Yesterday we brought you an A to Z of underused and – in our opinion! – underappreciated boys names. Today? It's all about the girls!
C is for… Ciara – a popular name in Ireland, but it's dropped in popularity here in the States over the last decade. It means 'little dark one' and is traditionally pronounced KEER-a, but is occasionally pronounced see-AIR-a by Americans.
D is for… Dorothy – an old-fashioned name that stays whimsical and playful thanks to its Oz connections. We think Dorothy could really come back into fashion.
F is for… Faye – this name is so simple and light. It means 'fairy', and we think it's a really magical choice.
H is for… Heather – floral names are really in at the moment, so we think Heather needs to take advantage of current trends! Slightly wilder and freer than the highly cultivated Rose and Lily, we love this name to bits!
I is for… Ingrid – another Norse name we'd like to see used a little more in the States. It means 'fair, beautiful', and has the fair and beautiful Ingrid Bergman as a namesake.
J is for… Jewel – with the return of Emerald and Ruby, we think it might be time for Jewel to make a comeback! While it might once have sounded a little tacky, we think the current naming trends would make this an excellent choice.
L is for… Lexie – this diminutive of a number of Alex-names is delightful and a fantastic name in its own right.
M is for… Mavis – this name is pure old lady chic, and – yes! – we're saying that as a compliment! We love this new trend of reclaiming lost names, and think Mavis is an awesome and unique option.
O is for… Ophelia – a name invented by Shakespeare for his tragic heroine might not seem like the natural choice for your daughter, but we love its rich, poetic sound and exoticism.
P is for… Poppy – Poppy is a flower name which is more playful than Rose and more preppy than Heather or Lily. And with less than 400 baby Poppys born last year, your daughter's name will really pop out!
Q is for… Quincy – we love Quincy. A classic case of surname-as-a-first-name, we think Quincy is quirky and cute, but also one with historical and cultural gravitas.
S is for… Sylvie – Sylvie is a very sleek and sophisticated name with a wild touch: it means 'from the forest'.
T is for… Teagan – of all the "under-used" names on our list, this one is actually the most used! In fact, last year, it was #150 among American parents. Still, we see this Irish name – meaning 'beautiful' – rising even higher up the charts in the future.
V is for… Valda – a superhero name for your super and strong little girl. Valda means 'battle heroine'.
Z is for… Zaria – They say a rose by any other name would smells as sweet, and that's certainly the case here with Zaria. This Arabic name means, of course, 'rose', and we think it is way too underused: last year only 348 Zarias were born in the whole USA!