Who isn't a little bit obsessed with baby names? Moms love seeing new ones on the popularity list! I would not ever choose a name that's in the top ten or even top 25, but I know that is not necessarily the case for everyone. I mean, we have top baby names because, obviously, more than one baby is given them.
Some parents love trending names that they hear via other new parents including celebrities. When we picked Theodore for our first son, it wasn't even in the top 100. Over the next two years, it became the #5 baby boy name in the country!
Sometimes it's just too difficult to tell whether a baby name will become a trend or not. That being said, some names are predictable and are a guarantee on the popularity charts for years to come.
That's why we put this list together. For parents who don't want a name that is at the top of the charts, these are ones to steer clear from. For those parents who love certain name trends and are looking for those specific names, here are 25 baby girl names that are going to be wildly popular next decade.
Avery began as a surname, then was mostly used for boys, now it's more commonly used for girls. Avery is ranked #191 for boys, but last year it hit #16 for girls. Avery has only been on charts since 1989, but by 2002 it broke into the top 100, where it has been since. Avery is all set to dominate the next decade just like it has the last one!
Avery is English for "ruler of the elves." It began as an Old English surname that derived from the French name Alfred. It could also stem from the German name Alberich.
If we ever had a girl, my husband would definitely push this name if he knew its meaning! Elizabeth Banks played an Avery on 30 Rock and Jason Sehorn and Amy Harmon chose it for their daughter.
Avery has all the potential it needs to take the place of popular Ava and Addison. It would be no surprise to see Avery continue its trend in the top 100 into the next decade. With a meaning like "ruler of the elves" there is no stopping this newly trending name from keeping a firm spot in the top 25 baby names.
This pretty moniker is new to the American list, though it has been successful in Britain in the past. Gemma hopped onto the popularity list in 2008 in the U.S. at #888. By 2016 it had reached #247 and would jump over 100 spots to make it to the 88th most popular baby girl's name.
Gemma is Italian for "precious stone." Gemma came to existence through a 19th century saint, who was an ordinary woman, but should amazing signs of grace.
Both Catherine Bell and Kristen Davis have daughters named Gemma. It may also have gotten a boost in popularity thanks to a character on Sons of Anarchy named Gemma.
Though Gemma is in the high 100s, it hasn't quite made it sister Emma's ranking, but maybe by next decade it will knock its overly popular sister out of the top ten. Emma is historically one of the most popular baby names of all time.
It has way too much history with parents to ever leave the popularity list. However, Gemma is new and refreshing and has just as much potential to catch Emma as any other. This gem of a name could also begin taking the place of Ruby.
Cora was one of my top baby girl names, until how saw how popular it was becoming. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Cora was wildly popular. In fact, it didn't drop out of the top 500 until 1966. It stayed there until 1998. Today, Cora hit the 87th most popular baby girl name.
It has taken a while to climb back up, but Cora reentered the top 100 in 2015 and hit #2 last year. According to Cora's trends, it doesn't look like its going anywhere any time soon either. Cora will be a top name next decade for sure.
Cora is Greek for "maiden." Cora was the daughter of Zeus in Greek mythology, and also a euphemism for Persephone, the goddess of fertility. Cora is perfectly simple and beautiful in just two syllables. This old fashioned name has been rejuvenated and reinvented to fit into the 21st century.
Another bearer of the name was the leading lady in Last of the Mohicans, which also helped bring the name further into use in the western world. Cora can also be used as a nickname for Coraline or even Cordelia, but simple Cora is just as pretty, if not prettier.
This sleeping beauty did just that throughout the entire 20th century. It slept. Aurora barely made it into the top 300 baby names from 1880 until 2004. It finally broke its trend and hit the top 200 in 2011. Aurora broke its highest ranking for 15 consecutive years. Today, it's ranked the 8th most popular baby name. It's also the 2nd most popular name in Italy.
