When baby name trend trackers write about thetop names of the twenty-first century, their job gets pretty easy when it comes to the top girl names. The list of popular girl nameshas remained surprisingly stable in the past two decades.No dark horses, no surprises—just tried and trueclassic girl nameslike Amelia and Charlotte vying for the top alongside "newer" more modern names like Arya and Isla.So whether choosing a popular girl name tops your list of pregnancy to do's or you plan to waituntilyou meet your little oneto choose her name, when the decision is made it will feel so right that you'll wonder how youcould ever have considered anything else.

Here are some of the mostpopular girl namestoday and what they mean.


Harper

Of English origin meaning "harp player", it's hard not to think of Harper Lee when you hear thisname. The "To Kill a Mockingbird" author brought this family name into the public consciousness inthe 1960s. Flash forward to 2015 when it first entered the Top 10 girls name lists, and it hasstayed there ever since (it didn't hurt when Victoria and David Beckham named their little girlHarper in 2011).

Avery

While seen most often as a girls' name, Avery is actually a really lovely unisex name as well.Meaning "ruler of the elves", this sprite-like name originated in the Middle Ages and is of Englishand French origin. While it's been floating around for the past several decades, the name hasincreased in popularity in recent years, as it provides a fresh alternative to uber-popular Ava.

Camila

An exotic name growing in popularity, Camila is derived from Latin, meaning "young ceremonialattendant". The Spanish Camila name is pronounced ka-MEE-la, not to be confused with the Britishversion, Camilla, ka-MIL-la. If you are a fan of pop music, you're likely know Camila Cabello, whoused her first name for her debut album. Camila also has the added bonus of a great nickname buildin: Mila.

Amelia/Emilia

Amelia is a German name that means "hard working." The Germanic root of this delicate and prettyname,amal, means "work," and is suggestive of fertility and productivity. Parents inspired by thedetermination and adventurousness of Amelia Earhart love the nameAmeliafor their daughters. My daughter's name is Amelia, but we actually came about it in a funny way. Myhusband and I both liked the nickname "Millie" and looked for a proper name that used it as anickname. Vetoing Millicent and Mildred, we saw Amelia was next on the list and loved it!

Charlotte

Charlotte is a French name signifying "freedom," and the feminine form of the name Charles, whichmeans "a free man."Charlottehas been the name of queens, princesses, authors (most famously, Charlotte Bronte) and a certainbeloved, wise spider from the classic E.B. White novel for young readers,Charlotte's Web.After a lengthy period in which Charlotte was relatively underused as a girls' name, she leapt intothe Top 10 in the early 2010s and iscurrently at #6 in popularity, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA) as of 2019.

Aurora

Of Latin origin meaning "dawn", Aurora was the name of the Roman goddess of sunrise. Perhaps yourchild will be an early riser with this name? Aurora is also associated with the Northern Lights,otherwise known as the Aurora Borealis, as well as the enchanting princess from Disney'sSleeping Beauty. Between a goddess, princess and gorgeous natural phenomenon, it's hard to go wrong with this one.

Violet

The name Violet's popularity has slowly risen over the years, finally cracking the top 50 list forthe first time in 2015. A celebrity favorite, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck chose the name Violetfor their first child. Meaning "purple" and of English origin, it's one of the prettierflower-themed names out there, and the color purple itself has beenassociated with royaltyfor centuries. While I do tend to think of Violet Beauregarde fromCharlie and the Chocolate Factory(who wasn't the sweetest of characters), I can see why this pretty name has climbed in popularityover the years.

Olivia/Alivia

Olivia is a girls' name of Latin origin meaning "olive tree," an ancient symbol of friendship andpeace. As Nameberry notes, Olivia first rose to prominence as a girls' name in the 14th centurywhen Shakespeare used it for one of the heroines ofTwelfth Night. Olivia is currently the#1 girls' namein the U.S. (according to the SSA as of 2019) and is popular in other countries as well, includingparts of Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Olivia is a strong, feminine name with sweet nicknameslike Livvie and Liv, and a host of famous namesakes (actress Olivia Wilde comes to mind).

