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 501 to 750.

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

Rank Name 2021 2020 Change
501 Kora 619 616 0.49%
502 Saige 618 484 24.32%
503 Kinley 617 703 -13.03%
504 Maci 616 673 -8.84%
505 Mae 616 504 20.00%
506 Salem 611 474 25.25%
507 Aisha 609 559 8.56%
508 Carolina 606 676 -10.92%
509 Adley 606 554 8.97%
510 Sierra 603 553 8.65%
511 Alma 602 515 15.58%
512 Helena 600 590 1.68%
513 Bonnie 598 476 22.72%
514 Mylah 597 362 49.01%
515 Briar 594 517 13.86%
516 Aurelia 592 565 4.67%
517 Leona 592 628 -5.90%
518 Maddison 591 639 -7.80%
519 Macie 591 560 5.39%
520 April 588 577 1.89%
521 Aviana 587 584 0.51%
522 Lorelai 587 568 3.29%
523 Alondra 586 580 1.03%
524 Kennedi 585 574 1.90%
525 Monroe 585 554 5.44%
526 Emely 583 574 1.56%
527 Maliyah 580 663 -13.35%
528 Madilynn 579 592 -2.22%
529 Renata 579 587 -1.37%
530 Ailani 579 550 5.14%
531 Katie 578 626 -7.97%
532 Zariah 575 665 -14.52%
533 Imani 572 574 -0.35%
534 Amber 571 584 -2.25%
535 Analia 571 419 30.71%
536 Ariya 569 501 12.71%
537 Anya 568 434 26.75%
538 Emmy 567 583 -2.78%
539 Emberly 567 532 6.37%
540 Mara 566 460 20.66%
541 Maryam 563 598 -6.03%
542 Dior 562 605 -7.37%
543 Mckinley 561 532 5.31%
544 Virginia 559 501 10.94%
545 Amalia 556 510 8.63%
546 Mallory 554 515 7.30%
547 Shelby 553 599 -7.99%
548 Opal 553 433 24.34%
549 Clementine 552 472 15.63%
550 Remy 550 610 -10.34%
551 Xiomara 550 475 14.63%
552 Elliott 549 630 -13.74%
553 Katalina 549 525 4.47%
554 Elora 549 452 19.38%
555 Skyler 548 656 -17.94%
556 Antonella 548 524 4.48%
557 Hanna 547 566 -3.41%
558 Kaliyah 546 517 5.46%
559 Haley 545 581 -6.39%
560 Alanna 545 520 4.69%
561 Itzel 545 516 5.47%
562 Cecelia 544 503 7.83%
563 Kensley 536 675 -22.96%
564 Jayleen 536 540 -0.74%
565 Beatrice 535 535 0.00%
566 Journi 535 394 30.36%
567 Dylan 534 610 -13.29%
568 Yaretzi 534 596 -10.97%
569 Ivory 534 481 10.44%
570 Meredith 530 496 6.63%
571 Sasha 529 476 10.55%
572 Oaklyn 525 516 1.73%
573 Gloria 525 502 4.48%
574 Sloan 524 431 19.48%
575 Abby 523 591 -12.21%
576 Lylah 521 487 6.75%
577 Davina 521 458 12.87%
578 Erin 520 578 -10.56%
579 Reyna 520 486 6.76%
580 Kaitlyn 519 622 -18.05%
581 Michaela 519 443 15.80%
582 Nia 518 615 -17.12%
583 Fernanda 517 509 1.56%
584 Jaliyah 516 564 -8.89%
585 Sylvie 514 347 38.79%
586 Jenna 514 542 -5.30%
587 Miranda 509 549 -7.56%
588 Anne 508 461 9.70%
589 Myra 505 532 -5.21%
590 Mina 505 431 15.81%
591 Aleena 503 482 4.26%
592 Alia 502 506 -0.79%
593 Frankie 501 487 2.83%
594 Kathryn 500 558 -10.96%
595 Nola 500 533 -6.39%
596 Nalani 500 486 2.84%
597 Ellis 500 463 7.68%
598 Jemma 495 497 -0.40%
599 Lennox 495 491 0.81%
600 Marie 495 468 5.61%
601 Angelica 493 506 -2.60%
602 Cassandra 493 439 11.59%
603 Calliope 492 404 19.64%
604 Zelda 490 524 -6.71%
605 Ivanna 490 483 1.44%
606 Adrianna 490 473 3.53%
607 Faye 489 409 17.82%
608 Karsyn 488 472 3.33%
609 Oakleigh 487 311 44.11%
610 Dayana 486 473 2.71%
611 Amirah 485 546 -11.83%
612 Megan 485 451 7.26%
613 Siena 484 453 6.62%
614 Reina 483 488 -1.03%
615 Rhea 481 459 4.68%
616 Julieta 478 471 1.48%
617 Malaysia 478 465 2.76%
618 Henley 477 496 -3.91%
619 Liberty 477 436 8.98%
620 Leslie 476 481 -1.04%
621 Alejandra 475 546 -13.91%
622 Kelsey 474 566 -17.69%
623 Charley 473 558 -16.49%
624 Capri 472 411 13.82%
