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 2,051,705
2 Jennifer 1,469,583
3 Linda 1,426,217
4 Patricia 1,295,943
5 Elizabeth 1,223,996
6 Susan 1,081,023
7 Jessica 1,047,514
8 Barbara 1,046,943
9 Karen 975,107
10 Lisa 965,651
11 Sarah 922,934
12 Ashley 853,485
13 Kimberly 842,659
14 Sandra 839,269
15 Emily 816,789
16 Michelle 813,891
17 Nancy 803,825
18 Amanda 770,007
19 Melissa 755,050
20 Deborah 737,255
21 Stephanie 736,863
22 Donna 729,897
23 Rebecca 709,905
24 Sharon 699,165
25 Cynthia 694,820
26 Carol 689,074
27 Amy 676,684
28 Laura 665,131
29 Angela 650,164
30 Kathleen 626,620
31 Brenda 605,600
32 Pamela 592,447
33 Nicole 591,703
34 Samantha 585,150
35 Margaret 563,522
36 Debra 550,050
37 Emma 541,843
38 Christine 525,186
39 Heather 525,018
40 Rachel 525,016
41 Katherine 514,918
42 Olivia 507,712
43 Julie 502,352
44 Diane 497,409
45 Maria 495,539
46 Victoria 480,438
47 Lauren 472,946
48 Kelly 472,657
49 Christina 466,214
50 Carolyn 461,919

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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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