Most Popular Baby Girl Names in 1986

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names were for the year 1986. 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 1986, 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 Jessica 52,683
2 Ashley 49,676
3 Amanda 40,532
4 Jennifer 36,184
5 Sarah 28,161
6 Stephanie 22,649
7 Nicole 21,289
8 Brittany 20,313
9 Heather 19,792
10 Elizabeth 19,074
11 Megan 18,592
12 Melissa 17,665
13 Amber 16,952
14 Lauren 16,680
15 Rachel 15,454
16 Danielle 14,943
17 Tiffany 14,483
18 Kimberly 14,418
19 Christina 14,383
20 Laura 14,176
21 Samantha 14,092
22 Amy 13,456
23 Michelle 13,302
24 Emily 13,236
25 Crystal 12,688
26 Rebecca 11,790
27 Sara 11,054
28 Katherine 10,573
29 Kelly 10,412
30 Erin 10,069
31 Erica 9,973
32 Whitney 9,536
33 Angela 9,268
34 Jamie 9,234
35 Courtney 9,122
36 Andrea 8,638
37 Mary 8,508
38 Katie 8,333
39 Lindsey 8,052
40 Lisa 7,905
41 Kristen 7,845
42 Allison 7,577
43 Vanessa 7,467
44 Shannon 7,404
45 Alicia 7,016
46 Lindsay 6,951
47 Christine 6,921
48 Kathryn 6,392
49 Maria 6,133
50 Kristin 6,000
51 Anna 5,910
52 Natalie 5,706
53 Victoria 5,676
54 April 5,675
55 Jenna 5,417
56 Tara 5,084
57 Jacqueline 5,037
58 Julie 5,017
59 Monica 5,013
60 Cassandra 4,989
61 Krystal 4,928
62 Holly 4,839
63 Kristina 4,839
64 Kayla 4,657
65 Brittney 4,594
66 Patricia 4,248
67 Catherine 4,242
68 Kathleen 4,130
69 Caitlin 3,880
70 Natasha 3,873
71 Meghan 3,870
72 Alexandra 3,805
73 Chelsea 3,753
74 Erika 3,679
75 Diana 3,668
76 Valerie 3,617
77 Veronica 3,578
78 Leah 3,455
79 Brandi 3,431
80 Casey 3,423
81 Cynthia 3,423
82 Hannah 3,387
83 Mallory 3,323
84 Brandy 3,296
85 Alyssa 3,224
86 Leslie 3,221
87 Stacy 3,220
88 Julia 3,106
89 Bethany 3,082
90 Margaret 3,082
91 Felicia 3,081
92 Dana 3,076
93 Krista 3,054
94 Stacey 3,041
95 Jasmine 2,991
96 Alison 2,975
97 Melanie 2,973
98 Dominique 2,944
99 Katrina 2,830
100 Karen 2,801
101 Kendra 2,759
102 Kara 2,721
103 Rachael 2,699
104 Brooke 2,697
105 Nichole 2,651
106 Sandra 2,638
107 Jillian 2,588
108 Candice 2,560
109 Carrie 2,560
110 Molly 2,548
111 Latoya 2,537
112 Kelsey 2,516
113 Morgan 2,477
114 Candace 2,458
115 Marissa 2,442
116 Nancy 2,426
117 Tracy 2,424
118 Susan 2,390
119 Gina 2,362
120 Sabrina 2,313
121 Lacey 2,266
122 Robin 2,265
123 Meagan 2,244
124 Brenda 2,240
125 Alisha 2,236
126 Joanna 2,226
127 Renee 2,214
128 Denise 2,205
129 Alexis 2,196
130 Angelica 2,146
131 Heidi 2,122
132 Ashlee 2,118
133 Jaclyn 2,103
134 Tamara 2,101
135 Jordan 2,084
136 Monique 2,048
137 Miranda 2,036
138 Pamela 2,017
139 Tabitha 2,009
140 Teresa 2,009
141 Desiree 2,006
142 Kelli 2,001
143 Abigail 1,996
144 Theresa 1,979
145 Misty 1,970
146 Tina 1,961
147 Melinda 1,959
148 Linda 1,952
149 Katelyn 1,939
150 Meredith 1,927
151 Anne 1,919
152 Colleen 1,841
153 Rebekah 1,835
154 Brianna 1,815
155 Savannah 1,810
156 Cassie 1,808
157 Caroline 1,804
158 Kristy 1,787
159 Jill 1,774
160 Tanya 1,765
161 Krystle 1,752
162 Carolyn 1,737
163 Cristina 1,707
164 Deanna 1,663
165 Ebony 1,662
166 Ana 1,640
167 Jenny 1,631
168 Kristi 1,615
169 Sierra 1,611
170 Kari 1,599
171 Angel 1,583
172 Bridget 1,575
173 Sheena 1,573
174 Christy 1,555
175 Priscilla 1,536
176 Marie 1,523
177 Wendy 1,518
178 Christa 1,513
179 Mayra 1,502
180 Barbara 1,488
181 Audrey 1,487
182 Kaitlin 1,466
183 Lori 1,466
184 Dawn 1,452
185 Cindy 1,446
186 Kate 1,443
187 Sharon 1,428
188 Michele 1,424
189 Britney 1,404
190 Stefanie 1,389
191 Virginia 1,367
192 Kristine 1,366
193 Carla 1,344
194 Cara 1,339
195 Claudia 1,332
196 Adrienne 1,321
197 Aimee 1,318
198 Claire 1,306
199 Ann 1,303
200 Tasha 1,302
201 Tonya 1,298
202 Deborah 1,287
203 Haley 1,278
204 Jessie 1,277
205 Regina 1,269
206 Trisha 1,268
207 Robyn 1,262
208 Jacquelyn 1,261
209 Justine 1,259
210 Emma 1,258
211 Ashleigh 1,257
212 Adriana 1,247
213 Sade 1,245
214 Janet 1,236
215 Olivia 1,231
216 Janelle 1,220
217 Jaime 1,219
218 Taylor 1,216
219 Kaitlyn 1,207
220 Latasha 1,204
221 Carmen 1,198
222 Shawna 1,195
223 Carly 1,189
224 Kasey 1,181
225 Sasha 1,159
226 Grace 1,157
227 Martha 1,153
228 Beth 1,135
229 Lydia 1,127
230 Summer 1,127
231 Autumn 1,122
232 Alexandria 1,121
233 Abby 1,120
234 Jeanette 1,111
235 Briana 1,106
236 Shana 1,094
237 Bonnie 1,092
238 Hillary 1,083
239 Ruth 1,083
240 Evelyn 1,080
241 Kellie 1,077
242 Toni 1,074
243 Nina 1,073
244 Mindy 1,072
245 Sophia 1,059
246 Mandy 1,057
247 Marisa 1,054
248 Elise 1,044
249 Joy 1,036
250 Nikita 1,034

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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