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Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1888

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1888. 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 1888, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1888.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 4,064,128
2 Elizabeth 1,642,155
3 Patricia 1,572,734
4 Jennifer 1,469,363
5 Linda 1,453,387
6 Barbara 1,434,020
7 Margaret 1,239,680
8 Susan 1,119,962
9 Dorothy 1,108,074
10 Sarah 1,075,867
11 Jessica 1,048,461
12 Helen 1,013,502
13 Nancy 999,542
14 Betty 999,194
15 Karen 987,125
16 Lisa 966,063
17 Anna 875,213
18 Sandra 874,576
19 Emily 869,562
20 Ashley 851,646
21 Kimberly 841,316
22 Donna 831,031
23 Ruth 825,760
24 Carol 816,532
25 Michelle 813,423
26 Laura 788,679
27 Amanda 785,486
28 Melissa 756,629
29 Rebecca 749,803
30 Stephanie 742,657
31 Deborah 741,492
32 Sharon 722,253
33 Kathleen 712,498
34 Cynthia 709,788
35 Emma 701,898
36 Amy 694,509
37 Shirley 685,695
38 Angela 668,570
39 Catherine 657,366
40 Virginia 648,466
41 Katherine 638,831
42 Brenda 607,727
43 Evelyn 601,522
44 Pamela 594,694
45 Nicole 590,727
46 Frances 585,957
47 Christine 584,722
48 Samantha 583,425
49 Rachel 567,174
50 Alice 561,312

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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