Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1936

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1936. 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 1936, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1936.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 2,213,760
2 Jennifer 1,468,457
3 Linda 1,439,415
4 Patricia 1,373,822
5 Elizabeth 1,237,888
6 Barbara 1,152,252
7 Susan 1,088,946
8 Jessica 1,046,415
9 Karen 983,143
10 Lisa 965,297
11 Sarah 928,182
12 Sandra 862,636
13 Nancy 856,061
14 Ashley 849,951
15 Kimberly 839,956
16 Michelle 812,400
17 Emily 807,511
18 Amanda 769,233
19 Donna 756,203
20 Melissa 753,627
21 Carol 740,191
22 Deborah 737,698
23 Stephanie 736,136
24 Sharon 714,302
25 Rebecca 711,781
26 Cynthia 697,691
27 Amy 674,732
28 Laura 670,526
29 Angela 649,671
30 Kathleen 637,456
31 Brenda 606,289
32 Margaret 604,180
33 Pamela 593,041
34 Nicole 589,778
35 Samantha 580,040
36 Debra 550,163
37 Christine 530,062
38 Rachel 526,229
39 Heather 524,847
40 Emma 520,225
41 Katherine 518,804
42 Diane 506,370
43 Julie 503,007
44 Maria 496,073
45 Carolyn 488,943
46 Janet 480,130
47 Olivia 474,630
48 Victoria 472,720
49 Kelly 472,035
50 Lauren 471,003

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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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