Some common names for girls include Mary, Patricia and Jennifer. They are the three most popular names for girls over the last 100 years, according to the Social Security Administration.
The Social Security Administration compiled Social Security card applications for the years spanning 1915 to 2014, and Mary was the most common name with 3,569,442 applications. Patricia is the second most common name at 1,566,449 applications, and Jennifer is third with 1,462,389. The Social Security Administration pulled the data from a total of 167,106,197 births. Although the most common name over that time period, Mary has not always ranked number one for the year. The lowest it has been ranked is 121.
More recently, in the years from 2000 to 2009, Mary came in at 65. The three most popular names for the 2000s were Emily, Madison and Emma. Patricia dropped out of the top 100 for the decade, and Jennifer was ranked at 39. A total of 20,297,093 births were used to compile the data.
As of 2015, baby names that had dropped out of favor are making a comeback, with names such as Roslyn and Jolene moving up on the list. Margot and Marjorie, variations on Margaret, are increasingly popular as are Penny, a nickname for Penelope, and Bonnie. Some more modern names that are becoming popular include Paisley and Madison.