Ava

Ava is a girls' name of Latin origin that means "life." Ava is a name associated with elegance andcharm, and has been chosen by a number of celebrity parents for their daughters, from ReeseWitherspoon to Hugh Jackman.Ava shot straight into the top 5 names for girls in the 2010s from relative obscurity (despite AvaGardner, a famous actress in the 1940s and 50s) and shows no sign of slowing down—it iscurrently ranked as#3 girls' nameand is predicted to land the #1 spot before the end of the 2020s.

Aria/Arya

The nameAriais a girl's name of Hebrew (meaning lion) and Italian (meaning air, song or melody) origin. For themusically inclined, I definitely think most of Aria's literal meaning, air, which is a musical termdenoting a kind of song or melody in opera. Aria first entered the scene in 2000 and has risensteadily in popularity over the years.Game of Thronesfans will be particularly interested in the name, thanks to the young heroineArya Stark.

Luna

The name Luna means "moon" and is of Italian origin, stemming from the Roman goddess of the moon.Luna is often depicted driving a chariot in Roman art, and is a popular name for fans of HarryPotter who may be influenced by the character, Luna Lovegood. While this may seem like a more "newage" name, Luna has actually been around since theturn of the 20th century. Often ranked number one on Nameberry internal charts, it has a solid place in the top 20 mostpopular girl names. So popular, in fact, that celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, andPenelope Cruz and Javier Barden picked Luna for their little girls.

Isla

Of Spanish and Scottish origin, the name Isla means "island" in Spanish. This top girls name ispart of a growing trend of classic, old-fashioned names and is also popular in Europe, particularlyEngland, Wales and Scotland. You may think of the actress Isla Fisher, too? Names that end in "a"tend to be popular: Ava, Ada, Ella, Emma… the list goes on!

Hazel

The name Hazel is a girl's name of English origin meaning "the hazelnut tree". I think it's fair tosay Julia Roberts helped bring this old-fashioned name back into popularity when she named one ofher twins Hazel in 2004, and it has maintained a place on popularity lists ever since. Mostrecently, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski named one of their daughters Hazel. This botanical andnature-inspired name is really quite pretty. And while it can be found in literature periodically,the most influential Hazel of recent years is the heroine of John Green'sFault in Our Stars.

Scarlett

This may seem obvious, but the name Scarlett means "red" and is of English origin. According toNameberry, the word is thought to derive from the Arabicsiklāt, referring to silks dyed with kermes. Among them, the fanciest color was scarlet red. Scarlett isalso one of the most populargirls' names starting with S, right up there with Saylor and Savannah. While some might immediately think of Scarlett O'Harafrom the movieGone With the Wind, these days actress Scarlett Johansson is top of mind.

Maeve

A popular name in Ireland and now in the United States, Maeve means "she who intoxicates". The nameappears in Irish mythology in two forms, one as the powerful warrior Queen of Connacht, and theother as the Queen of the fairies. According to Nameberry, Maeve "makes an excellent first ormiddle name choice, with more character and resonance than Mae/May and more modern charm thanMavis." You be the judge.

Nora/Norah

Another name of Irish origin tops popular names for girls list: Nora. Meaning "light", Nora has twoseparate origin stories, and is said to be a derivative of both Honora (based on the Latin wordhonor) and Eleanor (a shorter form of Eleanora).This lovely name (another ending in "a") has only grown in popularity over the years. I thinkimmediately of author and screenwriter Nora Ephron, and singer Norah Jones

Sophia/Sofia

Sophia is a Greek name that means "wisdom." Sophia was the #1 girls' name for much of the early2010s, and it remains a top choice for parents wanting to give their child a name that signifiesintelligence and grace on their little girls.Sophia has a sophisticated and international appeal that gives it extra staying power (I'm thinkingof Sophia Loren) with popular variants that include the French Sophie and the Italian Sofia.

Chloe

Chloe is a girls' name meaning "a young green shoot," and was the springtime name of the ancientGreek goddess of fertility Demeter. A classic name that peaked in popularity in the early 2000s,Chloe has now begun trending downward slightly in the ranks. Notable women named Chloe include theactress Chloe Grace Moretz, the Kardashian sister Khloe, and (surprise!) award-winning author ToniMorrison, who was born Chloe Ardelia Wofford.

