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 910,016
2 Ashley 830,452
3 Jennifer 725,054
4 Emily 725,031
5 Sarah 691,992
6 Amanda 651,073
7 Elizabeth 624,254
8 Samantha 543,685
9 Emma 460,727
10 Stephanie 450,659
11 Olivia 449,060
12 Nicole 444,096
13 Lauren 431,663
14 Hannah 417,476
15 Megan 400,913
16 Rachel 396,665
17 Madison 393,345
18 Melissa 389,716
19 Abigail 371,867
20 Brittany 356,237
21 Isabella 351,205
22 Sophia 348,908
23 Kayla 337,336
24 Victoria 334,497
25 Alexis 330,656
26 Amber 327,435
27 Taylor 323,660
28 Rebecca 322,795
29 Michelle 321,580
30 Kimberly 319,226
31 Katherine 304,937
32 Alyssa 303,174
33 Heather 301,397
34 Danielle 299,731
35 Natalie 289,631
36 Anna 285,433
37 Ava 278,964
38 Christina 274,340
39 Amy 273,268
40 Tiffany 273,077
41 Mary 256,058
42 Brianna 255,438
43 Allison 253,216
44 Andrea 251,966
45 Sara 251,767
46 Laura 249,999
47 Jasmine 246,569
48 Mia 244,443
49 Grace 241,510
50 Erin 236,614

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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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