30 Prettiest Baby Names That Are Now So Overused

In a world full of potential baby names, some of them have withstood the test of time, while others have faded away fast. There are some undeniably pretty names that people have always loved, and so have we, until now, when we've just heard them a few too many times.

The most fashionable names don't have to be the same ones we've been hearing for ever! The Social Security Administration only began keeping track of baby names in 1880. The names on our list have been successful since the very year they were added to it, but some of them most likely dated past the beginning of the list.

Basically, there have been hundreds of thousands of babies given some of these names. Bible have historically been popular. Names like Mary and Sara have always done well, but there are other names out there that can replace it, like Selah for example.

Others on our list like Madison and Addison were newer on the list, but right away had a crazy amount of success and lost their freshness pretty quickly.

We've put together a list of some of the prettiest names of all time that we used to be obsessed with, until now.

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30 Olivia

Olivia began topping the charts in basically went it entered the U.S. list in 1880. It really began trending in 1990 when it entered the top 100 at #72. Olivia has, since then, only continued to the top 10.

It entered the top 10 in 2002 and hasn't left since. Today, Olivia is the #1 baby girl name in America! Olivia isn't only successful in the U.S. It's a top 10 name in 6 other countries and a top 100 in 4 other countries on top of that.

Olivia is Latin for "olive tree." It's a literary name used as far back as Shakespeare, when it came into popularity. It's used in tv shows like Scandal and Law and Order. It's a star and star baby name as well.

Can we maybe move past Olivia now? We've been hearing this undeniably pretty name for a bit too long now.

29 Amelia

Amelia, much like Olivia, has historically been a hugely successful baby name. Amelia entered the American list in 1880 at #96 and never strayed any further than #484 after that. It spent most of its time in the top 200. It reentered the top 100 in 2004 and made its way to the top 25 in 2012. Today, Amelia is the 3rd highest ranking girl's name.

Amelia is German for "work. "It, too, has been featured in countless literary works. Shakespeare is also given credit for bringing Amelia into popularity, but he spelled it Aemilia in his play, Comedy of Errors.

Amelia has also been the name of several British queens, was featured in other novels like Harry Potter, and used in films like The Bone Collector. It's a top 10 name in four other countries and a top 50 in four more. Time to move past this pretty one!

28 Elizabeth

Elizabeth might just top the first two names on our list in the classic category. Fun fact, Elizabeth has only left the top 25 American baby girl names one time since 1880. Elizabeth is one of the most successful names of all time! Today, Elizabeth is the 24th most popular baby name.

Elizabeth is Hebrew for "pledged to God." It dates back to the Old Testament. Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist. Elizabeth's alternate spellings like Elisabeth is also a beautiful option and used for stars like Elisabeth Moss and Hassleback.

This moniker has a slue of adorable nicknames to choose from. Liz, Lizzie, Betty, Beth Bess and Libby are just some of the options out there. Despite these adorable names, this royal name may need to step down from its thrown for a while. There are far too many Elizabeth's out there.

27 Sophia

Sophia is another royal name that has maintained its throne for centuries. Sophia entered the American list in 1880, but it did actually leave the top 500 for almost 30 years after 1929. However, once it reentered in 1962, it's only had more success than before. Sophia entered the top 10 in 2009 and hasn't left since.

Sophia is Greek for "wisdom." It originated from Saint Sophia of the Greek Orthodox church who was the mother of Faith, Hope and Love, her three daughters. It's been a royal name, given to queens and princesses passed. As well as a literary name used by greats like Jane Austen.

Alternate spelling Sofia is also a top 25 baby name. There is no way of getting around it, this moniker is far too popular. Which is sad, because that may be its only flaw.

26 Hannah

Hannah is another solid Bible name that has been popular since its beginning. Hannah spent half a century in the top 500. In 1957 it almost completely dropped out of the top 1000 and stayed in the 900s for almost 15 years.

It reentered the top 100 in 1986 and has been there ever since. It was in the top 10 from 1995 through 2007. Today, Hannah is ranked #33. It's also a top 100 name in 7 other countries.

Hannah is Hebrew for "grace." It's one of the most popular Bible names in U.S. history, second to Elizabeth, Sarah and, as of recently, Abigail. Hannah was used in the Miley Cyrus breakout show, Hannah Montana, which may have helped boost Hannah's popularity in the 2000s. It was also used for the main character in 13 Reason's Why.

