Most Popular Baby Girl Names Since 1986

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby girl names are since 1986. 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 1986, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name since 1986.

Rank Name Count
1 Ashley 679,435
2 Emily 659,435
3 Jessica 622,101
4 Sarah 516,166
5 Samantha 500,783
6 Elizabeth 499,368
7 Emma 486,302
8 Olivia 475,554
9 Hannah 414,172
10 Amanda 409,358
11 Madison 404,406
12 Isabella 373,836
13 Abigail 372,958
14 Sophia 366,807
15 Lauren 356,905
16 Jennifer 349,485
17 Kayla 327,694
18 Taylor 322,573
19 Brittany 322,351
20 Alexis 316,205
21 Victoria 314,841
22 Megan 314,760
23 Stephanie 308,285
24 Rachel 304,063
25 Ava 301,897
26 Nicole 296,952
27 Alyssa 295,973
28 Mia 262,587
29 Natalie 260,859
30 Anna 254,847
31 Brianna 251,930
32 Grace 245,939
33 Katherine 245,392
34 Jasmine 238,650
35 Amber 230,673
36 Chloe 228,644
37 Danielle 222,307
38 Rebecca 221,847
39 Allison 221,645
40 Alexandra 215,850
41 Kimberly 208,295
42 Morgan 207,466
43 Melissa 206,476
44 Michelle 202,949
45 Courtney 188,827
46 Maria 188,505
47 Mary 187,869
48 Julia 187,269
49 Amelia 182,906
50 Sara 182,478

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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