Top Baby Names 2010: 100 Most Popular Girls’ Names So Far

UPDATE!! Check out our final list of top baby names 2010 for girls.

Nameberry’s top baby names 2010 for girls are a mix of choices — Olivia, Sophia, Elizabeth, Ava, Isabella — that are also popular on the national count and more adventurous names, from Isla to Imogen to Iris, that are favored by visitors to nameberry.

The top baby names 2010 for boys also are a blend of the expected and the surprising.

Here then are the 100 top baby names 2010 so far for girls:










10. AVA




14. LILY



17. ELLA





22. RUBY





27. ZOE






33. LILA

34. LOLA

35. IRIS






41. ANNA

42. ESME

43. NORA


45. EMMA




49. ROSE


51. MIA






57. CORA







64. MARY

65. LEAH








73. WREN



76. LULU



79. COCO








87. JANE



90. KATE


92. MILA

93. MAYA

94. MAE







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lyndsayjenness Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 1:23 am

I love being able to see this! I must say I’m relieved that my very most favorites are in the second half of the list! But I actually don’t mind them being on this list, as you said, the nameberry population is of a higher caliber than the rest of the world! (I’m totally kidding… sort of).

How long before these will be the names topping the charts, though? I’m thinking 5-10 years, considering the number of teenagers on nameberry.

Oh and what’s the deal with Seraphina? Think that’s just because of Affleck? I’ve never noticed anyone on nameberry actually considering Seraphina.

Alex Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 3:51 am

Ava is on there twice? There were some that suprised me like Lulu I hadn’t heard it mentioned before on nameberry

Katie Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 4:25 am

FYI proofreaders: Ava and Audrey are on there twice! There could be more doubles, but I didn’t spot them.

Kiki Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 7:16 am

The first one I came across that I really like was Matilda at 23 (then Adelaide, Beatrice, Cecily and Beatrix). Of those names I probably wouldn’t actually use any but I do very much like them. Most of the others don’t stand out to me although some are very nice, just not my taste.

Pamela Satran Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 7:43 am

Thanks for the heads up on the repeats, though lest you think we have a team of proofreaders checking our lists twice, it’s just Pam and Linda here! And yes, some of these won’t reflect exactly which names people are talking about on our message boards, since only about 10-15 percent of nameberry visitors go to the boards each day.

Bella Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 8:30 am

Wren and Lulu were the two unexpected names in my book.

I am proud to say a few of my favourite names are on this list! Yes, proud! And I will more than likely go back, look through and see if any new favourites pop out at me!

Hope you do boys tomorrow!


Ashley Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 9:28 am

Wow, I love most of these names. Oddly enough, nameberry is convincing me to not care about name popularity because even the “quirky” names end up popular!

namefan Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 9:29 am

Elizabeth also shows up twice.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 9:42 am

Thanks. Goodbye, second Elizabeth, hello Bryn.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 9:42 am

And yes, look for boys tomorrow!

cristinag Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 11:06 am

Seraphina, gosh darn it I like it even if the Afflecks make it popular!

Krin Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Can’t wait to see the boys!!!

Charlotte Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I’m kinda sad because all my favorite names are on here and by the time i have children they’ll be so popular ha.

Ayelet Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I’m a little disappointed Seraphina was used by afflecks, I used it for my 4 year old, and I hope it doesn’t skyrocket. Gemma is a nickname we use for our other girl, and I lovelovelove Adelaide & Wren! Great list!

JNE Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Very cool! Can’t wait for the boys list!

How much of this list’s difference is also a reflection of the non-US visitors to Nameberry?

It seems there’s a large enough international contingent that might influence some of these names up the list (popular abroad, not so much in the US, but high on the Nameberry list).

amy Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I’m so sad to see Charlotte at #1! I named my daughter Charlotte in 2002, when it was not on the top 100. Guess I have Sarah Michelle to blame.

Patricia Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I always enjoy reading through the names most popular with nameberry readers. Thanks for keeping us up-to-date for 2010.

