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 percent 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 2021 that are sure to inspire the most popular baby girl names in 2022, too.
The 20 Most Popular Baby Girl Names of 2021
1. Olivia: Holds her place as the most popular girl’s baby name for a second 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. Harper: English origin with a literal meaning, “harp player.”
11. Luna: Meaning “moon,” Luna is of Latin origin.
12. Camila: Of Latin origin meaning “young ceremonial attendant.”
13. Gianna: Of Italian original meaning “god is gracious.”
14. Elizabeth: Like Isabella, Elizabeth means “pledged to god” and is a top-name mainstay.
15. Eleanor: No wonder this sweet name is up in popularity. Eleanor means light-hearted, you can’t get lovelier!
16. Ella: Of English and German origin, means “all completely” and “fairy maiden.”
17. Abigail: Of Hebrew origin meaning “my father is joyful” (and why wouldn’t he be?).
18. Sofia: Of Greek origin and the most popular girl’s name in the U.S. from the early-2010’s, Sophia means “wisdom.”
19. Avery: A pretty name of English origin with the whimsical meaning “ruler of the elves.”
20. Scarlett: If you’re looking for a name that evokes passion and fire, Scarlett is the perfect choice. It’s meaning comes from the color red.
The Most Popular Baby Girl Names 21-50
This article was originally published in May 2021, and has been updated for timeliness.