Baby Names 2010: Top 100 Girls’ Names

July 7, 2010 Pamela Redmond
2010 Top Names

See the hottest names for 2011!

Baby names 2010, nameberry style, are a fascinating collection, with Charlotte still at the top of the list for girls. Seraphina and Olivia follow at numbers 2 and 3, as they did at the end of the first quarter.

Names making the biggest leap up the list for girls are Harper, Jane, Quinn (influenced, no doubt, by Glee), Clara, Clementine, Ivy (a new entrant to the Top 100), and Bryn.  Other names new to the girls’ list are Juliet, Jillian, and Pearl.

Names falling the fastest are Willa, Lydia, Piper, and Lauren. Off the Top 100 this quarter are Bella, Beatrix, Maya, Mila, and Yvaine (though we confess to having to idea how that made it to the most-searched roster last time around).

Our Baby Names 2010 Top 100 list is compiled from the most-viewed names on nameberry for the first half of the year. The up and down arrows represent movement up or down the list compared with the first quarter of this year; an equal sign means the name is in the same position as it was first quarter. Double arrows indicate movement of more than fifteen places up or down.

Don‘t, however, take the meaning of the arrows too much to heart.  Often they represent movement of only a place or two, and a name’s movement over a single quarter can be influenced by a host of small factors unrelated to a true shift in popularity.

Of course, this list is vastly different than the official list of Most Popular Names in the U.S. The Social Security list is based on all actual births and name choices in the country, while the nameberry list measures which names our relatively style-conscious visitors are most curious about. Plus the nameberry list is up-to-the-minute, while the most recent Social Security list is for 2009.

Consider this, then, a look at which names will be more popular in the months and years ahead. We got some flack when we issued the quarterly list for calling these “elite” names, but we stand by that characterization. On the premise that nameberry’s visitors are better informed about names and have more discerning name taste than the general population (you do, don’t you?), we see these as names favored by parents who are looking for names with style, class, and staying power.

Can a small number of people searching repeatedly for a specific name skew the results? No. We can see not only how many times a name was searched but by how many unique individuals, so to those of you who tried to game our system by searching for Pervis and Gomer: We’re on to you.

Here, the Top 100 girls’ names for the first half of 2010. Tomorrow we’ll bring you the boys.





4. VIOLET up


6. ISLA down

7. SOPHIA down

8. LAURA up


10. AVA =

11. ALICE down

12. IMOGEN up

13. LUCY down

14. AMELIA up

15. SCARLETT down

16. MAISIE down

17. GRACE down

18. CLAIRE down

19. LILY down

20. STELLA down


22. HARPER up


24. ELLA down

25. EMMA up

26. ELIZA down

27. JANE up

28. CHLOE down

29. MAEVE down

30. QUINN up

31. AVERY down


33. CLARA up

34. MATILDA down

35. RUBY down


37. AUDREY down

38. LILA down

39. ZOE down

40. SADIE down

41. LOLA down

42. IVY up*


44. ARABELLA down

45. ELOISE up

46. IRIS down


48. SARAH down

49. ANNA down

50. EVELYN down

51. ESME down

52. EMILY down

53. NORA down


55. ELEANOR down

56. AURORA down

57. WILLA down

58. MIA down

59. HAZEL down

60. ROSE down

61. GEORGIA down

62. MARY up

63. CORA down

64. MOLLY up

65. POPPY down

66. LYDIA down

67. FIONA down

68. HANNAH down

69. JOSEPHINE down

70. PHOEBE =

71. SOPHIE up

72. BRYN up

73. ADELINE down

74. DAISY down

75. PIPER down

76. COCO up

77. WREN down


79. EMMELINE down

80. NATALIE down

81. LEAH down

82. FLORA up

83. ELLIE down

84. HARLOW up

85. LULU down

86. JULIET up*

87. JULIA up

88. JESSICA down

89. SASHA down

90. JILLIAN up*

91. LAUREN down

92. MADELINE down

93. GENEVIEVE down

94. GEMMA down

95. MAE down

96. ABIGAIL down

97. KATE down

98. CELIA down

99. PEARL up*

100. LOUISA down

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About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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