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 751 to 1000.

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

Rank Name 2021 2020 Change
751 Pearl 377 348 8.00%
752 Katelyn 376 413 -9.38%
753 Aila 376 286 27.19%
754 Sariyah 376 325 14.55%
755 Azariah 375 315 17.39%
756 Bexley 375 319 16.14%
757 Giana 374 307 19.68%
758 Lea 374 360 3.81%
759 Cadence 373 415 -10.66%
760 Mavis 373 321 14.99%
761 Ila 371 309 18.24%
762 Rivka 371 333 10.80%
763 Jovie 370 277 28.75%
764 Yareli 370 320 14.49%
765 Kara 369 422 -13.40%
766 Kamiyah 369 409 -10.28%
767 Bellamy 369 337 9.07%
768 Jianna 368 317 14.89%
769 Kai 368 338 8.50%
770 Baylee 368 348 5.59%
771 Alena 367 413 -11.79%
772 Novalee 367 331 10.32%
773 Elliot 366 506 -32.11%
774 Livia 366 331 10.04%
775 Ashlynn 364 427 -15.93%
776 Denver 364 293 21.61%
777 Persephone 364 330 9.80%
778 Emmalyn 364 388 -6.38%
779 Marceline 361 259 32.90%
780 Jazmine 360 346 3.97%
781 Mikaela 360 357 0.84%
782 Kiana 360 290 21.54%
783 Mercy 359 331 8.12%
784 Harlee 359 359 0.00%
785 Jaylah 359 370 -3.02%
786 Lillie 359 382 -6.21%
787 Aliya 359 307 15.62%
788 Galilea 359 394 -9.30%
789 Ensley 358 490 -31.13%
790 Bria 356 341 4.30%
791 Kallie 356 349 1.99%
792 Celia 355 343 3.44%
793 Ramona 354 331 6.72%
794 Berkley 354 330 7.02%
795 Jaylani 353 243 36.91%
796 Jessie 353 385 -8.67%
797 Paulina 351 327 7.08%
798 Aubrie 351 360 -2.53%
799 Madisyn 351 379 -7.67%
800 Aya 349 341 2.32%
801 Averi 349 349 0.00%
802 Chana 348 336 3.51%
803 Milana 348 400 -13.90%
804 Cleo 347 299 14.86%
805 Iyla 347 285 19.62%
806 Hana 346 357 -3.13%
807 Cynthia 346 307 11.94%
808 Lacey 346 385 -10.67%
809 Andi 344 332 3.55%
810 Giuliana 344 399 -14.80%
811 Milena 343 329 4.17%
812 Leilany 342 337 1.47%
813 Saoirse 342 366 -6.78%
814 Adele 339 340 -0.29%
815 Drew 339 269 23.03%
816 Rayne 338 347 -2.63%
817 Hunter 338 325 3.92%
818 Bailee 338 318 6.10%
819 Kamari 337 268 22.81%
820 Anais 337 284 17.07%
821 Rosalee 336 342 -1.77%
822 Paula 336 329 2.11%
823 Teresa 335 362 -7.75%
824 Zora 334 304 9.40%
825 Greta 332 365 -9.47%
826 Avah 332 435 -26.86%
827 Belen 332 300 10.13%
828 Layne 332 278 17.70%
829 Zaniyah 330 372 -11.97%
830 Scout 330 306 7.55%
831 Amelie 329 332 -0.91%
832 Dulce 329 369 -11.46%
833 Rebekah 328 343 -4.47%
834 Clare 328 328 0.00%
835 Chanel 328 386 -16.25%
836 Giovanna 327 367 -11.53%
837 Royal 326 350 -7.10%
838 Isabela 326 325 0.31%
839 Rosalyn 326 320 1.86%
840 Kaydence 326 402 -20.88%
841 Ellison 326 287 12.72%
842 Nyra 324 239 30.20%
843 Vienna 324 332 -2.44%
844 Alianna 324 331 -2.14%
845 August 324 312 3.77%
846 Anika 322 358 -10.59%
847 Amoura 322 325 -0.93%
848 Linda 321 327 -1.85%
849 Kelly 321 361 -11.73%
850 Harmoni 321 391 -19.66%
851 Ryann 320 346 -7.81%
852 Kairi 320 327 -2.16%
853 Aubriella 320 319 0.31%
854 Gwen 319 330 -3.39%
855 Whitley 319 270 16.64%
856 Avayah 319 274 15.18%
857 Noor 318 301 5.49%
858 Marianna 317 325 -2.49%
859 Khalani 317 289 9.24%
860 Addyson 316 338 -6.73%
861 Vada 316 331 -4.64%
862 Annika 316 324 -2.50%
863 Karter 316 296 6.54%
864 Tiffany 315 340 -7.63%
865 Clover 314 229 31.31%
866 Artemis 314 263 17.68%
867 Laylah 313 343 -9.15%
868 Paisleigh 313 310 0.96%
869 Kaisley 312 357 -13.45%
870 Elyse 312 384 -20.69%
871 Zendaya 311 259 18.25%
872 Veda 311 272 13.38%
873 Simone 310 306 1.30%
874 Ocean 308 207 39.22%
875 Angelique 308 191 46.89%