25 Sarah


Sarah is another name on our list that, though its extremely pretty, it's been way over used. Basically since its beginning, Sarah has been in the top 100 American baby names. From 1880 until today, it only left the top 100 for less than ten years. Sarah ranked #57 in 2017 and was a top 100 name in 7 other countries.

Sarah is Hebrew for "princess." In the Old Testament, Sarah was Abraham's wife. Sarah was originally Sarai, but God changed it to mean princess when she was 90 year's old. The spelling Sara is equally popular.

Sarah has a ton of celebrity name bearers like Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Silverman and Sarah Berhardt. Another fun fact, Sadie and Sally actually began as diminutives of Sarah. Though Sadie is on the rise now too, it would be a much less used choice than Sarah.

24 Ava

I'm not sure how this name is still in the top ten, but can we please move past Ava? This moniker entered the American list in 1880, and had some major ups and downs, but it stayed within the top 1000 until today. It entered the top 10 in 2005 and remained there ever since.

Ava is Latin and a variation of Eve, which means "life." Ava is also older than it sounds. Saint Ava was the daughter of King Pepin who became a nun after she was healed from blindness in the 700s.

Ava was chosen by celebrities like Hugh Jackman and Reese Witherspoon, giving it another boost in popularity. Nameberry.com even has a book entitled Beyond Ava and Aiden. Ava is undoubtedly pretty, but also undoubtedly overused.

23 Gracie

Sweet and cute Gracie, unlike the others, is finally beginning to drop out of popularity after over a century in the spotlight. Gracie entered the charts in 1880 and it wasn't until almost a century later that it began to drop to the low 900s, where it stayed for almost 30 years.

Gracie was back up in the top 200 baby names by Y2K and stayed there for almost 20 more years. Gracie started as a nickname for Grace, but this variation is having a ton of success on its own. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and Ron Livingston and Rosemarie DeWitt chose Gracie for their daughters.

Gracie has also been used in Hollywood hits like Miss Congeniality, Friday Night Lights, CSI and The Nanny. Though it has dropped to #181, it's still a bit too overdone

22 Lily

I have nothing against the floral name trend, but Lily has lost its luster. This one began its successful career on the charts in 1880 and had a pretty successful life until about 1960, when it began to plummet. Lily recovered gracefully though, it made it back to the top 100 by 2003. Today, Lily is #24 and in the top 100 in 5 other countries.

The Lily is a symbolic flower with great significance in Christian imagery, representing purity. It's been used in a ton of literary works like Harry Potter, The Secret Life of Bees, and House of Mirth. It is also used in tv shows like How I Met Your Mother.

By now, Lily can definitely be considered a classic, but it can also be considered overused. There are several newer and more refreshing flower names to choose from, like Tulip, for example.

21 Emily

Emily is one of the most successful names of all time, both domestically and internationally. For obvious reasons, this moniker has, and probably will always be in the top 1000 baby names. Emily spent it's entire lifetime in the top 300 baby names. It spent the last 26 years in the top 10. There are a ton of Emilys running around!

Emily is the feminine variation of the Latin name Emil, which means "rival." It's been well loved in literature by some of the greatest writers of all time like Emily Dickinson and Bronte. Emily is also the name of several celebrities like Emily Blunt and Emily Deschannel.

Emily is extremely likable for so many reasons, but it has also been used for way too many baby girls. Other vintage names with the same classic and feminine feel are out there!

20 Emma

This Victorian moniker is no different from the rest. Pretty and sweet, but ultimately, overused. Emma is in the top 50 in over 12 countries! That is a ton of Emmas running around the world, not just the U.S. where it is #1.

Emma is German for "universal," which is appropriate given its current success. It was in the top 100 from 1880 until 1942, when German names began to fall out of favor because of WWII. Emma has only ever been as low as the top 400. It has been in the top 5 since 2002, when Rachel and Ross on Friends chose it for their baby.

There are several youthful celebrities named Emma like Emma Stone, Emma Watson, and Emma Roberts. Parents, Emma is far too overused, but so are it's alternatives, Emily and Amelia. You may need to look in an entirely new category!

