Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1885

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1885. 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 1885, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1885.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 4,095,130
2 Elizabeth 1,657,062
3 Patricia 1,572,978
4 Jennifer 1,469,987
5 Linda 1,453,892
6 Barbara 1,434,897
7 Margaret 1,248,758
8 Susan 1,121,128
9 Dorothy 1,109,414
10 Sarah 1,083,076
11 Jessica 1,049,103
12 Helen 1,018,055
13 Nancy 1,001,334
14 Betty 999,902
15 Karen 987,349
16 Lisa 966,358
17 Anna 890,661
18 Emily 877,073
19 Sandra 874,806
20 Ashley 853,497
21 Kimberly 842,700
22 Donna 831,226
23 Ruth 829,130
24 Carol 816,651
25 Michelle 814,241
26 Laura 793,609
27 Amanda 787,214
28 Melissa 757,588
29 Rebecca 751,800
30 Stephanie 743,310
31 Deborah 741,823
32 Emma 724,472
33 Sharon 722,452
34 Kathleen 712,856
35 Cynthia 710,270
36 Amy 696,634
37 Shirley 685,880
38 Angela 669,961
39 Catherine 661,071
40 Virginia 650,009
41 Katherine 642,847
42 Evelyn 611,399
43 Brenda 607,914
44 Pamela 594,787
45 Nicole 591,719
46 Frances 589,715
47 Samantha 586,057
48 Christine 585,382
49 Alice 570,121
50 Rachel 569,072

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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