Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1946

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1946. 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 1946, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1946.

Rank Name Count
1 Mary 1,631,374
2 Jennifer 1,467,079
3 Linda 1,223,488
4 Elizabeth 1,149,864
5 Jessica 1,046,791
6 Patricia 1,044,870
7 Susan 998,040
8 Lisa 964,663
9 Sarah 895,872
10 Karen 887,628
11 Ashley 853,441
12 Kimberly 842,520
13 Michelle 812,099
14 Emily 807,720
15 Amanda 768,284
16 Barbara 767,771
17 Melissa 753,992
18 Stephanie 732,463
19 Deborah 731,517
20 Sandra 689,943
21 Rebecca 689,543
22 Cynthia 677,836
23 Amy 673,683
24 Nancy 651,499
25 Laura 647,501
26 Angela 643,869
27 Donna 642,380
28 Nicole 591,357
29 Samantha 584,982
30 Sharon 577,136
31 Pamela 570,167
32 Kathleen 559,452
33 Brenda 557,194
34 Debra 549,159
35 Emma 524,677
36 Heather 524,056
37 Rachel 515,769
38 Christine 504,689
39 Olivia 503,369
40 Carol 500,166
41 Julie 493,154
42 Katherine 492,821
43 Maria 476,506
44 Lauren 472,464
45 Kelly 472,412
46 Victoria 470,938
47 Christina 462,688
48 Margaret 452,108
49 Megan 438,786
50 Diane 437,659

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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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