Aurora is Latin for "dawn." Aurora was the Roman goddess of sunrise and the morning dew. It's also associated with the northern lights, which makes it a nature name as well. It's become an internationally appealing name, hitting the top 200 in 7 other countries!
It's been used in films like Sleeping Beauty and Terms of Endearment. It's also been used in the poem Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Browning. This moniker is the perfect princess name to maintain a spot in the top 100.
Every little girl would love to be called by the name of one of the most famous Disney princesses. For parents who aren't interested in that category, just consider it a nature name representing the Aurora Borealis. However or why ever you choose it, Aurora is a winner.
This classic French name couldn't be more perfect to dominate the next decade. After a rough start on the charts, Annabelle struggled to stay in the top 500 until it dropped all the way to #888 by 1950. It stayed there until 2000 when it reentered the top 500.
Annabelle is the French form of Amabel, which means "loving." It is also considered just the combination of Anna and Belle. Edgar Allen Poe's poem Annabel Lee, which was the last poem he wrote, said to be inspired by his wife. His wife was his 13 year old cousin and he was 27 at the time of their marriage, which may be why we're so interested in his poem today.
Annabelle was a Christmas movie about a cow in the 90s, but it probably wasn't popular enough to deter parents from choosing it. The "Bella" trend is far to trendy to stop anyone from adding Annabelle to the list of possibilities.
Alternate spellings Annabel and Annabella are also trending, but haven't quite reached the fame of Annabelle. This moniker is the perfect combination of chic and timeless, making it an obvious choice for the popularity list of the next decade.
At this point, I don't think the "E" name trend is going anywhere any time soon. Emery is a newer name in that category that has been slowly but surely making its way to the popularity of Emily and Ella.
Emery is German for "industrious." Perfect for the daughter of a boss babe, Emery is headed toward the top 100 baby names fast. It actually began as a unisex name, but today, over 8 times as many girls are given the name than boys.
Emery entered the American list in 2005, but didn't break into the top 200 until 2013. Today, Emory as made it to #130 in the U.S. It got a slight boost in popularity when Angie Harmon and Jason Sehorn chose it for one of their daughter.
Other spelling options are Emory and Emorie, but Emery is rising way faster than those have been. Emery for boys was actually in the top 500 from 1880 until 1942 and is still in the top 1000, but as it rises for girls it probably will fall off the charts for boys soon. Especially because of the "Em" fad for girls, it makes the name a little too feminine for boys.
Genevieve had a very successful beginning on the American list. After spending almost 75 years in the top 500 beginning in 1880, Genevieve had a short stint in the 600s before it began to climb the charts once more. Genevieve has broken into the top 100 once more and has reached its highest ranking ever, #28.
Genevieve is English from French and means "tribe woman," though it doesn't sound as primal as its meaning. It's original name bearer, Saint Genevieve definitely fit the meaning. During the 5th century she defended the city of Paris against Attilla the Hun, supposedly because of her strategic thinking and courage. Today, she is called the Patroness of Paris.
Genevieve has also been translated from German as "white wave," which would make it perfect for a blonde. It is also said to have Celtic roots, and when translated means "of the race of women." It also has 17 variant forms including Geneva and Gena. Genevieve, however is the only one that has been rising quickly.
Genevieve is a medieval name that is seeing some real rejuvenation and has already begun its revival. We will definitely be seeing more of this one into the next decade.
Eloise has lost the granny sound that is carried from the 1960s until the 2000s and is making a real revival. After decades in the top 500, Eloise slowly dropped out of favor. Parents started to appreciate again around 2012, and today, Eloise has reached its highest ranking ever as the 37th most popular baby girl name.
Eloise is English for "healthy, wide." The meaning might not be too flattering in some senses, but that hasn't stopped parents from choosing it. I'm sure many of us can't shake the image of the yellow haired little girl getting into mischief living at the plaza when we hear the name, but that imagery too, is being revamped.
Eloise at the Plaza is probably one of the most notable name bearers. You either loved her or hated her, parents probably didn't care for her too much as she was kind of obnoxious. Little girls, however, thought she was great.