However, I’ve been puzzled — and concerned — by your article in the March 10 online “The Daily Beast” stating that the nameberry Top 25 names for girls and for boys in January and February are “The Elite’s Top 50 Baby Names”. (

I found the article misleading because it appears that you used lists similar to the one printed here — a list of the names currently most popular with nameberry participants — and based your article about “elite” baby naming trends on those lists: “Call it Elite Popularity… These elite favorites might not be what the masses are wearing in Atlantic City or sipping at Applebee’s, but they’re just as ubiquitous on a higher plane.”

You and Linda are well respected baby name authorities, so when you write something, others — including parents looking for a name for their baby (now and into the future through an internet search) — rely on your information to be accurate. Your list of “elite” names will certainly have an effect on which names some parents choose — or avoid. The article has been turning up all over the internet: Top Names for Rich Babies – Seraphina or Atticus, anyone?; San Francisco Chronicle website – The Mommy Files : Elite baby names; UrbanBaby – Top baby names of the US upper class, etc.

I’m wondering about the wisdom and ethics of labeling these names as those of “the elite” without solid research showing that indeed these are the names the wealthy are naming their children and in that order.

I’m sorry to be critical, but I’ve been dismayed by your Daily Beast article and wondering why you decided to call the nameberry Top 50 names the most favored names of “the elite”.

Jen @ blissfully caffeinated Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

My three girls are at #33 and higher. I expected it, but also feel a bit chagrined. I’m gonna blame it on my husand and his lack of imagination.

Charlotte Vera Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Oh my! My own name is right at the very top! Oh well, I guess it had to happen sometime. I grew up used to being the only Charlotte around, but now they’re popping up everywhere.

By the way, I had concerns similar to Patricia when I read your Daily Beast article. While an excellent article in many ways, I was surprised to find so little in the nature of evidenced research or sources upon which you base your conclusions. I enjoyed the article, I was just a little confused by your use of the term “elite”.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 5th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I was using the term elite to mean discerning, sophisticated, intelligent — in other words, the kinds of parents who visit nameberry vs. all the other naming sites with basic, not-very-accurate information. As far as research and sources, nameberry hosts thousands of visitors every day (yes, from around the world, excellent point) who are searching for names, which gives us a wealth of data on which names they’re interested in, which they rate highest, what lists they look at most, etc. While government entities sometimes keep records on which names people choose, these are issued long after the fact and deal with final choices of the entire population, not names of interest to a narrower market.

Bella Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 10:02 am

I understood why the names were called “The Elite.”

You have to look at all facets of elitism within the context. It’s from more than a socio-economic standpoint. Here at nameberry, we care, we want to know and we want to pick the best. You hardly ever see a Katie or Sara poll in the forums. You see strange choices, lovely choices and personal preference all over the forums! We are women (and men) who don’t want to wait until we get to the hospital to choose an average, unthought-out, moniker. We want our choice to be, as Pamela said, “…discerning, sophisticated (and) intelligent…” We want a name that is elite.

Hope I helped, I just wanted a different viewpoint thrown in.

MollyK Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Random and off topic: Thanks for featuring a picture of a cute baby wearing a cloth diaper!

Lemon Says:

April 6th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Don’t consider it lack of imagination! Consider it good taste, Jen! I’m sure your girls have lovely names!

I adore many of the names on this list, and, like the boys’ list, I’m not sad to see my favorites climbing to the top of the Berry charts! After all, isn’t imitation the best form of flattery? If a name I love is popular, perhaps it is just a good name – those classics that have been around forever (the ones I love!) certainly show this phenomenon.


EP Says:

April 7th, 2010 at 1:55 pm

It would be very helpful if there were more information about the data – especially how many different visitors search for the name rather than just the total number of searches. One person can search for a name every day (like I’ve been known to do) to monitor posts on the board. It also would be helpful to know how many visitors nameberry has, and how many are actually naming babies in 2010.

