Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1938

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1938. 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 1938, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1938.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 2,103,742
2 Jennifer 1,468,377
3 Linda 1,432,597
4 Patricia 1,323,069
5 Elizabeth 1,219,644
6 Barbara 1,085,656
7 Susan 1,084,149
8 Jessica 1,046,300
9 Karen 979,192
10 Lisa 965,197
11 Sarah 921,078
12 Ashley 849,951
13 Sandra 849,590
14 Kimberly 839,945
15 Nancy 822,235
16 Michelle 812,335
17 Emily 805,095
18 Amanda 768,865
19 Melissa 753,481
20 Donna 739,385
21 Deborah 737,076
22 Stephanie 735,758
23 Rebecca 709,371
24 Carol 708,335
25 Sharon 706,024
26 Cynthia 695,527
27 Amy 674,072
28 Laura 665,908
29 Angela 648,292
30 Kathleen 630,360
31 Brenda 605,893
32 Pamela 592,556
33 Nicole 589,769
34 Samantha 579,997
35 Margaret 574,441
36 Debra 550,028
37 Christine 526,598
38 Heather 524,743
39 Rachel 523,793
40 Emma 514,643
41 Katherine 513,964
42 Julie 502,094
43 Diane 501,049
44 Maria 492,140
45 Olivia 473,856
46 Carolyn 472,097
47 Kelly 472,008
48 Victoria 471,584
49 Lauren 471,003
50 Christina 465,647

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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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