Acacia

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

 

Mina:                    This name was intriguing to me because it’s not a name I commonly hear and sometimes I’m just really drawn to those names. Acacia is one of those names.

 

 

Anise

Pronunciation: ANN-iss                                 Origin: nature name, licorice plant                            Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Mina:                    It’s really funny that I like this name because when Michelle was researching meanings for names, we found that this name is synonymous with licorice. And I’m not the biggest fan of black licorice.

 

 

Amani

Pronunciation: a-MAHN-ee                          Origin: Variation of Imani, Arabic               Meaning: “faith”                                Popularity: 714th in the US as of 2016

 

Michelle:             I really like names that end in the -ee, -ey, -ie ending. I just gravitate towards them ever sense I was a little girl my first pet was named Kayleigh. Amani fits the bill for me, it’s cute and similar sounding to a famous designer, Armani.

 

 

Ailani

Origin: Hawaiian                               Meaning: “chief”                              Popularity: 913th in the US as of 2016

 

Michelle:             I’ve come to the understanding that I also dig Hawaiian names, I can guarantee you Kailani and Leilani will be on my faves. The -ni ending I think does it for me.

 

 

Araceli

Pronunciation: Ah-rah-SEH-lee                  Origin: Spanish                  Meaning: “altar in the sky”                          Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Michelle:             I’ve just been introduced to this name in last 2 years. I thought it was popular enough to be in the top 1,000 but apparently not. It’s got history and melodic fluidity about it that’s pleasing to many.

 

 

Augustine

Origin: English variation of Augustus                       Meaning: “great, magnificent”                   Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Mina:                    I adore the name August, due to summer haha, stupid reason i know, and Augustine makes me think of saints. So I can’t tell you why but that makes this name all the more interesting to me.

 

 

April

Origin: Latin                        Meaning: “to open”                        Popularity: 402nd in the US as of 2016

 

Mina:                    I think this name grew on me because of Grey’s Anatomy. April Kepner was not one of my favorites but she slowly turned into a favorites as the seasons progressed.

 

 

Abbie

Origin: Diminutive of Abigail                        Meaning: “my father is joyful”                                    Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Michelle:             This and Abbey are my favorite spellings of the beloved nickname. I just think it’s the most classic choice. I’ve heard many times that people have named their children Abigail or some variation just to use this nickname. My view is that its spunky but that could be because of a character off of NCIS.

 

 

Aspen

Origin: Nature and place name                                   Popularity: 361st in the US as of 2016

 

Mina:                    I love this name, it reminds of the good times I had as a child in Aspen, Colorado. Plus I think it’s a beautiful name.

 

 

Alzbet

Origin: Czech, variation of Elizabeth                         Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

 

Michelle:             It reminds me of Elspeth which I actually adore. With so many nicknames for Elizabeth I think this one should be considered along with Beth, Liz, Buffy, and Bessie. Though the foreign feel may push people away.