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U.S. Baby Girl Names by Year Quiz

For each year, guess the top 20 most popular names for baby girls in the United States.
Last updated: September 03, 2018
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2016
2010
2000
1990
1980
1970
Emma
Isabella
Emily
Jessica
Jennifer
Jennifer
Olivia
Sophia
Hannah
Ashley
Amanda
Lisa
Ava
Emma
Madison
Brittany
Jessica
Kimberly
Sophia
Olivia
Ashley
Amanda
Melissa
Michelle
Isabella
Ava
Sarah
Samantha
Sarah
Amy
Mia
Emily
Alexis
Sarah
Heather
Angela
Charlotte
Abigail
Samantha
Stephanie
Nicole
Melissa
Abigail
Madison
Jessica
Jennifer
Amy
Tammy
Emily
Chloe
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Mary
Harper
Mia
Taylor
Lauren
Michelle
Tracy
Amelia
Addison
Lauren
Megan
Kimberly
Julie
Evelyn
Elizabeth
Alyssa
Emily
Angela
Karen
Elizabeth
Ella
Kayla
Nicole
Stephanie
Laura
Sofia
Natalie
Abigail
Kayla
Tiffany
Christine
Madison
Samantha
Brianna
Amber
Christina
Susan
Avery
Alexis
Olivia
Rachel
Lisa
Dawn
Ella
Lily
Emma
Courtney
Rebecca
Stephanie
Scarlett
Grace
Megan
Danielle
Crystal
Elizabeth
Grace
Hailey
Grace
Heather
Kelly
Heather
Chloe
Alyssa
Victoria
Melissa
Erin
Kelly
 
 
 
 
 
 
1960
1950
1940
1930
1920
1910
Mary
Linda
Mary
Mary
Mary
Mary
Susan
Mary
Barbara
Betty
Dorothy
Helen
Linda
Patricia
Patricia
Dorothy
Helen
Margaret
Karen
Barbara
Judith
Helen
Margaret
Dorothy
Donna
Susan
Betty
Margaret
Ruth
Ruth
Lisa
Nancy
Carol
Barbara
Mildred
Anna
Patricia
Deborah
Nancy
Patricia
Virginia
Elizabeth
Debra
Sandra
Linda
Joan
Elizabeth
Mildred
Cynthia
Carol
Shirley
Doris
Frances
Marie
Deborah
Kathleen
Sandra
Ruth
Anna
Alice
Sandra
Sharon
Margaret
Shirley
Betty
Frances
Barbara
Karen
Dorothy
Virginia
Evelyn
Florence
Brenda
Donna
Joyce
Dolores
Marie
Ethel
Pamela
Brenda
Joan
Jean
Doris
Lillian
Nancy
Margaret
Carolyn
Elizabeth
Alice
Gladys
Sharon
Diane
Judy
Frances
Florence
Rose
Cheryl
Pamela
Sharon
Lois
Irene
Evelyn
Elizabeth
Janet
Helen
Joyce
Lillian
Edna
Teresa
Shirley
Janet
Evelyn
Louise
Annie
Lori
Carolyn
Elizabeth
Alice
Rose
Louise
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level 28
Aug 13, 2012
got em all.....i hate myself for doing this as many times as i did to get them all
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level 44
Aug 14, 2012
I keep doing it over and over as well - my best is 83
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level 33
Aug 30, 2012
It amazes me how few names I can remember when put under time constraints.
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level 22
Apr 11, 2015
Too true
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level 39
Jun 2, 2017
+1 totally.
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level 73
Feb 4, 2013
Isabella #1? ugh... I guess as long as "Renesme" doesn't catch on.
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level 17
May 16, 2013
It's a beautiful name which has been around for centuries, just because it's also a character from a popular book/film which will disappear in a few years is no reason to abandon it now.
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level 55
May 7, 2014
Actually it's two names.
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level 73
Apr 6, 2015
It's a great reason to abandon it for a few decades.
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level 39
Sep 19, 2015
Isabella is a lovely name. Better than Madison, Hayley or a few others.
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level 73
Apr 5, 2016
It's not that it's a bad name, it's that the fact that Isabella, Edward, and Jacob all recently became popular names again is probably not a coincidence.
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level 48
May 21, 2017
Bit rude to put down names like Hayley (MY name btw) and Madison just because you might not Iike them.
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level 73
Nov 7, 2017
Not sure about Helen. She's left rude comments on my quizzes before. But in my case anyway, I'm not putting down the names I'm lamenting the fact that people are sheep and putting down the probable inspirations that led people to choose those names for their children.
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level 53
Dec 7, 2017
Oh, she's left rude comments on your quizzes? I'm sure you, the flawless Kalbahamut, has never done such a thing on, say, QM's quizzes, including swearing, then shrieked about unfairness when they got removed thanks to a rule that you knew about.
