Special Report

The Most Popular Names In America Since 1880

Most Popular Girl Names Since 1880

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20. Marie
> Avg. share of babies named Marie, 1880-2019 0.49%
> Total no. of babies named Marie, 1880-2019: 537,154
> Most popular decade: 1900 when 37,091 babies were named Marie, or 1.27% of all baby girls
> Pictured: Physicist Marie Curie

Marie is the French version of Mary. It comes from the Hebrew Miryam, the meaning of which is unclear. Some say it is “sea of bitterness or sorrow” or “mistress or lady of the sea,” while others say it means “rebellion.”

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19. Laura
> Avg. share of babies named Laura, 1880-2019 0.50%
> Total no. of babies named Laura, 1880-2019: 796,619
> Most popular decade: 1880 when 12,806 babies were named Laura, or 0.98% of all baby girls
> Pictured: Former first lady Laura Bush

Laura comes from the Latin “laurus,” an evergreen shrub or tree whose leaves were woven into wreaths by the ancient Greeks to crown winners of competitions.

18. Frances
> Avg. share of babies named Frances, 1880-2019 0.50%
> Total no. of babies named Frances, 1880-2019: 590,800
> Most popular decade: 1910 when 105,600 babies were named Frances, or 1.29% of all baby girls
> Pictured: Actor Frances Conroy

Frances is the female version of Francis. Frances can also be a form of old French Franceis, the name for a frank, or someone from the Frankish Empire.

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17. Susan
> Avg. share of babies named Susan, 1880-2019 0.50%
> Total no. of babies named Susan, 1880-2019: 1,121,986
> Most popular decade: 1950 when 437,749 babies were named Susan, or 2.28% of all baby girls
> Pictured: YouTube CEO Susan Wosjcicki

Susan is the English form of Susannah. It is derived from the Hebrew Shoshana, meaning a lily or a rose.

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16. Nancy
> Avg. share of babies named Nancy, 1880-2019 0.52%
> Total no. of babies named Nancy, 1880-2019: 1,002,700
> Most popular decade: 1940 when 252,048 babies were named Nancy, or 1.74% of all baby girls
> Pictured: Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan

The origins of Nancy can be traced to a pet form of Nan, which was originally a version of Ann, meaning gracious or full of grace.