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Naming is a creative process.Today’s parents seem to believe they can alter their child’s destiny by picking the perfect—preferably idiosyncratic—name. (Destiny, incidentally, was the ninth most popular name for girls in New York City last year.) The current crop of preschoolers includes a few Uniques, with uncommonly named playmates like Kyston, Payton and Sawyer. From Dakota to Heaven, Integrity to Serenity, more babies are being named after places and states of mind. Names with alternative spellings are on the upswing, like Jaxon, Kassidy, Mikayla, Jazmine and Nevaeh (Heaven spelled backward), as are mix-and-match names such as Ashlynn and Rylan.


  1. Aaliyah/Aliyah
  2. Alexandra
  3. Alexis
  4. Alyssa
  5. Angel
  6. Aniyah
  7. Brianna
  8. Chloe
  9. Destiny
  10. Diamond
  11. Gabrielle
  12. Hailey
  13. Hannah
  14. Imani
  15. Isis
  16. Jada
  17. Jasmine
  18. Jayla
  19. Jordan
  20. Kayla
  21. Kennedy
  22. Kiara
  23. Laila
  24. Madison
  25. Makayla
  26. Nevaeh
  27. Sydney
  28. Taylor
  29. Tiana
  30. Trinity

Make sure to  read: Top 3o African American Baby Boy Names

Please note that this list was compiled from he states that submit ethnic backgrounds.