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AALIYAH This Arabic name means 'going higher.' It has many different spellings in the USA, including Aliyah (which is actually a separate Arabic name), Alia, Aleah etc. Aaliyah's most famous bearer is Aaliyah, the R&B singer who died tragically in a plane crash last year.
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ABAGARUS: this was the name of one of seven eunuchs in the court of Ahasuerus in the Old Testament.
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ABELLA: allegedly a Catalan surname meaning 'beekeeper,' this would make a pretty unusual alternative to Isabella.
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ABILENE: more famous as a place in Texas, although this was named for a minor place in the Old Testament. On the name front, it sounds like a blend of Abigail and Kathleen, only with the modern place-name trend going for it.
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ABIRAD: looking for a goth name? This Armenian boys' name means 'miserable.'
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ACALAN- in Sanskrit, this means 'the immovable; a mountain.' This is a name of the Hindu Lord Vishnu. The feminine form, ACALA, is a name for mother earth.
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ADELAIDE: Originally from a German name meaning 'noble and kind.'
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ADRIC: Dr. Who fans will recognize this one! The character's name comes from an anagram of the physicist Dirac.
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ADRIJA- meaning 'mountain-born' in Sanskrit, this lovely girls' name is also a name of the Hindu goddess Parvati.
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AELWYN /ILE win/- an old Welsh name meaning 'fair-browed." This is the male form, the feminine version is AELWEN.
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AESON: tired of names like Jason and Aidan, but want one with the same sound? Aeson is a Greek mythological name; the father of Jason of Argonauts fame.
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AFFERY: an English form of the biblical place name APHRAH meaning 'dust,' this name was used for a minor character in his novel 'Little Dorrit' by Charles Dickens.
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AFINA:- according to one website, I found, this is a Romanian girls' name meaning 'blueberry.'
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AGATHA: Sounds granny-ish now, but just wait--it will be the Hannah and Emma of tomorrow!
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AGHAVNI: this pretty Armenian girls' name means 'pigeon; dove.'
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AGLAIA: meaning 'splendor; beauty' in Greek, Aglaia was one of the three graces.
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AGNI: meaning 'fire' in Sanskrit, this was the name of an ancient 7-armed fire deity with 2 faces and 3 legs.
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AHTZIRI- in Nahuatl, this pretty girls' name means, possibly 'beloved; respected water droplet.'
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AIKEN: an Anglo-Saxon name meaning 'made of oak.' Hey, it's got the long A sound that's so popular now (Jayden, Caden, etc.) plus it's got a K (Kaylee, Kaitlyn, Jacob) AND it ends in N! The Anglo-Saxons were millennia ahead of their time with the trendy baby names!
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AILRIC: Sick of Eric and Derick? This medieval English name may be the ticket!
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AIMADA /iy MAH da/:- a very unusual Occitan name (spoken in S. France & NE Spain). It means 'beloved' and corresponds to the name Aimée (Amy)
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AISHA: This beautiful Arabic name means 'life.' Aisha was the name of Muhammed's 3rd and favorite wife, in the Islamic tradition.
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AITUA- this is the name of the Maori god of misfortune.
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AKASH: in Sanskrit, this boys' name means 'sky; open space.'
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ALAIA: this beautiful girls' name means 'joy' in Basque.
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ALANA (uh-LAH-na): Beautiful name that is not overused. Ali & Lana make cute nicknames.
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ALASTAIR: somewhat trendy, this solid Scottish name sounds and looks noble and cool at the same time.
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ALAWN: according to Welsh tradition, this is the name of one of the first three bards.
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ALBERIC: coming from Germanic elements meaning 'elf' and 'power', Alberic is a nice unusual name. It is a French from of Aelfrich, from which we get the English name Aubrey.
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ALBERT: Formerly considered an 'old guy' name, this regal name is ready for a comeback.
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ALDONZA: A medieval Portuguese name-it's beautiful and unusual.
