Girls’ Names 2010: Most Popular So Far

Three-quarters of the way through the year, we check in again with the most popular girls’ names 2010, nameberry style.

Once again, Charlotte heads the list of most-searched girls’ names on nameberry. In the number two spot is Violet, and former number two Seraphina has dropped to third place.

A note on tabulation: These lists represent the most-searched names on nameberry for January through September of 2010. Previously, we published the lists of most-searched girls’ names 2010 for the first half of the year, and before that for the first quarter.

This time around, a surprising 11 new girls’ names vaulted onto the Top 100. The newly-popular choices (in order of appearance on the list) are:

Following are the names moving up the list for the second quarter in a row. Previously, we’d said not to pay too much attention to shifts up or down, but after two bumps up in a row, we start to wonder whether we smell a trend.

The girls’ names making the biggest gains up the baby names 2010 list include:

Here are the 11 girls names not among the Top 100 this time around. Many of these choices are, to me, not so surprising: they’re names that people have been hearing for longer and so may be less curious about.

Remember, these lists represent not what names people are choosing for their children, but which names they’re searching on nameberry, so it’s a sure bet that while a more familiar name like Emily is getting less search attention than a newcomer such as Elodie, in the end more parents will choose the safer Emily.

Girls’ names moving down for the second quarter in a row are, in order of their rank on the list:

The names with the biggest losses were Olivia and Elizabeth, down from 3 and 4 to 17 and 18 respectively, and Sophia down from 7 to 23, along with Audrey, Chloe, Avery, Zoe, Sarah, Penelope.

Here is nameberry’s full list of Top 100 girls’ names 2010:

  1. Charlotte =
  2. Violet up
  3. Seraphina down
  4. Imogen up
  5. Adelaide up
  6. Eliza up
  7. Isla down
  8. Alice up
  9. Scarlett up
  10. Lily up
  11. Harper up
  12. Ella up
  13. Maisie up
  14. Amelia =
  15. Maeve up
  16. Ruby up
  17. Olivia down
  18. Elizabeth down
  19. Ava down
  20. Caroline down
  21. Matilda up
  22. Clementine up
  23. Sophia down
  24. Lila up
  25. Claire down
  26. Stella down
  27. Evangeline up
  28. Aurora up
  29. Laura down
  30. Lucy down
  31. Willa up – one of fastest falling last time
  32. Hazel up
  33. Grace down
  34. Ivy up
  35. Eleanor up
  36. Evelyn up
  37. Isabella down
  38. Nora up
  39. Emma down
  40. Esme up
  41. Beatrice up
  42. Clara down
  43. Cora up
  44. Quinn down
  45. Iris up
  46. Delilah up
  47. Poppy up
  48. Arabella down
  49. Lola down
  50. Genevieve up
  51. Josephine up
  52. Audrey down
  53. Phoebe up
  54. Chloe down
  55. Jane down
  56. Avery down
  57. Wren up
  58. Piper up
  59. Adeline up
  60. Daisy up
  61. Eva new
  62. Flora up
  63. Mae up
  64. Zoe down
  65. Celia up
  66. Rose down
  67. Eloise down
  68. Margaret up
  69. Anna down
  70. Penelope down
  71. Sarah down
  72. Bryn =
  73. Olive new
  74. Yvaine – returning after being off last quarter
  75. Coco up
  76. Pearl up (new last time)
  77. Eden new
  78. Annabel new
  79. Emmeline =
  80. Millie new
  81. Kate up
  82. Elodie new
  83. Louisa up
  84. Rory new
  85. Julia up
  86. Mia down
  87. Mary down
  88. India new
  89. Mabel new
  90. Frances new
  91. Aurelia new
  92. Madeline =
  93. Molly down
  94. Juliet down
  95. Ellie down
  96. Lydia down
  97. Hannah down
  98. Sasha down
  99. Fiona down
  100. Maya — returning after being off last quarter

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23 Responses to “Girls’ Names 2010: Most Popular So Far”

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Rebecca K Says:

October 1st, 2010 at 1:07 am

I think I single-handedly vaulted at least 10 of these newcomers onto the list. 😮

Catie Says:

October 1st, 2010 at 8:14 am

hahah Rebecca I feel the same way!! hahah

pam Says:

October 1st, 2010 at 8:44 am

I know these are nameberry favorites and you may feel you’re “guilty” of making them more popular by checking them out often, but our software tracks number of unique users (by computer IP address) as well as number of clicks so we can tell whether a name is being searched hundreds of times by one user. Not true of any of these.

linzybindi Says:

October 1st, 2010 at 9:10 am

I am happy to see some of the beautiful names that are getting recognized. I love strong sounding feminine names. All of those lee and lyn names bore me. Something like Adelaide or Eliza sounds very girly but not weak. I like that! Says:

October 1st, 2010 at 10:17 am

Berries have great taste in names 🙂

Aimee Says:

October 1st, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Please tell me Imogen is not going to become overly popular, please, please….

Tirzah Says:

October 1st, 2010 at 2:22 pm

I feel like I’m stuck in a Jane Austen novel. Lots of Anglophile names here.

It would be interesting to list these with the actual number of babies named last year.

British American Says:

October 1st, 2010 at 3:10 pm

My favourite name for baby #3 (if we have a girl) is on the ‘up’ here. 🙂 I showed the positive Nameberry description of the name to my hubby, but he still doesn’t like it! 😛

Kathleen Says:

October 1st, 2010 at 6:21 pm

awesome post!
” Previously, we’d said not to pay too much attention to shifts up or down, but after two bumps up in a row, we start to wonder whether we smell a trend.


this reads practically like my girls’ name list!!! 🙂

Em Says:

October 1st, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Berries sure do have great taste in girls names!

Leonor Says:

October 2nd, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I really hope my Beatrice doesn’t become too popular!!!! I’m saving that one for my baby girl!

trich323 Says:

October 4th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

People shouldn’t be upset their favorite names are on these lists. Many of them are still not in the top 1000. I’m psyched my little girl’s name is number 6. That means a lot of tasteful people like her name, but I’m not at all worried she’ll have 5 other Elizas in her class!

ariel Says:

October 15th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

i’m still naming my daugther {due in a week!} harper, even though it’s climbing the list.

Megan Says:

October 17th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

My 4 month old is Eliza after her great-grandmother. This list worries me!

CherrieSue Says:

October 31st, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Well, all these names are very pretty – I just hope they don’t get tooo popular!!! I’m saving several of thee names that are above!!!!

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November 5th, 2010 at 12:34 am

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Kate Says:

November 16th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I was sad to see all of our favorite girl names on the list!!! I was hoping that they didn’t track unique users, because I am also one who is guilty of searching a single name tons of times. Bummer!! I will be anxiously awaiting the social security list next year!!

pam Says:

November 16th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

No, as we’ve said, Kate, you can’t be responsible for bumping a name up onto this list by searching it all the time. We look at names searched by the most individual users.

Emebrly Says:

December 13th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I am naming my baby Amberlynn Grace.

Jill Says:

January 23rd, 2011 at 3:52 pm

My 1 year old daughter’s name is Beatrice and I’m not worried it will be too popular, just lots if people with good taste 🙂

Olivia Says:

March 4th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I hope Pearl and Beatrice stay down!

Avery Says:

April 7th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I personally like the names


rollo Says:

April 13th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Well my son in laws observation that Imogen was going UP,UP UP was very correct. I would have always thought that Imogen would stay in the middle ground area even if people like nameberries started to use it.

Great name, love it!!

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