Deciding on your baby’s name isn’t always easy, and it’s especially tough if you are trying to find a name that’s trendy, but also not
too popular (it’s a delicate balance). If you’re in this position, you’re likely grappling with finding the sweet spot in baby names if you like names like Mila, Evelyn, or Harper, which are all adorable, non-traditional, and among the most popular baby names. Thankfully, there is no shortage of equally amazing alternative names for you to choose from.
In 2021, some of the top 10
most popular baby girl names in the United States included Olivia, Emma, Ava, Amelia, and Sophia, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration Office. Coming in slightly behind, at number 26, is Mila, a name that is the perfect combination of edgy and sweet. Unfortunately, the problem with loving a baby name like Mila is that since it is so popular, chances are high that one of your friends has already snagged the name for their little one.
So, if you’ve found yourself in this position, don’t worry because there are still plenty of sweet baby names like Mila that are timely and fun. Here are some fabulous options to choose from.
Even though Mila has origins from Russia, in Spain it’s a name that means “miracle.” If you love the idea of naming your little miracle, well, a miracle, consider Nasaya which is a Hebrew name with the same meaning.
If Mila isn’t an option for you, then Mya is an excellent choice for plan B. It has a similar sound, it’s just as pretty, and it’s a popular but not trendy name.
Mila can be pronounced “Me-La” or “My-La,” and if you’re a fan of the second pronunciation, then add Lylah to your list of possible names. It’s a derivative name, which means it doesn’t have clear origins because it could have come from a variety of names such as Delilah, Lyle, or Leila.
Another possible alternative to Mila is Mireya. They’re both “M” names with Spanish origins, but while Mila means “miracle,” Mireya means “admired” (which is a pretty fantastic meaning). Not to mention, it’s an absolutely beautiful name.
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Meaning “the golden one,” Aurelia is among the hottest and most popular baby girl names right now.
Ivy has always been a gorgeous name; since 1991, however, there has been a steady uptick in its popularity, and it’s no wonder because it’s a really cute name.
Elodie is a pretty alternative to Melody and has been one of the most-searched-for names in the last couple of years. Grab the name now, while you can, before there are no less than two Elodies in every daycare classroom.
Luna has been pretty popular for a while, likely thanks to Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s adorable little girl, but it’s not too late to give your little one the gorgeous name, too.
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One of those names that are somehow both classic and trendy, Claire means “bright, clear” and will look absolutely adorable monogrammed on your baby’s first onesie.
Adeline is a French name that’s a fun little twist on the iconic Madeline. Other people love it, too, because its popularity ranking has risen from number 995 in 1999 to number 91 in 2019 (and it’s only getting more popular).
Whether we should all thank
Trolls’ Princess Poppy for this trend or not, Poppy has become increasingly popular over the last few years. It’s perfect for parents who want something a little different, but not strange-different. 12 Ophelia
You may associate the name Ophelia with Shakespeare’s
Hamlet, but it also happens to be on the rise in popularity right now. It’s simultaneously old-timey and trendy, and flat-out beautiful, to be honest. 13 Maisie
Since Maisie Williams was such a bada** on
Game of Thrones, it’s no wonder why Maisie has become so popular. Parents in countries all over the world seem to want to name their little girls after this incredible hero. 14 Iris
In addition to being a flower, Iris is also a Greek name that means “rainbow,” which is reason enough to give it to your baby girl. You won’t be alone in it, either, because it’s been among the top 150 most popular names in several countries over the last couple of years.
Elena means “bright, shining light” and, like the name Mila, it has a little edge to it while still being a truly beautiful name.
Wren is a fantastic name for a baby girl or boy. That being said, it’s becoming more and more popular among baby girls right now.
Once upon a time you might have pictured a sweet old lady when you thought of the name Hazel, but now it’s among the most popular baby names so it won’t be long before all of the daycare classes have the name on their roster.
Clara is a name that is both classic, thanks in part to
The Nutcracker, and trendy. However, it’s still not in the top 10 most popular names, so if you give it to your baby now you’ll probably be ahead of the curve. 19 Isla Sol Vazquez Cantero / EyeEm/EyeEm/Getty Images
Isla is a Spanish and Scottish name that means “island,” and honestly that in and of itself is a great reason to give it to your baby girl. It’s also rising in popularity all over the world, so everyone seems to be catching on to its greatness.
Another name that is great for a baby girl or boy, Quinn is an Irish name that has been rising in popularity since 1997, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon.
If you love the name Ava, but find it to be a little too popular, Eva is a fantastic alternative. It’s among the top 100 names in countries all over the world but hasn’t caught on nearly as much as Ava.
Athena isn’t among the most popular baby names, but it’s still beautiful. It’s also fair game if you want something that’s classic while also being a little different.
Cora was super popular and among the most popular baby girl names between 1880 and 1912, but it wasn’t until 2015 that it came back into the top 100 baby girl names. It’s continued to rise in popularity since then, so grab it now before your best friend does.
Genevieve is a classic name that’s making a comeback. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous, but since you can shorten it to “Gen,” it is both unique and traditional.
Parents tend to lean more towards
trendy baby names with girls, but trendy names, like Mila, catch on quickly and one of your friends or family members can snatch your favorite one before you have the chance to. So, be sure to make your decision fast and stake your claim on it now, before it’s too late.
This article was originally published on
May 11, 2021