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100 Most Popular Girls' Names

If you’re expecting a little girl, one of the things you’re probably thinking about is names! Here are 100 of the most popular girls’ names these days.

1. Sophia

Sophia is the Greek word for wisdom. It’s been used as a popular girl’s name in the United States since 1900. In the United Kingdom, it was ninth most popular from 1880 through 1918 and fifth from 1910 to 1913. Sophia is also a masculine name in Greece, Albania, and Bulgaria.

The name Sophia has been used by many queens and princesses throughout history: Queen Sofía of Spain; Princess Sofia of Sweden; Queen Sophia Von Preussen of Prussia (1730-1815), wife of King Frederick William II (1744-1797); Queen Sophia Dorothea Wilhelmina Pauline Marie von Württemberg (1901-1986), who was married to Prince Ludwig Friedrich Wilhelm Konstantin zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg

2. Emma

Emma is the name of a woman who lived in the 19th century. Her full name was Emma Harte, and she was one of the first women to be successful in business.

Emma means “universal.” It’s also a nickname for Emily, which means “industrious.” The name Emma has been around for centuries, and it shows no sign of stopping its popularity climb anytime soon!

3. Olivia

Olivia is one of the most popular girl names in America. The name comes from Latin and means “olive.” Olivia was the character who appeared in Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night. Actress Olivia Hussey played Olivia in an eponymous movie based on the play, released in 1996.

Olivia has been used as a name since at least the mid-1500s; it gained popularity among English speakers after William Congreve’s use for his comedy The Mourning Bride (1697).[4][5] It may also have been inspired by Shakespeare’s romantic heroine Viola from Twelfth Night (c 1599), who falls for Duke Orsino because he looks like her brother Cesario – both characters being played by William Shakespeare himself.[6]

4. Ava

Ava is a Latin name meaning “to live,” and it’s the feminine version of Adam. It hit the top 1,000 most popular baby names in America in 1987, making its debut at number 922. Since then, it has never fallen below number 69 on the list—and considering its growth rate over this period (an average increase of about 16 spots per year), we can expect to see Ava continue to rise for years to come!

In Great Britain and Australia, Ava has been similarly successful: numbers 3 and 14 respectively on their lists.

5. Isabella

Isabella is a popular name for girls, and it comes from the Spanish word for “pledge” or “oath.” In some countries, it’s also known as Isabel. The name has been in use since at least the 14th century and has become increasingly more common over time. Several royal families now use it in Europe, including Denmark, Belgium, Norway, and Sweden.

Isabella is also a famous fictional character name—you might recognize it from TV shows like Once Upon a Time or Revenge. There are so many characters named Isabella that we had to create an entire section for them!

And if all this isn’t enough reason to love the name Isabella…it’s also one of our favorite Disney princesses. Who doesn’t love Belle?

6. Mia

Mia is a girl’s name that means “mine” in Spanish, but it’s also a Latin and Greek name meaning “my.” The name can be shortened to Miah or Mia, making it even more popular among parents. If you’re looking for a relatively uncommon girl’s name that is also versatile and timeless, Mia might be the one for you!

7. Zoe

Zoe is a Greek name meaning life. It’s a popular name in the US, UK, and Australia.

Zoe is a popular girls’ name in both countries, with American Zoes being ranked higher than British ones on the list of top names. In 2017 it was at number 25 in England and Wales, but only number 381 in America. This disparity may be due to its Greek origin; Greek names tend to be more common among Americans than Brits—many other popular English-language variations of these names (such as Zoey).

8. Lily

Lily is a name that many people associate with flowers—but while the flower’s name can be traced back to Latin, Lily as a girl’s name is more common in English.

According to Nameberry.com, Lily began as an English surname and was then used as a first name by parents who wanted to give their daughter something unusual but not too out-there. It didn’t become super popular until around the 1950s, when it started appearing on top 100 lists. The popularity of this name has continued into modern times; it ranked #27 in 2017, according to Social Security Administration data (which may vary from year-to-year).

9. Emily

Emily is a pretty, feminine name that’s classic, timeless, and popular—and it doesn’t hurt that it’s also a favorite of royalty.

The name has been around for centuries and means “rival” or “rival to all.” It was the name of Sir Walter Scott’s wife, who inspired several of his novels; their son Edward wrote the novel Waverley under the pen name “Captain Clutterbuck.” Emily Brontë was another famous bearer of this name. In fact, upon its publication in 1847, her novel Wuthering Heights became an instant bestseller even though many critics were unimpressed with its unconventional style and subject matter (a brooding male protagonist who breaks hearts at will).