Pamela Redmond Satran Says:

April 7th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

EP, there are over 200,000 unique monthly visitors to nameberry and about 300,000 total visits, which makes for 600,000 unique visitors and nearly a million total visits in the first quarter. In terms of how many people look at each name and how many of those are unique views, as an example Charlotte, the number 1 girls’ name, had 3038 total views and 2554 unique views, which means about 85% of the views were unique — pretty consistent across the board.

It seems you want the data to be more helpful — do you mean in judging exactly how popular each name is going to be in terms of babies it’s actually used for? I really think you just need to take it for what it is. With the boys’ names, for instance, William does not even make the Top 100 but I guarantee there will be many Williams born every year in every part of the U.S. over the next decade. And that some of the more obscure names here might rate a lot of searches but not nearly as many actual uses.

cecily Says:

April 11th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I hope most of these don’t get popular! A lot of these names are often suggested and discussed here, so I can’t say that I was really surprised (with the exception of Yvaine).

Charlita Says:

April 16th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I also have read the Daily Beast article with great interest and found it to be dead-on as far as the decription of “the elite” as being discerning and looking “for that perfect name.” I mean, the cottage in Manhattan was the PERFECT example, I completely got you.
Funny that my sisters have kids on the list (Harper and Vivian for girls) and names we have been considering like Beatrix are on there too. I figured, we must be elite! Hey, I’ll take it. I’ve been called worse for sure.
And I agree about William, we have one, he goes by his weird middle name but he’s still a William in the eyes of the SS data. That name will NEVER go away.
Living in Portland, OR I see children with rare names every single day, enough to feel that the whole world is naming their daughters Luna and Beatrix. I forget that those are still “unique” in other communities.

Charlotte Says:

April 17th, 2010 at 11:46 am

It IS odd to see my own name at the top of the list, in fact I have never met a person with my own name, and now a couple friends of ours have a baby named Charlotte and my coworker is pregnant with a baby to be named Charlotte! I guess names just rotate around every 50 years or so.

My husband and I thought we were so original when we came up with our future daughter’s name (#56 Penelope). I guess we aren’t as cool as we thought!

Joie Says:

April 18th, 2010 at 11:18 am

I was shocked to see my daughter’s name (Eloise) right in the middle above Mia. I know about 5 Mias but never have come across another Eloise (except my grandmother, for whom she is named). Maybe we have been slumming it in our cirles 😉 On the baby naming wizard, it barely even shows up it is so rare. Oh, I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. I never want her to have to be known as “Eloise H.” in school.

anne Says:

April 19th, 2010 at 2:11 pm

horrified that my daughter’s name is there (even though it hasn’t been in the top 1000 in years)…and even more horrified that most of our favorites for our fall baby are here…

WaitingOn#1 Says:

April 20th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

2 alternate spellings and 2 (one favourite each) recently rejected option. Our current first choice doesn’t make the list. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.
I’m anxious to see the boy’s list too. We’re really undecided (and by nameberry standards leaning towards the common) on the boy side.

Mander Says:

April 22nd, 2010 at 5:27 am

I wandered here through some random link (Apartment Therapy, I think) and it is interesting that some of these names, which I had hardly ever heard growing up in the US, are actually relatively common in the UK. Lucy, Penelope, and Gemma are all surprisingly common–there are two Lucys in my British family, three Penelopes amongst my friends and colleagues, and tons of Gemmas generally (often mentioned in a local newspaper, in stories like “local teens win science contest” or “schoolchildren volunteer to clean up park”, etc.).

On the other hand some names that are pretty common in the US in my experience seem relatively rare–I have only met one Jennifer, and that was a middle name, and never a Christine or a Meagan.

Ingrid Says:

April 26th, 2010 at 11:14 am

I’m dismayed at the trend to give children nicknames rather than a full name that can be shortened. It leaves the person and their family so many more options. Name the adult, not the baby.

Erin Says:

April 27th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I agree the name trends are towards nicknames. But if you intend on calling the child something why can’t that just be their name? The child could just as easily lengthen a name for adulthood, right? It may not be what we’re used to, but you never know!

