Avelot

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

Michelle: I really have starting liking Av- beginnings like Aveline and Avis, so when this was brought to my attention it, it was an instant fave. It also reminds me of ocelot.

Arabella

Origin: Latin Meaning: “yielding to prayer” Popularity: 187th in the US as of 2016

Mina: I feel like adding belle or bella to anything makes it extra beautiful. Arabella is no exception.

Alivia

Origin: Variation of Olivia Meaning: “olive tree” (Olivia) Popularity: 220th in the US as of 2016

Mina: It’s basically Olivia with an A and that’s enough reasoning for me to like it haha.

Anwen

Origin: Welsh Meaning: “very fair, beautiful” Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

Michelle: I really like names that have or end with wen, they’ve really have become some of my favorites, as you will see. I think Anwen is a name that will eventually get the credit it deserves. It’s a lot like Arwen which is probably another reason I like it so much.

Agatha

Origin: Greek Meaning: “good woman” Popularity: 727th in England as of 2016

Michelle: I think Agatha is such a gorgeous name that more people in the states should start recognizing. It’s got literary ties, that classic modern feel, and an adorable nickname, Aggie.

Adele

Pronunciation: a-DELL Origin: French diminutive of Adelaide Meaning: “noble, nobility” Popularity: 657th in the US as of 2016

Mina: I can’t tell you why I like this name but something about it attracts me to it.

Azalea

Pronunciation: a-ZAY-lee-ah Origin: English Meaning: “azalea, a flower” Popularity: 585th in the US as of 2016

Mina: Azaleas are pretty flowers and thus I think that makes this name a great name.

Avril

Origin: French variation of April Popularity: Not in any country’s top 1,000

Michelle: Like many others I first heard this from Avril Lavigne, the punk turned pop artist. I always thought it was such a unique name, one of the first ones I remember actually. I’m surprised it’s not being used more.

Annalise

Origin: Combination of Anna and Lise Popularity: 405th in the US as of 2016

Michelle: I’ve only met one and she was less than pleasant but besides that this name is one of the most ear pleasing names out there. This variation and the original German, Annaliese are both neat looking. People now associate this name with Viola Davis’ character from How to Get Away With Murder, which could be a good thing or a really bad one. I just think this name is a great Anna name.

Ara

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

Mina: It’s a simple, cute little name.