Choosing a name for a baby girl generally comes down to three schools of thought: will it be a unique baby name, a popular baby name or will your daughter be named in tribute to someone past or present in your life?
Popular Girl Names
Popular girl names are usually popular in two ways, derived of pop (or popular) culture, or having endured through centuries. Popular girl names like Rachel, Ariel, Eve, Deborah and others date back to biblical times. Others popular girl names such as Nancy or Alice can be sourced back to the Norman Conquest. Often, popular names through history are culturally born and steeped in centuries of tradition and, often, names that haven’t originated from the Bible, were derived of the Norman Conquest.
Baby girl names popular in pop culture are, while often derived of monikers also centuries old, tend to be thought of as more current, such as Chloe or Emma. Girl names derived of pop culture while thought to be modern, unique or unusual can very often be sourced back to cultural roots, as with the names of daughters that have come from generations before.
The derivation of names for girls also harkens back to patriarchal societies. Christina is derived of Christopher. Juliet is derived of Julius. And Joanne or Joanna is derived of John.
Choosing Baby Girl Names
When choosing a name for a baby girl, new parents often look to the familiar – past or present – and at the word that surrounds them to find suitable inspiration in naming their daughter. For the very familiar, they may turn to family, sourcing an enduringly popular girl name that as carried through the males of the family for generations. Or they may choose a girl name that pays homage to someone who has long been an integral to their lives. Regardless of where the inspiration comes from, it will need to be a name that endures and can be carried with pride.
2019 Girl Names
Like births themselves, baby names, whether a name for a girl or a boy, are recorded, so it is relatively easy to track girl names across years. The 2019 girl names that were popular, were also likely the 2018 girl names that were popular, that were also the most popular 2017 girl names. Names tend to come in and out of fashion generationally as opposed to annually, meaning the most popular 2020 girl names are relatively easy to pick right now.
Of course, a hit movie or television show can elevate the popularity of a name, such as Arya from Game Of Thrones.
And while names are also popular, they frequently cross cultures. John is Juan which becomes Juanita for a daughter. Christofer is Christopher which becomes Christine. As with culture, language plays a role. Striking similarities for girl names from Canada, the United States, Australia and the UK exist. As do names from Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Cuba. As do names from France, Belgium and Quebec, Canada.
No matter whether you choose a girl name that cool, cute, distinct, unique, aspirational, generational, unusual, feminine or modern, the name you ultimately choose for your daughter is one she will grow into. If not, rest assured, a nickname, moniker, truncation, appellation or sobriquet by any other name will just as easily get the job done.