They’re the names that we all recognize, but don’t hear everywhere. You may know a kid or two who answers to them, because many are rising in use.
But in terms of temperature they’d please even Goldilocks: neither the white-hot trendy that characterizes fast risers, nor the chill of former favorites now tumbling in use.
What else defines sweet spot girl names?
- One spelling dominates. Sure, you might meet a Kwyn or even a Jynnaveev, but they’re the exception. And even alternate spellings like Hadlee and Jayne lag well behind their more familiar counterparts.
- While they may share characteristics with other names, they’re not part of a name cluster, like the many -bella/-belle names, led by Top Ten Isabella.
- The names claim some history – maybe they’re not traditional girls’ names, but they’re also not truly recent inventions.
- Boy names on girls are excluded. They can be great choices, but it’s tough to gauge true popularity of a name like Logan or Carter when used for a daughter. Will it feel different and fresh? Or too common? Surnames as first names, however, are still very much part of the list.