21 Baby Girl Names That Will Be Wildly Popular in the Next Decade

Tanvier Peart | Apr 14, 2017 Pregnancy
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When parents choose a baby name for their child, they want it to not only represent their son or daughter but also have true staying power. Trendy names might be cool based on the show everyone's obsessed with at the moment, but moms- and dads-to-be often hunt far and wide for a moniker that will be a popular choice for years. When it comes to baby girl names, there are an overflow of options that reigned during different decades. But what if we said you'd be able to forecast swoon-worthy baby names of the future right now? After all, it doesn't get trendier than looking ahead instead of behind. 

Laura Wattenberg, founder of BabyNameWizard.com, analyzed baby name predictions from the acclaimed 2005 book Freakonomics that were slated to be popular in 2015.

"When I looked at the results of the Freakonomics baby name predictions, I noted that they would have done better simply picking all of the names that were already rising steadily," notes Wattenberg. "I've fine-tuned that approach today to predict the popular baby names of the decade to come."

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Removing top 20 titles that have likely peaked, Wattenberg has identified a series of baby names that have risen in popularity over the past decade and just might prove to wow expectant moms and dads in another 10 years. 

Without further adieu, here are BabyNameWizard.com's picks for the most popular baby girl names of the next decade.

  • NORA

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    What was haute in the 1880s looks to be a fashion-forward choice in modern times! As Laura Wattenberg notes, the name Nora is dripping with popularity that could carry on into the next decade. Thought to be a short name for classic titles such as Eleanor and Leonora, Nora is also hails from Honora, which pulls inspiration from the Latin "honor."

  • PAISLEY

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    Whether you're a fan of this feather-shaped pattern for style purposes or just so happen to love how it sounds, Paisley is here to stay. A noted town in Scotland, Paisley is also Scottish for "church" or "cemetery." (That will give you a few bonus points should this info ever come up in a trivia game.)

  • ANNABELLE

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    Hmm, you have to wonder if Annabelle's popularity has anything to do with the 2014 horror film of the same name. (Nope, too scary to think about!) In happier news, Annabelle appears to be a source for inspiration and tons of affectionate feels, as the name comes from the Latin amābilis, which means "lovable" and the Gaelic Ainè for "joy." Yeah, we'll stick with thinking happy thoughts about Annabelle.

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  • LUCY

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    This baby name has been around for centuries (it was a popular title during the 1880s) and continues to make a splash with its illuminating aura. Derived from the Latin lux that means "light," Lucy is a charming title you can't help but love.

  • NAOMI

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    You better sashay, Shante! Naomi is a fierce name that evokes supermodel feels, thanks to the iconic Naomi Campbell. Known for being "delightful" and "beautiful" -- thanks to its association with the Hebrew Naamah -- daughters named Naomi will be ready for the runway in no time.

  • HAZEL

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    We're not surprised to see Hazel make this list. Once all the rage in the 1890s, this title continues to turn head as Hazel is considered an unusual name that's very popular. Yup, we're fans.

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  • KINSLEY

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    Expectant parents who are looking for a moniker with royal feels should consider Kinsley. Pronounced KINZ-lee, Kinsley is English for "king's meadow." Gives us the vision of rolling green hills somewhere calm, exciting, and Lord of the Rings–ish!

  • WILLOW

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    Speaking of greenery and outdoor serenity, Willow is another baby name option on this list parents should consider. BabyNameWizard.com notes Willow has a "graceful appearance" that sounds dreamy and wonderful and elegant. Yeah, keep Willow on your short list.

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  • ADALYN

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    Most parents would love for their children to live a life full of honor and virtue -- and should you happen to name your daughter Adalyn, you might get just that. Pronounced A-də-lin, Adalyn pulls inspiration from Adele and means "noble" or "noble one" that will make moms- and dads-to-be swoon.

  • EMERY

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    Emery is a gender-neutral title that might appear to be cute and cuddly, but it's a name associated with being tough and hardworking. German for "industrious," Emery is a name that's striking and truly unforgettable. 

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  • ARABELLA

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    Arabella is one of those names that stays in your memory for a long time. It's unusual, impactful, and quite darling. Noted as a Latin title that means "yielding to prayer," Arabella is also associated with the name Annabel that comes from the Latin amābilis, which means "lovable." So fitting!

  • GENEVIEVE

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    Seriously, how can you not adore the name Genevieve (pronounced JEH-neh-veev)? It's too precious! Genevieve was once a sought-after title during the 1910s that will likely become a popular baby name in the next decade. Celtic in roots, this lovely title gives us super dreamy nicknames -- such as Gen, Eve, and Genny.

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  • ADELINE

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    Anyone else ready for a beautiful "A" baby name? (We are!) Adeline has a darling aura to it that makes it one of our faves on this list. A variant of Adele, this endearing title also tips its hat to Adelaide, which comes from the Germanic Adelheid, which means "nobility." 

  • FINLEY

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    Although some peeps might write off the name Finley as a name for boys, this charming title is one girls can proudly rock. Pulling inspiration from the Gaelic fionn and laogh, Finley loosely means "fair-haired warrior," which is pretty kick-ass, if you ask us.

  • KENZIE

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    Heyyy, little Kenzie! Although many of us might associate the adorable name Kenzie with Mackenzie (it's a cute pet name), believe it or not, it has roots in the Gaelic cainneach that means "handsome."

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