Baby Names 2010: Top 100 Girls’ Names

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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.

girls

1. CHARLOTTE =

2. SERAPHINA =

3. OLIVIA =

4. VIOLET up

5. ELIZABETH down

6. ISLA down

7. SOPHIA down

8. LAURA up

9. CAROLINE 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

21. ADELAIDE up

22. HARPER up

23. ISABELLA 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

32. EVANGELINE down

33. CLARA up

34. MATILDA down

35. RUBY down

36. CLEMENTINE up

37. AUDREY down

38. LILA down

39. ZOE down

40. SADIE down

41. LOLA down

42. IVY up*

43. PENELOPE up

44. ARABELLA down

45. ELOISE up

46. IRIS down

47. BEATRICE up

48. SARAH down

49. ANNA down

50. EVELYN down

51. ESME down

52. EMILY down

53. NORA down

54. DELILAH =

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

78. MARGARET up

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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Elizabeth Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 5:28 am

Are the question marks suppose to be arrows? What do the astricks mean?

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 7:00 am

The arrows got morphed into question marks by the program — arrows restored now. The asterisks indicate names new to the list this quarter.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 7:01 am

Shoot! It’s doing it again! I’m going to have to convert the arrows to words….

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 7:07 am

Fixed, but the arrows looked so much more elegant!

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 7:18 am

Beautiful names. I’m a little surprised by how high Flora, Mary, Willa, and Celia rank in the search.

Can you account for international searches? It will be interesting to see how soon Poppy, Imogen, Phoebe, Eloise, and Matilda infiltrate our shores on a grand scale. Can’t wait for the boys!

Bella Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 9:04 am

My favourites are going down! Hooray! I’m probably 6-8 years away from having kids, so the further down they go, the better!

I think Jessica is the most “random” show-up. Jessica appears very “Beyond Jennifer and Jason” to me.

Bella Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 9:05 am

I also love the picture of the baby used for that one, if you know/can say, who made that darling tutu?

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 9:11 am

I’m sorry, I don’t know who made the tutu, but it is a great color, isn’t it?

Bella, I just caution you not to take the movement too-too seriously — what’s down this quarter might be up the next, and in general all these names will be moving up in the SS list.

Elisabeth, unfortunately, we can’t track which names visitors from different countries are most interested in, but if we looked at the top 150 names, I bet Poppy, Imogen etc would be in there. Eloise just fell out this quarter.

Sachiko Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 9:38 am

Well, let’s watch what the SSA does in the next couple of years and see if Nameberry is a bellwether (or an accurate reflection of the actual unknown bellwether).

I selfishly hope not. I really love Seraphina.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 9:41 am

I really love Seraphina, too, and undoubtedly a lot of the attention is just Ben-and-Jen stuff. On the other hand, check out the popularity graph for Violet: http://nameberry.com/babyname/violet Pretty stunning and I see no reason why Seraphina won’t follow suit.

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 9:47 am

Poppy (65), Imogen (12), and Eloise (45) are on the list above Pam. That’s what I was referring to. 😀

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 9:58 am

Duh, can you tell I’m running around today?

Elisabeth@YCCII Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 10:16 am

‘Sokay. We’d rather have you from the Blackberry than not at all.

Dotsmom Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 10:36 am

My twins names made the list. Oh I sure do hope that it’s just a nameberry thing! I can’t wait to see the boys’ list tomorrow. I am a little nervous that the name we picked out for little bit will be up there! :-/

Dotsmom Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 10:39 am

Oh and about the Randi
Jessica thing – do you think it’s just because a whole bunch of grown up Jessica’s are searching for their own name? I do. Have to admit. I looked up everyone’s name in the family to see what was said about them.

Dotsmom Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 10:41 am

*random not Randi.

olivegreen Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

In and around my neighborhood (playground, daycamp, music class, etc.) and amongst my friends with new babies, I’ve met the following:

Charlotte x2, Caroline, Lucy, Amelia x3, Ella x3, Stella x2, Serafina, Harper x3, Jane, Maeve, Ruby x2, Ivy, Hazel x2, Flora x2, Juliet, Fiona, Willa x2, Chloe, Leah x2

So this list seems pretty spot on. I think Laura and Mary are nice surprises though. I’ve met both Floras and both Willas in the past couple of months (all under two). One was a set of twins–Flora and Jane, which I love!

Can’t wait to see the boys’ list!

muchedumbre Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Well, Pam, I’ve been searching Ivy pretty much every day for the last several months – could that be a major reason for its sudden rise in popularity?

Freya Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Um, is Lucy on there twice? #13 and #83?