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level 73
Feb 4, 2013
funny how when you read all the popular names from 1910 it sounds like old lady names. I guess now they are.
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level 80
Jun 18, 2014
Old? Maybe. Dead, more likely.
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level 28
Jun 26, 2014
Meh, I know a Mary, an Anna and a Rose, all of them are kids.
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level 18
Jan 3, 2015
I have two friends named Mary and Anna, and a teacher named Mrs. Rose
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level 28
Jul 5, 2016
Huh my brothers both had a teacher named Mrs. Rose too. Are you Australian by any chance?
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level 39
Jun 11, 2017
Haha yes.
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level 69
Aug 1, 2013
How is Catherine not on here? I know more Catherine/Katie/Kates than any other name, I think.
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level 33
Apr 18, 2014
I was surprised by that too, even retyped it a few times to be sure I hadn't spelled it wrong.
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level 18
Jan 3, 2015
Same
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level 1
Feb 24, 2016
That a good answer well don
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level 60
Mar 18, 2015
I know. I just keep trying it. And it's not even a recent thing either. Catherine is a very common name, and I can't even say how many Katie's, Kaitlyn's, and Kate's I know.
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level 73
Apr 6, 2015
Maybe they did not group together all the many different variants.
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level 74
Aug 2, 2017
Apparently it was difficult to know where to draw the line. Lily got me Lillian, but Laura didn't gave me Lori or Lauren. Margaret did not give me Megan, nor did Elizabeth give me Lisa, and I tried Ellen, Helen, Eleanor, and Isabella, but none gave me Ella. It reminds me of the old riddle, "Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy, and Bess all went together to seek a bird's nest. They found a nest with five eggs in, each took one and left four in." How could that be? All were names or nicknames for the same girl.
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level 13
Dec 25, 2015
Same!
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level 48
Dec 23, 2016
Yeah, I was surprised at no Kate/Katelyn/etc. And I, too, thought Catherine would appear as well. Interesting list
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level 62
Jul 13, 2017
No Catherine/Kate etc. in the top twenty in any of the last ten decades? Unbelievable!
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level 36
Oct 4, 2013
@Quizmaster: Consider counting "Marie" under "Mary.
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level 19
Oct 30, 2013
used all my girlfriends names like a boss
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level 55
May 13, 2014
Wow, your girlfriends had 56 names each?
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level 22
Apr 11, 2015
BURN!!! :)
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level 38
Jul 21, 2015
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level 25
Jul 3, 2016
xD :thumbsup:
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level 17
Feb 17, 2014
absolutely loved this! very fun, i got a 31 :)
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level 46
May 1, 2014
How could anyone ever go through 9 months of agony, and call their child Dolores?
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level 55
May 7, 2014
Do you know what Dolores means?
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level 80
Jun 18, 2014
Sorrow. Which is kind of right on point with cedric's question.
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level 73
Apr 6, 2015
It can mean agony or pain so makes perfect sense.
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level 74
Aug 2, 2017
In decades past there was no internet to check the meaning of names - most people named their children something which was either a family name, a biblical name, something from pop culture of the day, or a name they heard and thought it was pretty or interesting. My husband had an uncle named Drexel (born in the 1920s) because his mother read an ad in the newspaper for a company by that name and liked the sound of it. Her cousin liked the name when she heard it and also named her son the same thing.
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level 73
Nov 7, 2017
That's how I ended up with my nephew Halliburton.
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level 38
Jul 21, 2015
just having a chuckle because CEDRIC and DOLORES are both names from HARRY POTTER!!!!!
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level 28
Jan 30, 2016
so true
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level 74
Aug 2, 2017
My husband and I both have cousins named Dolores and both are called Dee.
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level 55
May 7, 2014
My name is on there 4 times, my daughter's 10, and my sister's 2.
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level 16
May 19, 2014
you should really allow short names for the long names alex for alexis, sam for samantha, etc.
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level 48
May 22, 2014
I also was really surprised with no Catherine/Katherine...
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level 29
Apr 5, 2015
Me too. I know more Katherines/Katies/Kates/Kats/Kittys than any other name. But it might not be as popular in the South as it is here in New England.
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level 39
Jun 11, 2017
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level 50
Aug 6, 2014
Agh... 34 seconds left, my fingers HURT!
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level 44
Sep 1, 2014
This was a really hard quiz for me. I thought I was doing pretty well, I got 33. To find out the average is 44. I guess I don't have a bank of names in my gag memory. At least I got Florence, Joyce and Irene. But that's only cause I was cycling through names of hurricanes. I am curious to know how others did this quiz. Did you know the info already? Did you just rattle off the names of every girl you ever met? And how is Catherine/Katherine/Katie/Kate not on here at all? I guess multiple spellings split the vote.
