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Most Popular Baby Girl Names in the U.S.

Guess the most popular names for baby girls born in the United States for each of the last five years.
We give the first letter of the name as a clue
Last updated: September 06, 2018
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2017
E
Emma
O
Olivia
A
Ava
I
Isabella
S
Sophia
M
Mia
C
Charlotte
A
Amelia
E
Evelyn
A
Abigail
H
Harper
E
Emily
E
Elizabeth
A
Avery
S
Sofia
2016
E
Emma
O
Olivia
A
Ava
S
Sophia
I
Isabella
M
Mia
C
Charlotte
A
Abigail
E
Emily
H
Harper
A
Amelia
E
Evelyn
E
Elizabeth
S
Sofia
M
Madison
2015
E
Emma
O
Olivia
S
Sophia
A
Ava
I
Isabella
M
Mia
A
Abigail
E
Emily
C
Charlotte
H
Harper
M
Madison
A
Amelia
E
Elizabeth
S
Sofia
E
Evelyn
2014
E
Emma
O
Olivia
S
Sophia
I
Isabella
A
Ava
M
Mia
E
Emily
A
Abigail
M
Madison
C
Charlotte
H
Harper
S
Sofia
A
Avery
E
Elizabeth
A
Amelia
2013
S
Sophia
E
Emma
O
Olivia
I
Isabella
A
Ava
M
Mia
E
Emily
A
Abigail
M
Madison
E
Elizabeth
C
Charlotte
A
Avery
S
Sofia
C
Chloe
E
Ella
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level 19
Nov 9, 2012
What I find more shocking are the old names coming back. Olivia, Sophia, Emma? Ugh. Grace. Victoria?? Are we in 1912 or 2012? Charlotte? Khloe with a K is kind of sad. The world is becoming rather illiterate but we seem to be naming our kids for the wrong century
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level 74
Feb 13, 2013
lots of old English and old Jewish names are fashionable right now. I guess the parents feel more sophisticated. It allows them to be snobs when the other parents at the PTA meeting say they named their kid "Britney" or "Megan." Sophia sounds more sophisticated.
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level 39
Nov 8, 2015
Or it could just be they like the names they choose. Nothing to do with snobbery.
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level 74
May 10, 2016
Maybe. I just know several personally who are openly snobs.
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level 63
Feb 7, 2018
Or maybe they are just better than everyone else.
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level 74
Sep 10, 2018
That could be it, too.
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level 25
May 20, 2013
And yet, Lily as a name is centuries old, quite the irony huh?! Better yet, Lily is the short version of Olivia.
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level 50
Jun 14, 2014
I love the name Lily...
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level 74
May 10, 2016
awesome!!
+2
level 50
Jun 14, 2014
These are BEAUTIFUL names. Khloe isn't even on the list. Stop criticizing parents.
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level 50
Jun 14, 2014
What they name their kids is their right to choose and not your right to criticize.
+1
level 74
May 11, 2015
it's on the list now
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level 55
May 11, 2016
of course there is the right to criticize. There is nothing inherently wrong with choosing a 'unique' or 'unusual' name. But, if you destine your child to spell check their name for the rest of their life because you decided that Phranqlynn was a cool spelling for Franklin, you're a selfish prick. You should not express your individualism through your child's name. that's what disaster face tattoos are for.
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level 74
May 11, 2015
I guess Victoria and Hayley/Hailey have already gone out of fashion?
+2
level ∞
May 11, 2015
The quiz used to list more than the top 15.
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level 74
May 11, 2015
ah..
+1
level 22
Sep 2, 2015
Too bad. Didn't see any Sarahs, and that's my name... :*(
+1
level 75
Sep 7, 2015
Old fashioned names are really rather nice, though if, like me, you've got quite an unusual one, it's slightly annoying when the only people who share your name tend to be about 50 years older. (My name isn't brandybuck96, in case you were wondering.)
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level 59
Sep 21, 2015
Yes, as the bearer of a markedly "old-fashioned" name, it is nice in a good amount of respects; for example, when someone calls your name, you can almost guarantee it's you they're talking to, unlike all the poor Katies. But then, yeah, every person you meet with your name (which, for me, has been a grand total of three, including my namesake!) is 30+ years older, or, if they don't share your name, will ask you if you're familiar with the 1930s musical "(My name)" and then start singing the theme song...
