Mary, Patricia, Jennifer, Elizabeth and Linda are the five most popular women's names in America over the last century, according to the Social Security Administration. However, the popularity of women's names varies depending on the time period, the country of origin or ethnic background of the parents, and other factors.
In 2014, the most common names in the United States were Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Isabella and Ava. These five names, in different orders, have been the most popular girl's names in the Social Security Administration's records since 2009, and many of them appeared in the top five in previous years. Results from other Anglophone countries contain similar names, according to Metro UK; however, in England and Wales, the name Amelia has been the most popular for several years, coinciding with Amelia Pond's introduction on the popular British show "Doctor Who."
In previous decades, however, of these names were the most popular. Instead, names such as Jessica, Jennifer, Amanda and Brittany were most popular in America the 1980s and 1990s. Results also vary by country. According to BabyCentre's name section, the most popular baby names in India in 2013 included Saanvi, Aanya and Aadhya, while Russians preferred names including Sofia, Maria and Daria. Popular Chinese names in the past decade include Wei, Xiuying, Li and Jing, although many Chinese also use Western names in addition to their Chinese names.