Special Report

The Most Popular Names In America Since 1880

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10. Sarah
> Avg. share of babies named Sarah, 1880-2019 0.64%
> Total no. of babies named Sarah, 1880-2019: 1,081,179
> Most popular decade: 1980 when 272,623 babies were named Sarah, or 1.59% of all baby girls
> Pictured: Actor Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah comes from the Hebrew  “sÄ rÄ h,” which means princess, lady, or noblewoman. In England, the name became more popular in the 16th century.

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9. Ruth
> Avg. share of babies named Ruth, 1880-2019 0.72%
> Total no. of babies named Ruth, 1880-2019: 826,244
> Most popular decade: 1910 when 173,677 babies were named Ruth, or 2.13% of all baby girls
> Pictured: Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The origin of Ruth is not clear. The most popular theory is that the name was derived from the Hebrew “re’ut,” a possible shorter version of “rÄ ’Å«th,” meaning companion and friend.

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8. Patricia
> Avg. share of babies named Patricia, 1880-2019 0.74%
> Total no. of babies named Patricia, 1880-2019: 1,572,330
> Most popular decade: 1940 when 411,405 babies were named Patricia, or 2.84% of all baby girls
> Pictured: Actor Patricia Heaton

This is the female version of Patricius or Patrick. The word appears in Latin documents in medieval England, but it probably wasn’t used as an actual name until the 18th century in Scotland.

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7. Barbara
> Avg. share of babies named Barbara, 1880-2019 0.74%
> Total no. of babies named Barbara, 1880-2019: 1,434,736
> Most popular decade: 1940 when 425,250 babies were named Barbara, or 2.94% of all baby girls
> Pictured: Journalist Barbara Walter

Barbara is the English form of the Greek word “barbaros,” which means foreign. The name became popular during the Middle Ages but significantly dropped in popularity in England during the Protestant Reformation. It was revived in the 19th century.

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6. Dorothy
> Avg. share of babies named Dorothy, 1880-2019 0.80%
> Total no. of babies named Dorothy, 1880-2019: 1,108,201
> Most popular decade: 1920 when 368,874 babies were named Dorothy, or 3.09% of all baby girls
> Pictured: Civil rights activist Dorothy Height

Dorothy is a form of the Greek Dōrothéa, which itself is a combination of  “dōron,” meaning gift, and “theos,” meaning God. So Dorothy means “gift of God.”