In Canada, too (where they prefer EM-erl), Emily has earned a place as one of their favorite girls’ names since 2000.

10. Madison

Madison is a girl’s name of English origin, meaning “son of Maud.” It has also been used as a surname.

Madison is a common name in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand; Madison was ranked seventh most popular among baby girls born there in 2017.

The American actress Madison Pettis began using this name because her parents wanted to honor their friend who had died; however, they later decided it would be nice to name their daughter after her best friend’s mother instead.

11. Abigail

Abigail is a Hebrew name meaning “father’s joy.” The first appearance of this name in the Bible is in the Book of Samuel, where Abigail is the wife of King David.

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12. Charlotte

Charlotte is a feminine name. The meaning of Charlotte is “free man.”

The popularity of Charlotte can be seen in its usage, as it has been given to 1% of all girls born since 1880. It was most popular during the years 1950-1965, where it was ranked as the 3rd most common girl’s name in America, and has been on a steady decline since then. In its current ranking, Charlotte is currently #78th most common girl’s name overall in America and #39th most common name in Australia.

Although it started as an English surname (and the first recorded instance was charlotte), this French feminine version of Charles (“man”) soon caught on as a first name for both genders (charlotte).

13. Chloe

Chloe is a Greek name meaning “blooming” or “green shoot.” It’s also a common name in the US and UK, where it was named after Chloe Osborne, the daughter of British Prime Minister William Lamb.

Chloe first started appearing on US charts in 1894 and has remained popular ever since.

14. Avery

Avery is a unisex name that is derived from the English surname of Averill. The meaning of Avery is “a clearing or meadow by a river” or “one who lives by the water.”

Avery is one of the most famous names for both boys and girls in the United States, ranking at #8 for girls and #49 for boys in 2018. It has been in use since 1988 when it was ranked at #275 on Baby Name Wizard’s list of top names. The name reached peak popularity with girls during 2012-2013 when it came in as #21 overall on their list; meanwhile, it hasn’t quite reached those heights of boys yet but remains pretty well-liked among parents—it ranked at #56 last year.

15. Ella

Ella is a popular name in the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. It’s also quite popular in Ireland. You may have heard of the song “Ella Fitzgerald,” who was a jazz singer born in 1917. In addition to being an internationally recognized name, it’s also considered very pretty by many people.

Ella has many variations: Ellen and Elle are common nicknames for Ella; Ellie is another spelling you might see, while others use Elle or Ellie instead of Ella altogether!

16. Aubrey

Aubrey is a French name meaning “elf ruler.” It’s been used by both genders since the early 20th century. This popular choice among parents hit its peak in popularity in the U.S. between 2000 and 2005, but it’s still a solid pick for many parents today.

17. Addison

Addison is a popular girl’s name in the United States. It is a name of English origin, meaning “son of Adam.” The name is most commonly used by parents looking for a short, easy-to-spell, and -pronounce name that will be relevant throughout the next few decades. Addison has been on and off the top 1,000 list since 1880; it reached its peak popularity in 2007 when it was ranked number 255.

Addison has many variations: Abbey, Abbie (shortened version), Adelyn/Adalynn (variation from Adaylynn), Addie (also spelled Addy), Adelaide (French variation), Adele (Germanic variation), Adella/Addella/Adelle/Adelina/Adelisa/Adilisa etc…

18. Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a popular name for girls. It’s been in the top 100 names since 1880 when it started at #500. Elizabeth is a Greek name that means “God is my oath.” It comes from the Hebrew name Elisheba, which was probably derived from El, meaning “God.”

Elizabeth was one of several Old Testament women named after the original Elisheba (also spelled Eliysheba). She was the daughter-in-law of King David and the wife of Aaron. However, she was initially barren until God granted her fertility as a miraculous reward for her loyalty to him.

Elizabeth has also been used as an alternate spelling of Isabella in England since medieval times–and many people still consider them two distinct names today! Other variations include Elisabetha, Lissabete, Lisbeth, and Lissiebethia…but we’ll stick with plain old Elizabeth here on this list since that’s what most people use nowadays anyway!”

19. Samantha

This Hebrew name means “listener,” The shorter form Sam is a popular nickname. The name was made famous when the character Samantha Jones first appeared on Sex and the City in 1998. Although it’s not very popular in other countries, Samantha has been one of the most common names for American girls since 1880. It ranks #170 in England and Wales (as Sam).

20. Natalie

Natalie is a name of Hebrew origin, meaning “gift.” It is also a name of English origin, meaning “pleasant.”

Natalie is a unique name with descriptive meaning. The word Natalie has been in use for centuries, and its usage has been steady over the years. It is used more often than other names from its language as an English baby name.

