Most Common American Women's Names

Guess the most popular first names for all females born in the United States between 1940–2019.
Age = average age of people with that name
To make it easier, we give you the first letter
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Last updated: September 17, 2020
First submittedDecember 12, 2013
Times taken71,304
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Name
Age
M
Mary
60
J
Jennifer
40
L
Linda
65
P
Patricia
63
E
Elizabeth
41
S
Susan
60
J
Jessica
31
B
Barbara
65
K
Karen
58
L
Lisa
50
S
Sarah
33
A
Ashley
27
K
Kimberly
42
 
Name
Age
S
Sandra
61
M
Michelle
42
E
Emily
23
N
Nancy
62
A
Amanda
33
M
Melissa
39
D
Deborah
60
S
Stephanie
37
D
Donna
61
R
Rebecca
43
C
Cynthia
55
S
Sharon
62
A
Amy
41
 
Name
Age
C
Carol
66
L
Laura
46
A
Angela
43
K
Kathleen
59
B
Brenda
58
P
Pamela
58
N
Nicole
32
S
Samantha
24
D
Debra
60
M
Margaret
57
H
Heather
38
C
Christine
51
 
Name
Age
R
Rachel
32
K
Katherine
38
J
Julie
49
E
Emma
17
D
Diane
62
M
Maria
41
K
Kelly
41
L
Lauren
27
V
Victoria
31
C
Christina
38
O
Olivia
15
C
Carolyn
62
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Level ∞
Dec 12, 2013
Why are the average ages so old? It's not the baby boom. In fact, modern birth figures are just as high as the baby boom. It's the fact that modern children have more diverse names. This year's top name would have been 8th in 1970.
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Level 71
Sep 27, 2016
The diversity of newer names would've been my guess too
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Level 80
Sep 27, 2016
Yes but why have the names diversified so much?
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Level 43
May 19, 2017
The names diversified due to a larger amount of people from other countries and ethinicities as well. Only Maria is a spanish name here, I believe than now names such as Isabella are way more common due to the Mexicans. Add to that names like LaBarbara that virtually did not exist some years ago and to the custom of naming diferent names other than the grandparents and you have your diversity.
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Level 28
Sep 25, 2020
you should allow lynda
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Level 78
Dec 15, 2013
Lisa is short for Elizabeth
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Level 62
Dec 16, 2013
It is? I've never heard that. I know plenty of Lisas who are just Lisa.
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Level 45
Sep 29, 2020
I think he means the origin of the name Lisa is short version of Elizabeth
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Level 64
Dec 16, 2013
Just curious about the source for this. I can hardly believe that Anne/Anna, Helen, Alice, or Marie wouldn't be on this list.
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Level ∞
Jun 6, 2016
https://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/
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Level ∞
Jun 6, 2016
p.s. Anna is #51
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Level 72
Nov 7, 2018
Ann, anna, annie, anabel, yes.
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Level 55
May 2, 2014
It says 33 for my name, and I'm 32. So I believe it.
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Level 74
Aug 19, 2016
I can't see anyone listed at 33!
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2017
They are 2 years older now.
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Level 14
Mar 10, 2016
Okay, wait. There is no Megan, Kaitlyn, Sophia, Mia, Grace, Ella, Ava, Annie, Olivia, Sydney or Alice, Yet there is Brenda, Debra and SHIRLEY? Outrageous.
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Level 72
Sep 17, 2020
This not just for baby names, but all females. Most of those will probably be on the list later this decade
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Level 46
Apr 22, 2016
wow Shirley
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Level 57
Apr 24, 2016
BlueMastah and HermioneGranger9, Shirley you can't be serious!
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Level 58
Sep 28, 2016
I am serious. And stop calling me Shirley.
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Level 73
Jun 9, 2016
Please accept Rachael as an alternative for Rachel
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Level 63
Jun 13, 2016
Please accept "Ashleigh" for Ashley.
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Level 54
Sep 27, 2016
please accept bicycle for Barbara
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Level 49
Nov 9, 2016
hahahaha
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2017
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Level 54
Sep 20, 2016
Why is the average score so low? I got 30, but missed several that I should've known...
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Level 52
Sep 29, 2020
How many German or Japanese first names can you come up with? Never mind them being in the top 50 of the most common ones. It's not at all that easy.
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Level 89
Sep 27, 2016
Please accept "Sam" for "Samantha"
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Level 72
Sep 27, 2016
Seconded.
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Level 61
Nov 6, 2018
Thirded.
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Level 57
Nov 8, 2018
fourthded
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Level 57
Sep 27, 2016
Why the exclamation mark next to 68?
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Level 37
Oct 12, 2016
Why the need to question everything in this quiz?
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Level 71
Oct 14, 2017
Either because it is the oldest age, and the Quizmaster was expressing surprise that it was such a high number, or the average age was actually 68 factorial.
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Level 54
Oct 15, 2017
In other words, a little under a googol.
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Level ∞
Jul 11, 2018
Sadly, Betty has aged out of this quiz with the latest update.
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Level 58
Sep 28, 2016
I always think I'm going to do better on these quizzes, but these Most Common Girls' Names ones are HARD! Boys' I can do, but Dios mio there are just so many female names and I can never think of them all!!
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Level 25
May 28, 2017
rachel at 30... nice friends reference +quizmaster
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Level 69
Nov 29, 2017
I feel bad for Betty if she's 68 factorial years old. Someone put that poor lady down... XD
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Level 44
Oct 31, 2018
Wow, both my name and a variant of my name are on this list... and a variant of my middle name. It doesn't usually top the charts, so it must be one of those that is consistently used but not overly popular xD
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Level 80
Nov 6, 2018
I felt like I guessed most of these that I missed when they were revealed. Surprised there's no Anna.
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Level 44
Nov 6, 2018
I tried both Nichole (how my sister's name is spelt) and Nicola but not Nicole >.
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Level 34
Nov 6, 2018
nichole should be added as a correction thingy, quizmaster papi
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Level 36
Dec 19, 2018
Cynthia?! That's a first.
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Level 53
Apr 26, 2019
How did "Awkwafina" not make this list?
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Level 83
Sep 29, 2020
I feel bad for anyone named Karen. That name has been turned into a different meaning these days.
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Level 67
Sep 29, 2020
My English teacher is named Karen.
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Level 80
Sep 29, 2020
This trend seems pretty dumb and also probably racist.

