Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1978

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1978. 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 1978, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1978.

Rank Name Count
1 Jessica 937,383
2 Ashley 837,475
3 Jennifer 782,630
4 Emily 745,512
5 Sarah 717,575
6 Amanda 672,925
7 Elizabeth 655,218
8 Samantha 552,742
9 Emma 491,039
10 Olivia 484,674
11 Stephanie 468,228
12 Nicole 463,313
13 Lauren 437,275
14 Hannah 427,209
15 Melissa 419,698
16 Rachel 408,972
17 Megan 407,693
18 Madison 404,754
19 Abigail 386,069
20 Sophia 374,122
21 Isabella 374,095
22 Brittany 357,478
23 Victoria 346,396
24 Michelle 342,049
25 Kayla 339,906
26 Kimberly 338,829
27 Rebecca 338,704
28 Amber 336,747
29 Alexis 333,237
30 Taylor 326,676
31 Heather 324,021
32 Katherine 315,089
33 Danielle 309,080
34 Alyssa 306,363
35 Ava 302,893
36 Natalie 301,759
37 Amy 299,446
38 Anna 295,593
39 Christina 291,570
40 Tiffany 281,381
41 Mary 270,277
42 Mia 267,080
43 Andrea 265,963
44 Sara 263,812
45 Allison 262,911
46 Laura 262,909
47 Brianna 259,020
48 Angela 253,063
49 Grace 252,839
50 Jasmine 250,731

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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