876 Alexia 308 369 -18.02%
877 Alisson 308 281 9.17%
878 Elia 307 216 34.80%
879 Lilianna 307 320 -4.15%
880 Maleah 307 307 0.00%
881 Avalynn 306 355 -14.83%
882 Marisol 306 259 16.64%
883 Goldie 305 241 23.44%
884 Malayah 305 266 13.66%
885 Raina 304 332 -8.81%
886 Emmeline 304 306 -0.66%
887 Paloma 304 271 11.48%
888 Chandler 303 258 16.04%
889 Brynleigh 303 299 1.33%
890 Valery 302 287 5.09%
891 Adalee 301 360 -17.85%
892 Violeta 301 295 2.01%
893 Tinsley 301 386 -24.75%
894 Baylor 300 243 20.99%
895 Lauryn 300 387 -25.33%
896 Marlowe 300 278 7.61%
897 Birdie 299 249 18.25%
898 Jaycee 299 260 13.95%
899 Loretta 298 266 11.35%
900 Lexie 298 285 4.46%
901 Princess 297 337 -12.62%
902 Lilyana 297 301 -1.34%
903 Shay 297 275 7.69%
904 Hadleigh 296 259 13.33%
905 Natasha 296 266 10.68%
906 Indigo 294 241 19.81%
907 Zaria 294 311 -5.62%
908 Addisyn 293 294 -0.34%
909 Leanna 293 293 0.00%
910 Deborah 293 286 2.42%
911 Kimora 292 263 10.45%
912 Barbara 292 289 1.03%
913 Raquel 291 274 6.02%
914 Emerald 291 264 9.73%
915 Robin 290 287 1.04%
916 Julissa 290 344 -17.03%
917 Dalia 289 228 23.60%
918 Austyn 289 241 18.11%
919 Nyomi 289 260 10.56%
920 Ellen 288 333 -14.49%
921 Kynlee 287 332 -14.54%
922 Salma 287 239 18.25%
923 Luella 286 256 11.07%
924 Zayla 286 207 32.05%
925 Addilynn 285 280 1.77%
926 Samira 285 277 2.85%
927 Giavanna 285 272 4.67%
928 Madalyn 284 331 -15.28%
929 Amaris 284 295 -3.80%
930 Stormi 284 266 6.55%
931 Scarlette 284 324 -13.16%
932 Etta 283 275 2.87%
933 Brylee 282 346 -20.38%
934 Brittany 282 264 6.59%
935 Ayleen 282 261 7.73%
936 Egypt 281 274 2.52%
937 Iliana 281 295 -4.86%
938 Araceli 281 254 10.09%
939 Paityn 281 257 8.92%
940 Zainab 280 264 5.88%
941 Billie 279 246 12.57%
942 India 279 245 12.98%
943 Haylee 279 344 -20.87%
944 Nancy 278 294 -5.59%
945 Kaiya 278 258 7.46%
946 Clarissa 277 285 -2.85%
947 Taytum 277 195 34.75%
948 Mazikeen 277 253 9.06%
949 Rylan 275 307 -11.00%
950 Aubrielle 275 340 -21.14%
951 Elsa 272 280 -2.90%
952 Aspyn 272 287 -5.37%
953 Magdalena 272 253 7.24%
954 Ainhoa 272 301 -10.12%
955 Elina 272 259 4.90%
956 Kailey 271 322 -17.20%
957 Judith 270 287 -6.10%
958 Arleth 270 185 37.36%
959 Joyce 270 257 4.93%
960 Landry 269 302 -11.56%
961 Emberlynn 269 182 38.58%
962 Paola 269 265 1.50%
963 Crystal 269 309 -13.84%
964 Guinevere 267 247 7.78%
965 Braylee 267 290 -8.26%
966 Lyanna 266 351 -27.55%
967 Aarna 266 245 8.22%
968 Sariah 266 320 -18.43%
969 Aiyana 266 228 15.38%
970 Kahlani 266 210 23.53%
971 Itzayana 265 358 -29.86%
972 Jaylene 264 239 9.94%
973 Aniya 264 306 -14.74%
974 Loyalty 264 207 24.20%
975 Kiera 264 252 4.65%
976 Frida 264 295 -11.09%
977 Azaria 263 237 10.40%
978 Keyla 263 323 -20.48%
979 Jaylee 263 276 -4.82%
980 Kyleigh 263 324 -20.78%
981 Micah 263 232 12.53%
982 Kamilah 263 326 -21.39%
983 Nataly 263 270 -2.63%
984 Zoya 262 280 -6.64%
985 Kathleen 262 249 5.09%
986 Zoie 261 263 -0.76%
987 Soraya 261 194 29.45%
988 Meghan 261 303 -14.89%
989 Arlette 259 236 9.29%
990 Zola 259 273 -5.26%
991 Vida 258 173 39.44%
992 Luisa 258 255 1.17%
993 Tori 256 320 -22.22%
994 Tatiana 256 217 16.49%
995 Ryder 256 242 5.62%
996 Sandra 255 219 15.19%
997 Soleil 255 188 30.25%
998 Eleanora 255 230 10.31%
999 Aarya 255 255 0.00%
1000 Ingrid 254 251 1.19%

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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