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Most Popular Girl Names- What Is Your Favorite?

What are pretty girl names you can recommend? I need to know because my husband and I have a deal. He gets to name all our sons, and I name all our daughters, so if our next baby is a girl, I get to choose the name. I’ve been researching beautiful baby girl names and it seems the most popular birth names these days are quite pretty, and very different than in the past.

I looked up the top birth names for girls in the last couple of years, and they are:

List Of Top Girl Birth Names 2011

1. Isabella
2. Sophia
3. Emma
4. Olivia
5. Ava
6. Emily
7. Abigail
8. Madison
9. Chloe
10. Mia
11. Addison
12. Elizabeth
13. Ella
14. Natalie
15. Samantha
16. Alexis
17. Lily
18. Grace
19. Hailey
20. Alyssa

I love names for girls that are long and end in a vowel, especially “a”. My favorite girl names tend to be old-fashioned Italian names. I also look up the meanings because I feel like a birth name’s meaning can direct a person in life if they know what it means and want to live up to their name.

My name in English is Penelope, which means “The Weaver”. It’s pretty lame (Penelope was the long-suffering wife of Odysseus, who weaved on a loom for ten year while spurning suitors and waiting for her faithless husband to return from warring, adventures, and romps with goddesses). That is so not me.

My baptismal name is Greek for “Most Holy” or “All Things Good and Holy”. It’s in honor of the Virgin Mary, and it’s the name I always challenged myself to live up to (even when I fall very short, it inspires me).

What is your favorite name for girls? Do you like your own name? What does it mean and does the meaning of your name inspire you?

  • I always wanted my daughters name to be Alyssa however my brother stole the name. I then fell in love with Zoe. If we were to ever have another child(which will be never) her name was going to be Sophia:)

  • Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy

    I’m so happy to NOT see my daughter’s name up there!

    I don’t like my name. I never have.

  • Donna

    My name is old-fashioned (because I’m old – lol) and Italian. 🙂 If I’d had a girl, I was going to name her Isabella Rose (after my mother), so she would have had a popular name.

  • Marcie W.

    My girls are Makenna Ann & Maddox Joy. If my son, our 3rd & last, would have been another girl, he would have been Marlo Elizabeth 🙂

  • Brandi @ Flip Flop Mama

    I LOVED my girls’ names when I named them Brooklynne we had only heard one time before her birth, then sadly it broke the top 100 the year we used it and now it’s everywhere. Jillian thankfully is “old” at least in my book so it’s not too popular, not 2 or more in every grade popular anyway.

    I hate my name. I’m convinced I was named after the liquor bottle 🙂

  • Anne - Mommy Has to Work

    I don’t like my name….. I like Elizabeth and Lily, Grace and of course my daughter’s name Savannah

  • Marybeth @ babygoodbuys.com

    I like annalisa and anastasia 🙂

  • Whitney

    My daughter is named Bella. A lot of people wanted me to name her Isabella, but I really don’t like that name… I’m glad too since it tops the list. One of her middle names (Grace) is on the list though. I think Bella isn’t too far down, but I’m not 100% on that.

  • Kelly

    My name is fine – I don’t love it or hate it. I love my daughter’s name and am also happy it’s not on the list – it’s not even in the top 1000 names list on the SSA site.

  • 1stopmom

    I really like the name Emma

  • Mother Mayhem

    I like old-fashioned names.

    Sweetums’s name is Emily Rose. I call her my wild Irish Rose. LOL

    My name is simple. Lisa. I have no complaints. Chuckle.

    If I’d have had a son, his name would have been Samuel (after my Papaw).

  • Toni @ A Daily Dose

    With our little girl we went with Isabella Grace so I am partial to it 🙂 She goes by Bella though and when in trouble Bella Grace LOL>

  • Penelope

    Emily Rose is so pretty!

  • Penelope

    That is so pretty too! I think I like the idea of combination names, a pretty first name with a few syllables and a short, pretty middle name.

  • Dee @ Cocktails with Mom

    I don’t have girls but I always liked the name Sage.

