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 1,878,376
2 Jennifer 1,468,026
3 Linda 1,372,748
4 Patricia 1,196,238
5 Elizabeth 1,179,912
6 Susan 1,060,065
7 Jessica 1,046,031
8 Lisa 964,858
9 Karen 951,030
10 Barbara 932,845
11 Sarah 905,806
12 Ashley 849,938
13 Kimberly 839,886
14 Michelle 811,996
15 Emily 799,858
16 Sandra 791,164
17 Amanda 768,047
18 Melissa 753,044
19 Nancy 742,943
20 Deborah 735,146
21 Stephanie 734,358
22 Donna 700,643
23 Rebecca 700,521
24 Cynthia 688,494
25 Amy 672,540
26 Sharon 664,377
27 Laura 656,467
28 Angela 645,294
29 Carol 622,802
30 Kathleen 608,618
31 Brenda 590,687
32 Pamela 589,806
33 Nicole 589,694
34 Samantha 579,918
35 Debra 549,711
36 Heather 524,336
37 Rachel 518,520
38 Christine 518,136
39 Margaret 513,402
40 Emma 504,138
41 Katherine 503,200
42 Julie 498,477
43 Maria 483,450
44 Diane 481,285
45 Kelly 471,928
46 Olivia 471,855
47 Lauren 470,980
48 Victoria 468,820
49 Christina 464,377
50 Megan 437,976

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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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