The most popular baby girl's name in 2014 was Sophia, followed by Emma, Olivia, Ava and Isabella. Skyler was the girl's name that jumped the most spots in terms of popularity, while Sophie became significantly less popular. This list was created through submissions from nearly half a million parents who shared their baby names.
The name Sophia is Greek in origin and means wisdom. It is the name of a saint who was probably mythical. According to the story, she died of grief after her three daughters were martyred. In the Middle Ages, the name was common among continental European royalty. The name also appears as a character in the novels "Tom Jones" and "The Vicar of Wakefield."
Other names that showed up in the top 20 list include Mia, Lily, Madelyn, Charlotte and Aubrey. Charlotte is the feminine version of Charles. It was introduced to Britain in the 17th century. A well-known Charlotte is the oldest of the three Bronte sisters and the author of "Jane Eyre" and "Villette." Some of the names that gained popularity over the prior year and were newly added to the list of 100 popular girls' names are Cora, Piper, Paisley, Clara and Cadence.