Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1886

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1886. 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 1886, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1886.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 4,086,002
2 Elizabeth 1,654,480
3 Patricia 1,572,973
4 Jennifer 1,469,987
5 Linda 1,453,832
6 Barbara 1,434,702
7 Margaret 1,246,554
8 Susan 1,120,826
9 Dorothy 1,109,218
10 Sarah 1,081,652
11 Jessica 1,049,097
12 Helen 1,016,921
13 Nancy 1,000,807
14 Betty 999,747
15 Karen 987,339
16 Lisa 966,358
17 Anna 886,667
18 Emily 876,727
19 Sandra 874,806
20 Ashley 853,497
21 Kimberly 842,700
22 Donna 831,200
23 Ruth 828,624
24 Carol 816,640
25 Michelle 814,241
26 Laura 792,284
27 Amanda 786,875
28 Melissa 757,543
29 Rebecca 751,498
30 Stephanie 743,310
31 Deborah 741,813
32 Sharon 722,452
33 Emma 721,744
34 Kathleen 712,818
35 Cynthia 710,211
36 Amy 696,394
37 Shirley 685,864
38 Angela 669,943
39 Catherine 660,225
40 Virginia 649,720
41 Katherine 642,096
42 Evelyn 611,208
43 Brenda 607,914
44 Pamela 594,787
45 Nicole 591,719
46 Frances 588,871
47 Samantha 586,040
48 Christine 585,250
49 Rachel 568,860
50 Alice 568,440

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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