Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Just here to feed into your 90s fascination…Let’s rewind the cassette tape of life back to the days of Beanie babies, Power Rangers, Spice Girls, Friends and bomber jackets. tapes. As you would image, the popularity of TV show characters, actors, singers and athletes always play a part in baby names of the times.

Put the era in your head… Britney was da bomb. The Fresh Prince was like your home skillet. We were all like…Whatever. Talk to the hand, because that Rachel hair style was so fly.

Here in Massachusetts, in the 1990s, we were going to concerts at Great Woods, shopping at Bradlees for bargains, and grabbing late night bites at Buzzy’s Roast Beef. People were buggin’ out over the latest music at Strawberry Records, and Boston sports teams were in a championship winning drought. Thankfully, we had “Must See TV” to keep us entertained.

Here’s something you may find entertaining. The most popular girls names from the 90s in Massachusetts. Here’s a list compiled by Stacker, using data from the Social Security Administration, and shared by MassLive. You’ll find the names ranked by number of babies born in Massachusetts from the years 1990 – 1999.

  • 1. Emily

    Ranked nationally at #3

    This famous Emily was born in 1991. The model and actress has been seen in music videos for Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke, she’s acted in the movies Gone Girl and Entourage, and has been featured in Sports Illustrated Swim Suit issues.

    Emily Ratajkowski

    The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion - Arrivals

    (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)


  • 2. Samantha

    Ranked nationally at #5 

  • 3. Sarah

    Ranked nationally at #4

    I bet there were a lot of moms at home watching this, wondering what to name their baby girls in the 90s…

    Sarah Jessica Parker

    Sex And The City TV Still

    Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall star in the comedy series “Sex And The City” (Photo by HBO/Newsmakers)


  • 4. Jessica

    Ranked nationally at #1

    Could this Jessica have inspired the popularity of the name?

    Jessica Simpson's 20th Birthday Party

    Pop singer Jessica Simpson smiles for photographers while celebrating her 20th birthday July 12, 2000 at Sony Studios in Santa Monica, CA. (Photo by Dan Callister/Online USA)

  • 5. Ashley

    Ranked nationally at #2

    The TV show Full House was hugely popular in the 1987-1995. This famous Ashley co-starred with her twin sister Mary-Kate, sharing the role of Michelle Tanner.


  • 6. Amanda

    Ranked nationally at #6

  • 7. Nicole

    Ranked nationally at #7

  • 8. Elizabeth

    Ranked nationally at #8

  • 9. Stephanie

    Ranked nationally at #14

  • 10. Jennifer

    Ranked nationally at#16

    So many Jennifers! Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Love Hewitt. The 90s had them all over the screens and stage.

    MTV TRL: Poster Photo Shoot

    Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs, Joey Fatone of ‘NSYNC, and Jennifer Lopez (Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect)


  • 11. Rachel

    Ranked nationally at #15

    What are the odds this was the inspiration for the popularity of the name Rachel?


  • 12. Lauren

    Ranked nationally at #15

    This 90s baby, Lauren Alaina, rose to fame in 2011 on American Idol, coming in 2nd in the competition next to Scotty McCreery.

    Fox's "American Idol" 2011 Finale - Results Show - Arrivals

    (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


  • 13. Kayla

    Ranked nationally at #12

  • 14. Hannah

    Ranked nationally at #11

    One of the most colorful Bachelottette’s in the shows long history had to be this Hannah. Hannah Brown was born in 1994. She went on to win Dancing with the Stars in 2019.

    "Dancing With The Stars" Season 28 Finale - November 25, 2019 - Arrivals

    Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten pose at “Dancing with the Stars” Season 28 Finale at CBS Television City on November 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)


  • 15. Alexandra

    Ranked nationally at #28

  • 16. Katherine

    Ranked nationally at #27
    Not spelled the same, but certainly a well known “Catherine”

  • 17. Rebecca

    Ranked nationally at #23

    Remember this “Rebecca” from the early 90s?

