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Most Popular Baby Names of 2011

In 2011, the girl names list had a surprising upset: Sophia overtook the two-year champ Isabella for the most popular girl’s name. Feminine names have been trending since 2002, when the sweet, smart Emma came in at fifth place. Since then, other elegant names like Isabella, Sophia, Emma, Ava and Olivia have ruled the top five.

One anomaly among the super-feminine names in the top 10: Abigail, which ranks at number seven, and has hovered in the top 10 since 2001. It has vintage appeal that makes it classic, but not boring; Abi or Abby are sweet nickname variations.

Two perennially popular girls’ names are still safely ensconced in the top 10: Emily, at number six, and Madison, at number 8 (both maintained their 2010 rank). These girl names are just so popular (you probably know at least one of each name) that they’ll likely remain in the top 10 for a few more years.

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