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Most Common Female First Names in the U.S.

Try to guess the most common given names for women currently alive in the United States.
Age = average age of people with that name
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Last updated: May 13, 2024
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First submittedDecember 12, 2013
Times taken115,248
Average score48.0%
Rating4.15
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Letter
Name
Age
M
Mary
64
J
Jennifer
43
E
Elizabeth
43
L
Linda
67
P
Patricia
66
J
Jessica
35
S
Susan
63
S
Sarah
36
L
Lisa
53
B
Barbara
70
A
Ashley
31
K
Karen
60
E
Emily
26
K
Kimberly
45
M
Michelle
45
A
Amanda
36
M
Melissa
43
Letter
Name
Age
S
Stephanie
41
S
Sandra
64
N
Nancy
66
R
Rebecca
46
A
Amy
44
D
Deborah
63
L
Laura
49
A
Angela
46
D
Donna
65
C
Cynthia
58
S
Samantha
27
N
Nicole
36
S
Sharon
65
E
Emma
19
C
Carol
69
K
Kathleen
62
O
Olivia
16
Letter
Name
Age
R
Rachel
36
B
Brenda
60
H
Heather
42
P
Pamela
61
M
Margaret
60
K
Katherine
41
D
Debra
63
C
Christine
54
M
Maria
43
L
Lauren
31
V
Victoria
32
J
Julie
52
K
Kelly
45
C
Christina
41
A
Anna
38
H
Hannah
22
80 Comments
+19
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.

Edit 2024: This is no longer strictly true. The birth rate has fallen off a cliff.

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Level 76
Sep 27, 2016
The diversity of newer names would've been my guess too
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Level 90
Sep 27, 2016
Yes but why have the names diversified so much?
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Level 53
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 67
Oct 16, 2022
Girls' names tend to have a greater variety than boys' names. You are more likely to meet a girl who has an uncommon first name than a boy who has an uncommon first name.
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Level 62
Sep 25, 2020
you should allow lynda
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Level 68
Apr 9, 2022
I think, technically, modern names are more dispersed, rather than diverse.
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Level 86
Dec 15, 2013
Lisa is short for Elizabeth
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Level 59
Dec 16, 2013
It is? I've never heard that. I know plenty of Lisas who are just Lisa.
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Level 44
Sep 29, 2020
I think he means the origin of the name Lisa is short version of Elizabeth
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Level 58
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 71
Nov 7, 2018
Ann, anna, annie, anabel, yes.
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Level 48
May 2, 2014
It says 33 for my name, and I'm 32. So I believe it.
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Level 76
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 75
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 59
Apr 24, 2016
BlueMastah and HermioneGranger9, Shirley you can't be serious!
+12
Level 55
Sep 28, 2016
I am serious. And stop calling me Shirley.
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Level 80
Jun 9, 2016
Please accept Rachael as an alternative for Rachel
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Level 62
Jun 13, 2016
Please accept "Ashleigh" for Ashley.
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Level 61
Sep 27, 2016
please accept bicycle for Barbara
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Level 60
Nov 9, 2016
hahahaha
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Level 70
Oct 14, 2017
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Level 44
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 58
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 95
Sep 27, 2016
Please accept "Sam" for "Samantha"
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Level 78
Sep 27, 2016
Seconded.
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Level 65
Nov 6, 2018
Thirded.
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Level 62
Nov 8, 2018
fourthded
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Level 66
Sep 27, 2016
Why the exclamation mark next to 68?
+2
Level 47
Oct 12, 2016
Why the need to question everything in this quiz?
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Level 77
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 51
Oct 15, 2017
In other words, a little under a googol.
+6
Level ∞
Jul 11, 2018
Sadly, Betty has aged out of this quiz with the latest update.
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Level 71
Jul 5, 2022
Also sadly, the most famous Betty is dead now.
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Level 60
Jul 27, 2023
Maybe the average age was about 2.5 * 1096.
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Level 55
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 88
Jul 20, 2022
Not sure why but I also do way better on the male version of this quiz. My personal best on the female version of the quiz is 33 out of 50, but I just took the male version after taking this one and got all but one answer correct. Weird.
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Level 30
May 28, 2017
rachel at 30... nice friends reference +quizmaster
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Level 77
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 48
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 82
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 48
Nov 6, 2018
I tried both Nichole (how my sister's name is spelt) and Nicola but not Nicole >.
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Level 30
Nov 6, 2018
nichole should be added as a correction thingy, quizmaster papi
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Level 45
Dec 19, 2018
Cynthia?! That's a first.
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Level 47
Apr 26, 2019
How did "Awkwafina" not make this list?
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Level 90
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 79
Sep 29, 2020
My English teacher is named Karen.
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Level 37
Jan 7, 2021
My mother is named Karen.
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Level 82
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 76
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 82
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 82
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 75
Dec 3, 2020
Who did that joke? :-

