Most Popular Baby Girl Names in 1961

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names were for the year 1961. 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 1961, 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 47,680
2 Lisa 42,703
3 Susan 37,523
4 Linda 35,580
5 Karen 34,701
6 Patricia 28,872
7 Donna 28,672
8 Cynthia 24,379
9 Sandra 24,145
10 Deborah 24,094
11 Brenda 23,776
12 Barbara 22,991
13 Debra 22,150
14 Lori 21,873
15 Pamela 21,682
16 Nancy 20,716
17 Sharon 20,445
18 Teresa 18,907
19 Elizabeth 18,857
20 Cheryl 18,294
21 Laura 17,896
22 Kimberly 17,356
23 Julie 17,038
24 Carol 16,669
25 Kathy 16,379
26 Diane 16,201
27 Robin 15,648
28 Tammy 15,526
29 Kathleen 15,394
30 Denise 15,378
31 Debbie 14,879
32 Janet 13,930
33 Cindy 13,387
34 Michelle 12,737
35 Theresa 11,965
36 Kim 11,369
37 Jacqueline 10,984
38 Angela 10,838
39 Christine 10,588
40 Margaret 10,551
41 Tina 10,521
42 Carolyn 10,505
43 Laurie 10,430
44 Rebecca 10,234
45 Kelly 9,638
46 Rhonda 9,467
47 Jennifer 9,264
48 Catherine 9,249
49 Dawn 9,147
50 Connie 8,986
51 Terri 8,728
52 Janice 8,721
53 Sherry 8,358
54 Ann 8,215
55 Cathy 8,199
56 Diana 8,195
57 Maria 7,940
58 Judy 7,914
59 Sheila 7,797
60 Paula 7,744
61 Wendy 7,148
62 Joyce 6,999
63 Michele 6,990
64 Tracy 6,988
65 Beth 6,714
66 Beverly 6,709
67 Valerie 6,674
68 Amy 6,611
69 Suzanne 6,605
70 Wanda 6,461
71 Lynn 6,441
72 Jane 6,362
73 Annette 6,199
74 Jill 6,134
75 Bonnie 6,029
76 Vicki 5,966
77 Carla 5,818
78 Stephanie 5,811
79 Renee 5,782
80 Darlene 5,726
81 Martha 5,719
82 Gloria 5,693
83 Judith 5,688
84 Leslie 5,668
85 Shirley 5,631
86 Katherine 5,629
87 Betty 5,580
88 Peggy 5,565
89 Joan 5,550
90 Anne 5,521
91 Anita 5,504
92 Jean 5,364
93 Kathryn 5,226
94 Gail 4,974
95 Melissa 4,902
96 Ruth 4,893
97 Ellen 4,848
98 Regina 4,761
99 Dorothy 4,728
100 Anna 4,671
101 Penny 4,636
102 Joanne 4,613
103 Virginia 4,575
104 Maureen 4,569
105 Rita 4,528
106 Colleen 4,514
107 Vickie 4,402
108 Terry 4,360
109 Marie 4,344
110 Andrea 4,318
111 Rose 4,318
112 Jackie 4,253
113 Sarah 4,206
114 Victoria 4,146
115 Becky 4,095
116 Julia 3,905
117 Gina 3,872
118 Elaine 3,866
119 Helen 3,857
120 Phyllis 3,837
121 Sherri 3,807
122 Marilyn 3,796
123 Melanie 3,756
124 Sylvia 3,745
125 Tamara 3,730
126 Alice 3,584
127 Yvonne 3,553
128 Dana 3,544
129 Melinda 3,505
130 Sue 3,505
131 Eileen 3,490
132 Christina 3,467
133 Sally 3,463
134 Sandy 3,421
135 Frances 3,419
136 Monica 3,391
137 Joann 3,347
138 Jeanne 3,326
139 Carrie 3,178
140 Sheryl 3,121
141 Shari 3,117
142 Belinda 3,116
143 Lorraine 3,113
144 Pam 3,082
145 Shelly 2,994
146 Evelyn 2,937
147 Charlotte 2,935
148 Loretta 2,925
149 Toni 2,893
150 Charlene 2,828
151 Tracey 2,802
152 Jo 2,794
153 Vanessa 2,759
154 Veronica 2,729
155 Marcia 2,686
156 Deanna 2,682
157 Patty 2,648
158 Joy 2,610
159 Glenda 2,597
160 Holly 2,575
161 Doris 2,573
162 Roberta 2,561
163 Jeanette 2,557
164 Norma 2,550
165 Gwendolyn 2,533
166 Heidi 2,521
167 Yolanda 2,514
168 Sheri 2,488
169 Carmen 2,400
170 Lynne 2,398
171 Jamie 2,339
172 Melody 2,271
173 Teri 2,241
174 Tami 2,225
175 Vicky 2,208
176 Sara 2,199
177 Caroline 2,198
178 Dianne 2,172
179 Marsha 2,161
180 Shelley 2,143
181 Rosemary 2,130
182 Crystal 2,115
183 Lois 2,104
184 Patti 2,061
185 Audrey 2,059
186 Rachel 2,054
187 Lynda 2,037
188 Jan 2,032
189 Shelia 2,004
190 Juanita 1,985
191 Tammie 1,979
192 Kay 1,956
193 Irene 1,912
194 Vivian 1,891
195 Karla 1,872
196 Jodi 1,848
197 Yvette 1,848
198 Doreen 1,846
199 Tonya 1,840
200 Jody 1,832
201 April 1,807
202 Roxanne 1,724
203 Darla 1,714
204 Constance 1,704
205 Carole 1,678
206 Stacy 1,676
207 Alicia 1,671
208 Marianne 1,648
209 Tanya 1,648
210 Rosa 1,646
211 Marlene 1,639
212 Ramona 1,629
213 Natalie 1,624
214 Lydia 1,574
215 Chris 1,568
216 Arlene 1,555
217 Louise 1,540
218 Sonya 1,540
219 Robyn 1,536
220 Eva 1,528
221 Dianna 1,523
222 Lee 1,493
223 Ronda 1,485
224 June 1,472
225 Felicia 1,460
226 Jana 1,459
227 Stacey 1,451
228 Cassandra 1,449
229 Gayle 1,446
230 Grace 1,442
231 Alison 1,408
232 Jacquelyn 1,395
233 Debora 1,384
234 Sherrie 1,370
235 Dolores 1,340
236 Lora 1,326
237 Cheri 1,316
238 Esther 1,314
239 Marjorie 1,314
240 Lillian 1,311
241 Annie 1,299
242 Janine 1,287
243 Geraldine 1,282
244 Maryann 1,280
245 Ruby 1,275
246 Lynette 1,269
247 Joni 1,266
248 Lauren 1,260
249 Kelley 1,250
250 Jenny 1,249

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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