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The most popular baby names for girls in the U.S. are tallied every year by the Social Security Administration, but the government list counts each spelling separately, masking the true popularity of baby names with many variations such as Lily or Isabella. Here, the 25 baby names that in all their different forms are the most popular names for girls.
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  • Abigail

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    Abigail, an Old Testament name -- she was the wife of David, renowned for her beauty, wisdom, and prophetic powers -- that became a term for a maid in the early nineteenth century, leading to a fal... Read More 

  • Addison

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    Addison, a TV-generated name (Dr. Addison Shephard, Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice ) took off in hot pursuit of predecessor Madison, sounding sharper and more modern--at least until its own ra... Read More 

  • Alexis

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    Alexis, a one-time Russian boys' name, has surpassed sister Alexandra in popularity -- it's just inside the Top 40, with more than five thousand babies named Alexis last year. Alexis zoomed to po... Read More 

  • Alyssa

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    Alyssa is a long-running popular name (currently in the Top 50), related to the flower alyssum as well as to the classic Alice and variants. Alyssa Milano helped give it a bounce back when she was... Read More 

  • Ava

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    Ava was given a huge popularity boost -- Ava's currently at Number 5 -- when dozens of high-profile stars such as Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman chose Ava for their daughters. This Glamour Girl... Read More 

  • Avery

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    Though this unisex name has been around for a few decades, Avery has now definitely heated up for girls, partly as an alternative to the epidemic Ava. The female Avery has had a meteoric rise, movi... Read More 

  • Chloe

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    Much more dynamic than most of the other Greek-based romantic literary names of the seventeenth century, Chloe is a pretty springtime name symbolizing new grown, though by no means as fresh as it o... Read More 

  • Elizabeth

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    Elizabeth, one of the premiere classic girls' names, is just inside the Top 10, even though there are actually fewer babies getting the name these days. Elizabeth has so much going for it -- rich h... Read More 

  • Ella

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    Following in the path of Emma and Isabella/Bella, Ella has been shooting up the charts since the millennium: it rose from Number 265 in 2000 to a high of Number 12 this past year. Ella has long be... Read More 

  • Emily

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    Emily may have dropped somewhat in the current standings, but it was the most popular name for over a decade because it appeals as a girls' name on many levels: Emily is feminine, classic, simple, ... Read More 

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