The most popular name for a baby girl in 2009 was Isabella, followed by Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava and Emily. Rounding out the top 10 names for baby girls in 2009 are Madison, Abigail, Chloe and Mia. Isabella remained the number one name for baby girls in 2010.
The most common origin among the top 10 names for baby girls in 2009 was Greek, with Olivia, Chloe and Sophia all having Greek backgrounds. The names Isabella and Abigail share Hebrew origins, while Emma and Ava are German names. Other name origins within the top 10 include Madison, which is English; Mia, which is Latin; and Emily, which descends from Scandinavian, British, German or Dutch lineage.
Aside from family or cultural tradition, the meanings behind names are the reason most are chosen. Isabella translates to "devoted to God" in Hebrew, while Emma means "universal" or "whole" in German. Olivia, Sophia and Chloe, being of Greek origin, mean "olive tree," "wisdom" and "blooming," respectively. The name Ava is considered German, but its meanings trace back to different histories, with its Latin history coming from the word "avis," meaning "bird," and its Hebrew history relating to the name Chava, meaning "life" or "living one."