These are the 50 most-loved baby girl names

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Every year, the U.S. Social Security Administration updates the list of America’s most popular baby girl names. 

The government agency’s updated list for 2021 — the latest year available — is out. 

The rankings have changed since 2020 with some names moving up or down on the list. Names that have been very popular in recent times, such as Lilian and Paisley, are no more among the top 50. 

Instead, there are newcomers to the list. 

Here’s the complete list with the 50 most popular baby girl names in 2021.

50. Everly

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Everly was ranked 902nd in 2012, a decade ago. In 2013, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, then-wife of Jenna Dewan, welcomed Everly. Since then, the name has been climbing up the charts. 

Everly made her debut in the top 50 in 2019, in 2019. Dewan is shown here with Everly in 2018. 

49. Ivy

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Ivy is a newcomer to the list that was added in 2021. 

The name took off after celebrities Beyoncé and Jay-Z named their first daughter Blue Ivy in 2012. 

Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Carter are seen here watching Game 5 of 2022 NBA Finals at Chase Center, San Francisco.

48. Eliana

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Eliana is a newcomer on the 2021 list. 

Name of Hebrew origin, it was ranked 48th on the list. 

47. Lucy

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Lucy’s popularity dropped slightly during the original run “I Love Lucy”. She was ranked 216th in 1951 and 227th in 1957. 

This century, the name became more well-known. 

Between 2000 and 2003, the name moved 100 places. It moved from 323rd to 220-th place and continued climbing up the rankings. 

46. Leah

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Leah has been a favorite American girl since childhood. 

In this photo, actress Leah Remini poses prior to a “Dancing With The Stars” Season 28 show at CBS Television City on Oct. 7, 2019 in Los Angeles.

45. Addison

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This name was popularized after “Grey’s Anatomy”, which introduced Dr. Addison Montgomery (played in 2005 by Kate Walsh). It rose to 11th in 2010.

Addison was a top-1000 boy name during the early 20th Century. It reemerged as a popular choice in the late 1980s. It was first charted as a girl’s name in 1994. 

44. Hannah

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While Lilly Truscott’s “Hannah Montana” character was in line with the rebirth, the show’s title character was out-of-step with the trajectory Hannah. 

Hannah, a baby name, was very popular from 1998 to 2000 just before the Miley Cyrus sitcom debut. Hannah has been steadily falling down the rankings since. 

43. Victoria

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This classic has not been out of the top fifty since 1986, just a few years after “The Young and the Restless”, which introduced Victoria Newman (pictured here).

42. Zoe


Actress Zoë Kravitz was born in 1988, while this variation of the name started to climb up the popularity chart. 

From the 1940s to 1970s, Zoe was only intermittently popular. Since 2009, Zoe is a top 50 favorite name. 

41. Stella

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Stella is more fashionable now than it was in the early 1900s.

In 2010, the name made its way back to the top 100. It reached the top 50 in 2016 for the first-time. 

40. Emilia

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Emilia was a top 1,000 name in first half of 20th century. She reemerged in 1990s and has been climbing since. 

The star has risen from 325th position to 325th since 2011, when Emilia Clarke was made famous by “Game of Thrones.” It debuts in the top 50 in 2019 

Clarke is seen here at a premiere in New York City, Oct. 29, 2019.

39. Willow

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Willow was born in 2000, the year Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith were married. Willow barely held onto a place in the top 800.

The name is now a star, right alongside Willow Smith. 

38. Zoey

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Popular now more than its variant, Zoe, Zoey has been a relative newcomer in the ranks of baby girl names.

It reached the top 100 for its first time in 2008, thanks to the success of “Zoey 101,” which starred Jamie Lynn Spears. It rose to No. 22 in 2014.

37. Riley

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Riley was a top 100 boy and girl name in 2002. It was then the 258th-most popular boy name in 2020. 

This is Riley Clemmons, an American singer, speaking onstage at the 2021 K-Love Fan Awards in Nashville on May 30, 2021.  

36. Aurora

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Aurora was ranked among the top 50 Social Security Administration workers in 2017. 

After the release of “Maleficent,” a 2014 Disney movie that starred Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora, the name seemed to rise.  

35. Violet

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Violet was once a top 100 baby girl name from the 1900s to 1920s. It reemerged in 2012 as the 89th most popular baby girl name. It reached the top 50 for first time in 2015. 

Christina Milian, an actress and singer, is pictured here in 2018 with Violet, her daughter. 

34. Grace

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Grace was a top-ranked baby girl name from 1900 to 1914. 

The rankings began to slide, a trend that was maintained by Grace Kelly’s mid-20th-century rise as both a princess and a movie star.  

Things started to turn around in the late 1980s, and it reemerged as a top 50 favorite following the 1998 premiere of the TV comedy “Will & Grace,” starring Debra Messing as designer Grace Adler. 

Grace was ranked as high at 13th in 2004 and 2005.  

33. Isla

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This is Isla’s first appearance in the Top 50. 

Isla dropped out of the top 1,000 list in 1909 and remained out of the discussion until 2008 when it was reintroduced as the 623rd most-popular girl name. 

