Most Common Female First Names in the United States

In this section of the site we have data on the most common female first names in the United States.

Note: the data source for these names is the 1990 Decennial Census, and is very outdated. If you want to view more accurate data on the popularity of first names, please check the baby names section of the site, which has much more recent data of names registered on Social Security card applications.

The table below shows the most popular first names for the U.S. population for the 1990 Census.

You can use the links below to view more common first names. This page is currently showing female names ranked from 1 to 1000.

Most common first names: 1-1000 | 1001+

Most common male names: 1-300 | 301-600 | 601-900 | 900+

Most common female names: 1-1000 | 1001-2000 | 2001-3000 | 3001+

Rank Name Frequency (%) Count
1 MARY 2.63% 8,585,507
2 PATRICIA 1.07% 3,504,089
3 LINDA 1.04% 3,379,992
4 BARBARA 0.98% 3,200,379
5 ELIZABETH 0.94% 3,059,954
6 JENNIFER 0.93% 3,043,626
7 MARIA 0.83% 2,703,994
8 SUSAN 0.79% 2,592,960
9 MARGARET 0.77% 2,508,052
10 DOROTHY 0.73% 2,374,159
11 LISA 0.70% 2,299,048
12 NANCY 0.67% 2,184,749
13 KAREN 0.67% 2,178,217
14 BETTY 0.67% 2,174,952
15 HELEN 0.66% 2,165,155
16 SANDRA 0.63% 2,054,121
17 DONNA 0.58% 1,903,899
18 CAROL 0.57% 1,845,117
19 RUTH 0.56% 1,835,320
20 SHARON 0.52% 1,704,692
21 MICHELLE 0.52% 1,694,895
22 LAURA 0.51% 1,665,503
23 SARAH 0.51% 1,658,972
24 KIMBERLY 0.50% 1,645,909
25 DEBORAH 0.49% 1,613,252
26 JESSICA 0.49% 1,600,190
27 SHIRLEY 0.48% 1,574,064
28 CYNTHIA 0.47% 1,531,610
29 ANGELA 0.47% 1,528,344
30 MELISSA 0.46% 1,508,750
31 BRENDA 0.46% 1,485,890
32 AMY 0.45% 1,472,828
33 ANNA 0.44% 1,436,905
34 REBECCA 0.43% 1,404,248
35 VIRGINIA 0.43% 1,404,248
36 KATHLEEN 0.42% 1,384,654
37 PAMELA 0.42% 1,358,528
38 MARTHA 0.41% 1,345,466
39 DEBRA 0.41% 1,332,403
40 AMANDA 0.40% 1,319,340
41 STEPHANIE 0.40% 1,306,277
42 CAROLYN 0.39% 1,257,292
43 CHRISTINE 0.38% 1,247,495
44 MARIE 0.38% 1,237,698
45 JANET 0.38% 1,237,698
46 CATHERINE 0.37% 1,218,104
47 FRANCES 0.37% 1,208,306
48 ANN 0.36% 1,188,712
49 JOYCE 0.36% 1,188,712
50 DIANE 0.36% 1,172,384
51 ALICE 0.36% 1,165,852
52 JULIE 0.35% 1,136,461
53 HEATHER 0.34% 1,100,539
54 TERESA 0.34% 1,097,273
55 DORIS 0.34% 1,094,007
56 GLORIA 0.34% 1,094,007
57 EVELYN 0.32% 1,051,553
58 JEAN 0.32% 1,028,693
59 CHERYL 0.32% 1,028,693
60 MILDRED 0.31% 1,022,162
61 KATHERINE 0.31% 1,022,162
62 JOAN 0.31% 999,302
63 ASHLEY 0.30% 989,505
64 JUDITH 0.30% 969,911
65 ROSE 0.30% 966,645
66 JANICE 0.29% 930,723
67 KELLY 0.28% 924,191
68 NICOLE 0.28% 917,660
69 JUDY 0.28% 901,331
70 CHRISTINA 0.28% 898,066
71 KATHY 0.27% 888,269
72 THERESA 0.27% 885,003
73 BEVERLY 0.27% 871,940
74 DENISE 0.26% 862,143
75 TAMMY 0.26% 845,815
76 IRENE 0.25% 822,955
77 JANE 0.25% 816,423
78 LORI 0.25% 809,892
79 RACHEL 0.24% 790,298
80 MARILYN 0.24% 787,032
81 ANDREA 0.24% 770,704
82 KATHRYN 0.23% 764,172
83 LOUISE 0.23% 747,844
84 SARA 0.23% 747,844
85 ANNE 0.23% 744,578
86 JACQUELINE 0.23% 744,578
87 WANDA 0.23% 738,047
88 BONNIE 0.22% 728,250
89 JULIA 0.22% 728,250
90 RUBY 0.22% 721,718
91 LOIS 0.22% 718,452
92 TINA 0.22% 718,452
93 PHYLLIS 0.22% 715,187
94 NORMA 0.22% 711,921
95 PAULA 0.22% 708,655
96 DIANA 0.22% 705,390
97 ANNIE 0.22% 705,390
98 LILLIAN 0.21% 689,061
99 EMILY 0.21% 679,264
100 ROBIN 0.21% 679,264
101 PEGGY 0.21% 679,264
102 CRYSTAL 0.21% 675,998
103 GLADYS 0.21% 669,467
104 RITA 0.20% 666,201
105 DAWN 0.20% 659,670
106 CONNIE 0.20% 653,139
107 FLORENCE 0.20% 653,139
108 TRACY 0.20% 643,342
109 EDNA 0.20% 643,342
