Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1921

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1921. 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 1921, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1921.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 3,196,385
2 Patricia 1,558,619
3 Jennifer 1,468,712
4 Linda 1,448,303
5 Elizabeth 1,420,377
6 Barbara 1,397,635
7 Susan 1,104,296
8 Jessica 1,047,039
9 Sarah 991,910
10 Karen 986,361
11 Nancy 966,867
12 Lisa 965,648
13 Betty 928,561
14 Margaret 918,541
15 Sandra 873,728
16 Ashley 849,951
17 Kimberly 839,976
18 Emily 830,999
19 Donna 824,365
20 Dorothy 812,604
21 Michelle 812,604
22 Carol 808,315
23 Amanda 773,199
24 Melissa 754,414
25 Deborah 740,019
26 Stephanie 738,523
27 Rebecca 729,630
28 Sharon 721,888
29 Laura 718,006
30 Cynthia 705,717
31 Kathleen 686,466
32 Amy 681,397
33 Shirley 665,817
34 Angela 658,968
35 Helen 618,563
36 Anna 618,367
37 Brenda 607,279
38 Pamela 594,379
39 Nicole 589,778
40 Emma 580,610
41 Samantha 580,293
42 Katherine 571,574
43 Christine 561,408
44 Debra 550,449
45 Rachel 546,153
46 Catherine 542,748
47 Carolyn 540,963
48 Janet 540,648
49 Ruth 538,629
50 Maria 529,342

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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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