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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.
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  • Emma

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    Emma is the Number 2 name -- up from Number 3 last year and the year before -- having done handsprings up the popularity charts thanks to a legion of Emma heroines, from Bovary to Goldman to Jane A... Read More 

  • Grace

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    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 wha... Read More 

  • Hailey

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    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 40. So, ... Read More 

  • Isabella

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    Isabella is a major superstar baby girl name, Number 3 on the charts after being the top name for two years running--due at least in some part to the ' Twilight ' effect and lead character Isabella... Read More 

  • Leah

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

  • Lillian

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    Lillian is having a remarkable revival, now near the Top 20, 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 heyd... Read More 

  • Lily

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    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 and... Read More 

  • Madison

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    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 (currently Numbe... Read More 

  • Mia

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    Mia is an appealingly unfussy multicultural name that has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the charts and is now firmly in the Top 10. Mia's success is largely attributable to Mia Farrow--born Maria. ... Read More 

  • Natalie

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    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 entered the To... Read More 

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