Most Popular Baby Girl Names in the United States

On this page we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are in the United States. These names are taken directly from the Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.

The table below shows the most popular names for girls born in 2021, with a rank, total count for the number of births registered with that given name, and a comparison for the count for that name in 2020.

You can use the links below to view more popular girl names. This page is currently showing names ranked from 1 to 250.

Top 1000 most popular girl names: 1-250 | 251-500 | 501-750 | 751-1000

Rank Name 2021 2020 Change
1 Olivia 17,728 17,535 1.09%
2 Emma 15,433 15,581 -0.95%
3 Charlotte 13,285 13,003 2.15%
4 Amelia 12,952 12,704 1.93%
5 Ava 12,759 13,084 -2.52%
6 Sophia 12,496 12,976 -3.77%
7 Isabella 11,201 12,066 -7.44%
8 Mia 11,096 11,157 -0.55%
9 Evelyn 9,434 9,445 -0.12%
10 Harper 8,388 8,778 -4.54%
11 Luna 8,173 7,770 5.06%
12 Camila 8,005 8,096 -1.13%
13 Gianna 7,437 7,826 -5.10%
14 Elizabeth 7,190 7,216 -0.36%
15 Eleanor 7,059 6,335 10.81%
16 Ella 6,987 7,303 -4.42%
17 Abigail 6,938 7,817 -11.91%
18 Sofia 6,933 6,926 0.10%
19 Avery 6,770 6,698 1.07%
20 Scarlett 6,594 6,455 2.13%
21 Emily 6,541 6,856 -4.70%
22 Aria 6,348 6,093 4.10%
23 Penelope 6,327 6,099 3.67%
24 Chloe 6,311 6,093 3.51%
25 Layla 6,303 6,174 2.07%
26 Mila 6,295 6,602 -4.76%
27 Nora 6,246 5,550 11.80%
28 Hazel 5,967 5,457 8.93%
29 Madison 5,930 6,196 -4.39%
30 Ellie 5,835 5,562 4.79%
31 Lily 5,584 5,195 7.22%
32 Nova 5,516 4,940 11.02%
33 Isla 5,514 4,538 19.42%
34 Grace 5,486 5,569 -1.50%
35 Violet 5,474 5,075 7.56%
36 Aurora 5,466 5,184 5.30%
37 Riley 5,184 5,309 -2.38%
38 Zoey 5,179 5,331 -2.89%
39 Willow 5,143 4,345 16.82%
40 Emilia 4,837 4,750 1.81%
41 Stella 4,784 4,624 3.40%
42 Zoe 4,687 4,725 -0.81%
43 Victoria 4,679 5,249 -11.48%
44 Hannah 4,546 4,910 -7.70%
45 Addison 4,468 4,467 0.02%
46 Leah 4,433 4,482 -1.10%
47 Lucy 4,433 4,339 2.14%
48 Eliana 4,425 4,038 9.15%
49 Ivy 4,374 3,794 14.20%
50 Everly 4,355 4,590 -5.25%
51 Lillian 4,302 4,468 -3.79%
52 Paisley 4,263 4,333 -1.63%
53 Elena 4,252 3,904 8.53%
54 Naomi 4,248 4,066 4.38%
55 Maya 4,050 3,696 9.14%
56 Natalie 4,029 4,258 -5.53%
57 Kinsley 3,871 3,744 3.34%
58 Delilah 3,735 3,384 9.86%
59 Claire 3,692 3,822 -3.46%
60 Audrey 3,662 3,735 -1.97%
61 Aaliyah 3,588 3,550 1.06%
62 Ruby 3,562 3,308 7.39%
63 Brooklyn 3,508 3,989 -12.83%
64 Aubrey 3,494 3,886 -10.62%
65 Alice 3,494 3,268 6.68%
66 Autumn 3,464 3,106 10.90%
67 Leilani 3,460 2,860 18.99%
68 Savannah 3,459 3,515 -1.61%
69 Valentina 3,458 3,331 3.74%
70 Kennedy 3,425 3,342 2.45%