19 Isabella

Isabella is another international sensation that didn't have as much success in the past as others on our list. Isabella began on the American charts in 1880 at 215, but instead of moving toward the top 100, it began to descend toward the bottom 900. It stayed there until 1994.

Isabella made it to the top 100 in 1998, the top 25 by 2001, and the top ten by 2004. Isabella has made itself comfortable in the top ten, coming in at #5 last year. Isabella has a multicultural appeal that is undeniable. Parents from every walk of life have fallen in love with this name.

Isabella is the Spanish and Italian variation of Elizabeth. It means "pledged to God." When Twilight was released, its lead character, Isabella "Bella" Swan, helped boost Isabella to even greater popularity. By now, it's redundant.

18 Madison


Unlike others on our list, Madison was a late bloomer. It didn't enter the American list until 1985, but there was nothing stopping this one from racing to the top of the charts. By 1993, not even a decade later, it landed in the top 100. Just 4 years later it landed in the top ten and was there until just last year.

Madison didn't got far though, it's still ranked the #15 baby girl name in the U.S. Also unlike others on our list, it isn't ranked in any other country. Madison is English for "son of Maud."

This moniker is came from the 1980's movie Splash, which was about a mermaid named Madison. She took the name from a street sign in New York City, but in doing so she created a crazy name trend.

17 Charlotte

Of all the names on our list, I think that Charlotte might be the most overused. I keep hearing of parents choosing this name, despite its over use. Thanks to the Prince and Princess of Cambridge, this moniker had an insane boost in popularity that seems to be never ending.

Charlotte entered charts back in 1880 and has never left the top 300 baby names. It reentered the top 100 in 2009 and has been there since. It found a comfortable spot as the 4th highest ranking baby names last year. It's also a top 50 name in 7 other countries.

Charlotte is the feminine version of the French name Charles, which means "free man." In the late 18th century, King George III and his Queen, Charlotte Sophia brought the name into prominence in England. The world is smothered with Charlottes.

16 MacKenzie

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Mackenzie is probably the least "classic" name on our list. It didn't enter the American list until 1976, and actually had a rough start at the beginning. It did reach the top 100 by 1992, where it has stayed ever since. Mackenzie has had a pretty comfortable seat in the top of the list for over 25 years! That's quite a reign.

Mackenzie is Scottish for "son of Kenneth." It's another unisex name that, in the past, was primarily used for boys, but now is mostly used for girls. It was first popularized as a girl's name by the 1980s actress, Mackenzie Phillips.

Since then, several celebrities have used it, like J.K. Rollings in Harry Potter. It's also a top 50 name in New Zealand and Australia. For parents who love this moniker, but don't like how overused it is, maybe try McKenna instead.

15 Ella

The "El" trend has been crazy, and while some parents have gravitated toward newer names in the category, there are still a ton of parents still choosing this one. Ella entered charts in 1880 at #13.

It stayed in the top 200 until 1948, when it began to plummet. It was back in the top 100 by 2002. It's been in the top 25 since 2005. Ella is German for "fairy maiden." Ella Fitzgerald attributed a cool and edginess to the name, but for the most part it has more of an "Ella Enchanted" sort of feel.

It's been well loved by celebrities.  John Travolta, Warren Beatty, Ben Stiller, Eric Clapton, Jeff Gordon, and Mark Wahlberg all chose Ella for their daughters. Ella is a a top 50 name in 9 other countries as well! Ella is way too overdone at this point.

14 Elsa


Elsa is another "El" name that, used to be pretty, but then there was Disney's Frozen. This moniker actually hasn't had the success of others on our list, but because of the hit animated movie, we've heard it far too much.

Elsa is the German variation of the name Elizabeth. It came into the English speaking language via an opera by Wager, who used it for a bride, who was the first ever to walk down the aisle to the wedding march.

Elsa entered the American list in 1880 and has been on a roller coaster ride ever since. It almost dropped out of the top 1000 in the 90s, but made it up to #286 by 2014. Elsa has never been in the top 100 surprisingly. Bascially, if you choose Elsa, people are automatically going to associate it with the mega popular ice queen.

13 Ariana

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Ariana has only been on the popularity list since 1978, but it really began to skyrocket around 1991, when it broke into the top 200. By ten years later it was in the top 100, where it's been ever since. Today, Ariana is ranked the 54th most popular baby girl's name. It's also in the top 100 in 5 other countries.

