Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1881

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1881. 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 50 most popular baby girl names since 1881, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1881.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 4,127,426
2 Elizabeth 1,665,904
3 Patricia 1,572,984
4 Jennifer 1,469,987
5 Linda 1,454,048
6 Barbara 1,435,485
7 Margaret 1,256,260
8 Susan 1,122,394
9 Dorothy 1,109,942
10 Sarah 1,088,589
11 Jessica 1,049,138
12 Helen 1,021,353
13 Nancy 1,003,134
14 Betty 1,000,401
15 Karen 987,355
16 Lisa 966,358
17 Anna 903,668
18 Emily 878,295
19 Sandra 874,806
20 Ashley 853,497
21 Kimberly 842,700
22 Donna 831,303
23 Ruth 830,557
24 Carol 816,675
25 Michelle 814,241
26 Laura 798,151
27 Amanda 788,389
28 Melissa 757,759
29 Rebecca 752,807
30 Stephanie 743,310
31 Deborah 741,881
32 Emma 733,763
33 Sharon 722,452
34 Kathleen 712,939
35 Cynthia 710,487
36 Amy 697,389
37 Shirley 685,925
38 Angela 670,036
39 Catherine 664,159
40 Virginia 650,990
41 Katherine 645,196
42 Evelyn 611,949
43 Brenda 607,914
44 Pamela 594,787
45 Frances 592,481
46 Nicole 591,719
47 Samantha 586,117
48 Christine 585,756
49 Alice 576,191
50 Rachel 569,836

More Popular Baby Names

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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

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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