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ALICE: Sick of Alison? Alice is a nice, old-fashioned alternative.
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ALIENOR: a nifty medieval form of Eleanor.
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ALIMAH: this beautiful Arabic girls' name means 'skilled in music'
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ALIZAH: pronounced /ah LEE za/, this pretty Hebrew name means 'joy.'
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ALLEGRA: forget the allergy medicine! This beautiful Italian name means 'happy.'
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ALON: pronounced /ah LON/, this modern Hebrew name means 'oak tree.'
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ALONDRA: This beautiful girls' name means 'lark' in Spanish.
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ALTAN: this name reportedly means 'red dawn' in Turkish and is a boys' name. It is also the word for 'ravine' in Irish Gaelic (though used in several place names, it's not a person's name)
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ALTANTSETSEG: Want a name no other kid on the block has? Try this one! In Mongolian it means 'golden flower.'
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ALYS/ ALIS: /AH liss/- the Welsh form of Alice, this lovely name doesn't sound too different from the English form.
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AMALA: in Sanskrit, this pretty girls' name means 'clean; pure.'
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AMALIA: More exotic and daring than Amelia, this name has lots of potential.
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AMANI: this lovely Arabic girls' name means 'desires; aspirations.'
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AMARYLLIS: the name of a gem, and a flower, this is an unusual name with an old-fashioned flair. It is the name that shows up in many madrigals
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AMETZA: in Basque, this name means 'oak tree.'
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AMINAH: A beautiful Arabic name, meaning either 'truthful' or 'young.' It was the name of the Prophet Muhammed's mother.
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AMITY: Virtue names like Grace and Hope are becoming popular these days. Why not use the less common Amity? This pretty name means 'peaceful relations; friendship'
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AMOUR: means 'love' in French. It's also an Armenian man's name meaning 'solid, strong, firm'
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AMYAS/AMIAS: meaning 'love' in Latin, this boys' name (pronounced ah MY is) has a dreamy, old-fashioned quality.
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AMYNTAS: a boys' name used in many English madrigals. It's pronounced /uh MIN tus/
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ANAHERA: this lovely, flowing Maori name means 'angel.'
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ANANDA: a beautiful Sanskrit name meaning 'happiness.' Pronounced /ah NAHN da/
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ANATA: this was the name of the ancient Babylonian goddess of the earth. It sounds lovely today, and works well as an environmentally-conscious name.
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ANELISA- in Zulu, this pretty name means 'to satisfy.'
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ANGELISE: another form of Angel/Angela etc., this pretty feminine name sounds a bit exotic without going overboard.
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ANGELUS: A Latin name derived from 'angel,' this name, barely used since Roman times, would make a nifty unusual classical choice.
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ANGIOLINA: my book says, 'derived from a physiological term relating to circulation.' That just cracked me up. It's kind of pretty, if you say it to yourself (in the way that Rubella and Scarletina are pretty words)
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ANGUS: A nice, underused Scottish name.
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ANIBAL: The Spanish form of Hannibal, this names makes a classical yet funkily exotic name.
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ANJALI: This beautiful Indian name means 'offering.'
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ANTOINE: a classic name with a Euopean feel.
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ANTON: a nice, classic, underused name.
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ANURA: meaning 'tail-less,' this is the order that frogs belong to. Hey, I think it sounds pretty!
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ANXELLI: (ahn SHEL lee)- I don't think this is used as a name, but it's the Nahuatl word for 'angel.' Start a trend!
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AOIBHGRÉINE /eev uh GRAIN yeh/: If your daughter can spell this ancient Irish name by the time she is 10, she can achieve anything. It means 'radiance of the sun,' And is the name of the daughter of Deirdre and Naoise in Irish legend. It's sometimes anglicized Evgren or Avgren.