Ariana is the Italian version of the name Adriadne, which means "most holy." Alternative spelling Arianna is also in the top 100. Ariana Grande helped boost the name and keep its popularity, while Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post, helped that variation.

Ariana is definitely a pretty and sophisticated name that has an exotic appeal, but for the last almost 20 years, we've heard to much of it. That kind of reign in the top 100 only means too many parents are choosing it.

12 Zoe

Zoe has been on the popularity list since 1880, but it never had as much success as it has today. Zoe was out of the top 500 from 1983 until 1992. It spent almost a century without being able to break back in. It made its way into the top 100 in 2001 and has been there ever since.

Zoe is Greek for "life." It's meaning makes it perfect for a baby, especially for a miracle baby, which may have something to do with its success. It came into existence through Jewish groups in Alexandria who translated "Eve" as Zoe in Greek in the 3rd century.

Zoe has been on tv shows like How I Met Your Mother, The West Wing, Sesame Street, and House of Cards. Zoe is not only in the top 100 in the U.S., but in 7 other countries as well!

11 Audrey

Audrey has been in the top 300 baby names since 1893. In the 20s and 30s it spent most of its time in the top 100. It broke back into the top 100 in 2002, and today is #26, its highest ranking ever.

Audrey is English for "noble strength. Hollywood icon, Audrey Hepburn, helped put the name on the map, and is still one of the most popular name bearers. Audrey was also recently chosen by high profile stars like Greg Kinnear, Steve Zahn, and Faith Hill & Tim McGraw for their daughters.

Audrey dates back to the middle ages via Saint Audrey from the 6th century. After, it was used by Shakespeare as well. Audrey has had a steady race in the top baby names, which makes me think we might need to move on.

10 Cora

Cora used to be one of my favorite baby girl names. With its sweet simplicity and undeniable beauty, Cora was destined to be in the top 100, and this is where it started. Cora entered the list as the #15 baby name in 1880 and stayed in the top 500 until 1966. Today, Cora has been revived and made it to its highest ranking ever, #2.

Cora is Greek for "maiden." In Greek mythology, Cora was the daughter of Zeus, but in classic mythology, it was a euphemism for Persephone, who was the goddess of fertility. Cora Crowley was the Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey. Cora

Cora has basically always been in style, and for good reason. However, there is nothing rare or distinct about it anymore. It's been used far too often.

9 Isla

Another one of my favorites is Scottish import, Isla. Isla made its way to our shores in 1890, but wasn't seen or heard from again until 1908 and then again in 2005.In 2017 it hit #5. Isla's success is pretty recent, but all of a sudden we are hearing it everywhere, and it's beginning to lose its luster.

Isla is Scottish for "island." Isla Fischer is an actress, Isla is a granddaughter to Queen Elizabeth, and Isla Black Hitchens is a character in Harry Potter. Isla's recent success could be pointed at any of these name bearers.

Isla is undoubtedly pretty, and yes, at one time, it was unique. Combine that with being old fashioned and it's no wonder parents fell in love with it. However, if you think it's still unique, you're definitely mistaken.

8 Arabella

Arabella made it on the American list in 1880 at the bottom of the list, but then wasn't heard from again until 2005. Today, Arabella is ranked 19th in the nation, jumping from #189 the previous year. It s also a top 100 name in England.

Arabella Latin for "yielding to prayer." Arabella has been a literary favorite, featured in writings of authors like Charles Dickens, Samuel Richardson, Henry Fieldings, George Elliot, Thomas Hardy and more recently, J.K. Rowlings.

Arabella was chosen by Ivanka Trump and Doctor Oz for their daughters, was used in a popular Richard Strauss novel, and Arabella Mansfield was the first woman to become a lawyer in America. Arabella had a lot going for it, but today, it's become a little too overused, a little too fast.

7 Penelope

Penelope was on our list when we found out we were pregnant with our first baby, and we totally dodged that bullet! Penelope has been one of the top trending names in the country! After over a century on the list, it had some success in the 40s, but basically remained at the bottom other than that.