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Whoops! Welcome back, Louisa. And don’t worry, muchedumbre, your searches aren’t skewing the results. We can see both total searches and number of individuals who searched so we can tell if one person searching repeatedly is throwing things off.

Linelei Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

This reads like a list of characters in a Victorian novel! Seems like Samantha, Ruth, Elsie, Hattie and Tabitha would be close to this list too. 🙂 So many of my favorites here!

agirlinred Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 3:30 pm

What a beautiful list! I wish this were the actual top 100. Not a -son or tryndee name in site.

questioning Says:

July 8th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

This is information has limited applicability to the real world. Many of the people who visit this site regularly don’t even have children, and the names that are viewed may have little relation to what people are actually naming their children. The correct title of the list would be “Names a Very Small Group of People Like to Read About Online.”

Sachiko Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 9:11 am

Thanks for the linky to Violet. Sheesh! It’s in the top 200 now? Where did the time go? I’m cheering with a sinking heart. I may have to look further afield than Seraphine. That, or stick it in a middle slot.

*or* I could just get over myself and use it anyway and moo with the herd… 😀

I’m curious about the searches–do you guys record every name searched? It would be a good way to know which new names to add to the site. There’ve been a fair number I’ve looked for here with nothing, that I’ve been curious to know your opinion on.

(you guys are sort of the cool older sister/aunt for baby naming)

Sachiko Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 9:12 am

*bah* ended on a prepositional phrase. It’s something up with which I will not put!

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 9:24 am

Haha, Sachiko. Yes, Google Analytics tracks every search but I’ve never combed the archives for names people search for and don’t find (not sure it parses it that way). But I’m fixing to do a post on searched names that are really unusual, so some may be in there!

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 9th, 2010 at 9:25 am

Plus we hope one day soon Hugh our engineer will add functionality for member-added names.

Lisa Says:

July 10th, 2010 at 11:13 am

Our little Genevieve Simone was born Wednesday, and I was finally able to convince my husband that the name was popular/common enough that we didn’t need to use a common name in the middle (Sophia and Harper were on the table–both pretty high up the list, both here and in the SSA).

Seeing her name appear in the top 100 here last time you posted the 2010 round-up, and also seeing on nameberry that Evie (her probable informal nickname) is near the top in the UK helped him get over his concerns that Genevieve is too uncommon–a worry he had due to his not liking his own uncommon/”old-fashioned” first and middle names. Being a Lisa born in the 1970s, I of course had the opposite experience and opinion with commonly given names.

Meryl Says:

July 10th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

This list is wonderful! Pam what are your predictions for Clementine. Its high on this list and moving up and I see it discussed all the time on nameberry boards. Claudia schiffer has a Clementine plus Ethan Hawke just had a little Clementine. KAte Winslet plays a Clementine in “eternal sunshine of the spotless mind”. So Clementine is strange but still known. Do you think Clementine will get the Seraphina/Harlow/Violet treatment? What is the highest you think this name will reach?

Thanx,
Meryl

Anna Says:

July 11th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

A lot of these have a distinct British feel! Most would not be out of place in a Telegraph Birth Announcement.
I have seen some of these popping up in the NZ birth announcements maybe indicating we are following there trends more closely than the USA…

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 11th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Anna, that is an excellent point and one we should have thought to make. In fact, nameberry is quite international with about 20 percent of visitors coming from the UK, Canada, Australia, NZ, and in fact around the world. So that’s one reason this list varies so much from the US popularity list.

Sunshinetina Says:

July 12th, 2010 at 12:09 am

Both of my sisters names are on the list, Imogen and Poppy, but mine, Danae is not. Thats just how I like it.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

July 12th, 2010 at 9:11 am

Lisa, congratulations on Genevieve Simone. Lovely name with a lot of great nn options. Meryl, I do think Clementine is stylish but don’t see it getting overly popular. Funny that it’s still not back in the Top 1000, though I can definitely imagine it in the US Top 100 in a decade. But not in the Top 10. However, if you live somewhere populated by a lot of nameberry types, you may hear it a lot more often than you would in the general population!

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sofia Says:

December 26th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

my baby girl will be named Sofia

Nora Says:

February 23rd, 2011 at 8:04 am

Are you sure its not 1910? Imogen? Maisie?

Loren Bennett Says:

March 10th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

My beautiful little girl will be called Natasha katie June James thats my boi friends name joe james xxxxxx

bell Says:

April 30th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

this is really cool but i didnt see my name its jayden but people call me bell maybey i didnt look hard enough idk lol please help and tell me if u see my name thanks because i really wanna know if my name went lol 🙂

megan Says:

May 4th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

my favorite name was sadie thats what i’ll name my little girl when i have one (in ten years)

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