Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1945

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1945. 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 1945, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1945.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 1,690,655
2 Jennifer 1,468,064
3 Linda 1,264,950
4 Elizabeth 1,160,204
5 Patricia 1,080,710
6 Jessica 1,046,923
7 Susan 1,017,261
8 Lisa 964,913
9 Karen 903,306
10 Sarah 899,465
11 Ashley 853,451
12 Kimberly 842,546
13 Michelle 812,598
14 Emily 808,854
15 Barbara 806,045
16 Amanda 768,564
17 Melissa 754,178
18 Stephanie 733,334
19 Deborah 732,980
20 Sandra 714,643
21 Rebecca 692,874
22 Cynthia 680,962
23 Amy 674,122
24 Nancy 672,955
25 Donna 657,777
26 Laura 651,090
27 Angela 644,926
28 Sharon 597,972
29 Nicole 591,418
30 Samantha 585,013
31 Pamela 576,336
32 Kathleen 573,254
33 Brenda 566,398
34 Debra 549,365
35 Carol 530,553
36 Emma 526,730
37 Heather 524,231
38 Rachel 516,977
39 Christine 508,766
40 Olivia 503,990
41 Katherine 496,213
42 Julie 494,665
43 Maria 479,819
44 Victoria 473,608
45 Lauren 472,845
46 Kelly 472,463
47 Margaret 467,793
48 Christina 463,463
49 Diane 449,883
50 Megan 438,810

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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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