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23 Popular Baby Girl Names To AVOID (If You Want A Unique Name)

23 Popular Baby Girl Names To AVOID (If You Want A Unique Name)
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Are you trying to find a unique baby girl name? If so, you probably want to steer clear of the baby names on the “most popular baby girl name” lists from the past few years.

To make it super easy for you, I compiled all the data from the baby girls born in America over the past five years.

There is a chart below with the most popular baby girl names and their rankings over time.

You might be worried about your little girl having 5 Jennifer’s in her class at school (like I had growing up). Or, maybe you are the girl named Jennifer, and you grew tired of always being referred to as “Jennifer S.” by your 2nd grade teacher.

(Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the name Jennifer, I have several close friends with that name.)

If you are dreaming about the name to choose for your baby girl, you are probably looking at thousands of baby name lists.

I feel your pain. It can be extremely difficult to come up with a name that:

  • You like,
  • Your partner likes, and
  • A name that isn’t too common.

If you are searching for your baby’s name, then here are a few things you may want to consider:

Top 10 Things To Consider When Choosing A Baby Girl Name:

1. How does the name sound with your last name?

For example, if your last name has a lot of syllables you may want to choose a first name with just one or two syllables.

2. Do you have a family member that you want to honor with your baby’s name?

We actually chose to use my mother’s middle name as my daughter’s middle name. My niece (on my husband’s side) has her grandmother’s name (my mother in law’s name) as her middle name.

3. Do the initials of the name spell a word or common acronym?

I had a neighbor growing up whose name was Erika Turner. The poor girl’s initials were E.T. and she was constantly being reminded of it by the boys in school.

Now, using the initials “E.T” isn’t too bad, but some children can be cruel. It is just something to keep in mind when you are picking out your favorite names.

4. Is the name so common that there will be 5 girls in her class with the same name?

If it wasn’t Jennifer, maybe it was Madison, or another name that was popular with that generation.

5. Do you want to use a nickname?

This is totally up to your personal preference. My husband and I call our daughter by her given name, but we also have a handful of nicknames that work well with her first and middle name.

6. Is the name tough to spell, or unusual to pronounce?

Again, this is completely up to your personal preference, but it can make it easier or harder on your child in elementary school. I remember my teacher stumbling over a few of the kids’ names when we were growing up.

On the other hand, this is a way to make your child’s name more unique and individual.

7. Do you and your partner both love the name?

This point is probably the most important! My husband and I each came up with a list of names that we liked. Then, we crossed out the names that the other one did not like. Finally, we narrowed it down to our favorite name from the list!

8. Are you going to announce the name to your family before or after your daughter is born?

We chose to wait until our daughter was born. There are so many opinions that we just didn’t want to hear the opinions after we made our decision.

9. Are you looking for a name different from the people in your life?

You may want to think about the names of your siblings, cousins, friends, (and their children), family friends, and co-workers.

Do you want a name that is different than some of these other people in your life?

Personally, a name that I’d loved for years was ruined because of a coworker with the same name. Let’s just say that she was less than pleasant.

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The Top 20 Most Popular Baby Girl Names (2018-2014)

Here is a list that I compiled of the top 20 most popular baby girl names from the past 5 years and their rankings over that time frame.

The list below is in order starting with the most popular baby girl name in 2018, and the summary chart shows each name and ranking by year.

I gathered the data from the US birth records and have it all for you below!

Some of these names may surprise you, I know that several of them really surprised me!

(This is probably because I’m not spending a lot of time with kids who are in preschool.)

Unless you are a preschool or elementary teacher, you might not realize that these names have been trending over the past few years.

And Now, The Most Popular Baby Girl Names:

1. Emma

Emma has been the most popular baby girl name in the U.S. for several years, holding the number one position since 2014.

If you like the name Emma, here are a few names that are similar:

  • Ella
  • Amelia
  • Emelia

2. Olivia

Olivia has also been a very popular baby name in America. Olivia has been in the number two position since 2014.

Here are a few names similar to Olivia:

  • Liv
  • Lilia
  • Vivian

3. Ava

These next 3 names: Ava, Isabella, and Sophia, have all ranked in the top five most popular names in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014.