71 Madelyn 3,406 3,520 -3.29%
72 Josephine 3,364 3,027 10.55%
73 Bella 3,330 3,590 -7.51%
74 Skylar 3,324 3,608 -8.19%
75 Genesis 3,321 3,654 -9.55%
76 Sophie 3,309 3,287 0.67%
77 Hailey 3,229 3,129 3.15%
78 Sadie 3,206 3,174 1.00%
79 Natalia 3,191 3,059 4.22%
80 Quinn 3,190 3,058 4.23%
81 Caroline 3,180 3,345 -5.06%
82 Allison 3,129 3,132 -0.10%
83 Gabriella 3,087 3,197 -3.50%
84 Anna 3,044 3,479 -13.34%
85 Serenity 3,038 3,366 -10.24%
86 Nevaeh 3,025 3,076 -1.67%
87 Cora 2,989 3,007 -0.60%
88 Ariana 2,967 3,136 -5.54%
89 Emery 2,910 2,959 -1.67%
90 Lydia 2,908 2,767 4.97%
91 Jade 2,840 2,717 4.43%
92 Sarah 2,825 3,025 -6.84%
93 Eva 2,812 2,826 -0.50%
94 Adeline 2,747 2,694 1.95%
95 Madeline 2,735 2,771 -1.31%
96 Piper 2,727 2,881 -5.49%
97 Rylee 2,702 2,677 0.93%
98 Athena 2,688 2,482 7.97%
99 Peyton 2,682 2,703 -0.78%
100 Everleigh 2,678 2,799 -4.42%
101 Vivian 2,677 2,680 -0.11%
102 Clara 2,675 2,664 0.41%
103 Raelynn 2,669 2,585 3.20%
104 Liliana 2,591 2,457 5.31%
105 Samantha 2,584 2,929 -12.52%
106 Maria 2,579 2,460 4.72%
107 Iris 2,569 2,159 17.34%
108 Ayla 2,566 2,006 24.50%
109 Eloise 2,528 1,950 25.82%
110 Lyla 2,499 2,293 8.60%
111 Eliza 2,471 2,335 5.66%
112 Hadley 2,467 2,414 2.17%
113 Melody 2,449 2,498 -1.98%
114 Julia 2,418 2,485 -2.73%
115 Parker 2,406 2,131 12.12%
116 Rose 2,377 2,356 0.89%
117 Isabelle 2,368 2,226 6.18%
118 Brielle 2,363 2,697 -13.20%
119 Adalynn 2,321 2,327 -0.26%
120 Arya 2,320 2,356 -1.54%
121 Remi 2,287 2,185 4.56%
122 Eden 2,287 2,016 12.60%
123 Mackenzie 2,259 2,283 -1.06%
124 Maeve 2,247 1,637 31.41%
125 Margaret 2,232 2,178 2.45%
126 Reagan 2,231 2,355 -5.41%
127 Charlie 2,202 2,219 -0.77%
128 Alaia 2,200 2,254 -2.42%
129 Melanie 2,173 2,501 -14.04%
130 Josie 2,150 1,987 7.88%
131 Elliana 2,125 2,000 6.06%
132 Cecilia 2,085 1,846 12.16%
133 Mary 2,080 2,188 -5.06%
134 Daisy 2,062 1,877 9.39%
135 Alina 2,017 1,683 18.05%
136 Lucia 2,006 1,724 15.12%
137 Ximena 1,994 2,018 -1.20%
138 Juniper 1,981 1,645 18.53%
139 Kaylee 1,963 2,318 -16.58%
140 Magnolia 1,948 1,592 20.11%
141 Summer 1,938 1,804 7.16%
142 Adalyn 1,916 1,918 -0.10%
143 Sloane 1,910 1,571 19.48%
144 Amara 1,909 1,902 0.37%
145 Arianna 1,902 2,193 -14.21%
146 Isabel 1,902 1,756 7.98%
147 Reese 1,887 1,867 1.07%
148 Emersyn 1,884 1,715 9.39%
149 Sienna 1,870 1,708 9.06%
150 Kehlani 1,863 1,694 9.50%
151 River 1,862 1,540 18.93%
152 Freya 1,853 1,581 15.84%
153 Valerie 1,832 1,867 -1.89%
154 Blakely 1,830 1,698 7.48%
155 Genevieve 1,825 1,685 7.98%
156 Esther 1,819 1,787 1.77%
157 Valeria 1,805 1,803 0.11%
158 Katherine 1,802 1,968 -8.81%
159 Kylie 1,794 2,006 -11.16%
160 Norah 1,780 1,797 -0.95%
