Most Popular Girl Names in the U.S. 2021

Try to guess the 50 most popular names for baby girls born in the United States in the year 2021.
We give the first letter of the name as a clue
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Last updated: May 8, 2022
First submittedMay 25, 2012
Times taken129,395
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Name
O
Olivia
E
Emma
C
Charlotte
A
Amelia
A
Ava
S
Sophia
I
Isabella
M
Mia
E
Evelyn
H
Harper
 
Name
L
Luna
C
Camila
G
Gianna
E
Elizabeth
E
Eleanor
E
Ella
A
Abigail
S
Sofia
A
Avery
S
Scarlett
 
Name
E
Emily
A
Aria
P
Penelope
C
Chloe
L
Layla
M
Mila
N
Nora
H
Hazel
M
Madison
E
Ellie
 
Name
L
Lily
N
Nova
I
Isla
G
Grace
V
Violet
A
Aurora
R
Riley
Z
Zoey
W
Willow
E
Emilia
 
Name
S
Stella
Z
Zoe
V
Victoria
H
Hannah
A
Addison
L
Leah
L
Lucy
E
Eliana
I
Ivy
E
Everly
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Level 83
Feb 13, 2013
It's so silly how names in the US come and go like fashion. When I was a kid there were so many Michelles and Jennifers and now they don't even make the list at all. My sister has two girls. Abigail and Hayley (not Hailey.. maybe you could include that as an alt spelling?)... both unsurprisingly on this list. And a boy Jacob, which is I think the most trendy boys' name right now. People are such sheep...
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Level 55
May 18, 2014
My kids are Elizabeth and Nathan. Unremarkable classics commonly spelled. But my husband wouldn't go for Chrysanthemum or Guildford.
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Level 83
May 10, 2016
1st gf narrowly avoided being named Ruby Begonia. She ended up as a Jennifer. Like half the female population of the United States born that year...
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Level 44
May 16, 2017
Elizabeth is my middle name!
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Level 53
May 24, 2021
hi mom
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Level 77
May 26, 2014
I'm from the era of Vicky, Carol, and Debbie. You don't see those names anymore, either. Today they seem to prefer the longer versions, Victoria and Carolyn, and I suppose Deborah is completely off the charts. I have a friend whose granddaughters are named Melody and Symphony.
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Level 83
May 11, 2015
I "knew" a Deborah in Cebu who was only 19. I think she's 20 now.
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Level 77
May 11, 2015
Deborah is from the Bible so I suppose it will always be a possibility as some people prefer to use biblical names, but it may be a while before Vicky and Carol come 'round again. I've noticed that the pronunciation has changed for Deborah, though. In my day the accent was on the first syllable which led to the nickname of Debbie or Deb. Nowadays when I do hear the name it has the accent on the second syllable. How was your friend's name pronounced, Kalb?
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Level 83
May 11, 2015
I called her Debbie.
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Level 58
May 11, 2016
The quotation marks around "knew" are a little suspicious, kalbahamut...
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Level 55
May 11, 2016
being a biblical name, I assume it's "knew" in the biblical sense.
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Level 44
May 16, 2017
Symphony?! Wow!
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Level 83
Sep 13, 2018
Knew another girl, in the same sense, in Los Angeles who was named Poetry.
+20
Level 82
May 20, 2013
I don't understand why we're so judgmental when it comes to how others name their children. Just seems like an odd thing to have such a strong opinion about.
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Level 50
Jun 14, 2014
Uh-huh. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE, GET A LIFE!!!
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Level 67
Jun 14, 2019
strong likes or dislikes for a name, sure. But bashing or judging the parents for it, or projecting all sorts of prejudice on it... no.

There are SOME names that simple go beyond common sense. Other than that it is simply taste (and yes the amount of times you have heard a name plays a role in that) That name that one person finds horrendous the other finds charming. So one might say parents that name their kid Abigail are horrible people while others think how on earth could you name your kid Carla, they must be ... "insert a random group of people/character trait etc" (Rich, dumb, hippies etc).

