Most Popular Baby Girl Names in 1979

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names were for the year 1979. 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 1979, 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 56,716
2 Melissa 34,054
3 Amanda 31,927
4 Jessica 27,780
5 Amy 21,613
6 Sarah 21,016
7 Heather 20,838
8 Angela 20,258
9 Nicole 19,510
10 Michelle 19,269
11 Elizabeth 18,079
12 Kimberly 17,639
13 Lisa 17,285
14 Christina 16,454
15 Stephanie 16,204
16 Kelly 15,297
17 Rebecca 14,548
18 Crystal 13,467
19 Jamie 12,156
20 Laura 11,882
21 Erin 11,257
22 Amber 11,082
23 April 10,904
24 Mary 10,561
25 Shannon 10,369
26 Andrea 10,338
27 Rachel 10,231
28 Tiffany 9,612
29 Julie 9,252
30 Sara 8,655
31 Megan 8,294
32 Erica 8,177
33 Danielle 7,980
34 Emily 7,972
35 Christine 7,689
36 Katherine 7,468
37 Maria 7,329
38 Tara 6,808
39 Brandy 6,777
40 Monica 6,586
41 Carrie 6,356
42 Misty 5,786
43 Stacy 5,708
44 Patricia 5,651
45 Lauren 5,629
46 Karen 5,600
47 Alicia 5,548
48 Holly 5,489
49 Tracy 5,389
50 Kathryn 5,312
51 Susan 5,200
52 Jill 5,193
53 Melanie 5,021
54 Dana 4,952
55 Cynthia 4,933
56 Kristy 4,881
57 Dawn 4,725
58 Tina 4,677
59 Anna 4,668
60 Stacey 4,614
61 Brandi 4,608
62 Kristen 4,570
63 Katie 4,510
64 Wendy 4,499
65 Leslie 4,498
66 Samantha 4,461
67 Ashley 4,451
68 Natalie 4,443
69 Lori 4,432
70 Allison 4,411
71 Courtney 4,323
72 Christy 4,286
73 Kristin 4,264
74 Kristina 4,129
75 Vanessa 4,102
76 Veronica 4,063
77 Sandra 3,996
78 Catherine 3,878
79 Tammy 3,759
80 Jacqueline 3,742
81 Mindy 3,711
82 Melinda 3,706
83 Heidi 3,672
84 Kathleen 3,646
85 Brooke 3,510
86 Tonya 3,495
87 Teresa 3,480
88 Lindsay 3,466
89 Valerie 3,407
90 Pamela 3,366
91 Erika 3,317
92 Denise 3,266
93 Tanya 3,225
94 Cheryl 3,209
95 Robin 3,206
96 Gina 3,115
97 Jaime 3,086
98 Leah 3,079
99 Katrina 2,998
100 Theresa 2,995
101 Renee 2,979
102 Alison 2,937
103 Nichole 2,908
104 Tamara 2,885
105 Michele 2,879
106 Sabrina 2,869
107 Nancy 2,865
108 Margaret 2,831
109 Kristi 2,800
110 Natasha 2,795
111 Diana 2,780
112 Brenda 2,769
113 Lindsey 2,760
114 Linda 2,740
115 Anne 2,735
116 Mandy 2,721
117 Sharon 2,692
118 Beth 2,689
119 Victoria 2,673
120 Jenny 2,628
121 Meghan 2,571
122 Julia 2,568
123 Barbara 2,493
124 Jaclyn 2,303
125 Kara 2,299
126 Ann 2,266
127 Suzanne 2,245
128 Candice 2,227
129 Kelli 2,218
130 Krista 2,214
131 Donna 2,199
132 Deborah 2,180
133 Colleen 2,135
134 Regina 2,120
135 Bethany 2,094
136 Cindy 2,086
137 Kendra 2,069
138 Carolyn 2,055
139 Molly 2,023
140 Jodi 1,977
141 Monique 1,976
142 Carla 1,970
143 Meredith 1,963
144 Casey 1,957
145 Deanna 1,950
146 Cassandra 1,945
147 Yolanda 1,935
148 Latoya 1,880
149 Marie 1,878
150 Summer 1,860
151 Rachael 1,853
152 Felicia 1,852
153 Kari 1,852
154 Joy 1,822
155 Tabitha 1,818
156 Aimee 1,815
157 Shanna 1,793
158 Adrienne 1,781
159 Trisha 1,777
160 Janet 1,746
161 Bridget 1,736
162 Alisha 1,721
163 Rhonda 1,717
164 Angel 1,698
165 Paula 1,694
166 Debra 1,689
167 Latasha 1,686
168 Brianne 1,661
169 Virginia 1,657
170 Desiree 1,635
171 Bonnie 1,627
172 Carmen 1,608
173 Candace 1,595
174 Miranda 1,594
175 Sherry 1,591
176 Laurie 1,581
177 Shawna 1,548
178 Rebekah 1,519
179 Jillian 1,507
180 Autumn 1,499
181 Christie 1,458
182 Shelly 1,457
183 Kristine 1,456
184 Ebony 1,444
185 Martha 1,441
186 Janelle 1,415
187 Tamika 1,414
188 Kristie 1,407
189 Shauna 1,403
190 Tasha 1,401
191 Robyn 1,399
192 Toni 1,396
193 Joanna 1,387
194 Marissa 1,387
195 Sheila 1,369
196 Angie 1,366
197 Melody 1,365
198 Caroline 1,352
199 Diane 1,330
200 Kellie 1,326
201 Stacie 1,326
202 Tracey 1,313
203 Claudia 1,308
204 Angelica 1,305
205 Marisa 1,293
206 Sonya 1,287
207 Sonia 1,276
208 Kate 1,260
209 Priscilla 1,256
210 Olivia 1,253
211 Cara 1,247
212 Yvonne 1,234
213 Abigail 1,225
214 Traci 1,217
215 Tricia 1,209
216 Kelley 1,201
217 Ruth 1,201
218 Charity 1,198
219 Shana 1,198
220 Audrey 1,178
221 Latisha 1,175
222 Naomi 1,175
223 Alyssa 1,174
224 Carol 1,164
225 Krystal 1,164
226 Jana 1,161
227 Rosa 1,152
228 Keri 1,151
229 Ana 1,139
230 Anita 1,139
231 Terri 1,128
232 Leigh 1,126
233 Cristina 1,123
234 Kathy 1,112
235 Kerri 1,110
236 Alissa 1,090
237 Nikki 1,085
238 Christa 1,080
239 Karla 1,080
240 Janice 1,078
241 Gloria 1,076
242 Lynn 1,070
243 Shelley 1,065
244 Jasmine 1,042
245 Lakisha 1,042
246 Leticia 1,017
247 Sylvia 1,016
248 Alexis 1,010
249 Jeanette 1,007
250 Annette 1,001

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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