What is the #1 name for a girl?

Answered by Willian Lymon

The number one name for a girl can vary from year to year, as naming trends and preferences change over time. However, I can provide you with the top five names for girls in each of the last 100 years. Please keep in mind that this information is based on popularity rankings and may differ based on different sources or regions.

Before I delve into the list, I find it fascinating how names can reflect the social and cultural influences of each era. Certain names can become popular due to celebrities, fictional characters, or even significant events. It’s interesting to see how the popularity of names has evolved over the years.

Here are the top five names for girls in each of the last 100 years:

1. Mary
2. Dorothy
3. Helen
4. Margaret
5. Ruth

The 1920s were a time of traditional and classic names, with Mary reigning as the top choice for parents.

1. Mary
2. Betty
3. Barbara
4. Shirley
5. Patricia

Mary continued to be a popular choice in the 1930s, but new names like Betty and Barbara emerged, reflecting the influence of Hollywood starlets and cultural shifts.

1. Mary
2. Linda
3. Patricia
4. Barbara
5. Carol

Mary maintained its top position in the 1940s, but Linda gained popularity, possibly influenced by the popular song “Linda” by Buddy Clark.

1. Mary
2. Linda
3. Patricia
4. Susan
5. Deborah

Mary and Linda remained popular in the 1950s, but names like Susan and Deborah started to gain traction.

1. Lisa
2. Mary
3. Susan
4. Karen
5. Linda

The 1960s saw the rise of more modern-sounding names like Lisa and Karen, although Mary and Susan still held their ground.

1. Jennifer
2. Amy
3. Melissa
4. Michelle
5. Kimberly

The 1970s introduced Jennifer as the top name for girls, perhaps influenced by popular TV shows and movies featuring characters with that name.

1. Jessica
2. Jennifer
3. Amanda
4. Ashley
5. Sarah

The 1980s marked the era of names like Jessica and Jennifer, which were often associated with popular actresses and musicians of the time.

1. Jessica
2. Ashley
3. Emily
4. Sarah
5. Samantha

Jessica continued to be a popular choice in the 1990s, along with names like Ashley and Emily, reflecting a mix of traditional and contemporary preferences.

1. Emily
2. Madison
3. Emma
4. Olivia
5. Hannah

The 2000s saw a shift in naming trends, with names like Emily, Madison, and Emma taking the lead, possibly influenced by popular culture and celebrity choices.

1. Olivia
2. Sophia
3. Emma
4. Isabella
5. Ava

In the most recent decade, Olivia rose to the top, followed closely by Sophia, Emma, and Isabella. These names reflect a blend of classic and trendy choices.

It’s intriguing to see how naming trends have evolved over the years, with certain names recurring and others fading into obscurity. Personal experiences and cultural influences can also impact the name choices of individuals, making each name unique and meaningful.