If you're looking for a name that has stood the test of time, then Emily pretty much takes the cake. It was popular in the mid-to-late 1800s, dipped some until the 1950s, and has been in the top 75 girl's names since the 1970s. Latin for "eager," Emily is believed to have originally derived from the Roman name, Aemilia. Emily is not only popular in the United States, but the UK, Australia and New Zealand, as well. If Emily is the name you choose, your daughter will be among notable female writers with Dickinson and Brontë, and a Nobel Prize winner in Emily Greene Balch.