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Top 10 Names for Girls

Most Popular Baby Names – Girls

Choosing a name for your baby girl is an incredibly exciting process and for many parents there is nothing more satisfying than settling on the perfect one. However, it can be a daunting and overwhelming task. With so many options out there, it can be almost impossible to pick a favourite.

Researching popular baby names for the past year is often a good place to start. Whether you are after a classic name or a unique one, 2015’s most popular baby girl names give you a good springboard to help find the perfect fit for your baby!

According to The Office for National Statistics the most popular baby girl names in England and Wales are:


Amelia

Amelia has been the most popular baby name in England since 2011 with some 5,327 newborn girls named Amelia in England and Wales last year. More unique alternatives could include Amie, Lia and Amelie.

Olivia

It is no surprise that Olivia, based on the boy’s name Oliver, is derived from the word olive. It has beautiful connotations of harmony and strength as in ancient Greece, the olive was a token of peace and fertility and olive wreaths were awarded to the winners at the Olympic Games. Alternatives include Livia, Olive and Alvie.

Isla

Isla is the name of both a river in Scotland and the stunning wife of Sacha Baron-Cohen and is one of the fastest rising names in the UK and the US. Alternatives include Iola, Islay and Iona.

Emily

The name Emily may have dropped slightly in the current standings but it has been consistently one of the most popular names in England and Wales for over a decade. With perhaps not the prettiest meaning of ‘rival’, there are countless famous Emilys, from Emily Dickinson to Emily Blunt! Alternatives include Emelyn or the also popular name Emma.

Poppy

Flower names have always been popular choices, yet Poppy seems to have more spirit than most of the delicate alternatives such as Lily or Daisy. Alternatives include Posey, Piper and Pippa.

Ava

The name Ava means life or serpent in Hebrew and bird in Latin. It has seen huge rise in popularity in the past decade with Hollywood stars such as Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman naming their daughters Ava. Alternatives include Avery, Ada and Aveline.

Isabella

Isabella is one of the most popular names throughout the UK and the US and yet wasn’t even in the Top 1000 in the 1980s! Derived from the name Elisabeth, Isabella means ‘devoted to god’. Alternatives include Isla or Belle/Bella.

Jessica

Jessica has been an extremely popular name for several decades now with famous Jessicas including Alba, Biel, Simpson, and Chastain. Alternatives include Jessie, Jessalyn and Jennifer.

Lily

The flower lily is a symbol of innocence, purity and beauty. Chris O'Donnell, Kate Beckinsale, and Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have named their children Lily. Alternatives include Lily-Rose, Lilian and Leanne.

Sophie

The name Sophie comes originally as a variation of the name Sophia and means wisdom or wise. Alternatives include Sophia or Ephie.

 

Just remember, whatever you choose to name your baby girl, make sure you pick a name that you love!