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Top 20 girls' names of 2017: the half-year results (photos)

Looking for the top baby girl names of 2017 so far? You've come to the right place! Discover this year's most popular girls' names, and see which names are rising and falling in the baby name charts.
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    20. Ivy

    Ivy has jumped a whopping 26 places, sneaking into the top 20 for the first time this millennium. The ongoing trend for vintage names is giving a new lease of life to this traditional favourite.

    Numerology: 2, indicating kindness and courtesy.
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    19. Chloe

    The Kardashian effect may be wearing off for Chloe, which has fallen three places from its spot in the 2016 charts. Originating from the Greek Khloe, the name is usually taken to mean "blooming".

    Numerology: 7, describing intellectuals and deep thinkers.
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    18. Freya

    Inspired by mythology, Freya is the name of the ancient Norse god of love. Could our obsession with all things Scandi be propelling this name to new heights in 2017?

    Numerology: 1, the number of independent leadership.
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    17. Phoebe

    Popularised by the character Phoebe in Friends, this quirky moniker has since found favour with a whole new generation of parents. Originating from the Greek Phoibos, it means "bright" or "radiant".

    Numerology: 6, the number of balance.
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    16. Sophie

    Another name with Greek origins, Sophie is a shorter version of the more popular Sophia, meaning "wisdom". It's dropped six places since 2016, suggesting that the longer version is officially taking over.

    Numerology: 9, for an active and competitive nature.
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    15. Evie

    Evie is still benefitting from our love of traditional, vintage names. Often seen as an updated version of Eve, meaning "light", it can also be short for Evelyn, meaning "bird".

    Numerology: 11, one of the two "master numbers"
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    14. Ella

    While Ella can sometimes be short for the more popular Isabella, it's also a name in its own right. Deriving from the Greek Helene, it's usually considered to mean "light".

    Numerology: 3, representing energy and aspiration.
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    13. Poppy

    Flower names are a perennial favourite among parents, and Poppy is no exception. The name has been in the top 20 consistently for the past five years.

    Numerology: 7, describing intellectuals and deep thinkers.
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    12. Charlotte

    Charlotte is one of those names that comes and goes over the years, jumping in and out of the top 20. This feminine form of Charles – meaning "free person" - is riding high so far in 2017, up three places on last year. Perhaps parents are continuing to be inspired by royalty.

    Numerology: 3, representing energy and aspiration.
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    11. Grace

    2017 is seeing a resurgence of spiritual names for girls, with Faith, Hope and Joy all seeing plenty of registrations so far. But Grace is top of the virtue pops, up an impressive six places from last year.

    Numerology: 7, describing intellectuals and deep thinkers.
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    10. Isabelle

    The name Isabelle has a long and distinguished history. Originally a French form of Elizabeth, it ultimately derives from the Hebrew Elisheva, meaning "devoted to god".

    Numerology: 11, one of the two "master numbers".
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    9. Mia

    For such a sweet name, it's surprising to learn that Mia – the Scandinavian form of Maria – actually means "bitter"! That hasn't stopped parents for choosing it for their little ones though, as the name is up three spaces from 2016.

    Numerology: 5, the number of curious communicators.
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    8. Isabella

    Isabella ultimately has the same roots as Isabelle, but this Italian version remains more popular. With the two names swapping places in the charts regularly, the battle of the belles looks set to continue for many years yet.

    Numerology: 7, describing intellectuals and deep thinkers.
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    7. Ava

    The experts aren't sure exactly where the name Ava comes from: some say it's from the Latin Avis, meaning "bird", while others claim it derives from the Hebrew Chavah, meaning "breathe". Either way, the name certainly connotes freedom, making it a modern favourite.

    Numerology: 6, the number of balance.
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    6. Emily

    From the Latin aemulus, meaning "rival", Emily has fallen a little in recent years, from a height of second place in 2014. Could the Emily Blunt effect finally be wearing off?

    Numerology: 1, the number of independent leadership.
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    5. Lily

    2016's number two name has fallen a few places this year, but it's still riding high; proving once again that floral names are always classic for girls. Taken from the name of the flower, Lily is said to symbolise purity and perfection.

    Numerology: 22, often considered the most powerful number.
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    4. Isla

    Another name with dual origins, Isla is the Spanish word for island, but is more commonly derived from Islay, an island in the Scottish Hebrides. Popularised by Australian actress Isla Fisher, the name has gone on to be loved by parents across the UK.

    Numerology: 5, the number of curious communicators.
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    3. Amelia

    Amelia has been near the top of the charts for many years, and shows no signs of going anywhere any time soon – it's up two spots on last year. From the Latin Aemilia, this pretty name means "strive".

    Numerology: 5, the number of curious communicators.
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    2. Sophia

    Up one place from last year, long-standing favourite Sophia hasn't strayed from the top five since 2010. While other names have changed from their historical roots, Sophia is actually the ancient Greek word for wisdom.

    Numerology: 5, the number of curious communicators.
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    1. Olivia

    There's no change at number one, with Olivia having taken the top spot for the past two years in a row – matching Oliver towards the top of the boys' charts. The word derives from the Latin for "olive tree", which is often seen as a symbol of peace.

    Numerology: 5, the number of curious communicators.

    Discover the top 20 boys' names of 2017 so far, and check out this year's hottest baby name trends.

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