Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1981

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1981. 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 1981, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1981.

Rank Name Count
1 Jessica 848,312
2 Ashley 818,704
3 Emily 708,053
4 Sarah 645,218
5 Jennifer 609,959
6 Elizabeth 586,648
7 Amanda 583,329
8 Samantha 534,303
9 Emma 459,707
10 Olivia 446,687
11 Lauren 418,558
12 Stephanie 416,613
13 Hannah 415,284
14 Nicole 404,665
15 Madison 393,345
16 Megan 383,481
17 Rachel 374,810
18 Abigail 369,067
19 Brittany 354,039
20 Isabella 351,145
21 Sophia 347,776
22 Kayla 336,767
23 Victoria 328,897
24 Alexis 328,377
25 Melissa 324,023
26 Taylor 323,277
27 Amber 303,798
28 Alyssa 300,821
29 Rebecca 292,967
30 Katherine 289,450
31 Michelle 283,188
32 Kimberly 283,088
33 Danielle 282,905
34 Natalie 280,540
35 Ava 278,717
36 Anna 275,729
37 Heather 260,585
38 Brianna 254,014
39 Tiffany 247,235
40 Jasmine 244,340
41 Allison 243,934
42 Mia 243,161
43 Christina 241,746
44 Grace 240,059
45 Mary 234,022
46 Sara 231,962
47 Amy 231,820
48 Andrea 231,176
49 Laura 225,199
50 Courtney 223,753

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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