2019 isn't the only thing winding down. The end of 2019 also marks the end of this entire decade. Six weeks from now, we'll leave behind the 2010's and embark on the mystery is 2020. There's never been a better time to make plans to positively steer this new decade's outcome in the favor of ourselves and the little ones who depend on us.
But before we start looking towards what the future may hold, we should take some time to reflect on the past. Specifically, we want to look at some of the baby names which have shaped this decade. They are, after all, literally the names of our future. This list will focus on girls' names.
Here are the 10 most popular baby girl names of the decade.
Charlotte is the tenth most popular girl's name this decade! Historically, Charlotte means "free man." It's a diminutive of the name Charlie.
Since 1880, when the social security administration started taking record, there have been over 350,000 babies named Charlotte in the U.S. There were 5,357 babies born named Charlotte in 2010. Unsurprisingly, the majority of them were girls. But five were boys! Charlotte reached its peak in popularity this decade in 2016. 13,090 babies born that year were named Charlotte.
One notable public figure named Charlotte is Princess Charlotte, the daughter or Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Madison is the ninth most popular girl's name this decade. It means "son of Maud."
There have been over 381,000 babies name Madison born since 1880. Despite Madison landing on this list, it's been on a near steady decline since 2010, which was its best year this decade. 13,210 babies named Madison were born that year. Of that sum, only thirty-four were boys!
Madison Pettis, of Disney Channel fame is one famous Madison.
The eighth most popular girl's name of this decade is Emily. It is the female form of Emil, which means "rival."
There have been over 843,000 babies named Emily born since 1880. Emily's popularity peaked in 2010. There were 14,288 born that year, of which 20 of them were boys! Emily's least popular year occurred in 2017, when only 9,751 babies born were named Emily. Of the several public figures named Emily, Emily Blunt, an actress, is among the most visible.
Abigail comes in at number seven for popular girl's names this decade. It means "my father is joyful."
Since 1880, there have been 357,000 babies name Abigail born in the U.S. Abigail's most popular year this decade occurred in 2010 when there were 14,252 born. Of that sum, only nine were boys. Aside from 2015, when there was a small increase, Abigail has been on a steady decline since.
Abigail Breslin, an actress, is one of the most famous people named Abigail.
Mia is the sixth most popular name for girls this decade. It means "mine" or "bitter." In Italian and Scandinavian languages, it is the short form of Maria.
Since 1880, there have been 217,000 babies named Mia in the U.S. In 2010, there were 10, 648 Mia's born in the U.S. Eleven were boys! And that wasn't even Mia's most popular year. That occurred in 2015 when 14,909 babies were named Mia.
One famous Mia who comes to mind is Mia Michaels, a dancer and choreographer who's appeared for several seasons on So You Think You Can Dance.
Ava is the fifth most popular name for girls this decade. It means "life."
There have been over 251,000 babies named Ava since 1880. As far as this decade goes, Ava's popularity has dipped and soared. 2010 saw a decrease from the previous year. There were 15,446 babies (of which seventeen were boys) named that year. Abigail then increased until 2012. 2015 was Abigail's most popular year this decade. There were 16,380 born that year.
One famous Ava is Ava DuVernay, who's an accomplished film director and producer.
The fourth most popular girl's name this decade is Isabella. It means "pledged to God."
Since 1880, there have been over 321,000 babies named Isabella in the U.S. In 2010, there were 22,935 babies (of which 30 were boys) named Isabella alone. This was Isabella's most popular year this decade. Since then its popularity has declined every single year except 2017 when it started to rise again.
Isabella doesn't seem to be a popular name among widely-known public figured. However, it's the official first name of Bella Swan in the Twilight Series books and movies.
Olivia is the third most popular baby girl's name this decade. It means "olive" tree.
Since 1880, there have been over 435,000 babies named Olivia in the U.S. In 2010, there were 17,050 babies named Isabella. 28 of them were boys. Olivia's popularity steadily increased until 2014, its most popular year. There were 19,814 babies named Olivia born that year. Since then, its popularity has decreased slowly.
Olivia Newton-John, a singer and actress, is one of the most famous Olivia's.
Sophia is the second most popular girl's name this decade. It means "wisdom."
Since 1880, there have been 360,000 babies named Sophia born in the U.S. In 2010 alone, there were 20,665 babies name Sophia born in the U.S. Twenty-six were boys! Sophia's popularity this decade peaked in 2012 when 22,322 Sophia's were born. It has been on a steady decline since.
As far as pop culture goes, Sophia Bush, an American actress, is one famous Sophia.
The most popular girl's name this decade is—drumroll please—Emma! Given how classic Emma is, we're not at all shocked.
Since 1880, there have been over 656,000 Emma's born in the U.S alone! In 2010, which was actually Emma's least popular year this decade, there were 17,355. Of that total, seventeen of them were boys. Emma's most popular years were 2012 and 2013, which both saw exactly 20,954 Emma's born! Between 2012 and 2014, it dropped by only 18 babies, before continuing to decrease in 2015.
As far as public figures go, Emma Stone, a popular actress, is the famous Emma that comes to mind. Perhaps your little one, should you choose this name for your child, could be one of the next generations'!