Popular Baby Names for Girls

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.
  • Emma

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Emma made a surprise return to the Number 1 spot, having done handsprings up the popularity charts thanks to a legion of Emma heroines, from Bovary to Goldman to Jane Austen's protagonist. So... Read More 

  • Grace

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Grace is now just outside the Top 20, but who would have thought such a simple and pure virtue name as Grace, which originally referred to divine grace, could ever become trendy? Because that's... Read More 

  • Hailey

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    There are no less than ten different variations of Hailey on the current Most Popular list, but this is the spelling that brought it into the Top 10 of 2010, and it now sits within the Top 50. So,... Read More 

  • Isabella

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Isabella is a major superstar baby girl name, Number 4 on the charts after being the top name for two years running- from 2009 to 2010--due at least in some part to the 'Twilight' effect... Read More 

  • Leah

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    For several years now, this serene and gentle biblical name has been gaining a considerable following. Many use Leah as a less common alternative to Sarah or Hannah, Rebecca or Rachel. ... Read More 

  • Lillian

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Lillian is having a remarkable revival, in the Top 25, the highest it's been since the 1920's. It was a Top 10 name in its Lillian Gish-Lillian (born Helen Louise) Russell-Floradora Girl heyday at... Read More 

  • Lily

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Lily is the most popular of the popular delicate century-old flower names now making a return, thanks to its many irresistible attributes: a cool elegance and a lovely sound, a symbol of purity... Read More 

  • Madison

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Since we wrote a book called Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana, encouraging parents to move beyond overused names, it's no secret what we think of this trendy surname name... Read More 

  • Mia

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Mia is an appealingly unfussy multicultural name that has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the charts and is now firmly in the Top 10 and still rising.

    Mia's success is largely attributable... Read More 

  • Natalie

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Natalie -- a Franco-Russian name -- became Americanized years ago, and now a new generation is reviving Natalie to join former canasta partners Sophie and Belle. Always well used, it is now at... Read More 

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