Most Popular Baby Girl Names in 1972

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names were for the year 1972. 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 1972, 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 Jennifer 63,604
2 Michelle 29,286
3 Lisa 27,549
4 Kimberly 26,286
5 Amy 25,875
6 Angela 23,559
7 Melissa 22,503
8 Stephanie 16,888
9 Heather 16,320
10 Nicole 15,749
11 Tammy 14,210
12 Julie 14,069
13 Mary 13,759
14 Rebecca 13,252
15 Elizabeth 12,185
16 Christine 11,986
17 Laura 11,776
18 Tina 11,521
19 Tracy 11,436
20 Dawn 11,338
21 Karen 11,181
22 Shannon 10,963
23 Kelly 10,942
24 Susan 10,574
25 Christina 10,171
26 Cynthia 10,171
27 Patricia 9,597
28 Lori 9,433
29 Wendy 8,531
30 Andrea 8,020
31 Sandra 7,914
32 Maria 7,712
33 Stacy 7,603
34 Pamela 7,476
35 Denise 7,384
36 Michele 7,377
37 Tonya 7,244
38 Tara 7,231
39 Teresa 7,177
40 Rachel 6,413
41 Stacey 6,380
42 Melanie 6,294
43 Deborah 6,273
44 Brenda 6,270
45 Donna 6,260
46 Jessica 6,209
47 Monica 6,128
48 April 6,121
49 Sarah 6,114
50 Sharon 6,111
51 Linda 5,745
52 Dana 5,609
53 Carrie 5,422
54 Tanya 5,401
55 Robin 5,368
56 Cheryl 5,136
57 Kathleen 5,095
58 Barbara 5,080
59 Crystal 5,045
60 Rhonda 5,000
61 Tiffany 4,846
62 Jill 4,825
63 Nancy 4,816
64 Heidi 4,724
65 Catherine 4,685
66 Debra 4,666
67 Kristin 4,584
68 Theresa 4,570
69 Katherine 4,514
70 Sherry 4,448
71 Holly 4,376
72 Paula 4,258
73 Danielle 4,199
74 Christy 4,189
75 Leslie 4,184
76 Amanda 4,181
77 Renee 4,090
78 Gina 4,057
79 Jacqueline 3,802
80 Cindy 3,737
81 Melinda 3,672
82 Veronica 3,566
83 Diana 3,546
84 Tamara 3,531
85 Kristen 3,529
86 Anna 3,450
87 Erica 3,444
88 Tracey 3,408
89 Yolanda 3,398
90 Sheila 3,393
91 Ann 3,361
92 Suzanne 3,300
93 Erin 3,289
94 Shelly 3,288
95 Margaret 3,285
96 Alicia 3,268
97 Jodi 3,260
98 Laurie 3,230
99 Victoria 3,205
100 Valerie 3,193
101 Sara 3,181
102 Kristi 3,131
103 Kathryn 3,128
104 Regina 3,105
105 Diane 3,095
106 Carla 3,083
107 Deanna 3,038
108 Kathy 3,031
109 Carol 3,009
110 Carolyn 2,993
111 Janet 2,953
112 Kristina 2,924
113 Beth 2,817
114 Jamie 2,813
115 Allison 2,798
116 Katrina 2,750
117 Katina 2,745
118 Kim 2,743
119 Jenny 2,635
120 Tricia 2,614
121 Traci 2,612
122 Sonya 2,506
123 Colleen 2,503
124 Terri 2,495
125 Misty 2,425
126 Shelley 2,384
127 Kristine 2,369
128 Felicia 2,360
129 Sherri 2,349
130 Emily 2,336
131 Julia 2,335
132 Connie 2,333
133 Vanessa 2,281
134 Anne 2,265
135 Lynn 2,252
136 Anita 2,231
137 Samantha 2,222
138 Erika 2,181
139 Cassandra 2,126
140 Brandy 2,082
141 Brandi 2,056
142 Krista 2,050
143 Natalie 2,024
144 Carmen 1,967
145 Angel 1,945
146 Nichole 1,944
147 Sheri 1,922
148 Kerry 1,910
149 Yvonne 1,904
150 Kelli 1,899
151 Martha 1,896
152 Sabrina 1,879
153 Monique 1,877
154 Aimee 1,874
155 Annette 1,870
156 Bridget 1,867
157 Bonnie 1,853
158 Kristy 1,838
159 Stacie 1,820
160 Joy 1,818
161 Amber 1,813
162 Alison 1,809
163 Tracie 1,794
164 Virginia 1,790
165 Becky 1,787
166 Wanda 1,775
167 Marie 1,764
168 Kristie 1,739
169 Cathy 1,736
170 Natasha 1,730
171 Janice 1,713
172 Jody 1,708
173 Nikki 1,704
174 Shawna 1,665
175 Gloria 1,618
176 Sonia 1,613
177 Vicki 1,612
178 Toni 1,595
179 Leah 1,593
180 Penny 1,588
181 Megan 1,587
182 Debbie 1,585
183 Trina 1,580
184 Shawn 1,575
185 Beverly 1,567
186 Kari 1,561
187 Belinda 1,536
188 Charlotte 1,535
189 Yvette 1,530
190 Kerri 1,501
191 Jeanette 1,494
192 Christie 1,480
193 Robyn 1,470
194 Sylvia 1,464
195 Charlene 1,462
196 Kara 1,456
197 Meredith 1,435
198 Joanna 1,423
199 Darlene 1,416
200 Kendra 1,397
201 Ruth 1,383
202 Catina 1,371
203 Betty 1,364
204 Claudia 1,363
205 Tammie 1,362
206 Joyce 1,350
207 Joanne 1,345
208 Peggy 1,343
209 Shirley 1,335
210 Ginger 1,317
211 Rose 1,308
212 Jean 1,300
213 Hope 1,295
214 Rosa 1,291
215 Tami 1,287
216 Tonia 1,280
217 Frances 1,279
218 Dorothy 1,273
219 Kimberley 1,271
220 Judith 1,262
221 Gretchen 1,261
222 Judy 1,260
223 Kellie 1,254
224 Candace 1,253
225 Helen 1,242
226 Molly 1,235
227 Kelley 1,217
228 Marsha 1,211
229 Leigh 1,210
230 Rita 1,199
231 Alice 1,198
232 Latonya 1,196
233 Sonja 1,191
234 Ashley 1,176
235 Bobbie 1,175
236 Ellen 1,175
237 Maureen 1,172
238 Jane 1,161
239 Norma 1,151
240 Tasha 1,138
241 Juanita 1,135
242 Melody 1,122
243 Vickie 1,122
244 Christa 1,121
245 Karla 1,121
246 Keri 1,115
247 Joann 1,100
248 Dina 1,097
249 Ana 1,086
250 Billie 1,076

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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