The US Social Security Administration releases the previous years’ most popular baby names every year. They’ve done so since the 1880s. Since the names you will see below are from the year before, you’ll have no way of knowing what’s popular right now. Fear not because many of the adorable girl names below will never go out of style.
I think my favorites are Harper and Hannah. But I might be a little biased since we named my second daughter Hannah.
Here are the most popular baby girl names of 2018.
Popular female actresses like Emma Watson, Emma Roberts, and Emma Stone all share this very popular name. This modern-feeling name has grown in popularity since Rachel and Ross gave it to their baby girl on the hit TV show Friends. So much so that it has been the most popular baby girl name since 2014!
The name was first used by William Shakespeare for the pampered, wealthy countess character from Twelfth Night. Some well-known people with the same include singer Olivia Newton-John, Olivia Pope from the TV show Scandal, and the pig from the popular children’s book series.
Ava became a hugely popular baby girl name after stars like Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman chose the name for their daughters. But the name hasn’t always been popular. If you look at a list of famous people with the name Ava, you might only recognize the Hollywood beauty Ava Gardner who passed away in 1990.
Do you remember that move Twilight with the glittery vampires? The lead character was a girl named Isabella ‘Bella’ Swan who fell in love with a vampire. I don’t see the appeal, but mothers-to-be ate it up. As a result, we now have a lot of Isabella’s in this world. Welcome, and stay away from vampires little ones!
Everyone was naming their little girl Sophia nine years ago. But has fallen in popularity since holding the US title in the US from 2011 to 2013. Variations Sofia and Sophie are also on the rise. If you consider yourself an intellectual this might be the name for you. Other notable women with the name Sophia include Sophia Bush, Sophia Vergara, Sophia Loren, and Sophia Myles.
There are so many great possibilities with the name Charlotte. Charlie is the most common nickname, but Lottie is also super cute. As a result, tons of celebrities such as Chelsea Clinton, Dylan McDermott, Colin Hanks, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Freddie Prinze Jr have all chosen this vintage name for their baby girls.
Mia, which is commonly short for Maria, is officially more popular than the name from which it came. Don’t worry about the name meaning “bitter”, your daughter will be sweet as sugar. Any girl would be proud to share the same name as the strong Mia Farrow. What’s not to like?
When you put Emily and Amanda together, what do you get? The answer is a great alternative to the overused names it originates from. It’s also the birth name of Minnie Driver. Who knew? And it’s popularity isn’t contained to the US. Amelia is also mega popular in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, and Scotland. This name has everything it needs to be #1 in 2019. Let’s see if it does it.
The meaning of the name might leave little to the imagination, but I just love it! There is an absolute laundry list of celebrities naming their baby girls Harper. Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos, Lisa Marie Presley, David Spade, Dave Grohl, Martie Maguire, Tiffani Thiessen, Bill Hader, Neil Patrick, and the Beckhams all chose this adorable unisex name. This name is hot, hot, hot!
Surprisingly, Evelyn was originally a masculine name that has recently crossed over the gender line. In 2017 it started to rise in popularity and I don’t think it’s done. Some might say it’s a unique name while others might say it’s a name your grandma might have. News flash, grandma names are in! At least Bruce Willis and Carey Mulligan thought it suited their daughters.
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