110 TIFFANY 0.20% 636,810
111 CARMEN 0.20% 636,810
112 ROSA 0.19% 633,544
113 CINDY 0.19% 627,013
114 GRACE 0.19% 617,216
115 WENDY 0.19% 604,153
116 VICTORIA 0.18% 587,825
117 EDITH 0.18% 584,559
118 KIM 0.18% 581,293
119 SHERRY 0.18% 581,293
120 SYLVIA 0.18% 578,028
121 JOSEPHINE 0.18% 578,028
122 THELMA 0.18% 571,496
123 SHANNON 0.18% 571,496
124 SHEILA 0.18% 571,496
125 ETHEL 0.17% 568,231
126 ELLEN 0.17% 564,965
127 ELAINE 0.17% 564,965
128 MARJORIE 0.17% 564,965
129 CARRIE 0.17% 558,434
130 CHARLOTTE 0.17% 551,902
131 MONICA 0.17% 542,105
132 ESTHER 0.17% 542,105
133 PAULINE 0.17% 538,839
134 EMMA 0.17% 538,839
135 JUANITA 0.16% 535,574
136 ANITA 0.16% 529,042
137 RHONDA 0.16% 529,042
138 HAZEL 0.16% 525,777
139 AMBER 0.16% 522,511
140 EVA 0.16% 519,245
141 DEBBIE 0.16% 512,714
142 APRIL 0.15% 502,917
143 LESLIE 0.15% 502,917
144 CLARA 0.15% 499,651
145 LUCILLE 0.15% 499,651
146 JAMIE 0.15% 499,651
147 JOANNE 0.15% 489,854
148 ELEANOR 0.15% 489,854
149 VALERIE 0.15% 486,588
150 DANIELLE 0.15% 486,588
151 MEGAN 0.15% 480,057
152 ALICIA 0.15% 476,791
153 SUZANNE 0.15% 473,525
154 MICHELE 0.15% 473,525
155 GAIL 0.15% 473,525
156 BERTHA 0.14% 466,994
157 DARLENE 0.14% 463,728
158 VERONICA 0.14% 463,728
159 JILL 0.14% 463,728
160 ERIN 0.14% 460,463
161 GERALDINE 0.14% 460,463
162 LAUREN 0.14% 447,400
163 CATHY 0.14% 447,400
164 JOANN 0.14% 444,134
165 LORRAINE 0.14% 440,869
166 LYNN 0.14% 440,869
167 SALLY 0.14% 440,869
168 REGINA 0.13% 434,337
169 ERICA 0.13% 424,540
170 BEATRICE 0.13% 424,540
171 DOLORES 0.13% 421,274
172 BERNICE 0.13% 418,009
173 AUDREY 0.13% 414,743
174 YVONNE 0.13% 411,477
175 ANNETTE 0.13% 408,212
176 JUNE 0.13% 408,212
177 SAMANTHA 0.12% 404,946
178 MARION 0.12% 398,415
179 DANA 0.12% 398,415
180 STACY 0.12% 395,149
181 ANA 0.12% 391,883
182 RENEE 0.12% 391,883
183 IDA 0.12% 385,352
184 VIVIAN 0.12% 385,352
185 ROBERTA 0.12% 382,086
186 HOLLY 0.12% 382,086
187 BRITTANY 0.12% 382,086
188 MELANIE 0.12% 378,820
189 LORETTA 0.12% 375,555
190 YOLANDA 0.12% 375,555
191 JEANETTE 0.12% 375,555
192 LAURIE 0.11% 372,289
193 KATIE 0.11% 369,023
194 KRISTEN 0.11% 362,492
195 VANESSA 0.11% 362,492
196 ALMA 0.11% 362,492
197 SUE 0.11% 362,492
198 ELSIE 0.11% 359,226
199 BETH 0.11% 359,226
200 JEANNE 0.11% 355,961
201 VICKI 0.11% 355,961
202 CARLA 0.11% 349,429
203 TARA 0.11% 349,429
204 ROSEMARY 0.11% 349,429
205 EILEEN 0.11% 342,898
206 TERRI 0.11% 342,898
207 GERTRUDE 0.10% 336,366
208 LUCY 0.10% 336,366
209 TONYA 0.10% 333,101
210 ELLA 0.10% 329,835
211 STACEY 0.10% 329,835
212 WILMA 0.10% 323,304
213 GINA 0.10% 323,304
214 KRISTIN 0.10% 323,304
215 JESSIE 0.10% 320,038
216 NATALIE 0.10% 320,038
217 AGNES 0.10% 320,038
218 VERA 0.10% 320,038
219 WILLIE 0.10% 316,772
220 CHARLENE 0.10% 316,772
221 BESSIE 0.10% 313,507
222 DELORES 0.10% 310,241
223 MELINDA 0.09% 306,975
224 PEARL 0.09% 306,975
225 ARLENE 0.09% 306,975
226 MAUREEN 0.09% 300,444
227 COLLEEN 0.09% 300,444
228 ALLISON 0.09% 300,444
229 TAMARA 0.09% 300,444
230 JOY 0.09% 297,178
231 GEORGIA 0.09% 297,178
232 CONSTANCE 0.09% 297,178
233 LILLIE 0.09% 293,912
234 CLAUDIA 0.09% 293,912
235 JACKIE 0.09% 293,912
236 MARCIA 0.09% 293,912
237 TANYA 0.09% 290,647
238 NELLIE 0.09% 290,647
239 MINNIE 0.09% 290,647
240 MARLENE 0.09% 287,381
241 HEIDI 0.09% 287,381
242 GLENDA 0.09% 287,381
243 LYDIA 0.09% 280,850
244 VIOLA 0.09% 280,850
245 COURTNEY 0.09% 280,850
246 MARIAN 0.09% 280,850
247 STELLA 0.09% 277,584
248 CAROLINE 0.09% 277,584
249 DORA 0.08% 274,318
250 JO 0.08% 271,053
251 VICKIE 0.08% 267,787
252 MATTIE 0.08% 264,521
253 TERRY 0.08% 261,255
254 MAXINE 0.08% 257,990
255 IRMA 0.08% 257,990
