Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1939

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1939. 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 1939, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1939.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 2,047,528
2 Jennifer 1,468,326
3 Linda 1,425,550
4 Patricia 1,295,513
5 Elizabeth 1,209,842
6 Susan 1,080,594
7 Barbara 1,046,380
8 Jessica 1,046,250
9 Karen 974,685
10 Lisa 965,117
11 Sarah 917,329
12 Ashley 849,944
13 Kimberly 839,935
14 Sandra 838,784
15 Michelle 812,280
16 Emily 803,787
17 Nancy 803,285
18 Amanda 768,673
19 Melissa 753,396
20 Deborah 736,666
21 Stephanie 735,526
22 Donna 729,691
23 Rebecca 707,796
24 Sharon 698,780
25 Cynthia 694,162
26 Carol 688,910
27 Amy 673,718
28 Laura 663,465
29 Angela 647,575
30 Kathleen 626,131
31 Brenda 605,217
32 Pamela 592,243
33 Nicole 589,762
34 Samantha 579,980
35 Margaret 559,110
36 Debra 549,968
37 Christine 524,756
38 Heather 524,667
39 Rachel 522,514
40 Emma 511,975
41 Katherine 511,389
42 Julie 501,494
43 Diane 497,223
44 Maria 490,129
45 Olivia 473,411
46 Kelly 471,990
47 Lauren 471,003
48 Victoria 470,996
49 Christina 465,356
50 Carolyn 461,510

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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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