Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1916

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1916. 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 1916, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1916.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 3,526,289
2 Patricia 1,567,544
3 Elizabeth 1,497,496
4 Jennifer 1,468,730
5 Linda 1,449,844
6 Barbara 1,417,696
7 Susan 1,108,563
8 Margaret 1,050,425
9 Jessica 1,047,286
10 Sarah 1,016,496
11 Karen 986,575
12 Nancy 979,565
13 Betty 973,261
14 Dorothy 969,281
15 Lisa 965,718
16 Sandra 874,104
17 Ashley 849,956
18 Emily 842,268
19 Kimberly 839,976
20 Donna 828,102
21 Carol 812,985
22 Michelle 812,625
23 Helen 790,427
24 Amanda 775,220
25 Melissa 754,703
26 Deborah 740,442
27 Stephanie 740,312
28 Laura 737,453
29 Rebecca 735,756
30 Sharon 722,003
31 Cynthia 707,001
32 Kathleen 699,352
33 Anna 693,500
34 Amy 684,408
35 Shirley 679,378
36 Angela 662,466
37 Ruth 661,585
38 Brenda 607,410
39 Emma 606,596
40 Katherine 596,644
41 Pamela 594,475
42 Virginia 591,207
43 Nicole 589,778
44 Catherine 585,961
45 Samantha 580,402
46 Christine 571,344
47 Rachel 553,334
48 Debra 550,484
49 Janet 549,415
50 Carolyn 547,617

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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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