Most Popular Baby Girl Names in 1956

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names were for the year 1956. These names are taken directly from the Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.

The table below shows the top 250 most popular baby girl names in 1956, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name.

You can also use the links below to research more about the most popular baby names.

Top 1000 most popular boy names: 1-250 | 251-500 | 501-750 | 751-1000

Top 1000 most popular girl names: 1-250 | 251-500 | 501-750 | 751-1000

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 61,743
2 Debra 48,307
3 Linda 48,074
4 Deborah 47,832
5 Susan 46,566
6 Patricia 43,334
7 Karen 40,051
8 Cynthia 32,343
9 Barbara 32,299
10 Donna 29,853
11 Nancy 28,785
12 Pamela 26,927
13 Sharon 26,880
14 Sandra 24,297
15 Diane 22,511
16 Carol 21,406
17 Kathleen 21,374
18 Cheryl 21,279
19 Brenda 19,340
20 Kathy 17,177
21 Janet 16,762
22 Elizabeth 16,344
23 Denise 14,509
24 Teresa 14,467
25 Margaret 13,919
26 Janice 13,016
27 Rebecca 12,171
28 Catherine 12,059
29 Robin 11,617
30 Joyce 11,089
31 Lisa 11,012
32 Theresa 10,843
33 Carolyn 10,638
34 Laura 10,570
35 Judy 10,195
36 Cathy 10,136
37 Cindy 9,979
38 Kim 9,897
39 Debbie 9,867
40 Beverly 9,452
41 Shirley 9,425
42 Christine 9,375
43 Connie 9,361
44 Betty 9,218
45 Judith 9,111
46 Ann 8,989
47 Paula 8,923
48 Julie 8,573
49 Gail 8,434
50 Jane 8,245
51 Bonnie 8,136
52 Joan 8,079
53 Gloria 7,922
54 Sherry 7,902
55 Sheila 7,874
56 Diana 7,852
57 Vicki 7,765
58 Lynn 7,737
59 Martha 7,709
60 Kathryn 7,595
61 Wanda 7,551
62 Rhonda 7,520
63 Peggy 7,492
64 Rose 7,340
65 Jean 7,177
66 Lori 7,145
67 Katherine 7,080
68 Vickie 6,959
69 Jo 6,956
70 Marilyn 6,928
71 Darlene 6,917
72 Dorothy 6,853
73 Kimberly 6,731
74 Maria 6,731
75 Virginia 6,391
76 Laurie 6,202
77 Ruth 6,076
78 Jacqueline 6,066
79 Rita 6,053
80 Valerie 5,911
81 Terri 5,747
82 Phyllis 5,649
83 Anita 5,502
84 Ellen 5,431
85 Victoria 5,387
86 Anne 5,352
87 Michelle 5,331
88 Tina 5,329
89 Elaine 5,311
90 Helen 5,278
91 Terry 5,273
92 Dawn 5,127
93 Angela 5,033
94 Suzanne 5,023
95 Wendy 4,860
96 Marie 4,796
97 Jennifer 4,708
98 Alice 4,681
99 Joanne 4,670
100 Michele 4,616
101 Jill 4,576
102 Maureen 4,503
103 Anna 4,390
104 Leslie 4,384
105 Sally 4,344
106 Renee 4,333
107 Frances 4,324
108 Sylvia 4,147
109 Doris 4,096
110 Marcia 4,069
111 Stephanie 3,912
112 Jeanne 3,907
113 Colleen 3,893
114 Sheryl 3,891
115 Sarah 3,870
116 Roberta 3,867
117 Beth 3,799
118 Annette 3,755
119 Sue 3,755
120 Evelyn 3,750
121 Yvonne 3,584
122 Amy 3,547
123 Eileen 3,449
124 Lorraine 3,427
125 Regina 3,425
126 Loretta 3,407
127 Andrea 3,395
128 Gwendolyn 3,379
129 Marsha 3,328
130 Julia 3,322
131 Carla 3,318
132 Charlene 3,276
133 Charlotte 3,273
134 Glenda 3,243
135 Lois 3,222
136 Jan 3,199
137 Dianne 3,067
138 Norma 3,051
139 Joann 2,998
140 Joy 2,821
141 Constance 2,818
142 Melinda 2,714
143 Melanie 2,693
144 Becky 2,688
145 Vanessa 2,619
146 Vicky 2,612
147 Doreen 2,573
148 Vivian 2,560
149 Audrey 2,546
150 Melissa 2,527
151 Toni 2,505
152 Juanita 2,470
153 Patti 2,421
154 Kay 2,395
155 Melody 2,387
156 Lynne 2,371
157 Janis 2,362
158 Penny 2,348
159 Irene 2,344
160 Jeanette 2,336
161 Debora 2,328
162 Holly 2,325
163 Gayle 2,289
164 Yolanda 2,275
165 Louise 2,237
166 Carmen 2,205
167 Belinda 2,187
168 Rosa 2,175
169 Monica 2,161
170 Marlene 2,127
171 Roxanne 2,115
172 Annie 2,114
173 Christina 2,113
174 Dana 2,074
175 Geraldine 2,064
176 Rosemary 2,064
177 Sherri 2,034
178 Sara 2,004
179 Ruby 1,993
180 Jackie 1,984
181 Gina 1,960
182 June 1,953
183 Shelia 1,947
184 Lee 1,936
185 Eva 1,928
186 Claudia 1,915
187 Marjorie 1,882
188 Delores 1,844
189 Grace 1,836
190 Veronica 1,817
191 Arlene 1,807
192 Patsy 1,803
193 Lynda 1,759
194 Jody 1,747
195 Sheri 1,716
196 Shelley 1,680
197 Rachel 1,672
198 Dolores 1,659
199 Ramona 1,644
200 Mildred 1,637
201 Lillian 1,628
202 Marianne 1,617
203 Teri 1,599
204 Joni 1,576
205 Edna 1,550
206 Lydia 1,547
207 Marla 1,535
208 Carrie 1,529
209 Esther 1,510
210 Josephine 1,485
211 Edith 1,477
212 Jayne 1,470
213 Patty 1,446
214 Carole 1,417
215 Janie 1,409
216 Candace 1,403
217 Jacquelyn 1,395
218 Karla 1,390
219 Tracy 1,387
220 Sheree 1,372
221 Pauline 1,368
222 Lucy 1,361
223 Priscilla 1,352
224 Heidi 1,351
225 Dianna 1,345
226 Emma 1,340
227 Sherrie 1,335
228 Nina 1,325
229 Georgia 1,306
230 Emily 1,283
231 Margie 1,270
232 Marian 1,249
233 Bobbie 1,239
234 Paulette 1,234
235 Robyn 1,227
236 April 1,212
237 Darla 1,209
238 Deanna 1,207
239 Luann 1,201
240 Mona 1,187
241 Laurel 1,181
242 Bonita 1,174
243 Gladys 1,172
244 Nora 1,170
245 Vera 1,151
246 Jeannie 1,150
247 Clara 1,146
248 Lynette 1,138
249 Sandy 1,127
250 Billie 1,125

Historical Data for Baby Names

If you're interested to see how the trends and popularity of baby names have changed, you can use the links below to view the historical data by decade.

Most popular first names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Most popular boy names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Most popular girl names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and excludes any names with fewer than 5 occurrences in any geographic area.

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