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Top 100 Two-Syllable Girls' Names Ending in "y"

One of the most popular name endings is the "ee" sound. Different letter combinations and letters mark that sound. One of these letters is "y". Since so many names end in "y", I will complete a separate list for each syllable count. Today I compile the top 100 most popular two-syllable girls' names ending in an "ee" sound marked by the letter "y": Zoey (#32) Riley (#33) Lily (#35) Lucy (#49) Paisley (#50) Aubrey (#56) Ivy (#58) Kinsley (#59) Audrey (#60) Ruby (#74) Hailey (#81) Hadley (#111) Mary (#124) Daisy (#143) Ashley (#154) Blakely (#167) Bailey (#171) Molly (#174) Finley (#201) Marley (#211) Presley (#213) Amy (#216) Lilly (#231) Sydney (#243) Oakley (#281) Harley (#291) Journey (#298) Ainsley (#354) Brinley (#362) Lainey (#364) Haisley (#373) Kinley (#431) Kensley (#453) Rory (#457) Poppy (#462) Holly (#481) Remy (#497) Shelby (#502) Abby (#508) Emmy (#516) Haley (#517) Kelsey (#527) Charley (#535) Adley (#538) Henley (#584)

New Virtue Name Possibilities

We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving. On that day, pilgrims settled in Massachusetts. The group of names we tend to associate with them are virtue names.  Many virtue names, such as Grace and Mercy, are feminine and have been used for centuries. Some virtue names, like Justice and Haven, are unisex and modern. Yet, several of them are just waiting to enter the spotlight.  Here are some new virtue name possibilities in honor of Thanksgiving regardless of gender. Some of these may have been adopted by Puritans, but none of them ever ranked in the United States.  Bravery Brave is an adjective common in everyday language, which might not make it the best first name option. Yet, Bravery, the virtue, sounds more name-like. Some people think this is hard to live up to, but I think it can help children through life's struggles. Credence Credence means "true belief." Such a meaning can give a child the sense that they are truly loved and encourage them to trust their ow


The 1980s was a time for French girls' names. Nicole and Michelle both ranked within the top 100. Down the charts were even more French girls' names end in the "l" sound, including Giselle. Giselle has only been used in the United States since the mid-twentieth century. However, in France the name dates from the Middle Ages. The name was popular among the French at the time, including the daughter of the French King Charles III. However, it's possible Giselle was only a nickname. It was given to children who were sent to foreign courts as pledges.  Fast forward to the nineteenth century. Adolphe Adam created his ballet, Giselle , in 1841. It may have made the name well-known among English-speakers. It is not known why it took so long for Giselle to enter use in the United States. Yet, it kept the name in French use. Giselle appeared in the French top 500 through the mid-1950s. There's a few reasons why this French classic reached the top 200 within the past fe

Top 100 Boys' Names ending in "t"/"te"

I recently listed the top 100 girls' names ending in the "t" sound. Today I move on to the boys' names. Wyatt (#29) Robert (#80) Everett (#90) Bennett (#101) Emmett (#106) Vincent (#121) August (#155) Elliott (#158) Rhett (#159) Elliot (#164) Barrett (#191) Beckett (#209) Grant (#213) Colt (#221) Jett (#278) Garrett (#367) Forrest (#470) Emmitt (#509) Albert (#523) Scott (#563) Saint (#578) Bryant (#658) Forest (#811) Brett (#915) Trent (#938) Truett (#957) Everest (#982) Ernest (unranked) Kolt (unranked) Benedict (unranked) Ryatt (unranked) Gilbert (unranked) Eliot (unranked) Brent (unranked) Emmet (unranked) Jet (unranked) Clint (unranked) Kent (unranked) Jhett (unranked) Kit (unranked) Jarrett (unranked) Kurt (unranked) Lamont (unranked) Emmit (unranked) Dwight (unranked) Scout (unranked) Artist (unranked) Merritt (unranked) West (unranked) Everette (unranked) Nate (unranked) Riot (unranked) Quest (unranked) Hoyt (unranked) Holt (unranked) Flint (unranked) Everhett


Nickname-names may be short, but that does not mean they can't also be strong. Even the shortest nicknames have strength. One such name is Max, the prefix of words like "maximum" or "maximize."      Max has been a powerful name from the start. It's a short form of Maximilius. Maximilius, itself, is a diminutive of Roman Maximus, meaning "greatest". This hints that the name dates from ancient times. Two early saints who lived before the Middle Ages also answered to the name. However, the name only became more common after the birth of Maximilian I in the fifteenth century. It was then passed through the Hapsburg dynasty, making it an established German name.  Among English-speakers, Maximilian entered use in the sixteenth  century. Shortly afterward, Max became its standard nickname. Max graduated to independent status around the nineteenth century. Perhaps it was even briefly popular in the United States during the 1910s. While it declined afterwar

Top 100 Girls' Names Ending in "t"/"te"

Names for girls end in different sounds. One such sound is the "t" sound. Such names range from classics like Charlotte to modern inventions like Dalett. There are even adventurous names with promise, like Everest, Harvest, and Summit.  Today I list the top 100 girls' names ending in that letter, not including names with a silent "t" (sorry, Margot).  Charlotte (#4) Scarlett (#21) Violet (#36) Margaret (#126) Juliette (#180) Juliet (#306) Celeste (#353) Kate (#411) Scarlet (#446) Elliott (#479) Colette (#529) Elliot (#574) Bridget (#747) Scarlette (#838) August (#856) Scout (#874) Egypt (#931) Violette (#982) Arlette (unranked) Harriet (unranked) Montserrat (unranked) Amethyst (unranked) Annette (unranked) Monserrat (unranked) Bernadette (unranked) Odette (unranked) Merritt (unranked) Paulette (unranked) Nicolette (unranked) Yvette (unranked) Arlet (unranked) Elliette (unranked) Yamilet (unranked) Bennett (unranked) Cosette (unranked) Beckett (unranked) Millicen


William has been a masculine favorite for centuries. It has a few feminine equivalents. One such equivalent is Wilhelmina, which shortens to Willa.  While Willa began as a diminutive of Wilhelmina, naming sites commonly describe it simply as the feminine form of William. It is not quite clear when Willa began as a given name. However, there were two notable bearers from the Middle Ages. These include Frankish Queen Willa of Province and Italian Queen Willa of Tuscany. These associations make Willa regal, even if it doesn't quite feel that way.  As a feminization of William, Willa could also be classic, right? Well, the name's history between the Middle Ages and Victorian Era is unknown. Even after it entered use among English-speakers in the nineteenth century, it never got common. Long form Wilhelmina was more common, though. Besides, as stated above, Willa has regal associations. Yet, Willa feels more vintage than classic.  Interestingly, Willa only ranks in the United States