Girl Names ALWAYS in the Top 1000

These perennially popular girl names have all appeared on the Top 1000 list for every year since the U.S. government started keeping records in 1880. While many are names you'd expect to be classics, such as Elizabeth and Sarah, there are lots of surprises here.

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  • Eleanor

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    Eleanor, a stately name that has been in and out of fashion since Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine brought it from France to England in the twelfth century, is hot again. Eleanor's straightforward... Read More 

  • Elizabeth

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    Elizabeth, one of the premiere classic girls' names, is now just outside the Top 10 at Number 13, having been replaced in 2014 by the rising Charlotte. Yet Elizabeth has so much going for it—rich... Read More 

  • Emily

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    Emily may have dropped somewhat in the current standings, but it was the most popular girls' name for over a decade because it appeals on many levels: Emily is feminine, classic, simple, pretty,... Read More 

  • Emma

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    Emma has now been the most popular name in the United States for three years in a row, having done handsprings up the charts thanks to a legion of Emma heroines, from Bovary to Goldman to Jane... Read More 

  • Esther

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    One of the major female figures in the Old Testament, quiet, studious Esther was in the Top 50 a hundred years ago, and stayed in the Top 100 until 1935. It is now on the ascent again, appealing... Read More 

  • Eva

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    Eva is a simple, classic name, but be warned: There are suddenly a lot of little girls named Eva (and Ava and Eve) around, perhaps inspired by Eva Longoria--Eva has been a Top 100 name since 2009.... Read More 

  • Evelyn

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    After decades of disuse, soft and feminine Evelyn has returned to the baby name stage in a huge way. It hit Number 12 in 2016, just shy of its all-time high of Number 11 that it hit around the... Read More 

  • Hannah

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    Hannah is one of the nation's top biblical girls' names—it surpassed Sarah in 1998, and is behind only Abigail and Elizabeth. Hannah is a name with many sources of appeal: Old Testament roots,... Read More 

  • Helen

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    Helen is a name that has connoted beauty since ancient times (the mythological "face that launched a thousand ships," over whom the ten-year Trojan War was fought).

    The name Helen has... Read More 

  • Iris

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    Iris is one of the bouquet of turn-of-the-last-century flower names that is gradually beginning to regain its appeal: it is now at the highest point it has been since the Thirties.

    Part... Read More 

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