In Hebrew, the name Natalie means “God’s gift.” In French, the name Natalie means “noble woman.” In German, the name Natalie means “brave.”

In Irish Gaelic …

21. Grace

GRACE: from Latin Gratia, meaning “honor” or “thanks.”

Grace is a virtue of Christianity. It’s also one of the most famous names for girls in the United States and many other countries worldwide. Graceful women are often described as “graceful” because they possess this virtue, making it an incredibly fitting name for your daughter.

22. Hailey

Hailey is a girl of Irish, English, Scottish, and Welsh origin.

It has only been in the top 1,000 names given to girls since 1977.

23. Victoria

Victoria is the top name in the UK and has been for over a decade—it’s also popular in the US. Victoria is a Latin name meaning “victorious.” It was first used as a given name in honor of Queen Victoria of England (1786-1901), credited with uniting Great Britain and Ireland under her rule.

VICTORIA: A feminine name from Latin victoria meaning ‘victory’ or ‘conquest’; it became popular after Queen Victoria of England, who ruled from 1837 until 1901.

24. Valerie

Valerie is a French name meaning “strength, power.” The popularity of Valerie has declined significantly over the last decade and has been falling steadily since its peak in 2007. However, it remains popular as a first name in the United States and Australia. In 2014 alone, 756 girls named Valerie were born in England and Wales.

25. Vanessa

You’ve probably heard it before: the name Vanessa is widespread. This name was so popular that it was one of the most famous names of 2010. The meaning of Vanessa is grace, which can be applied to this lovely name and its many uses in life. It’s common everywhere, from Latin America to the Netherlands to the Philippines and even North America. This beautiful feminine-sounding name has been used throughout history but became much more popular after being made famous by actress Vanessa Redgrave in 1952. Since then, there have been a few other famous Vanessa’s such as British model turned singer Vaneza Oliveira (born Maria Vaneza Oliveira da Silva), who competed on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2015 and has since released several albums, including her most recent release “The Girl Who Loves To Dance.”

Most Popular Girls' Names

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26. Veronica

Veronica is a name of Latin origin, meaning “true image.” Veronica is a popular name in the United States. It was most popular in the 1930s, falling out of favor throughout the 20th century before experiencing a revival in recent decades.

27. Victoria

Victoria is a feminine name of Latin origin that means “victory.”

The name has been in use since the late 19th century.

28. Violet

Violet is a beautiful name for a girl. It’s a flower name, nature name, and color name. The meaning of violet refers to the color purple or blueish purple that comes from the plant violet flower. The origin of Violet is English. Its popularity has increased since the 1950s. In this list, Violet ranks at #10 on the top 50 most popular girl names that start with V in the USA as of 2016 and 2017.

29. Vivian

Vivian is a feminine given name. It is a variant of Vivienne, which is the French feminine form of Vivian.

The name is derived from the Latin word vivus meaning “alive.”

30. Vada

Vada is a girl’s name of African origin. Vada means “first born” in Yoruba. In the United States, Vada is the #2 most popular name for girls with this meaning. It was also popular in England (aside from Scotland) and the Netherlands before World War II but has since fallen out of favor.

31. Velma

  • Velma is a feminine name of Old English origin.
  • The meaning of Velma is ‘willow.’
  • The name is derived from the Old English word ‘wilig’, which means ‘willow.’
  • The name was first used in the 19th century.

32. Vera

Vera is a popular name in the United States. It’s also a common name in other countries around the world. The following list contains some of the most popular Vera names:

  • Vera (Russian)
  • Vera (Spanish)
  • Vera (Greek)
  • Vera (German)
  • Vera (Swedish)
  • Veronique / Verona / Veronika / Verena / Véronique (French)

33. Vicki

Vicki is a feminine given name. It is derived from the Latin name ‘Vicus,’ meaning “alley,” which was later used to refer to a tiny settlement.

Vicki is a common name in the United States, where it ranked as the 45th most common female name given to American girls born in 2017. The popularity of the name Vicki had declined since its peak in 1934 when it was number 2 on the list of popular names. Vicki also reached its height of popularity in England and Wales, ranking number 10 on their list.

The name Vickie (derived from Vicki) also appears among these rankings; however, it is much less common than its complete form.

34. Violeta

Violeta is a Spanish name. Violeta is a diminutive of Violet. It originates from the Latin word “violets” purple flowers used to refer to all blue-purple colors in medieval times.

Violeta is a common name in Spanish-speaking countries, such as Argentina and Chile. The name has also become popular in Colombia since the 1990s.

