Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1887

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1887. 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 1887, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1887.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 4,071,936
2 Elizabeth 1,637,646
3 Patricia 1,572,535
4 Jennifer 1,468,730
5 Linda 1,453,116
6 Barbara 1,433,932
7 Margaret 1,239,867
8 Susan 1,120,074
9 Dorothy 1,107,703
10 Sarah 1,074,478
11 Jessica 1,047,822
12 Helen 1,014,206
13 Nancy 999,775
14 Betty 999,168
15 Karen 986,908
16 Lisa 965,818
17 Anna 876,396
18 Sandra 874,321
19 Emily 863,356
20 Ashley 849,956
21 Kimberly 839,976
22 Donna 830,965
23 Ruth 824,834
24 Carol 816,463
25 Michelle 812,630
26 Laura 789,246
27 Amanda 785,171
28 Melissa 755,831
29 Rebecca 749,034
30 Stephanie 741,973
31 Deborah 741,214
32 Sharon 722,067
33 Kathleen 712,286
34 Cynthia 709,497
35 Amy 693,202
36 Emma 689,112
37 Shirley 685,611
38 Angela 667,330
39 Catherine 657,335
40 Virginia 648,239
41 Katherine 637,823
42 Brenda 607,531
43 Pamela 594,583
44 Evelyn 592,282
45 Nicole 589,778
46 Frances 586,269
47 Christine 584,669
48 Samantha 580,857
49 Rachel 566,145
50 Alice 559,637

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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