You would like to know which is the current #1 female? Or are you more interested in which name is the most common ever? We will have the whole nine yards for you and answer both of the questions – both in case that you affect frequent names or you would rather shun them.
It’s not rocket science: Some names are more popular than others. Many parents choose the name just for this reason, while others prefer to renounce it. It’s always a matter of zeitgeist if a name is trendy or if it’s totally out of fashion. But there are also names that prevail for a long time, as they seem to be so timeless.
In current years parents seem to have a partiality for the name Emma. Currently, it is #1 female name in the USA, as over 20,000 babies receive the name Emma each year. In the last ten years, 1.2 % of all the girls are named Emma. While these trends typically last for ten years, the top five spots shift from time to time.
Considering the top five positions, it is quite possible that the names Olivia, Sophia, Isabella or Ava become the #1 female names anytime soon. If you look even further down the rankings, you might find Natalie, Zoey, or Hannah among the female up-and-comers. Now it depends on whether you are more fan of the popular or rare names. If you look at the SmartGenius statistics of the last hundred years, you come to a completely different conclusion.
The statistics take into account all living people – from babies to teenagers, from people in their mid-forties to elderly women. With this in mind, Mary seems to be the #1 female name since 1880. Currently there are 3,757,625 people living in the US named Mary. That makes 1.1 % of the entire population. The second and first common names are Elizabeth (1,561,998 people) and Patricia (1,571,825 people).