+1
level 58
Jan 10, 2017
I have a chicken named Lily.
+1
level 31
Jun 22, 2017
Cute
+1
level 74
Feb 13, 2013
It's so silly how names in the US come and go like fashion. When I was a kid there were so many Michelles and Jennifers and now they don't even make the list at all. My sister has two girls. Abigail and Hayley (not Hailey.. maybe you could include that as an alt spelling?)... both unsurprisingly on this list. And a boy Jacob, which is I think the most trendy boys' name right now. People are such sheep...
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level 55
May 18, 2014
My kids are Elizabeth and Nathan. Unremarkable classics commonly spelled. But my husband wouldn't go for Chrysanthemum or Guildford.
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level 74
May 10, 2016
1st gf narrowly avoided being named Ruby Begonia. She ended up as a Jennifer. Like half the female population of the United States born that year...
+1
level 39
May 16, 2017
Elizabeth is my middle name!
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level 74
May 26, 2014
I'm from the era of Vicky, Carol, and Debbie. You don't see those names anymore, either. Today they seem to prefer the longer versions, Victoria and Carolyn, and I suppose Deborah is completely off the charts. I have a friend whose granddaughters are named Melody and Symphony.
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level 74
May 11, 2015
I "knew" a Deborah in Cebu who was only 19. I think she's 20 now.
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level 74
May 11, 2015
Deborah is from the Bible so I suppose it will always be a possibility as some people prefer to use biblical names, but it may be a while before Vicky and Carol come 'round again. I've noticed that the pronunciation has changed for Deborah, though. In my day the accent was on the first syllable which led to the nickname of Debbie or Deb. Nowadays when I do hear the name it has the accent on the second syllable. How was your friend's name pronounced, Kalb?
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level 74
May 11, 2015
I called her Debbie.
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level 59
May 11, 2016
The quotation marks around "knew" are a little suspicious, kalbahamut...
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level 55
May 11, 2016
being a biblical name, I assume it's "knew" in the biblical sense.
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level 39
May 16, 2017
Symphony?! Wow!
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level 74
Sep 13, 2018
Knew another girl, in the same sense, in Los Angeles who was named Poetry.
+4
level 74
May 20, 2013
I don't understand why we're so judgmental when it comes to how others name their children. Just seems like an odd thing to have such a strong opinion about.
+3
level 50
Jun 14, 2014
Uh-huh. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE, GET A LIFE!!!
+1
level 74
May 26, 2014
I don't have a problem with unusual names so much as ordinary names with unusual or alternate spellings. I really wish every name had just one universal spelling and that's it. Do you know how many times in my life I have been asked "Is that Eric with a 'c' or a 'k'?" I'm so sick of that. And it's only got to be worse for all the Gynnifers and Katelins of the world.
+1
level 58
May 26, 2014
wow some of these names are crazy....
+1
level 46
May 27, 2014
Got five!
+2
level 50
Jun 14, 2014
And for all the people complaining about these names-- At least they weren't named Lobelia(Sackville-Baggins)!
+1
level 59
May 11, 2015
Can I ask that you accept "Abby" for Abigail? The other girls' names quiz accepts it, so I just assumed it wasn't on the list when it didn't take it.
+1
level ∞
May 11, 2015
Okay
+1
level 79
May 13, 2015
I did guess "Elisabeth" !
+1
level 39
May 29, 2015
Quite a few names used today were originally boys' names - Shirley being one. The Beckhams' daughter is Harper Seven, which is very strange. I like the name Mia but this is what Mia Farrow was called by her family, as she couldn't pronounce her real name, Maria, so it became Mia. Now, over the years, it's become fairly commonly-used.
+1
level 21
Dec 21, 2015
100% people are so predictable these days Pretty names though
+3
level 75
Jun 17, 2016
On the contrary, people are far less predictable today than past years, at least when it comes to naming their children. In 1950, only 5% of parents strayed out of the Top 1,000 names when naming their child. In 2012, 27% of parents went weird and left the Top 1,000. The top 10 names used to command a huge percentage of all births, but it is much lower today as people go for "unique". If it hasn't been posted yet, the Baby Voyager site is really interesting. http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager#prefix=&sw=both&exact=false
+1
level 9
Dec 26, 2015
I got all 22 but I'm surprised to see that names like Brooklyn and even Sarah aren't on there...