256 MABEL 0.08% 254,724
257 MARSHA 0.08% 254,724
258 MYRTLE 0.08% 254,724
259 LENA 0.08% 251,458
260 CHRISTY 0.08% 251,458
261 DEANNA 0.08% 248,193
262 PATSY 0.08% 248,193
263 HILDA 0.08% 244,927
264 GWENDOLYN 0.07% 241,661
265 JENNIE 0.07% 238,396
266 NORA 0.07% 238,396
267 MARGIE 0.07% 235,130
268 NINA 0.07% 235,130
269 CASSANDRA 0.07% 235,130
270 LEAH 0.07% 235,130
271 PENNY 0.07% 231,864
272 KAY 0.07% 231,864
273 PRISCILLA 0.07% 231,864
274 NAOMI 0.07% 231,864
275 CAROLE 0.07% 231,864
276 BRANDY 0.07% 228,599
277 OLGA 0.07% 228,599
278 BILLIE 0.07% 225,333
279 DIANNE 0.07% 225,333
280 TRACEY 0.07% 225,333
281 LEONA 0.07% 225,333
282 JENNY 0.07% 222,067
283 FELICIA 0.07% 222,067
284 SONIA 0.07% 222,067
285 MIRIAM 0.07% 215,536
286 VELMA 0.07% 215,536
287 BECKY 0.07% 215,536
288 BOBBIE 0.07% 212,270
289 VIOLET 0.07% 212,270
290 KRISTINA 0.07% 212,270
291 TONI 0.06% 209,004
292 MISTY 0.06% 205,739
293 MAE 0.06% 205,739
294 SHELLY 0.06% 202,473
295 DAISY 0.06% 202,473
296 RAMONA 0.06% 202,473
297 SHERRI 0.06% 202,473
298 ERIKA 0.06% 199,207
299 KATRINA 0.06% 199,207
300 CLAIRE 0.06% 199,207
301 LINDSEY 0.06% 195,942
302 LINDSAY 0.06% 195,942
303 GENEVA 0.06% 192,676
304 GUADALUPE 0.06% 192,676
305 BELINDA 0.06% 192,676
306 MARGARITA 0.06% 192,676
307 SHERYL 0.06% 192,676
308 CORA 0.06% 189,410
309 FAYE 0.06% 189,410
310 ADA 0.06% 186,145
311 NATASHA 0.06% 186,145
312 SABRINA 0.06% 186,145
313 ISABEL 0.06% 186,145
314 MARGUERITE 0.06% 182,879
315 HATTIE 0.06% 182,879
316 HARRIET 0.06% 182,879
317 MOLLY 0.06% 179,613
318 CECILIA 0.06% 179,613
319 KRISTI 0.06% 179,613
320 BRANDI 0.06% 179,613
321 BLANCHE 0.06% 179,613
322 SANDY 0.06% 179,613
323 ROSIE 0.06% 179,613
324 JOANNA 0.06% 179,613
325 IRIS 0.06% 179,613
326 EUNICE 0.05% 176,347
327 ANGIE 0.05% 176,347
328 INEZ 0.05% 173,082
329 LYNDA 0.05% 173,082
330 MADELINE 0.05% 169,816
331 AMELIA 0.05% 169,816
332 ALBERTA 0.05% 169,816
333 GENEVIEVE 0.05% 166,550
334 MONIQUE 0.05% 166,550
335 JODI 0.05% 166,550
336 JANIE 0.05% 166,550
337 MAGGIE 0.05% 166,550
338 KAYLA 0.05% 166,550
339 SONYA 0.05% 166,550
340 JAN 0.05% 166,550
341 LEE 0.05% 166,550
342 KRISTINE 0.05% 166,550
343 CANDACE 0.05% 166,550
344 FANNIE 0.05% 163,285
345 MARYANN 0.05% 163,285
346 OPAL 0.05% 163,285
347 ALISON 0.05% 163,285
348 YVETTE 0.05% 163,285
349 MELODY 0.05% 163,285
350 LUZ 0.05% 160,019
351 SUSIE 0.05% 160,019
352 OLIVIA 0.05% 160,019
353 FLORA 0.05% 160,019
354 SHELLEY 0.05% 160,019
355 KRISTY 0.05% 156,753
356 MAMIE 0.05% 156,753
357 LULA 0.05% 156,753
358 LOLA 0.05% 156,753
359 VERNA 0.05% 156,753
360 BEULAH 0.05% 156,753
361 ANTOINETTE 0.05% 156,753
362 CANDICE 0.05% 150,222
363 JUANA 0.05% 150,222
364 JEANNETTE 0.05% 150,222
365 PAM 0.05% 150,222
366 KELLI 0.05% 150,222
367 HANNAH 0.05% 146,956
368 WHITNEY 0.05% 146,956
369 BRIDGET 0.05% 146,956
370 KARLA 0.04% 143,690
371 CELIA 0.04% 143,690
372 LATOYA 0.04% 140,425
373 PATTY 0.04% 140,425
374 SHELIA 0.04% 140,425
375 GAYLE 0.04% 140,425
376 DELLA 0.04% 140,425
377 VICKY 0.04% 140,425
378 LYNNE 0.04% 140,425
379 SHERI 0.04% 137,159
380 MARIANNE 0.04% 137,159
381 KARA 0.04% 133,893
382 JACQUELYN 0.04% 133,893
383 ERMA 0.04% 133,893
384 BLANCA 0.04% 133,893
385 MYRA 0.04% 130,628
386 LETICIA 0.04% 130,628
387 PAT 0.04% 130,628
388 KRISTA 0.04% 130,628
389 ROXANNE 0.04% 130,628
390 ANGELICA 0.04% 127,362
391 JOHNNIE 0.04% 127,362
392 ROBYN 0.04% 127,362
393 FRANCIS 0.04% 127,362
394 ADRIENNE 0.04% 127,362
395 ROSALIE 0.04% 127,362
396 ALEXANDRA 0.04% 127,362
397 BROOKE 0.04% 127,362
398 BETHANY 0.04% 127,362
399 SADIE 0.04% 127,362
400 BERNADETTE 0.04% 127,362
