Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1926

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1926. 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 1926, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1926.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 2,836,547
2 Patricia 1,531,692
3 Jennifer 1,469,304
4 Linda 1,446,577
5 Barbara 1,360,972
6 Elizabeth 1,352,176
7 Susan 1,100,372
8 Jessica 1,047,471
9 Karen 986,340
10 Sarah 970,035
11 Lisa 965,810
12 Nancy 948,317
13 Sandra 873,334
14 Ashley 851,641
15 Kimberly 841,316
16 Emily 827,343
17 Donna 815,878
18 Michelle 813,356
19 Betty 800,827
20 Carol 799,259
21 Margaret 788,298
22 Amanda 772,106
23 Melissa 754,953
24 Deborah 739,822
25 Stephanie 738,046
26 Rebecca 724,270
27 Sharon 721,790
28 Cynthia 704,469
29 Laura 699,775
30 Amy 679,963
31 Kathleen 668,923
32 Angela 657,103
33 Shirley 625,898
34 Dorothy 618,833
35 Brenda 607,253
36 Pamela 594,243
37 Nicole 590,727
38 Samantha 582,764
39 Emma 571,369
40 Anna 555,334
41 Debra 550,458
42 Christine 550,218
43 Katherine 549,878
44 Rachel 539,762
45 Carolyn 531,300
46 Janet 529,668
47 Heather 525,188
48 Maria 521,312
49 Diane 516,872
50 Julie 506,024

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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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