Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1896

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1896. 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 1896, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1896.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 3,964,391
2 Elizabeth 1,615,853
3 Patricia 1,572,562
4 Jennifer 1,469,363
5 Linda 1,452,749
6 Barbara 1,431,938
7 Margaret 1,213,063
8 Susan 1,117,047
9 Dorothy 1,102,674
10 Sarah 1,062,019
11 Jessica 1,048,344
12 Betty 997,135
13 Nancy 995,245
14 Helen 991,133
15 Karen 987,062
16 Lisa 966,063
17 Sandra 874,576
18 Emily 865,543
19 Ashley 851,646
20 Kimberly 841,316
21 Anna 832,085
22 Donna 830,710
23 Carol 816,294
24 Michelle 813,423
25 Ruth 806,914
26 Amanda 782,215
27 Laura 775,545
28 Melissa 756,291
29 Rebecca 746,939
30 Stephanie 742,619
31 Deborah 741,344
32 Sharon 722,253
33 Kathleen 711,447
34 Cynthia 709,239
35 Amy 692,236
36 Shirley 685,346
37 Emma 678,078
38 Angela 668,157
39 Catherine 646,892
40 Virginia 644,658
41 Katherine 631,506
42 Brenda 607,727
43 Evelyn 598,291
44 Pamela 594,689
45 Nicole 590,727
46 Samantha 583,286
47 Christine 582,954
48 Frances 573,440
49 Rachel 564,684
50 Janet 555,458

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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