401 TRACI 0.04% 124,096
402 JODY 0.04% 124,096
403 KENDRA 0.04% 124,096
404 JASMINE 0.04% 124,096
405 NICHOLE 0.04% 124,096
406 RACHAEL 0.04% 124,096
407 CHELSEA 0.04% 124,096
408 MABLE 0.04% 124,096
409 ERNESTINE 0.04% 124,096
410 MURIEL 0.04% 124,096
411 MARCELLA 0.04% 120,831
412 ELENA 0.04% 120,831
413 KRYSTAL 0.04% 120,831
414 ANGELINA 0.04% 120,831
415 NADINE 0.04% 117,565
416 KARI 0.04% 117,565
417 ESTELLE 0.04% 117,565
418 DIANNA 0.04% 117,565
419 PAULETTE 0.04% 117,565
420 LORA 0.04% 117,565
421 MONA 0.04% 114,299
422 DOREEN 0.04% 114,299
423 ROSEMARIE 0.04% 114,299
424 ANGEL 0.04% 114,299
425 DESIREE 0.04% 114,299
426 ANTONIA 0.04% 114,299
427 HOPE 0.03% 111,034
428 GINGER 0.03% 111,034
429 JANIS 0.03% 111,034
430 BETSY 0.03% 111,034
431 CHRISTIE 0.03% 111,034
432 FREDA 0.03% 111,034
433 MERCEDES 0.03% 107,768
434 MEREDITH 0.03% 107,768
435 LYNETTE 0.03% 107,768
436 TERI 0.03% 107,768
437 CRISTINA 0.03% 107,768
438 EULA 0.03% 107,768
439 LEIGH 0.03% 104,502
440 MEGHAN 0.03% 104,502
441 SOPHIA 0.03% 104,502
442 ELOISE 0.03% 104,502
443 ROCHELLE 0.03% 104,502
444 GRETCHEN 0.03% 104,502
445 CECELIA 0.03% 104,502
446 RAQUEL 0.03% 101,236
447 HENRIETTA 0.03% 101,236
448 ALYSSA 0.03% 101,236
449 JANA 0.03% 101,236
450 KELLEY 0.03% 101,236
451 GWEN 0.03% 101,236
452 KERRY 0.03% 101,236
453 JENNA 0.03% 97,971
454 TRICIA 0.03% 97,971
455 LAVERNE 0.03% 97,971
456 OLIVE 0.03% 97,971
457 ALEXIS 0.03% 97,971
458 TASHA 0.03% 97,971
459 SILVIA 0.03% 94,705
460 ELVIRA 0.03% 94,705
461 CASEY 0.03% 94,705
462 DELIA 0.03% 94,705
463 SOPHIE 0.03% 94,705
464 KATE 0.03% 94,705
465 PATTI 0.03% 94,705
466 LORENA 0.03% 94,705
467 KELLIE 0.03% 94,705
468 SONJA 0.03% 94,705
469 LILA 0.03% 94,705
470 LANA 0.03% 94,705
471 DARLA 0.03% 94,705
472 MAY 0.03% 94,705
473 MINDY 0.03% 94,705
474 ESSIE 0.03% 94,705
475 MANDY 0.03% 94,705
476 LORENE 0.03% 91,439
477 ELSA 0.03% 91,439
478 JOSEFINA 0.03% 91,439
479 JEANNIE 0.03% 91,439
480 MIRANDA 0.03% 91,439
481 DIXIE 0.03% 91,439
482 LUCIA 0.03% 91,439
483 MARTA 0.03% 91,439
484 FAITH 0.03% 91,439
485 LELA 0.03% 91,439
486 JOHANNA 0.03% 91,439
487 SHARI 0.03% 91,439
488 CAMILLE 0.03% 91,439
489 TAMI 0.03% 88,174
490 SHAWNA 0.03% 88,174
491 ELISA 0.03% 88,174
492 EBONY 0.03% 88,174
493 MELBA 0.03% 88,174
494 ORA 0.03% 88,174
495 NETTIE 0.03% 88,174
496 TABITHA 0.03% 88,174
497 OLLIE 0.03% 88,174
498 JAIME 0.03% 88,174
499 WINIFRED 0.03% 88,174
500 KRISTIE 0.03% 88,174
501 MARINA 0.03% 88,174
502 ALISHA 0.03% 88,174
503 AIMEE 0.03% 88,174
504 RENA 0.03% 88,174
505 MYRNA 0.03% 84,908
506 MARLA 0.03% 84,908
507 TAMMIE 0.03% 84,908
508 LATASHA 0.03% 84,908
509 BONITA 0.03% 84,908
510 PATRICE 0.03% 84,908
511 RONDA 0.03% 84,908
512 SHERRIE 0.03% 84,908
513 ADDIE 0.03% 84,908
514 FRANCINE 0.03% 81,642
515 DELORIS 0.03% 81,642
516 STACIE 0.03% 81,642
517 ADRIANA 0.03% 81,642
518 CHERI 0.03% 81,642
519 SHELBY 0.03% 81,642
520 ABIGAIL 0.03% 81,642
521 CELESTE 0.03% 81,642
522 JEWEL 0.03% 81,642
523 CARA 0.03% 81,642
524 ADELE 0.03% 81,642
525 REBEKAH 0.03% 81,642
526 LUCINDA 0.03% 81,642
527 DORTHY 0.03% 81,642
528 CHRIS 0.02% 78,377
529 EFFIE 0.02% 78,377
530 TRINA 0.02% 78,377
531 REBA 0.02% 78,377
532 SHAWN 0.02% 78,377
533 SALLIE 0.02% 78,377
534 AURORA 0.02% 78,377
535 LENORA 0.02% 78,377
536 ETTA 0.02% 78,377
537 LOTTIE 0.02% 78,377
538 KERRI 0.02% 78,377
539 TRISHA 0.02% 78,377
540 NIKKI 0.02% 78,377
541 ESTELLA 0.02% 78,377
542 FRANCISCA 0.02% 78,377
543 JOSIE 0.02% 78,377
544 TRACIE 0.02% 78,377
545 MARISSA 0.02% 78,377
546 KARIN 0.02% 78,377
547 BRITTNEY 0.02% 78,377
548 JANELLE 0.02% 78,377
549 LOURDES 0.02% 78,377
