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 4,076,113
2 Elizabeth 1,651,800
3 Patricia 1,572,965
4 Jennifer 1,469,987
5 Linda 1,453,783
6 Barbara 1,434,495
7 Margaret 1,244,279
8 Susan 1,120,503
9 Dorothy 1,108,988
10 Sarah 1,080,083
11 Jessica 1,049,086
12 Helen 1,015,654
13 Nancy 1,000,315
14 Betty 999,580
15 Karen 987,330
16 Lisa 966,352
17 Anna 882,384
18 Emily 876,358
19 Sandra 874,806
20 Ashley 853,497
21 Kimberly 842,700
22 Donna 831,171
23 Ruth 828,043
24 Carol 816,627
25 Michelle 814,241
26 Laura 790,912
27 Amanda 786,505
28 Melissa 757,485
29 Rebecca 751,143
30 Stephanie 743,310
31 Deborah 741,803
32 Sharon 722,452
33 Emma 718,980
34 Kathleen 712,775
35 Cynthia 710,155
36 Amy 696,168
37 Shirley 685,848
38 Angela 669,919
39 Catherine 659,309
40 Virginia 649,367
41 Katherine 641,352
42 Evelyn 611,005
43 Brenda 607,914
44 Pamela 594,787
45 Nicole 591,719
46 Frances 587,812
47 Samantha 586,027
48 Christine 585,099
49 Rachel 568,647
50 Alice 566,629

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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