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Top Baby Girl Names in the U.S.

Guess the most popular names for baby girls born in the U.S. for each of the last five years.
  • We give the first letter of the name as a clue
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - May 27, 2017
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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 70
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 41
Nov 8, 2015
Or it could just be they like the names they choose. Nothing to do with snobbery.
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level 70
May 10, 2016
Maybe. I just know several personally who are openly snobs.
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level 28
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 26
May 26, 2013
Lily was short for Lillian I think, Liv or Livy is short for Olivia but these days anyone can shorten their name to anything. My name is Lee, I get called Leela as I'm female my friends prefer it - so even short names get changed lol.
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level 50
Jun 14, 2014
I love the name Lily...
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level 10
Nov 13, 2014
My name is Lily!!
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level 70
May 10, 2016
awesome!!
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level 28
May 29, 2016
Lily is short for several names. Lilith, Lillian, Olivia.
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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.
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level 70
May 11, 2015
it's on the list now
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level 52
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 70
May 11, 2015
I guess Victoria and Hayley/Hailey have already gone out of fashion?
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level ∞
May 11, 2015
The quiz used to list more than the top 15.
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level 70
May 11, 2015
ah..
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level 22
Sep 2, 2015
Too bad. Didn't see any Sarahs, and that's my name... :*(
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level 71
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 60
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...
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level 26
May 13, 2016
i know these names are so old like charlotte and addison
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level 66
Jun 10, 2016
Quiet, Lily. You had your time in 2011.
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level 56
Jan 10, 2017
I have a chicken named Lily.
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level 30
Jun 22, 2017
Cute
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level 17
Aug 17, 2017
and why is Khloe with a K sad....is it that crucial
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level 70
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 46
May 24, 2013
Yeah remember the 80's/ early 90's? Rachel, Crystal, Becky, Stephanie, Ashley...
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level 55
May 18, 2014
Tiffany
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level 70
May 26, 2014
yep, and Kelly, Melissa... I'd do better on one of these tests if it was using 1979 stats.
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level 50
Oct 20, 2014
One of those is MY name!
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level 41
Mar 2, 2017
Yes, and whatever happened to beautiful names like Anna, Julia, and Margaret? The names people give their kids nowadays are just ridiculous.
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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 66
May 11, 2015
Smart man.
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level 70
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...
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level 41
May 16, 2017
Elizabeth is my middle name!
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level 72
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 70
May 11, 2015
I "knew" a Deborah in Cebu who was only 19. I think she's 20 now.
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level 72
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 70
May 11, 2015
I called her Debbie.
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level 60
May 11, 2016
The quotation marks around "knew" are a little suspicious, kalbahamut...
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level 52
May 11, 2016
being a biblical name, I assume it's "knew" in the biblical sense.
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level 41
May 16, 2017
Symphony?! Wow!
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level 66
May 11, 2015
Born in 1990. It's hard to throw a stone in my age group without hitting a Megan, Sarah, or Lauren.
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level 72
May 20, 2015
And that is why everyone's name is different these days. Parents grew up with 3 other kids in class with their name so they have to massacre spellings of common names just for the sake of being different so that first-world problem doesn't happen to their kids.
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level 58
May 20, 2013
For all of the incredulous regarding this generation's names, I wonder what your names are or your daughters' names. I'm quite sure that previous generations said the same thing about them as you're saying now. Also, how childish and rude must you be to criticize someone's name?
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level 71
May 20, 2013
Clearly you have daughters named Genesis and Serenity
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level 32
May 20, 2013
It's not really the name but more that some parents seem to regard things like Genesis or Serenity as actual names, both of them give a connotation about a person, maybe also some prejudice. We're not in a fantasy universe where names acutally mean something and describe a character (as if you could know them before they're born).
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level 70
May 26, 2014
What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Honestly, a name is whatever you want it to be. Genesis and Serenity sound like fine names to me. I was only chiding people for being unoriginal when they are usually trying to appear to be the opposite.
To yocoy: if I ever have a daughter I'd probably check what the popular names were the previous year and pick something not in the top 50. Whether it was a "real" (i.e. trendy and commonplace) name or something else.
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level 50
Jun 14, 2014
Yeah. Too bad.
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level 68
May 11, 2015
Serenity is a virtue name & has been used for decades, if not hundreds of years. Yes, it's not one of the more common names, like Faith, Hope, Grace, etc., but it's a "real" name.
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level 71
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.
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level 50
Jun 14, 2014
Uh-huh. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE, GET A LIFE!!!