+1
level 7
Mar 9, 2016
Harper? What kind of name is that!
+1
level 75
Jun 17, 2016
Ever heard of Harper Lee?
+1
level 70
May 10, 2016
Nice lack of gender stereotyping in the photo... if the baby really is a girl, good on the parents on dressing her up in blue!
+1
level 57
May 16, 2016
It looks mostly white with patterns.
+1
level 74
Jun 23, 2016
A handful I never would have gotten, since I think of them as male names - either usually, or at least interchangeably. Examples of 'male' names on the list include Aubrey (maybe folks are confusing it with Audrey?), Avery, and of course Addison and Madison (which mean 'son of Adam' and 'son of Matthew' respectively).
+2
level 70
Sep 11, 2016
Aubrey is definitely a male name. If you're giving it to a girl, you're basically just misspelling Audrey. Frankly, I'm not sure why anyone would do that - Audrey is a much more euphonious name.
+1
level 49
Sep 22, 2016
I think names are a funny thing. Especially how Tv/social media influences our life. I was born in the 70s One tine a lady told me in a hospital what year i was born by the spelling of my name because there was a popular tv character that year or two that spelled it that way. She told me, everyone she had ever seen with that name and that spelling was around the same age due to the tv show. This included the women's own daughter. I think we hear a name on tv or see it in a magazine and think how great the name is, not realizing millions of other people are thinking the same thing. I have an Emily, never realizing it would be so popular. Had no clue. However if i would have had her 10 12 years before I probably would have name her Alexis or Paradise, so Im grateful for my maturity.
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level 6
Dec 16, 2017
Ah, the good olden days of Isabelle...just kidding
+1
level 10
Dec 20, 2017
Me (10) and my brother (7) got 20/20 in 1:50 😀
+2
level 59
Apr 11, 2018
That's great! Probably easier for you kids since all your classmates have these sorts of names. Us old folks kept typing in names that aren't popular any more. :-)
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level 21
Jun 1, 2018
I just have one question. Why are the names Emma and Olivia popular? I mean, don't get me wrong, I love common names like Mary and Ava. It's just that Emma and Olivia are TOO common for me. I don't know why I don't like those names, I just feel like they are not the best names.
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level 37
Jun 12, 2018
Sometimes people name their kids after older relatives like grandmothers and great-grandmothers and the name gets recycled, so to speak.
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level 48
Aug 6, 2018
Very surprised to see Elizabeth on all 5 lists. Never known anyone born later than the 70s to have that name.
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level 58
Sep 10, 2018
I know a 3-year-old Elizabeth.
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level 74
Sep 10, 2018
It's the middle name of my 6-yr-old granddaughter, and is also her mother's middle name which I think may have come from her mother or grandmother, and on it goes. It's a biblical name.
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level 66
Sep 10, 2018
There were three Elizabeths in one of my seminar groups at uni about five years ago, but they all went by shortened versions (Ellie, Lizzy, and Beth).
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level 74
Sep 10, 2018
The only time names really bug me is when parents intentionally make them noteworthy because of the surname. I grew up hearing about Texas Gov. Hogg's daughter, Ima. My grandfather knew a girl named Belle Ringer. There was an attorney in the old courthouse books of our area named Madden Looney. All of those would be fine first names, but to pair them with their surnames seems cruel to me.
+1
level 74
Sep 10, 2018
There was a gynecologist at the hospital where I worked named Harry Beaver. If you google it now he's become so notorious that he's even got a snopes page about him.
+1
level 76
Sep 10, 2018
Interesting how the names of both of my sisters (Emily and Ava) are still relatively popular. Especially Ava. I only knew like two Avas growing up and now they seem to be everywhere.
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level 53
Sep 25, 2018
Got a bunch, then resorted to typing "Hortense" and "Harriet" and "Mavis" because fashions are so random you never know. On a wild whim, I even tried "Margaret." If I had a girl, I swear I'd name her Jane. (Warning: our granddaughters will all be called Shirley and Lois.)
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