What are the top 10 most popular baby girl names of 2014?


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Names included in the top 10 names for baby girls in 2014 are Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella and Ava, according to the Social Security Administration. Mia, Emily, Abigail, Madison and Charlotte were the rest.

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The name Sophia dropped two places from 2013, losing the number one spot. Emma moved from the second spot in 2013 to take the number one spot in 2014. During 2014, the name Emma was given to 20,799 baby girls.

Emma was originally a Germanic name that was brought to England by Emma of Normandy, the wife of King Ethelred II. Meaning "whole" or "universal," Emma is the name of several popular fiction characters, including the title character in Jane Austen's novel of the same name.

In 2014, 19,674 girls were given the name Olivia. From the Latin word for "olive," the name Olivia gained popularity in the United States during the last half of the 20th century due to "The Waltons." William Shakespeare was the first to spell the name Olivia with two I's.

Sophia comes from the Greek language and means "wisdom." It was the name of an early saint who died from grief after her daughters were martyred. Popular with European royalty during the Middle Ages, the name has also been carried by various other literary and historical figures.

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