As I said before, the "E" baby name trend is huge, and Eloise has joined the ranks of others in the fad. Eloise, though, still has enough vintage charm to make it as one of the most popular names going into the next decade.
Another old fashioned name that used to have an old lady type of feel, Hazel, is being resurrected as a chic vintage name. Hazel was in the top 100 from 1886 through 1837, when it began to plummet to #925 by 1974. Hazel is a fighter though, and reclaimed a spot in the top 100 at #20 by last year.
Hazel is English for "the hazelnut tree." This nature name could also be considered one of the more successful color names. Julia Roberts named one of her twin daughters Hazel in 2004, when it began to see a boost in popularity. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski also chose it for their daughter.
I still think Hazel has a granny sort of feel, but not in a bad way necessarily. Parents, especially hipster parents, are loving the reinvention of old fashioned names. It's been used in recent movies like The Hunger Games and The Fault in our Stars, giving it an even more modern feel.
The hazelnut tree is a symbol of protection and authority, making the name a strong choice for today's baby girl. It's a color and nature name that we'll definitely be seeing more of in the next decade.
Russian import, Vera, made its way to the American list in 1880 and was hugely successful for almost a century. It was in the high end of the top 500 until 1970, when it began to descend toward the very bottom of the list. Vera started to make its journey back up in 2012 and hit #111 last year.
Vera is Russian for "faith." It became known to the English speaking world through 1800s literature. Vera was a character in War and Peace and Ouida and Moths in 1860. Probably the most famous Vera of today is designer Vera Wang.
Vera also has some retro name bearers like Vera Lynn who was a British World War II singer, and Vera Miles who was one of Hitchcock's actresses, most remembered for her role in Psycho. Vera Ellen was one a famous dancer known for dancing with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelley. There is a long list of Veras throughout time, and we think that trend will continue into the next decade.
Vera is a top 100 name in 5 other countries including Scotland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands. It's international success is only helping its cause in the States.
Naomi has a pretty impressive track record on the American list. It never dipped below the top 500 baby names and has actually spent most of its time in the top 200. Today, Naomi broke into the top 100 for the first time at #59 and we think it will keep this trend up pretty far into the future.
Naomi is Hebrew for "pleasantness." This Old Testament name, despite its success, has never been as popular as the more traditional Bible names. Naomi was the mother-in-law of Ruth in the Bible.
Naomi also has several celebrity name bearers like Naomi Watts, Naomi Campbell, Naomi Judd and Naomi Wolf to name a few. It's name bearers have definitely helped boost this one into popularity. The Italian variation, Noemi is also a solid choice, but hasn't caught up to Naomi just yet. Naomi is currently ranked in Germany, the Netherlands and England as well.
Unlike the Hannahs, Saras, and Marys, Naomi seems like a more distinct Bible name choice. Naomi is an ancient name with a deep rooted history and, we think, a bright future too. For parents looking for a Bible name that hasn't been overused, this could be it.
This retro name has been getting a lot of love from modern parents, just like it did in its glory days in the 1920s. June entered the American list in 1880 and by 1915 entered the top 100, where it stayed for for over 35 years.
June as almost kicked out of the top 1000 by 1986, but parents are beginning to give this one a second chance. June hit #268 last year, and we think its headed toward the top 100 soon. Out of all of the month names, June is doing the best on charts.
June has also been a boy's name in the past, though today it probably sounds too feminine to use. For boy's it was used as a variation of Junius, not as a month name. However, Junius also means "born in June." June and Junius could possibly be used for twins or siblings born in June. Junius might start to grow along with other popular Roman names.
June is the Latin month named for the goddess of Juno. It's one of the few month names that has had long lasting success. Seasonal names are also on trend, which may be why June has been being rejuvenated.
This is one of my favorite names that has recently crossed gender lines over to the girl's side as well as the more common boy use. It has actually recently passed the boy's ranking when it hit #189 for girls just last year.
