Girl Names ALWAYS in the Top 1000

These girl names have all appeared on the Top 1000 list for every year since the U.S. government started keeping records in 1880. For more on classic and perennially popular girl names, check out our blog.
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  • Jane

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    No, we don't consider Jane too plain. In fact, for a venerable and short one-syllable name, we think it packs a surprising amount of punch, as compared to the related Jean and Joan.

    A... Read More 

  • Josephine

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    With its large measure of class and character and a gently offbeat quality, plus an intriguing number of vivacious nicknames, it's no wonder Josephine is a Nameberry favorite and climbing up the... Read More 

  • Julia

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    An enduring classic, Julia has a lot going for it: ancient roots but a modern, fashionable feel, simplicity and sophistication, and connections to both saints and celebs, including actress Julia... Read More 

  • Kate

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    Kate, in the headlines via Catherine Middleton, has been as pervasive as Kathy was in the 1950s and 1960s, both as a nickname for Katherine and Kaitlyn and as a strong, classic stand-alone name. ... Read More 

  • Laura

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    Laura is a hauntingly evocative perennial, never trendy, never dated, feminine without being fussy, with literary links stretching back to Dante. All this makes Laura a more solid choice than any... Read More 

  • Leah

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    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 

  • Leslie

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    Leslie plunged off the charts as a boy's name in 1997. There were about 60 boys named Leslie in one recent year vs. about 1000 girls. Read More 

  • Lucy

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    In the Top 30 in England and Wales, Lucy is slowly but surely catching up here as well, due to its attractiveness on so many levels: Lucy is both saucy and solid, a saint's name and heroine of... Read More 

  • Margaret

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    Margaret is a rich, classic name used for queens and saints. Margaret was replaced for decades by less starchy forms like Maggie and Meg, but some stylish parents are reviving Margaret in full,... Read More 

  • Maria

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    As the most common female name in all Spanish-speaking countries, this saintly Latin variation of Mary is more likely to be an ethnic name, though old-line Wasps still favor it, and it retains a... Read More 

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