550 LAUREL 0.02% 78,377
551 HELENE 0.02% 78,377
552 FERN 0.02% 78,377
553 ELVA 0.02% 78,377
554 CORINNE 0.02% 78,377
555 KELSEY 0.02% 78,377
556 INA 0.02% 75,111
557 BETTIE 0.02% 75,111
558 ELISABETH 0.02% 75,111
559 AIDA 0.02% 75,111
560 CAITLIN 0.02% 75,111
561 INGRID 0.02% 75,111
562 IVA 0.02% 75,111
563 EUGENIA 0.02% 75,111
564 CHRISTA 0.02% 75,111
565 GOLDIE 0.02% 75,111
566 CASSIE 0.02% 75,111
567 MAUDE 0.02% 75,111
568 JENIFER 0.02% 75,111
569 THERESE 0.02% 71,845
570 FRANKIE 0.02% 71,845
571 DENA 0.02% 71,845
572 LORNA 0.02% 71,845
573 JANETTE 0.02% 71,845
574 LATONYA 0.02% 71,845
575 CANDY 0.02% 71,845
576 MORGAN 0.02% 71,845
577 CONSUELO 0.02% 71,845
578 TAMIKA 0.02% 71,845
579 ROSETTA 0.02% 71,845
580 DEBORA 0.02% 71,845
581 CHERIE 0.02% 71,845
582 POLLY 0.02% 71,845
583 DINA 0.02% 71,845
584 JEWELL 0.02% 68,580
585 FAY 0.02% 68,580
586 JILLIAN 0.02% 68,580
587 DOROTHEA 0.02% 68,580
588 NELL 0.02% 68,580
589 TRUDY 0.02% 68,580
590 ESPERANZA 0.02% 68,580
591 PATRICA 0.02% 68,580
592 KIMBERLEY 0.02% 68,580
593 SHANNA 0.02% 68,580
594 HELENA 0.02% 68,580
595 CAROLINA 0.02% 68,580
596 CLEO 0.02% 68,580
597 STEFANIE 0.02% 68,580
598 ROSARIO 0.02% 65,314
599 OLA 0.02% 65,314
600 JANINE 0.02% 65,314
601 MOLLIE 0.02% 65,314
602 LUPE 0.02% 65,314
603 ALISA 0.02% 65,314
604 LOU 0.02% 65,314
605 MARIBEL 0.02% 65,314
606 SUSANNE 0.02% 65,314
607 BETTE 0.02% 62,048
608 SUSANA 0.02% 62,048
609 ELISE 0.02% 62,048
610 CECILE 0.02% 62,048
611 ISABELLE 0.02% 62,048
612 LESLEY 0.02% 62,048
613 JOCELYN 0.02% 62,048
614 PAIGE 0.02% 62,048
615 JONI 0.02% 62,048
616 RACHELLE 0.02% 62,048
617 LEOLA 0.02% 62,048
618 DAPHNE 0.02% 62,048
619 ALTA 0.02% 62,048
620 ESTER 0.02% 62,048
621 PETRA 0.02% 62,048
622 GRACIELA 0.02% 62,048
623 IMOGENE 0.02% 62,048
624 JOLENE 0.02% 62,048
625 KEISHA 0.02% 62,048
626 LACEY 0.02% 58,782
627 GLENNA 0.02% 58,782
628 GABRIELA 0.02% 58,782
629 KERI 0.02% 58,782
630 URSULA 0.02% 58,782
631 LIZZIE 0.02% 58,782
632 KIRSTEN 0.02% 58,782
633 SHANA 0.02% 58,782
634 ADELINE 0.02% 58,782
635 MAYRA 0.02% 58,782
636 JAYNE 0.02% 58,782
637 JACLYN 0.02% 58,782
638 GRACIE 0.02% 58,782
639 SONDRA 0.02% 58,782
640 CARMELA 0.02% 58,782
641 MARISA 0.02% 58,782
642 ROSALIND 0.02% 58,782
643 CHARITY 0.02% 58,782
644 TONIA 0.02% 58,782
645 BEATRIZ 0.02% 58,782
646 MARISOL 0.02% 58,782
647 CLARICE 0.02% 58,782
648 JEANINE 0.02% 55,517
649 SHEENA 0.02% 55,517
650 ANGELINE 0.02% 55,517
651 FRIEDA 0.02% 55,517
652 LILY 0.02% 55,517
653 ROBBIE 0.02% 55,517
654 SHAUNA 0.02% 55,517
655 MILLIE 0.02% 55,517
656 CLAUDETTE 0.02% 55,517
657 CATHLEEN 0.02% 55,517
658 ANGELIA 0.02% 55,517
659 GABRIELLE 0.02% 55,517
660 AUTUMN 0.02% 55,517
661 KATHARINE 0.02% 55,517
662 SUMMER 0.02% 55,517
663 JODIE 0.02% 55,517
664 STACI 0.02% 55,517
665 LEA 0.02% 55,517
666 CHRISTI 0.02% 55,517
667 JIMMIE 0.02% 55,517
668 JUSTINE 0.02% 55,517
669 ELMA 0.02% 55,517
670 LUELLA 0.02% 55,517
671 MARGRET 0.02% 55,517
672 DOMINIQUE 0.02% 52,251
673 SOCORRO 0.02% 52,251
674 RENE 0.02% 52,251
675 MARTINA 0.02% 52,251
676 MARGO 0.02% 52,251
677 MAVIS 0.02% 52,251
678 CALLIE 0.02% 52,251
679 BOBBI 0.02% 52,251
680 MARITZA 0.02% 52,251
681 LUCILE 0.02% 52,251
682 LEANNE 0.02% 52,251
683 JEANNINE 0.02% 52,251
684 DEANA 0.02% 52,251
685 AILEEN 0.02% 52,251
686 LORIE 0.02% 52,251
687 LADONNA 0.02% 52,251
688 WILLA 0.02% 52,251
689 MANUELA 0.02% 52,251
690 GALE 0.02% 52,251
691 SELMA 0.02% 52,251
692 DOLLY 0.02% 52,251
693 SYBIL 0.02% 52,251
694 ABBY 0.02% 52,251
695 LARA 0.02% 52,251
696 DALE 0.02% 52,251
697 IVY 0.02% 52,251
698 DEE 0.02% 52,251
699 WINNIE 0.02% 52,251
700 MARCY 0.02% 52,251
