Most Popular Baby Girl Names in 1981

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names were for the year 1981. 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 1981, 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 57,049
2 Jessica 42,537
3 Amanda 34,373
4 Sarah 28,174
5 Melissa 28,003
6 Amy 20,347
7 Nicole 20,314
8 Stephanie 20,211
9 Elizabeth 20,176
10 Heather 17,946
11 Michelle 17,777
12 Rebecca 16,738
13 Kimberly 16,689
14 Tiffany 16,413
15 Angela 15,922
16 Crystal 15,883
17 Christina 14,397
18 Lisa 14,294
19 Erin 13,857
20 Amber 13,813
21 Laura 13,291
22 Rachel 12,588
23 Kelly 11,876
24 Andrea 11,684
25 April 11,403
26 Sara 11,358
27 Mary 11,044
28 Jamie 10,981
29 Emily 10,802
30 Danielle 10,039
31 Kristin 9,737
32 Shannon 9,228
33 Megan 8,967
34 Ashley 8,879
35 Lauren 8,814
36 Erica 8,625
37 Julie 8,565
38 Kristen 8,542
39 Katherine 8,436
40 Maria 7,678
41 Brandy 6,895
42 Christine 6,854
43 Courtney 6,638
44 Katie 6,600
45 Tara 6,367
46 Alicia 5,855
47 Lindsay 5,845
48 Kathryn 5,822
49 Monica 5,783
50 Brandi 5,526
51 Samantha 5,521
52 Brooke 5,330
53 Patricia 5,283
54 Anna 5,192
55 Carrie 5,094
56 Leslie 4,934
57 Allison 4,905
58 Lindsey 4,863
59 Cynthia 4,857
60 Natalie 4,857
61 Misty 4,799
62 Vanessa 4,747
63 Holly 4,565
64 Karen 4,538
65 Stacy 4,480
66 Melanie 4,475
67 Jacqueline 4,336
68 Veronica 4,314
69 Latoya 4,267
70 Susan 4,248
71 Dana 4,247
72 Kristina 4,061
73 Catherine 4,056
74 Sandra 4,035
75 Diana 3,970
76 Pamela 3,884
77 Tracy 3,868
78 Jill 3,857
79 Dawn 3,838
80 Tina 3,821
81 Leah 3,809
82 Kathleen 3,777
83 Stacey 3,753
84 Heidi 3,737
85 Natasha 3,730
86 Candice 3,697
87 Victoria 3,691
88 Julia 3,670
89 Valerie 3,611
90 Wendy 3,609
91 Lori 3,478
92 Tanya 3,408
93 Erika 3,398
94 Kristy 3,263
95 Katrina 3,259
96 Denise 3,202
97 Teresa 3,122
98 Renee 2,995
99 Theresa 2,943
100 Christy 2,942
101 Nancy 2,911
102 Robin 2,869
103 Monique 2,860
104 Cassandra 2,855
105 Anne 2,809
106 Gina 2,799
107 Margaret 2,791
108 Melinda 2,774
109 Nichole 2,772
110 Tonya 2,755
111 Linda 2,729
112 Brenda 2,721
113 Alison 2,703
114 Bethany 2,691
115 Tamara 2,651
116 Meghan 2,617
117 Tammy 2,586
118 Candace 2,580
119 Barbara 2,530
120 Sabrina 2,496
121 Kara 2,438
122 Casey 2,420
123 Jenny 2,402
124 Jaime 2,385
125 Beth 2,309
126 Kelli 2,280
127 Michele 2,272
128 Miranda 2,239
129 Kristi 2,206
130 Sharon 2,154
131 Krystal 2,133
132 Rachael 2,131
133 Ann 2,123
134 Cheryl 2,116
135 Molly 2,089
136 Mandy 2,088
137 Jillian 2,081
138 Colleen 2,069
139 Latasha 2,059
140 Meredith 2,047
141 Tasha 2,018
142 Alisha 1,997
143 Marie 1,989
144 Carolyn 1,958
145 Kari 1,954
146 Deanna 1,941
147 Tabitha 1,919
148 Rebekah 1,906
149 Deborah 1,904
150 Bridget 1,900
151 Regina 1,881
152 Kendra 1,850
153 Krista 1,848
154 Mindy 1,828
155 Joanna 1,827
156 Abigail 1,815
157 Angel 1,815
158 Jaclyn 1,808
159 Virginia 1,802
160 Carla 1,788
161 Suzanne 1,776
162 Morgan 1,769
163 Cindy 1,747
164 Trisha 1,726
165 Brittany 1,714
166 Donna 1,700
167 Nina 1,700
168 Felicia 1,630
169 Bonnie 1,624
170 Joy 1,622
171 Desiree 1,607
172 Alexis 1,585
173 Jodi 1,579
174 Adrienne 1,573
175 Martha 1,572
176 Janet 1,568
177 Yolanda 1,565
178 Ebony 1,554
179 Summer 1,544
180 Priscilla 1,539
181 Claudia 1,531
182 Aimee 1,506
183 Angelica 1,502
184 Autumn 1,496
185 Stefanie 1,487
186 Paula 1,480
187 Marissa 1,450
188 Carmen 1,449
189 Ana 1,440
190 Hannah 1,414
191 Jasmine 1,400
192 Kate 1,397
193 Caroline 1,391
194 Lacey 1,369
195 Robyn 1,368
196 Jenna 1,360
197 Kristine 1,360
198 Shawna 1,358
199 Rhonda 1,356
200 Toni 1,351
201 Cristina 1,347
202 Debra 1,342
203 Janelle 1,317
204 Whitney 1,302
205 Audrey 1,285
206 Diane 1,271
207 Ruth 1,267
208 Sherry 1,266
209 Cara 1,261
210 Shanna 1,255
211 Sophia 1,235
212 Shelly 1,229
213 Rosa 1,225
214 Cassie 1,224
215 Laurie 1,224
216 Naomi 1,224
217 Sheila 1,214
218 Abby 1,211
219 Jessie 1,210
220 Alexandra 1,205
221 Tamika 1,187
222 Kellie 1,177
223 Melody 1,176
224 Marisa 1,168
225 Jacquelyn 1,148
226 Sonya 1,137
227 Sonia 1,131
228 Alyssa 1,129
229 Gloria 1,109
230 Leigh 1,100
231 Rose 1,096
232 Jeanette 1,088
233 Yvonne 1,082
234 Terri 1,067
235 Stacie 1,062
236 Anita 1,057
237 Adriana 1,045
238 Carol 1,044
239 Tracey 1,038
240 Nikki 1,036
241 Leticia 1,036
242 Christie 1,031
243 Evelyn 1,030
244 Olivia 1,029
245 Kerri 1,024
246 Tia 1,010
247 Sylvia 1,008
248 Charlene 1,003
249 Keri 999
250 Becky 993

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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