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level 44
May 20, 2013
She couldn't afford a car so she named her daughter Alexis
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level 50
Oct 20, 2014
That's funny, but not very nice.
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level 67
May 11, 2015
It's a Kanye West lyric.
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level 72
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.
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level 17
May 27, 2014
I agree. Tricking up a normal name by inventing a weird spelling just seems silly to me. There's a whiff of desperation to be "different" in it that's a bit pathetic.
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level 65
May 11, 2015
Or the people who spell it backwards. Do you know how many kids these days are named Nevaeh, Elcarim, Traeh and Trebor? Name your kid whatever you like but don't get bent out of shape when they decide to go with their middle names instead.
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level 1
Sep 15, 2014
Ironically, if there was an original spelling, then Eric might be considered the alternative. The name comes from the Norse, Eiríkr, and most Scandinavian countries still use the Erik spelling. A lot of the c/k differences come from different languages that use different letters for the same sound, just like they do for ph/f (e.g., Sophia/Sofia both legitimate). It all depends on where they name originated from. For example, Gaelic used a C for the sound, so the name Caitlin (which is Gaelic) technically should be spelled Caitlin. It would be nice if people stuck with the spelling where the name originated, but people want to be "creative", so you get the weird misspellings.
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level 72
May 11, 2015
It was only a few generations back when many people were illiterate and just spelled names as they sounded. Those spellings persisted in family names that went through later generations. Besides, who's to say which spelling was original or correct? My parents spelled my first name in such a way that people often mispronounced it. When I started college I capitalized one of the letters to make it easier for people to pronounce. Mom didn't like it, but that is the way I've written it for over 40 years now. (Don't even get me started on the middle name I was "blessed" with. No idea what my father was thinking. But I have to say my name is an original one. Glad my husband started calling me Anders instead. It's a long story how he came up that one but it's an improvement.)
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level 49
May 26, 2014
wow some of these names are crazy....
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level 17
May 26, 2014
Aubrey is the weirdest to me. I've only heard it as a man's name, and from a few generations back as well. When did it become a girl's name?
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level 70
May 27, 2014
Only Aubrey I know is Aubrey Plaza. She's a marginally famous actress/comedian. Cute.
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level 64
May 20, 2015
There is nothing wrong with Meredith or Jocelyn. :P What about Ricki? Then you have the more gender neutral names like Carey and Lee that have been used by both sexes for years.
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level 72
Nov 6, 2015
Oh, darn, I deleted my previous comment when I thought I was hitting reply. Anyway, I never said there was anything wrong with the names Meredith and Jocelyn. I like both of them. I was merely pointing out that names often go through changes, and in the case of those two they went from being masculine names in earlier generations to feminine ones now. Avery and Jordan are two more names that were used for boys and now I often see them as girls' names. I'm not criticizing any names at all, (except, perhaps, my own) I'm just discussing how some names change or go out of fashion while others remain classics.
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level 44
May 27, 2014
Got five!
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level 50
Jun 14, 2014
And for all the people complaining about these names-- At least they weren't named Lobelia(Sackville-Baggins)!
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level 57
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.
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May 11, 2015
Okay
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level 60
May 11, 2015
Not a single name beginning with k. Unexpected. I would have said that k-names were becoming a trend.
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level 68
Jul 7, 2015
K-names are actually falling down the charts now...they were more popular back in the '90s.
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level 76
May 13, 2015
I did guess "Elisabeth" !
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level 41
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.
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level 1
Oct 14, 2015
What about Layla
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level 71
May 10, 2016
I knew a Layla once. She got me on my knees.
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level 21
Dec 21, 2015
100% people are so predictable these days Pretty names though
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level 72
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
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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...
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level 2
Feb 18, 2016
I know a girl who's name is Trinity-Amethyst Krystal. Names like Trinity are becoming more popular. Make a more unusual names quiz, it'd be cool. Also, I was cursed with the name Sophie at birth. Luckily, having gender identity disorder, I go by Finnlay.
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level 7
Mar 9, 2016
Harper? What kind of name is that!
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level 72
Jun 17, 2016
Ever heard of Harper Lee?
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level 69
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!
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level 57
May 16, 2016
It looks mostly white with patterns.
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level 72
May 11, 2016
I was surprised that Nevaeh didn't make the list - so many people in my area are naming their daughters that now - it is heaven spelled backwards. I hope that doesn't become a trend. I can just picture names such as Elcarim, Legna, etc.
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level 58
May 26, 2016
That's just as weird as naming kids after fruit and such which celebs love to do.
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level 72
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).
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level 67
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.
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level 46
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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