  • I guess I can’t argue too much about my name. It’s one of those classic names that will always be around. I don’t think my kids’ names were ever on the lists either. I like that. 🙂

  • Virginia from That Bald Chick

    One of our “rules” was that it couldn’t be on the top 100 from the previous year. LOL. My daughter’s name, Selah, has never topped a chart that I am aware of. Paired with her middle names, her name translates, “Pause and consider Grace, Jehovah is God.” Given that her birth mother considered abortion before we said we would adopt, I think it is perfectly fitting. When she is in trouble, I call her Grace, because I can’t say Grace and be mean or mad. LOL. I also like Lily, Mae, Rebekah, Hope, Constance, Phoebe, and Colleen.

  • Megan

    I like my name, Megan. It means “pearl”. I also had that deal with my husband but I ended up picking both my sons’ names and he liked them. We can’t have anymore so I never got to use my girl name, Presley. It’s such a beautiful name to me.

  • Colleen

    I wanted my daughters middle name to be

    Caylin I think it is beautiful…but hubby disagreed

  • Tammy

    Our daughter’s name is Amber and I love it because I don’t like names to be shortened. Like my given name is Tamara but my parents always called me Tammy – so all my legal stuff has Tamara on it (and it’s actually pronounced Ta-mare-ah not Tam-a-rah) and no one says it right when I do use it.

    We were originally going to name her Kira but a number of friends of ours had babies just before she was born and they were all girls and they named them Kiersten, Katelyn, Carly and Caley and we thought that was just too similar and we wanted to be different.

  • Marianne

    I never liked my name growing up. It always made me feel old fashioned (ironic now that I try hard to actually slow our life down and do some of the things in our home life that my sweet grandmas did!) But later on, being named after both of my grandmothers, both strong and hard working women, I began feeling proud instead. Knowing why someone choses to name you what they do can sometimes make all the difference!

    p.s. Have just recently discovered you and am really enjoying reading your posts 🙂

  • Penelope

    Welcome, and I happen to love your name. I told my husband that if we have a daughter, I’d love to name her Marianna.

  • Shop with Me Mama (Kim)

    I don’t like the name I have: Kimberly. So I always use Kim instead. I like tomboy-ish names for girls. My daughter is Presley, which could be a boys name too.

  • Zack

    We named our daughter Avery Olivia.

  • Penelope

    Presley is a great name, but so is Kim 🙂

  • Marianna

    i just looked up the meaning of Marianna and it says “Combination of Maria and Anna”. So helpful. lol. I looked those up and Maria means bitter and Anna means grace. So I suppose that makes me bitter yet graceful? I don’t know but its kind of funny. Regardless, I love my name. I was named after my great-grandmother whom I adored and I like that it is not all that common.

    Now as far as girl names I like, I too prefer ones tat end in a vowel. For the longest time I loved Daniella but I have since moved on and my current favorite is Liliana. I also like Juliana. No baby girls for me though. 😉

  • Jessica

    I do and I don’t. I work with so many Jessica’s now that I run into problems at events and on emails trying to sort out who is being asked for or called upon. My coworker Jessica, whose roommate is also a Jessica, and I are now known as Jessica and Jess formally, Jess and Ica comedically.

  • My favorite girl names are Willow and Katerina.

  • Courtney

    I love the name Isabella.. I made the mistake of telling my husband and he told his sister – Let’s just say instead of calling my niece Grace, her name is Isabella. I keep my thoughts hush hush now. haha 🙂

  • Anne

    I can’t believe Ella is #13! We named my 15 year old Eleanor and called her Ella, and it wasn’t even in the top 100. I like old fashioned names too, right now Alice is one of my favorites.

  • Kathleen

    I have zero experience picking girls names, but I do like Lily and Ava the best from the list above. If I ever had a girl, it was going to be Jasmine Rose, but I had four boys instead lol.

  • Kasandria Reasoner

    I have an Isabella, but if I had another girl I would name her Katerina

  • Tammy

    My daughter’s made #12.

  • Amy

    My baby girl names would have to be Trinity Justice and Jericah Lynn.