701 LUISA 0.02% 52,251
702 JERI 0.02% 48,985
703 MAGDALENA 0.02% 48,985
704 OFELIA 0.02% 48,985
705 MEAGAN 0.02% 48,985
706 AUDRA 0.02% 48,985
707 MATILDA 0.02% 48,985
708 LEILA 0.02% 48,985
709 CORNELIA 0.02% 48,985
710 BIANCA 0.02% 48,985
711 SIMONE 0.02% 48,985
712 BETTYE 0.02% 48,985
713 RANDI 0.02% 48,985
714 VIRGIE 0.02% 48,985
715 LATISHA 0.02% 48,985
716 BARBRA 0.02% 48,985
717 GEORGINA 0.02% 48,985
718 ELIZA 0.02% 48,985
719 LEANN 0.02% 48,985
720 BRIDGETTE 0.02% 48,985
721 RHODA 0.01% 45,720
722 HALEY 0.01% 45,720
723 ADELA 0.01% 45,720
724 NOLA 0.01% 45,720
725 BERNADINE 0.01% 45,720
726 FLOSSIE 0.01% 45,720
727 ILA 0.01% 45,720
728 GRETA 0.01% 45,720
729 RUTHIE 0.01% 45,720
730 NELDA 0.01% 45,720
731 MINERVA 0.01% 45,720
732 LILLY 0.01% 45,720
733 TERRIE 0.01% 45,720
734 LETHA 0.01% 45,720
735 HILARY 0.01% 45,720
736 ESTELA 0.01% 45,720
737 VALARIE 0.01% 45,720
738 BRIANNA 0.01% 45,720
739 ROSALYN 0.01% 45,720
740 EARLINE 0.01% 45,720
741 CATALINA 0.01% 45,720
742 AVA 0.01% 45,720
743 MIA 0.01% 45,720
744 CLARISSA 0.01% 45,720
745 LIDIA 0.01% 45,720
746 CORRINE 0.01% 45,720
747 ALEXANDRIA 0.01% 45,720
748 CONCEPCION 0.01% 45,720
749 TIA 0.01% 45,720
750 SHARRON 0.01% 45,720
751 RAE 0.01% 45,720
752 DONA 0.01% 45,720
753 ERICKA 0.01% 45,720
754 JAMI 0.01% 45,720
755 ELNORA 0.01% 45,720
756 CHANDRA 0.01% 45,720
757 LENORE 0.01% 45,720
758 NEVA 0.01% 42,454
759 MARYLOU 0.01% 42,454
760 MELISA 0.01% 42,454
761 TABATHA 0.01% 42,454
762 SERENA 0.01% 42,454
763 AVIS 0.01% 42,454
764 ALLIE 0.01% 42,454
765 SOFIA 0.01% 42,454
766 JEANIE 0.01% 42,454
767 ODESSA 0.01% 42,454
768 NANNIE 0.01% 42,454
769 HARRIETT 0.01% 42,454
770 LORAINE 0.01% 42,454
771 PENELOPE 0.01% 42,454
772 MILAGROS 0.01% 42,454
773 EMILIA 0.01% 42,454
774 BENITA 0.01% 42,454
775 ALLYSON 0.01% 42,454
776 ASHLEE 0.01% 42,454
777 TANIA 0.01% 42,454
778 TOMMIE 0.01% 42,454
779 ESMERALDA 0.01% 42,454
780 KARINA 0.01% 42,454
781 EVE 0.01% 42,454
782 PEARLIE 0.01% 42,454
783 ZELMA 0.01% 42,454
784 MALINDA 0.01% 42,454
785 NOREEN 0.01% 42,454
786 TAMEKA 0.01% 42,454
787 SAUNDRA 0.01% 42,454
788 HILLARY 0.01% 42,454
789 AMIE 0.01% 42,454
790 ALTHEA 0.01% 39,188
791 ROSALINDA 0.01% 39,188
792 JORDAN 0.01% 39,188
793 LILIA 0.01% 39,188
794 ALANA 0.01% 39,188
795 GAY 0.01% 39,188
796 CLARE 0.01% 39,188
797 ALEJANDRA 0.01% 39,188
798 ELINOR 0.01% 39,188
799 MICHAEL 0.01% 39,188
800 LORRIE 0.01% 39,188
801 JERRI 0.01% 39,188
802 DARCY 0.01% 39,188
803 EARNESTINE 0.01% 39,188
804 CARMELLA 0.01% 39,188
805 TAYLOR 0.01% 39,188
806 NOEMI 0.01% 39,188
807 MARCIE 0.01% 39,188
808 LIZA 0.01% 39,188
809 ANNABELLE 0.01% 39,188
810 LOUISA 0.01% 39,188
811 EARLENE 0.01% 39,188
812 MALLORY 0.01% 39,188
813 CARLENE 0.01% 39,188
814 NITA 0.01% 39,188
815 SELENA 0.01% 39,188
816 TANISHA 0.01% 39,188
817 KATY 0.01% 39,188
818 JULIANNE 0.01% 39,188
819 JOHN 0.01% 39,188
820 LAKISHA 0.01% 35,923
821 EDWINA 0.01% 35,923
822 MARICELA 0.01% 35,923
823 MARGERY 0.01% 35,923
824 KENYA 0.01% 35,923
825 DOLLIE 0.01% 35,923
826 ROXIE 0.01% 35,923
827 ROSLYN 0.01% 35,923
828 KATHRINE 0.01% 35,923
829 NANETTE 0.01% 35,923
830 CHARMAINE 0.01% 35,923
831 LAVONNE 0.01% 35,923
832 ILENE 0.01% 35,923
833 KRIS 0.01% 35,923
834 TAMMI 0.01% 35,923
835 SUZETTE 0.01% 35,923
836 CORINE 0.01% 35,923
837 KAYE 0.01% 35,923
838 JERRY 0.01% 35,923
839 MERLE 0.01% 35,923
840 CHRYSTAL 0.01% 35,923
841 LINA 0.01% 35,923
842 DEANNE 0.01% 35,923
843 LILIAN 0.01% 35,923
844 JULIANA 0.01% 35,923
845 ALINE 0.01% 35,923
846 LUANN 0.01% 35,923
847 KASEY 0.01% 35,923
848 MARYANNE 0.01% 35,923
849 EVANGELINE 0.01% 35,923
850 COLETTE 0.01% 35,923
