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玛丽

1947-1952        Linda琳达

1953-1961        Mary玛丽

1962-1969        Lisa丽莎

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艾玛

2009-2010        Isabella伊莎贝拉

2011-2013        Sophia索菲亚

2014-2018        Emma艾玛

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.
为什么艾玛这个名字能够占主导?“艾玛成功的关键在于它正好两种趋势的汇合点,”美国命名专家Laura Wattenberg如是说,同时她还是姓名占卜网站(Namerology)的运营人。

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.