Girl name that is simple but not too common!

I know what name I would use for a boy, but I'm having SO much trouble with girl names! I'm looking for a name that is not too out there, easy to pronounce/spell, that people will have heard before, but is not super popular or common. For example, my name is April. I like it because people know it, no one has trouble pronouncing or spelling it, but I only meet someone with the same name once in a while. 

Can anyone think of other names like that?

I've been playing around with the names Eve and Maeve, but then I read a story about a woman who regretted naming her daughter Maeve because people always pronounced it "mauve." :/


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March 5, 2017 1:54 PM

I really like the name Eve. I have a close friend named Eve who prefers to be called Evie. I also like the name Elise or Elyse. My cousin is named Elise, and people never pronounce her name wrong. Also, the name Sabrina is cute, not too common, and easy to pronunce. Some others are:










March 7, 2017 8:02 PM

Great suggestions, just wanted to put out there that I know 4 Elises, aging 1-18. It's a beautiful name, none the less, and it may just be where I live.

March 5, 2017 2:11 PM

Names that are obvious in spelling and pronunciation, that don't stand out, but that are not being commonly used:

Alice, Amber, Amy, Ann/Anne, Audrey,
Celeste, Charity,
Daisy, Dawn, Diane/Diana, Dorothy,
Heather, Helen, Hope,
Irene, Iris,
Jane, Joy, Julie/Julia,
Karen, Kate, Krista,
Laura, Leah, Linda, Lisa, Lucy, Lydia,
Mary, Mercy, Michelle, Monica,
Nancy, Nina,
Rita, Rose, Ruby, Ruth,
Stacy, Susan,
Violet, Vivian

They're all currently under 0.3% of first names for girls and none are in the top 35 names being given.

March 5, 2017 3:44 PM

I like Eve the best. I have never been fond of Maeve but below are some other options


Adriana, Augustine, Bianca, Bridget, Corrine, Caroline, Delaney, Daphne, Ellery, Edie, Eliza, Eden, Ester, Fiona, Gillian, Ginny, Gwen, Hadley, Justine, Jane, Iris, Ida, Lainey, Loretta, Lux, Lydia, Mirabel, Madigan, Meredith, Maxine, Nadia, Odette, Piper, Rose, Remi, Sasha, Sienna, Sierra, Summer, Shelby, Tabitha, Veronica, Verity, Viola, Valerie. Whitney

March 6, 2017 1:26 AM

I think Eve is very nice.  Or maybe Geneva, nicknamed Eve?

Other ideas:
Celia, Coral, Cleo, Flora, May, Poppy, Alma, Zilla, Dixie, Louise (or Louisa), Marian, Antonia, Estella, Harriet, Althea, Della, Delia (or Cordelia)

March 6, 2017 7:34 AM

Eve and Maeve were on my own list; i too liked how simple and sweet they were. I can't see there being too big a problem for Maeve, but I guess you need to consider your own tolerance levels for that sort of thing.

How about Alice, Jane, Mavis (no Mauve problem, Maeve would be an intuitive nickname), Elsie, Clara, Quinn, Hope, Cora, Ada, Ava, Ivy, Thea, Willa, Caris, Greta or Lucy?

Or a bit more unusual, but in case it was the v sound that appealed to you - Vera or Elva.

(I wanted to suggest May and June, but I'm guessing both would be off the table;)

ETA - I really like the suggestions of Iris and Leah above too. Lara? Pippa?

March 6, 2017 11:32 AM

If you're in the US, I'll suggest my own name: Martha. I almost never meet anyone else with my name, but everyone knows it and knows how to spell it - unless of course they mishear it as Marsha, but that's pretty rare. (It's much more popular in the UK than here, hence the caveat.)

March 7, 2017 11:46 PM

So I can completley relate to your criteria in picking a name, it's pretty much exactly what our thoughts were before we decided on a name, well still not 100% sure, but close!  

What I want to say about your comment, "but is not super popular or common," I would just make sure that you don't completley rule out a name that you love just because it's popular.  We are probably going with a name that is really popular because it's the name that I just can't stop thinking about or get out of my head even when we come across another one that we ""might like.  It was also the only name on the list that my husband loved too.  I would just encourage you to not worry about popularity when choosing a name.  When I searched for this name on Social Security, there happened to be not as many born with that name in my area anyways so I think it will work out.  

I understand your concern, as I was there myself.  I really like the name Eve as well as many other short but sweet names that are currently in the top 10!  :)  

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March 12, 2017 10:43 PM

My go to for simple but underused is Mary. My next choice would be Anna.

I think Eve is pretty common because of all of the Evelyn/Eva/Ava/Everly names out there. Maeve is less common, but I would expect some people to struggle with pronounciation and spelling. 

If you want other options with a "v" sound, how about Vivian, Vera, Violet or Savannah? 

