Ariel

Origin: Hebrew                                                 Meaning: “lion of God”                                  Popularity: 140th in the US as of 2016

 

Mina:                                    The little mermaid is my favorite Disney Princess movie, thus why I love this name so much.

 

 

Ambrosia

Origin: Greek and Roman mythology name                                           Meaning: “foods for the gods”                                   Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Mina:                                    I don’t know why I like this name, but I think it’s cause of the meaning and the sound of it.

 

 

Alexia

Origin: Diminutive of Alexandra                                 Meaning: “defending of men”                                    Popularity: 374th in the US as of 2016

 

Michelle:             I’m not the biggest fan of Alexis bur for some reason Alexia I like. It gives me a very myth-esque feeling.

 

 

Annabeth

Origin: Combination of Anna and Beth                                                    Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Mina:                                    I adore the Percy Jackson series and Annabeth is a daughter of Athena, which makes me love her more.

 

 

Arlene

Origin: Irish and English                                 Meaning: “Oath”, “Pledge”                          Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Michelle:             I’m going to be real, my lady doctors name is Arlene. This makes it hard for me to understand why someone calls it a modern invented name, especially when I find numerous sources that debate the origin and meaning. I really think its spunky, kind of like the female version of Arlen, even though that’s being given to girls nowadays.

 

 

Aniyah

Origin: Modern invented name                                 Meaning: Possibly a variation of Hannah, “grace”                               Popularity: 271st in the US as of 2016

 

Michelle:             I’m really into names like these, invented ones with a kick. I especially love the -yah ending. I think its short but not forgettable. Plus, all the nickname possibilities.

 

 

Alaia

Pronunciation: ah-LYE-ah                              Origin: Basque                                  Meaning: “joyful, happy”                              Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Michelle:             I’ve become really into Basque names lately and I don’t understand. But I really like this hidden gem, yeah there are some potential problems. Some could mispronounce the name and there could be some teasing issues. But if we over look that it’s like the popular Alaya that’s being chosen a lot lately.

 

 

Ada

Origins: German                               Meaning: “nobility, noble”                           Popularity: 345th in the US as of 2016

 

Michelle:             Every year I’m so shocked that this retro star is so popular in the states. I’ve liked this name for a long time now. It bugs the hell out of Mina, who can’t stand it. Ada to me is one of those classic names that doesn’t fit to just one decade, it’s always current, like many of my diehard favorites.

 

 

Alexandra

Origin: Greek, diminutive of Alexander                                  Meaning: “Defender of men”                                     Popularity: 110th in the US as of the 2016

 

Mina:                                    Alexandra is such a pretty name. I love the sound of it, and how it’s a female variant of Alexander.

 

 

Atia

Origin: Roman name                                       Meaning: Unknown                                        Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Mina:                                    This name is one of those short names that I feel like can be overlooked but it’s really cute.