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.
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:
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 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.
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.
What are you favorite new baby girl names?
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