Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1918

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1918. 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 1918, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1918.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 3,402,651
2 Patricia 1,565,234
3 Elizabeth 1,474,616
4 Jennifer 1,469,358
5 Linda 1,449,577
6 Barbara 1,411,341
7 Susan 1,107,105
8 Jessica 1,047,825
9 Sarah 1,009,757
10 Margaret 1,002,144
11 Karen 986,712
12 Nancy 975,266
13 Lisa 965,939
14 Betty 961,690
15 Dorothy 913,654
16 Sandra 874,253
17 Ashley 851,641
18 Emily 844,376
19 Kimberly 841,316
20 Donna 826,949
21 Michelle 813,418
22 Carol 811,482
23 Amanda 775,007
24 Melissa 755,417
25 Deborah 740,556
26 Stephanie 740,205
27 Rebecca 734,453
28 Laura 730,699
29 Helen 724,215
30 Sharon 722,155
31 Cynthia 706,883
32 Kathleen 695,102
33 Amy 684,761
34 Shirley 676,437
35 Anna 666,156
36 Angela 662,281
37 Ruth 616,380
38 Emma 611,691
39 Brenda 607,565
40 Pamela 594,557
41 Nicole 590,727
42 Katherine 588,689
43 Samantha 582,943
44 Catherine 569,801
45 Christine 567,928
46 Virginia 565,018
47 Rachel 551,922
48 Debra 550,515
49 Janet 546,473
50 Carolyn 545,395

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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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