Antonia

Origin: Latin                        Meaning: “priceless one”              Popularity: 993rd in the US as of 2016

 

Mina:                Michelle introduced me to this name as well as many others, and I like how regal and classic it sounds.

 

 

Azrael

Origin: Hebrew                                       Meaning: “help of God”                                Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Michelle:       Mina and I tend to claim things like angels, mythological figures, flowers, planets, the list continues. When I say claim it’s like things or names we tend to feel connected to. I just loved everything about the angel Azrael, the archangel of death and retribution. I thought at first it was female because it just seems like a woman’s job, which is why it’s on this list. I really do just adore this name, though it’s thought it could be too much for a child to handle. I think otherwise, woman are strong and deserve names that reflect that, in my opinion only.

 

 

Alexandria

Origin: Greek, variation of Alexandra                       Meaning: “Defender of men”                     Popularity: 218th in the US as of 2016

 

Michelle:             To be completely honest, I started liking this name because of Asking Alexandria. Then it began to grow on me as an actual name. The regal modern feel of Alexandria is what makes it a timeless piece. There are also several nicknames built in.

 

 

Abbott

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

 

Michelle:             This was originally on Mina’s master list and somehow entered mine but I’m completely fine with switch. Abbott to me has the potential to become the next Abigail which I really love. I adore alternatives to very popular names. Abbot has the nickname Abbey built right into as Abigail does, though Abbot is primarily a surname currently, people should look at it’s potential to be a dominant first name.

 

 

Aster

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

 

Mina:                                    Aster is a name that I didn’t think I would like but it really grew on me. It’s a flower name and it also sounds like a star, and I don’t why but I like that a lot.

 

 

Amapola

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

 

Michelle:             I don’t know what about this name but I really like it. Maybe it’s the exotic feeling or -pola ending.

 

 

Aleida

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

 

Michelle:             I started liking this name because of a character of Orange is the New Black. I liked the spunk and bad assery of this character, thus I began liking this name. It flows off the tongue effortlessly.

 

 

Aubriana

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

 

Mina:                    I enjoy the name Aubrey and this name was kinda of an extension of it

 

 

Avia

Origin: Hebrew                                 Meaning: “my father is God”                                       Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Mina:                                    I really like this name. I first heard from the Youtube family the Shaytards and I thought it was such a beautiful name.

 

 

Alyssa

Origin: English variation of Alice                                 Meaning: “Noble”                            Popularity: 120th in the US as of 2016

 

Mina:                    I recently read a book series inspired by Alice in Wonderland and the lead character’s name was Alyssa. Before I read this book, I wasn’t a big fan of this name but as I read the series the name really grew on.