851 MELVA 0.01% 35,923
852 LAWANDA 0.01% 35,923
853 YESENIA 0.01% 35,923
854 NADIA 0.01% 35,923
855 MADGE 0.01% 35,923
856 KATHIE 0.01% 35,923
857 EDDIE 0.01% 35,923
858 OPHELIA 0.01% 35,923
859 VALERIA 0.01% 35,923
860 NONA 0.01% 35,923
861 MITZI 0.01% 35,923
862 MARI 0.01% 35,923
863 GEORGETTE 0.01% 35,923
864 CLAUDINE 0.01% 35,923
865 FRAN 0.01% 35,923
866 ALISSA 0.01% 35,923
867 ROSEANN 0.01% 32,657
868 LAKEISHA 0.01% 32,657
869 SUSANNA 0.01% 32,657
870 REVA 0.01% 32,657
871 DEIDRE 0.01% 32,657
872 CHASITY 0.01% 32,657
873 SHEREE 0.01% 32,657
874 CARLY 0.01% 32,657
875 JAMES 0.01% 32,657
876 ELVIA 0.01% 32,657
877 ALYCE 0.01% 32,657
878 DEIRDRE 0.01% 32,657
879 GENA 0.01% 32,657
880 BRIANA 0.01% 32,657
881 ARACELI 0.01% 32,657
882 KATELYN 0.01% 32,657
883 ROSANNE 0.01% 32,657
884 WENDI 0.01% 32,657
885 TESSA 0.01% 32,657
886 BERTA 0.01% 32,657
887 MARVA 0.01% 32,657
888 IMELDA 0.01% 32,657
889 MARIETTA 0.01% 32,657
890 MARCI 0.01% 32,657
891 LEONOR 0.01% 32,657
892 ARLINE 0.01% 32,657
893 SASHA 0.01% 32,657
894 MADELYN 0.01% 32,657
895 JANNA 0.01% 32,657
896 JULIETTE 0.01% 32,657
897 DEENA 0.01% 32,657
898 AURELIA 0.01% 32,657
899 JOSEFA 0.01% 32,657
900 AUGUSTA 0.01% 32,657
901 LILIANA 0.01% 32,657
902 YOUNG 0.01% 32,657
903 CHRISTIAN 0.01% 32,657
904 LESSIE 0.01% 32,657
905 AMALIA 0.01% 32,657
906 SAVANNAH 0.01% 32,657
907 ANASTASIA 0.01% 32,657
908 VILMA 0.01% 32,657
909 NATALIA 0.01% 32,657
910 ROSELLA 0.01% 32,657
911 LYNNETTE 0.01% 32,657
912 CORINA 0.01% 32,657
913 ALFREDA 0.01% 29,391
914 LEANNA 0.01% 29,391
915 CAREY 0.01% 29,391
916 AMPARO 0.01% 29,391
917 COLEEN 0.01% 29,391
918 TAMRA 0.01% 29,391
919 AISHA 0.01% 29,391
920 WILDA 0.01% 29,391
921 KARYN 0.01% 29,391
922 CHERRY 0.01% 29,391
923 QUEEN 0.01% 29,391
924 MAURA 0.01% 29,391
925 MAI 0.01% 29,391
926 EVANGELINA 0.01% 29,391
927 ROSANNA 0.01% 29,391
928 HALLIE 0.01% 29,391
929 ERNA 0.01% 29,391
930 ENID 0.01% 29,391
931 MARIANA 0.01% 29,391
932 LACY 0.01% 29,391
933 JULIET 0.01% 29,391
934 JACKLYN 0.01% 29,391
935 FREIDA 0.01% 29,391
936 MADELEINE 0.01% 29,391
937 MARA 0.01% 29,391
938 HESTER 0.01% 29,391
939 CATHRYN 0.01% 29,391
940 LELIA 0.01% 29,391
941 CASANDRA 0.01% 29,391
942 BRIDGETT 0.01% 29,391
943 ANGELITA 0.01% 29,391
944 JANNIE 0.01% 29,391
945 DIONNE 0.01% 29,391
946 ANNMARIE 0.01% 29,391
947 KATINA 0.01% 29,391
948 BERYL 0.01% 29,391
949 PHOEBE 0.01% 29,391
950 MILLICENT 0.01% 29,391
951 KATHERYN 0.01% 29,391
952 DIANN 0.01% 29,391
953 CARISSA 0.01% 29,391
954 MARYELLEN 0.01% 29,391
955 LIZ 0.01% 29,391
956 LAURI 0.01% 29,391
957 HELGA 0.01% 29,391
958 GILDA 0.01% 29,391
959 ADRIAN 0.01% 29,391
960 RHEA 0.01% 29,391
961 MARQUITA 0.01% 29,391
962 HOLLIE 0.01% 29,391
963 TISHA 0.01% 29,391
964 TAMERA 0.01% 29,391
965 ANGELIQUE 0.01% 29,391
966 FRANCESCA 0.01% 29,391
967 BRITNEY 0.01% 29,391
968 KAITLIN 0.01% 29,391
969 LOLITA 0.01% 29,391
970 FLORINE 0.01% 29,391
971 ROWENA 0.01% 29,391
972 REYNA 0.01% 29,391
973 TWILA 0.01% 29,391
974 FANNY 0.01% 29,391
975 JANELL 0.01% 29,391
976 INES 0.01% 29,391
977 CONCETTA 0.01% 29,391
978 BERTIE 0.01% 29,391
979 ALBA 0.01% 29,391
980 BRIGITTE 0.01% 29,391
981 ALYSON 0.01% 29,391
982 VONDA 0.01% 26,126
983 PANSY 0.01% 26,126
984 ELBA 0.01% 26,126
985 NOELLE 0.01% 26,126
986 LETITIA 0.01% 26,126
987 KITTY 0.01% 26,126
988 DEANN 0.01% 26,126
989 BRANDIE 0.01% 26,126
990 LOUELLA 0.01% 26,126
991 LETA 0.01% 26,126
992 FELECIA 0.01% 26,126
993 SHARLENE 0.01% 26,126
994 LESA 0.01% 26,126
995 BEVERLEY 0.01% 26,126
996 ROBERT 0.01% 26,126
997 ISABELLA 0.01% 26,126
998 HERMINIA 0.01% 26,126
999 TERRA 0.01% 26,126
1000 CELINA 0.01% 26,126