The name’s rise in popularity is closely related to the career of Isla Fischer. She was a star thanks to her box-office smashes “Wedding Crashers” (2006) and “Confessions a Shopaholic” (2009).

32. Nova

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Nova was, for decades, arguably more well-known as the title of a PBS science series rather than as a baby name. It was one of the top 1,000 names in Social Security Administration’s Top 1000. 

It was used as the name for an aspiring fairy godmother (played a Amy Acker in a 2012 episode of “Once Upon a Time”). The name hasn’t looked back. Nova is Nova’s. Second appearance in the Top 50.   

31. Lily

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Lily is a favorite baby name for girls in the United States. It climbed to 15th place in 2011 and reached the top 100 in 2002 for the first time. 

Lily Collins, a Netflix actress who plays “Emily In Paris”, is pictured here. 

30. Ellie

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Ellie Kemper, the actress and star of “The Office”, has been a star ever since 2009. Ellie, the baby name, has been popular since the 1990s. 

The 2020 ranking at No. 1 in the Social Security Administration rankings was the best for the name. 29. 

It dropped to No. 30. 

29. Madison

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After 1984’s Splash, audiences were introduced to Madison the Mermaid by Daryl Hannah, this name became popular for girls. 

Madison is now at rest after a run among the top 10 Social Security Administration employees from 1998 to 2014. 

The name is moving up from 26th place in 2019, to No. 23 in 2020, and to No. 29 in 2021 

28. Hazel

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The name Hazel rose up to the top in 2014 after the release of “The Fault in Our Stars”, starring Shailene woodley as Hazel Lancaster. 

Hazel moved from 105th in the Social Security Administration rankings in that year to 63rd in 2015. 

2020 was Hazel’s best year on the popularity charts since 1917. It was ranked No. 31 that year and climbed up the list in 2020. 

27. Nora

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Nora Lum was the 397th most-loved name for a baby girl when Awkwafina, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, was born in 1988. 

The name, which was a favorite in the early 20th Century, fell out of the top 500 list in 2000. It rose shortly thereafter. 

Nora jumped more 60 spots from 2003 to 2004. The moviegoers were thrilled to see the huge Steve Martin family comedy “Cheaper By the Dozen” and made the move. Piper Perabo played the role of the eldest daughter in the family. What is the name of the character? Nora. 

26. Mila

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Mila made it to the top 1,000 in 2006. During that same year Mila Kunis graduated from “That ’70s Show” having established herself — and her name — as stars. 

Mila’s highest ranking in the Social Security Administration rankings was in 2018, when it reached 14th. 

25. Layla


Eric Clapton’s 1970s hit “Unplugged” version “Layla”, which he recorded with Derek and the Dominos, may have been the main driver behind the popularity of this baby girl name. 

In 1992, Layla dropped to the acoustic. Layla made it to the top 1,000 in Social Security Administration’s top 1,000 a year later, her first appearance since 1978. 

It rose to 23rd place in 2019 It was ranked No. It ranked No. 25 in 2021. 

Layla Crawford, Actress in “The First Family”, is pictured. 

24. Chloe

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Even with the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” connection, it’s Chloe with a “C,” as in actress Chloe Grace Moretz, pictured, that’s the more popular variation over Khloe with a “K” (160th place), as in Khloé Kardashian.  

Chloe’s current trend is down after reaching ninth in the Social Security Administration rankings of 2009 and 2010. 

23. Penelope

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Penelope has gained popularity in the last ten years. 

The name was ranked 941st in 2001 and soared in popularity when Penelope Cruz, an actress, became a star alongside actor Tom Cruise.

22. Aria

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Aria was not a top 1,000 baby name before 2000.  The TV series “Pretty Little Liars,” starring Lucy Hale’s Aria Montgomery, was created. 

Aria was ranked as high at 19th in 2018 It ranked No. 26. 

21. Emily

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Model Emily Ratajkowski was born in 1991 — the same year Emily became a top 10 baby girl name.

Since 2008, the name has been trending lower. Its lowest ranking in the Social Security Administration rankings was 2020, which was its lowest since 1988. It dropped further to No. 21. 

20. Scarlett

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Scarlett Johansson has been the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Natasha Romanoff since 2010. Since then, Scarlett has moved up from 115th to 25th among baby girl names. 

19. Avery

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Avery, a boy’s name, was popular for many years. Avery became a baby girl’s name in 1989 when TV’s “Murphy Brown”, introduced Colleen dewhurst (pictured right) to the role of Avery Brown. 

Avery was first listed in the top 1,000 in 1999. It rose to 971st and reached a record 12th in 2013.

Avery may have been given the name “Murphy Brown” as a boy’s name. Avery rose to 297th position in 1993 after falling to 494th in 1991. Avery was the 212th most-loved boy name in 2020. 

18. Sofia

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Sofia was dropped from No. 17 in 2020 to Number. 18 in 2021

This Sophia Variation was a rising star in the 2000s, long before Sofia Vergara became famous on “Modern Family.” 

17. Abigail

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Mary Abigail Wambach, a soccer star, was born in 1980 just as Abigail reached the top 200 of the Social Security Administration. 