35. Virginia

Virginia is a feminine given name, a feminine form of the Roman family name “Virginius,” itself derived from the Latin word “Virgo,” meaning “maiden.”

36. Vivianne

Vivianne was a French girl’s famous name in the 19th century. It’s a variation of Vivienne, but it has a more modern appeal.

Vivianne is a feminine name with three syllables and sounds like “vee-vee-ann.” Vivianne is also popular as a last name, though it can be spelled “Viviane” or “Vivien.”

37. Velvate

If you’re searching for a unisex name that starts with V and means “the skin of a young goat,” you’ve come to the right place. The name Velvate was popular in the year 2000 when it ranked #1091 on the charts. It’s also of Latin origin, making it all the more impressive!

38. Riley

Riley is a unisex name, and it’s of Irish origin. The meaning of Riley is “noble.”

Riley is also a masculine name, the meaning of which is “little king.”

Riley was given to 10 baby girls in 2015, ranking #1642 on the list for that year. It was most popular in New Mexico, ranking #405 for girls born during that year. It was least popular in New York, ranking #2240 for girls born during that year.

Still, on the list of popular girls’ names, we know that we have some masculine and feminine names, and most of these names are still very popular and heard almost every way in the world. Below is another list of other popular girls’ names that you might have heard of.

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Charlotte
  4. Amelia
  5. Ava
  6. Sophia
  7. Isabella
  8. Mia
  9. Evelyn
  10. Harper
  11. Luna
  12. Camila
  13. Gianna
  14. Elizabeth
  15. Eleanor
  16. Ella
  17. Abigail
  18. Sofia
  19. Avery
  20. Scarlett
  21. Emily
  22. Aria
  23. Penelope
  24. Chloe
  25. Layla
  26. Mila
  27. Nora
  28. Hazel
  29. Madison
  30. Ellie
  31. Lily
  32. Nova
  33. Isla
  34. Grace
  35. Violet
  36. Aurora
  37. Riley
  38. Zoey
  39. Willow
  40. Emilia
  41. Stella
  42. Zoe
  43. Victoria
  44. Hannah
  45. Addison
  46. Leah
  47. Lucy
  48. Eliana
  49. Ivy
  50. Everly
  51. Lillian
  52. Paisley
  53. Elena
  54. Naomi
  55. Maya
  56. Natalie
  57. Kinsley
  58. Delilah
  59. Claire
  60. Audrey
  61. Aaliyah
  62. Ruby
  63. Brooklyn
  64. Alice
  65. Aubrey
  66. Autumn
  67. Leilani
  68. Savannah
  69. Valentina
  70. Kennedy
  71. Madelyn
  72. Josephine
  73. Bella
  74. Skylar
  75. Genesis
  76. Sophie
  77. Hailey
  78. Sadie
  79. Natalia
  80. Quinn
  81. Caroline
  82. Allison
  83. Gabriella
  84. Anna
  85. Serenity
  86. Nevaeh
  87. Cora
  88. Ariana
  89. Emery
  90. Lydia
  91. Jade
  92. Sarah
  93. Eva
  94. Adeline
  95. Madeline
  96. Piper
  97. Rylee
  98. Athena
  99. Peyton
  100. Everleigh
  101. Vivian
  102. Clara
  103. Raelynn
  104. Liliana
  105. Samantha
  106. Maria
  107. Iris
  108. Ayla
  109. Eloise
  110. Lyla
  111. Eliza
  112. Hadley
  113. Melody
  114. Julia
  115. Parker
  116. Rose
  117. Isabelle
  118. Brielle
  119. Adalynn
  120. Arya
  121. Eden
  122. Remi
  123. Mackenzie
  124. Maeve
  125. Margaret
  126. Reagan
  127. Charlie
  128. Alaia
  129. Melanie
  130. Josie
  131. Elliana
  132. Cecilia
  133. Mary
  134. Daisy
  135. Alina
  136. Lucia
  137. Ximena
  138. Juniper
  139. Kaylee
  140. Magnolia
  141. Summer
  142. Adalyn
  143. Sloane
  144. Amara
  145. Arianna
  146. Isabel
  147. Reese
  148. Emersyn
  149. Sienna
  150. Kehlani

We hope you enjoyed our list of the most popular girl names. Our data was sourced from the US Census, so it’s based on many births in the USA. We know you’re probably wondering who will be making it onto our boy’s name list, so keep an eye out for that soon!

Usen Ebong is a professional personal trainer (NASM Certified) and a writer with over eight years of experience. He has created various content across multiple niches, including business, nutrition, academic, games research, and movies.

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