Baby girl

What do we predict will be the hottest new baby girl names of 2013? Find out which Game of Thrones name is rising in popularity, as well as unique names that you will not love — but your friends will be jealous they didn’t think of them first!

Unique baby girl names

Each year the Social Security Administration keeps track of the most popular baby names of the year, taken from Social Security Card applications for births in the United States. This year, the top baby girl name for the second year in a row is Sophia.

What we find even more interesting are those names that are rising in popularity the fastest, especially if you are looking for a more unique name. You won't find these names at the top of the most popular baby name lists just yet... which is why we like them! Last year, the hottest baby girl name was Briella — and this year the hottest new baby girl name is Arya.

Top 50 hottest new baby girl names

The Games of Thrones influence

The baby girl name Arya is this year’s biggest mover in the Top 500 list, according to the Social Security Administration. The agency believes the character Arya Stark (played by actress Maisie Williams) from the HBO show Game of Thrones may have contributed to the jump in popularity. Arya is of Indian origin and means, "noble goddess."

We see more of this pop culture influence with several celebrity baby names on the list. For example, Beyonce’s daughter Blue Ivy may have helped increase the popularity of the name Ivy, which is number 23 on the list. Here are more girl names on the list and the celebrity that helped influence them:

  • Arabella: Ivanka Trump’s daughter
  • Eloise: Denise Richards’ newly adopted daughter
  • Skyler: Rachel Zoe’s son
  • Adelaide: Katherine Heigl’s daughter
  • Vivienne: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s daughter
  • Paisley: Jennie Finch’s daughter

The Spanish influence

Perla is the second fastest climbing name for girls and the agency says that is due to the increase in the Spanish-speaking population here in the U.S.. Perla is a Latinized form of the name Pearl. Several other names on the list are of Spanish origin, including Catalina and Elisa.

Spiritual names

Spiritual names are a popular choice for today’s parents. The name Haven is rising in popularity, as is the virtue name Miracle. The Greek name Athena, which is the Goddess of wisdom in Greek mythology, is becoming a popular choice for girls.

Parents are also looking to the sky for baby name inspiration, with girl names like Luna and Skyler becoming a trendy choice for the youngest generation.

Names ending in -lynn

Girl names that end in -lynn, such as Raelynn and Adelynn (and the alternate spelling Adalynn), are a huge baby name trend.

Parents are also having fun switching up the spellings of names, such as Charlee instead of Charlie, or Kamila instead of Camila or Baylee instead of Bailey.

Tell us

What are you favorite new baby girl names?

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Comments on "The hottest new baby girl names of 2013"

Rachel January 11, 2014 | 11:11 PM

Makayla - "hottest NEW baby girl names" hence the reason why logan is on there. people don't always go with traditional, have two friends with little girls named logan. it's adorable. I have a Payton, which is a boys name as well as a Grayson, which is also a boys name. It's a good thing people don't have to get approval for the names they choose for their children

Brooke December 16, 2013 | 5:44 PM

I think my daughter has a unique name middle name I have never heard it before I just liked both names and they flowed together as one word khloeshay is her middle name (khloe) (shay) said just the way it looks

Kate December 12, 2013 | 9:19 PM

I've always been fond of Briella Rose.

Brooke July 08, 2013 | 11:49 AM

Struggling to come up with a girl name! I don't know the yet, but if it's a girl middle name will be Nicole......i want something different but not crazy!!!

Lisa July 02, 2013 | 10:14 PM

I have ALWAYS loved Arabella since I first read many years ago that it was President Kennedy and Jackie's first daughter's name (she was stillborn in 1956 the year before Caroline was born.) There are some beautiful names on this list.... It's fun to look even if I have two boys!

Kelsey June 28, 2013 | 8:46 AM

Paisley Mae is my Favorite, I also like paige, Molly, Isabella, kaylee, Hayden

melanie June 27, 2013 | 8:30 AM

i like skylar...sounds sweet

cindy June 25, 2013 | 3:46 AM

Due in oct 12,2013 Love the name perla

Makayla June 13, 2013 | 2:35 PM

Im suprised that Logan is up there. Why would you give your baby girl a boy name?

Tania June 03, 2013 | 4:13 PM

I'm surprised the name makayla isn't there? =\

Miya DeWitt! June 01, 2013 | 4:25 PM

I love the name Ava! It's beautiful! I also really like Arrabella, Paisley, and Addalynn! They're all gorgeous names!

Carrie May 29, 2013 | 8:07 AM

Love these girl names! I'm due in August and looking for a unique name. Love arabella, Perla, Eloise.

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