Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1944

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1944. 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 1944, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1944.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 1,753,124
2 Jennifer 1,468,748
3 Linda 1,303,363
4 Elizabeth 1,171,236
5 Patricia 1,117,588
6 Jessica 1,047,047
7 Susan 1,033,591
8 Lisa 965,106
9 Karen 919,251
10 Sarah 903,323
11 Ashley 853,461
12 Barbara 845,241
13 Kimberly 842,567
14 Michelle 813,004
15 Emily 810,105
16 Amanda 768,802
17 Melissa 754,355
18 Sandra 740,667
19 Deborah 734,273
20 Stephanie 734,232
21 Nancy 696,169
22 Rebecca 696,121
23 Cynthia 683,532
24 Amy 674,569
25 Donna 672,949
26 Laura 653,332
27 Angela 645,934
28 Sharon 620,403
29 Nicole 591,476
30 Kathleen 586,258
31 Samantha 585,037
32 Pamela 582,539
33 Brenda 575,396
34 Carol 561,010
35 Debra 549,584
36 Emma 528,978
37 Heather 524,362
38 Rachel 518,226
39 Christine 512,350
40 Olivia 504,720
41 Katherine 499,737
42 Julie 496,145
43 Margaret 484,114
44 Maria 483,180
45 Victoria 475,422
46 Lauren 472,891
47 Kelly 472,523
48 Christina 464,222
49 Diane 460,593
50 Megan 438,826

More Popular Baby Names

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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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