Baby Girl Names That Completely Took Over This Past Decade

Baby Girl Names That Completely Took Over This Past Decade


What were the most popular baby girl names
of the 2010s? While some names went in and out of fashion,
others totally reigned supreme over the last decade. Here are the baby girl names that parents
chose most over the last ten years. Ella was definitely one of the most popular
baby girl names this past decade, although it never managed to crack the Top Ten list
of names, according to data from the Social Security Administration. Still, over the past decade, 77,581 Baby Ellas
were born between 2010 and 2018. That’s an awful lot of Ellas. Strangely enough, the name means “other or
foreign,” according to The Bump. We didn’t know that, but we do know that there
are plenty of famous Ellas out there: Ella Fitzgerald springs instantly to mind. Meanwhile, some celebs are clearly enamored
with the moniker. For example, George and Amal Clooney welcomed
their daughter Ella in 2017. And let’s not forget such fictional Ellas
as Ella the Elephant and, of course, the Anne Hathaway film Ella, Enchanted. “Passionately put, Ella. Give yourself a pat on the back. Hattie?” The name “Chloe” certainly inspired plenty
of parents over the last decade. In fact, 78,693 baby girls were reportedly
named Chloe between 2010 and 2018. The name has a rather curious meaning, too. According to Behind the Name, “[It] means] ‘green shoot’ in Greek, referring
to new plant growth in the spring.” So now you know. Also: If you name your daughter Chloe, you
can rest easy knowing she’ll be in some very good company, including the actresses Chloë
Sevigny, Chloe Webb, and Chloë Grace Moretz. We’d love to be a member of such an exclusive
club. Consider the name Olivia for a moment. Really, what’s not to love? Between 2010 and 2018, parents named their
baby girl Olivia no less than 165,581 times, according to the Social Security Administration. And parents evidently can’t get enough of
it: It’s been a top-five name choice since 2008. According to The Bump, the name means “olive
tree”…which perhaps isn’t the biggest shocker in the world. Additionally, the name has some serious cultural
cachet. As Behind the Name reports, “This name was first used in this spelling
by William Shakespeare for a character in his comedy Twelfth Night [in 1602].” Really, there’s no denying the fact that Olivia
is a pretty and very sweet-sounding name. And there’s certainly no shortage of famous
Olivias out there, from singer and actress Olivia Newton-John to Oscar-winning thespian
Olivia Colman. Great company to be in, for sure. “This is nice.” “Thank you.” “Oh, this is beautiful.” Isn’t Sophia a charming name? It was one of the most popular baby girl names
this past decade. A whopping 166,986 baby girls were reportedly
named Sophia from 2010 and 2018. In fact, Sophia has been a top-five name since
2009. Meanwhile, there’s more to the name Sophia
than meets the eye. According to Behind the Name, “[Sophia] means ‘wisdom’ in Greek. This was the name of an early, probably mythical,
saint who died of grief after her three daughters were martyred during the reign of the emperor
Hadrian.” How very hardcore. It’s worth noting that there are plenty of
famous Sophias, including celebrated director and writer Sophia Coppola and Italian actress
and singer Sophia Loren. It’s all quite glamorous, no? Want to know the most popular baby girl name
of the past decade? Perhaps it won’t surprise you: Emma has been
a popular moniker for quite some time. According to the Social Security Administration,
177,410 girls were named Emma between 2010 and 2018, and Emma was the Number One girl’s
name from 2014 to 2018. According to The Bump, Emma is German in origin
and means “entire or universal.” And the name certainly pops up in pop culture
a fair amount. You may recall Ross and Rachel naming their
daughter Emma on a Friends episode in 2002. “She’s clearly an Emma.” “Oh honey but you love that name.” “Yeah, but I love you more.” In 1999, Gwyneth Paltrow starred in a screen
adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, playing the titular socialite and winning an Oscar
for the performance. Meanwhile, there’s loads of famous Emmas…like
Emma Stone, Emma Roberts, and Emma Watson. That clinches it: The name Emma is a total
winner! When it comes to baby names, Elizabeth is
a bonafide classic. In fact, the name has ranked as a Top 15 name
