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Where Do the Names Come From?

As you prepare to research the ten baby names, let's begin with a little history about where this list comes from. When an infant is born in the United States, either the parents or the hospital notifies the Social Security Administration (SSA) and sends the appropriate paperwork. The SSA is a governmental agency charged with keeping track of every American citizen and issuing each person a social security number. In addition to issuing social security numbers, the SSA also maintains a database of every person born in the United States. Each year, the top ten baby names are compiled from these records.

Using BabyBuilder to Search Top Ten Names for Girls

To begin your search of the top names, visit eMedTV's BabyBuilder name creation tool. BabyBuilderTM lists the top ten baby names for both genders by year -- all the way back to 1880. This innovative Web site also provides each name's meaning, origin, and variations.
By clicking this BabyBuilder link and following the instructions below, you'll be on your way to finding the perfect name for your baby!
  1. On the BabyBuilder homepage, click on the "Girls" tab.
  2. Next, click on "Top 10." This brings up the top ten names for the most recent year available.
  3. Use the drop-down arrows to scroll through the "Year" tab on the left of the screen. When you click the desired year, a list of the top ten baby names for that year will instantly appear.

    Note: BabyBuilder automatically searches for names in the United States, but you can also view names from several other countries.
  4. As you review the different names that catch your eye, be sure to click on each name to learn its origin, meaning, and variations.
You may find it interesting to see how certain names have cycled through popularity over the years. You might even want to see how popular your name was the year you were born.
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