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There are a million and one directions you can go with naming your kid, but there’s just something about a tried-and-true name that’s stood the test of time—especially if it has a significance you never realized. From Jennifer to Lois, here are 23 baby girl names with inspiring secret meanings (thanks, Babynames.net for the info). 

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Alexis
Meaning: Protector of humanity
Alexis for President 2060? 

Lois
Meaning: The best
But don’t worry, it will never get to her head.

Emma
Meaning: Universal
She’ll get along with everyone.

Amanda
Meaning: One who deserves love
Of course she does.

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Andrea
Meaning: Daring
Perhaps an early curfew for this one? 

Jennifer
Meaning: Woman of white magic
Well, she kinda has cast a spell on you. 

Melissa
Meaning: Honeybee
We know what she’s being for her first Halloween.

Amelia
Meaning: Hard-working
Start saving for college.

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Gloria
Meaning: Woman of glory
Obviously seeing big things for this little one. 

Antonia
Meaning: Invaluable
Couldn’t be more true.

Jessica
Meaning: One who can foresee
How did she know you needed hug?

Audrey
Meaning: Of noble strength
Aka learning to walk at eight months.

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Chloe
Meaning: Little green sprout
That might be the cutest thing we’ve ever heard. 

Erica
Meaning: Ruling forever
Well, student council, for now. 

Carolyn
Meaning: Free woman
Nobody will hold her back. 

Sophia
Meaning: Woman of wisdom
Kids say the dardnest smartest things.

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Elaine
Meaning: Torch of light
A triple threat in the making.

Kelly
Meaning: Intelligent and bright
Again: Save early for college.

Ella
Meaning: Sympathy, compassion
Always thinking about her siblings.

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Tina
Meaning: Like a river
Do not get in the way of this one crawling toward her pacifier. 

Victoria
Meaning: Woman of victory
This one is off to the races.

Adele
Meaning: Graceful and noble
…and will have a gazillion platinum records before she’s 22? 

Zara
Meaning: Radiant
That smile. (Oh God, what’s that smell?) 

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