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18 Trendiest Girls' Names of 2014

I recently introduced this year's "100 Club" for boys: names that reached the threshold of 100 new American babies for the first time last year. Now I'd like to present the girls. While the boys' list was a colorful collection featuring the ancient and the deadly, the girls are a portrait of contemporary style with a global flair. Many of the names have risen gradually and are close cousins to other popular names. Others have suddenly caught on thanks to celebrities near and far, real and fictional.

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The Girls' 100 Club:

  1. Aiza -- Popular Urdu name, boosted by British-Pakistani model and actress Aiza Khan. See Eiza below.
  2. Annalynn -- While actress Annalynne McCord is the most prominent bearer of this name family, the e-less version of the name has been the steady riser over the past half decade.
  3. Arabelle -- "Bell" is the hottest syllable around, and the form Arabella is already a fast-rising hit.
  4. Asiya -- A classic Muslim name in honor of the virtuous wife of the Pharaoh in the time of Moses. A slow but steady riser as a cross-cultural "liquid name."
  5. Cosette -- Character from Les Misérables; the film was released just before the start of 2013.
  6. Daleyza -- Young daughter of singer Larry Hernandez, as seen on his reality TV series Larrymania.
  7. Eiza -- Via Mexican actress and singer Eiza González. Despite the close similarity to Aiza, these names appear to be rising independently.
  8. Elliette -- With the growing use of Elliott for girls, some parents are turning to a French-styled ending to make the name recognizably feminine. Éliette is an established French diminutive, but the double-l version isn't used in France.
  9. Ever -- A subtle sister to inspirational names like Destiny, Promise, Miracle, and Journey, Ever rose with the big leap in the name Everly.
  10. Janney -- Janney Marin is a reality TV star and the daughter of popular singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash in 2012.
  11. Lennox -- Popularized by the tv series Melissa and Joey, Lennox's masculine rhythm and the obvious nickname Len/Lenny make it something of a surprise as a girls' choice. Along with Lux (see below), this name points to growing demand for -x options for girls.
  12. Lux -- Latin for "light" and a homophone for "luxe," Lux is also the "Lady of Luminosity" in the video game League of Legends.
  13. Merida -- The princess heroine of the animated film Brave.
  14. Navya -- Via the title character of the Indian TV drama Navya, and Indian actress Navya Nair.
  15. Novalee -- A gradual riser ever since it was introduced in the 2000 film Where the Heart Is.
  16. Renesmee -- The Twilight baby name is finding takers in the post-Twilight era, as the saga's young fans grow up.
  17. Tahiry -- Glamor model and "video vixen" Tahiry Jose stars on the reality TV series Love and Hip Hop.
  18. Waverly -- A place name with the same fashionable core as Everly, this name is coming of age along with the Wizards of Waverly Place generation.

Would you name your baby girl any of these names?

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