625 Priscilla 471 518 -9.50%
626 Zariyah 471 401 16.06%
627 Savanna 469 450 4.13%
628 Emerie 468 481 -2.74%
629 Christina 467 466 0.21%
630 Skyla 467 454 2.82%
631 Melina 466 442 5.29%
632 Macy 466 469 -0.64%
633 Mariam 466 455 2.39%
634 Dallas 464 457 1.52%
635 Laurel 464 413 11.63%
636 Chelsea 464 444 4.41%
637 Briana 462 470 -1.72%
638 Lilian 462 436 5.79%
639 Holland 462 389 17.16%
640 Margo 461 355 25.98%
641 Blaire 461 423 8.60%
642 Amaia 461 520 -12.03%
643 Rosalia 458 365 22.60%
644 Louise 458 408 11.55%
645 Kylee 457 560 -20.26%
646 Bethany 457 478 -4.49%
647 Aleah 457 497 -8.39%
648 Flora 457 274 50.07%
649 Sunny 456 401 12.84%
650 Kendra 456 534 -15.76%
651 Laney 454 434 4.50%
652 Tiana 454 402 12.15%
653 Chaya 453 416 8.52%
654 Ellianna 453 413 9.24%
655 Milan 452 449 0.67%
656 Yara 451 439 2.70%
657 Julie 451 471 -4.34%
658 Estella 451 370 19.73%
659 Aliana 451 393 13.74%
660 Rosa 449 450 -0.22%
661 Emmie 447 471 -5.23%
662 Cheyenne 447 500 -11.19%
663 Carly 446 469 -5.03%
664 Janelle 444 422 5.08%
665 Kyra 444 414 6.99%
666 Naya 442 356 21.55%
667 Sevyn 441 355 21.61%
668 Malaya 441 426 3.46%
669 Mikayla 439 548 -22.09%
670 Lina 439 413 6.10%
671 Jayda 437 455 -4.04%
672 Leyla 437 493 -12.04%
673 Eileen 436 398 9.11%
674 Irene 435 462 -6.02%
675 Karina 431 472 -9.08%
676 Kataleya 428 350 20.05%
677 Aliza 428 426 0.47%
678 Aileen 428 401 6.51%
679 Kori 427 345 21.24%
680 Indie 426 369 14.34%
681 Lara 426 394 7.80%
682 Romina 425 428 -0.70%
683 Jada 423 546 -25.39%
684 Kimber 422 413 2.16%
685 Amani 421 432 -2.58%
686 Liv 421 426 -1.18%
687 Treasure 419 372 11.88%
688 Winnie 416 349 17.52%
689 Louisa 416 382 8.52%
690 Marleigh 416 383 8.26%
691 Kassidy 415 437 -5.16%
692 Noah 415 305 30.56%
693 Monica 413 395 4.46%
694 Keilani 412 354 15.14%
695 Zaylee 412 432 -4.74%
696 Zahra 412 489 -17.09%
697 Hadassah 410 419 -2.17%
698 Jamie 410 390 5.00%
699 Allyson 409 449 -9.32%
700 Anahi 409 460 -11.74%
701 Maxine 409 369 10.28%
702 Karla 408 418 -2.42%
703 Khaleesi 408 370 9.77%
704 Johanna 406 446 -9.39%
705 Penny 406 379 6.88%
706 Marilyn 405 452 -10.97%
707 Hayley 405 419 -3.40%
708 Della 403 281 35.67%
709 Jazmin 402 451 -11.49%
710 Freyja 402 264 41.44%
711 Kenna 402 408 -1.48%
712 Ashlyn 400 479 -17.97%
713 Florence 399 354 11.95%
714 Melany 398 446 -11.37%
715 Murphy 398 260 41.95%
716 Ezra 398 383 3.84%
717 Sky 398 335 17.19%
718 Marina 397 394 0.76%
719 Noemi 395 345 13.51%
720 Coraline 394 446 -12.38%
721 Selene 394 335 16.19%
722 Bridget 393 361 8.49%
723 Alaiya 392 347 12.18%
724 Angie 392 441 -11.76%
725 Thalia 392 334 15.98%
726 Fallon 392 311 23.04%
727 Rayna 390 396 -1.53%
728 Martha 389 348 11.13%
729 Halle 388 312 21.71%
730 Estrella 387 365 5.85%
731 Joelle 387 350 10.04%
732 Kinslee 387 378 2.35%
733 Roselyn 386 383 0.78%
734 Theodora 386 325 17.16%
735 Jolie 385 384 0.26%
736 Dani 384 334 13.93%
737 Elodie 384 398 -3.58%
738 Halo 384 271 34.50%
739 Nala 384 402 -4.58%
740 Promise 382 314 19.54%
741 Justice 381 505 -27.99%
742 Nellie 380 324 15.91%
743 Novah 380 513 -29.79%
744 Estelle 379 336 12.03%
745 Jenesis 379 276 31.45%
746 Miley 379 366 3.49%
747 Waverly 378 368 2.68%
748 Janiyah 378 384 -1.57%
749 Hadlee 378 312 19.13%
750 Pearl 377 348 8.00%

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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