Overlooked Girls' Names with Fashionable Endings
Seven names with a "bel" ending, from Annabelle to Mabel, rank among the top thousand names for American girls. Does that exhaust all the possibilities? Not by a long shot. A host of "bels"—and other popular name endings—are waiting to be discovered among the name choices of past generations.
The name statistics of the 1880s-1920s feature hundreds of names with fashionable suffixes. I searched for currently rare girls' names ending in -belle/-bel, -ora and -ia, discarding options that stepped too far outside current fashion bounds. (Sorry, Vernabelle. And an extra-double sorry to Splendora, a one-hit wonder of 1923.)
The 49 options below include some throwbacks, some curiosities, and a few names so modern-sounding that it's surprising we don't see them more often. Among them, you may find a fresh alternative to a popular favorite. Annabelle and Alexandria, get ready to meet Evabelle and Arcadia.