I've been married 5 times, each time to a woman named Brenda.

It's a hell of a coincidence, and as my mother, Brenda, used to say...

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Level 83
May 20, 2022
Ah yes, the Karen race. Such a marginalized minority.
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Level 82
Jul 5, 2022
Ah yes, every racist term explicitly contains a race within it. Everyone knows that. Ergo... every racial slur you can probably think of but I'm not going to type... none of them are actually racist! Brilliant.
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Level 67
Jul 5, 2022
I'm not sure "Karen" is racist, but I don't think it's outrageous to suggest that it is. Some accusations of racism against other races are far more tenuous than what Kal is proposing. I think many accusations of racism are unfounded, but get taken seriously anyway. If you set the "Karen" thing among those many, many overstated accusations, it's not out of place. It certainly has a racial component to it.
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Level 82
Jul 8, 2022
We definitely live in a time when racism is over identified. But, simultaneously, we live in a time when racism is increasingly prevalent, obvious, out in the open... somewhat ironically those who tend to over-identify it in some places also are the ones who openly, proudly, unashamedly engage in it in other places. They might tell you that their racism isn't racism because racism is a system of oppression and the people they are racist against they've decided are not among the oppressed. But it's clearly racism. And even though these types also often claim to be against the racism they identify in others, they don't seem to understand that racism of any kind makes racism of all other kinds worse.
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Level 73
Sep 29, 2020
Interesting quiz. Didn't do very well. Mambo number 5 only gets you so far.
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Level 72
Oct 5, 2020
Wow, I bombed that quiz!
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Level 37
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...
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Level 24
Feb 8, 2021
where is charlotte ._.
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Level 89
May 21, 2022
North Carolina
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Level 53
Jul 7, 2022
haha
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Level 67
May 27, 2021
Why isn't Becca a type in for Rebecca?
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Level 76
May 21, 2022
Because it said the starting letter is an R not a B. I agree with your point though. I think Liz should be acceptable for Elizabeth.
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Level 28
Jun 7, 2021
Please allow:

Sam for samantha

Lauran, lauryn for lauren

Jess for jessica

Racheal for Rachel

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Level 67
Jul 5, 2022
Those are different names. In most instances, you can ask for leniency with spelling, but names that are spelled differently are different names.
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Level 59
Jul 6, 2022
who on earth is named lauran
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Level 80
May 20, 2022
The old cliche "I am bad with names" really does apply here for me.
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Level 59
Jul 6, 2022
For some reason this was REALLY hard for me even though I do these name quizzes a lot
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Level 69
Aug 7, 2022
Rachael is a common spelling for Rachel.
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Level 59
Sep 2, 2022
My name says the average is 53 and I'm 52. checks out!
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Level 48
May 26, 2023
No Daria? No Quinn?

Oh, well...

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Level 60
Jul 27, 2023
Consider Sam for Samantha and Peggy for Margaret (the latter won't cut off users who write the full name)? You already have Chris for Christine / Christina.
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Level 65
Apr 30, 2024
i am so bad with names, how did i forget the name of every zoomer's mom