Monday, February 11

Frills + Edges: Girls

photos taken from my Instagram

Here are some unusual girl names (all used under 100 times in the US in 2011) that fall into two categories: either super flowery and frilly, or super masculine. 

I like the idea of pairing them up to make a balanced combination, taking one from each list and creating something unexpected yet well-matched. Sometimes, using an historically male name on a girl can be a pet peeve for many namers, but I, personally, don't see the big deal. Sometimes it works, sometimes it falls flat. I'll be posting a set with frilly boy names later in the week, too — just to even things up.

Very feminine — 

Acadia
Adalia
Althea
Aminata
Amorette
Avila — from the Spanish place name Ávila, I can see this getting a second look thanks to the uber-popularity of Ava and Avery
Aviva
Avonlea — fans of LM Montgomery will recognize this one as a made-up place name from her Anne of Green Gables series. I'd count it as another possible Ava-spinoff. Suffix "-lea" is always popular for girls (as "-ly," "-lee" or "lie," as well)
Calypso
Cosette
Darling
Diva
Edeline 
Eloisa
Emmylou
Eowyn
Eulalia
Faustina
Fiorella — an Italian name that literally means "flower"
Guinevere
Goldie — this one's definitely on the upswing. A lovely "old lady" ready for a hipster comeback
Hanalei
Inaya
Isaura
Ivelisse
Joie — the French word for "joy," I'm betting most of the Joies born in the US are pronouncing it more like "Joey"
Lady
Lavinia
Leta
Lielle
Liesel
Lilibeth
Lisette
Liviana
Lolita
Lovely
Luella
Malaia
Marielle
Maybelline — if you can separate it from the cosmetics brand, I think this one is way too adorable. Pronounce the last syllable more like "line" than "leen," and you have a twee cowgirl name ready to go
Mayela
Mireille
Olympia
Philomena
Ravenna
Rosabella
Soliana
Ursula
Vianka 
Violetta
Vivica
Winona
Zahava — means "gold"
Zelda
Zetta

Very masculine — 

Beau
Billie
Brooks
Clarke
Crosby
Daryl — falls flat, for me, on a boy, but on a girl it sounds fresh and modern
Dawson
Dempsey
Flannery 
Gabriel
Gray 
Harbor
Hartley
Jude
Jules — I love Jude and Jules on girls
Lennox
McCall
Memphis
Nico
Parrish — noticed a football player in the Superbowl named Perrish. It's always been one of my favorite words and I think I prefer it on a girl
Perry
Quinlan
Ripley
Rivers — (Adenoidal voice yells "Weezer rocks!") I've seen this one on girls a few times. Jason Schwartzman used it as a middle name for his daughter Marlowe, and this article mentions the fossil guy's young daughter, Rivers (her brother is Grey)
Rorie
Royce
Salem
Spencer
Sutton
Tennyson
Tierney
Wesley
Winslow
Yardley

And some yin/yang combos — 


Diva Gabriel
Goldie Lennox
Lavinia Jude
Liesel Rivers
Memphis Luella
Nico Lovely
Ripley Marielle
Winona Beau
Vivica Gray
Zelda Jules
Zetta Royce

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