Wednesday, May 13, 2015

10 Y Names You Never Thought of Using: Girls

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Though it may not seem like it, there are actually so many great Y names for girls. In fact, it was difficult to edit my list down to ten. Take a look, and as always, let me know what you think.

Yael- Yael is a Hebrew name that is currently used for girls only 28% of the time. On the boys list he's #864, but she doesn't rank on the girls list. Yael is pronounced (yah-ELL), making it a viable contender for either gender. As a bonus, Yael means mountain goat, which is adorable.

Yamelia- Yamelia is a variation of Amelia that is decidedly less vintage, more urban. She's a good choice if you're looking for something out of the box, but that sounds trendy. But beware, she will get mistaken for Amelia. A lot.

Yani- If you want a name that's cute, perky, and unusual, put Yani on your list. She's originally a diminutive of Yana, but she could also be a nickname for Yaneli, Yaneth, Yanina, Yanira, or Yanitza.

Yara- Yara (alternate spellings: Yarra or Yarah) is a super sweet Arabic name meaning "small butterfly." Many Sarahs and Saras are now becoming moms--Yara would make a wonderful honor name.

Yarrow- One of the top baby name endings of the year was -ow and -owe, but Yarrow remains undiscovered. This unisex herb name would fit right in at any 2015 playground.

Yelena- Helena is a beautiful name that people--especially those in the baby name community--seem to love. Yelena is not much different, but hasn't caught on in the same way. She currently sits at #3363 on the charts (a step above Abbigayle). She's much more popular in Kazakhstan and Russia.

Yonit- Yonit is a simple, tailored, not-overly-girly Hebrew name. She's so unique that it's hard to even find information about her. She does share roots with Jonah, suggesting she means dove. One notable Yonit is Yonit Levi, and Israeli TV producer.

Yosebe- Perhaps even more scarce than Yonit is Yosebe. She's an ancient variation of Josephine, so Yosie or even Josie would be darling nicknames. If your goal is to find a rare Hebrew name for a daughter, Yosebe is your girl.

Yuki- Yuki is just such a happy name. I can't help but smile when thinking about her. She's a Japanese name (meaning "snow") that everyone is familiar with, yet almost no one uses. If you have Japanese heritage, Yuki is one for the list.

Yulia- Like Tulia, Yulia is an excellent substitute for Julia. She is the Armenian and Russian form of Julia, along with Iuliya and Yulya.

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