Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella and Ava are the top five most popular girls names in the United States as of May 2014, according to the Social Security Administration. Other popular girl names include Mia, Emily, Abigail, Madison and Elizabeth.
There are a host of approaches to choosing a suitable girl's name. The first step that expecting mothers and fathers take is to discuss the sentiment of the name that's going to be chosen. This establishes guidelines as to what is acceptable and what isn't. Many expecting mothers keep a list of favorite names that is constantly amended. There are often other considerations taken into account when choosing a name for a baby girl such as the avoidance of embarrassing nicknames and initials and names that harbor bad connotations. The given names of people who are not held in high esteem in modern-day society should also be avoided. Yet another consideration when choosing a girl's name is to check whether or not the name will please relatives and friends. The chosen name should also go well with the last name of the child. A rule of thumb that is often employed is to use long first names with short last names and vice versa.