Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls in USA

At Stuck on You, we are in the name business and see a HUGE diversity of names in personalised orders for our products. We love researching the their popularity, keeping an eye on trends and following the latest Top 100 Names lists from country to country. (Read our recent post, Top 100 Baby Names in Australia)

Our conversations about names with Stuck on You Fans on Facebook are some of the most popular conversations that we have. People love to compare where their kids’ names come on the list, where their own names appear and look for inspiration to name children to come. So, we had to share this amazing graphic that shows the most popular names for girls in the USA from 1960 to 2011.

Most popular Girl Names in USA | Stuck on You
Image: Reuben Fischer-Baum using data from the Social Security Administration in the US.

Isn’t it amazing to see how certain names go in and out of fashion, how they spread from one state to the next and how popular Jennifer was from 1970 to 1979!

The creator of the graphic, Reuben Fishcer-Baum, had this to say: 

Baby naming generally follows a consistent cycle: A name springs up in some region of the U.S.—”Ashley” in the South, “Emily” in the Northeast—sweeps over the country, and falls out of favor nearly as quickly. The big exception to these baby booms and busts is “Jennifer”, which absolutely dominates America for a decade-and-a-half. If you’re named Jennifer and you were born between 1970 and 1984, don’t worry! I’m sure you have a totally cool, unique middle name.

Does your name or your child’s name appear in the graphic?