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level 15
Oct 5, 2014
How is Ellie not on here?
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level 18
May 14, 2015
Ella is, which is a form of Ellie.
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level 3
Nov 16, 2014
this is a cool game!!
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level 46
Jan 8, 2015
Seriously, Gladys.
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level 49
Feb 1, 2015
LMAO I added all my GFs names and even names of their mothers but I forgot my Ex wife's name but tried her mom's name hahahahahahaha
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level 39
Apr 5, 2015
Missed quite a lot of these. Disappointed not to see one of the worst names ever - Maud or Maude - on here. Perhaps I'm biased because that was the name of my piano teacher, who was a horror.
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level 72
Jun 16, 2015
You are biased. I know two nice Maud. They are french, and don't teach piano. Maybe the problem is with piano teachers ? I had one, don't remember her name (not Maud anyway), but probably something horrible !!!
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level 39
Sep 19, 2015
Maybe I am biased! Although I had a second teacher for a while, who was fine.
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level 3
Apr 5, 2015
1m35 restantes
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level 49
Apr 5, 2015
If you have Lori, you should give credit for Laurie.
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level 73
Apr 6, 2015
Hayley for Hailey... that's how my niece born in the post-Eminem decade spells it.
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level 7
Apr 7, 2015
i got 10.......
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level 31
May 26, 2015
I finally got them all! Tracy was the last one. I hate it when I forget to turn off the timer and have to start over.
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level 69
Aug 31, 2015
Try my quiz for 5-letter names by decade: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/43073/most-popular-five-letter-baby-girl-names-by-decade
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level 69
Aug 31, 2015
How do you do a link?
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level 75
Oct 22, 2015
If you're going to accept things like "Barb" for "Barbara", please could you accept "Sam" and "Jenny" for Samantha and Jennifer?
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level 60
Nov 17, 2015
Why are girls' names so hard?? I've heard of all these names, but can never remember much more than half of them.
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level 1
Feb 24, 2016
Wow I only got 52 that is good close to being next to 111
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level 1
Feb 24, 2016
I got 52
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level 27
Nov 7, 2016
The time-pressure mind-blank is a real phenomenon. I missed my own middle name and sirname (which happens to be a first name).
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level 66
Dec 23, 2016
I agree, very difficult and for once the photograph given was no help at all.
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level 32
Dec 23, 2016
surprised there wasn't Leslie I know a ton
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level 39
Jul 11, 2017
of boy Leslies.
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level 63
Jan 15, 2017
Should be max time.
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level 39
Jun 12, 2017
Max time is 60 minutes. Are you sure?
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level 24
Jan 20, 2017
Dont you mean Girl Baby names by DECADE??
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level 45
Mar 11, 2017
Heh, funny enough all my female relatives were in the "popular" brackets in their generation, except my grandmothers because they have really weird obscure names. But all my aunts, great aunts and older female cousins? Yyyyyep, there they are. Got most of the 1990 ones (my own name's in there) thanks to having remembered being in school with basically all those names at the time.
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level 31
Apr 24, 2017
39% get my name. What has come to this world?!?!
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level 50
Jun 28, 2017
great quiz, but nowhere near enough time on the clock.
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level 36
Jul 8, 2017
Amy should count for Amelia as well. That's my name, and I've always got Amy.
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level 39
Jul 11, 2017
Kathleen, but no Katherine? Audrey? Mckayla?
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level 74
Aug 2, 2017
My answer boxes only showed through 1970, and I didn't realize I should have scrolled down to get the decades back to the 1920s. I would have been trying names from my mother's and grandmother's generation had I known. Maybe add the decades covered in the instructions, or am I the only one who is this slow?
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level 17
Aug 19, 2017
I only got 20 ;( I'm too lazy to try again.
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level 40
Aug 30, 2017
Could you accept Hayley for Hailey please? Thank you!
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level 35
Jan 23, 2018
I want my name, Margaret, to come back. If people don’t like the way it is, they could always call her Peg, Peggy, Meg, Marge, Maggie. I’m in my 50s. Does anybody know any Margaret’s under, say, 30?
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level 48
Apr 18, 2018
I named my daughter Margaret (17). I always wanted a Maggie. And she has a classmate named Maggie
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level 22
Jan 30, 2018
Elizabeth is everywhere!
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level 17
May 14, 2018
Man, I try so hard to get a good score, then realize I'm wasting time trying to get a hard quiz done that isn't even very educational. I'm finally just going to try a different quiz.
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level 58
Jul 4, 2018
I know right! For some reason, baby name quizes are quite addictive, but so hard to remember them all!
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level 32
Aug 23, 2018
Could Eve be accepted for Evelyn?
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level 34
Sep 3, 2018
Please can Maddie be accepted for Madison