Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1901

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1901. 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 1901, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1901.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 3,890,804
2 Elizabeth 1,590,708
3 Patricia 1,572,077
4 Jennifer 1,468,730
5 Linda 1,451,918
6 Barbara 1,430,106
7 Margaret 1,188,386
8 Susan 1,114,998
9 Dorothy 1,093,344
10 Sarah 1,050,349
11 Jessica 1,047,629
12 Betty 994,727
13 Nancy 992,193
14 Karen 986,797
15 Lisa 965,806
16 Helen 964,901
17 Sandra 874,321
18 Emily 856,033
19 Ashley 849,956
20 Kimberly 839,976
21 Donna 830,328
22 Carol 815,934
23 Michelle 812,630
24 Anna 800,750
25 Ruth 784,652
26 Amanda 779,767
27 Laura 766,434
28 Melissa 755,272
29 Rebecca 743,922
30 Stephanie 741,848
31 Deborah 740,952
32 Sharon 722,062
33 Kathleen 709,819
34 Cynthia 708,520
35 Amy 689,086
36 Shirley 684,872
37 Angela 666,444
38 Emma 648,747
39 Virginia 640,195
40 Catherine 637,375
41 Katherine 624,638
42 Brenda 607,524
43 Pamela 594,567
44 Nicole 589,778
45 Evelyn 584,767
46 Christine 581,201
47 Samantha 580,608
48 Frances 561,776
49 Rachel 561,714
50 Janet 554,851

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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