All-American Girl Names

Because of history and popularity, these names are long-standing favorites of new parents.

  1. Allison+ This name is an American favorite that has been in a constant trend upward for the past decade. Currently, it rests high on the top 50 list. Popular nicknames include Alli, Al, and Allie. Read more about Allison
  2. Martha+ This name is woven deep into American history, as it was the name of President George Washington's wife. During her lifetime, Martha Washington became the first woman to be honored with a military vessel, the USS Lady Washington. Read more about Martha
  3. Kelly+ This name peaked at No. 10 in 1977, because of TV's fictional Charlie's Angels character Kelly Garrett, played by actress Jaclyn Smith. In 2002, when singer Kelly Clarkson was the first-season winner of American Idol, the name rose in popularity five spots. Read more about Kelly
  4. Julie+ Since the 1950s, Julie -- meaning vivacious and youthful -- has been one of the most popular U.S. girl names, consistently ranking in the top 100 until 1992. Its peak popularity was in 1971, when the name ranked No. 10. Read more about Julie
  5. Nicole+ This name, meaning "victorious people," has been a favorite of parents since the 1940s. It is the female version of Nicholas and can also be spelled as Nichole. Nicki and Nikki are also adorable nicknames parents have adopted. Read more about Nicole
  6. Michelle+ Michelle has been listed among the top 100 names since 1954. During its peak popularity, the name spent nine years at No. 5 after the release of the famed 1965 Beatles song "Michelle." Read more about Michelle
  7. Jennifer+ America's sweetheart Jennifer Aniston has kept this name in the limelight over the years, starting with her role in the hit television show Friends, and later with several movie roles, including Marley & Me in 2008. Read more about Jennifer
  8. Sarah+ This is the perfect name for your little princess, as the name literally means princess! It is a consistent favorite among new parents, ranking in the top 30 for the past decade. The name also has biblical meaning, which makes it all the more appealing to parents who want to give their child a Christian name. Read more about Sarah
  9. Lindsay+ This name became popular in the United States in the '70s. During that time, Lindsay Wagner starred in the television series The Bionic Woman, for which she won an Emmy. Currently, the alternate spelling Lindsey is the more popular version. Read more about Lindsay
  10. Jessica+ Jessica has a long-standing history of spending time at the top of the popularity lists. Originally a Hebrew name, which means foresight, it held the No. 1 position nine times during the '80s and '90s. Celebrity icons with this name today include pop singer Jessica Simpson and actress Jessica Alba. Read more about Jessica