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 936,119
2 Ashley 833,934
3 Jennifer 781,373
4 Emily 732,510
5 Sarah 711,970
6 Amanda 671,591
7 Elizabeth 641,064
8 Samantha 547,572
9 Stephanie 466,891
10 Nicole 461,372
11 Emma 461,171
12 Olivia 450,373
13 Lauren 435,332
14 Hannah 418,212
15 Melissa 418,044
16 Megan 406,810
17 Rachel 406,470
18 Madison 393,345
19 Abigail 372,877
20 Brittany 356,867
21 Isabella 351,232
22 Sophia 349,316
23 Michelle 340,438
24 Kayla 337,573
25 Victoria 336,954
26 Rebecca 336,595
27 Kimberly 336,105
28 Amber 335,610
29 Alexis 331,428
30 Taylor 323,782
31 Heather 323,670
32 Katherine 311,560
33 Danielle 307,715
34 Alyssa 303,975
35 Amy 296,480
36 Natalie 293,798
37 Christina 290,712
38 Anna 289,605
39 Tiffany 280,777
40 Ava 279,095
41 Mary 266,100
42 Andrea 262,426
43 Laura 261,243
44 Sara 260,635
45 Allison 257,083
46 Brianna 255,736
47 Angela 250,474
48 Erin 247,401
49 Jasmine 247,366
50 Mia 244,966

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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