Most Popular Baby Girl Names in 1978

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names were for the year 1978. 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 1978, 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 56,319
2 Melissa 28,328
3 Jessica 26,103
4 Amy 23,212
5 Heather 22,273
6 Amanda 20,518
7 Angela 20,513
8 Sarah 19,978
9 Michelle 18,858
10 Nicole 17,276
11 Lisa 17,034
12 Kelly 16,983
13 Kimberly 16,879
14 Elizabeth 16,810
15 Christina 16,372
16 Stephanie 16,232
17 Rebecca 13,800
18 Crystal 12,592
19 Laura 11,244
20 Jamie 10,982
21 Erin 10,787
22 Shannon 10,602
23 Andrea 10,460
24 Mary 10,042
25 Rachel 9,805
26 Julie 9,797
27 April 9,589
28 Sara 8,868
29 Christine 8,273
30 Amber 8,175
31 Danielle 7,984
32 Tiffany 7,700
33 Emily 7,479
34 Erica 7,341
35 Carrie 7,319
36 Maria 7,013
37 Brandy 6,698
38 Katherine 6,623
39 Karen 6,372
40 Tara 6,329
41 Megan 5,897
42 Monica 5,865
43 Misty 5,834
44 Stacy 5,777
45 Tina 5,699
46 Jill 5,675
47 Tracy 5,629
48 Patricia 5,501
49 Susan 5,417
50 Cynthia 5,404
51 Kristy 5,331
52 Dawn 5,216
53 Melanie 4,999
54 Stacey 4,999
55 Holly 4,972
56 Wendy 4,917
57 Kathryn 4,809
58 Alicia 4,750
59 Christy 4,661
60 Lori 4,632
61 Brandi 4,500
62 Kristen 4,369
63 Leslie 4,342
64 Kristina 4,229
65 Anna 4,172
66 Natalie 4,167
67 Tammy 4,069
68 Courtney 4,033
69 Sandra 4,004
70 Dana 4,003
71 Jaime 4,002
72 Catherine 3,958
73 Veronica 3,934
74 Samantha 3,887
75 Allison 3,867
76 Vanessa 3,852
77 Tonya 3,826
78 Kristin 3,807
79 Kathleen 3,743
80 Lauren 3,669
81 Jacqueline 3,577
82 Tanya 3,576
83 Heidi 3,568
84 Melinda 3,564
85 Denise 3,519
86 Michele 3,484
87 Ashley 3,482
88 Teresa 3,472
89 Robin 3,441
90 Katie 3,424
91 Sabrina 3,351
92 Valerie 3,300
93 Gina 3,221
94 Cheryl 3,167
95 Lindsay 3,123
96 Mandy 3,109
97 Nancy 3,045
98 Kristi 2,992
99 Renee 2,970
100 Linda 2,933
101 Theresa 2,922
102 Diana 2,885
103 Brenda 2,872
104 Erika 2,827
105 Tamara 2,801
106 Sharon 2,757
107 Beth 2,742
108 Leah 2,711
109 Pamela 2,689
110 Margaret 2,630
111 Jenny 2,619
112 Julia 2,595
113 Barbara 2,580
114 Natasha 2,556
115 Brooke 2,534
116 Nichole 2,511
117 Suzanne 2,507
118 Deborah 2,479
119 Anne 2,466
120 Donna 2,461
121 Victoria 2,457
122 Katrina 2,439
123 Alison 2,434
124 Kelli 2,326
125 Ann 2,320
126 Tabitha 2,309
127 Kara 2,291
128 Jodi 2,265
129 Regina 2,188
130 Carolyn 2,175
131 Jaclyn 2,129
132 Carla 2,103
133 Colleen 2,056
134 Cindy 2,043
135 Latoya 2,040
136 Deanna 2,032
137 Kari 1,968
138 Yolanda 1,951
139 Joy 1,946
140 Felicia 1,939
141 Angel 1,935
142 Molly 1,933
143 Summer 1,918
144 Aimee 1,905
145 Kendra 1,904
146 Meredith 1,880
147 Debra 1,874
148 Marie 1,862
149 Shanna 1,844
150 Paula 1,828
151 Sherry 1,828
152 Lindsey 1,813
153 Cassandra 1,812
154 Desiree 1,809
155 Bethany 1,765
156 Adrienne 1,733
157 Krista 1,733
158 Janet 1,732
159 Kristine 1,732
160 Rhonda 1,725
161 Shawna 1,703
162 Rachael 1,695
163 Bridget 1,685
164 Meghan 1,681
165 Virginia 1,653
166 Tamika 1,637
167 Kristie 1,619
168 Candice 1,614
169 Laurie 1,614
170 Mindy 1,595
171 Trisha 1,580
172 Monique 1,574
173 Christie 1,533
174 Casey 1,532
175 Shelly 1,502
176 Martha 1,485
177 Stacie 1,466
178 Toni 1,457
179 Tracey 1,449
180 Kellie 1,445
181 Diane 1,433
182 Carmen 1,428
183 Miranda 1,415
184 Sheila 1,414
185 Latasha 1,397
186 Janelle 1,384
187 Robyn 1,378
188 Alisha 1,377
189 Kelley 1,364
190 Joanna 1,349
191 Cara 1,346
192 Shana 1,345
193 Rebekah 1,343
194 Jillian 1,341
195 Melody 1,331
196 Candace 1,326
197 Keri 1,322
198 Ebony 1,318
199 Olivia 1,313
200 Caroline 1,308
201 Autumn 1,307
202 Shauna 1,267
203 Sonya 1,265
204 Carol 1,264
205 Sonia 1,264
206 Marisa 1,257
207 Tricia 1,248
208 Kerri 1,222
209 Angie 1,221
210 Anita 1,221
211 Traci 1,218
212 Ruth 1,208
213 Yvonne 1,207
214 Claudia 1,200
215 Jody 1,168
216 Janice 1,162
217 Kerry 1,154
218 Angelica 1,147
219 Marissa 1,147
220 Ana 1,140
221 Kathy 1,134
222 Terri 1,116
223 Lynn 1,108
224 Connie 1,103
225 Priscilla 1,099
226 Nikki 1,094
227 Bonnie 1,090
228 Cristina 1,088
229 Krystal 1,074
230 Rosa 1,073
231 Naomi 1,070
232 Charity 1,066
233 Lakisha 1,066
234 Audrey 1,062
235 Tasha 1,053
236 Gloria 1,050
237 Annette 1,045
238 Shelley 1,029
239 Jeanette 1,027
240 Leticia 1,021
241 Ellen 1,012
242 Abigail 1,010
243 Kate 999
244 Becky 996
245 Ginger 996
246 Keisha 985
247 Tameka 963
248 Jana 959
249 Latisha 957
250 Sylvia 949

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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