Freya/Freja

The nameFreyais a girl's name of Norse origin meaning "a noble woman" and is the name of the Norse goddess oflove, beauty, and fertility. Popular in the U.K. and growing steadily in popularity in the UnitedStates, Nameberry predicts Freya will only continue its rise. Literary types will be reminded ofJoseph Conrad's novel,Freya of the Seven Isles.

Abigail

Abigail is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "my father is joyful". Often thought of as aBiblical name, in the Old Testament, Abigail was the wife of David, said to be beautiful, wise, andprophetic. In the early nineteenth century, however, Abigail became a term for a maid which led toa decline in popularity. Needless to say, Abigail has risen again thanks to a rise in vintage andold fashioned names- all the way to the top 20 popular girls' names, and quite high on the list ofgirls' names starting with A.

Audrey

Of English origin, the nameAudreymeans "noble strength" and has been around for centuries. For context, Shakespeare bestowed thename Audrey on a character in his play,As You Like It. Thanks to the radiant Audrey Hepburn, the name has stayed near the top of girls' name lists fordecades and is often considered when parents are looking forgirl names that mean strong, brave, or powerful.

Grace

One of the most classic names out there, Grace is of Latin origin and is derived fromgratia, the Latin word for "grace." Used as avirtue name, it refers to divine grace, and the love and kindness of God. The name Grace will always besynonymous with Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco. A popular name since the Victorian Era, I don'tsee Grace ever losing its most popular girls name stature.But, if Grace is too overused for you, consider variations on the name that have also become morepopular over the years, like Gray or Grayson.

Adelaide

Of German origin meaning "noble" or "nobility'', the nameAdelaideis growing in popularity along similar names likegirls' names starting with A, like Ava, Ada, Adeline and Amelia. One fun fact: the German princess who married British KingWilliam IV in 1830 was known as "Good Queen Adelaide", and inspired the name of Adelaide,Australia.

Lily/Lilly

Short for Lily flower, this fleur-themed name is as pretty as it sounds (and would probably smellgreat, too, if that were possible!) It's name popularity has grown steadily since as far back asthe late 20th century, and now finds itself on a seemingly permanent place in the Top 25 of populargirls names. A symbol of purity, in Biblical terms, Lily means "God is abundance". These days,parents-to-be might think of singer Lily Allen or actress Lily James.

Isabella

Of Italian origin, Isabella means "God is my oath" and has been recognized in literary circles forhundreds of years, from Shakespeare to Jane Austen. A charming name that comes with the bestnicknames around, like Izzy, Iz, Bella and Belle.

Vivienne/Vivien/Vivian

I'm partial to this one as this is the name of my second daughter (we spell her name Vivian). OfFrench origin meaning "alive", this name is a gorgeous one any way you spell it. And if you're aPretty Womanfan, then you're really going to love it.

Eleanor

Of Greek origin meaning "bright, shining one", Eleanor is one of those classic girls names thatnever really diminishes in popularity, and for good reason. Beatles fans will love it because ofthe song "Eleanor Rigby", as well as the variation Elinor, used by Jane Austen in "Sense andSensibility".

Ella

Another name I'm partial to, as this was my grandmother's name and is my younger daughter's middlename. Similar to Eleanor and Elizabeth, Ella really stands on her own. Of English origin meaning"fairy maiden", could you get any sweeter for a girls' name?

Mila

Of Slavic and Russian descent, Mila means "dear one". A name that had dipped out of popularity,Mila is becoming more and more popular in the last few years (it's ranked in the top 20 of babynames in 2021, according to BabyCenter)!

Evelyn

Interestingly, Evelyn, which means "wished for child" was originally used as a boy's name, and isof Irish and English origin. It's also another example of the rise of vintage, old-fashioned names.

Gianna

This pretty name is the feminine form of John in Italian, which means "God is gracious", and isgrowing in popularity. It's a shortened form of the more formal Giovanna, and in turn, Gianna canbe shortened to Gia or Nina, two equally adorable names!

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