for many years. It’s undoubtedly a popular choice: From 2010
to 2018, a total of 85,832 babies were named Elizabeth. According to The Bump, the name means “God’s
promise” or “God is my oath.” And there’s no denying that it’s a name of
regal bearing: Queen Elizabeth II, a royal whose life has been dramatized in the popular
Netflix series The Crown, instantly springs to mind. And as Behind the Name reports, “[The name] was borne in the 12th century
by Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, a daughter of King Andrew II who used her wealth to help
the poor.” And of course, that’s to say nothing of the
late, legendary Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor. The takeaway? As far as baby names go, Elizabeth has got
a lot going on. How many Charlottes can you name in popular
culture? There’s the 1952 novel Charlotte’s Web by
E.B. White. There’s The Cure’s moody 1981 single “Charlotte
Sometimes,” itself named after a 1969 children’s novel. And last but not least, there’s Charlotte
York Goldenblatt, the Sex and the City character played by Kristin Davis. “I’m Charlotte by the way. Trey’s wife.” “I know. I’m Burt.” And in the real world, the name Charlotte
has certainly stood the test of time, and it happens to be one of the oldest names on
the list. It’s got some famous namesakes, like the novelist
Charlotte Brontë, author of Jane Eyre. Oh, and as far as sweet nicknames go, you’ve
got a ton of options to choose from. Charlie is just too cute for a baby girl,
isn’t it? Clearly lots of people are fond of the name. In fact, 89,043 babies were named Charlotte
between the years 2010 and 2018. In recent years, the name has seen a steady
increase in popularity: It came in sixth in a list of popular baby girl names in 2018,
published by the Social Security Administration. Really, it’s no wonder Charlotte is such a
popular choice, as far as baby names go. For one thing, it’s got quite an interesting
meaning. According to The Bump, the name translates
to “free man.” The website also reveals that, “[The name Charlotte] was introduced to Britain
in the 17th century. It was the name of a German-born 18th-century
queen consort of Great Britain and Ireland.” So now you know. It’s no secret that Emily is a super common
name. Chances are you’ve met more than a few women
named Emily over the years…and rest assured, plenty more are on the way. According to the Social Security Administration,
it was apparently the Number One girls name between 1996 and 2007…and it’s still an
incredibly popular choice: A whopping 109,149 babies were named Emily between 2010 to 2018. Believe it or not, Emily wasn’t always such
a mainstream moniker. As Behind the Name reports, “In the English-speaking world it was not
common until after the German House of Hanover came to the British throne in the 18th century;
the princess Amelia Sophia (who lived from 1711 to 1786) was commonly known as Emily
in English.” Meanwhile, the name Emily can mean “rival,
laborious, or eager,” according to The Bump. Sure, that makes all these Emilys sound rather
high-maintenance and overly dramatic, much like the kinds of characters a certain Emily
Blunt is fond of playing. “Her driver just text-messaged me and her
facials ruptured a disc. God these people!” Emily was one of the last decade’s most popular
names, and we don’t expect that popularity to fade anytime soon. According to the Social Security Administration,
91,914 girls were named Madison between 2010 and 2018. What’s more, the name also happened to be
a top-five baby girl name from 2000 to 2007. But the name Madison wasn’t always such a
popular choice, in fact, it wasn’t even considered a girl’s name at all for quite some time. As Behind the Name reports, “It was not commonly used as a feminine name
until after the [1984] movie Splash…in which the main character adopted it as her name
after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue in New York City.” Truth be told, the character’s actual name
has never been particularly popular, in America or anywhere else. “My name is Eeeeeeee Eeeeeee Eeeeee!” Meanwhile, The Bump reports that Madison means
“son of the mighty warrior,” which sounds pretty darn ferocious to us. “She’s really hungry.” The name Abigail has consistently cracked
the list of Top 15 names since 2000, according to the Social Security Administration. And Abigail’s popularity has held steady in