Alternative names to Ava:

  • Faye
  • Maya
  • Ivy

4. Isabella

Alternative names to Isabella:

  • Ellie
  • Gabriella
  • Mirabelle

5. Sophia

If you’re looking for another name that is less common than Sophia, try these names:

  • Josephine
  • Sylvie
  • Zoe

6. Charlotte

Here are a few names similar to Charlotte:

  • Eloise
  • Margaret
  • Victoria

7. Mia

Names that are close to Mia:

  • Gia
  • Miya
  • Lia

8. Amelia

If you like Amelia, here are a few other names you may want to consider:

  • Aurora
  • Madeline
  • Clara

9. Harper

Ideas for baby girl names which are similar to Harper

  • Juniper
  • Piper
  • Sailor

10. Evelyn

Here are a handful of baby girl names that are alternatives to Evelyn:

  • Adelyn
  • Evie
  • Evette

11. Abigail

Here are a few other names that you might love if you like the name Abigail:

  • Adeline
  • Annabelle
  • Paige

12. Emily

Here are some other baby girl names, if you are looking for something more unique than Emily:

  • Emerson
  • Elena
  • Mallory

13. Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a classic name. Here are a few other ideas that are similar:

  • Caroline
  • Eleanor
  • Eliza

14. Mila

Mila is one of the most recent additions to the list of top 20 baby names, so it may not be too popular yet. Here are a few alternatives:

  • Lily
  • Mara
  • Isla

15. Ella

Here are a few alternatives to Ella:

  • Eva
  • Ellie
  • Luna

16. Avery

Other names you might like if you like the name Avery

  • Addison
  • Emery
  • Quinn

17. Sofia

Sofia is a similar name, with a slightly different spelling than Sophia. Sophia has ranked in the top 5 most popular names for the past five years. If you like the name Sofia, here are a few alternatives:

  • Annabelle
  • Natalia
  • Serena

18. Camila

Camila is also fairly new on the list of top 20 most popular baby girl names, and it is rising in popularity over the past few years. A few names which are similar to Camila that you may want to consider are:

  • Carolina
  • Juliana
  • Lorea

19. Aria

Aria has been rising in popularity since the TV series Game of Thrones became one of the most popular hit television shows.

That character was named Arya, and Aria is a more traditional spelling. Now that the series finished in 2019, this name will probably start falling in popularity.

Here are a few names that are similar to Aria:

  • Amara
  • Cora
  • Eden

20. Scarlett

If you like the name Scarlett, but are looking for a more unique name, here are a few ideas:

  • Delilah
  • Genevieve
  • Penelope

Summary Chart: Top 20 Baby Girl Names And Rankings By Year

Name

2018 rank

2017 rank

2016 rank

2015 rank

2014 rank

Emma

1

1

1

1

1

Olivia

2

2

2

2

2

Ava

3

3

3

4

5

Isabella

4

4

5

5

4

Sophia

5

5

4

3

3

Charlotte

6

7

7

9

10

Mia

7

6

6

6

6

Amelia

8

8

11

12

15

Harper

9

11

10

10

11

Evelyn

10

9

12

15

16

Abigail

11

10

8

7

8

Emily

12

12

9

8

7

Elizabeth

13

13

13

13

14

Mila

14

30

48

53

72

Ella

15

16

17

18

17

Avery

16

14

16

16

13

Sofia

17

15

14

14

12

Camila

18

23

32

43

41

Aria

19

20

23

29

31

Scarlett

20

18

18

22

30

3 Baby Girl Names That Fell Out of the Most Popular Rankings (in 2018)

Here are the baby girl names that fell out of the 2018 rankings, but were in the top 20 at some point during the past 5 years.

Victoria

Victoria was ranked number 19 in 2017, number 20 in 2015, and number 19 in 2014. This name did not show up in the top 20 in 2018 or 2016.

Grace

Grace was ranked number 19 in 2016 and 2015, and number 20 in 2014. This name hasn’t been in the top 20 in either 2017 or 2018.

Chloe

Chloe has not been in the top 20 names since 2016, when she was ranked number 20. She has been falling in popularity over time, being ranked 17 in 2015 and 18 in 2014.

Summary Chart: Baby Girl Names That Fell From the Top 20

Here is a chart with the three names that dropped from the top 20 and their ranking positions:

Name

2018 rank

2017 rank

2016 rank

2015 rank

2014 rank

Victoria

21 19 21 20 19
Grace

24

21

19 19 20
Chloe

25

22

20 17 18

Conclusion

I hope that this helped you narrow down your list of baby names! Some of the names on the list were surprising to me.

These names are all beautiful, and they are popular for a reason. If you have your heart set on one of these names, go ahead and choose a name that you love for your baby girl!

If you’re a little lost and still can’t decide on a baby name, you may want to try looking at a book.

I found an amazing book full of baby name ideas and it was super helpful when choosing a name. Here is a link to my favorite baby name book (on Amazon).

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Reference

https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames/index.html

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