Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1972

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1972. 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 1972, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1972.

Rank Name Count
1 Jennifer 1,148,426
2 Jessica 1,017,617
3 Ashley 848,512
4 Sarah 783,954
5 Emily 773,116
6 Amanda 736,733
7 Elizabeth 734,468
8 Samantha 568,807
9 Stephanie 565,737
10 Melissa 562,992
11 Nicole 550,078
12 Emma 493,773
13 Olivia 489,274
14 Michelle 485,856
15 Amy 472,177
16 Kimberly 468,583
17 Heather 455,140
18 Rachel 454,544
19 Lauren 447,390
20 Hannah 429,703
21 Megan 428,101
22 Rebecca 424,606
23 Madison 404,765
24 Abigail 389,785
25 Angela 386,721
26 Sophia 376,627
27 Isabella 374,266
28 Christina 364,988
29 Victoria 363,972
30 Amber 361,551
31 Brittany 359,312
32 Danielle 346,951
33 Katherine 344,495
34 Kayla 341,030
35 Mary 340,033
36 Alexis 336,819
37 Laura 327,626
38 Taylor 326,990
39 Tiffany 319,814
40 Natalie 318,492
41 Anna 317,178
42 Andrea 315,407
43 Alyssa 309,624
44 Ava 303,611
45 Kelly 301,457
46 Lisa 298,174
47 Sara 296,989
48 Maria 289,855
49 Erin 286,858
50 Crystal 283,636

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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