161 Amaya 1,765 1,916 -8.20%
162 Bailey 1,760 1,653 6.27%
163 Ember 1,758 1,517 14.72%
164 Ryleigh 1,745 1,742 0.17%
165 Georgia 1,730 1,594 8.18%
166 Emerson 1,729 1,774 -2.57%
167 Catalina 1,729 1,584 8.75%
168 Alexandra 1,715 1,954 -13.03%
169 Faith 1,706 1,964 -14.06%
170 Jasmine 1,701 1,915 -11.84%
171 Ariella 1,692 1,792 -5.74%
172 Ashley 1,690 1,784 -5.41%
173 Andrea 1,687 1,804 -6.70%
174 Millie 1,681 1,494 11.78%
175 June 1,669 1,568 6.24%
176 Khloe 1,666 1,729 -3.71%
177 Callie 1,661 1,712 -3.02%
178 Juliette 1,661 1,575 5.32%
179 Sage 1,656 1,301 24.01%
180 Ada 1,637 1,548 5.59%
181 Anastasia 1,621 1,750 -7.65%
182 Olive 1,620 1,474 9.44%
183 Alani 1,599 1,303 20.40%
184 Brianna 1,587 1,859 -15.79%
185 Rosalie 1,581 1,461 7.89%
186 Molly 1,569 1,635 -4.12%
187 Brynlee 1,568 1,490 5.10%
188 Amy 1,558 1,326 16.09%
189 Ruth 1,553 1,315 16.60%
190 Aubree 1,540 1,770 -13.90%
191 Gemma 1,540 1,376 11.25%
192 Taylor 1,533 1,729 -12.02%
193 Oakley 1,524 1,120 30.56%
194 Margot 1,521 1,257 19.01%
195 Arabella 1,510 1,417 6.35%
196 Sara 1,507 1,565 -3.78%
197 Journee 1,506 1,413 6.37%
198 Harmony 1,499 1,611 -7.20%
199 Blake 1,497 1,316 12.87%
200 Alaina 1,490 1,475 1.01%
201 Aspen 1,486 1,294 13.81%
202 Noelle 1,467 1,359 7.64%
203 Selena 1,443 1,236 15.45%
204 Oaklynn 1,439 1,028 33.32%
205 Morgan 1,438 1,483 -3.08%
206 Londyn 1,437 1,728 -18.39%
207 Zuri 1,426 1,254 12.84%
208 Aliyah 1,421 1,511 -6.14%
209 Jordyn 1,416 1,481 -4.49%
210 Juliana 1,414 1,515 -6.90%
211 Finley 1,407 1,429 -1.55%
212 Presley 1,400 1,348 3.78%
213 Zara 1,399 1,327 5.28%
214 Leila 1,381 1,399 -1.29%
215 Marley 1,373 1,356 1.25%
216 Sawyer 1,370 1,252 9.00%
217 Amira 1,347 1,116 18.76%
218 Lilly 1,344 1,271 5.58%
219 London 1,342 1,477 -9.58%
220 Kimberly 1,340 1,548 -14.40%
221 Elsie 1,335 1,259 5.86%
222 Ariel 1,331 1,454 -8.83%
223 Lila 1,329 1,290 2.98%
224 Alana 1,324 1,387 -4.65%
225 Diana 1,321 1,222 7.79%
226 Kamila 1,315 1,339 -1.81%
227 Nyla 1,313 1,202 8.83%
228 Vera 1,303 1,207 7.65%
229 Hope 1,300 1,407 -7.91%
230 Annie 1,295 1,092 17.01%
231 Kaia 1,294 1,060 19.88%
232 Myla 1,292 1,125 13.82%
233 Alyssa 1,291 1,460 -12.29%
234 Angela 1,273 1,182 7.41%
235 Lennon 1,268 1,067 17.22%
236 Ana 1,268 1,221 3.78%
237 Evangeline 1,264 1,156 8.93%
238 Harlow 1,263 952 28.08%
239 Rachel 1,255 1,285 -2.36%
240 Gracie 1,253 1,368 -8.78%
241 Rowan 1,253 1,166 7.19%
242 Laila 1,247 1,294 -3.70%
243 Elise 1,246 1,354 -8.31%
244 Sutton 1,243 954 26.31%
245 Lilah 1,242 1,249 -0.56%
246 Adelyn 1,238 1,255 -1.36%
247 Phoebe 1,235 1,163 6.01%
248 Octavia 1,231 917 29.24%
249 Sydney 1,229 1,234 -0.41%
250 Mariana 1,219 1,125 8.02%

