Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1917

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1917. 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 1917, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1917.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 3,466,931
2 Patricia 1,566,675
3 Elizabeth 1,489,747
4 Jennifer 1,469,358
5 Linda 1,449,868
6 Barbara 1,414,876
7 Susan 1,107,942
8 Jessica 1,047,880
9 Margaret 1,027,704
10 Sarah 1,014,523
11 Karen 986,759
12 Nancy 977,677
13 Betty 968,329
14 Lisa 965,952
15 Dorothy 942,506
16 Sandra 874,316
17 Ashley 851,646
18 Emily 846,596
19 Kimberly 841,316
20 Donna 827,601
21 Michelle 813,418
22 Carol 812,280
23 Amanda 775,452
24 Helen 758,466
25 Melissa 755,471
26 Deborah 740,645
27 Stephanie 740,599
28 Rebecca 735,668
29 Laura 734,506
30 Sharon 722,169
31 Cynthia 707,123
32 Kathleen 697,460
33 Amy 685,371
34 Anna 681,316
35 Shirley 678,237
36 Angela 663,023
37 Ruth 639,948
38 Emma 616,812
39 Brenda 607,583
40 Pamela 594,574
41 Katherine 593,645
42 Nicole 590,727
43 Samantha 582,966
44 Virginia 579,279
45 Catherine 578,490
46 Christine 569,771
47 Rachel 553,261
48 Debra 550,522
49 Janet 548,058
50 Carolyn 546,618

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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