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What’s in a girl baby name? In 2013, it’s a mix of old and new, with more or less the same names topping the most popular baby names list year to year, and rising names taking a decade or more to make progress up the list. Sophia has been No. 1 for two years now, but has been making its way up the top 10 since 2006. The only newcomer in 2012? Elizabeth, which knocked Chloe off the list.
Here are the top girl names right now -- and some trends we see coming down the pike.
Sophia: means “wisdom.”
Emma: means “universal.”
Isabella: means “God’s promise.”
Olivia: means “olive.”
Ava: means “life.”
Emily: means “eager.”
Abigail: means “exalted father”
Mia: means “wished-for child.”
Madison: means “person from Magdala” (a region in France).
Elizabeth: means “God’s promise.”
Trends in Girl's Names
A special spot can provide meaningful baby name inspiration. Posh and Becks kicked this trend off years ago by naming their son Brooklyn, but recently actor Chris Hemsworth chose India for his daughter, and Rosie O’Donnell went with Dakota. Even North, the much-maligned name Kim Kardashian and Kanye West picked, has a geographical bent to it.
Colors are said to inspire feelings, which might be why so many are mining them for baby names. Drew Barrymore chose Olive, while Beyonce and Jay-Z chose Blue. Holly Madison went hue-mad with her baby name choice of Rainbow.
Game of Thrones
Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably figured out America is obsessed with the HBO show Game of Thrones (or you're obsessed yourself). Turns out all that binge-watching is influencing the way we name our daughters. Arya, the name of a archery-loving daughter of the Stark family, was the fastest-rising name last year. We’re interested to see what'll happens with the names of other female characters on the show. Cersei or Daenerys, anyone?