Dantea's Baby Names

{January 26, 2012}   Alabama County Names — Girls

Name                          Origin                           Meaning

Etowah                         Unknown                      This name has a really cool, Native American sound to it. I’m pronouncing it EHT-oh-wah. I can see this on a little girl. The nickname is Ettie, but could be Toto.

Fayette                        French                           This is historically a shorter variation of the French Lafayette. I think it sounds very feminine though. I love the name Fay for a girl and all its variations, and I would consider this as a cute, but still sophisticated form.

Geneva                        French                            “Juniper Tree” Unlike its somewhat formal Swiss city namesake, this is a lively and appealing place-name that also has a real history as a female name. It has the dated nicknames of Genny and Gen. The cute nicknames of Neeve and Neva. Variations Include: Geenie, Gen, Gena, Geneieve, Geneiva, Geneive, Genever, Genevia, Genevre, Genovela, Genovella, Genoveva, Ginebra, Ginevre, Ginneva, Janeva, Janevra, Jeaneva, Jeneva, Jenovefa, Jineeva, Jineva, Joneva, Jonevah

Madison                      English                            “Son of Maud” Historically and boys name, it’s number 8 on the popularity list for girls. Some parent’s like the upper town feel while some are just trying to come up with another way to get at Maddy. While I don’t usually go for unisex names, this own has been on the girls side for so long now, I can’t imagine it on a boy. Variations Include: Maddison, Madisen, Madisson, Madisyn, Madsen, Madyson, Mattison

Marion                         French                            It’s a variant of Mary. It has a somewhat stuffy feel, but at the same time, I think of Maid Marian, Robin Hood’s Lady Love. Nickname is Mari or I suppose Rion.

Shelby                          English                            “estate on the ledge” A decade ago, Shelby seemed like a cool choice, but nowadays, I prefer Sidney. It is sitting in the 100s on the popularity list, so it must still be popular in some circles. Variations Include: Chelby, Schelby, Shel, Shelbe, Shelbea, Shelbee, Shelbeigh, Shelbey, Shelbi, Shelbie, Shelbye, Shellby


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