The most popular girls names in the USA over the past six decades (animated map)

Animated map of the most #popular #girlsnames in the #USA over six decades

This is pretty awesome – a chronological look at the most popular girls names by state from 1960 to 2012. Amazing to see trends in naming sweep the nation, from a near total embrace of Mary in the early 60s to Lisa dominating in the mid 60s, to Jennifer’s supremacy throughout the 70s, to the rise of Ashley, Emily, and Emma in more recent years.

Animated gif courtesy of Jezebel.com

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  2. Samantha February 24, 2014 at 1:37 am

    My poor mother, she always picked names she thought weren’t that popular just to have them on the top lists a while later for 3 of the 4 of us. We are Samantha, Ethan, Emma, and Simon. :/

  3. Rachel December 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    My name is Rachel and I was born in 1975. I only ever knew one other Rachel when I was in school and she was a year older than me. I never knew any other’s after that, until I started going to church and the pastor’s daughter is Rachel (she’s 16).
    I guess my parents weren’t on the trendy side when I was born. :)
    But, I did go to school with LOTS of Jennifers!

  4. Beth Monroe November 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    My girls are named Emily & Zion… one has to share he name with lots of people & the other will be lucky to meet one other person with her name, go figure.

  5. Katie Hamilton October 31, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    oh too funny! Sister #2′s a Hannah and she was born in 2000, so my parents were close on the trend and our Youth Pastor’s 3yr old daughter is Sophia! LOL

  6. Luz October 28, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Love my kids names and were not on the map!! Sebastian and Lexie!! Not short for anything on my daughters name!!

  7. Stephanie October 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    My oldest daughter is Madison (2003), she is ten and has been to three different schools. She has never had another Maddie in her class. We went to a church and there was a another Delana is her room, same spelling and pronunciation. Only five kids in the room. Little one on the way is a girl and will be Sophia… the hubby likes it now but didn’t in 2003. Kept it on my list ;-)

    Wish you could pause the map.

  8. Candice October 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    That graph is pretty cool!! Explains why I know literally about 50 Jennifer’s! It’s a trend right now to set yourself apart and to show your didfferent or “special” in some way as if that’s a reflection of who we are on the inside.. and then we have celebrities who can’t stand to be outdone and curse their poor children with produce for names or made up ridiculous ideas for names and *that* to me is sad. Names should be just that- Names. Something to be called. Not an projection of how the parent feels about them self. There is no sweeter name to me than Mary- humble , kind, simple- somerhing we all should be! go 1960!!

  9. Jen M October 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I am one of 10,000,000 Jennifers….BUT, in my mother’s defense, she did pick the name in the early 1960s first (while still in high school) and then I came along in 1967. Apparently she was a trend setter. :)

  10. D J October 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    We named our daughters Sarah (1970), Rachel (1974), Lisa (1976), Natalie (1979). I guess we were contrarians all the way around.

  11. Cords October 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Pretty sure that the little infographic is dead wrong for 2012, Emma is clearly more popular than Sophia for that year

    • Teela Marie November 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      You have to look WHERE the names are popular. Sophia is much more popular in high population states vs Emma being more popular in some lower population states. Also just because name “won” that state doesn’t mean it was by landslide where as it could have been in another :)

  12. E.C.MAMA October 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with sharing a name provided there’s no teasing involved. Plenty of kids share names here even unusual names so giving a kid a really unusual or exotic sounding name won’t eve guarantee there’s no one else. Besides the reason we give children a middle name or pet names?? In case they DON’T LIKE their name! I know quite a few women my MIL and GrandMIL for example who go by their middle names or nicknames.

    However if you’re worried about your kid getting teased for their name- go with the popular name, at least they’ll fit in.

    I got teased terribly for my name and so when I had my boys.. Especially since our last name is Kranz and so won’t lend itself to long flowery exotic names very well we chose more traditional names my sons are: Edward Matthew and Nicholas Alexander.

    If either were a girl they would have been Catherine Elizabeth.. but we don’t have a girl so no need to use it.

  13. C Jones October 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    well, I only saw 1 name on the whole thing from 1960 to 2012 that was similar to my girls names. Kimberly, that’s my youngest daughter’s middle name.

    I have Courtlin Haley – Caitlan Annarhys – Cadence Kimberly ;)

  14. Shelly October 21, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I have a Veronica and a Marlo. Both girls. Veronica is 9 and has never had a classmate, or a schoolmate for that matter, with her name. I must say, I love that she’s one of a kind. Marlo is not quite 1 yet, but so far I’ve never heard of or met a Marlo, other than all the women in their 50′s and 60′s that loved “That Girl” Marlo Thomas. Im so happy they won’t be sharing their names with 3 other children in their class. :)

  15. rachel October 21, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Totally awesome graphic. Thanks for sharing. I tried to find trends (ie, the name popular in CA one year is the next big trend) but it didn’t seem to work out so much. Oh well.

    We chose Margret for our little one, and used the German-spelling. I knew it wouldn’t make the charts anytime soon and I’m good with that.

    • Margaret October 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      I was named for my grandmother, Margaret, and at one time I had three other Margarets in my classroom (Richmond, Va).

      • Zafar March 24, 2014 at 4:01 pm

        my age is 30

  16. Daja at The Provision Room October 20, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Hmmmmm….my daughters names aren’t on the map. Wonder why? LOL! Could be because their names are Mongolian! LOL!

  17. Claire October 20, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Why is it sad that your daughter has to “share” a name? Lots of people have the same name because it’s a name.. no one has ownership and it doesn’t seem to offend or bother anyone else.

    • Claire October 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Claire is such a lovely name! Ours is not popular in my neck of the woods :)

      I’m 40 & have only meet one Claire.

    • Kelly October 21, 2013 at 4:51 am

      As an early1970 Kelly! I can tell you it was sad to “share” my name with 5 other classmates ( class if 60) we were known as the Kelly’s and always confused for each other our things were constantly mixed up.

  18. Susan October 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    So sad my Emma, has to share her name with so many other girls, but I picked that name about 12-13 years before she was born.

  19. Brittany Jimenez October 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    And me in 1989 Southern Louisiana! haha

    • Sam October 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      That’s hilarious! Louisiana really set the stage for the rise of the Brittanies haha

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