The name reached the top 100 in 1989 and has been climbing up since then. From 2001 to 2016, Abigail was in the top 10 names. It dropped from No. It dropped from No. 13 in 2020 to Number 17. 17 in 2021 

16. Ella


2020 saw Ella Mae, a singer, nominated for her third career Grammy Award. Ella also finished its third straight finish in the top 15 of the Social Security Administration’s most popular names. It dropped one spot to No. 16. 

Ella was a top 100 name in the 1900s to 1920s and rose to new heights in popularity in the mid-2000s.

15. Eleanor

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This name was brought back into pop culture by Kristen Bell’s portrayal on “The Good Place,” a 2016-2020 comedy. 

The name is almost as popular now as it was in 1910s and 1920s.

14. Elizabeth

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Elizabeth is almost as popular as all the names. 

Elizabeth has not been in the top 25 most loved girl names since 1900. 

Since the late Queen Elizabeth II Since 1953, when she began her reign on world stage, it has never fallen below 22nd.

13. Gianna

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Since 2020, Gianna, a popular name, has fallen one spot from the top of the list. It is now ranked as No. 13. 

Basketball star Kobe Bryant Gianna, her 13-year old daughter, was among nine people who were involved. In a helicopter crash, the victim died 2020 

The Bryants’ death prompted a flood of tributes and inspired parents like Pau Gasol, a Lakers teammate, and his wife. Name Their newborn daughters After Gianna

12. Camila

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Camila Cabello, singer, was born 1997. This fast-rising star was born in 1997. She made it to the top 1,000 Social Security Administration employees. 

Camila was the second-most-favorite baby girl name in California and Texas in 2020. 

It dropped one spot from No. It has dropped one spot from No. 11 in 2020 to No. 12. 12 in 2021. 

11. Luna

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This baby girl’s name is becoming more popular. It has risen from 14th in the rankings 2020 rankings. Luna was the 224th most-favorite girl name a decade ago. 

John Legend is pictured in 2019 with Luna, his daughter. 

10. Harper

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Here is Justin Allgaier, NASCAR driver, and Harper, his daughter in 2021. Harper is ranked high on both the boy- and girl names charts in this century. 

The rise in popularity of Harper’s name coincided also with the rise to fame of Harper’s TV show.  In 2003, “Two and a Half Men”, which was the most popular TV series, premiered. Harper was named the top 1000 girl name in 2003, a year later. 

9. Evelyn

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Evelyn Lozada, reality star of “Basketball Wives”, is seen here in 2019.

According to Social Security Administration data Evelyn has been either in or just outside the top ten since 2017. 

In 2021, the name It remained at the same spot No. 9 on the List 9 for the second consecutive season. 

8. Mia

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After Mia Hamm, a soccer star, led the U.S. to a Women’s World Cup title, Mia climbed into the top 100 popularity ranks for the first year. 

Mia has been a top ten ranked country until now. It was ranked at No. 8 and has maintained it again.   

7. Isabella

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Isabella has been a fixture in top 10 since 2004, but she is not always popular. 

In 1949, the name was dropped from the top 1,000. It didn’t make a comeback until 1990, a year after the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” introduced Isabella played by Staci Creason.

Isabella was No. In 2009 and 2010, Isabella was the No. 

6. Sophia

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Sophia Bush, the actress’s name, was the 224th most-famous girl moniker when she was born in 1982. Sophia was 20 years old when Bush made her debut on “One Tree Hill” (2003, p. 

Sophia is still a top 10 favourite girl name, even though it is not as popular as it was between 2011 and 2013. 

5. Ava

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A trendy name for baby girls in Hollywood circles. Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear’s Ava Sambora (left), Ryan Phillippe, and Reese Witherspoon’s Ava Phillippe (right). Ava has been one of the nation’s top five most-loved baby girl names since 2006. 

It has occupied the No. It has occupied the No. 3 spot on the popularity charts ever since 2016. It was No. 3 on the popularity charts in 2020. It was the No. 1 name for a baby girl in five U.S. states: Alabama, Georgia; Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

It was ranked as the No. 1 in 2021 No. No.

4. Amelia

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Since 2020, the name Amelia has moved up two slots from No. 6 to No. 4 on the list. 

It was the most-loved girl name in Alaska (Kentucky), North Dakota (North Dakota) and Vermont (2020). 

Since 2010, Amelia has been a majorstay in the top 50. Since 2010, Amelia has been a mainstay of the top 50. 

3. Charlotte

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Here is Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s daughter. 

In 2020, Charlotte was the most popular girl name in eight states including Indiana, Maine, and Virginia.

It moved up one place since 2020 when it was ranked number. 4 on the Social Security Administration’s List

2. Emma

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After a five-year run at No. Emma dropped to No. 2 after a five-year run at the No. 2 in the 2019 Social Security Administration rankings, where they have remained ever since. 

Since 2002, Emma Watson’s appearance in the first Harry Potter movie has fueled the obsession with the name Emma. 

1. Olivia

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After cracking the top 10 in 2001, two years after Mariska Hargitay debuted as Olivia Benson on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Olivia became the No. 2019: 1 baby girl name 

It is now the third consecutive year at top of the rankings. 

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