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20 Baby Girl Names on the Rise

By michellehorton |

So many moms-to-be looked at the Top Baby Names of 2011 list from the Social Security Administration just to see which names not to pick. They want to avoid the Top 10, Top 50 — even Top 500, in some cases — so that their child stands apart from the modern-day Jennifers and Jessicas.

But some moms don’t want the name to be too off-beat, looking for some kind of middle ground.

Well I dissected the Top 1,000 list to find the names that rose the fastest — those jumping anywhere from 100 to 300 spots from 2010 to 2011. Rising stars that just may be headed for chart-topper status eventually, or at least more normalcy.

This list shows a few trends that you may want to avoid, as well as beautifully unique names that are just starting to rise from obscurity. (That coveted “middle ground” that you might be looking for.):

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20 Baby Girl Names on the Rise

-Lynn names

So many of the names that jumped over 100 spots in popularity were names ending in -lynn — Addilynn, Emmalynn, Raelynn, Evalynn, Gracelynn, etc. This trend really bombarded the rest.

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Other notable names that saw a (less drastic) popularity jump in 2011:

  • Zoey (now more popular than Zoe)
  • Autumn
  • Scarlett (on a continued rise to the top)
  • Kennedy
  • Alaina
  • Penelope
  • Maci
  • Aurora
  • Quinn
  • Kinley/Kinsley/Kensley
  • Paisley
  • Luna
  • Caylee
  • Zara
  • Edith
  • Mae
  • Leighton
  • Kate

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Michelle Horton is the founder of Early Mama, an award-winning site that proves young motherhood doesn’t have to define or limit us. When not writing, she’s typically pretending to be a superhero in her 4-year-old son’s imaginative play. Read bio and latest posts → Read Michelle's latest posts →

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12 thoughts on “20 Baby Girl Names on the Rise

  1. kaj says:

    its REALLY annoying u just cant read an article…that u have to click to go to the next “bit”…

  2. Jennifer Angelly says:

    i guess thats what i get for naming my girls after cars lol, Chevelle Marie and Shelby Lynn

  3. Megan says:

    Im so close to just giving up on this website. Its got interesting time but I HATE having to navigate through 50000 pages per article.

  4. carla says:

    one name i have not noticed LENA.

  5. Grey says:

    My rugrats name is Gabrielle. I call her brielle

  6. Marybeth Albert says:

    Aubriauna Avery-Lynn is my babies name!

  7. marrissa says:

    I have a sasha i guess thiss falls under the ah names

  8. Deborah says:

    My daughters name isn’t up there. I’m glad. Not a lot of children her age are going to have it.

  9. Sadie says:

    My daughter’s name is Caliana!

  10. mary says:

    My daughters name is Trinity Nicole

  11. One of those Jessicas says:

    I gotta say, this seems like a list of names that only white Americans would choose.

    1. michellehorton says:

      @One Of THose Jessicas: This is from the U.S. Social Security Administration’s list of babies born in 2011.

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