Personal Favorites from the Top 1000 (Girls)

Usually, I try to keep a neutral tone on my site.  Still, I have my own unique style and preference for names as much as everyone else does.  I’d like to share! 

Every year I comb through the American top 1000 and pick out my favorites.  Many names I love are still too rare to make it (Hermione and Horatio, for example), but Achilles is finally popular and so is Ariadne.  That doesn’t mean I don’t like very popular names; as a matter of fact, I love names like Emma and Benjamin.  Some people are completely turned off by top 100 or top 10 names, and that’s okay.  I personally tend to prefer rare names, though seeing a beloved name pick up heat excites me.  Ultimately, I think if you love a name enough, popularity shouldn’t matter. 

Here are my favorite girls’ names from the 2015 American top 1000, included with their ranks.  Now, I like plenty more top 1000 names that I didn’t list here, but I wanted to keep the list relatively short!  The boys’ list will go up soon enough.

Girls:

  • Emma (#1)
  • Sophia (#3)
  • Charlotte (#9)
  • Amelia (#12)
  • Elizabeth (#13)
  • Chloe (#17)
  • Lillian (#26)
  • Hannah (#28)
  • Penelope (#34)
  • Violet (#50)
  • Sarah (#58)
  • Eleanor (#60)
  • Caroline (#62)
  • Aurora (#79)
  • Lydia (#81)
  • Katherine (#84)
  • Alice (#87)
  • Julia (#89)
  • Isabelle (#94)
  • Clara (#98)
  • Alexandra (#101)
  • Luna (#110)
  • Valentina (#114)
  • Mary (#124) – Mary is probably my second-favorite name currently, after Hermione.
  • Josephine (#131)
  • Adeline (#135)
  • Emilia (#145)
  • Margaret (#154) – Margaret is also easily in my top 10
  • Athena (#157)
  • Rose (#166)
  • Rachel (#167)
  • Juliana (#168)
  • Valerie (#171)
  • Eliza (#175)
  • Catherine (#179)
  • Cecilia (#181)
  • Genevieve (#182)
  • Rebecca (#186)
  • Arabella (#194)
  • Esther (#203)
  • Anastasia (#216)
  • Iris (#217)
  • Juliette (#226)
  • Vivienne (#233)
  • Olive (#264)
  • Adelaide (#273)
  • Miranda (#278)
  • June (#280)
  • Lucille (#283)
  • Phoebe (#286)
  • Jane (#288)
  • Ruth (#293)
  • Miriam (#294)
  • Diana (#295)
  • Joanna (#305)
  • Camilla (#374)
  • Daphne (#378)
  • Annabella (#396)
  • Freya (#417)
  • Helen (#419)
  • Hattie (#488) – I’d love to see Harriet make a comeback as well as this nickname
  • Priscilla (#502)
  • Evie (#512)
  • Frances (#513)
  • Rosemary (#518)
  • Regina (#520)
  • Edith (#526) – Edie would be an adorable nickname.   I also like the spelling ‘Edythe.’
  • Helena (#534)
  • Matilda (#535)
  • Johanna (#541)
  • Adelina (#545)
  • Maia (#556)
  • Marie (#564)
  • Beatrice (#565)
  • Angelique (#568)
  • Anne (#569)
  • Mabel (#578)
  • Mae (#588)
  • Annabel (#621) – I used to prefer Annabelle, but lately I’ve grown to really love this version
  • Pearl (#628)
  • Magnolia (#633)
  • Renata (#636)
  • Zelda (#647) – I’m totally going through a 1920s phase…Hemingway, Fitzgerald, flapper outfits, etc.  (Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife and an author in her own right)
  • Adele (#652)
  • Aliza (#675) – I think a lot of people don’t realize that this is an entirely different name than Eliza.
  • Esme (#682)
  • Dorothy (#714)
  • Clare (#730)
  • Mina (#761)
  • Ariadne (#765)
  • Martha (#791)
  • Thalia (#792)
  • Marjorie (#799)
  • Aurelia (#802)
  • Emmeline (#809)
  • Clementine (#819)
  • Estelle (#823)
  • Paulina (#878)
  • Astrid (#890)
  • Louisa (#908)
  • Judith (#927)
  • Susan (#929)
  • Cordelia (#948)
  • Ingrid (#957)
  • Elora (#963)
  • Ophelia (#975)
  • Noor (#985)
  • Rhea (#989)

What do you think of these?  I realize my tastes veer rather heavily towards the traditional, though I do appreciate my fair share of modern names.  I adore Harper and Sutton, though I’d probably never actually use either of them.

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