It was in 2013 that Penelope reached #56, and from their it kept on soaring to the top until it finally reached #12 last year. When Kourtney Kardashian chose Penelope for her little girl, the name began to skyrocket. It was also chosen by Tina Fey, the Taylor Hansons, and Anna Chlumsky.

Penelope is Greek for "weaver." It's loaded with potential cute nicknames like Nelly, Poppy or the more traditional Penny. Penelope is definitely cute, but no longer rare. It's a top 100 name in 6 countries!

6 Nora

This vintage beauty is another one that has never not been popular. It's never been below the top 100 baby names and today it's even more popular than ever. Nora reached #36 last year and was also a top 100 name in 6 other countries. It's broken its all time high for three years in a row.

Nora is Irish for "light." It began as an Irish diminutive of the Greek name Honora. The Norah spelling, made popular via Norah Jones, is also climbing the charts as a less used option. Nora Ephron is a contemporary author, and then there's Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist.

Nora is an all time classic with a vintage flare that has been attracting parents for over a century. Typically this would be a good thing, but with so many parents choosing it, it's rarity is gone.

5 Chloe


Chloe is another Greek name that has been skyrocketing up the charts. Chloe has had some major ups and downs on the popularity list beginning in 1880, and never made it into the top 100 until 1998. However long it may have taken to get there doesn't even matter because it has been in the top 25 since.

Today, Chloe ranked #20 in the U.S. and is a top 50 name in 7 other countries, it's even in the top 15 for dog names. This Greek name means "young green shoot," which is a strange meaning for a name, but hasn't seemed to bother parents.

In Greek mythology, Chloe was the goddess of agriculture and fertility. Considering its 20 year reign in the top 25 and that it has been a known given name since the 17th century, it may be a tad overused.

4 Avery

Avery is the newest name on our list. It landed on the American list in 1989 and was immediately successful. It was in the top 100 by 2003 and has been there ever since. By 2010 it was in the top 25 and has made itself pretty comfortable there. Today, Avery is ranked #16.

Avery is English for "ruler of the elves." I'm pretty sure that if my husband new the meaning of this name, we would have no choice but to use it if we ever had a daughter. Avery actually began as a unisex name, but has definitely been getting more attention as a girl's name.

Amy Locane, Jason Sehorn and Angie Harmon all chose Avery for their daughters in the mid-2000s, which may have helped boost its popularity. Avery's recent success has made it a little too popular.

3 Addison

This unisex name has received a ton of recent popularity for both genders, but for girl's, it made it to the number 29 spot last year. It entered the top 100 in 2006, and made it into the top 25 in 2011, where it's been ever since.

Addison is English for "son of Adam." It is also an old Scottish surname that stems from Addie, also given to the son of Adam It got its boost and beginning of its use as a girl's name from Grey's Anatomy and Private Practices' Addison Shepherd. Addison was also a character in SAW II and All About Eve. 

Addison has been a top trending name since the late 90s and is still going strong today. Basically, Addison has a ton of appeal to parents, but it's far from distinct.

2 Leah

We aren't quite finished with the Bible names on our list just yet. Leah, like the others, has had a hugely successful career at the top of the charts. From 1880 until today it has never been lower than the top 400 baby names. It reentered the top 100 in 1979 and has remained there since. After more than 40 years there, it's still ranked #37.

Leah is Hebrew "weary." In the Old Testament, Leah became the wife of Jacob through a deception from her father.  Leah had six sons whose descendants would become some of the twelve tribes of Israel.

Other name bearers include actress Leah Remini and a werewolf from Twilight, Lean Clearwater. Though it has seemed more subtle, the name Leah is smothered throughout the world. It's a top 100 name in 9 countries!

1 Mary

Last, but definitely not least, is one of the most traditional and used names of all time, Mary. The Social Security Administration's name list only began in 1880, but Mary has been recorded as being the #1 baby name from then until 1960. That is an 80 year reign as the number one baby name in the country.

Mary didn't go far in 1960 either. It only moved to two. It didn't start to descend out of the top 100 until 2011, but still, Mary is ranked #127. Mary is the most popular Christian name in the western world.

The most famous Mary is the mother of Jesus, but there are five other Marys seen throughout the Bible. It's also been the name of saints, authors, actresses and characters. Mary is a pretty and classic name, but there are others in the Bible category that might sound more contemporary.

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