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Most Popular Girls’ Names 2015

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Charlotte, the name of Britain’s baby princess and the newest entrant to the US Top 10, reigns as the new Number 1 girls’ name on Nameberry’s 2015 popularity list.

Charlotte takes over from Imogen as the most-viewed girls’ name on Nameberry, reclaiming the crown she held on our site from 2009 through 2011.

Amelia, the official Number 1 girls’ name in England and Wales, stands at Number 2, and Ava moves all the way up from Number 26 to claim the third-place spot.

Olivia, Lucy, and Evelyn are new to Nameberry’s Top 10 for girls, taking over for Khaleesi, Violet, and Hazel.

Girls’ names new to Nameberry’s Top 100 are: Astrid, Avery, Eden, Eliana, Elise, Elsie, Emery, Emilia, Eva, Evie, Hadley, Julia, Leah, Nova, Quinn, Riley, Rowan, Sienna, and Thea.

The Top 10 furthest rising baby names for girls, with the number of places they’ve jumped in 2015 over 2014, are:

  1. Esme, +55
  2. Evelyn, +51
  3. Mia, +35
  4. Abigail, +32
  5. Luna, +30
  6. Chloe, +27
  7. Emily, +26
  8. Arabella, +24
  9. Ava, +23
  10. Anna, +22

The Nameberry popularity list gauges interest levels of visitors in names, measuring which of our name pages received the most of our over 300 million pageviews. The majority of people searching on the site are looking for names for their babies, so our popularity list measures which names parents are likely to be naming their children in 2015 and 2016, versus the official US popularity list, which looks at which names parents chose in 2014. Nameberry’s searches also register ups and downs in interest due to news – such as Princess Charlotte’s birth – or pop culture events.

In 2015, three names popularized by movies and television shows — Daenerys, Elsa, and Katniss — fell off the Top 100, while Khaleesi was one of furthest-falling.  Also vanishing from our popularity list are several girls’ names with the trendy double-l sound: Delilah, Lily, and Lola, though Lila remains strong at Number 24.

Our full Top 100 baby names for girls in 2015 is:

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Popular Names Your Mom Never Heard Of

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by Pamela Redmond Satran

Any newcomer to the contemporary world of baby names may be amazed at how diverse and – to use a Mom word – different names have become. In the generation since Mom was naming you, the list of US Most Popular Name has expanded to include more ethnically distinct names, words freshly morphed into names, and newly-minted monikers. Mom might not recognize many of today’s Top 500, used for hundreds of babies now but virtually nonexistent in the 1980s.

Warning: If you choose one of these names for your baby, you should expect surprise – or possible shock – from Mom (and Dad too).

Popular baby names today least likely to be familiar to your Mom include:

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18 Hottest New Baby Names

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by Abby Sandel

Back in 1944, names like Judy, Beverly, and Bruce felt new. In the 1970s, Kelly, Justin, and Shawn were novel. And in 1994, we were busy naming our sons original choices like Austin and Tyler, while our daughters became Alexis and Taylor.

Parents are always dreaming up new baby names, taking our inspiration from pop culture and the past. Not every new name feels freshly minted. Some seem like throwbacks, even vintage gems. Others become mainstream so quickly that it’s hard to imagine the names haven’t always been in use.

But make no mistake: plenty of the most popular baby names in the US are recent arrivals, as new the newborns who wear them.

How to define a truly new baby name? There are eight boy names and ten girl names that have only ranked in the US Top 100 for the past five years. They’ve also (almost) never charted in the US Top 1000 prior to 1984 – thirty years ago.

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The ABCs of Girls’ Names

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by Abby Sandel

Everything you need to know about girls’ baby names, from A to Z. Looking for the boys’ version? It’s right here.

A

A is the most popular letter for girls’ names, including Top Tens Ava and Abigail, plus Avery, Amelia, Aubrey, Addison, and fast-climbing newcomer, Aria.

B

Longtime Nameberry favorite Beatrix doesn’t rank in the US Top 1000. Beatrice is Nameberry’s Number 34, but comes in at a mere Number 601 in the US.

C

Will and Kate chose the classic Charlotte for their new daughter in May. So did lots of American parents. It’s currently the tenth most popular name for girls in the US.

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The New International Names

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By Linda Rosenkrantz

There was a time when the top baby name lists of different countries reflected their own distinctive native cultures. When John and Mary headed those of most English-speaking countries, just as Giovanni and Maria and Juan and Maria and Jean and Marie et al were in first place elsewhere.

But that has changed. With the homogenization of culture in general, with an increase in international travel, the spread of the internet and global audiences watching the same TV shows, we are no longer surprised to find the Irish appellation Liam ranking high on the list in Switzerland or the Old Testament Ethan suddenly Number 3 in Monaco. This is a moment when certain names, often in a variety of indigenous forms, are spreading epidemically across the world.

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