The Secret Ingredient Letter in Your Favorite Girl's Name

Sep 20th 2018


One of the hottest trends in girls' names is hiding in plain sight. It's the letter v—not V, just v. The letter quietly powers fashionable names of every style, from a lowercase position in the middle of names.

The initial V hit its popularity peak in the early 20th century era of Vera and Velma, and has been relatively uncommon since. This NameVoyager graph tells the story:

Now take a look at the trend for names that don't start with V, but contain the letter within. The past decade has seen an unprecedented rise:

That recent wave includes the top-10 hits Olivia, Ava and Evelyn, and dozens of other popular choices as contemporary as Haven and Neveah, and as traditional as Eva and Genevieve.

Notice that in each of the names I just mentioned, the v is nestled between vowels. That's no coincidence. Parents like the spark of contrast a single, elegant v lends to otherwise liquid-smooth names. The subtlety of the style is also a selling point. Names like Everly and Olive don't sound like part of the same fashion trend. They just sound current and fresh.

Even the variety of v names above just scratches the surface. If the sound appeals to you, you have a wealth of uncommon options to choose from. None of the 90 selections below was given to more than 1,000 U.S. girls last year. I've listed them in descending order of popularity, from Evie, ranked #349 among all girls' names, to deep rarities like Xavia and Bravery.

Undiscovered Girls' Names with an Embedded v

Evie
Maeve
Eve
Aviana
Sylvia
Octavia
Ivory
Livia
Mavis
Giovanna
Davina
Novalee
Sylvie
Waverly
Jovie
Evelina
Guinevere
Clover
Evangelina
Geneva
Navy
Beverly
Ziva
Avani
Avalon
Navya
Iva
Avaya
Avril
Aviva
Devin
Saanvi
Yvonne
Avonlea
Chava
Kavya
Neva
Avia
Aavya
Sullivan
Evangelina
Lavender
Avamarie
Ever
Aven
Lluvia
Navi
Tova
Maven
Havana
Minerva
Lavinia
Evolet
Silvana
Reva
Nava
Devorah
Divinity
Seven
Everlyn
Liviana
Silver
Neve
Avielle
Divya
Maeva
November
Savvy
Averly
Ravenna
Savina
Dove
Havilah
Reverie
Svea
Avital
Zahava
Reeve
Flavia
Calvary
Ginevra
Zenovia
Favor
Harvest
Tavia
Revel
Xavia
Kiva
Devaney
Bravery

 

Comments

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September 24, 2018 7:37 PM

You have Evangelina on there twice, and no Evangeline. I'm guessing one of the -linas is supposed to be a -line?