Finley's use in feminine form only began in 2005 when Jason Sehorn and Angie Harmon chose it for one of their three daughters, who actually all have trending names thanks to their parents. Lisa Marie Presley recently chose it for one of her twin daughters as well, making the feminine Finley twice as popular as it is for boys.
Finn names for boys are hugely popular and Finley is definitely among them. It was originally a Scottish royal name that Shakespeare used in Macbeth. It wasn't really used for girls until Sehorn and Harmon chose it. They can be given just about all of the credit for switching the gender on this one. So much so that it's now more popular for girls.
Though this moniker hasn't made it into the top 100 yet, because of its pretty recent success, we think by next decade it will be a pretty strong contender. It's definitely headed that way.
Lucy is another retro name that is being resurrected, not just in the U.S., but all over the world. Lucy is a top 50 name in 7 countries. It's also the 2nd most popular name for dogs. Lucy has always been a popular name in the States, holding a place in the top 600 for over a century. Today its reached #32, its highest ranking ever.
Lucy is the English variation of Lucia which means "light," and was once given to girls who were born at dawn. Lucia is also trending, moving from #214 to almost breaking into the top 100 at #115 last year.
Lucy has been used in movies, books and songs throughout its lifetime. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds is one of the most famous uses, as well as I Love Lucy and Lucy on Peanuts. Lucille Ball definitely gave Lucy a retro sort of feel with a red headed sort of image. Long before she became famous, Lucy Snowe was a character in one of Charlotte Bronte's novels, Vilette.
Lucy has a vintage charm combined with a playful appeal that has made it one of the most widely used "L" names on the list.
This Rose variation has a strong literary beginning and solid run on the charts until 1978. It had its most success in the 1940s thanks to actress Rosalind Russell. Other than that it entered the American list in 1880 and basically stayed below the top 300. Today, Rosalind has reentered charts and hit #247, its highest ranking ever.
Rosalind Latin for "pretty rose." Before it was translasted into the English name it was a variant of the old German Rosilindis, which means "soft, gentle, tender and weak." Thankfully, it was introduced to the English speaking world by the Normans in the middle ages as the Latin expression "rosa linda" or "beautiful rose."
Edmund Spenser is given credit for bringing the name into the English speaking world in one of his poems. After that Shakespeare used it in his play As You Like It. Rosalind was chosen as the first of the five names that Uma Thurman gave her daughter.
Rosalind dates back so far that it has a solid history and a beautiful meaning. This floral rose name is undeniably pretty and beginning to follow the floral name trend that will help boost it into even greater popularity next decade.
Sweet and simple Maya is seeing great success on the popularity list in the short time its been there. It entered charts in 1970 and it took until 2002 to break into the top 100 and stay there since. Today, Maya is ranked #64, basically near where its been ranked since 2006.
Maya has a different history and meaning in several different cultures. In Greek mythology, Maya was the mother of Hermes, whom she had with Zeus. The Mayans were a central American Indian people. It's the Latin version of the month of May, which the Romans translated from the goddess of spring, Maia. It is also translated from Hebrew as "water."
Uma Thurman chose this one for her daughter with Ethan Hawke. It also has a slue of famous name bearers like author Maya Angelou, performer Maya Rudolph, and architect Maya Lin.
Maya appeals to a wide variety of parents because of all of its possible origins. It has so many different origination and translations that parents basically choose which they want their Maya to mean. It's a top 100 name in Australia, England, Scotland and New Zealand in addition to the U.S.,which makes sense given its diversity.
Willa has been around for longer than I thought, and has had a pretty decent run on the charts since 1880. It pretty much stayed around the top 300 baby names until it began to drop off in 1948. It was off the charts from 1961 until 2010 and today has, surprisingly, just appeared in the top 100 at #72.
Willa is the female variation of William, which is German for "resolute protector." It actually began as Wilhelmina, but we definitely prefer Willa, and so do modern day parents. Willa has gotten some love from celebrities like Kerri Russell, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep to name a few.