How Are the Most Popular Girl Baby Names Determined?

It’s always interesting to take a look at popular baby name lists! But just how are these lists made, and how can they report this information when a US Census is only performed every 10 years?

Well, when it comes to baby names, the results are actually taken directly from the social security administration. They collect the data about how people are naming their babies in the current year when the parent submits for a social security card for their baby.

This keeps the information about the most popular baby names more current than other name lists like the most common first names.

Where Do the Most Popular Girl Baby Names Come From?

Are you looking at this list and wondering why certain names are so popular and why others are so far down on the list? It can be difficult to track naming trends, but scientists can frequently come up with hypotheses as to why parents name their children a certain name.

Based on Celebrities and Pop Culture

Surprisingly, humans aren’t all that deep when it comes to naming. In fact, many people name their children a name simply because they hear it and it sounds cool. And by ‘hear it’ this usually means in pop culture, a song, or as the name of a famous celebrity.

For example, take the name ‘Luna’ which is currently in the top 25. This name was rare until the last decade because it was seen as a very unique name. However, famous celebrity, Chrissy Teagan named her daughter Luna, and now the name is all the rage as people heard the name and liked it enough to give it to their child.

The name ‘Isabella’ has a similar story, as this name was also quite low on the list until around the year 2005. What happened in 2005? The famous book ‘Twilight’ by Stephanie Meyer was released, and it featured a main character named Isabella. This brought the name back to the forefront of people’s minds and led to a lot of people naming their kid's variations of the name such as ‘Isabelle,’ ‘Bella,’ and ‘Belle.’

Additionally, the name ‘Ariana’ which wasn’t very popular until the last few years, likely experienced a spike due to the prevalence and popularity of the singer Ariana Grande.

Baby Names Can be Family Names

Many people are surprised to see a name like ‘Eleanor’ is so popular on the baby names list. After all, isn’t this name a bit dated? The truth is, it may be, but people still like to name their children after their parents or elders as a sign of respect.

This practice keeps many of the older fashioned names like ‘Eleanor’ on the list as people wish to name their daughter after their mother or grandmother. Plus, in a day when nicknames are all the rage, it’s very easy to call a baby girl ‘Ellie’ as a nickname when her name is ‘Eleanor.’

People Think of the Implication of Names

While the above two practices do explain quite a few of the names on the list, you may be wondering how a name like Emma, which has been in the top ten baby names for decades, manages to stay there.

When people name their children, they often think of how the child will be received by society. They don’t want their child to be made fun of, or harassed, because of their name. Because of this, many people resort back to common and popular names in the hope their child will blend in and not have to deal with bullying.

This keeps some names like ‘Emily,’ ‘Emma,’ and ‘Abigail’ popular for generation after generation.

Political and Religious Names

Although the United States is becoming less and less religious as the years go by, there are still many names on this list that are given to children because of the parent's religious or political beliefs.

For example, ‘Grace’ is considered a religious name that has appeared in the top fifty names for decades. ‘Hannah’ and ‘Leah’ are two other popular names that make the list year after year that were taken from the old testament of the Bible.

Political names are less common in the 2000s, but back in the 1980s, many people named their daughters Regan after president Ronald Regan. Perhaps this practice is still in play, and in twenty years there will be names on this list from the current US political administration.

How Have Baby Girls Names Changed Over the Years?

Baby girl names in the US are actually an interesting subject, as the names have grown more diverse over the years. This is likely due to a number of factors.

First and foremost, the practice of religious and family naming is dying off in the US. Therefore parents have to go places other than the Bible or their family tree to name their daughters. This has led to the invention of some unique names for girls like ‘Sawyer’ and ‘Zuri.’

Not to mention, for whatever weird reason, society has shifted towards the trend of unique naming. While it was okay in the 1950s and 1960s to have the same name as your neighbor, it seems today that parents are going out of their way to come up with unique names for their children in order to give them a more individualistic identity.

Pop culture is also somewhat to blame, as, during the mid-1900s, there wasn’t an internet to surf all day. Rather, people got celebrity names from watching TV, movies, or reading a book. This meant that only the really famous celebrities who made it to these mediums were well known by all.

Today, you can follow a celebrity you want at the drop of a hat on Twitter or Instagram. Information about celebrities is also much more accessible, so if you really like someone like Chrissy Teagan, it’s very easy to look up the name of her daughter and name your daughter the same name.

And remember, pop culture is constantly changing and evolving. While ‘Katherine’ may have been a popular name when Katherine Hepburn was a star, it’s time for that name to move over so the ‘Isla’s’ (after Isla Fisher) can have their time to shine.

Historical Data for Baby Girl Names

If you're interested to see how the trends and popularity of baby names for girls have changed, you can use the links below to view the historical data by decade.

Most popular first names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Most popular boy names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Most popular girl names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and excludes any names with fewer than 5 occurrences in any geographic area.

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