I do agree that it is surprising how a name can be so in fashion, if you know like 10 aidens personally... why name your kid that aswell? Classes with a quarter of the kid the same name... Well I guess to counter that, there is the "unique"spellings.

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Level 81
May 12, 2021
My parents named my sister Lucy because they liked the name, apparently entirely unaware that a ton of people were naming their children Lucy at the same time... fortunately/unfortunately I ended up with a name that hasn't been popular since the 1940s
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Level 79
May 26, 2014
I don't have a problem with unusual names so much as ordinary names with unusual or alternate spellings. I really wish every name had just one universal spelling and that's it. Do you know how many times in my life I have been asked "Is that Eric with a 'c' or a 'k'?" I'm so sick of that. And it's only got to be worse for all the Gynnifers and Katelins of the world.
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Level 67
Jun 14, 2019
I dont mind alternate spellings persee. As long as they make sense and are not purely to be fancy. Like nancy spelled as nhancihi or something with way too much letters. Stephen or Steven, no problem. Zhstiefhan... yes...
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Level 48
Oct 25, 2020
I worked with a woman that went out of her way to give her children unique names, I told her spelling a normal name in a ridiculous manner doesn't constitute a unique name.

Her boys' name was spelled Zeaqquett but was pronounced Steven.

Her girls' name was spelled Zeaqquette but was pronounced Sarah.

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Level 66
Dec 12, 2020
How is that Steven?
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Level 67
Jan 7, 2021
Huh what? Haha. Well there is this thing where fish is spelled as ghoti (if you haven't heard of it, look it up). But even using that method I can't end up with Stephen and Sarah. .
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Level 67
Jan 7, 2021
A Zeke maybe... or Zach (wouldn't it be funny to call your kids Zeke and Zach haha zig-zag no, just me? OK... sorry didn't have much sleep haha)
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Level 68
Jun 2, 2022
Zeke and Zach for twins…. That’s wonderful!!!

I’m stealing it!!

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Level 49
Jun 2, 2022
I heard of two twins named Covid and Corona.

Why, just why?

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Level 61
May 26, 2014
wow some of these names are crazy....
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Level 50
May 27, 2014
Got five!
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Level 50
Jun 14, 2014
And for all the people complaining about these names--

At least they weren't named Lobelia(Sackville-Baggins)!

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Level 67
Jun 2, 2022
I have named all of my chickens after hobbits (Lobelia, Rosie, Lily, Belladonna, Pippin, Merry...)
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Level 69
May 11, 2015
Can I ask that you accept "Abby" for Abigail? The other girls' names quiz accepts it, so I just assumed it wasn't on the list when it didn't take it.
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Level ∞
May 11, 2015
Okay
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Level 81
May 13, 2015
I did guess "Elisabeth" !
+1
Level 21
Dec 21, 2015
100% people are so predictable these days

