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Popular girl names and their meanings

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Some names that have always been and forever will be very popular in the US and worldwide as well. Some of these names have origins in the bible or have a deep cultural meaning, and others have changed and developed over the years from ancient cultures. Whatever the reason, these names are timeless, and bear great significance to many. Some of these names have been around for a number of decades and are still as relevant today as they were then. Here you will find the US Social Security Administration's list of top 100 names given to female babies in the US in 2006, as well as explanation of the meaning for the top 5 names.



#1: Emily


 Medieval feminine form of Aemilius

Famous bearers of this name: Emily Bronte, The famous British writer ("Wuthering Heights") and Emily Dickinson.

#2 Emma

The origin of this name is Teutonic, and the meaning is Universal, Whole.Emma was the name of the mother of Edward the confessor. Also, in the novel "Emma" by Jane Austin this is the main character - Emma Woodhouse, The matchmaker.


#3 Madison


This name's origin is in German and Old English. It means "Son of a mighty warrior","Son of Maud".

A name only rarely used before 1985, became suddenly very popular according to the US Social security Administration. A possible reason for this is the movie "Splash" , where the mermaid played by Daryl Hannah adopts the name "Madison", After seeing the street sign of Madison avenue.

Madison is also used, though to a lesser extent, as a male name.

#4 Abigail

This name originates in the Old Testament, as the name of king david's wife. Literally meaning in Hebrew (avi-gail):  "My father is Joy".

#5 Olivia


This name was originally created by Shakespeare, for his play "The twelfth night". It is believed to be a female version of "Oliver", or based on the Latin
"Oliva", meaning Olive. In Shakespeare's Play this is the character of a noble woman who is wooed by Duke Orsino but she falls inlove with another man.

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written by Amber, July 04, 2007
Madison is a beautiful name. Look at the meaning of it, it is very strong and powerful!!! I would love to name my baby Madison!
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written by adam, July 16, 2007
JUDY is a very nice name and universal too - it's mentioned in Quran and means: the high mountin which Noah's arch rested on after the flood.
written by bret lott, July 16, 2007
Any name is beautiful if it belongs to a beautiful person. It's not what the name means but how you honor it.
written by Kyali, July 17, 2007
The name Eden is very nice and Kaori (japanese name)
written by U girls, August 20, 2007
Madison is a wonderful name and its amazing! When I have a baby I'm naming it Madison and I know a lot of Madisons and they are so nice.

p.s. The name MADISON rocks!!
written by madison september 22,2007 age 10, September 23, 2007
madison is my name so all you people back off.I like my name and it's very popular for your information.
Neli needs to learn better grammer before he or she talks about something
written by Shelli Lynn, October 13, 2007
Madison is a beautiful name! I have never met a man named Madison before. By the way, you need a comma after the word name! GENIOUS
Wonderful baby name
written by Stephanie Woodard Agnew, October 19, 2007
I am now 4months and Im having twins. My girlfriend can't wait. Yes I am a lesbian. I plan to name my daughter Charianna and my son Ja'Varionta and I hope that they work. All of these names are good but in order for the names to special they have to come from the heart and as a mother i think i know what that means. Being pregnant is the best thing in the world and i wouldn't give it away for nothing in the world. So mothers pick your childrens' name with love and care and allow them to come from the heart.
written by Genevieve 4rm Naija, November 14, 2007
i am in love wiv the name Madison
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written by Alexandra, November 17, 2007
I think a child recieves its first glips of his or her lifr through its name. The name itself gives them a head start at what life is going to install for them.It gives them a head start in life. Im feeling logically correct.
written by AshleyN, November 26, 2007
I think Madison is a beautiful name, that's one of my top choices for my baby girl!.. Everyone has opinions!
Shelli, Neli, what a mess!!
written by NicoleMarie, December 29, 2007
I named my daughter Ella before she was born, it was pre-printed on the baby shower cards and everything, but when I had her, the first thing I said was "She's BEAUTIFUL!" Which is also what Ella means... and I look at her now at 5 years old and she is SUCH an Ella, and she is beautiful!!! Really!! Go with your heart, your name is known before you are born... it's just finding that right one that finally clicks.
written by Jessie freedman, February 05, 2008
emily-too common
emma-cute but only when there kids
madison-beautiful name
abigail-reminds me of a fucking british person
olivia-i mean, come on lets get serious here?
written by Madison, February 06, 2008
I think that name is beautfiul and to tell the truth i was suprised so many people have that name.
written by ...., February 11, 2008
i think the name Rylan (for a girl) is the cutest name ever! I so want a daughter to be named Rylan. And i want a son named Keegan, I dont know y I just do! :)
written by ...., February 11, 2008
Abigail: beatiful name a little to preppy sounding but i would def. call that person Abby!
Madison: awesome name i love it but it is fairly common
Olivia: sounds like olive and very old timey english
named after my aunt
written by ec, February 25, 2008
my little girl is named after my aunt that passed away when i was about 15 from cancer an when i found out i was going to have a girl her name was the first name i thought of Lerin catherine she's now three an is happy that she'll be a big sister in sept i look at it as find a name that means something to u or someone u really look up to as a person my aunt was a hard working person never stopped was always there she was the best in ever way so i know he picked a good person when he picked her
what about.....?
written by Lashonda, March 17, 2008
Addison? It's a pretty name, and sounds like Madison, only it's less common.
written by Alyssa, April 09, 2009
Lashonda I love the name Addison. It's a combo of Allison and Madison, it's cute!

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