What are the five most popular names for girls?
The latest data is in from the the Social Security Administration for 2021 and these were the five most popular names for girls this past year. Continue reading for the top 1000 girl names along with their meaning, origin, and popularity over the years.
You've done everything from stocking her closet to building the crib for your new little girl, but you haven't chosen a name yet. Is she going to be more of a Luna or a Victoria? What about Amelia?
Choosing the perfect baby name for your little girl can seem like one of the most daunting tasks during pregnancy. Every name reminds you of someone, or has some positive or negative association that you may or may not want to incorporate into your baby's identity. That's why browsing top baby girl name lists like this one can help inspire you and even introduce you to trending names that you may have not considered before.
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The Social Security Administration's Top Baby Name Lists
The Social Security Administration releases its baby name data annually based on the total births for the year and applications for Social Security cards. All names in the United States are reported based on the First Name field on the Social Security card application. To be considered, the name must be at least two characters long. Names with fewer than five occurrences in any geographic area are not included.
The SSA breaks up the list into one for baby girl names and one for baby boy names. Of course there are gender-neutral names out there, but each name is listed depending on the child's gender.
Editor's Note: The below list represents the most recent data from the Social Security Administration. It reflects the data from 2020 based on the births of 2019. The 2019 data was originally delayed due to COVID.
Top Baby Name Trends of 2021
Speaking of gender-neutral, unisex names are growing in popularity. Names inspired by superheroes and powerful mythology characters are also on the rise, as our nation faces challenges most of us have never seen before. On the flip side, we are also starting to see nostalgic names such as those from the cottagecore aesthetic and those beginning with the short e sound.
To see a complete list of our predictions for the top girl names of 2021, check out These Will Be the Top Names and Trends of 2021.
According to our own data, these have been the most popular girl name lists in 2021:
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Girl Names on the Rise
In 2021, Ava and other names with the long a sound, like Ayda, Ayla, and Faye are starting to pop up more often. "Ever" names like Evelyn and Everly are on the rise, as are "Elle" names, like Eleanor, Ella, and Eliana.
Longer names seem to be gaining traction as many of the fastest rising names are longer than four letters.
According to the most recent Social Security Administration data from 2021 that looks at the trends of 2020, these were some of the most notable names:
- Charlotte rose into the top five list, at number four up from number six. The top three names remained the same.
- Avayah is the fastest-growing girl name in popularity. It moved from position 2,477 to 930 in just one year.
- Other girl names with the largest positive change include: Denisse, Jianna, Capri, Rosalia, Denise, Zhuri, Haisley, and Novah.
Girl Names on the Decline
Over the past year, the name Cora declined sharply, as did names beginning with the Cove- prefix. This is likely because of the association with COVID-19. In addition, we are seeing declining popularity for the following names: Coral, Coralie, Coraline, Cordelia, Corey, Corrine, and Cove.
Karen, which was not terribly popular to begin with, also dropped significantly, presumably because it became a derogatory term for an entitled white woman.
According to the most recent Social Security Administration data from 2021 that looks at the trends of 2020:
- Yaritza had the most significant decline, dropping 387 ranks from 813 to 1,200.
- Other girl names with the most notable drop-offs include: Marissa, Annabella, Ariadne, Jayde, Miah, Beatrix, Tinley, and Amiya.
Looking for boy names? Check out the This Year's Top Baby Boy Names.