  • 18. Brittany

    Ranked nationally at #7

    Looks like we were a little behind the rest of the country on the Brittany craze. (Although the most famous Britney spelled it differently)

    MTV TRL: Britney Spears

    (Photo By Getty Images)




  • 19. Julia

    Ranked nationally at #55

    This Julia reigned at the Box Office in the 90s

    Julia Roberts Stars In The Movie Erin Brockovich Photo Universal

    (Photo By Getty Images)



  • 20. Victoria

    Ranked nationally at #19

    Could this be the inspiration?

  • 21. Olivia

    Ranked nationally at #38


  • 22. Megan

    Ranked nationally at #10


  • 23. Danielle

    Ranked nationally #24

    You couldn’t go into a book store in the 90s without seeing this Danielle’s name


  • 24. Taylor

    Ranked nationally at #9

    Born in 1989, but certainly a 90s baby…

    42nd Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards Rehearsals - Day 2

    (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)



  • 25. Alyssa

    Ranked nationally at #21

    She charmed us on TV, from Who’s The Boss to Charmed… Alyssa Milano


    Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty from the tv show “Charmed” 1999 Paramount Pictures/Deliverd by: Online Usa, Inc.


  • 26. Brianna

    Ranked nationally at #26

  • 27. Courtney

    Ranked nationally at #22

    Courtney Cox inspired?

  • 28. Emma

    Ranked nationally at #56

    Probably one of the most famous Emmas born in the 90s…Emma Watson

    Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 - World Film Premiere

    (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)



  • 29. Erin

    Ranked nationally at #50

    Makes sense this Irish girl’s name was much more popular in Mass than nationally.

  • 30. Melissa

    Ranked nationally at #31

    Who could forget Melissa Joan Hart in Sabrina the Teenage Witch?

    Sabrina The Teenage Witch TV Stills

    Melissa Joan Hart and Salem the cat star in Warner Bros. TV series “Sabrina The Teenage Witch.” (Photo by Frank Ockenfels/Warner Bros./Delivered by Online USA)


  • 31. Michelle

    Ranked nationally at #32

    This famous Michelle was all over movie theaters in the 1990s and winning Academy Awards for Fabulous Baker Boys and Dangerous Liasons 

    Michelle Pfeiffer

    ShoWest 2007 Photocall For "Hairspray"

    (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

  • 32. Kelsey

    Ranked nationally at #33

    She may spell it differently, but this Kelsea is a 90s baby! Kelsea Ballerini was born in 1993

    Kelsea Ballerini The Heart First Tour - New York, NY

    (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for ABA)



  • 33. Abigail

    Ranked nationally at #42

    This is a very Massachusetts name, with a long history. Abigail Adams was the wife and advisor to John Adams, serving as First Lady during his presidency. And she was the mother of another president, John Quincy Adams.

  • 34. Meghan

    Ranked nationally at #103

    Singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor was born in 1993 on Nantucket

    People's Choice Awards 2016 - Press Room

    Singer Meghan Trainor accepts Favorite Album award backstage at People’s Choice Awards on January 6, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)



  • 35. Shannon

    Ranked nationally at #75

    Again, it’s an Irish name. Always popular in Massachusetts, more so than the rest of the country.

    Here’s the most famous Shannon of the 90s…Shannon Doherty from Beverly Hills 90210

  • 36. Allison

    Ranked nationally at #41


  • 37. Caroline

    Ranked nationally at #93

    We know why this name is popular in Massachusetts! Yes, Caroline Kennedy is a famous Mass resident (part-time), but also there’s this…

  • 38. Christina

    Ranked nationally at #40

    This Christina popped up in the 90s in the Mickey Mouse Club, then as a “Jeannie in a Bottle.” Christina Aguilera

    OLY Closing Ceremony X

    Credit: Brian Bahr/Getty Images


  • 39. Molly

    Ranked nationally at #94

    Did this actresses popularity of the 1980s influence mom’s of the 90s? Molly Ringwald


  • 40. Kelly

    Ranked nationally at #60

    Here’s a famous Kelly who became popular in the 90s. Kelly Ripa played Hayley Vaughan on the soap opera All My Children from 1990-2002, and came back in 2010.


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