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 3,894,981
2 Elizabeth 1,604,862
3 Patricia 1,572,507
4 Jennifer 1,469,987
5 Linda 1,452,585
6 Barbara 1,430,669
7 Margaret 1,192,798
8 Susan 1,115,427
9 Dorothy 1,094,629
10 Sarah 1,055,954
11 Jessica 1,048,893
12 Betty 995,139
13 Nancy 992,733
14 Karen 987,219
15 Helen 966,349
16 Lisa 966,340
17 Sandra 874,806
18 Emily 869,035
19 Ashley 853,497
20 Kimberly 842,700
21 Donna 830,534
22 Carol 816,098
23 Michelle 814,241
24 Anna 806,738
25 Ruth 787,861
26 Amanda 781,101
27 Laura 768,100
28 Melissa 756,926
29 Rebecca 746,031
30 Stephanie 743,185
31 Deborah 741,541
32 Sharon 722,447
33 Kathleen 710,308
34 Cynthia 709,178
35 Amy 692,052
36 Shirley 685,109
37 Emma 678,615
38 Angela 669,033
39 Virginia 641,323
40 Catherine 639,349
41 Katherine 628,167
42 Brenda 607,907
43 Evelyn 603,490
44 Pamela 594,771
45 Nicole 591,719
46 Samantha 585,778
47 Christine 581,631
48 Rachel 564,216
49 Frances 563,319
50 Janet 555,046

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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