Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1956

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1956. 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 1956, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1956.

Rank Name Count
1 Jennifer 1,437,448
2 Jessica 1,041,991
3 Elizabeth 995,928
4 Mary 962,247
5 Lisa 938,785
6 Sarah 852,184
7 Ashley 851,451
8 Kimberly 830,795
9 Michelle 788,084
10 Emily 787,662
11 Amanda 763,867
12 Melissa 741,240
13 Stephanie 705,641
14 Amy 657,028
15 Karen 625,045
16 Angela 618,395
17 Susan 605,451
18 Rebecca 590,584
19 Nicole 589,447
20 Laura 582,084
21 Samantha 582,049
22 Patricia 550,731
23 Heather 520,321
24 Cynthia 504,399
25 Rachel 499,142
26 Linda 494,062
27 Emma 492,020
28 Olivia 479,510
29 Kelly 469,966
30 Lauren 466,245
31 Julie 452,138
32 Christina 445,897
33 Megan 437,507
34 Katherine 430,240
35 Hannah 427,498
36 Victoria 424,454
37 Maria 420,273
38 Deborah 412,327
39 Donna 405,881
40 Sandra 402,198
41 Andrea 401,911
42 Madison 399,297
43 Christine 393,558
44 Abigail 387,473
45 Pamela 383,429
46 Anna 380,896
47 Sophia 371,210
48 Amber 370,092
49 Brenda 367,437
50 Danielle 367,304

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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