Super-popular in the 1980s and 1990s, Sierra comes from the Spanish word for a mountain range with a meaning that’s based on the mountains’ saw-toothed appearance. It’s a fitting choice for parents who want a nature-inspired name, and the touch of Western flavor gives it some edge. Actress Brooke Burke Charvet went with a full outdoorsy theme when she named her daughter Sierra Sky in 2002.

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