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 251 to 500.

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

Rank Name 2021 2020 Change
251 Wren 1,219 850 35.67%
252 Vanessa 1,218 1,370 -11.75%
253 Lainey 1,218 844 36.28%
254 Teagan 1,210 1,485 -20.41%
255 Kayla 1,205 1,326 -9.56%
256 Malia 1,199 1,162 3.13%
257 Elaina 1,195 1,198 -0.25%
258 Saylor 1,187 1,063 11.02%
259 Brooke 1,186 1,252 -5.41%
260 Lola 1,182 1,248 -5.43%
261 Miriam 1,181 1,121 5.21%
262 Alayna 1,179 1,205 -2.18%
263 Adelaide 1,177 1,128 4.25%
264 Daniela 1,168 1,275 -8.76%
265 Payton 1,164 1,322 -12.71%
266 Jane 1,164 1,154 0.86%
267 Journey 1,157 1,068 8.00%
268 Lilith 1,157 995 15.06%
269 Delaney 1,155 1,012 13.20%
270 Mya 1,147 1,234 -7.31%
271 Dakota 1,147 1,158 -0.95%
272 Charlee 1,146 1,128 1.58%
273 Annabelle 1,137 1,301 -13.45%
274 Alivia 1,137 1,171 -2.95%
275 Trinity 1,133 1,283 -12.42%
276 Lucille 1,133 1,130 0.27%
277 Kailani 1,133 1,118 1.33%
278 Gia 1,130 933 19.10%
279 Tatum 1,125 897 22.55%
280 Raegan 1,123 1,169 -4.01%
281 Camille 1,121 1,154 -2.90%
282 Kaylani 1,119 905 21.15%
283 Kali 1,115 1,175 -5.24%
284 Stevie 1,114 760 37.78%
285 Maggie 1,112 1,079 3.01%
286 Haven 1,111 1,018 8.74%
287 Tessa 1,104 1,123 -1.71%
288 Daphne 1,097 744 38.35%
289 Adaline 1,096 1,106 -0.91%
290 Hayden 1,096 1,078 1.66%
291 Joanna 1,089 1,162 -6.49%
292 Jocelyn 1,085 1,138 -4.77%
293 Lena 1,084 1,135 -4.60%
294 Evie 1,076 982 9.14%
295 Juliet 1,074 1,031 4.09%
296 Fiona 1,070 1,076 -0.56%
297 Cataleya 1,069 798 29.03%
298 Angelina 1,067 1,089 -2.04%
299 Leia 1,067 1,078 -1.03%
300 Paige 1,058 1,130 -6.58%
301 Julianna 1,052 1,136 -7.68%
302 Milani 1,048 1,093 -4.20%
303 Talia 1,045 912 13.59%
304 Rebecca 1,044 1,192 -13.24%
305 Kendall 1,041 1,009 3.12%
306 Harley 1,035 1,089 -5.08%
307 Lia 1,033 1,091 -5.46%
308 Phoenix 1,032 1,103 -6.65%
309 Logan 1,031 992 3.86%
310 Dahlia 1,031 867 17.28%
311 Camilla 1,030 1,162 -12.04%
312 Thea 1,029 1,060 -2.97%
313 Jayla 1,027 1,061 -3.26%
314 Brooklynn 1,026 1,156 -11.92%
315 Blair 1,023 922 10.39%
316 Vivienne 1,020 1,159 -12.76%
317 Hallie 1,015 820 21.25%
318 Mckenna 1,013 1,130 -10.92%
319 Madilyn 1,013 943 7.16%
320 Evelynn 1,012 937 7.70%
321 Ophelia 1,006 790 24.05%
322 Celeste 1,001 865 14.58%
323 Alayah 999 1,117 -11.15%
324 Winter 999 997 0.20%
325 Catherine 998 1,144 -13.63%
326 Collins 998 842 16.96%
327 Nina 997 933 6.63%
328 Briella 994 1,072 -7.55%
329 Palmer 991 883 11.53%
330 Noa 990 655 40.73%
331 Mckenzie 987 1,123 -12.89%
332 Kiara 984 1,025 -4.08%
333 Amari 972 921 5.39%
334 Adriana 968 1,056 -8.70%
335 Gracelynn 967 1,011 -4.45%
336 Lauren 961 1,269 -27.62%
337 Cali 958 1,081 -12.06%
338 Kalani 955 777 20.55%
339 Aniyah 954 1,015 -6.20%
340 Nicole 949 1,149 -19.07%
341 Alexis 940 1,019 -8.07%
342 Mariah 937 1,054 -11.75%
343 Gabriela 919 957 -4.05%
344 Wynter 917 817 11.53%
345 Amina 907 930 -2.50%
346 Ariyah 904 804 11.71%
347 Adelynn 892 857 4.00%
348 Remington 890 850 4.60%
349 Reign 884 862 2.52%
350 Alaya 882 905 -2.57%
351 Dream 880 762 14.37%
352 Alexandria 878 975 -10.47%
353 Willa 877 881 -0.46%
354 Avianna 872 797 8.99%
355 Makayla 868 942 -8.18%
356 Gracelyn 867 958 -9.97%
357 Elle 866 827 4.61%
358 Amiyah 857 989 -14.30%
359 Arielle 852 883 -3.57%
360 Elianna 851 786 7.94%
361 Giselle 844 930 -9.70%
362 Brynn 842 926 -9.50%
363 Ainsley 840 863 -2.70%
364 Aitana 840 838 0.24%
365 Charli 840 735 13.33%
366 Demi 838 910 -8.24%
367 Makenna 837 771 8.21%
368 Rosemary 835 685 19.74%
