Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1912

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1912. 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 1912, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1912.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 3,702,944
2 Patricia 1,570,617
3 Elizabeth 1,555,153
4 Jennifer 1,469,987
5 Linda 1,451,447
6 Barbara 1,425,659
7 Margaret 1,122,676
8 Susan 1,111,535
9 Jessica 1,048,708
10 Dorothy 1,041,821
11 Sarah 1,036,292
12 Karen 987,107
13 Nancy 986,035
14 Betty 985,038
15 Lisa 966,301
16 Helen 880,983
17 Sandra 874,734
18 Emily 861,544
19 Ashley 853,497
20 Kimberly 842,700
21 Donna 829,567
22 Carol 814,838
23 Michelle 814,241
24 Amanda 777,997
25 Melissa 756,565
26 Laura 750,768
27 Anna 744,745
28 Stephanie 742,640
29 Rebecca 741,417
30 Deborah 741,272
31 Ruth 726,400
32 Sharon 722,430
33 Cynthia 708,380
34 Kathleen 705,420
35 Amy 689,228
36 Shirley 682,829
37 Angela 667,188
38 Emma 652,311
39 Virginia 621,734
40 Katherine 613,653
41 Catherine 612,697
42 Brenda 607,858
43 Pamela 594,747
44 Nicole 591,719
45 Samantha 585,645
46 Evelyn 578,152
47 Christine 576,762
48 Rachel 559,546
49 Janet 552,931
50 Carolyn 551,150

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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