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laura Says:

August 26th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

i like makala but they didnt say that one i like to look at the iam have a girl and i want to pic a name that no one really has

Brynn Says:

August 27th, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Wow. I was very surprised to my name on list at although it is last. I’ve always detested my name so I’m pleased to see it popular here on nameberry.
My name is growing on me. I’m female by the way.
Would you name your daughter or son Bryn or Brynn?

Derren Hadara Says:

September 14th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Yay my name is never in the top 100’s or 1000’s only ever met one girl with my name she looks like me wheni was her age i call her my mini me sheis like my lil sis.
My name is for female and male and only ever met to people on of which is derren brown and my mini me.
But im 12 if i have a daughter her name wuld be Liberty or Ebony or Clarity

Saramee Says:

September 28th, 2010 at 12:11 am

I am surprised that Arabella made the list. That was my grandmother’s name and I know of no other Arabella’s. It’s such a lovely, unique name. I hope it does NOT become more popular (so selfish of me!).

Stefanie Says:

October 26th, 2010 at 2:24 am

I personally hate names that can be shortened. You spend all of this time trying to pick out a name that you like and then someone comes along and shortens it or makes a nickname and why when the name that was picked is perfectly fine. What is this constant need to nickname? My daughters name is Trinity and I hate it when people try to call her trin… that is not her name it is Trinity and it doesn’t sound as nice. And I hate the name william because there are a million shortnings- bill, will, willy, billy, billy-bob and so on. On the other hand people have called me stef all of my life and I have never had a problem with that. I especially like names that can be suitable as a child and an adult. I think that is why I was drawn to Trinity. It is sweet and sophisticated at the same time.

Naomi Says:

November 7th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

my names never in the list either! yeah if i have baby girls here would be my choice of names- Erin, Bella, Miya, Charlotte or something like that!

Flo Blackman Says:

November 9th, 2010 at 11:46 am

omg i love all these names there all so much better than mineee… i wish i was a baby again:( im going to court this afternoon to change my name to isla!!!!!
love Flo 😉

Heather Says:

December 8th, 2010 at 10:12 am

I started thinking about girl names in the early 90s and had a particular one in mind, then it got uber-popular. So I thought of a few others…then those got uber-popular. Then I started trying to have kids in 2004 and had names picked out…since then they have crept up near the top in popularity. I was expecting in 2006 but it didn’t last. The name I had (and it was to be a girl) picked out was somewhat obscure then…and of course is now nearing the top of the list. *Sigh* Well, now I am almost 43 so I guess I will put my dream to rest. I’m sure my favorite name will be #1 soon lol.

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Lauren Says:

December 13th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

My name #75 i find this very amazing how, all of these names get pick and are really popular when they are “quirky” In my case quirky is good for these names

Rheanne Says:

December 17th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

isnt Wren the name of one of the singers on The Next Star, she was my fav. anyway, the only reason im on this is to find names for my stories, yes, i love to write, but i find it hard to find good names I AM ONLY 12!!

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December 24th, 2010 at 3:25 am

hey dontg you think that jasmin rose is a great name for a baby girl because i think it is so sweet

Emily Says:

December 24th, 2010 at 9:56 am

Hey, this is very cool what you guys do. although, several of the names on here are very different names, yet they are very popular? i haven’t even heard of many of these names. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! reply if you feel the same way.

Hollie Says:

January 13th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

I some how don’t think that this list is right. (:

rose Says:

February 17th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

im glad about my name cuz i like english and flower names but when i have a kid im going to call them pretty old fashioned names but thats just me! i think the websites quite cool! Rose xxx

Amy Says:

March 2nd, 2011 at 3:57 am

Does anyone like the name Sheridan?

Eva Says:

April 12th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Its does not say Eva 🙁

lola Says:

April 20th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

my name sounds like a flower, ish… my birth name is number 14, lily….

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