Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1920

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1920. 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 1920, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1920.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 3,269,447
2 Patricia 1,561,330
3 Jennifer 1,469,352
4 Linda 1,448,973
5 Elizabeth 1,443,476
6 Barbara 1,403,033
7 Susan 1,105,369
8 Jessica 1,047,729
9 Sarah 999,766
10 Karen 986,629
11 Nancy 970,127
12 Lisa 965,910
13 Margaret 948,767
14 Betty 942,781
15 Sandra 874,095
16 Ashley 851,641
17 Dorothy 849,890
18 Kimberly 841,316
19 Emily 839,708
20 Donna 825,429
21 Michelle 813,406
22 Carol 809,539
23 Amanda 774,231
24 Melissa 755,305
25 Deborah 740,394
26 Stephanie 739,520
27 Rebecca 731,943
28 Laura 722,974
29 Sharon 722,103
30 Cynthia 706,348
31 Kathleen 689,886
32 Amy 683,579
33 Shirley 670,634
34 Angela 660,906
35 Helen 654,361
36 Anna 635,992
37 Brenda 607,507
38 Emma 601,280
39 Pamela 594,517
40 Nicole 590,727
41 Samantha 582,903
42 Katherine 578,652
43 Ruth 566,283
44 Christine 563,803
45 Catherine 552,624
46 Debra 550,499
47 Rachel 548,892
48 Janet 542,797
49 Carolyn 542,736
50 Maria 533,856

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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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