Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1897

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1897. 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 1897, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1897.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 3,950,580
2 Elizabeth 1,612,382
3 Patricia 1,572,525
4 Jennifer 1,469,363
5 Linda 1,452,645
6 Barbara 1,431,614
7 Margaret 1,209,013
8 Susan 1,116,704
9 Dorothy 1,101,308
10 Sarah 1,060,328
11 Jessica 1,048,335
12 Betty 996,793
13 Nancy 994,718
14 Karen 987,053
15 Helen 986,741
16 Lisa 966,058
17 Sandra 874,576
18 Emily 865,016
19 Ashley 851,646
20 Kimberly 841,316
21 Donna 830,670
22 Anna 826,225
23 Carol 816,258
24 Michelle 813,423
25 Ruth 803,009
26 Amanda 781,848
27 Laura 773,880
28 Melissa 756,261
29 Rebecca 746,568
30 Stephanie 742,606
31 Deborah 741,326
32 Sharon 722,253
33 Kathleen 711,188
34 Cynthia 709,176
35 Amy 691,916
36 Shirley 685,291
37 Emma 675,206
38 Angela 668,097
39 Catherine 645,298
40 Virginia 644,037
41 Katherine 630,459
42 Brenda 607,727
43 Evelyn 597,645
44 Pamela 594,689
45 Nicole 590,727
46 Samantha 583,268
47 Christine 582,680
48 Frances 571,476
49 Rachel 564,336
50 Janet 555,356

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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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