Baby Names

The Most Popular Baby Girl Names of the Year

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If you have ever volleyed baby names back and forth with your partner, shooting down as many options as you suggest, then you know how invaluable a good list of baby name options can be. That’s why it’s always an exciting time of year when the Social Security Administration releases its list of the 100 most popular baby girl names of the year prior. One hundred names good enough for upwards of thousands of babies? Yes, please!

Using data from each year’s social security card applications, the federal agency ranks the most popular names given to both baby girls and boys that year. But if you’re thinking that you don’t want to commit your kid to a childhood of name-sharing with 20 others in her school, don’t worry. While the list brims with U.S. parents’ top picks, each name only accounts for 1-2% of all baby names given that year.

Ready to find your new favorite baby name? Scroll on for the most popular baby names for girls in 2022 that are sure to inspire the most popular baby girl names in 2023, too.


The 20 Most Popular Baby Girl Names of 2022

1. Olivia: Holds her place as the most popular girl’s baby name for a third year in a row. With Latin roots, Olivia means “olive tree.”

2. Emma: Another recent popular choice for baby girl’s Emma had the top spot in 2018. Derived from the Germanic word ermen meaning “whole” or “universal.”

3. Charlotte: French origin, feminine derivative of Charles meaning “free man.”

4. Amelia: Of German origin meaning “work.”

5. Ava: Of Latin origin, meaning “life; bird; water, island.”

6. Sophia: Greek origin meaning “wisdom.”

7. Isabella: The Spanish and Italian variation of “Elizabeth” meaning “pledged to god.”

8. Mia: Popularly associated with the Italian word mia and the Spanish word mía, both meaning “mine.” Mia originated as a short form of Maria, which ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Miryam.

9. Evelyn: English from French and German origin meaning “desired, or water, island.”

10. Luna: Cracking the top 10 for the first time in 2022, this pretty name is of Latin origin and means “moon.”

11. Harper: English origin with a literal meaning, “harp player.”

12. Camila: Of Latin origin meaning “young ceremonial attendant.”

13. Sofia: Of Greek origin and the most popular girl’s name in the U.S. from the early-2010’s, Sophia means “wisdom.”

14. Scarlett: If you’re looking for a name that evokes passion and fire, Scarlett is the perfect choice. Its meaning comes from the color red.

15. Elizabeth: Like Isabella, Elizabeth means “pledged to god” and is a top-name mainstay.

16. Eleanor: No wonder this sweet name is up in popularity. Eleanor means light-hearted, you can’t get lovelier!

17. Emily: A popular baby name mainstay, Emily is of Latin origin meaning “rival.”

18. Chloe: A spring-inspired baby name of Greek origin, Chloe means “young green shoot.”

19. Mila: Of Russian and Slavic origin, Mila means “gracious” and “pleasant.”

20. Violet: Moving up 15 spots in the last year, this pretty, floral-inspired name of Latin origin means “purple.”


The Most Popular Baby Girl Names 21-50

21. Penelope
22. Gianna
23. Aria
24. Abigail
25. Ella
26. Avery
27. Hazel
28. Nora
29. Layla
30. Lily
31. Aurora
32. Nova
33. Ellie
34. Madison
35. Grace
36. Isla
37. Willow
38. Zoe
39. Riley
40. Stella
41. Eliana
42. Ivy
43. Victoria
44. Emilia
45. Zoey
46. Naomi
47. Hannah
48. Lucy
49. Elena
50. Lillian


The Top 5 Fastest-Rising Girls Names in 2022

This year, the Social Security Administration also ranked the top five fastest-rising girls’ names in 2022:

1. Wrenlee: A sweet and modern-invented name, wren means “small bird.”

2. Neriah: Of Hebrew origin, Neriah means “light of Jehovah.”

3. Artlet: Popular in Spain, Artlet derives from Arlette, meaning “eagle.”

4. Georgina: The feminine version of the timeless George, meaning “farmer.”

5. Amiri: With Maori, Arabic, and Hebrew roots, Amiri evokes leadership, meaning “the east wind, king, and treetop.”

The Most Popular Baby Boy Names of the Year