Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1898

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1898. 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 1898, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1898.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 3,935,087
2 Elizabeth 1,601,750
3 Patricia 1,572,267
4 Jennifer 1,468,730
5 Linda 1,452,243
6 Barbara 1,431,023
7 Margaret 1,202,635
8 Susan 1,116,140
9 Dorothy 1,099,193
10 Sarah 1,055,790
11 Jessica 1,047,679
12 Betty 996,222
13 Nancy 993,887
14 Karen 986,822
15 Helen 981,521
16 Lisa 965,813
17 Sandra 874,321
18 Emily 857,856
19 Ashley 849,956
20 Kimberly 839,976
21 Donna 830,512
22 Anna 817,752
23 Carol 816,132
24 Michelle 812,630
25 Ruth 797,578
26 Amanda 780,841
27 Laura 771,498
28 Melissa 755,394
29 Rebecca 745,148
30 Stephanie 741,902
31 Deborah 741,010
32 Sharon 722,067
33 Kathleen 710,676
34 Cynthia 708,750
35 Amy 690,043
36 Shirley 685,126
37 Angela 666,729
38 Emma 657,075
39 Virginia 642,840
40 Catherine 642,789
41 Katherine 627,695
42 Brenda 607,524
43 Pamela 594,578
44 Nicole 589,778
45 Evelyn 587,521
46 Christine 582,185
47 Samantha 580,671
48 Frances 568,708
49 Rachel 562,784
50 Janet 555,161

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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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