Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1979

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1979. 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 1979, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1979.

Rank Name Count
1 Jessica 911,280
2 Ashley 833,993
3 Emily 738,033
4 Jennifer 726,311
5 Sarah 697,597
6 Amanda 652,407
7 Elizabeth 638,408
8 Samantha 548,855
9 Emma 490,595
10 Olivia 483,361
11 Stephanie 451,996
12 Nicole 446,037
13 Lauren 433,606
14 Hannah 426,473
15 Madison 404,754
16 Megan 401,796
17 Rachel 399,167
18 Melissa 391,370
19 Abigail 385,059
20 Isabella 374,068
21 Sophia 373,714
22 Brittany 356,848
23 Victoria 343,939
24 Kayla 339,669
25 Alexis 332,465
26 Amber 328,572
27 Taylor 326,554
28 Rebecca 324,904
29 Michelle 323,191
30 Kimberly 321,950
31 Katherine 308,466
32 Alyssa 305,562
33 Ava 302,762
34 Heather 301,748
35 Danielle 301,096
36 Natalie 297,592
37 Anna 291,421
38 Amy 276,234
39 Christina 275,198
40 Tiffany 273,681
41 Mia 266,557
42 Mary 260,235
43 Allison 259,044
44 Brianna 258,722
45 Andrea 255,503
46 Sara 254,944
47 Grace 252,251
48 Laura 251,665
49 Jasmine 249,934
50 Maria 237,711

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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