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 4,123,249
2 Elizabeth 1,651,750
3 Patricia 1,572,554
4 Jennifer 1,468,730
5 Linda 1,453,381
6 Barbara 1,434,922
7 Margaret 1,251,848
8 Susan 1,121,965
9 Dorothy 1,108,657
10 Sarah 1,082,984
11 Jessica 1,047,874
12 Helen 1,019,905
13 Nancy 1,002,594
14 Betty 999,989
15 Karen 986,933
16 Lisa 965,824
17 Anna 897,680
18 Sandra 874,321
19 Emily 865,293
20 Ashley 849,956
21 Kimberly 839,976
22 Donna 831,097
23 Ruth 827,348
24 Carol 816,511
25 Michelle 812,630
26 Laura 796,485
27 Amanda 787,055
28 Melissa 756,105
29 Rebecca 750,698
30 Stephanie 741,973
31 Deborah 741,292
32 Sharon 722,067
33 Kathleen 712,450
34 Cynthia 709,829
35 Emma 703,895
36 Amy 694,423
37 Shirley 685,688
38 Angela 667,447
39 Catherine 662,185
40 Virginia 649,862
41 Katherine 641,667
42 Brenda 607,531
43 Pamela 594,583
44 Evelyn 593,226
45 Frances 590,938
46 Nicole 589,778
47 Christine 585,326
48 Samantha 580,947
49 Alice 569,199
50 Rachel 567,334

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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