The Most Common Female Names in the United States

Do you see your name on the list? Or maybe your name is much higher up on the list than you anticipated. This may be because you have a name that has been around for a long time, or because you have a name that is very popular.

But how did humans come to have names in the first place? And where do first names come from? Read on to find out.

Why Do We Have Names?

Think about a world without names. You would have to point to each person you wanted to talk to, or you would have to refer to them by saying ‘hey you’ as you can imagine, this would get very complicated the minute you had more than one other person near you.

The truth is, historians aren’t sure when humans first began naming themselves, but they suspect it was around the same time spoken word was developed. Even if the first language was just grunts, you would have likely had a collection of grunts which indicated your name.

Where Do First Names Come From?

When people first began naming themselves, or their children, they did so in one of a few different ways. The way in which a name came to be widely depended on the culture which invented it.

Names From Nouns

One of the major ways the early people began naming themselves is after nouns. These names would be the equivalent of ‘Apple’, ‘Flower’, and ‘Brook’ today. But since English wasn’t around back then, you may have a noun name and not even realize it.

For example, the name ‘Ava’ is the Latin noun for ‘life.’ Although no one speaks Latin anymore, the name still stays popular today.

Names From Adjectives

Another common way the ancient people named themselves is after adjectives. Just look at the name ‘Bella’, ‘Belle’, and ‘’Isabella, which all mean beauty in another language (French/Italian).

While those three names are common adjective names, like with names from nouns, there are many adjective names that exist in society that are in a different language and you didn’t even realize it. A prime example of this is the popular name ‘Sophia’ which is actually the Greek word for ‘wise.’

Names From Compound Phrases

Some popular names are derived from compound phrases which are put together. Before you think this sounds weird, just look at all the compound names which are being made to this day. ‘Annabell Lee’ and ‘Katie Jo’ may not mean something like they once did, but they are still modern compound names.

Ancient compound names which continue to be used are names like ‘Bellarose’ which means ‘beautiful rose’ and ‘Marisol’ which, when translated from Spanish literally means ‘Mar y sol’ or ‘Sea and sun.’

Names From Gods

The final place ancient people got their names is from their gods. Although names like ‘Venus’, ‘Aphrodite’, and ‘Athena’ are no longer popular, these names were once heard all over ancient Greece and Rome as people named their children after their gods.

Even though the days of ‘Hathor’, ‘Hatmehit’, and ‘Hesa’t are gone (all Egyptian goddesses) some names like ‘Diana’, who was the Roman god of the hunt are still around and widely used today.

Why Are Some First Names So Common?

As you look at the list of most common female names, you might notice that some names are simply so common, but why is this?

Well, it’s actually not that simple.

There are actually several reasons certain names become common, and the number one reason is because people still name their kids after a meaning.

For example, the most popular name ‘Mary’, is more common among the older demographic in the United States. The United States has gotten increasingly less religious over the years, but if you look at the years between the 1940s-1960s when most of the Mary’s were born, you’ll find many people who simply wanted to name their child after the mother of Jesus, which is considered an honor in the Catholic religion.

Okay, so that explains Mary, but what about ‘Patricia’ or ‘Barbara?’ Well, the population of the United States is quickly aging, so again, you need to look at the demographic of when people named their daughters these names. You may find that during the time period there was a famous person or figure with the name.

People like to name their children after people they admire. This includes family members, as well as celebrities, which is why you will find the name ‘Diana’ spiked among the years when Princess Diana was a popular celebrity to follow. So all these Patricia’s and Barbara’s were likely named either after a family member or a popular celebrity of the time.

People also, weirdly enough, name their children after fictional characters in novels or movies. Hence the reasons why the name Bella is coming back, after years of sinking on the list, thanks to the popular book/movie Twilight.

Additionally, when people name their children, they typically think about how that name will affect them through the course of their life. This reason alone stops many parents from making up unique names and instead has them going back for names like ‘Emily’, ‘Jessica’, and ‘Lisa’.

Honestly, it’s hard to know why some names are so popular and others aren’t. After all, the census doesn’t ask people to explain why they are named the way they are.

Why Do Names Go Out of Style?

Sometimes, names that were once top of the list, sink down the list as the years go by. This happens for many reasons.

If you read the previous section, you can see that many people name their kids after names they hear in the media or in a book that they like. But the books and movies people watch and listen to change, therefore so do the names.

Names are frequently generational. Just look at ‘Mary.’ It is very unlikely you will come across anyone under the age of 40 in the United States with that name. Therefore although it is popular right now, as many of the Mary’s age and die off a new name will likely become the most popular one in the US.

Overall, just as it is difficult to say why names are common, it is also difficult to say why names go out of style, so you’ll just have to keep guessing why people suddenly switched from naming their daughters ‘Mary’ to ‘Emily.’

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the 1990 Decennial Census survey, from the United States Census Bureau.

If you know of a more up-to-date source for first name data, please let us know. You can also use the baby name section for further research of common and popular first names in the United States.

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