Popular girls names

Popular girls names

by Lorna White |
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When picking a name for your baby, you'll probably be drawn to those you've heard before - perhaps old school friends you knew, names from films or book characters. So it's no wonder that certain names crop up more often than others. But what are the most popular girls names?

Obviously name trends change with the times, so the most popular baby names change from year to year - the most popular girls names for 2021 will be different frompopular names in 2020 for example.

If you go back in history there's a real range of names that crop up, some that may have become more old-fashioned, but also plenty that we're still using today. The list below looks back over the last 500 years, for the top UK girls names that crop up time and time again.

1. Mary

2. Elizabeth

3. Sarah

4. Margaret

5. Ann

6. Jane

7. Alice

8. Ellen

9. Annie

10. Florence

11. Emma

12. Edith

13. Emily

14. Eliza

15. Hannah

16. Susan

17. Martha

18. Dorothy

19. Catherine

20. Ethel

21. Ada

22. Anne

23. Frances

24. Elsie

25. Harriet


27. Ava

28. Imogen

29. Scarlett

30. Laila

31. Mia

32. Maya

33. Isla

34. Serena

35. Lola

36. Jasmine

37. Abigail

38. Sofia

39. Maisie

40. Molly

41. Ellie

42. Charlotte

43. Ruby

44. Poppy

45. Esme

46. Daisy

47. Elsa

48. Emma

49. Olivia

50. Erin

51. Eve

52. Bella

53. Rosemary

54. Phoebe

55. Toby

56. Isabel

57. Georgia

58. Sienna

59. Grace

60. Ella

Browse our continually updated list of baby names below for the perfect inspiration. Filter by gender or unisex, or if you don't yet know the gender of your baby, why not try our Chinese gender predictor tool? See if this ancient method can predict your baby's gender!

Don’t worry if your due date is fast approaching and you still haven’t found a name that feels like the one. Head to our baby name generator where you’ll find thousands of names to fall in love with, from more traditional sounding names, to unique baby names from all around the world.

Lorna White is the Senior Digital Writer for Mother&Baby. After running the Yours magazine website, specialising in content about caring for kids and grandchildren, Lorna brought her expertise to Mother&Baby in 2020. She has a keen interest in a range of topics from potty training and nutrition to baby names and early development and has a wide range of experienced medical experts and professionals at her fingertips. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two young sisters, dog walking and enjoying the outdoors with her family.

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