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 3,966,488
2 Elizabeth 1,622,817
3 Patricia 1,572,783
4 Jennifer 1,469,987
5 Linda 1,453,095
6 Barbara 1,432,209
7 Margaret 1,215,243
8 Susan 1,117,253
9 Dorothy 1,103,316
10 Sarah 1,064,799
11 Jessica 1,048,961
12 Betty 997,343
13 Nancy 995,507
14 Helen 991,880
15 Karen 987,258
16 Lisa 966,352
17 Sandra 874,806
18 Emily 872,004
19 Ashley 853,497
20 Kimberly 842,700
21 Anna 835,029
22 Donna 830,811
23 Carol 816,374
24 Michelle 814,241
25 Ruth 808,570
26 Amanda 782,896
27 Laura 776,414
28 Melissa 757,113
29 Rebecca 748,004
30 Stephanie 743,272
31 Deborah 741,640
32 Sharon 722,452
33 Kathleen 711,674
34 Cynthia 709,551
35 Amy 693,644
36 Emma 692,513
37 Shirley 685,479
38 Angela 669,473
39 Catherine 647,868
40 Virginia 645,227
41 Katherine 633,233
42 Brenda 607,914
43 Evelyn 607,580
44 Pamela 594,782
45 Nicole 591,719
46 Samantha 585,872
47 Christine 583,170
48 Frances 574,190
49 Rachel 565,931
50 Janet 555,561

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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