Exploring popular baby girl names can be a great way to help us come up with a name for a new baby. You can look at what names have been the most popular and see if you like them, or if they spur new ideas for you.
What may really surprise you is looking back at the most popular baby girl names throughout history. You will discover names you commonly hear today, and which have remained popular for many years. For fun, let us take a look at a list of names from different times in the history of the USA.
In 2009 the ten most popular names for girls were: Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava, Emily, Madison, Abigail, Chloe, and Mia
For the entire first decade of the 2000’s things looked slightly different with: Emily, Madison, Emma, Olivia, Hannah, Abigail, Isabella, Samantha, Elizabeth, and Ashley
Jumping back a few decades to the 1970’s gives us: Jennifer, Amy, Melissa, Michelle, Kimberly, Lisa, Angela, Heather, Stephanie, and Nicole
Let us take a look at what topped the list in the 1950’s: Mary, Linda, Patricia, Susan, Deborah, Barbara, Debra, Karen, Nancy, and Donna
Now we will jump all the way back to the 1900’s: Mary, Helen, Margaret, Anna, Ruth, Elizabeth, Dorothy, Marie, Florence, and Mildred
The thing you might find interesting about all of these lists is how popular all of these names remain today. The best names in history just seem to keep rolling right along. You will notice there are many names taken out of the Bible in every list, which is still a popular place to get names today.
Most of the names which come and go out of these top ten lists of popular baby girl names always remain in the top 100 lists. They just never seem to go away.
The big variation comes in individual years where a name may suddenly become popular for one or two years when a public figure, Olympic star, Actress, or singer makes a big impact on our imaginations. The name just as quickly disappears from popularity and is once again replaced by the names which have held onto popularity for decades.
What does this tell you? If you want a name for your daughter which will be popular today, still popular during her high school years, and even when she becomes a grandmother 50 years from now, stick with the classics. The names seem to keep going on.
Is this telling your to stay away from names which are peaking in popularity today, or not to choose a special name for your daughter? No, that is a great choice, too. She can create a unique identity, and may be the person to bring the name back into popularity again when she becomes a star of the world. Unique names can be great fun. Choosing popular baby girl names just seems to be a safe choice all the time. Only you can choose the perfect name for your little angel.