10 Twists On Traditional Baby Names

Modern, trendy names just aren't your thing. You don't care how many parents are naming their kids after Daenarys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, you're never going to jump on board. What you want for your little one is a classic name-- the kind that will stand the test of time. And no one can convince you otherwise.

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While we get it, you should know that a name can be traditional and unique. You can retain the essence of classic names, but also spruce them up a little by lengthening or shortening the spelling or perhaps, or even using the version from another language. Still not convinced? Read our 10 twists on traditional baby names.

10 Willa

Willa is a fresh new take on two classic names. While it's officially the feminine version of William, it's also quite similar to Willow--just swap out a letter or two.

Willa's origin is German. It means "resolute protection." Since 1880, when the social security administration started taking record, there have been only 26,000 babies named Willa in the U.S. As of 2019, there are a few public figures with that name. Willa Holland, for example, is a popular actress who appeared on The O.C, a show from the early 00s.

9 Natalya

There's no denying that Natalie is a beautiful name. It's just also a little bit plain. Natalie will never, ever be the kind of name that's a conversation starter. Enter Natalya. It has the same spirit as Natalie (as it is the Russian version of it), but it's full of character!

Officially, Natalya means "natal day" and "Christmas." Its origin is Russian. Since 1880, there have only been 6,000 babies named Natalyal in the U.S. There are several famous people named Natalya. Most are athletes from Russia

8 Kay

If you like Katherine, but don't enjoy its formal nature, consider Kay. It's Katherine's diminutive. If you ask us, it's also Katherine's superior! It has all of the charm but none of the stuffiness! (Sorry, Katherine!)

Historically, Kay means "pure" within the Greek language. But its origin is English. Since 1880, there have been over 102,000 babies named Kay. As far as public figures, there are several named Kay. One such person is Kay Panabaker, a former child actor. There is also Kay Felder, a former basketball player.

7 Federica

Federica is the feminine form of Frederick. At least if you're Italian. But don't worry, you don't have to be Italian to admire this beautiful name.

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Historically, Federica means "peaceful ruler." Its origin is Italian. Since 1880, there have been only 198 babies named Federica in the U.S. 198! Given the limited range of the name, you can rightly assume there aren't any U.S. public figures name Federica. There are, however, several Italian ice dancers and a couple of politicians.

6 Kami

Kami is a shortened version of Kamilah. That's pretty much the story behind it. But it's far too cute to leave off of this list.

Historically, Kami is derived from Arabic origins. It means "perfect." Since 1880, there have been only 9,000 babies named Kami in the U.S. As far as famous people go, Kamila "Kami" Thompson is a famous songwriter; Kami Garcia is a writer.

5 Ashlynn

Maybe your mom's name is Ashley and your partner's mom's name is Lynn. Skip the hours of arguments and honor them both by naming your baby Ashlynn. Of course, you could pick this name just because it's cute.

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Historically, Ashlynn comes from Irish origins. It means "dream." There have been over 23,000 Ahslynn's born since 1880. There appears to be three famous U.S based Ashlynns: Ashlynn Brooke, Ashlynn Yennie, and Ashlynn Ross, all actresses.

4 Olive

Olive is an alternate version of Olivia. It's simple--nothing flashy, but still very pretty. It's also a gender-neutral name, so it would be great for a pair of twins, regardless of the mix.

Olive's origin is English. It means "olive tree." Since 1880, there have been 55,000 babies named Olive in the U.S. Of that sum, there are quite a few famous people named Olive in the mix. It's the real first name of singer Marie Osmond, in addition to several other public figures. It's also the first name of the iconic Popeye's cartoon character, Olive Oyl.

3 Eli

Eli is for fans of Elijah, but don't want to commit to the extra letters. It sounds modern, but you still get to say your child's name came from the bible (if that's your thing).

Eli comes from Hebrew origins. It means "ascended, uplifted," and "high." Since 1880, there have been over 116,000 babies named Eli. It's also a popular name among parents of future stars. Eli Manning, a professional football player and, Eli Roth, and engineer are the first people to come to mind.

2 Loti

Loti is a shortened version of Charlotte. You can think of it as Charlotte's cooler, older cousin. While it does stray away from the classic sentiment, it's still a fitting alternative! Besides, there's nothing wrong with assimilating into the twenty-first century.

Historically, Loti means "free." It's origin is German. Since 1880, there have been only 100 babies named Loti in the U.S. There doesn't appear to be any famous people named Loti. It is, however, the nickname of singer Louis Tomlinson's sister, Charlotte "Loti" Tomlinson.

1 Dani

Dani is a cute, updated version of Danielle or Daniel. If you like those names, but don't want to add another one into the mix by giving that name to your baby, then consider Dani. The beauty if Dani is the fact that it can work for a boy or a girl, even though most boys tend to lean towards the alternate spelling, Danny.

Dani's origin is Hebrew. As a diminutive of Danielle, it doesn't have an official meaning. Since 1880, there have been around 8,000 babies named Dani in the U.S. As far as popular figures go, Dani is the first name of several famous soccer plays. Dani Osvaldo and Dani Carvajal are the first two who come to mind.


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