Willa was also used for characters on True Blood and Six Feet Under. It surprisingly isn't on the popularity lists in any other countries just yet, not even Germany, it's originating country.
Willa and William would be cute siblings, though you might get a little tongue tied when yelling for either of them. Willa could also be used in honor or remembrance of a William and vice verse. Willa is a strong name with a solid meaning combined with a daintiness and femininity that makes it perfect to dominate the next decade.
Eliana was new to the American popularity list in 1986, but it started becoming a favorite just a few years ago. It broke into the top 500 in 2001 and slowly but steadily headed toward the top 100. Last year it hit #93, its highest ranking yet. It's also a top trending name in 5 other countries around the world in addition to the United States.
Eliana is Hebrew for "my God has answered." It is, obviously, joining the "El" name trend, but Eliana is very different sounding than the others. It's more exotic and sophisticated than others like Elsa and Ella. Eliana was chosen by Christian Slater for his daughter, but he's the first high profile star to use it.
Eliano is the male version of the name and the name of an Italian coffee shop chain in Florida. Eliana is a cool girl name that is wildly chic. Though its newer to the list, it has an old fashioned charm that makes it unstoppable on the charts.
This moniker is also trending in Israel, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany and Russia. Eliana has taken the place of more outdated names like Elaine, but also has pretty variations like the French Eliane.
This popular Spanish name is jumping the charts by the hundreds each year. It entered the American list in 1880 and only broke into the top 500 once, but for the most part, it was consistently in more toward the bottom 900.
Camilla broke into the top 500 in 2001 and has been cruising ever since. Today, Camilla is ranked the 220th most popular baby girl name, and we think it is only going to head toward the top 100 from there.
Camilla is Latin for "young ceremonial attendant." In Roman mythology, which only makes the name even better, Camilla was a swift footed huntress who was so fast that she didn't even move a blade of grass when she ran.
The French variation of Camilla is Camille, which has also been popular in the past. Milly, Millie and Mille can all be possible nicknames for Camilla, though it doesn't necessarily need one.
This moniker came to use in the English speaking world during the 16th century when Virgil used it for a character in the Aeneid. Camilla, pronounced ka-MEE-la, has joined the popular Roman and Greek name trend at the top, and it will most likely keep rising with them.
Violet is another floral name that has not only broken into the top 100, but this name, along with a bouquet of others has entered the top 25. Violet spent almost a century in the top 500 baby names, but then dropped off the charts for almost 20 years in the 80s and 90s. Today, Violet is back stronger than ever at #17.
Violet is Latin for "purple," just like the flower. It's a favorite in film, used for characters in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and The Incredibles. When I hear the name Violet I usually think, "you're turning violet, Violet," just like in Willy Wonka. If I ever had a daughter named Violet I would probably say it all the time.
Violet can be considered a nature name and color name, which isn't the case for all trending floral names. Viola is the Scandinavian and Italian version that is also a great option.
When Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner chose it for their daughter it definitely helped boost the name's popularity. It was also chosen by Emily Robison, Christina Milian, Poppy Montgomery, Nathan Followill, Balthazar Getty and Dave Grohl for their daughters as well.
The double "L" trend is almost getting bigger than the floral trend, but that's only one of the reasons we think it will dominate the next decade. Lila joined the American popularity list in 1880 and was in the top 300 until 1968. Bonus, the only other country it's trending in is England, so it's still rare and distinct.
Lila was completely off the charts from 1980 until 2000. Then, all of a sudden, in 2017 Lila was revived and hit #45 on the list, up from #210 the year before. Lila's recent success, along with other double "L" names have become super stylish extremely fast.
Lila is Arabic for "light." In Hinduism, a Lila is a playground for the gods. It has already been used in several hit tv shows like Friday Night Lights, Dexter and Damages. Diane Sawyer's real name is Lila as well.