My uncle married 3 different women all named Karen.

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Level 70
Sep 30, 2020
It's not racist, it's stereotypical. They are largely different words kal, as I thought you'd be aware.

How Karen specifically got chosen is probably due to Reddit or other social media platform, but it essentially only applies to conservative mothers in the United States due to their proclivity to "speak to the manager." More specifically, it applies to women who are baby boomers/generation x which are generations that have been proven to expect to be handed things unfairly because they "deserve the respect" or because they feel superior to the workforce which is oftentimes in much younger generations than them. This could also be an age gap thing as opposed to a generational one.

It would be racist to assume all white women are, or only white women can be, "Karens" for example. It is not, however, racist to denigrate a person based on their haircut, and/or overall personality, especially when the examples go beyond picture evidence into videos of genuinely disrespectful behavior

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Level 80
Sep 30, 2020
It is racist. What you just typed convinced me. When have you seen a "black" woman accused of being a "Karen?"
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Level 80
Sep 30, 2020
harlem, not really sure what you're on about. Sounds like you're being sarcastic? But I don't know what your point is.
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Level 70
Sep 29, 2020
Interesting quiz. Didn't do very well. Mambo number 5 only gets you so far.
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Level 48
Oct 5, 2020
Wow, I bombed that quiz!
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Level 20
Nov 21, 2020
I didn't do great. Its tough for people under like 20 because the names are so old fashioned. I tried aunts names, teachers names and the really popular ones. It didn't get me very far...