Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1942

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1942. 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 1942, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1942.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 1,882,553
2 Jennifer 1,469,283
3 Linda 1,373,415
4 Patricia 1,196,668
5 Elizabeth 1,194,066
6 Susan 1,060,494
7 Jessica 1,047,295
8 Lisa 965,392
9 Karen 951,452
10 Barbara 933,408
11 Sarah 911,411
12 Ashley 853,479
13 Kimberly 842,610
14 Michelle 813,607
15 Emily 812,860
16 Sandra 791,649
17 Amanda 769,381
18 Melissa 754,698
19 Nancy 743,483
20 Deborah 735,735
21 Stephanie 735,695
22 Rebecca 702,630
23 Donna 700,849
24 Cynthia 689,152
25 Amy 675,506
26 Sharon 664,762
27 Laura 658,133
28 Angela 647,883
29 Carol 622,966
30 Kathleen 609,107
31 Nicole 591,635
32 Brenda 591,070
33 Pamela 590,010
34 Samantha 585,088
35 Debra 549,793
36 Emma 534,006
37 Heather 524,687
38 Rachel 521,022
39 Christine 518,566
40 Margaret 517,814
41 Katherine 506,729
42 Olivia 506,156
43 Julie 499,335
44 Maria 488,860
45 Diane 481,471
46 Victoria 478,262
47 Lauren 472,923
48 Kelly 472,595
49 Christina 465,235
50 Anna 439,296

More Popular Baby Names

You can also use the links below to research more about the most popular baby names.

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.