recent years. It’s a totally classic and timeless name in
our book, and clearly we aren’t alone in that assessment: 109,253 babies were named Abigail
between 2010 and 2018. The meaning of the name is rooted in religion. According to The Bump, “[The Hebrew name means] father of exaltation. Abigail was King David’s wife in the Bible,
and as a girls’ name, it has come to represent wisdom.” There’s plenty of other fascinating facts
surrounding the name. As Behind the Name reports, “The biblical Abigail refers to herself as
a servant, and beginning in the 17th century the name became a slang term for a servant.” Without a doubt, Abigail is an interesting
and beautiful name, and we’re sure its popularity will continue to endure in the years to come. As far as girl names are concerned, there
seems to be a consensus that names ending with “a” are the way to go. Just think about the baby girl names you know,
and you’ll realize that names ending with the letter “a” are all the rage. It’s a fact! According to the Social Security Administration,
156,709 baby girls were named Isabella between 2010 and 2018. In fact, Isabella has been a top-five baby
girl name choice since 2006. The meaning behind the name is certainly intriguing. According to The Bump, “[The Hebrew name means] God’s promise. A royal name, Isabella is feminine and romantic.” The name is steeped in fascinating history,
too. As Behind the Name reports, “[The name] was borne by many medieval royals,
including queen consorts of England, France, Portugal, the Holy Roman Empire and Hungary,
as well as the powerful ruling queen Isabella of Castile.” As for famous people, actress and filmmaker
Isabella Rossellini certainly springs to mind, and that’s definitely some good company to
be in. “Have you ever been to the west?” “Out west?” “Mm-hmm.” “Yes.” “Really? They say it’s beautiful.” Parents definitely seem to prefer shorter
names for baby girls, and this next name is absolutely no exception. Ava is a spin on one of the oldest names out
there: Eve. According to the Social Security Administration,140,979
babies were named Ava between 2010 and 2018. And since 2006, Ava has been a top-five girl’s
name. According to The Bump, the name means “life,”
“serpent,” or “bird.” The site also points out that “Ava possesses the vintage Hollywood glam
of screen siren Ava Gardner, plus the sleek appeal and allure of compact, modern-sounding
names that speed along the popularity lists…Ava is one of those elemental names at home in
many countries, like Iran (it means ‘voice’ in Persian).” Ava is certainly a sweet-sounding take on
Eve, and, with such a storied background and meaning, it’s no wonder that the name has
been so popular for parents throughout the years. Whether you want a new spin on a biblical
name, or something sweet and simple, Ava would be the perfect name for your baby girl. The name Mia certainly proved a popular choice
this past decade. According to the Social Security Administration,
there were 116,301 Mias born between 2010 and 2018. As The Bump reports, the name Mia means “beloved,”
and it’s popularity has been on the rise in recent years. Meanwhile, Behind the Name points out that, “[Mia comes from the] Scandinavian, Dutch
and German diminutive of Maria. It coincides with the Italian word mia meaning
‘mine.'” No matter how you look at it, Mia is a solid
name, and it’s no wonder that people are fond of the moniker. And who could forget the fictional Mia Thermopolis,
princess of Genovia. It’s officially time to watch The Princess
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19 thoughts on “Baby Girl Names That Completely Took Over This Past Decade

  1. I wouldn't name my child any of these names don't get me wrong they are cute beautiful names but too common for me. I prefer odd ball names like Jersey, Ada or names similar

  2. I want to name my kids Erin if itโ€™s a girl, or if I have more girls, Autumn, Bonnie or Willow. For boys, Alexander (Alex) and/or Jason (Jase)

  3. If I have a girl, I will hopefully name her Emma (or Emily) with the middle name being Genevieve (a beautiful name of my late grandma).
    Iโ€™m an American who moved to Germany to live with my German husband. Emily is very much an American name. I would like to give her some characteristics of her American roots but we will see what happens. โ™ฅ๏ธ

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