Pretty names though

+13
Level 87
Jun 17, 2016
On the contrary, people are far less predictable today than past years, at least when it comes to naming their children. In 1950, only 5% of parents strayed out of the Top 1,000 names when naming their child. In 2012, 27% of parents went weird and left the Top 1,000. The top 10 names used to command a huge percentage of all births, but it is much lower today as people go for "unique". If it hasn't been posted yet, the Baby Voyager site is really interesting. http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager#prefix=&sw=both&exact=false
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Level 75
May 10, 2016
Nice lack of gender stereotyping in the photo... if the baby really is a girl, good on the parents on dressing her up in blue!
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Level 61
May 16, 2016
It looks mostly white with patterns.
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Level 67
Jan 7, 2021
It looks gold and blue...
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Level 82
Jun 23, 2016
A handful I never would have gotten, since I think of them as male names - either usually, or at least interchangeably. Examples of 'male' names on the list include Aubrey (maybe folks are confusing it with Audrey?), Avery, and of course Addison and Madison (which mean 'son of Adam' and 'son of Matthew' respectively).
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Level 82
Sep 11, 2016
Aubrey is definitely a male name. If you're giving it to a girl, you're basically just misspelling Audrey. Frankly, I'm not sure why anyone would do that - Audrey is a much more euphonious name.
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Level 85
Sep 21, 2020
I've never known any males named Aubrey, but my sister had a female Toy Pomeranian named Aubrey, so I've always thought of it as a female name.
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Level 65
Oct 25, 2020
Agree with vermicious. Have never met a male Aubrey, but have personally known more than one female Aubrey.
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Level 77
Oct 25, 2020
I met a man named Aubrey but his family called him Aubbie.
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Level 49
Jun 2, 2022
I feel like it is more biased towards the gender of the person that you meet first, like I see Aubrey as a girl name because I meet a girl named Aubrey when I was in elementary school
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Level 67
Jun 2, 2022
I have never known or heard of anyone named Aubrey.
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Level 67
Jun 14, 2019
I am not really familiar with either.. but if you would have asked me which of this is the boys name and which is the girls name, I would ve said, audrey is the male name and aubrey the girl. Audrey looks like andrew amongst other things, aubrey... I dont know, maybe it is the bri (brie not bry) like in brianna.
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Level 76
Sep 20, 2020
Audrey used to be pretty big in France for people of my age. Not only one girl with that name, I've come across. It's making a new coming in other countries (yes, I checked). Apparently it originates from Æðelþryð which was a name for a strong and noble princess. Always been female.

Aubrey, to me, sounds like someone is pleasantly surprised at finding a chunk of cheese. It turns out to be unisex nowadays and originally it's Alberich or Alberic, which is a man's name from German mythology. One very mighty king of the dwarfs.

