New girls' names are often formed by adding a common suffix to an existing name or name element.
|-a||Latin feminine ending|
|-anna||-ana, -enna, -onna||Biblical name often used in blended, invented and extended names|
|-andra||-awndra, -ondra||Used to create feminine forms of Greek names Alexander/Alexandra, Cassander/Cassandra (original masculine forms Alexandros, Cassandros)|
|-e||French feminine ending. The Louis/Louise, Simon/Simone pattern is used to create feminine forms of other male names.|
|-een||-in, -Í n||Irish diminutive ending (Doreen, Noreen, Kathleen) and Arabic names such as Yasmeen provided a model for imitations|
|-elle, -ella||-ela, -el, -ell||The suffix '-elle' occurs in English but not French, where it is found only in feminine forms of names already ending in '-el', such as Danielle/Daniel or Noelle/Noel.|
|-essa||Jonathan Swift's adaption of the name Esther Vanholmrigh to make 'Vanessa' may have been influenced by the '-issa' suffix.|
|-ette||-etta||French feminine diminutive ('Annette', 'Georgette' and 'Jeanette')|
|-ice||-ease, -eese, -ese, -ise, -iece, -isse||This occurs in French names such as Clarice. It is particularly popular with African Americans.|
|-ina||-ena||Latin form of -ine|
|-ine||-ene||Greek suffix used to create feminine forms of male names|
|-issa||-ecia, -esha, -icia, -iesa, iesha, issia, isha, ysha, -yssa||The Latin form of -ice produced names such as Clarissa and many variants which are influenced by 'Lisa' as regards pronunciation.|
|-ita||-eta, -eeta||Spanish diminutive ending, popularised in America.|
|-ique||-ika, eka, -eca, ica||Borrowed from the French names Monique and Dominique and the word name 'Unique'.|
|-lee||-lea, -leah, -leigh, -ley||More commonly a boys' name until recently, this surname adaptation is now becoming common as a addition to girls' names.|
|-linda, -inda||-lynda, -ynda||Spanish word for 'pretty', but name suffix developed as a phonetic version of the Germanic -linde, possibly a derivation of lind, 'a serpent' or an earlier meaning of the English word 'lithe', gentle/agreeable/pleasant. Linda has been popular as an independent name since the 1950s, and revived older names like Rosalinda and Belinda.|
|-lyn||-lin, -line, -linn, -lynn, lynne, lyne||'Lin' is a Welsh male name but this pet form of Linda and Lynette has now become well-established as an independent girls' name. As a suffix, it changes more traditional spellings and produces new names.|
This collection of names was compiled by Kate Monk and is ©1997, Kate Monk.
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