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 849,576
2 Ashley 822,245
3 Emily 721,055
4 Sarah 650,823
5 Jennifer 611,216
6 Elizabeth 600,802
7 Amanda 584,663
8 Samantha 539,473
9 Emma 489,575
10 Olivia 480,988
11 Hannah 424,281
12 Lauren 420,501
13 Stephanie 417,950
14 Nicole 406,606
15 Madison 404,754
16 Megan 384,364
17 Abigail 382,259
18 Rachel 377,312
19 Isabella 374,008
20 Sophia 372,582
21 Brittany 354,650
22 Kayla 339,100
23 Victoria 338,339
24 Alexis 330,186
25 Taylor 326,171
26 Melissa 325,677
27 Amber 304,935
28 Alyssa 303,209
29 Ava 302,515
30 Rebecca 295,076
31 Katherine 292,979
32 Natalie 288,501
33 Kimberly 285,812
34 Michelle 284,799
35 Danielle 284,270
36 Anna 281,717
37 Mia 265,275
38 Heather 260,936
39 Brianna 257,298
40 Grace 250,800
41 Allison 249,762
42 Tiffany 247,839
43 Jasmine 247,705
44 Christina 242,604
45 Mary 238,199
46 Sara 235,139
47 Amy 234,786
48 Andrea 234,713
49 Chloe 229,797
50 Laura 226,865

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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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