Shoshannah
  • Avery - Ariadne, Amy, Mary, Rosemarie, Bellamy, Mallory, Valarie, Kateri, Eleri, Kaveri
  • Sofia - See Sophia (How did this happen? Same name in the top 20 twice, with different spelling - if it counts for anything I vastly prefer Sofia to Sophia).
  • Aubrey - Audrey, Audra, Audrina, Audrea, Augusta, Aurelia, Aurora, Autumn, Aura, Audelia, Auriane, Ausra


  • Jacob - Caleb, Josiah, Tobias, Julian, Gabriel, Jasper, Corbin
  • Mason - Matthias, Calvin, Gavin, Aeson, Murphy, Martin
  • William - Willem, Wilhelm, Illiam, Wyatt, Noam, Graham, Callum
  • Jayden - Auden, Leighton, Keaton, Truman, Paxton, Easton
  • Noah - Noel, Jonah, Milo, Noe, Miles, Amos, Evan, Ezra, Luca, Asa, Nolan
  • Michael - Micah, Maxwell, Emmanuel, Nathaniel, Niall, Dashiell, Joel, Ezekiel
  • Ethan - Eamon, Tristan, Deacon, Ian, Heath
  • Alexander - Alasdair, Lysander, Evander, Asher, Thatcher, Archer, Leander, Dexter
  • Aiden - Auden, Adrian, Finnian, Lorcan, Eamon, Ivan, Linden, Alden
  • Daniel - Gabriel, Donovan, Dante, Katriel
  • Anthony - Antony, Antoine, Antonio, Andre, Anatole, Angelus, Anton
  • Matthew - Matthias, Matteo, Mathis, Maxwell, Maximus, Maksim
  • Elijah - Eli, Elias, Elden, Elliot, Ellison, Ellery
  • Joshua - Elisha, Asher, Euan, Elishua
  • Liam - Eamon, Lachlan, Lorcan, Torin, Mannix, Seamus, Tiernan, Leo, Leopold
  • Andrew - Anderson, Andre, Andreas, August, Anders, Andrick, Andrus
  • James - Jamison, Seamus, Silas, Julian, Jude, Ace, Graham, Joel, Joss
  • David - Devin, Alfred, Jared, Reid, Leland, Donald, Declan
  • Benjamin - Bennett, Beckett, Benson, Bertram, Benedict, Barrett, Baxter, Winston, Aaron...
  • Logan - Lorcan, Brogan, Egan, Teagan, Lucan, Duncan, Lachlan, Lorin, Louis

As you can see, there seem to be many more options for boys. Comment if you need pronunciation help. Thanks for reading!

5 comments:

  1. Fabulous suggestions! Winston for Benjamin is inspired...

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  2. Hey, thanks! I would love to see a little Winston running around.

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  3. Wow, great job coming up with this list!

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  4. I'm wondering how you pronounce Emmelotte in English?

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