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Level 55
Sep 22, 2016
I think names are a funny thing. Especially how Tv/social media influences our life. I was born in the 70s One tine a lady told me in a hospital what year i was born by the spelling of my name because there was a popular tv character that year or two that spelled it that way. She told me, everyone she had ever seen with that name and that spelling was around the same age due to the tv show. This included the women's own daughter. I think we hear a name on tv or see it in a magazine and think how great the name is, not realizing millions of other people are thinking the same thing. I have an Emily, never realizing it would be so popular. Had no clue. However if i would have had her 10 12 years before I probably would have name her Alexis or Paradise, so Im grateful for my maturity.
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Level 49
Jun 2, 2022
When Elvis Presley had his daughter, Lisa, there was a huge increase in newborns being named Lisa
+1
Level 6
Dec 16, 2017
Ah, the good olden days of Isabelle...just kidding
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Level 10
Dec 20, 2017
Me (10) and my brother (7) got 20/20 in 1:50 😀
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Level 72
Apr 11, 2018
That's great! Probably easier for you kids since all your classmates have these sorts of names. Us old folks kept typing in names that aren't popular any more. :-)
+1
Level 23
Jun 1, 2018
I just have one question. Why are the names Emma and Olivia popular? I mean, don't get me wrong, I love common names like Mary and Ava. It's just that Emma and Olivia are TOO common for me. I don't know why I don't like those names, I just feel like they are not the best names.
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Level 49
Jun 2, 2022
Emmas are everywhere, and it's a pretty name don't get me wrong, but it's just so common
+3
Level 44
Jun 12, 2018
Sometimes people name their kids after older relatives like grandmothers and great-grandmothers and the name gets recycled, so to speak.
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Level 49
Aug 6, 2018
Very surprised to see Elizabeth on all 5 lists. Never known anyone born later than the 70s to have that name.
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Level 67
Sep 10, 2018
I know a 3-year-old Elizabeth.
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Level 77
Sep 10, 2018
It's the middle name of my 6-yr-old granddaughter, and is also her mother's middle name which I think may have come from her mother or grandmother, and on it goes. It's a biblical name.
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Level 68
Sep 10, 2018
There were three Elizabeths in one of my seminar groups at uni about five years ago, but they all went by shortened versions (Ellie, Lizzy, and Beth).
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Level 77
Sep 10, 2018
The only time names really bug me is when parents intentionally make them noteworthy because of the surname. I grew up hearing about Texas Gov. Hogg's daughter, Ima. My grandfather knew a girl named Belle Ringer. There was an attorney in the old courthouse books of our area named Madden Looney. All of those would be fine first names, but to pair them with their surnames seems cruel to me.
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Level 83
Sep 10, 2018
There was a gynecologist at the hospital where I worked named Harry Beaver. If you google it now he's become so notorious that he's even got a snopes page about him.
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Level 77
Oct 25, 2020
When I was a girl there were two urologists who formed a practice together named Drs. Ruff and Reddy but I think your doctor's name is better.
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Level 49
Jun 2, 2022
I was looking through an old yearbook of mine and found a kid named Marshall Law
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Level 67
Jun 2, 2022
I know someone with the name Mary Christmas. But it wasn't the parents' fault, she married someone with the surname Christmas.
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Level 87
Sep 10, 2018
Interesting how the names of both of my sisters (Emily and Ava) are still relatively popular. Especially Ava. I only knew like two Avas growing up and now they seem to be everywhere.
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Level 57
Sep 25, 2018
Got a bunch, then resorted to typing "Hortense" and "Harriet" and "Mavis" because fashions are so random you never know. On a wild whim, I even tried "Margaret." If I had a girl, I swear I'd name her Jane. (Warning: our granddaughters will all be called Shirley and Lois.)
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Level 77
Oct 25, 2020
Shirley and Lois are both being used in my area now, along with Geneva.
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Level 85
May 14, 2021
Haha, Hortense makes me think of "Hortense the mule-faced doll" from the Simpsons.
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Level 45
Mar 23, 2019
If you accept Sophie for Sophia then you should accept Isabelle for Isabella
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Level ∞
May 12, 2019
Ok
+2
Level 80
Sep 20, 2020
And Isabel?
+4
Level 82
Sep 24, 2020
Does this mean the Zoe/Chloe phase is over? I think every other girl in my son's class was named that.
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Level 83
Oct 25, 2020
Not having any small children in school in this US I think makes this quiz extremely difficult.
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Level 77
Oct 25, 2020
I heard a young girl once say she wanted to have five daughters when she grew up and name them Zoe, Chloe, Ione, Leone, and Phoebe. I asked how she spelled "Foby" and she spelled it the same as Phoebe "Feeby".
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Level 36
Oct 8, 2020
Easy for me, being 11. Running through friends/classmate/teammates always works.
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Level 55
Oct 25, 2020
2025: Pandemica
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Level 68
Oct 25, 2020
One of the worst names I've ever seen for a young girl was "Onastie" - Mom thought she was being clever by respelling "Honesty." But if you pronounce it phonetically, as most of us teachers do when reading unfamiliar children's names aloud, "O Nasty" can really open a kid up to cruel jokes. Some people just shouldn't have children ....
+1
Level 72
Oct 26, 2020
Abigail, Emma, Olivia? Did Downton Abbey have that much sway on my generation (late 20s - early 30s)?
+1
Level 59
Jun 2, 2022
Grandmas did. My daughters will likely be naming their daughters Michelle, Melissa, Jennifer, etc., thinking that those names are old fashioned and classy. It's the circle of common names that goes round and round forever.
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Level 28
Jun 16, 2021
I know 3 Emma’s in my grade
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Level 85
Feb 20, 2022
In my opinion the whole reason for a middle name is so that kids get one boring name and one awesome name. You want to name your kid James? Fine. James Tyrannosaurus Smith. Call him Rex for short.
+2
Level 84
May 9, 2022
Lots of stupid names these days
+2
Level 59
Jun 2, 2022
stella? surely you wouldn't get that in the UK - one of the most famous beer companies here is called stella artois
+1
Level 69
Jun 3, 2022
Stella McCartney is one example. I knew a girl called Stella Knight.
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Level 65
Jun 2, 2022
idk why but thought Megan would be on here
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Level 60
Jun 4, 2022
I don't hate these names surprisingly. 5 years ago, different story. Hopefully we're nearing the end of the times of the haylayleighs and whatnot.
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Level 56
Jun 5, 2022
Lol apparently I gave my cat the most common girl's name.