Of course Jennifer was the behemoth of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and borrowed-from-the-boys Harper is now number 10 on the girl list. And yes, Esther is a biblical classic, and Heather and Amber have had their moments in the sun. But there is now a whole group of fresher er-ending girls’ names that are coming onto the horizon. Here are Nameberry’s picks of the 12 best:
Clover is an attractive botanical name beginning to pop up increasingly on the name-scape, with more energy and verve than perennial blooms like Rose and Lily ― and also associated with the luck of the four-leaf clover. It’s been chosen by several celebs, including Breckin Meyer, and by Natasha Gregson Wagner , who used it to honor her late mother Natalie Wood’s iconic film “Inside Daisy Clover.” Clover is another Nameberry fave, at number 334.
This soft, delicate nostalgic color and aromatic flower name is beginning to join other purpley cousins Violet, Lilac and Mauve among adventurous namers intrigued by the Harry Potter character Lavender Brown or Matilda’s best friend. Lavender ranks at number 503 on Nameberry.
Perky Piper is probably the hottest name on this list, ranking at number 67 in the U.S. and also around the top 50 in Australia and New Zealand. It entered the U.S. list in 1999, just a year after it co-starred on the show “Charmed.” Samantha Bee is one of several celebrity parents of a Piper.
Juniper is jumping onto lots of name lists — it’s a fresh and fragrant nature name that has climbed more than 500 places since 2012 to number 352. It’s the full name of children’s book fave Junie P. Jones and starred in the animated series “The Life and Times of Juniper Lee.”
Even though this is the only one-syllable name in the group, the sophisticated Scottish Greer rates inclusion via its er ending. Red-haired Golden Age Hollywood star Greer Garson (born Eileen ― Greer was her mother’s maiden name) lends it a glamorous aura. Brooke Shields spells her daughters name Grier.
Ember has risen to replace the once glowing Amber. It entered the top 1000 in 2009 and has now moved rapidly up 564 places to number 320. It’s definitely one to watch!
This shimmery unisex name — it’s more female to me as I knew a lovely little girl named Silver, though its single Social Security Administration ranking in the 1890s was on the boys’ side ― has a very different appeal than cousin Goldie. Would make a shiny, sparkly middle.
It’s an unusual simple yet meaningful word name with an evocative, timeless meaning. And it could also be a shortening of currently popular names like Everly, Everett and Everest. Milla Jovovich used it for her daughter, and it made an appearance on “Gossip Girl.”
If Spring, Autumn and Summer feel a little dated, there’s a snowy freshness to Winter. A couple of celebrities have used it, including Gretchen Mol and media mogul Sean Parker, and it’s made a few media appearances as well. Winter entered the U.S. popularity list in 1978, and now ranks at number 506.
This flower name is one of the newer blooms in the garden, already appreciated on Nameberry to the point where it’s number 431. Related to the Greek word for star, Aster is the birth month for September, symbolizing daintiness, love and magic, and would make a pretty name for a girl born this month.
You don’t have to be expecting around the holiday to consider this name that appeared on the top 1000 list a century ago and remained up through 1942 —though it would make an ideally appropriate choice for a spring babe. It derives from the name of the German spring goddess Eostre and could make a cool holiday playmate for a Noel or Noelle.
Though first heard in the James Bond movie “Casino Royale” via the Eva Green character Vesper Lynd, the name has a much more spiritual aura as the Latin word used for evening religious services. Already used by a couple of celebs, Vesper is sure to find wider popularity.