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

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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 LoveDislike

    Grace returned to the Top 20 in 2015 after three years hovering just below. Who would have thought such a simple and pure virtue name as Grace, which originally referred to divine grace, could... Read More 

  • Hailey

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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 75. So,... Read More 

  • Isabella

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Isabella is a major superstar baby girl name, Number 5 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 LoveDislike

    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 LoveDislike

    Lillian is having a remarkable revival, rising to a peak of Number 21 in 2010 (the highest it's been since the 1920's) before dipping slightly to Number 26 last year. It was a Top 10 name in its... Read More 

  • Lily

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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 LoveDislike

    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 LoveDislike

    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 LoveDislike

    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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