369 Danna 834 620 29.44%
370 Izabella 833 904 -8.18%
371 Lilliana 833 890 -6.62%
372 Melissa 832 881 -5.72%
373 Samara 829 874 -5.28%
374 Mabel 827 712 14.94%
375 Lana 827 790 4.58%
376 Everlee 824 824 0.00%
377 Fatima 820 902 -9.52%
378 Leighton 819 774 5.65%
379 Raelyn 817 830 -1.58%
380 Esme 817 775 5.28%
381 Nayeli 811 721 11.75%
382 Madeleine 811 781 3.77%
383 Camryn 807 762 5.74%
384 Kira 806 798 1.00%
385 Annalise 803 690 15.14%
386 Selah 802 710 12.17%
387 Serena 802 721 10.64%
388 Royalty 801 782 2.40%
389 Rylie 799 863 -7.70%
390 Celine 798 668 17.74%
391 Laura 797 860 -7.60%
392 Brinley 794 848 -6.58%
393 Michelle 793 916 -14.39%
394 Frances 793 736 7.46%
395 Heidi 790 801 -1.38%
396 Rory 789 670 16.31%
397 Sabrina 788 793 -0.63%
398 Gwendolyn 787 811 -3.00%
399 Destiny 787 871 -10.13%
400 Alessandra 786 837 -6.28%
401 Poppy 785 664 16.70%
402 Amora 784 846 -7.61%
403 Nylah 782 770 1.55%
404 Luciana 777 762 1.95%
405 Miracle 775 793 -2.30%
406 Maisie 775 760 1.95%
407 Joy 773 778 -0.64%
408 Liana 771 664 14.91%
409 Raven 770 735 4.65%
410 Shiloh 768 675 12.89%
411 Daleyza 764 816 -6.58%
412 Allie 764 706 7.89%
413 Kate 757 759 -0.26%
414 Lyric 753 756 -0.40%
415 Alicia 751 744 0.94%
416 Lexi 751 840 -11.19%
417 Addilyn 748 647 14.48%
418 Anaya 747 800 -6.85%
419 Paislee 746 807 -7.86%
420 Malani 746 611 19.90%
421 Kayleigh 745 694 7.09%
422 Elisa 745 587 23.72%
423 Azalea 744 627 17.07%
424 Francesca 736 671 9.24%
425 Regina 735 703 4.45%
426 Jordan 735 697 5.31%
427 Viviana 734 763 -3.87%
428 Aylin 732 795 -8.25%
429 Skye 729 654 10.85%
430 Daniella 728 751 -3.11%
431 Veronica 727 802 -9.81%
432 Makenzie 727 895 -20.72%
433 Legacy 720 604 17.52%
434 Maia 720 609 16.70%
435 Ariah 719 771 -6.98%
436 Alessia 717 601 17.60%
437 Carmen 709 700 1.28%
438 Astrid 704 675 4.21%
439 Maren 703 695 1.14%
440 Helen 701 718 -2.40%
441 Felicity 699 796 -12.98%
442 Alexa 698 1,272 -58.27%
443 Danielle 698 678 2.91%
444 Paris 697 733 -5.03%
445 Lorelei 697 594 15.96%
446 Adelina 694 554 22.44%
447 Bianca 693 719 -3.68%
448 Jazlyn 692 543 24.13%
449 Gabrielle 692 857 -21.30%
450 Scarlet 689 682 1.02%
451 Navy 688 433 45.50%
452 Bristol 688 618 10.72%
453 Esmeralda 687 779 -12.55%
454 Stephanie 684 696 -1.74%
455 Colette 684 565 19.06%
456 Marlee 682 705 -3.32%
457 Sarai 682 644 5.73%
458 Jolene 682 643 5.89%
459 Hattie 680 717 -5.30%
460 Nadia 680 649 4.67%
461 Rosie 677 646 4.69%
462 Kamryn 674 668 0.89%
463 Kenzie 671 834 -21.66%
464 Alora 669 479 33.10%
465 Matilda 668 631 5.70%
466 Holly 668 629 6.01%
467 Sylvia 665 596 10.94%
468 Cameron 664 619 7.01%
469 Emelia 661 678 -2.54%
470 Armani 661 615 7.21%
471 Keira 660 661 -0.15%
472 Jacqueline 656 690 -5.05%
473 Braelynn 656 686 -4.47%
474 Alison 653 696 -6.38%
475 Amanda 653 681 -4.20%
476 Cassidy 652 762 -15.56%
477 Emory 650 686 -5.39%
478 Ari 649 622 4.25%
479 Haisley 648 821 -23.55%
480 Jimena 648 589 9.54%
481 Jessica 647 775 -18.00%
482 Elaine 645 579 10.78%
483 Mira 643 624 3.00%
484 Dorothy 643 559 13.98%
485 Eve 642 644 -0.31%
486 Oaklee 641 467 31.41%
487 Lyra 637 534 17.59%
488 Averie 637 715 -11.54%
489 Charleigh 637 637 0.00%
490 Madelynn 635 630 0.79%
491 Angel 634 690 -8.46%
492 Edith 633 643 -1.57%
493 Jennifer 633 699 -9.91%
494 Ryan 631 678 -7.18%
495 Raya 631 272 79.51%
496 Heaven 630 720 -13.33%
497 Kyla 623 619 0.64%
498 Wrenley 622 290 72.81%
499 Meadow 621 638 -2.70%
500 Carter 620 583 6.15%

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.