There have been some great baby name runs in American history. Emma is on one of them.

For five consecutive years, Emma has been the most popular name for girls in the United States, beating out number-two name Olivia in each of those years. Last year was also the 15th in a row that Emma has been in the top 3.


Only 10 names have ever topped that list of girls’ names since 1909, the earliest year for which US Social Security Administration has data. The last time a name dominated the rankings like Emma was Emily’s incredibly streak from 1996 to 2007.

Most popular name for baby girls in the US

1909-1946??????? Mary瑪麗

1947-1952??????? Linda琳達

1953-1961??????? Mary瑪麗

1962-1969??????? Lisa麗莎

1970-1984??????? Jennifer詹妮弗

1985-1989??????? Jessica杰西卡

1991-1992??????? Ashley阿什莉

1993-1995??????? Jessica杰西卡

1996-2007??????? Emily艾米莉

2008 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Emma艾瑪

2009-2010??????? Isabella伊莎貝拉

2011-2013??????? Sophia索菲亞

2014-2018??????? Emma艾瑪

So what accounts for Emma’s dominance? “The key to Emma’s success is that it’s the meeting point of two trends,” says Laura Wattenberg, a preeminent US naming expert who runs the website Namerology.
為什么艾瑪這個名字能夠占主導?“艾瑪成功的關鍵在于它正好兩種趨勢的匯合點,”美國命名專家Laura Wattenberg如是說,同時她還是姓名占卜網站(Namerology)的運營人。

Wattenberg explained to Quartz that in the early 2000s, names that sounded classic and had alternating consonants and vowels, like Sophia and Amelia, were all the rage (classic names with two consonants in a row, like Mildred and Florence, never came back).

Today, the trend is toward short names with multiple vowels, like Ella and Lila, that feel light on the ear. Since Emma fits both these trends, it has been the 21st century champ.