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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.