The Secret Ingredient Letter in Your Favorite Girl's Name
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