March 14, 2017 11:41 AM
  • Bree
  • Dorcas 
  • Ellery
  • Emerson
  • Emory
  • Eunice 
  • Galilea
  • Geneva
  • Isadora 
  • Linnea
  • Lisbeth 
  • Lourdes 
  • Loren 
  • Magnolia
  • Marion 
  • Marlene
  • Melissa 
  • Nova
  • Pearl
  • Roxanne
  • Vienna 
  • Will
  • Winter
  • Wren
March 15, 2017 4:56 PM

I like those qualities about my name, as well!

How about:

Paige, Melanie, Hope, Joy, Erica

Rose, Fern, Ivy, Laurel, Ida

Iris, Irene, Eva, Stella, Zelda

Lydia, Marie, Lucy, Molly, Ruby

Jane, Daisy, Clara, Claire, Samantha

Erin, Fiona, Maura, Hazel, Olive

Alice, Colleen, Tessa

March 16, 2017 3:53 PM

I will throw out my own name, Sally! I am in my late-20's and only know one of ther person in my age range with my name and have never met anyone younger with it. I also like the name Polly and agree with the suggestions of Mary, Martha, and Anne/Anna.

March 20, 2017 11:29 PM
  • Collette
  • Marie
  • Elaine
  • Katrina
  • Rochelle
  • Helena (pronunciation may be an issue as there are 3 different ways)
  • Tina
  • Fern
  • Laura
  • Siobhan
  • Virginia
  • Kara
  • Zinnia
  • Frances
  • Paulina
  • Una
  • Isa

Ursula (may be too sea-witch for you)

Similar to Eve and Maeve:

  • Avery
  • Eva
  • Maren
  • Mae
  • Ava (very popular at the moment)
  • Yvonne
  • Yvette
  • Ivy
  • Mabel
March 20, 2017 11:37 PM

Oh, and here are some names that currently have similar popularity as April:

  • Mallory
  • Elle
  • Zara
  • Gwendolyn
  • Serena
  • Dahlia
  • Macy
  • Carly
  • Carmen
  • Bianca
  • Daphne
  • Camilla
  • Gia
  • Veronica
  • Helen
  • Bethany
  • Marilyn
  • Francesca
  • Juniper
  • Joy
  • Julie
  • Amara
  • Karina
  • Thea
  • Janelle
  • Willa
  • Elisa
  • Holly
  • Jamie
  • Karen
  • Priscilla
  • Cassandra
  • Matilda
  • Marissa
March 30, 2017 9:00 AM

Oh, someone suggested Anne?  I LOVE them!  You might also consider ... Joy.  Sweet, simple,inspirational ... <3

May 16, 2017 5:12 AM
  • Willow
  • Florence
  • Primrose
  • Maggie
  • Matilda
  • Hazel
  • Kirsty
  • May/Mae
  • Jane
  • Anne
  • Hattie
  • Ida
  • June 
  • Blithe
  • Cora
  • Eden
  • Genevieve 
  • Charlotte 
  • Mabel
  • Marie
  • Audrey
  • Bree
  • Christina
  • Mya/Maya/Maiya
  • Martha

Hope this helped :))


May 16, 2017 8:17 AM

I think Eve and Maeve are lovely


some others


Amy     Jane  Anne

Faith    Joy   Hope

Grace  Rose  Audrey

Laura Hannah Chelsea

Celeste Stella Tessa

Heidi  Eden Lisa

Hazel  Bethany

Cassandra  Julia

Portia  Phoebe

Nina Naomi  Emma

Emily  Megan Jessica

Amelia  Erin Sarah

Natalie Eva  Leah Chloe Zoe

May 19, 2017 2:51 AM

I love love love Maeve.  Eve also lovely.

If you want familiar-but-not-common, get the list of top 1,000 baby names for your country, and go through the list of those between whatever arbitrary cut-off thresholds you choose.  For example "ranks between 200 and 500" or whatever, and see which names in that range you (and your partner, if you have one) like.



May 19, 2017 3:30 AM

If you enjoy research like I do, it is fun to get the full list of baby names from the year you were born and find out just how many babies were give your name in that year. Since you like how your name is known, but not common that data will give you an idea of what area of the top 1000 (or beyond) you might want to look at. 

Keep in mind that even if your name was ranked at 100 the year you were born, the number of babies receiving the 100th most popular name now is probably lower than it was decades ago. I was surprised by how many babies got my name in the year I was born, and yet I've only ever encountered one other in passing. Then again, my name was popular only for a brief span of years. 

May 20, 2017 12:09 PM














November 14, 2017 4:40 PM


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May 26, 2017 1:28 PM

• Aria

• Diem

• Elodie

• Elara

• Farah

• Lilith

• Rhea

• Sloan

• Circe

• Cleo

• Lux

• Sybil