Argentina

            Meaning: “silver”                    Origin: Latin                Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Mina:                    Place names intrigue me and there is probably gonna be a lot of them on mine and Michelle’s lists. They’re nice names and because they’re linked to cool places makes them even better.

 

 

 

Amaranth

Pronunciation: Am-uh-ranth                       Origin and meaning: Botanical name, fuchsia colored flower                         Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Mina:                    I really love the name Amethyst and Amaranth gives me that same feel and interest as Amethyst does. It’s different, I don’t think I’ve ever actually met any.

 

 

Acadia

Meaning: “idyllic place”                 Origin: English from Greek                           Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Michelle:             I just like it, it sounds so melodic. I have no big issue with other than she could be called little Acadia from Nova Scotia. But that’s forgotten quickly, I also like the nicknames that are built-in, Cady and Dia.

 

 

Arda

Meaning: “Bronze”                          Origin: Armenian, Hebrew                           Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Mina:                    This name is synonymous to my mom, ‘cause she has this Turkish chef she loves, whose name is Arda. So, through her I’ve heard it so many times, it’s grown on me.

 

 

Alijah

Meaning: “Yahweh is God” (Elijah)                            Origin: Invented spelling variation of Elijah (Hebrew)                       Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Michelle:             Not going to lie I first heard this name when Kendra Wilkinson named her daughter this, which I thought was odd at first but quickly was like that’s cool. I don’t know if many people will really understand this variation of a popular name but I think they should at least try.

 

 

Arlen

Meaning: “hare land”                     Origin: English surname                Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Mina:                    I like this name because it reminds of the name Arlene.

 

 

Afia    

Meaning: “born on Friday”                           Origin: African                   Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Mina:                    Michelle introduced me to this name and I think it’s adorable. Kinda a hidden gem in my opinion.

 

 

Alura

Meaning: “Godlike advisor”                         Origin: English                   Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Michelle:             My mom always says she wanted to be named this when she was younger so I think I’ve subconsciously started to like it. There’s two versions of this name, the one I put in this master list and one that has double l’s, which has a different meaning. I still don’t know which I like better.

 

 

Alix

Pronunciation: ah-LEEX                                 Origin: French medieval, variation of Alice                             Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Michelle:             I never knew it was a name the went back to medieval France, I just thought it was a variation of Alex to make it more feminine. I still think this is a cool way to complete with all the Alex’s.

 

 

Angie

Origin: diminutive of Angela                        Meaning: “angel” (Angela)                           Popularity: 619th in the US as of 2016

 

Michelle:             I’ve always thought Angela was a pretty name that has stayed pretty relevant but lately I’ve been really digging Angie as a standalone. It’s cute and short.