There may be an endless number of聽baby names聽out there, but there are only 26 letters in the alphabet, which can narrow the pool down for you. From A聽(Ava) to Z (Zoe), here鈥檚 a rundown of what鈥檚 hot in the 鈥榖et in baby name land.



A is the most popular letter for girls鈥 baby names, including top tens Ava and Abigail, plus Avery, Amelia, Aubrey, Addison聽and fast-climbing newcomer Aria.


Longtime Nameberry favorite Beatrix doesn鈥檛 rank in the US top 1000. Beatrice is Nameberry鈥檚 number 34, but comes in at a mere number 601 in the US.


Will and Kate chose the classic Charlotte for their new daughter in May. So did lots of American parents. It鈥檚 currently the tenth most popular name for girls in the US.


Fast-rising Daleyza was coined by singer-turned-NBC Universo reality star, Larry Hernandez, for his first daughter. His new daughter鈥檚 name, Dalary, was among the top debuts of 2014.


Emma is the number 1 name in the US. It鈥檚 also a favorite internationally. Emma is big in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain and throughout the English-speaking world.


Frances is rising, possibly thanks to the popularity of the current pope. But Frances isn鈥檛 the most popular F name in the US. That distinction belongs to Faith.


Gigi has lots of high-kicking, Gallic spirit. But Gabrielle, Genevieve, Georgia聽or even Marguerite might make a better formal name. Model Gigi Hadid聽was born Jelena.


Harriet Tubman won a recent popular vote to be the first woman featured on US currency. While Harriet is rare, sassy nickname聽Hattie has made a comeback.


Among the more unusual baby name influences? Extreme weather. Thirteen girls were named after 2014鈥檚 Hurricane Iselle.


Justice is among the baby names banned in New Zealand, but in 2014, nearly 800 baby girls were named Justice in the US.


Katherine-with-a-K is currently the more popular spelling, but until 1973, Catherine-with-a-C was preferred.


Lucy, Lucia, Lucille, Luciana, Luna聽and Louisa are all rising, making Lou- one of the hottest sounds for girls鈥 names.


Long-time number-one name Mary is often passed over as too common. But last year, Mary ranked just number 120, making it an underused classic.


A French judge ordered a baby girl鈥檚 name changed from Nutella to just Ella, ruling that Nutella was an unacceptable name. Napoleonic laws forbid baby names that may subject a child to ridicule.


Olivia is a favorite, but it鈥檚 girls names聽ending聽in the 鈥榦鈥 sound that are among the freshest聽in 2015, from classic Margot to nature name Willow.


Poppy is a perpetual parent-pleaser in the UK, but is seldom heard in the US. American parents prefer Paisley and Penelope.


Quinn is the most popular Q name for girls in the US. In fact, it鈥檚 the only Q name in the girls鈥 top 1000.


Riley is the girls鈥 name of the summer, thanks to the animated star of Disney Pixar鈥檚 Inside Out, and NBA champ Steph Curry鈥檚 scene-stealing daughter. Riley girls outnumber Riley boys about two to one, a proportion we expect to rise. 聽The Reilly聽spelling is more popular for boys, while Rylie trends girlward.


Sutton and Sloane are among the new surname names for girls, replacing fading favorites Madison and Taylor.


Theresa is a classic, but the only form of the name still in the girls鈥 US top 1000 is Tessa.


Over 2,200 girls have been named Unique over the last decade, which makes the name anything but.


Violet is one of several names boosted by British drama Downton Abbey. Others to watch: Daisy, Edith聽and Marigold.


Winter is the hottest season name, catching up to Autumn and Summer. Still rarely heard? Spring.


Ximena is the most popular X name for girls in the US, ranked number 142 last year.


Neil Gaiman coined the lovely name Yvaine for his novel Stardust. It鈥檚 a feminine spin on a name from Arthurian legend.


Lively Zoe is among the 50 most popular names for girls in the US. But just-add-y spelling Zoey is even more popular.

What are your favorite baby girl names? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

This post was originally published on Nameberry by Abby Sandel.

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