Jacob and Sophia are the most popular baby names this year in the United States, however that was not always the case! Find out which baby boy names and baby girl names were the most popular in the past, as well as the top celebrity baby names, top baby names from songs and books and the most popular baby names from the Bible. It’s a baby name bonanza!
Popular baby girl names
Mary has been the most popular baby girl name of the last decade, however that name has stiff competition with the popularity of Isabella. Check out more popular baby girl names below!
Most popular baby names from books
Baby girl names from The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter have ruled the name charts, however girl names from classic novels hold a soft spot in the hearts of parents, as well.
Most popular baby names from songs
Perhaps some of these songs hold a special memory or meaning to you — or perhaps you are raising the next musical superstar? Check out these popular baby girl names from songs.
- Layla: “Layla” by Eric Clapton
- Roxanne: “Roxanne” by The Police
- Jolene: “Jolene” by Dolly Parton
- Eileen: “Come on Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners
- Sherrie: “Oh Sherrie” by Journey
- Delilah: “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T's
- Angie: “Angie” by The Rolling Stones
- Donna: “Donna” by Richie Valens
- Caroline: “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
Most popular baby names from the Bible
Biblical baby girl names are always popular because not only are they meaningful, but many of these classics never go out of style.
Most popular celebrity baby names
Celebrity moms love unique names when naming their daughters, including Beyonce’s daughter Blue, Jessica Simpson's gender-bending name, Gwyneth Paltrow’s fruity name and Chef Jamie Oliver’s love of flowers.
- Maxwell: Jessica Simpson
- Blue Ivy: Beyonce
- Harper Seven: Victoria and David Beckham
- Harlow: Nicole Richie
- Apple: Gwyneth Paltrow
- Shiloh, Zahara and Vivienne: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Most popular baby names for 2011
After Isabella nabbing the top spot for two years in a row, Sophia is the new most popular baby girl name in 2011! Briella and Angelique are the girl names moving up the chart the fastest. Check out the top 10 most popular in 2011:
Most popular baby names for 2010
Isabella was the most popular baby girl name in 2010, followed by Sophia. Maci was the girl’s name that was climbing the chart the fastest. What other girl names were popular? Check them out below!
Most popular baby names for 2009
Isabella was the most popular baby girl name in 2009 and while no new names were added to the list, the order changed slightly. Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Sophia and Ava were the top five names of the year. Check out more popular girl names in 2009:
Most popular baby names for 2008
The most popular baby girl name in 2008 was Emma, followed by Isabella, Emily and Madison. Elizabeth replaced the name Mia in this year’s top 10 compared to last year. What other names were popular in 2008?
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