New/Old Name Ideas for the Top Girls' Initials
When it comes go girls' names, the letter A reigns over the whole alphabet. It's the #1 first (and last) letter for American girls, by a mile. After A comes a powerhouse trio: E as in Emma, M as in Mia, S as in Sophia. Together, the four initials account for nearly half of American girls' names.
With such overwhelming popularity, you might expect that every traditional A, E, M and S name is already in heavy rotation. Yet a search through names of past generations reveals a bounty of underused possibilities. I screened for girls' names with these three properties:
No name on the list below ranks among the top 500 girls' names in the U.S. today. I also ruled out names like Ann which were so common in past generations that they still sound thoroughly familiar, even if they're currently rare.
2. Have some fashion momentum
Every name on the list has risen in popularity over the past five years.
3. Have some history behind them
I only considered names that appeared in the national baby name states prior to 1930. Most of the names chosen were given to hundreds or thousands of American girls from the 1880s-1920s.
That simple recipe yielded a bumper crop of names ranging from the stately (Seraphina) to the sweet (Edie) to the surprising (Amaryllis). Below are 50 of the most intriguing possibilities, 10 each of E, M and S names, and a double-helping of 20 for the super-popular letter A.
Intriguing A Names
Intriguing E Names
Intriguing M Names
Intriguing S Names