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AQUINNAH: Michael J. Fox has a daughter named Aquinnah. I always thought that it sounds pretty and you could call her Quinn. Aquinna is another spelling. Michael J. Fox said it means 'beautiful colors of the sea' but I don´t know if this is true or not. It is the name of a town in Massachusetts formerly known as Gay Head.
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ARABELLA: sick of the super-popular name Isabella? Arabella has the same feel, but is more unusual. Abby was used as a pet form in the 1800s.
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ARAM: pronounced /AHR um/, this name is very popular amongst Armenians, but few others. The most famous Aram is probably the composer Khatchaturian, who wrote the classic 'Sabre Dance.'
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ARANTXA or ARANCHA: this is an unusual Basque girls' name meaning 'thorn bush.'
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ARAXIA: an uncommon Armenian girls' name; the name of a river.
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ARCHER: with names like Gunner, Hunter, etc. climbing the charts, why not Archer?
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ARCHIE: this spunky nickname could be used for Archer, following in the surname-as-first name trend.
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ARDAL/ARDGHAL- this unusual man's name comes from Irish and may mean 'high; height.'
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ARDETH- I can't find anything about this name anywhere, but I've always liked it. I don't think I made it up-- there has to be an origin somewhere!
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ARI: Meaning 'lion,' this Hebrew name sounds cute on a little boy, but distinguished on a grown man.
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ARIA: Italian, means 'song or melody.' Refers to a vocal solo in an opera.
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ARKADY: /ar KAH dee/ This boys' name is a bit old fashioned in Russian, but it still stands the test of time.
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ARLO: this is apparently the new hip funky name of the 2000-teens. I keep hearing this on both boys and girls!
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ARMEN: Used extensively in Armenia, where it is connected to the country name, this name is also used in German speaking countries, where it is a form of Herman.
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AROD or ARODI: an unusual biblical name that means 'hunchbacked.'
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ARSHILE- coined by Armenian author Arshile Gorky (born Vostanik Manuk Adoyan), he based his name on a form of the name Achilles.
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ARZI: this Hebrew boys' name is derived from the word for 'cedar tree.'
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ASA /AY sa/: an often-overlooked biblical name. It means 'doctor' in Hebrew and has the extra added bonus of being a palindrome!
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ASAHEL: an unusual name of several minor biblical characters. This name means 'God has made' or 'God acted.'
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ASENATH: The name of a Joseph's Egyptian wife in the Old Testament, this name was very common among the Puritans in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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ASHLEY (for a boy): it was used for boys first, why not reclaim it for them?
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ASPIRADORA: ok, it's not acually a name, it means 'vaccuum' in Spanish. Doesn't it sound pretty, though? No, you probably think it sucks. (HAR HAR)
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ASTER: with all the flower names in use as girls' names, I'm surprised this one never got more popular. Coming from the Latin word for 'star', this pretty purple flower would make a lovely name.
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ASTREA: a goddess of justice who became the constellation virgo. A beautiful name /ah STRAY a/. Also a genus of sea snails.
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ASTRID: a lovely Scandinavian name meaning 'divine beauty,' it walks that fine line of being unusual, but not weird.
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ASYA /AH s'ya/ This beautiful Swahili name means 'grief.'
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ATALANTA: in Greek Mythology, Atalanta was the swiftest runner in Greece, and would have to marry whoever beat her in a race.
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AUGUST: A nice, old-fashioned name. A more unusual choice than June, May, or April.
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AVELINE: a medieval French name possibly meaning 'hazelnut.' This would make a nice alternative to Ava.
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AVI: Starting out as a pet form of Avrahom/Avram, this nice Hebrew name is now used independently.
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AVIVA: Palindromic names (the same backwards and forwards) are cool! This one means 'spring' in Hebrew.
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AWEN: pronounced /AH wen/, this Welsh boys' name means 'muse.'
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AXEL: this spunky German name is fairly common in many Eurpoean countries, but is virtually unknown in the USA.
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AYAME- /ah yah meh/ this pretty, unusual name is the word for 'iris' in Japanese.
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