Okay, so these are some interesting alternatives to the top 10 most popular names. I know popularity really bothers some people, and it's really common for me to hear things like "I didn't know it was so popular" or "I didn't like that it was popular, but I couldn't find anything close to it!". These are some random ideas to throw out at you - I had some awesome help from the girls at "In The Name Of" - a great names forum.
Emma - Emmeline (emm-ah-leen, emm-ah-lin) Emmelina (emm-ah-leen-ah), Emmelise (emm-el-ees), Emanuelle / Emanuella, Emer, Imogen, Gemma....
Isabella - Isadora, Isemay, Isla (eye-la), Anabella, Arabella, Mirabella, Isis, Bellamy, Rosabella, Isannah, Marcella, Ishara, Isolina, Esmee, Isabeau (is-ah-bow).
Emily - Emilia, Amelia, Emiliana, Adelie, Amelie, Amity, Cecily, Elodie, Milena, Camilla, Eliza. Madison - Madeline (mad-ah-line), Madeleine (mad-ah-lyn), Madalena (mad-ah-layn-ah), Madelaine (mad-ah-layn), Madira, Madalina, Magdalena (mag-dah-lay-na), Matilda, Marcy, Maialen (my-ah-len, Basque version of Magdalen), Mahala (mah-hay-la), Mahalia (ma-hay-lee-ah), Madina.
Ava - Ada, Eva, Eve, Avani (ah-vahn-ee), Aveline (av-ah-leen, av-ah-lin), Avia, Eveline, Evelia, Ayla, Aviva.
Olivia - Livia, Liviana, Lavinia, Olive, Liv, Olivine, Ottilie (aw-til-ee), Olena.
Sophia - Sonia, Zofia, Zosia (zo-sha), Soraya, Sophiane, Sophiana, Saskia, Sylvia, Susannah, Seraphina, Zinaida, Shoshana,
Abigail- Avigail, Gail, Adelaide, Abiona (abbie-own-ah).
Elizabeth - Eliza, Liza, Beth, Bethany, Elise, Eliana, Elysia, Elena, Ellen, Elinor, Elisa, Elisabet, Elsa, Bethan, Elspeth (Scottish form of Elizabeth, els-peth), Elisabel, Eleri (eh-leh-ree), Elsabe (elsa-bee).
Chloe - Zoe, Kalea, Kaia, Clover, Cleo, Claire, Clara, Coralie, Cleome (klee-oh-mee), Cleone (clee-own-ee).
Boys! (Are really tough!!)
Jacob- Jacoby, Caleb.
Michael - Micah, Malachi (mal-ah-ky), Malachy (mal-ah-kee), Manuel, Emmanuel, Gabriel, Raphael..
Ethan - Aeson (ay-son, from Greek mythology), Ephraim, Owen, Ian (ee-an),
Joshua - Joash, Josiah, Jude, Elishua.
Daniel - Dominic, Samuel, Dante
Alexander - Alec, Alasdair, Eksander, Lysander, Xander, Alexei, Leander, Evander.
Anthony - Anton, Antonio, Antonin.
William - Liam, Willem, Wilhelm, Lachlan, Niall, Cillian.
Christopher - Crispin, Collin, Caspar, Carsten, Conri, Conor.
Matthew - Matthias, Matteo, Macsen, Mathis, Maxwell.
*Whew* That was tough! I know the boys are sort of lacking.....any ideas?