For parents who want to get on board with the double "L" trend, Lila is one of your best bets. Not, yet overdone, and not as old school as others like Lillian, you can't go wrong with sweet Lila. Firmly in the top 100, we can fully expect to see Lila on the list next decade.
What's in a name? Juliet asked this question, she just didn't realize that everything is in a name! More exotic than Julia, this Shakespearean name has been up and down the charts since 1880, but has only broken into the top 500 once since then. That was until 2008, when it reached 451. Last year, Juliette reached the top 100 when it hit #91.
Juliet is English from French for "youthful." It took on a romantic and literary feel via Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The French spelling, Juliette also broke into the top 200 last year. Nickname Jules is a huge bonus to either one of these spellings.
Juliet Low was the founder of the Girl Scouts. Juliet was used for characters on Lost and Gossip Girl. Juliet has a stylish, rich and exotic appeal that parents are reviving for the 21st century. It has a rich history and feminine feel that is finally being appreciated.
Juliana and Julia, the originals, are both lovely options as well. Especially if parents are worried about the constant attachment to Romeo that Juliet might always have. For those who don't mind if Juliet is always looking for Romeo, it's a solid choice.
Ivy's recent popularity has been, surprisingly, worldwide. It not only hit #33 on the charts in the U.S. last year, but it's also in the top 100 in England, Scotland, Wales, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia.
Ivy fared well in America from 1880 until about 1923, then it began to move up and down in between the top 500 and 1000 baby names. It didn't recover until around 2002, when it made a secure break into the top 500. It made a steady climb into the top 100 last year.
Ivy is a botanical name who's symbolism dates back to the ancient Roman times when a wreath of ivy was presented to newlyweds, which stood for faithfulness. It was recently chosen as a middle name for Beyonce and Jay-Z's daughter, Blue Ivy.
Poison Ivy was a comic book character. Ivy Baker Priest served as the U.S. Secretary to the Treasury and Ivy was also an American Girl doll. It's been used in tv shows like 90210, Gossip Girl , Dollhouse and Downton Abbey.
Ivy, now at its highest ranking ever, has taken us all by surprise, but we don't think its popularity is stopping there. We'll be seeing more of it.
This moniker has quite a resume. Beginning in the late 1800s through the 1972, Beatrice held a spot in the 500 top baby names. Though it did plummet for a few decades, it's being brought back as fresh and modern, along with several other vintage names like it.
Beatrice went from #559 to #67 last year! That is almost a jump of 500 spots to get firmly into the top 100. It's also a top 100 name in Italy and England. Beatrice is Latin for "she who brings happiness." It's meaning alone is perfect for a new little bundle of joy.
Beatrice was chosen by Paul McCartney and Bryce Howard. It was used by Shakespeare in Much Ado About Nothing and Dante used it in The Divine Comedy. The Duke and Duchess of York turned brought it into the spotlight as a royal baby name too. Queen Victoria also used it for her youngest child.
Beatrix and Beatriz are also trending, but haven't caught up to the original just yet. Bea and Bee are also popular nicknames that only makes this one more lovable. It's definitely a going stay in popularity over the next decade.
A congratulations are in order for this unisex name as it held a spot in the top ten for girl's for three years running! After only entering American lists in 2004, Harper has done remarkably well for itself. It was in the top 100 by 2011 and has held a firm spot there since. It's been the 10th most popular baby name for three consecutive years.
Harper is also a top 50 name in England, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. Harper is English for "harp player." Harper, like many other unisex names, began as a surname and occupational name, became a boy's name, then crossed gender lines and became even more popular as a girl's name.
Harper is one of the hottest celebrity names to date. It was recently chosen by David and Victoria Beckham, but even before that it was chosen by almost too many celebrities to list. It was chosen by Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulis, Lisa Marie Presley, David Spade, Dave Grohl, Martie Maguire, Tiffani Thiessen, Bill Hader and Neil Patrick Harris, just to name a few.
Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird and then the sequel, Go Set a Watchman, brought the name into common use.