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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.