The most popular names for American women in the 21st century include Ryan, Emma, Madison and Emily. Other popular names for American women in the 21st century are Abigail, Olivia, Isabella and Sophia.
Two similar women's names, Emma and Emily, are among the most popular names for American women in the 21st century. Emma is an English name derived from the Old German that means "whole" or "universal." Emily comes from the Latin name Aemilia, which means "striving" or "eager." Emma was the most popular female name in the country in the year 2014, according to the U.S. Government Social Security Administration.
Some names that have traditionally been applied to males, such as Ryan, James and Madison, have become popular names for American women in the 21st century. Taylor is another traditionally male name that is popular for American women in the 21st century, as are Riley and Jordan.
Ava, Chloe and Mia are other popular American women's names from the 21st century. Ava is a German name and a variation of Eve, and it may also come from the Latin word for bird, "avis." Chloe comes from the Greek name Khloe, and means "blooming" or "young green shoot." It is also traditionally used to denote the fertility goddess Demeter. Mia is a short version of the name Maria and means "mine" or "wished-for child."
Sophia was ranked as the most popular name for American women by the U.S. Government Social Security Administration from 2011 through 2013.