15/09/2014 18:45 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Choosing Names For Girls

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Choosing your baby girl's name can be difficult choice. While you might not want a name that every other girl on the street or in class shares (Amelia is currently the most popular girls' name in the UK), you also might not want to go for something so out there it's unpronounceable and so weird that no one can spell it (including your daughter).

You can search for and find the meaning of thousands of girls' names with our fun baby name finder.
Search by letter, length and origin, or find inspiration with our random name generator – it throws up all manner of options!

For reference, here are the top 10 girls' names in UK:

1. Amelia
2. Olivia
3. Jessica
4. Emily
5. Lily
6. Ava
7. Mia
8. Isla
9. Sophie
10. Isabella

When you're choosing a name for your baby girl, here are a few things to think about:

Would you like a family connection to the name? Naming a child after a close relative or friend is a lovely gesture, but if you'll always have an image of the original person in your mind it could make things tricky. Write your baby name choices down in front of your daughter's surname, and say the name several times out loud. Do you like the look and sound or it? You will be writing and saying that name for years to come...

Prepare a few different choices. You never know how you are going to feel when your baby girl arrives, or who she will 'look' like. Having a shortlist can be huge help on day she arrives.

Are you picking a middle name and does it 'go' with the first name you have chosen? Of course the whole point of a middle name is for a child to know when they are really in trouble (the minute anyone calls me Elizabeth Jane I am instantly taken back to 1991), but it's worth thinking about.